Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V12#01 - 20 May, 2015


Contents:

1 WELCOME

2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3 WHAT’S NEW?

4 COMING SOON

5 NEWS & GOSSIP

6 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

7 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS

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1 WELCOME:


We skipped last month’s newsletter because we had no new product for you - plenty of announcement but no product so - an apology to those of you asking us to help publicize your events but we decided not to add to the mass of social “information” floating around the Internet these days.


So, from that you will guess that we do indeed have a new digital book for you this month:  This book tells the story of the town and county of Renfrew which is in the Ottawa valley (Ontario) and was in the middle of the great logging areas which provided a major part of the rapidly expanding export trade of Canada just before and after the start of the 20th century.  See section 3 for details.


We are beginning to overcome the backlog caused by the need to republish our website, so we can pay more attention to what’s next and, particularly, what you are looking for.


After a two month gap there are many updates and revisions in the News, Gossip, and Announcements sections.


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2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER:


- A new release about Renfrew, Ontario

- A look at what’s coming.

- All our news, gossip and announcements.


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3. WHAT’S NEW?:


*  The Story of Renfrew from the coming of the First Settlers about 1820, Vol. 1. Pub. 1919


CA0430: $18.00


The story behind the creation of this book is almost as interesting as the story of Renfrew itself.  In fact the two stories are intertwined, the primary author, W. E. Smallfield, being the area's newspaper publisher and oft-times its political representative.  Suffice it to say that it took almost 20 years (and a stand-in author: Rev. Robert Campbell), in its preparation.  By that time sufficient additional material had been collected to bring the original author to think that he could write a further book, a volume 2 to this one.  This second volume was never published, however, leaving this volume declaring itself, Volume 1 of one!  The book takes many of its stories from "locals" who were either original settlers or were the offspring of their families.  By the time the book was published portions of it had already appeared in the local newspaper - the same company which eventually undertook its publication, printing and distribution.

The book opens with a picture gallery of people whose names are forever joined with Renfrew, either because of their pioneering activities or because of their contributions to its growth and success.

The explosive growth of the lumber industry in the Ottawa Valley above Ottawa, can be credited with the initial establishment of Renfrew as a settlement site.  The lumbering industry bought many workers to the forests on the banks of the Ottawa and any tributary large enough to carry logs to it.  But this was not an industry which naturally encouraged settlement, the work continuously moving to seek out new supplies of trees, and being mainly seasonal, i.e., when the ground was hard enough to carry the weight of the felled logs as they were dragged to the river.  Not, that is, until about 1820 when one man decided to set up homesteading on the Bonnechere (or Good) river, instead of heading back down river at the end of the winter’s lumbering season.

The publication date of this book is 1919 but there are few stories of the last 20 years, since the majority of the initial growth spurt was contained in the 1820 − 1900 years, still the claim to carrying the “story” of Renfrew remains a valid one.  Also, while the story initially concentrates only of the village of Renfrew its scope expands to include the other surrounding villages and townships as they became established and eventually became recognized as the independent County of Renfrew.

The initial paragraphs concentrate on the “Early” settlers and are gathered by topic and/or by decade. Topics are as diverse as “The Early Churches and Preachers” “Early Lumberers” and “Efforts to Secure Railway Communications.”  One thing which was consistently reported throughout is the names of individual citizens involved in all these activities and it seems as if almost every family in the area must have been mentioned as being involved in some form of activity.  The book also provides an Index of Names which further assists in finding mentions of particular individuals.

The authors seem to consider that this “Early” period terminated at about 1850 because they seem to move from attempting to chart the entire gamut of town-building, to recording just individual stories of the area - in a more or less chronological order - but more like dipping into the multiplicity of stories of the area’s progress.  We wonder if much of this information may have come directly from the files of the newspaper which originated from the same source, so the book becomes more of a compendium of incidents in the area’s history than a formalized, all encompassing, history.  In many ways this change of style allows a more intimate insight into the detail of Renfrew’s growth, and is closer to how the original inhabitants would have learned their own story.  Unfortunately, at the same time it makes very difficult to describe the whole field of information provided, so we have resorted to picking out a few random examples in order to illustrate the breadth of the topi

cs reported:

—Patriotic Funds of the Crimean War

—The method of licensing taverns

—Choosing the municipal motto

—The early Church socials

—Council converts Mechanics' Institute into Free Public Library

—Renfrew's First Lock-up

— Appeal for telegraph communication

—John Burns appointed Treasurer

—Hand fire-engine purchased

—Proposition for planting of shade trees

—B. J. McDermott as policeman

—Bylaw prohibiting cows from running at large all year

—First Deputy-Reeve chosen

—The Voters at Renfrew's First Municipal Election

—The County Council

This is an intimate and engaging look at the development of Renfrew as a Settlement, a Town, a Township, and now, as a County.  Our digital reproduction brings you clear images of the pages of the original book* as they were printed, but under-laid with high accuracy OCR’ed text to allow computer-searches, speed enhanced by the use of our FastFind technology.

* The original of this book was printed by the newspaper company owned by the primary author, and it took place over a number of years.  The book even includes a statement  to the effect that three different printing technologies were employed in its production.  It is not surprising then that the printing quality is closer to that of a newspaper than that usually expected of a book, i.e., intended to survive many detailed readings. not just one glance and then to be “recycled.”  Nor was the binding technology employed much better making reading somewhat physically uncomfortable.  In a newspaper the publisher can “get away” with many production “liberties” because of the astonishing ability of the Human “eye” to compensate for such shoddy work.  Unfortunately computers do not have this innate capability, so we had to carry out extensive digital editing of the page images of this book, and then further hand correct the OCR’ed product, to obtain our required accuracy 

of text recognition.   We suspect that this will be the first time that the text of this book is fully open to computer searching, an important facility in a document having a somewhat random inclusion of personal reference, and an equally chaotic organization of content.


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4 COMING SOON:

As I write this we actually have two main projects underway, both destined for publication as digital products. 


One is an interesting and unusual directory covering both Canada AND the United States.   This a very unusual 1918 directory providing an introduction to individuals living in rural areas - which are usually usually ignored by the more traditional directories.  What is more it is a directory of who the People are rather than the more normal directory of their trades and addresses.  As far as we can determine the only issue ever published and it is quite rare.


The other is an original manuscript by a local author which we have bee working to convert into a true digital publication (as opposed to our regular digital version of a previous book publication).  This therefore involves not only the traditional semi-mechanical aspects of print layout, illustration, and prose editing, but adds extensive conditional formatting (so different levels of “titling” are distinctively presented - including color) and a large amount of hyperlinking so so that the reader / student can instantly skip from one location to a related location.  This will be an enormous advantage to anyone using the book as a reference, or for study.  


We hope to have the directory available in the next month.


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5 NEWS & GOSSIP:

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.


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OUR CANADA - YOUR FAMILY, BUILDING A NATION:

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: 

conference2017@ogsottawa.on.ca 

The webpage is: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/


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Genealogy Summer Camp is back! 

Toronto Branch of the OGS has been running this innovative program for almost two decades now - we invite out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a full week of concentrated family history research at our wonderful libraries and archives, under the guidance of local experts. Local residents are welcome too, and may choose to stay with the group or attend as “day-campers”. This year’s Genealogy Summer Camp will run from Sunday 7 June to Friday 12 June 2015. For details see http://wherethestorytakesme.ca/genealogy-summer-camp/.

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WE'RE ON FACEBOOK:

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  2 months we have made 36 posts and the 5 most popular were:

Actually a series of three posts about the potential mis-use of DNA results intended for genealogy research purposes - total 117 reaches.

•          A “discussion” on the demands of some individuals for free genealogy data - 99 reaches.

•          Story of lost family tree due to closing of a genealogy website - 80 reaches

        An Australian perspective on the loss of FHS membership - 52 reaches

•          Ancestry announcement of “free” access to records over the Easter weekend - 44 reaches.


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!” 

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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:

Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca 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.)


If you are already a Facebook member then you can find the Archive CD Books Canada wall at: 

https://www.facebook.com/ArchiveCDBooksCanada


If you have not yet joined Facebook you can use the same URL but you will need to "sign in" before you can read our wall.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT EMAIL: 

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6 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(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: Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca

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.

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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:  http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference/

OUR REGISTRATION FOR SPACE IN THE CONFERENCE MARKET PLACE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE SHOW. 


UPDATED_________

6 June, 2015.  Toronto Branch of the OGS and the Toronto Public Library’s Canadiana Dept.  are holding a one-day workshop on “Genetic Genealogy” e.g., DNA testing, and its uses in family history research.  Workshop to be held at North York Central Library and the keynote speaker will be Irish genetic genealogy expert Dr. Maurice Gleeson. For more information go to: 

http://torontofamilyhistory.org/learn/workshops/genetic-genealogy/.


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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

http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/index.htm  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "Join.me" or on your 'phone.



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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 only run their conferences periodically and the last one was in 2011.  Their prospectus can be found on their website at:

http://www.qfhs.ca/cpage.php?pt=173

OUR ATTENDANCE IN THE CONFERENCE MARKETPLACE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING TO MONTREAL AGAIN.

You can read an interview with the QFHS president Gary Schroder at 

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/west-island-gazette/curious-about-your-roots-genealogy-convention-focuses-on-fastest-growing-hobby


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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

http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/index.htm  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "Join.me" or on your 'phone.


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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

http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/index.htm  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "Join.me" or on your 'phone.


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18 - 20 September 2015, Friday - Sunday.  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has announced its annual conference will be held at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, (Nepean) Ottawa.  (NOTE: Change of venue.) All the details and registration information is on the conference web site at:

http://www.bifhsgo.ca/aem.php?eid=1


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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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3 October 2015, Saturday.  The Kawartha Genealogical Branch will be holding their second annual Kawartha Conference in Peterborough, Ontario.  The theme of the conference will be Military Settlers and the organizers are selecting papers on all aspects of the settlement of British discharged military in Ontario. This conference will feature five speakers, each allotted one hour.  Latest information can be found at:

http://www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha/


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3 October, 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

http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/index.htm  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "Join.me" or on your 'phone.


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17 October 2015, Saturday.  Toronto Branch of the OGS and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library will also be co-sponsoring a one-day workshop on Atlantic Canada Genealogy.  The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Terrence M. Punch of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  More information to come.


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7 November, 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

http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/index.htm  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "Join.me" or on your 'phone.


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5 December, 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

http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/index.htm  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "Join.me" or on your 'phone.


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7 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS:

Archives of this newsletter showing all the previous release announcements are available in the newsletter archive which can be reached through,

http://archivecdbooks.ca/pages/newsletter-archive


All our newly released books are listed on the “home” page of our new web site. Go to:

http://www.archivecdbooks.ca/



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