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Northwest Campaign
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Genealogical and Family History Information: Sessional Papers of Canada

For the family historian and genealogist, the Sessional papers of Canada are an often overlooked source of information. The Sessional papers were published annually by the federal government and included a wide variety of published reports and documents which were, at the time, tabled in the House of Commons. For the Northwest Campaign, the Sessional papers are particularly useful.

In the printed Sessional papers, one can find a list of all Militia officers and non-combatants who served on the transport and supply lines, Maj.-Gen. Middleton's staff, and information on casualties and pensions recipients. The Sessional papers also contain information on medical staff who participated in the Northwest Campaign.

* Canada. Parliament. - Report upon the suppression of the rebellion in the North-West Territories, and matters in connection therewith, in 1885. - Sessional paper, no. 6a. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. - 384 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 92682. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 6a

  • Maj.-Gen. Middleton's official account of the Rebellion, P. 1-384
  • casualties (appendices 1a, b, c and d)
  • medical practitioners and casualties (appendices 5f and g)

* ____. - Annual report of the Department of Militia and Defence, 1886. - Sessional paper, no. 9. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1887. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 9

  • militia casualties, P. xii
  • pension recipients, P. xiii-xiv

* ____. - Return to an order of the House of Commons, dated 31 March, 1886 : showing names of all militia officers and non-combatants appointed as transport and supply officers, giving rank and corps of militia officers, with dates of appointment, rates of pay, by whom appointed, and whose recommendation, and total payments to each to date [May 12, 1886]. - Sessional paper, no. 80g. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. Especially P. 20-22. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 80g

* ____. - Return to an order of the House of Commons, dated 31 March, 1886 : - For a return stating name, rank and corps of all officers composing the staff of Major-General Middleton, and the capacity in which each served [May 12, 1886]. - Sessional paper, no. 80i. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. Especially P. 23-24. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 80i

* ____. - Statement of militia pensions awarded by Orders in Council, consequent upon the Rebellion of 1885, North-West Territories. - Sessional paper, no. 80d. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. - 2 P. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 80d

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