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Ancestry.com. Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data:

Navy Board and predecessors: Prisoner of War Department and predecessors: Registers of Prisoners of War. ADM 103/167–171, 173, 246, 248, 465, 571, 625. Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.

Office of the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded Seamen (Sick and Hurt Board) and successors: Out-Letters. ADM 98/291–292. Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.

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About Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815

Records in this database come from a time when the Royal Navy established its unquestioned rule of the seas during the wars surrounding the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, and the War of 1812 in America. Most of the records are registers of prisoners taken between 1812 and 1815 and held in Canada. They include prisoners of war from all services held by the British, British prisoners held in enemy custody, and prisoner exchanges. You will find French, American, and British citizens among the prisoners.

Registers entries may include

  • name
  • nationality
  • capture or release date
  • name of ship a captive was taken from
  • name of capturing ship
  • rank
  • branch of service
  • corps
  • and other details.

This database also includes letter books containing correspondence between the United States and Great Britain about prisoners and exchanges. These sometimes list the names of the prisoners involved.

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