Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V12#04 - 19 August, 2015











We broke the record!  We actually released five (5) new products (of our own making) this month!!  To be honest its actually two books (which is still pretty good) but both of them have multiple product variants. 

We are most excited about releasing the Archive CD Books Canada ORIGINAL digital edition of “Working Class Culture and The Development of Hull, Quebec, 1800-1929” which is specifically designed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital media, which are difficult or impossible to emulate in hardcopy, printed, editions.   And then to top it off we have released it both on a CD AND as a Digital download (a format which we are being asked to supply more and more.)

Now, that is NOT to say that we aren’t equally excited to bring you our digital edition of one of the genealogy standards, “The Scotsman in Canada - c1911,” by William Campbell & George Bryce.  This is a two volume book (one author for each) concerning the Scots, one in the Eastern Provinces while the other concerns the Western Provinces (well, sort of - see the detailed description.)  Being two completely independent volumes whose subjects are nicely compartmented we have released the book as: a CD for each volume separately, and as another containing both volumes.

As usual the full descriptions are in Section 3, “NEW RELEASES.”

We also updated all our regular departments, News & Gossip and Family History Announcements although now we are still in the Summer Genealogy news slow down.


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*  Working Class Culture and The Development of Hull, Quebec, 1800-1929.

CA0415 (on CD):  $28.00

CA0415DL (as a download only):  $25.00 (& no shipping charge!)

Michael Martin, the author of this amazing book has worked in the Ottawa - Hull area for most of his life working as a journalist, author, and public servant, but his real passion has been “History” and, as a writer, what else could he do but write a book about the history of the area where he lived.  But Michael had no intention of writing one of your conventional “overview” histories, populated by, and predicated on, the pronouncements and actions of the few individuals who history normally casts as the “Voice of the Past.”

No, Michael finds his history in the actions, statistics, and the rarely recorded voices of  “Joe. Everyman,” the Worker, the Logger, the Tradesman, the Union Organizer, and to an extent the “Boss,” who employed these workers, but was kept too busy by his business to join the ranks of the “Statesman,” the ones the French language so nicely describe as the “petite-bourgeoisie.”

So, a major part of what puts this book beyond any conventional history you have ever read, is that it is the working man’s story of Canada’s entry into the “Industrial Revolution.” The revolution that was brought on by the invention of a few vital technical innovations, such as the steam engine, the railway, and the mechanized factory.  Innovations never even dreamed of by the ordinary worker who, nevertheless, had to find a way to keep himself and his family, sheltered and fed in this dynamic and radically different environment.  For most physical workers this was a shift from an agrarian life, where the basics of life were often available close at hand for those willing to expend the hours and energy to get them, to a place where food and shelter had to be earned in service to one of the new and strange factories, where agricultural skills counted for nothing and the workers quality of life depended almost exclusively on the whims and opinions of “The Boss.”

Michael has chosen the recently renamed city of Gatineau as the primary setting of his examination of this tumultuous history, although he calls it Hull, the name it carried throughout the period of this history.  Not only are the earliest agrarian roots of this city (and its sister city of Ottawa across the river) well known but it was also, in its time, a thriving centre of the timber trade.  A trade which was a large contributor to Canada’s climb out of the roll of an offshore “farm” or “plantation” (and source of exotic “furs”) to that of a self governing trading nation with a World supply of valuable resources.  Thus it was an important centre of Canada’s earliest experiences in “mass production” which also had close and intimate contact with those bodies set up to administer and govern Canada’s growth.  In fact a “hot spot” in Canada’s industrial development.

Clearly this is a complicated history to tell and yet Michael manages to break it down into manageable and acceptable segments, identifying and explaining all the infinite detail which accompanies such a complex story while never loosing sight of his primary aim of telling the story from the view of the working man.  At one point, Michael reproduces a rare 1872 directory of the occupations of the people of Hull, from the “top bosses” down to the “labourers” which provides an interesting complete profile of the city’s population.

As the story moves along Michael details the logging of the vast watershed which empties down the Ottawa river, and explains how the nature of the logging business changes to include the processing of some of the basic lumber into finished and partially processed product, thus providing added value to the lumber trade.  For both geographic and geopolitical reasons a lot of this value added processing took place in the Ottawa Hull region, introducing the industrial “factory” sites to the area with all the consequences of labour exploitation, heavy-handed political influence, the growth of labour community and  representation organizations, and the cultural conflict such developments so often create.

And then admixed with all this social and political activity come the pseudo-random “natural” events such as the Great Fire of Ottawa / Hull, Influenza and small-pox epidemics and other semi-independent social issues such as female suffrage.  Suddenly Hull, has developed from a simple agrarian based village to a modern, mechanized city, with a complex social structure, seemingly endless rules and regulations and stressful living conditions.  In other words it has acquired all the “benefits” of modern civilization.

Yes, a challenging agenda indeed!  But one Michael Martin has mastered, and has encapsulated for us, in this fascinating book.


The original manuscript of this book was generated in the time honored style of a printed document so you will find its presentation and layout fairly familiar.  In this digital edition, however we have overlaid this traditional layout with many of the conveniences and shortcuts enabled by the digital format.  The use of color coding in titling is perhaps the most obvious.  There is a conventional Table of Contents in the introductory pages where the hierarchy of color coding is shown and those same colors will be found in the headings throughout.  Color has also been used in tables and diagrams for easier understanding.  

This book is richly augmented with citations of quoted passages and of information sources.  The footnote identifiers are also color coded for ease of identification, as are the actual footnotes.  They are also hyperlinked so moving the focus of attention from text to footnote becomes trouble free and instantaneous.  Some of the illustration credits also provide outside links to their originating sources but these are, of course, only available if you have a connection to the internet.

The page numbers in the Table of Contents and those in the Index of Illustrations are hyperlinked to the page bearing the information, and at the bottom of every page are links to return to the Table of Contents or the Index of Illustrations.

The book has been saved in the Portable Document Format (PDF) for maximum cross platform compatibility with e-Readers (most) and virtually all desktop computers - including most forms of portable machines such as tablets and mobile smart phones.  As a digital edition, of course, the whole of the text of the book can be accessed through the “Search and/or Find” features of the browser application, providing instantaneous access to the location of each occurrence of the search term.  Not all PDF compatible platforms offer the same features however so while the file also includes a set of “bookmarks” emulating the table of contents this function may not be available on your choice of browser. 



CA0292-1, Vol.1 - the Eastern Provinces:--- $15.00

CA0292-2, Vol.2 - the Western Provinces:-- $15.00

CA0292-S, Complete in Two Volumes:------ $25.00

NOTE: The following description is of the “Complete in Two Volumes” variant but also provides the essential information available about the contents of each single Volume product, when provided individually.


This two volume book is considered the definitive treatise on the distribution, and achievements, of the “sons” of Scotland in the European colonization of (now) Canada.

Because of the enormous scope and breadth of the subject matter to be treated, a separate author was chosen for each volume : William Campbell, LL.D., for Volume 1 and George Bryce, M.A., D.D., LL.D., for Volume 2.  A side benefit of this tactic was that both volumes could be published at the same time, approximately 1911, although neither volume bears a declared publication date.  This duality can be recognized in some fundamental differences between the format of the two books (page size is one instance), which can be a little distracting at first.  In addition The Vol.1 author arranged his subjects largely on a geographic basis, i.e., by Province, or by Settlement, whereas the Vol.2 author arranged his discourse more along topical lines, e.g., Business Men, Lord Selkirk, etc.  Both authors lead with some discussion of the Scottish homeland and the motivations which encouraged the move to Canada.

In this digital edition we have maintained the separation into two volumes, mostly because the authors have very different writing styles so without a clear demarcation the continuity of the subject may be hard for the reader to maintain.

Our digital edition of this book has been carefully processed to provide you with a clean, clear, high fidelity, reproduction of the hardcopy publication, but with the advantage of computer search-ability for any word or phrase’s occurrence in the whole text.  (We hand edit our OCR processed index words for the best search accuracy we can achieve.)

To maximize accessibility of this book we have published each volume separately so our catalogue provides a description of the contents of each volume separately.  Below you will find the significant parts of each of these descriptions repeated for your convenience:

The Scotsman in Canada Vol.1: (Eastern Canada, including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.)

The two volumes separate the colonization of Canada geographically into the Eastern and Western Provinces, Vol. 1 dealing with those in the East with the exception of a discussion of  the Fur Traders of Montreal, and The Explorers of the Arctic, which is included in Vol. 2.

The following is extracted from the Preface to Vol. 1:

“In the making of this volume my chief object has been to produce a work which will be of use to those desiring a knowledge of the origin of the early Scottish settlements or community-centres of Canada.

Keeping this idea steadily in view, I have in this volume, … dealt, first of all, with the many settlements which were essentially Scottish, and have laid stress on the other chief centres of Scottish life and influence in some of the leading cities, commencing with Nova Scotia and concluding with the later but scarcely less important immigration into Huron and Bruce in the Upper Lake region of Ontario. I have also in this connection given, where I was able to do so, lists of the founders and pioneers of such settlements, hoping that they might be of value to students in future individual research.”


“Throughout this work I have laid stress upon the Ulster Scotsman and the importance of his place in the Canadian community ; and have pointed out that the movement into Ulster was the first great emigration of the Scottish people in their attempt at settlement outside of their own borders.”

The Scotsman in Canada Vol.2: (Western Canada, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and portions of old Rupert’s Land and the Indian Territories.)

The two volumes separate the colonization of Canada geographically into the Eastern and Western Provinces, Vol. 2 dealing with those in the West with the addition of the Fur Traders of Montreal, and The Explorers of the Arctic.

Following a brief discussion of the origins of the Scots as a composite race, the author reviews the strong connections between Scotland and the “Hudsons Bay Company” which drew heavily on the Scots, at all levels, for its “staff.”  This naturally leads into further discussions of Scottish exploration of Canada’s vast “hinterland” and so to the projects of several well recognized leaders of “colonization” projects.  Not least amongst this material is a “List of the Selkirk Colonists”, a typical example of the authors practice of including as many individual names as he had access to.

As the volume follows the immigrants overland penetration of Canada it eventually brings the discussion to the Pacific shores including the emerging British Columbian Province.  At this point the author switches to reviewing groups of Scots by their common “calling” be that religion, business, academic or social.  



Having, as it were, swept the shelves clear with our multi product releases this month, we are still catching our breath and haven’t settled on our new projects yet.

Still in work is a mammoth Directory of Montreal, which we are keeping as a maintenance project (something to work on when held up - or when in need of a change of pace) and which - by virtue of its sheer size - is going to take quite a while to complete.

The other ongoing project is a family “pedigree” based on a single name.  This will be a boon if you happen to have that name in your background.  In view of a busy couple of months upcoming, it unclear how much progress we are going to make on this one.



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.


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.”  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 Dixon Rd. and was also the chosen venue of the 2010 conference - one of the most successful venues we have attended.



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:


Trafalgar Township Historical Society Archives Open on Friday, August 21

Visit the old schoolhouse at Palermo to share your stories and information, or ask us about finding information in the old area of Trafalgar Township (Ontario) on Friday, August 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  We collect and keep files of family and area information.  We are interested in copying photographs of people, places and events pertaining to Trafalgar Township, past and present - see our collection on the internet (thank you, Councillor Knoll)   

If you are interested in the heritage of Oakville, please join the TTHS.  Your interest, experience and knowledge will be very welcome with our active Society.

Location: the old Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, north side of Dundas, Ontario, just east of the Bronte Road intersection.  For more information, contact  

TTHS website:


Saskatchewan Archives video exhibit

There is an video exhibit at the Saskatchewan Archives called “From the Prairies to the Trenches – From Salisbury Plain to Flanders Fields, November 1914 – December 1915.” It explores the events of 1915 at the front and at home in Saskatchewan.

The video exhibit highlights the training of Saskatchewan volunteers of the First Canadian Contingent in Great Britain, their deployment to the Front in the spring of 1915 and their involvement in the battles of that year, including The Second Battle of Ypres. 

The exhibit also describes the pressures of the war on the home front, in particular, the growing demand for women’s suffrage which was intertwined with the province’s temperance movement. 

Two video installation locations are available, in the main foyer at the Legislative Building and on the second floor of Government House.

Or you can view it at archives' YouTube channel at

The website of the Saskatchewan Archives is at:



The Friends of Upper Fort Garry, the group which supports the Upper Fort Garry, the headquarters of the Hudson Bay Company from the 1830s to the 1880s, opened a park recently at the provincial heritage site. 

Upper Fort Garry was the administrative and economic centre for Rupert's Land and was the location of the Louis Riel provisional government that eventually led to the admission of Manitoba as a province to the Dominion of Canada in 1870. The fort was the cultural, social, judicial and economic centre of the northwest for more than 35 years before it was torn down between 1881 and 1889.

For more information, go to the Friends of Fort Garry at:


The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society plan to hold the following Family History Events:

Basic Genealogy and Family History:–  Two eight-week courses led by instructor Jane E. MacNamara designed for those who are just setting out on their family history journeys or who wish to upgrade their basic research skills. 

One course will be held at Riverdale Public Library on Tuesday evenings from 6 October to 24 November, and 

The other at North York Central Library on Wednesday afternoons from 7 October to 25 November. Learn how to "think like a genealogist"! 

For details and to register online, visit:



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 10 posts and the 3 most popular were:

A reminder about the Yukon Gold discovery day (16 Aug.)

•        A look at artifact conservation projects by Kyla Ubbink.

•        A reminder of the LAC’s resources for Mennonite research.

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, which may only be announced 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.


21 August, 2015, Friday.  The Ontario Genealogical Society Scottish SIG (Special Interests Group) will be holding their annual Symposium from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott Brampton, 90 Biscayne Cres, Brampton, Ontario.  There is a full compliment of speakers and a marketplace.  Registration fees include continental breakfast and lunch.

You can register at


6, 16 & 23 September 2015, Wednesdays.  The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents a three-session afternoon course, taught by Carol Nichols on how to make the most of Library Edition. Venue: Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 2, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8.  Cost: Free

For details and to register online, visit 


12 and 19 September, 2015 Saturday.  The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society is sponsoring a two day Beginner Workshop:  The first day will focus on “Getting Started” and the second day will  focus on “Finding Sources.”

Certified Instructors: Chris Krismer and Celeste Rider.

Location is: SGS Library at 110 – 1514 11th Avenue, Regina, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.  The cost will be $40 per person.

You can call 306.780.9207 to register.  Pre-registration and payment required by September 4, 2015.  Register early as space is limited. 


18 - 20 September 2015, Friday to Sunday.  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has announced that its annual conference will be held at “Ben Franklin Place”, 101 Centrepointe Drive, (Nepean) Ottawa.  (NOTE: Change of venue.) This year the conference will have three points of focus: Scottish Family History, Photographs in Genealogy, and Technology for Genealogists.

All the details and registration information is on the conference web site at:




18 September, 2015, Friday 3 to 5 pm. The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents “Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis” – a special two-hour family history lecture by professional genealogist Chris Paton on his research into the hardships endured by our Scottish ancestors. At the North York Central Library, Room 1, 5120 Yonge Street, North York, ON M2N. Cost: $25 ($20 for OGS members)

For details and to register online, visit


19 September,2015, Saturday - all day: The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents: Irish Genealogy—Focus on Ulster – a full-day workshop aimed at family historians researching ancestors in the nine counties of the historic province of Ulster, led by Dr. William Roulston and Chris Paton. Venue is North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5N9.

Early-bird rates apply until August 22 and OGS members enjoy additional discounts. 

For full program and speaker details and to register online, visit


25 & 26 September, 2015, Friday & Saturday.  The Saskatoon Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will be hosting a workshop including: Who’s Your Momma – paying attention to details, beginner and advanced; The Hidden Records of Library and Archives Canada; and The Importance of Finding and Using Maps in Your Genealogical Research. 

Venue: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1429 – 10th Street East in Saskatoon.

Questions & Information contact: 

Bonnie Lymer at or call (306) 384-1567; 

Cindy Paradis at or (306) 384-9475; or

Rene Stock at or (306) 229-2378. 

Watch for workshop website and registration forms at:


3 October, 2015, Saturday. The Moose Jaw Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, will celebrate their 45th Anniversary by holding a One Day Conference at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.

Speakers include: Ken Dalgarno (M.J. Library Archives), Carol Karza (Family History Centre), Chris Krismer (Evaluating Sources), Pat Ryan (The Value of Maps, Who’s Your Momma and Take a Second Look).

Send registrations by September 11, 2015 to: 

Moose Jaw Genealogical Society, Box 861, Moose Jaw, SK. S6H 4P5.

Cost is $45. (All sessions, snacks and lunch included.) 

Questions? Phone: Diane at 306.692.1967.


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. The doors will open at 8:30, for the conference to start at 9:30. It will continue till 4:30. 

Location: Northminster United Church - 300 Sunset Blvd, Peterborough.

There will be five speakers, including Timothy Dubé who will talk on Political and Military Situation in the United Kingdom and Canada 1814-1850.  Timothy was the Military Archivist for the Public Archives of Canada / National Archives of Canada / Library and Archives Canada (1984-2012).

The cost will be $35.00 which will include snacks and lunch.

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.

Led by keynote speaker Terrence M. Punch of Halifax, with additional lectures by Roberta Clark and Terri Raymond, this workshop will focus on understanding the patterns and sources of immigration into the four Atlantic provinces over the past four hundred years as well as subsequent migrations from Atlantic Canada to other parts of Canada and to the United States. 

Early-bird rates apply until September 22 and OGS members enjoy additional discounts. For full program and speaker details and to register online, visit:


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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