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December 7, 2017

Halifax, Canada, Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book, 1917-1918

December 6, 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. To commemorate this occasion, Ancestry has released a collection of records online, the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book — a definitive listing and searchable database of those killed in the 1917 disaster. The collection is available to all Canadians for free on and contains records of courage and tragedy from those who lost their lives in the disaster.

Those commemorated in the records include:

    Halifax Protestant Orphanage Memorial Records: Among the youngest causalities of the explosion were children from the Halifax Protestant Orphanage.
    Vincent J.P. Coleman, Memorial Record: The 41-year old Intercolonial Railway Dispatcher was responsible for bringing all incoming trains around Halifax to a halt pre-explosion. Coleman saved the lives of about 300 railway passengers. Born in 1876, Coleman lost his life at his post of duty. 
    Captain Horatio H. Brannen, Memorial Record: As the Capt. of Stella Maris, Capt. Brannen and crew fought the fire caused by the collision of Imo and Mont Blanc. During his efforts to tow Mont Blanc away from the Halifax shore, the ship burst into flames. His tugboat, Stella Maris, was left crippled and tossed aside by the blast. Born in 1872, the Capt. lost his life at the age of 45 years old.
    Captain Haakon From, Memorial Record: As the Capt. of Imo, Capt. From oversaw the ship that collided with Mont Blanc. Born in 1870, From lost his life in the Halifax Explosion at the age of 47 years old.
    Pilot William Hayes, Memorial Record: Pilot and crewmember aboard Imo. Born in 1877, the pilot and crewmember of Imo worked amongst 41 French sailors. He lost his life at the age of 40 years old during the explosion.

In addition to the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book, Ancestry will be releasing new East Coast collections in December. These include:

    Nova Scotia, Canada, Antigonish Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1823-1905

    Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1945
    Newfoundland, Canada, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1840-1949
    Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1921
    Prince Edward Island, Canada, Marriage Registers, 1832-1888
    Prince Edward Island, Canada, Death Card Index, 1810-1913

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