So, here we are well into 2016 and this is our first opportunity to wish each of you Good Fortune, and everything you desire in the New Year.

This is, of course, our genealogy “quiet” time of year.  Your visitors have gone home, you have put away your “festive” display pieces and got your home back into something close to its normal state - pretty much nothing left but to rest up and enjoy the warm glow.

Those of you who live in Canada, and East of the Rockies, know you still have the worst of Winter to go and you will be looking for interests which call for as little “going out” as possible.  And on that track we have just released our digital version of a book we have been asked for, a few times.   At first sight it is “just another Toronto history” and to an extent this is true.  What makes it desirable are the 47 fine, hand engraved, prints of great Toronto landmarks.  Many of these landmarks are still standing but the prints depict them in their youth, still standing in the open and less crowded surroundings they were designed to inhabit.

Note that the illustrations are the only worthwhile benefits offered by this book.  It was published in 1884, 50 years after Toronto had achieved City status but over 130 years before it had become the sprawling mega-metropolis it is today. The text describes and itemizes the contemporary richness and diversity of the City’s culture, “habits,” benefits, and ideals in a period when it was moving from a Colonial administrative centre, to become a Provincial Capital in a fully Independent Country.  A snapshot of a pivotal period in the city’s development.

We have also updated all our regular departments, News & Gossip and Family History Announcements, to keep up with, “happenings” & announcements preparing for the upcoming genealogy “season.”


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3.1 Toronto Past & Prsent - 1884.

CA0414:  $12.00 (on CD)

CA0414-DL:  $9.00 (Download)

(by: C. Pelham Mulvany M.A., M.D.)

According to the Prelude of this volume the book was published to “update” Toronto’s recorded history in a year which marked the semi-centenary of its granting of the status of City. This date also approximated the centenary of Governor, Col. Simcoe’s landing here original to establish a (temporary*) administrative centre of what was to become Upper Canada. It was originally designated as the settlement of “York” but later returned to the original name of “Toronto,” the original aboriginal name of the area.

* The first plan, to build an administrative centre near the City of London (Ontario), was later canceled so Toronto became the permanent site.

Following a brief Prelude (or Preface) chapter, “The Toronto of the Past” chapter provides a reflection of the early history of the founding and initial establishment of the city.  The body of the book is contained in 25 Chapters whose names - and occasional content descriptors - identify the various aspects of the City considered, viz.:

1-The Toronto of the Past; (A sketch of its History)

2-The Flora and Fauna;

3-The Arteries of Toronto; (the Streets, Avenues, Boulevards, and Street Railway)

4-The Public Buildings of Toronto;

5-The Arms of the City; (the Railways of the Past and Present)

6-The Heart of the City; (Benevolent and Charitable Organizations, Homes and Asylums)

7-The Mind of the City;   (The Canadian Institute, The Libraries, etc.)

8-The Brains of Toronto; (the Public Schools; the University; Upper Canada College; Knox; St. Michael’s and Trinity Colleges )

9-The Lungs of the City; (Toronto’s Parks, Public Gardens, Summer resorts)

10-The Hotels and Restaurants;

11-Social Life in Toronto; (Society, the Drama, Musical Societies, the Various Clubs)

12-The Secret and other Societies of Toronto;

13-The Markets of Toronto; (Market, Stock Exchange and Board of Trade)

14-The Soul of the City:  (the Cathedrals, the Churches, the Synagogue, the Meeting-Houses)

15-The Tongue of the City; (Books and Periodical Publications, Newspapers of the Past and Present)

16-Authors in Toronto; (Who They are and What They Have Written)

17-The Financial Institutions (Banks, Bankers, Trust and Loan Companies)

18-The Insurance Offices; (Life, Fire, Marine, Accident, and other Insurance Companies)

19-Prominent Wholesale Firms; (Dry Goods, Millinery, Laces, Carpets, Books, Etc.)

20-Military and Defensive Organizations of the City; (The Volunteer Regiments, Police, and Fire Brigades)

21-The Pulse of the City; (Toronto from a Hygienic Point of View, etc.)

22-The Bones of the City; (The Old Burial Places, St. James’ Cemetery, Necropolis, Mount Pleasant, etc.)

23-The Municipal Government of Toronto;

24-The Suburbs of the City;

25-The Marts of the City; (Where the people do their trading)

The book also provides two printed Indices:

-INDEX OF ILLUSTRATIONS; (Alphabetized page index of 43 of a total of 47 illustrations Illustrations present in the book.*)

-INDEX TO TEXT (Alphabetized page index of Keywords and Names)

The first provides access to one of the book’s primary features, a set of beautifully engraved architectural “street-scapes” and scenic views around the City.

* We have included a COMPLETE index in the digital edition’s “Content” pages.

From the Chapter headings it might be concluded that the book is only concerned with the inanimate and impersonal features of the city, however the author also took every opportunity to provide information about the inhabitants by providing, in many cases a “potted” biography when it helped to add another dimension to his function based information. 

Even with the included page Index the original paper publication was not an easy book to search for specific information so our digital publication, with its reliable - 100% inclusive - digital text search capability, will unlock the potential of this book to provide all available details about the city as it entered into this period of ever accelerating growth at the end of the 19th century.


You will probably have noticed that recently we have been offering our new releases in both our traditional “on-CD” version and now as “Download” versions.  We have received enough interest in the “Download” method of delivery for us to make this available for all (most?) of our future publications.  We also hope to make download versions of as many of our already released products as possible, but it will take quite a while to fit in the work needed to do all this.

The book content of the “on-CD” and “Download” versions is / will be identical but there are certain software format changes we have to make so the Downloads will work.  Perhaps the most obvious is that the Download versions do not provide the “FastFind” search speed enhancement.  The reason is too boring to explain here but remember, if you need the fastest searching, buy the “on-CD” version and then, perversely, wait for the mail delivery!  On the positive side; we save you the cost of the physical media (and the “postage & packing”) which is why the download versions are a little cheaper.

Just one negative issue:  I DON’T recommend a book “download” unless you have a “High Speed” Internet connection, (i.e., NOT one that uses the old telephone modem and makes all those funny noises when you first connect.)  A whole book file is fairly long and will probably take hours to complete the download - if it ever does!  (We are in a “rural” area so we get about the lowest “High Speed” connection possible and our downloads only take a few minutes.  It does make a BIG difference!)



Just for a change I can tell you that we have not only selected our release for next month but that it is well through the process of publication as a digital reproduction.  It is a little hard to categorize this particular publication as it provides both the story of a family who emigrated to Canada in 1792 AND tells how the family was influenced by, and responded to, the various events of significance in Canada’s history up to the books publication in 1903.  So, is it a “Pedigree (Single Family Genealogy)” or is it a “History”? 

For yet another month work continues on the mammoth Directory of Montreal.  Our “maintenance project” which will remain ongoing for quite a while!  It is a gigantic book and the printing standard is requiring a lot of attention to meet our standards.

The “hold work” on the other Single-Family Genealogy book we have in process, has continued through this month in favor of working out a situation which has arisen on a private digitization project passing through our office.



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.



we have just issued a supplementary call for presentations on late-breaking cutting-edge developments.The Supplementary Call can be found online at  I hope that this announcement is of interest. For program and speaker details, please visit the Conference website at

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday, January 29, 2016.



The annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017 will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017, at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is “Our Canada — Your Family: Building a Nation.” 

As 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada, Ottawa Branch OGS will host the annual OGS conference and give the Conference a national flair, bringing together genealogists and family historians from all over Canada. 

We are looking for speakers and talks of interest to genealogists from all provinces.  Follow the link for full details on submitting your proposal:



The Waterloo Regional Branch of the OGS is attempting to reinvent itself as an “all digital” organization and an important part of this function will be their Facebook Page.  Their website page is still available but is VERY basic:

Their Facebook page is:

but, again, it is very much a work in progress.

This is an important project for OGS branches which are having trouble sustaining their “traditional” (mostly physical) formats and are considering the advantages of an all-digital format. 

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BOB REID, one of our newsletter readers has asked us to help him get out the news of a “Reid” family reunion he is setting up:

“We are working on getting a Reid Reunion organized for 29-31 July, 2016 at Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, a village in central Nova Scotia where a young 19 year old James Reid arrived in 1815 from Aberdeen, Scotland to begin his new life. .... I will be happy to take questions, etc. from anyone interested.”

I’m sure Bob would appreciate anything you can do to spread the word and help him to make this a bumper reunion!!

Bob can be contacted at:  



Registration is now open for:

A Series on Social History: A four-session course on Tuesday afternoons in February to develop your understanding of your ancestors’ everyday life and challenges – with a focus on medicine, food, clothing and footwear in 19th century Canada. Speakers: Ingrid Mida, Sarah B. Hood, Sheila Knox and Marianne Fedunkiw. 

Introduction to Genealogy and Family History: A fast-paced one-day course on Saturday 20 February to introduce you to records and techniques that will help you research your family tree. Instructor: Linda Reid.

Ulster Historical Foundation – North American Tour 2016: A full day of lectures on Saturday 5 March by two research specialists from the Ulster Historical Foundation – for those with Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors. Speakers: Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt.

Hands-On Library Edition: A three-session course on Wednesday afternoons in February and March on how to use one of the largest databases of Canadian and international genealogical

Drop-In Library Edition: A series of three relaxed drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons in March, April and May for family history researchers to meet each other and practice skills with the help of Toronto Branch volunteers.

Further information is available on the Toronto Branch website at



The Province of Manitoba is a hotbed of activity to make “imaging” women on our money an “equal opportunity” issue - - AND ITS WORKING!  (The great majority of people imaged on our money, have been and, continue to be male.)



At first “blush” one wouldn’t connect genealogy and copyright in any way.  (And don’t be fooled by the “rumor / wish” that copyright doesn’t apply to “ordinary” people!  It applies equally to EVERYONE, and ignorance is not a defense!)  Unfortunately copyright legislation is hard to understand and this is not made any easier by the social changes bought on by new technology.  However there are are a surprisingly small number of areas where a little knowledge can at least warn you when you are entering “unsafe ground” - if not allowing you the circumvent the “sticky-patch” all together.  Take a look at this article for a particular example:



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. 

We found 18 reasons to post on our Facebook page in the last month.  Admittedly, two of them were about our 50% off Boxing Day Sale (over now - sorry!).  Listing our “Top5” posts I must add that the No1 post broke all previous records - although we don’t really know why?

1. A warning about errors in “original” records.

2. A comment on the increasing number of people using Facebook in connection with their genealogy.

3. Pointing to “public,” online, records about early Canadian military personnel, Pre 1st WW / Great War.

4. Opening of our Boxing Day sale.

5. News of a UK project to digitize “large” books. 

We like to think of our Facebook page as a compliment to this Newsletter, and sometimes  as a quicker reacting extension.

Add your “Like” to our FB page and be “in the know” as it happens. 

If you are already a Facebook member then you can find the Archive CD Books Canada wall by searching for our name or at:

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.

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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(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 “conferences” 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.



Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month between 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, there is a free Genealogy Workshop held in the Cannington Branch of the Brock Township Public Library, 38 Laidlaw St S. Brock, Ontario.  

This workshop is open to everyone trying to discover their family histories. We have free access to the Ancestry Library Edition in branch and help available from our coordinator as well as from the rest of our group. Networking with others brings new ideas and perspectives as well as socializing with fellow genealogists.  Contact the library at:

Upcoming meetings: 

February 17; March 16; April 20; etc., 2016


20th February, 2016. The Toronto Branch of the OGS (jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library) will be hosting a lecture by -- from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.   Further information and registration is available on their website:


5th March, 2016. The Toronto Branch of the OGS (jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library) will be hosting an ALL DAY lecture series (09:30 am to 4:30 pm) by two research specialists from the Ulster Historical Foundation.  I’m told that further information and registration is available on their website:


1st & 2nd April, 2016.  The Ontario Branch of the OGS will be holding their annual Gene-O-Rama.  The conference will be held at the Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario which is at the corner of Hunt Club & Woodroffe Streets.

The program is at:

Registration is at:

If you need further information, go to:


15, 16 & 17th April, 2016. The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society are holding their 2016 SGS Conference at the Ramada Plaza, Regina, Saskatchewan.  Watch for more information coming soon:

Their website is

Their Facebook page is:


23 April, 2016.  The Qualicum Beach Family History Society of British Columbia, is holding an International Genealogy Conference, “UNLOCKING THE PAST 2016” to be held at the The Beach Club Resort, Parksville, British Columbia.

The featured speakers will be Colleen Fitzpatrick and Chris Paton, and registration is now open at: 

It includes an early bird price.

Their website is located at:


14 May, 2016, We have been invited by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) to exhibit a selection of our products during their regular monthly meeting.  Our exhibit space will be in the atrium of “Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario - which is a Public Space - so if you were interested to see our products you could drop by.  (There will be a 30 minute period when our exhibit is “featured” in the meeting program and we might have difficulty attending to you during that period.)  Otherwise we plan to be there from about 8am to midday.


3 - 5th June, 2016, (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.


21 - 23 October, 2016.  The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit is being held at the Courtyard Marriott - Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  

“Derived out of a passion for family history, three Canadian genealogists banded together to develop a conference structure which has a mission to promote Canadian genealogists by providing a platform to showcase their talents as well as share their knowledge and passion for genealogy with others.”  There are 5 sessions, each with two streams to chose from, plus add-on “field” trips available.  Full information and registration at:


16 - 18 June, 2017. “Our Canada — Your Family: Building a Nation” is the title and the theme of the annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference.  It will be held in Ottawa, at Algonquin College and will be hosted by the Ottawa Branch OGS. This will also give delegates the opportunity to participate in the “150th anniversary of the birth of Canada” events in the Capital. 





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

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

Archive CD Books Canada Inc.

Attn.: Malcolm Moody - President

P.O. Box 11,

Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A2, Canada.



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