Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V11#08 - 19 March, 2015











We have been finishing and tidying up our new website over this last month.  For instance we have installed all of our Gleanings products now and they will be ready for download as soon as you receive your purchase confirmation!

We also finished off setting up the Free Downloads page so you can once again pick up ALL your old favorites, including the census copying and BMD forms.  (Sorry, we couldn’t redirect the old bookmarks, you will have to remake them.)

The bad news is that we have also had to move our e-mail to a new access point and we seem to be running into a lot of subtle errors.  If your email to us comes back to you (i.e., bounces) please try it again - we are making changes daily, attempting to smooth out the rough spots!

Back to the GOOD NEWS:  We have managed to get another wonderful old book about the arrival of a large group of Loyalists in what is now New Brunswick ready for you.  Although this book is a veritable treasure trove for the genealogists is is fairly short on the page count so we can price it very reasonably!

Lastly some additions, updates and revisions in the News and Gossip sections.

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- A new release about New Brunswick 

- A look at what’s coming.

- All our news, gossip and announcements.



*  1783-1883 Foot-Prints: or Incidents in Early History of New Brunswick.

CA0432:  $12.00

The author J. A. Lawrence, a New Brunswick business owner, and President of the New Brunswick Historical Society, set out in this book* to bring to life the events directly responsible  for the founding of the city of Saint John and the coincident creation of New Brunswick as an independent province in Canada. 

*  This book was published, at the request of the New Brunswick Historical Society, to mark the first Centennial of the landing of Loyalists at the mouth of the St. John river in 1783.

Following the victory of the US independence forces all those still living, who had fought for the British Crown or showed any British allegiance, were exiled.  The British Government, in response, allowed that exiled “Loyalists” could apply for, and take up, residence in the colonies to the north in British North America (Canada).  So it was that the bulk of the King’s American Dragoons, together with their commanders and some other noted loyalist families, elected to travel from New York to the area of the mouth of the Saint John river, then in Nova Scotia, and build a new home for themselves.  This book provides a detailed examination of the process whereby some 5,000 individuals were transported to this site of military strategic importance, together with such possessions and live stock as they still had, and were supported there by the British Government for up to three years.  They were supplied not only with raw materials but also weapons with which to defend their new domicile.  All this was accomplished using some 20 (identified) passenger craft, and an unknown number of freight carriers, in a period of less then one year. 

An obvious result of this settlement was: the rapid growth of the towns of “Parr Town” and “Carleton” on either side of the mouth of the Saint John river which were later (1785) to combine to become the Incorporated city of Saint John, quickly following the separation of a part of Nova Scotia to form the independent Province of New Brunswick in 1784.

The author, an experience historian and writer of many books, elected to retell this particular history through the stories of its leading participants.  This makes the book a boon to genealogists, especially those who are lucky enough to find an ancestor playing one of these leading roles.  To make sure that ALL the participants are recognized there are complete listings of all the Land Grantees of the two towns identifying the lots granted.  After all this is the story of all 5,000 or so loyalists in this party, even if their activities were not seen as noteworthy.  Also included in the book are numerous listings of the officials undertaking public office, accounts of the origins of “days” of significance, and summaries of the major businesses and institutions which have inhabited the area over the century since the original landing on the site of the St. John Market Square at the end of King Street.  

The original publication had neither a Contents List nor an Index, which makes tracking down a single individual, or specific event or fact, somewhat tedious.  In this digital edition we have provided  both a hyperlinked set of bookmarks AND a complete index to any word or phrase in the book through its computer search-ability, which has been further enhanced by the implementation of our FastFind technology.

We have extracted the Land Grantee lists (for Parr Town and Carleton) and reformatted them into fully alphabetized listings and made them freely available on our Free Downloads page,  New Brunswick section, Item: CA0432.



As I mentioned above we are still dealing with some technical issues but it is not as demanding so we have been able to got some REAL work done as evidenced by this month’s new release.  We also have an interesting Ottawa Valley (Ontario) history book in process and our Original Manuscript book in the ongoing work process.  We also have one of a series of Private Archiving projects in hand at the moment so, you can see we are not getting much time to stare out of the windows at the melting snow! 



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 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:



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.

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:


The Toronto Branch of the OGS has issued a “Call for papers” to be presented during a one day workshop in Toronto on “Irish genealogy and family history with a specific focus on Ulster” on 19 September 2015.  

“We invite proposals for presentations at either a beginner or more advanced level aimed at family historians researching ancestors in the nine counties in the historic province of Ulster. You’ll find our detailed call for presentations at

The deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday, 18 April 2015.”



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 12 posts and the 5 most popular were:

A post letting you know of our email issues.

notice of a one day free access to a new Irish Newspaper Archive.

          LAC asking for user comments on the utility of their website (limited time).

          News of new records available on FamilySearch.

          Us letting you know that our Gleanings products were now available on our new website

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.

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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.


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

NOTE: 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, Saturday.  The TMG Special Interests Group (SIG) of the Ottawa branch of the OGS will be holding one of their regular meetings.  the venue is Room 226 at Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Get more information from their web page at  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.


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:


2 May, 2015, Saturday.  The TMG Special Interests Group (SIG) of the Ottawa branch of the OGS will be holding one of their regular meetings.  the venue is Room 226 at Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Get more information from their web page at  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.



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:


13 June, 2015, Saturday.  The TMG Special Interests Group (SIG) of the Ottawa branch of the OGS will be holding one of their regular meetings.  the venue is Room 226 at Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Get more information from their web page at  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.


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:

We have made our registration request to attend the Conference Marketplace and are just waiting the official conformation of our marketplace registration.


4 July, 2015, Saturday.  The TMG Special Interests Group (SIG) of the Ottawa branch of the OGS will be holding one of their regular meetings.  the venue is Room 226 at Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Get more information from their web page at  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.


8 August, 2015, Saturday.  The TMG Special Interests Group (SIG) of the Ottawa branch of the OGS will be holding one of their regular meetings.  the venue is Room 226 at Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Get more information from their web page at  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.


19 September, 2015.  Toronto Branch of the OGS is planning a one-day workshop on Irish genealogy and family history with a specific focus on Ulster.  Historian Dr. William Roulston and genealogist Chris Paton have agreed to lead this workshop as keynote presenters.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.





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