Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V11#02 - 18 June, 2014











We are well into our traditionally “slow” time of the year.  And why not?  We (largely) live in a Country which has a winter harsh enough to make going out of doors an issue.  We are rewarded with wonderful, warm (even too hot), quite consistently good summers.  This is our time to be outdoors, “frolicking” in the sunshine!

Nevertheless we have managed to release the promised book, “Prominent People of the Maritime Provinces.”  When we first saw this book we were expecting yet another of those books, again providing the well known origins of the “traditionally important people,” state officials, politicians, high church members, etc., etc.  We were delighted when we found this book took a much broader view of what brought about “Prominence,” so that it included business people, trades people, adventurers, in fact anyone (including women) who in some way had brought (valued) public attention to the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.

You may have already heard that there are supposed to be new regulations on the distribution of unrequested eMail advertising (spam to you) starting 1st of July.   We have reviewed our Newsletter Distribution system and found that while we do, now, meet all the new requirements, our record keeping was not quite good enough for some of our early subscriptions.  (We are in our 11th year!)  Consequently we will be contacting some of you and asking you to reconfirm your subscription.  PLEASE reply or we will be forced to discontinue your newsletter to avoid sanctions.

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Prominent People of the Maritime Provinces

CA0241:  $21.00

by Canadian Publicity Co., published, 1922.


This description is opened with an edited quote from the book’s Preface:

“ ‘PROMINENT PEOPLE’ is designed by the publishers to provide a record of the men and women who, in one capacity or another, are contributing to and making possible the growth and development of the Maritime Provinces.…

Public memories, sometimes, are short-lived, and history records only the names of those who stand out most prominently in the great events of the times. The aim of "Prominent People" is to create a lasting memorial not only for the great men, but also for those lesser personages in all walks of life who, by their toil and sacrifices, are laboring for the advancement of the Maritime Provinces, and are the real moulders of their destinies.…

This book is not designed as a work of praise, but of facts. One's education, professional or business training and experiences and status in the community are facts which no man or woman should hesitate to see in print, and which the public have a right to know.

The book will have a value for the historian quite beyond its use as a current work of reference. It is hoped it will do its part in making all the sons and daughters of these three Provinces better known to each other, and will give a bird's-eye view of their usefulness and contribution to the confederated Provinces of the Dominion.”

The book is laid out in a style reminiscent of a newspaper, that is in two columns per page. The subject’s name is the first words in the article about them, with the Family name first, given names next, and degrees and honors last.

The individual articles are arranged in alphabetical order of the subject’s family name - eliminating the need for an overall Index. 

Each subject’s article varies in length a great deal, from a couple of lines to about 2 pages (4 columns), according to a random sampling of 100 subjects. This sampling also revealed that the book probably contained more than 1,000 descriptions / biographies of individual subjects. The subjects reside all over the World, their commonality being through their involvement with Canada’s Atlantic Provinces.



We are still working on the last of the four BC books.  The printing got even worse towards the end of this last book. While the wording could still be puzzled out (mostly by context) the OCR text would have been next to useless so we are making the effort to clean up the page images for a better, easier to read, reproduction with  much better searchability.

Work continues on the original electronic “manuscript” which we feel is an important, original, social history, well worth all the work we are putting into it.  It will still take a few more months.



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.




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 



June 2 to June 27, 2014 is the window for the acceptance of proposals for presentations at the 11-14 February 2015 ROOTSTECH 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 5 most popular were:

Notice of’s intention to discontinue several functions and services.

A reprint of a 1914 notice of “Rules for Teachers.”

Notice of new data available from the digital archives of the National Archives of Canada.

A note of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.  (Initiation of WWI.)

A reminder of Australian data available on “Trove”.

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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.


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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