Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V11#01 - 21 May, 2014











This last 30 days has been a busy period for us with the belated arrival of actual spring weather and our attendance at the (very early) Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) Annual Conference.

In between we were able to release another of the quartet of BC books from the Slocan Library.  This time it is all about the Fraser River gold rush and some of its surprising consequences.

I have not seen many announcements of new meetings, etc. but I have updated the genealogy news and related events from our last newsletter anyway.


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The Early History of the Fraser River Mines

CA0426:  $12.00

It seems to have been just a coincidence that when the "easy" pickings of the California gold fields became scarce and the resident miners were casting around for new grounds, the news of finds of "placer" gold in the gravelly "bars" of the lower Fraser river was circulating.  Whatever the reason, there started a headlong rush up the Fraser to the headwaters where experience taught there would be even greater riches to be found. June of 1858 saw as many as 10,000 miners leaving from San Francisco alone with a peak influx of 25 to 30 thousand fortune hunters descending on the area in just three months.  All this into an area which had previously only experienced an occasional solitary hunter or trapper, which had no infrastructure or facilities save a few Hudson's Bay Company trading posts (forts), and nothing in the way of roads other than a couple of indian foot trails.

The occupation and settlement of the western territories, up until this time, had been (mostly) concentrated along the coasts, so this inland area was not claimed, or administered, by any "recognized" authority, so this enormous, highly mixed, group found themselves with no rule of law, no "higher authority", in fact none of the regular trappings of civilization or society we are so used to taking for granted.  (Except perhaps for the "law" of the HBC which really only applied where they had a financial interest.)  It was no surprise then that extremely anti-social behaviour ran rampant causing the nearest representative of "government", James Douglas, Governor of the Island of Vancouver, to declare  the whole area under his jurisdiction and almost incidentally founded what was to be the Province of British Columbia.

Following a 10 page Introduction which lays out these events in order and in some detail this book is a collection of (transcriptions of) the significant letters, reports and "other" documents.  The following quote from the introduction explains the selection of these letters and other documents.:

“The letters that are in this volume consist of a part of the correspondence of Richard Hicks from October, 1858, to May, 1859; of Chartres Brew, the Chief Inspector of Police and Assistant Chief Gold Commissioner, from November, 1858, to April, 1859; of Judge Begbie from January, 1859, to March, 1859; together with a few scattered but illuminating documents. The selection, however, has been carefully made with the view of showing the men and the life of the time, the difficulties of maintaining order and collecting revenue, and generally the conditions prevailing in the Colony of British Columbia—that is, on Fraser River—when it was in its swaddling-clothes”

The book, published as a "Memoir" of the Archives of British Columbia in 1926, was compiled and edited by His Honour, Frederic W. Howay (1867-1943, Judge of the County Court of New Westminster), an acknowledged expert in the history of British Columbia and author of / contributor to, many books on “local” historic subjects.

We invite you to join us in thanking the Community Library of Slocan, and their librarian Joyce Johnson for allowing us to bring you this digital reproduction of another wonderful record of Canada’s, and BC’s, history and rich heritage. 



The last of the four BC books has turned out to be rather more labor intensive than we had expected, the typesetters seem to have been having some very bad Fridays, which is a pity because the book’s content looks very interesting anyway.

There is another fantastic electronic “manuscript” we are editing, which is an important, original, social history that we are anxious to get finished, but still requires quite a lot of work so this will still take a few months.

More immediately however, we have a 1922 book packed full of biographical information about people in the Atlantic Provinces which will be ready for release in a week or so.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page if you want to get news of this one early!



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

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT @ Shilo, MB._____


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 

DEADLINE 30th May 2014!___________


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 16 posts and the 4 most popular were:

A notice of the release of early Quebec records by - actually this was just in last months list but the post continued to build visits until it was one of our all time best read posts.

A message about “Scotland’s People” website allowing users to “renew” outdated credits!  

Advice on what to take with you when you go to do research in a “strange” Archive.

A warning notice about the duplication of the same records on multiple data web sites, and the research pit-falls it can cause.

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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.



24 May, 2014.  Genealogy Tours of Scotland are staging a “discussion” on Scottish immigration to Canada and will provide information on how and where to conduct your genealogical searches.  To be held at Windsor’s Community Museum at 2 pm.  For complete details please go to:


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) 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


? - ? June, 2015.  The venue for the 2015 OGS Conference was announced to be Barrie (Simcoe County) at the wrap-up of the 2014 event.  Since I have also heard that it will be on the 5-7th June but that remains to be confirmed.





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