Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V10#12 - 23 April, 2014











This month we have released the digital versions of two books we have borrowed from the Slocan Community Library, BC, thanks to Joyce Johnston, their friendly, book loving, and forward looking librarian, and (we are so glad to say) our friend!  The library received a bequest of a large parcel of books from which we were allowed to choose what we thought would be of value to history “buffs” and family historians.  Also affecting our choice was that many of these books were “rare” in that we could find very few copies available, making it wise to make digital copies so the information they contain is less likely to get lost.

There is a common theme to these books in that both of them are compiled from journals written in the early to mid 1800’s by individuals traveling, either to get to BC or  traveling in and around BC.  Both were compiled through the work of the Archives of British Columbia by well qualified historians and so can be relied on for factual accuracy.  Beyond that, and that they both offer a fascinating glimpse into the everyday lives of real pioneers, they have nothing in common.

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3.1 The Overlanders of '62

Product No. CA0423:   $12.00

“GOLD!” The single word anthem which is widely acknowledged as the fastest way to mobilize: fortune hunters, adventurers, explorers, entrepreneur and, unfortunately, ne'er-do-wells, into a rush to be early on the “easy pickings” of a new gold field.  Such was the case in the late 1850’s when the news started to leak out about gold findings in the Cariboo district and the upper reaches of the Fraser valley of New Caledonia / British Columbia.  From outside the continent there was obviously a preference to take a ship to the West coast -even if that included an overland journey across the Panama isthmus.  For those already living in the heart of the N. American landmass, however, there were several other routes, some physically less demanding than others (although this generally came at larger financial outlay).  For these travellers a route across the plains and mountains promised a more attractive, and probably quicker, route although there was a surprisingly large number of specific trails from which to choose.

No matter how you arrived however, all routes finished on the same, barely made, trails through the brush and wilderness of the interior of the barely explored B.C.   

One of the main gathering and “jumping-off” points for the overland routes towards the Cariboo and the Fraser gold fields, was St. Paul, Minnesota, (the US/Canada border was of little practical consideration in these times) and so it was that large numbers of fortune seekers tended to accumulate here. A need for good weather when crossing the Rocky Mountains more or less dictated a common departure time and so the travellers tended to form into groups, which also offered opportunities of mutual support, depending on the initial direction of their preferred route.  Usually, within such groups, there were still preferences for alternate byways, but generally the pedestrian, overland journey started out heading for Georgetown (on the Red River) and then proceeded via Fort Garry onto the Great Plains.  It was during this Plains crossing that parts of the exceptionally large “Overlanders of ’62” party started to divide, each according to their own travel preferences.

By the nature of these almost accidental circumstances there were no “official” records of these events. Fortunately journal and diary keeping was fashionable at the time, and a number of such documents, written by members of the ’62 party, have survived and have found their way into various libraries and archives (notably the Archives of British Columbia.)  From these documents and other background information, this book has been compiled (although transcribed and edited) to form a cohesive history of the period of events.  By the nature of its source the book does lack some of the basic information one might expect from a traditional history; such as the head-count or makeup of the parties in their separate or co-joined forms.  This, however, is usually made up for by, in this instance, a reference to the train of wagons being a significant part of a mile in length.  For similar reasons the depth of information about smaller off-shoot groups tends to become less when they leave the main group - because the number of diarists also decreases.  

From the point of view of the genealogist, however, the personal experience found in diaries and journals provides many references to individual members of the parties which would NOT have remained in a more “refined” historical or statistical account.  In researching the later lives of some of those named in the researched diaries, etc., the editor obtained Biographical notes on them and / or their families and these, numbering 51, are contained in the appendix.**  This book does provide the reader with a first hand, and truly informative, “story” of the people who undertook this adventure and gives details of the sort of experiences and hardships they would have had to deal with to satisfy their cravings for gold.

We invite you to join us in thanking the Slocan Community Library, and particularly their librarian Joyce Johnson, for loaning us this book in the interest of ensuring the continued availability of its content and the preservation of the original. Fully computer searchable.

** We have extracted the individual names of those who are the subjects of these Biographical Notes and provided them in an alphabetical list which can be found in the “More information” pop-up window clickable text at the bottom of this books description in the online catalogue on our web site.

3.2 The Journal of John Work - January to October 1835.

Product No. CA0425:  $10.00

John Work (“Wark”, at birth) was born in County Donegal, Ireland, c1792.  In 1814 he was employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in the Scottish Orkney Islands while in his early 20’s, and remained their employee throughout his life.  Within that same year he was transported to the actual Hudson’s Bay and within a further five years - attaining ever more senior positions - he was assigned to an overland exploration expedition bound for the Columbia District, where he was to continue his duties.  His journal of this (1823) voyage is the earliest first hand record of him, and the first indication that he had obtained some sort of academic education, i.e., being able to keep the journal.

The west coast local he was assigned to was a part of what is now Oregon / Washington, but at that time, and especially in the view of the HBC, allegiance to any far off -  and so functionally irrelevant - Eastern national administrations, was a secondary consideration to the primary needs of profitable trading and expanding the company’s trading area.  John obviously had a flair for this type of work since he rapidly moved up in the layered hierarchy of the HBC, reaching the rank of “chief trader” within only 8 years.  His work required frequent travel and this took him over many thousands of miles, both north (to Prince Rupert approx.), south along the Pacific coast (to San Francisco), inland to the Upper Fraser River and into what is now known as Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

He faithfully maintained his journals through all those years and today they are preserved in the original sixteen volume format in rare and important document repositories up and down these self same areas.  This publication is a transcript of most of the fourteenth and all of the fifteenth journal, these being written during the period between January and October 1835 when he was journeying in (now) British Columbia. The previous journals (mostly) detailed his expeditions through U.S. territory / states.  (NOTE: The US/Canada border wasn’t defined at this point and was not even an everyday consideration of those working and traveling in those days.)

John’s sixteenth journal details a canoe trip in 1851, but following a serious accident during a “backwoods” expedition in 1840 he seems to have taken a less “hands on” roll in the primary work of the HBC but, instead, started “assisting” in setting up a self governing authority in British Columbia.  (The inverted commas signify a whole other story - which is a part of the early history of the formation of a democratic administration in the Province!)  John Work continued to live and work in BC until his death in December of 1861.

As mentioned earlier there is little or nothing known as to how John Work came by his education but according to his transcribers his “hand” was difficult to read and his spelling was somewhat idiosyncratic (not so unusual in those days.)  In order to provide easier understanding of the journals the transcribers have “regularized” date formats and the spelling of well known names, to avoid confusion, and have made numerous small corrections in punctuation.  Otherwise they tried to use exactly the words John had used just as he wrote them.  There is an illustration in the book showing a page of John’s own writing so you can judge the difficulty of this task for yourself.

These journals were written more as a business log than as a purely personal memoir and so appear a little brusque. On the “plus” side however, they are packed with the sort of detail a “regular” journalist would be liable to consider not worth recording but which help to draw a “no nonsense” picture of frontier life in this period which is difficult to appreciate otherwise.  

We invite you to join us in thanking the Slocan Community Library, and particularly their librarian Joyce Johnson, for loaning us this book in the interest of ensuring the continued availability of its content and the preservation of the original.  Fully computer searchable and FastFind enabled.



With another “Private Archiving” deadline fast approaching we decided we could fit in the bundle of loaned BC books and as you see we managed to complete two of them.  The third only requires a relatively small amount of work to get it past the post.  The fourth has proved to need a little more concentrated work to get its images up to our standard so It is still back in the queue.

So, with the Ontario Genealogical Society spring Conference eating into the early days of next month the only thing I can promise for the next newsletter is the third BC book and a hope and prayer for the fourth. 



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 so you can tap into the enormous fund of knowledge which I know is out there.



Now thru. May 31, 2014.  An exhibit about Canada’s worst mine disaster at Hillcrest Collieries, in Hillcrest, Alberta.  On June 19, 1914, 189 miners lost their lives at Hillcrest Collieries in what is still Canada's worst mine disaster, one hundred years later.  The Provincial Archives of Alberta reconstructs the events at Hillcrest, and reviews their impact on this coal mining community by highlighting important archival documents preserved within its holdings.

Visit the Provincial Archives of Alberta to view this exhibit.  

The Archives are at 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta.   Admission is free.

Their new website is at 



From NOW thru. 30 June 2014.  The Eastern Township Resource Centre, is presenting a photo exhibition, “Kids! – Children of the Eastern Townships between 1890 -1930.”   The exhibit can be found at the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre, 9 Speid St., Lennoxville.  The event is free to everyone.   

There is also an online portal to the exhibition at:  (Make sure you copy the whole address from “http” to “facebook” with NO spaces!)!%20Children%20of%20the%20Eastern%20Townships%20between%201890%20and%201930/#.Uu-cGQvJS0Q.facebook



The Canadian War Museum’s popular exhibition of the War of 1812 will now be available via a virtual exhibition, and as a traveling version at venues across Canada into 2015.

Here are the dates and places where you can see the exhibit: 

April 5 - June 29, 2014 Royal Canadian Artillery Museum Shilo, MB 

July 19 - October 12, 2014 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Halifax, NS 

November 1, 2014 - January 25, 2015 Eptek Art & Culture Centre Summerside, PEI 

February 14 - May 10, 2015 Diefenbaker Canada Centre Saskatoon, SK 



The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on “Industrial England.”  The period of interest is 1750 to 1870. Workshop to be on Nov. 1, 2014 at North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

All instructions and details available at:



June 2 to June 27, 2014 is the window for the acceptance of proposals for presentations at the 11-14 February 2015 ROOS TECH Conference.  The 8 page “Call for Presentations” booklet can be downloaded (in PDF format) from:



We use our Facebook page to spread the word about notable events, special offers and just plain old “scuttlebutt” which we think will be of interest to Canadian genealogists, and which may have a short “shelf life.” To me, being a Canadian genealogist means having roots in other parts of the World as well as right here.  In an effort to keep focused on the Canadian content I try to filter out a lot of the vast wave of US (only) news which tend to overwhelmed most other news sources. 

Over the last month we have made 22 posts and the 4 most popular were:

A notice of the release of early Quebec records by

Another release of new data bases of early Quebec inhabitants this by the Drouin Inst..

A website which helps you to formulate genealogical Google searches.

A sad notice about Canada Post’s increase in mailing costs.

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NOTICE: About “shows” we attend as a marketplace vender:

We can only bring a “selection” (about 1,000) of the 4,000 odd CDs in our catalogue so if you have a particular title you want to see, let us know in time for us to include it in our packing.  We will keep it aside for you but there is NO OBLIGATION to buy if it is not what you were hoping for.  eMail:

We also have “soft copies” of everything on our computers, for you to view, and will take your orders for hard (CD) copies - OR we will do an instant download to YOUR portable storage media (including Gleanings), at the normal show discounts.



29 April, 2014.  Trafalgar Township Historical Society  meets at  7 p.m. in the old Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, Oakville, which is just east of Bronte Road, on the north side of Dundas.  Parking on site.  There will be a presentation - Meet the Teacher!  Historic interpreter, Katherine Belrose, will explain how she decided to base her “teacher” on Palermo school teacher Miss Norton, for the visits of present-day children, and will include a re-enactment during which she welcomes everyone as "the new teacher meeting parents for the first time.”

For more information, please contact, and see the website of the Society at


 2- 4 May, 2014.  The Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society's annual conference, at Brock University, St. Catharines. The conference theme is GENEALOGY WITHOUT BORDERS.

There are indications that the Niagara Branch are hoping to “live stream” parts of the conference over the internet so that those unable to attend in person can still get at least some of the benefit of it.




11 May, 2014.  The Ottawa TMG Users Group,will hold a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00pm for users of The Master Genealogist software, and related titles.   They meet at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Room 226.  

Their web site is


24, 25 May, 2014.  The Nova Scotia Genealogical Society is having a two-day cemetery conference in Truro.  There will be six lectures given by Dr. Allan Marble, Gary Wright, Bill Curry, Kevin Bartlett & Sean McKeane, Heather Lawson, and Deborah Trask.  Also a networking social, and poster displays.  All meals and breaks will be included, 

The conference will be held at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Campus, Truro, NS, and will include a field trip to the historic Onslow Cemetery. 

For more information about the conference and a registration packet, contact Dawn Josey at: 

Registration form: 


31 May, 2014.  BC Genealogical Society present an All Day Seminar in Richmond, BC - lunch included.  Door prizes including a Find My Past membership.   Topics: 

The National Archives of the UK – Audrey Collins, (TNA, UK). Researching English and Welsh records from a distance, including those records for Scotland and Ireland held at the National Archives 

The London Gazette – Audrey Collins, (TNA, UK).

Finding Your Australian Cousins - Geoff Doherty, (Australia).  

Early Bird Pricing until April 30, 2014.



27 July - 1 August, 2014.  The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is holding its annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  “This conference brings together people from all over the world who are interested in Jewish genealogy.” For more information go to their Website


22 August, 2014.  GenealogyTours of Scotland is organizing a One Day Symposium on Scottish Genealogy Research. The topics: Basic Scottish Research by John Thomson, DNA by Linda Reid, Scot Irish by Ruth Blair, and Tracking our Scots Emigrant Ancestors by Christine Woodcock. 

Registration will open in February The Symposium will be open to the public, with a reduced registration fee for OGS members.

For more information, please contact Christine Woodcock at


20 September, 2014.  The Ottawa TMG Users Group,will hold a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00pm for users of The Master Genealogist software, and related titles.   They meet at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Room 226.  

Their web site is


19 - 21 September, 2014.  The British Isles Family Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) HAVE CONFIRMED THEY will be conducting their annual conference in their “traditional” venue of the of the Library and Archives of Canada on Wellington St., Ottawa.  The conference themes are “English Family History”; Immigration from the British Isles; and Genetics in genealogy.  Further information will be announced when ready.  The announcement can be found at:



18 October, 2014.  The Ottawa TMG Users Group,will hold a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00pm for users of The Master Genealogist software, and related titles.   They meet at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Room 226.  

Their web site is


15 November, 2014.  The Ottawa TMG Users Group,will hold a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00pm for users of The Master Genealogist software, and related titles.   They meet at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Room 226.  

Their web site is


13 December, 2014.  The Ottawa TMG Users Group,will hold a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00pm for users of The Master Genealogist software, and related titles.   They meet at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Room 226.  

Their web site is





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