Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V11#08 - 27 February, 2015











Our big news is that our NEW WEBSITE is OPEN and ready for you to inspect.  

Go to:  or to just: they both go to the same place.

Unless you are an experienced web site builder it is hard to explain all the work that goes into bringing a new website “on-line” and we certainly don’t claim to be “experts” so we also had to spend extra time climbing the “learning curve” right the way through.

We believe we have provided you with a modernized, user friendly, attractive place to do your Information Source browsing.  We have transferred almost all the basic information from the old site - but it has been reviewed and upgraded as necessary, so most of the “crumbs” and “dust-bunnies” have been chased out. Our revised catalogue navigation should help you to find the books you want to review quicker and easier than before.  Hint: Check out the “Filter:” near the top of the Catalogue pages!

We know there are a few loose ends we still have to tie up and we fully expect to be making minor corrections for some time, but there shouldn’t be anything to spoil your surfing pleasure!

With all of this going on I’m sure you are not surprised that we are not able to bring you any “New” products this month, but things should start returning to normal now.

We have been receiving notices of, and finding, more activity in the genealogy community so there is plenty to see in the News & Gossip & the …Announcements, sections 5 & 6 below.

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- A look at what’s coming.

- Recent, and ongoing, events worthy of a mention

- All our news, gossip and announcements.



No new Digital Reproductions this month I’m afraid.



I have held up publication of this newsletter until we could announce the launch of the new website so we are going to have to review our forward going plan.  Obviously, finishing off our work on the original Canadian social history, electronic manuscript, we are proud to be publishing will figure large in those plans.  Beyond that we have a literal “heap” of wonderful books all competing to be next in line.



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.



Toronto Branch has reached a milestone in its project to index war memorials in the city’s schools! The number of schools in our For King and Country database now stands at 100. The latest additions are The Bishop Strachan School, Davisville Public School, Eastern High School of Commerce, George Syme School, Humbercrest Public School, Keele Street School, Maurice Cody School, Roselands Public School, Victoria College, and York Memorial Collegiate Institute. That’s 10 more schools… and 3,378 more names of students, former students and teachers who volunteered for active service in the World Wars and other conflicts. Our database now contains a total of more than 38,000 names, along with descriptions and transcriptions of memorials, photos and school histories, all fully searchable on-line. Visit our For King and Country pages at to explore this growing collection.



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:



Is offering a half-year membership for the period from January 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015 for only $40.00.

This membership will provide you with a copy of the Summer 2015 issue of their newsletter, Connections, and full member's access to their website. Also, they invite members and non-members alike (free for members) to go to their research library in Montreal to access their many books, and use special genealogy searching programs.

To join, click on the membership form below. After printing and completing the form, you can mail it to them, along with your cheque or money order for $40.00.

The membership form is at

The website is at



The Manitoba Museum wants to know if you have artifacts relating to the first time women were allowed to vote in the province. 

A new exhibit called “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote” will open at the museum on November 5, 2015. The title comes from the words uttered by former Manitoba Premier Sir Rodmond Roblin during a heated exchange with Nellie McClung.

The exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary when the Manitoba Legislature amended the Manitoba Election Act on January 28, 1916 to allow women to vote.

“Nice Women Don’t Want to Vote” will run until February 9, 2016 before traveling for the next eight months across Manitoba prior to open at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa on November 17, 2016.

Anyone with artifacts or a story for the exhibit should contact Roland Sawatzky at (204) 988-0634 or by email

Read the history of how women won the vote in Manitoba at


The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has started offering classes called Genealogy: Back to Basics.

Following is the current schedule for Genealogy B2B.  All lectures begin at 1:00 p.m.

28 February 2015 - Are You a Trust Me Genealogist? (Heather Oakley)

15 March 2015 - No meeting due to conflict with Gene-O-Rama 2015

25-April 2015 - Genetic Genealogy (Richard McGregor)

06 June 2015 - Lineage Societies (Dorothy Meyerhof)

27 June 2015 - Ottawa Resources (Mike More)

12 September 2015 - Getting Started (Mike More)

24 October 2015 - Genealogical Resources in Eastern Ontario (John Patton)

28 Nov 2015 - TBA

19 Dec 2015 - TBA

 The handouts that will be used for each class have been put online at

There is no charge for the sessions, and all are invited.  For more information, including any updates on the classes (with instructor), visit the announcement page at:


We are repeating this message from the Trafalgar Township Historical Society:

     - Share your stories and information, or ask us about finding information in the area of Trafalgar Township/North Oakville. We keep files of family and area information. We are interested in copying photographs of people, places and events pertaining to Trafalgar Township and North Oakville, past and present - see our collection on the internet (thank you, Councillor Knoll) Trafalgar Township Historical Society Digital Collections Our other primary focus is the one-room school and the history-based children's programs we offer. Our March Break afternoon program is taking registrations now.  The March Break Program runs daily from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM starting Monday, March 16 through to Friday, March 20, 2015. The cost is $125.00 per child for the week or $30 per child per day.  Contact Katherine at 647.231.3103  All events take place at the old Palermo Schoolhouse

     - Old Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, Oakville, ON, L6M 4J3

     - Website


Good news from Nova Scotia Archives in Halifax! They are preparing to put on new vital statistics records of births registered in 1914 (including delayed registrations); marriages registered in 1939;  and deaths registered in 1964. Over 25,000 records will be added!

They say that ‘The records were released on 31 December 2014,  and are currently being digitized at the Nova Scotia Archives, where also electronic indexes are being constructed or improved upon, and quality control testing is taking place.’ The anticipate uploading date is in July.  Further information will be posted as the launch date



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 past month we have made 24 posts and the 5 most popular were:

News of the opening of our new website.

A headline from history that struck a chord.

          News of a reduction in the price of copies of British “vital: certificates.

          News of the release of the 1921 UK Census.

          Several Family History Societies offering 1/2 price membership for the remainder of their “year.”

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

Add your “Like” to our site and be “in the know!” 


If you have an item which you would like us to give a public airing on Facebook (and you don't wish to do it yourself) - or if you wish to have it posted in this newsletter then send it to me at: and we'll see what we can do.  (Please indicate that you would prefer we post it on Facebook otherwise we may leave it to be posted in the newsletter.)

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Mail filters are becoming very aggressive and we are still getting newsletter subscriptions from addresses which subsequently reject our confirmation notices and postings. (We are routinely getting several reject notices a month - in spite of unsubscribing people after their third sequential rejection!)  If you hear of someone complaining that we ignored their newsletter subscription, or that we have stopped delivering to them, please tell them to check their rejected messages and to edit their personal filter to accept the domain or the address.  THANK YOU!

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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.)

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

We can only bring a “selection” (about 1,000) of the many thousands of 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.


4 March 2015, Wednesday.  The Toronto branch of the OGS offers a three-week hands-on course (2nd and 3rd classes: 11 and 18 March), “Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research”.  This course will examine the uses of historical newspapers for genealogy research as well as where to find them online.  2015, Instructor: Marian Press

Where/when: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto times of all classes 6:15 – 8:15 pm.

For further information visit


27 & 28 March, 2015, Friday & Saturday.  The Ottawa branch of the OGS will be holding their 31st annual GEAN-O-RAMA conference.  They have a full program of speakers, presenting between Friday evening and  Saturday evening as well as a large number of vendors in the marketplace, which will be running all the time.  The conference is being held in the Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.  Further information/registration can be found at



28 March 2015, Saturday.  The Toronto branch of the OGS offers a fast-paced one-day course: Introduction to Genealogy and Family History.  This will introduce some of the types of records and techniques needed to research your family tree, with a focus on vital records, census and probate records, and how to extract and evaluate data.  Instructor: Linda Reid

Where / when: North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto. Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For further information visit


Registration is also now open for the first in the spring 2015 lineup of courses run by the Toronto branch OGS in partnership with the Archives of Ontario, designed for both family and local historians:


31 March, 7 and 14 April 2015, Tuesdays.  “Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records.”  This three-week course will provide a hands-on introduction to the land granting process in Ontario and the main types of Crown Land records. Participants will work in small groups following actual case histories through the records.  Instructor: Jane MacNamara

Where / when: Archives of Ontario, York University, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.  Times:   4 - 7 p.m.

For further information visit


11 April, 2015.   Toronto Branch of the OGS is planning a day-long workshop on “Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors”, a workshop on the social and economic lives of the people who settled in Old Ontario before 1867.  More information and online registration is now available on:   Early-bird registration deadline is 14 March.

This workshop is being offered in collaboration with the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library.

For further information on workshops visit


25 April, 2015.  The Kitchener Public Library will be hosting their 4th annual Genealogy Fair.  This is a very successful public event which has attracted about  300 participants each year.  And why not, it’s FREE!   There is a full program of presenters and a full marketplace of vendors.  This year it is being held in the newly renovated and expanded Central Library building at 85 Queen St North, Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H1.  Tel. 519.743.0271.  For other questions please contact:



9 May, 2015. The BC Genealogical Society is holding a Seminar discussing: The “Push” and the “Pull”:  Emigration Decision-Making in the 19th Century (Europe)

I Found My Family on the Internet!  Now what do I do? Discovering the ‘Other’ Censuses:  State and Non-Population Enumerations, Soldiers, Spies & Farm Wives:  the Changing Roles of Women During the Civil War! – speaker Jill Morelli.  The event is taking place at South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, BC.

Early bird tickets till April 15th.  (Jill Morelli blogs at: 'Genealogy Certification: A Personal Journey': )

For Seminar details and registration:


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.

Registration is now open and details of the program of events can be found on the

“Conference” website:



6 June, 2015.  Toronto Branch of the OGS is planning a one-day workshop on 6 June 2015 on “Genetic Genealogy” and its uses in family history research.  Advance notice only.  Look for more information coming soon, or go to:


19 to 21 June, 2015.  The Quebec Family History Society is hosting a conference, Roots2015, at the downtown campus of McGill University, Montreal.  The QFHS run their conferences periodically and the last one was in 2011.  Their prospectus can be found on their website at:

Our long term planning had us scheduled to participate in the “marketplace” at this event but we are still investigating this.





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