Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V11#04 - 20 August, 2014











The “Dog Days of August” are not normally associated with any particular breed, but this year, if they were, it would be the Husky where we are!  We have been experiencing several days of unusual cold making me realize it is not long before we all return to our winter pastimes.

This month we have added another to our popular series of Military histories with the story of an historic regiment based, for may years, in Toronto.

This is the second history we have been able to reproduce, written about exploits during the 2nd World War, it having just emerged from copyright protection.

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*  Dileas; History of The 48th Highlanders of Canada 1929 - 1956

Product No. CA0429:  $30.00.

It would be hard to write a better description of this book than the following selections from the foreword by, Lieutenant-General H. D. Graham, C.B.E., D.S.O., E.D., CD., Chief of the General Staff.

“......, it is from personal knowledge that I am able to pay tribute to the loyalty, the gallantry, and the great achievements which have been so splendidly recounted by Captain [Kim] Beattie in this book.”

“In 1918 I had the good fortune to be on the strength of the 48th Highlanders in France when it was known as the 15th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.”

“The history of a regiment is really the story of a family. It should be not merely a dry-as-dust account of dates, places and actions but should intermingle with such information the lively anecdotes and personal reflections that are a part of any large, robust, gallant and adventurous family group. Such is Captain Kim Beattie's history of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.”

“The author has given us the happy, the tragic, the amusing, and the individual stories but, at the same time, he has carefully recounted the purely historical events in the life of this great regiment from 1929 to the present day.”

“Those who have not had the privilege of serving with the Regiment will find it an entrancing story; once picked up, difficult to put down; and when they have finished the reading they will know well that the members of this great family, during these years of peace and war, have truly adhered to the regimental motto DILEAS which, being translated, means FAITHFUL.”

This is a substantial book with almost 900 pages of content.  It orders the main story chronologically in 52 Chapters, grouped into eight segments or phases.  In support of author Kim Beattie’s excellent text the book has 11 map plates and 32 illustrations.  In conclusion there is an extensive (27 page) conventional index further enhanced with a 6 page index to references in the book to other military units, from both sides of the conflict.  This digital edition is - of course - fully computer searchable for any word or phrase and the search speed is greatly enhanced by our use of FastFind technology.

Altogether a fine Regimental history and a “must have” volume for anyone with interests in the 48th Highlanders. 



Books destined for our publication, making their way through our workshop, include a 100+ year old, specialized, North American directory and the social history electronic manuscript, I have mentioned here previously.  What I don’t normally mention is the “Private” work we are also undertaking.  

This “Private Work” is the many varied jobs of digitization which we undertake for private and corporate individuals.  We, of course, never release any of this material, except to the “private” customer, but this work is important to our survival as a business and shares the same facilities and resources used to make public releases.  Sometimes this “private” work takes priority - when push comes to shove - in our work scheduling, which is why my “Coming Soon” predictions sometimes fail to become “Coming Soon” facts.

Our range of “Private Archiving” services are discussed on our website but are actually almost unlimited in scope and we evaluate every potential package of work separately to find how we can best achieve your desired aims most efficiently while maintaining all the high standards we know you expect form us.



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: 

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 British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has put on another database - the names of 2,284 British Home Children who died after they had immigrated to Canada. 

It gives the name, date of death, the name of the society (e.g., Barnardo's) and (this is important) they also give the reference source with each record.  The database is accessible at: 

They also have the Fegan Index, and the Middlemore Homes Index on the Home Children Site at: 

There will be a panel discussion on the Home Children at the BIFHSGO conference (See FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS 19-21 September, 2014 below).  The panel will include three experts on the subject – Patricia Roberts-Pichette, Marjorie Kohli, and Gloria Tubman.


THE "Ryan Taylor/J. Brian Gilchrist" MEMORIAL LECTURE:

If you have attended genealogy events in the Ottawa area you are probably aware of the  Ryan Taylor memorial lectures.  With the passing of Brian Gilchrist, a friend of Ryan's, the Ottawa Branch of the OGS decided to rename their memorial lecture series to include Brian's name as well.  The first of this series under this new name will be presented on 25, October 2014 - see the notice below for details of the event.




There is a call for papers to be presented at the 2015 OGS conference (29-31May)

See details of conference announcement in section 6 -  FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS.  This initial call is for one page summaries for first level selection.  Be sure to read the requirements of both the papers subject matter and to submission rules from the website.

Contact Info: Conference 2015 website:



The OGS picks their theme for the 2017 conference (NOTE:  2017, not 16!)  

Is the theme which has been chosen for the Society's conference to be held in Ottawa (the Nation’s Capital); and what a fantastic title!  And the reason that the title of the conference was chosen is that 2017 will be the 150th birthday of the founding of Canada. It will be a super busy time in Ottawa, so why not plan to attend the conference and do some sightseeing during your stay? 

This will be the sixth time that Ottawa Branch will have hosted the conference (plus they co-hosted the 2012 conference in Kingston.)

They already have a small group of volunteers, but they can always have more people join them in this effort.   You can contact them at: 

The webpage is:



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 just 10 posts (slow month) and the 5 most popular were:

News of how “Canadiana” is proposing to present LACs digitized data.

          Changes being made to FamilySearch’s Wiki.

          Release of our new Military book, Dilleas.  (See new Release above.)

          The LAC is making serious corrections to the indexing of the 1861 Canadian Census. 

          Start of the new series of “Who Do You Think You Are”.

I try and keep the postings to only significant events - as they occur,  but I do also include posts about “specials” and “free access” opportunities which only last a few days.

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(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are.  Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)

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.


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.  There will also be a panel discussion on the subject of "Homechildren" who were emigrated to Canada.  See article in: “5 NEWS & GOSSIP” above.



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


25 October, 2014.  The Ottawa branch of the OGS is  holding a regular pseudo-monthly meeting at which the Ryan Taylor/Brian Gilchrist memorial lecture will be presented.  (See notice about name change above.)  The presentation this year is entitled: "A Research Journey into WWI, WWII, Medals, & eBay"  Their website is at


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


29-31 May, 2015.  The Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society’s annual conference at Georgian College Campus, Barrie, ON, Canada. The conference theme — Tracks through Time – originates from the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada.

Conference 2015 website:






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