Sunday, 8 November 2015

Royal Canadian Mounted Police - RCMP (+ the NWMP)

Update!
See the end of this article for a list of names from obituaries submitted to the RCMP Quarterly 1933-1989. Provided for free by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

Originally formed as the North West Mounted Police (NWMP), now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, are well known for their red serge uniforms and the Colour Parade. Their headquarters is in Regina, Saskatchewan. A major point of their history : they were instrumental in keeping the peace in the territories at the turn of the century. 2017 will be the 150th anniversary.

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/genealogy-and-archival-research

For the public: On the website, where it mentions Members this means those who served on the 'force' can apply for their own service records. Members of the public can request information about those who served twenty years and over after their death. (This is in accordance with the Government of Canada Privacy Act rules.)
For those who served:
Prior to 1920 - please contact Library and Archives Canada LAC.
After 1920 - these records are still in the possession of the RCMP and are subject to the Access to Information and Privacy Acts. Send a letter outlining your request, and the details of the ancestor, also indicating your relationship.

Any Member can file a request under the Privacy Act in order to obtain a copy of their own service file. In order to do so, they will need to complete a Privacy Act request, and submit it to the following address:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
73 Leikin Dr.
Mail Stop 061
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0R2

Also of note:  RCMP Heritage Centre
http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/

Free resource!
The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society has provided a pdf list of names from obituaries submitted to the RCMP QUARTERLY ; Vol. 1, No. 1, July 1933 - Vol. 54, No. 4, October 1989.
http://saskgenealogy.com/databases/public_databases/RCMP_Obituary_Index.pdf