Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V12#02 - 18 June, 2015











Now we are getting back into our stride again I’m pleased to announce that we have released our digital version of a somewhat unusual, almost unique in fact, Directory (Uplook Service) of “leading citizens living and working in the the rural areas of both Canada and the US.  Go to section 3 and read about this rather special rural “Who’s Who, of 1918.

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- A new Directory of Rural Leaders in 1918.

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*  RUS Rural Uplook Service. - 1918

CA0390 :  $15.00

This is a preliminary attempt to register the rural leadership in the United States and Canada, compiled by Liberty Hyde Bailey in Ithaca, N.Y., during the years 1914 through November, 1918, and printed by W. E. Humphrey of Geneva N.Y.

Despite the somewhat strange sounding, (and perhaps these days Yoda-ish) title of this book, in its own time it was a serious effort to create a “Who’s Who” of people who were a part of the population of the enormous majority of North America NOT within a significant population centre.  It does not appear that the Service was appreciated at the time because we could only find record of one further issue in 1920, but cannot find any available copies of it, implying it failed to get into significant circulation, and consequently was never published again.

In words taken from the book’s Scope & Plan:

“The field covered by such a register has no definite boundaries. In general, it has been the desire to compile compact information about those persons who are now contributing through their achievements to the betterment and advancement of country life.… It has been the aim to include those persons who are regularly and prominently engaged in rural work as farmers, teachers, investigators, business men, ministers, lecturers, farm agents, authors, editors, rural organizers, administrators, if their efforts are of such a nature as to make them public characters.… Each entry is a curriculum vitae, without enlargement or appraisal.”

“The pieces of information requested of respondents are as follows: name; occupation or profession; title, if in an institution or in public work; place and date of birth; parentage; how reared, whether on farm, in town or city; marriage; family; higher education, of academy grade or above; advanced degrees; college fraternity or sorority; subsequent academic history; kind of farming or other specialty; connection with honorary, learned or fine-art bodies or academies …; appointment on state or national commissions or other public boards or agencies; political, legal or military positions or offices; delegate offices to foreign or important conventions or bodies; decorations, medals, awards and prizes; elective officership in prominent agricultural societies, cooperative associations, and others; notable travel; authorship of books (not bulletins and reports); naturalization, if born abroad;  editorial positions.”

“The number of persons solicited for inclusion in the volume is 7061; the number responding and entered in the book is 2746. It will be seen, therefore, that the volume contains many less than three-sevenths the number of names the Editorial Office desired should go in, and the Office list itself is undoubtedly too short.** … It has been a difficult time in which to collect the information because of the distractions and the changes in addresses due to the call to war.”  While this may appear to be a relatively small number of individuals it should be remembered that each “entry” will also give the parents names, the wife’s name, and any progeny, an average of, conservatively, 6 more names per entry for a total of 16,500 individuals approximately.

(** By comparison with todays rates of responses to “cold mailings” this is an extraordinary response.  Today a response of 1% is considered very successful and a response of 0.1% more of less adequate.  Ed.)

Following the “Scope and Plan,” from which much of the above has been extracted the remainder of the book is simply a list of entries alphabetically ordered by Family name and then given name of the main subject.  In common with most “directory like,” and limited life reference books, the printing values take second place to the speed and economy of  publication.  Fortunately our production processes are able to recover an adequate level of clarity (without sacrificing fidelity to the original text) and then our hand editing of the underlying OCR results makes this digital edition supremely accessible for quickly finding the search phrase or name you are looking for, while our FastFind technology means no waiting for your computer to find all the search results.



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

The original manuscript by a local author (which we have been working to convert into a true digital publication - as opposed to our regular digital version of a previous publication as a book) is getting bogged down in some of the administrative we have to go through.  This involves a lot of “hurry up and wait” so the timescale is rather indeterminate.  

In the meantime we have started on a book which should please any of you researching this family name.  It is a publication of the results of one family member’s research into the line of descent from a single pro-genitor living in England where he was born in 1612 who later brought his wife to North America in 1633.  In addition to the information printed in the book a previous owner has added the results of their own research as notes in the book.  Unfortunately neither “author” gave citations so we are regarding particularly the hand additions as “tenuous.” We think the best way to provide you with all the information, both published and “added,” will be to provide two versions of the digital reproduction on the CD, one “as printed” version which will be searchable, and a second non searchable, but unique, version with all the hand written entries preserved.  Ah!  The benefits of digital reproduction!



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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At the end of the recent OGS Conference in Barrie the OGS formally announced that the theme of their next. 2016, Conference as “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge.”  No doubt a theme inspired by the success of the several years of RootsTech conferences held earlier each year (usually) in Utah, USA.  The OGS Conference will be on June 3-5, 2016 and will be in Toronto's International Plaza Hotel.  This is near Pearson International Airport, on Dixion (NOT DIXIE!) Rd. and was also the chosen venue of the 2010 conference - one of the most successful venues we have attended.


The conference organizers have also issued a “call for papers” and it can be read online at:

The deadline for submissions is 14 August, 2015. 



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 are always looking for more people join them in these efforts.   You can contact them by email at:    OR,

Their webpage is:


Carrying the distinct advantage of one of those wonderfully evocative names given for “special” areas of the Rocky Mountains, particularly those close to the border between British Columbia and Alberts.  The “Crowsnest Museum and Archives” has announced it is receiving funding from federal government for “the purchase of supplies and storage products to house and protect the Gushul Family Collection,” a large and rare historical photograph collection that documents southern prairie life from the mid-1920s onwards.

It is so nice to be able to report that one of our cultural heritage sites is RECEIVING public funds rather than having it withdrawn.


Want a cut-price membership for the Ontario Genealogical Society?  Following their practice of the last couple of years the OGS are offering a $37.00 Cdn membership for the remainder of this membership year (ending 31 October 2015.)  If you have been wanting to sample the OGS membership, but found their full price membership too much to bite off, this may suit you better.  To find out more follow this link: 



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. 

In the past month we have made 13 posts and the 5 most popular were:

A post about the National Library of Ireland’s intention to publish digitized records of 400,000 parish records.

•         A reprint of a funny / ironic view of your purpose in collecting family history records.

•         News of a period of free access to one of Toronto’s largest newspaper’s digital archive.

•        A blog record from the Canadian Library and Archives about what could be found in their archives about Scandinavians immigrating to Canada (a question we are frequently asked at Genealogy shows.)

•        The publication, by Find-My-Past, of records of digitized records from public workhouses in Great Britain.

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

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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.



19 to 21 June, 2015.  The Quebec Family History Society is hosting a conference, Roots2015, at the New Residence Hall of McGill University, at 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal.  The QFHS only run their conferences periodically and the last one was in 2011.  Their prospectus can be found on their website at:

The news is that a higher than normal attendance at the Conference is Anticipated and the NEW venue should offer a near optimum accommodation to the event.


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


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.


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:


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.


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:


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  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.


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.


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  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.


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  including instructions on how to join the meetings live on the web via "" or on your 'phone.





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