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Giving Names to Recovered Canadian War Dead

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Giving Names to Recovered Canadian War Deadby Michael Whittaker

Mags Gaulden, the Genetic Genealogist for the Department of National Defence, will present her work at a public meeting of the Rideau Valley Archaeological Society at the Goose and Gridiron, on Sunday, March 10, at 12:30 p.m.

As a member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Program established in 2007, Ms. Gaulden has helped identify more than 20 Canadian soldiers discovered in foreign fields since their deaths in the two World Wars and the Korean War.

However, more than 27,000 Canadian soldiers were laid to rest in now unknown graves. As their remains are slowly recovered, Ms. Gaulden works to find family members who might provide mitochondrial DNA testing to compare samples to samples taken from the soldiers’ remains.

Learn of the successes and challenges giving names to the unknown dead, and answers to surviving family.

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