Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER #11 - 17 March 2005







     Census of England -  (4 - all also available as parts)

     Australian book - (1)






Welcome to the eleventh newsletter from Archive CD Books Canada.  This newsletter will be published whenever we have enough information to make it worth your while reading, but we expect that will mean there will be about one a month.

Remember this Newsletter is published for you so if you think we’re missing something important drop me a line to .

Newsletters work best when they get a good circulation.  We’re doing our best to let people know about it but you could help us along by mentioning it to your genealogy buddies and generally spreading the word.


A total of 68 new title releases in this newsletter if you count all the individual Census CDs!

New releases from Archive CD Books Canada.

New Census CDs from the UK.

New Australian CD

News Gossip and more.


To find a book on our web site take a note of the catalogue number - or use the “copy” function - go to the web site, click on the “Search Page” link and enter, or “paste,” the number into the “Product Number” box.  Hit “Search” and then “More” and you will be in a position to reread the description or to place your order.  There is frequently more information about the books available on the web site.

All prices in $Cdn.

* The Canada Directory 1853/54    

CA0088:  $35.00    

Robert W. S. MacKay's second edition of Lovell's commercial guide and information handbook to the newly Confederated (1841) Provinces of Lower and Upper Canada (known as Canada East - C.E. and Canada West - C.W. in this directory.)   The information it contains was current to November 1853 but the Directory was not published until 1854.  Please note the Directory ONLY covers the areas which are approximated by today's Quebec and Ontario Provinces.

The Directory itself claims to contain the "Names of the Professional and Business men of every description in the Cities, Towns and Villages of Canada."  Indeed, the listings include villages with only about a hundred inhabitants.  Each entry is accompanied with a short description of the place's location, its distance to the nearest principal cities and in many cases the normal stage or steamboat fare to get there.  For the larger cities the description is enlarged to include some of the history and important events while the listing is expanded to include all sorts of resident officials and government appointed agents.  There are also many engraved advertisements for the local businesses.  For the Major cities, like Quebec, Toronto and Montreal, this can expand the city's listing to cover several tens of pages.

There is also a large section of the book devoted to "Miscellaneous Matters" whose scope defies a full description but which contains such useful information as: the names of the ministers of ALL of the churches, the population of towns, counties and cities taken from the Census of 1850, and a directory to ALL the post offices in the Confederation.

This is a very rare directory, in fact we couldn't even find a copy of this edition listed in the holdings of the Library and Archives of Canada.  The book numbers 691 pages and is packed with useful information from cover to cover. We have formatted our copy on CD for text searches using the free download pdf interpreter programs like Adobe Reader™.

(There is a more complete description of this book in the catalogue on our web site.)

* History of the County of Middlesex, Canada - 1889    

CA0114:  $35.00

All superlatives aside, this really is the most detailed and comprehensive area history book I have ever come across.  At about the turn of the 19th century there was a flurry of books, written on commission, to record the biographies of some of the wealthier families in a particular area.  Indeed this is one of them, but the approximately 460 biographies occupy only about a third of the book.  The other two thirds of the book provides so much information on the history and make up of the Middlesex County it'll be impossible to do it full credit in this short description.  Only by reading it will you realize the scale of this work.

Let's start by saying that the author went out of his way to mention the names of people living in the area if they had left any sort of record of their activities.  I mean everything from being a member of a church committee to being involved in a court case and more.  The vast majority of the over 1000 pages of the book carry some of the names of local inhabitants, or of outsiders who were in some way associated with Middlesex.  There are even transcriptions of some of the early parish registers giving the records of marriages from about 1833 through about 1839 (depending on the church.)

There are brief histories of the formation of all sorts of public bodies, from town councils to orchestras, from Masonic lodges to horticultural societies.  And each record includes the names of all the people involved. There are lists of names for everything.

And yet more than just lists of names. Each township and each city has its own paragraph describing how it originated and how it was organized.  There are copies of early accounts showing the civil income and expenditure.  The details are just endless.

Our version of this book on CD, has been processed through our state-of-the-art OCR application and is fully searchable using any of the free PDF interpreters like Acrobat Reader™.  This means that the fund of genealogical and historical information it contains can be easily accessed.

(There is a more complete description of this book in the catalogue on our web site.)


* Early Shefford (Eastern Townships) Pioneers

Due to a misunderstanding we haven’t yet got this book but its arrival has just been delayed, not cancelled.

* We haven’t actually set our scanning queue at the moment.  We have two (possibly three) more Ontario County histories waiting but we have been neglecting other parts of the country recently and I have a really nice book for Nova Scotia I’m itching to get at.  We have also been collecting an interesting set of books on early Methodist church history which we feel may be well received.  For this coming month lets just say that I’ll try and surprise you!

* We have noticed that some of our most popular titles are books which we’ve been requested to copy, or that we’ve noticed people are asking for on genealogy lists.  We can’t guarantee to make copies of everything asked for but we’re always ready to listen to suggestions / wants, and will follow up where we can.  Just drop us a line and give us as much information on the book as you can.  Remember though, that we can only work with Canadian (or nationality neutral) subjects and we’ve had very litle success in obtaining reproduction licenses§ on books which are still in copyright (i.e., less than 50+ years old.)

(§  The authors, or their copyright heirs, are usually impossible to find.)


(All prices in $Cdn.)


If you do not need the whole county, then these sets offer the opportunity for you to buy smaller parts at a more affordable price for the districts in which you have interest.

The census is not necessarily organized by logical geographical districts. Please refer to our web site catalogue descriptions to see a list of the places included on each CD.  Be aware that some places occasionally occur on more than one CD. (We have not divided the CDs into geographical areas - we have kept strictly to the HO classifications as per the original census references).

* MONMOUTHSHIRE 1841 CENSUS - Full County Set      

C1841MON:  $59.00    


Also available as Individual CDs 01 thru 07 (see our web site for the districts on each part): $16.10 ea.


C1841STF:  $142.10


Also available as Individual CDs 01 thru 23 (see our web site for the districts included): $16.10 ea.

THIS IS A HUGE 23 CD SET - Not only does the county have a large population, but the reason for so many CDs in the set is that we have scanned it in gray scale to a very high quality indeed to overcome the problems typically associated with the faded 1841 census pages. We can't promise that every single page will be legible (invisible ink is impossible to scan) but we can promise that the pages will be more readable than on the original films that you may have seen in the past!


C1841WAR    $110.70


Also available as Individual CDs 01 thru 18 (see our web site for the districts included): $16.10 ea.


C1841WIL    $80.40    


Also available as Individual CDs 01 thru 13 (see our web site for the districts included): $16.10 ea.


* Education Department's Record of War Service 1914-1917    

AU7018:  $31.40    

A wonderful and comprehensive record of hundreds of Victorians involved in the Great War 1914-18. Includes biographies and photos of those who served - those who were killed and those who returned.  See our web site for a complete description of the contents of this book.

This requires Adobe Reader™ to view. The whole text is searchable - names, places and any word in the text.


If any of you have genealogy related questions of a general nature - or something specifically related to Archive CD Books - we'd be glad to publish your question in this newsletter to tap into the enormous fund of knowledge which I know is out there.


We are going to be displaying our Books on CD at the Ottawa OGS show, “GENE-O-RAMA 2005”  on the 8/9th of April.  The show is to be held at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, see the Family History Societies section below for more information.  We will have several hundred CDs for sale, including all our Canadian products.  We’ll be pleased to meet with you and answer any of your questions - if we can, as well as to listen to any suggestions you might like to offer us.

We don’t get out of the office very often so we’re looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  Just drop by and say “hello” if you like.  We’ll probably have a few “show specials” with us to tempt you as well.


We are pleased to announce that the RMR is stocking our compilation CD of the Regiment’s history, CA0100-s, in their kit shop.  If you visit the home of this famous regiment in Montreal you will have the opportunity to purchase the CD in person in their Kit Shop.


We are also pleased to announce that the Gift Shop at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives, 13 Burke St., Penetanguishene, Ontario, is stocking copies of our recently released CD of the Pioneer Papers.  Penetanguishene is, of course, an important town in the County of Simcoe and figures largely in this excellent book.


As well as announcing our new releases in this newsletter we are also posting them on the British-Genealogy Forums.  I suggest you use the link below to go straight to our Canadian page because there are a lot of forums on this site and it takes a while to find your way around:

In addition to posting our new releases you will see that we also announce other pieces of news and gossip as they come along.  You may find some of the other forums of interest if you haven’t visited this site before.


The word is out that Archive CD Books Ireland are due to hold their grand opening later this month.  Just setting up an Archive CD Books web site is an enormous undertaking so our best wishes are with them for a successful launching.  We’re looking forward to being able to include some Irish titles in our catalogue soon.


Not strictly a customer but a friend, who is a part time musician, to whom we donated a copy of our recently published US/Canadian Irish song book.  His e-mail comment:

“Only one thing to say about the CD


and only one thing to say about the web site

WOW! ...........”         Rod.


* Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, presents:  Gene-O-Rama 2005, April 8-9, 2005

Ben Franklin Place,  101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (plenty of parking.)

Speakers: Bruce Elliott; Sylvie Tremblay; Glenn Wright; Lyall Manson; Betty Burrows & Doug Hoddinott; Shaun Wallace

for more detailed information, and for registration, go to the web site at:

* Upcoming Genealogy Workshops / Orientations-Cloverdale & Semiahmoo Libraries-Surrey (BC).  Jan-April 2005

- April 9  Military Research

Saturday, April 9, 2005, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

At the Cloverdale Library, 5642-176A Street, Surrey

Instructor: Colin Stevens, Charge $10

Please pre-register by calling 604-576-1384 (local 303 or 304). Payment is required upon registration.

- April 23;  Finding your Female Ancestors

Saturday, April 23, 2005, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

At the Cloverdale Library, 5642-176A Street, Surrey

Instructor: Diane Rogers Charge $10

Please pre-register by calling 604-576-1384 (local 303 or 304). Payment is required upon registration.

- Ongoing----Cloverdale Library Genealogical Collection Orientations

The first Saturday of every month,  9:30 - 10:30 am at the Cloverdale Library, 5642 - 176A Street, Surrey.   Free of charge.

Preregistration suggested. If you would like more information, call us at 604-576-1384 (ext. 5)

For more information, see the library's website

or call the library's genealogy department, 604 576 1384

* The Kelowna & District Genealogy Society invite you and your members to attend our 2005 Seminar "Harvest Your Family Tree" to be held in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, on September 30, October 1, 2, 2005.  We have a selection of noted speakers from Scotland, England and Western Canada; something for everyone, whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned researcher.  More information about early bird registration, seminar schedule and presenters is available on the Kelowna & District Genealogy website: .  

Kind regards, Betty Maurice, Advertising Committee, 2005 Seminar -


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Attn.:  Malcolm Moody - President

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Manotick, Ontario,  K4M 1A2, Canada.

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