Welcome to the CEF Study Group! We are a group of enthusiasts with an interest in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and their role in the First World War. The interests here are broad: Family History/Genealogy, Military History, Weapons/Equipment, Tactics, Militaria Collecting, etc.

If you have already started your research, or want to learn more about what tools are available to do your research, or what other researchers are doing, you may also wish to check out our CEF Study Group Forum:

The CEF Study Group On-Line Forum

If you are just starting your research, then we might suggest that you visit one of more commonly accessed pages on the forum:

Are you looking for a soldier?

There is no cost to register and as soon as you complete that simple step, feel free to post a question on the Forum where you will find some of the most knowledgeable and friendliest people on the Internet.  If you are not yet ready to register, please just “browse the site” and see what we are doing.

Donations to the CEFSG are welcome and can be made by PayPal, Interac or Mail. All funds are used to offset the fees paid to maintain the site at Register.ca all of which is monitored by the Administration Team. Monthly reports of donations and expenditures are posted for all registered members to review. For easy of use, a PayPal donation button has been provided at the bottom of this page and on all pages within the Forum and the Matrix. Donations to the CEFSG are managed by Laughton Management Corporation (CEFSG Member: rlaughton), so you will see that name on the PayPal donation form.

If you are just starting to research the Canadian Expeditionary Force, or trying to find out where your grand relative fits in the “overall picture” of Canada’s military in the Great War, then you can visit our Matrix project:

The CEF Study Group: The Matrix Project

Once inside the Matrix you will find information on the structure of the CEF, details that are being assembled by members on individual units; links to and transcriptions of war diaries; and a host of utilities (definitions, reference lists, abbreviations, badges, troopships, map links, summary tables and much more). We are currently in the process (2012-2013) of upgrading the Matrix with new unit summaries – and providing access to all of these for editing by registered members on the new CEFSG Wiki Site (September 2012):

The CEF Study Group: Welcome to the New Wiki Site

Once registered, you will also have access to other CEFSG data bases, including a near complete collection of Nominal Rolls and other CEF digitized information from other members.

If at any time there is a disruption to the sites of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group, a notice of the event, the status of the matter, and the steps being undertaken to resolve the issues is posted to the CEFSG Blog Site (see also link boxes at the top of this page). The blog site also contains a listing of the web sites of many of our registered members – so join up and ask for yours to be added!

Please do not hesitate to make suggestions and submit your own research that you would like to see posted here on this site. This is very much a group effort and the more contributing members we have, the greater this site will be!

Thank you for stopping by,

Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group
Administration Team & Registered Members

If you wish to make a donation to this site to assist in the funding of the web site costs (payments to hosting sites only – see details) you may do so at any time. Many people have made a small donation as a result of the assistance our group has provided to tracing their relative. For further information on the donations, please see: DONATIONS