NEWSLETTER V12#11 - 20 March, 2016
2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER
3 NEW DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCTS
4 COMING SOON
5 NEWS & GOSSIP
6 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
7 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS
As expected, we are still busy processing the terrific history book I mentioned in section 4 of last month’s News Letter, so that is a treat still to come.
Instead we have put some work into converting some of our existing “on CD” only products into “Downloadable” products. Not “new” but instant gratification for your newly discovered information needs. Our “Download” Products are essentially the same software as the “on CD” product but reconfigured as necessary for the “single file” requirement of a “Download”, and wording tweaks to remove phrases like “on this CD.”
The only significant difference is that we do not include the FastFind speed up for the searching. It is incompatible with the download single file format without a significant increase in the difficulty of using the product and we simply do not think you want that increase in complexity.
We have also updated all our regular newsletter departments; News & Gossip and Family History Announcements, to keep up with, “happenings” & announcements preparing for the genealogy “season.”
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2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER:
- 5 products reissued in “Downloadable” format.
- A look at what’s coming.
- All our news, gossip and announcements.
3. FIVE NEW DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCTS:
3.1 THE SCOTSMAN IN CANADA (Download)
3.3.1 THE SCOTSMAN IN CANADA Vol. 1 - Eastern Canada.
CA0292-1-DL : $12.00
3.3.2 THE SCOTSMAN IN CANADA Vol. 2 - Western Canada.
CA0292-2-DL : $12.00
3.2 RUS (RURAL UPLOOK SERVICE) - 1918
CA0320-DL : $12.00
3.3 THE STORY OF RENFREW .... Pub. 1919
CA0430-DL : $15.00
3.4 1783-1883 FOOT-PRINTS: or INCIDENTS in ... NEW BRUNSWICK
CA0432-DL : $9.00
The descriptions of all these volumes have recently appeared in this Newsletter, i.e., when the “on CD” edition was released. To avoid annoying repetitions please refer to our website catalogue for the descriptions. You can access them quickly by finding the products in the New Releases Picture-Links on our front page.
4 COMING SOON:
Not to labour the point but we ARE still working on the interesting old provincial history book reproduction. Because of the book having so much “non-standard” print (and spelling) the OCR process is having a very hard time with the scanned text and our hand editing is becoming another unplanned “hold-up” in processing.
The book also has a “paste-in,” fold-out, colored, map of the province which all the handling, over the 100 odd years of the books “life,” has not treated kindly. Obtaining a passable reproduction of this map has almost turned into project of its own.
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 and a few more prosaic distractions.
The mammoth Directory of Montreal remains our “maintenance project” which will be ongoing for quite a while! It is a gigantic book and the printing standard is requiring a lot of attention to meet our standards.
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.
MORE OGS REGION BRANCHES ON FACEBOOK:
Following the Waterloo Regional Branch of the OGS reinventing itself as an “all digital” organization several other branches have, or are in the process of, going through the same intellectual exercises!
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.
If you want to support (and remain current with) your local OGS branch you might want to find out if they have started up a “facebook page.” Unfortunately I haven’t found a “one click” way of doing this so, either:
1) Go to the OGS’ page of local branches and see if your local has any information about it:
2) Go to Facebook and in the “Find Friends” box at the head of the page enter your version of: “‘YourBranch’ County Branch OGS” and see what appears in the drop-down list of suggested pages. (If your branch doesn’t appear wait a few weeks and try again. This is going to be a long term on-going exercise!)
[I’ll leave this post in the newsletter for a couple of months just as a reminder to recheck. (1st entry Feb.’16)]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CYNDI’S LIST
Cyndi's List was launched in March 1996, 20 years ago. It started out as an “add on” to a personal genealogy web site but soon expanded to be the “sole owner.” From the original “personal” list of 1,025 links it has become one of genealogy’s most well known directory resources and provides over 330,000links in over 200 categories, to help all genealogists to find sources for data, information, history, in fact anything that a genealogist might need while on their quest for a Family History. If you have never heard of Cyndi before her website is at:
Let’s congratulate Cyndi on being our guide and helpmate for over 20 years and may she continue for many more years!
TORONTO BRANCH OGS - WORKSHOP EVENTS:
Registration is now open for:
Quebec Family History (April 16, 2016) Keynote Speaker: Gary Schroder Registration required. (This notice also posted in Section 6 below)
Drop-In Workshop: “Ancestry” Library Edition
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: March 30, April 27, and May 25, 2016. No registration is required. The course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library. For details follow the link:
Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edit...
Further information on future events is available on the Toronto Branch website at
2018 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference: “Word has reached us that the OGS has accepted a bid put forward by the Scottish Special Interest Group [SIG] to host the 2018 OGS Conference in Guelph, Ontario. Christine Woodcock will be the conference chair.”
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.
We posted 16 “Points of Interest” on our Facebook page in the last month. Listing our “Top5” posts below. This month we didn’t find that “High Popularity” post, but we had 4 out of five close to the top. This month “genetic genealogy” is most popular and as usual a “Joke picture” runs a close second (always popular when I can find them).
1. A discussion on Genetic testing as applied to genealogy.
2. A cartoon about genealogy as a hobby / pass-time.
3. Another article about Genetic testing w.r.t. genealogy.
4. A video taking a humorous “shot” at an advertisement from Ancestry.
5. The opening of a district’s NEW Archive.
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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:
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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 “conferences” we attend as a marketplace vender:
We can only bring a “selection” (generally about 1,000) of the several 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.
(NEW: We can also take your order for a digital download (where available) but it will take a couple of days for us to set it up for you. If you are in a hurry it is probably better for you to order it online. Our shopping cart will get it ready for you to download right away.)
FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP IN BROCK, ONTARIO/
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:
March 16; April 20; May 18; etc., 2016
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: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/GOR16Brochure.pdf
Registration is at: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/GOR-2016-Fee-Calculator.pdf
If you need further information, go to: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/Gene-O-Rama/
WE WILL BE IN THE MARKETPLACE FOR THIS SHOW WITH A SAMPLE OF ABOUT 1000 OF OUR “on CD” PRODUCTS AND A COMPUTER FULL OF OUR WHOLE CATALOGUE, TO FILL YOUR GENEALOGY NEEDS. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN USB DRIVE IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CREATE A “PAPERLESS” OFFICE!!
LOOKING FORWARD TO EMERGING FROM OUR WINTER HIBERNATION TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN! DROP BY AND SAY “HELLO!”
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 http://www.saskgenealogy.com/
Their Facebook page is:
16 April, 2016, The Toronto Branch of the OGS is holding a workshop on Quebec Family History. The workshop is jointly sponsored by the OGS branch and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library, and will be held in the North York Central Library which is at 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5N9, on the south side at Park Home Avenue (about halfway between Sheppard and Finch).
For program and speaker details, and to register online, visit:
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: http://www.qbfhs.ca/
14 May, 2016, We have been invited by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) to exhibit a (space limited) 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, The OGS Conference will be held in Toronto's International Plaza Hotel. This is near Pearson International Airport, on Dixon Rd. and was also the venue of the 2010 conference - one of the most successful venues we have been to. This is going to be an “Action Packed” 3 day event with an “all star” line up of speakers. The organizers are doing a Stellar job on publicizing and “advancing” this event so use the following link to find all about it - and make your reservation:
Early registrations are confirming previous hope for a record attendance at this event, and the OGS continues to provide weekly updates on progress and additions the the schedule of events. NOTE: Some “off site” events are already close to capacity so visit the website (above) and make sure of you place.
We have received confirmation of our space in “the marketplace” and can hardly wait to see all our old friends again - and to make a whole host of new ones! We should be able to bring about 1,000 of our almost 4,000 catalogued CD titles, but if there is something you especially want to see let us know what it is and we can make sure it’s there for you to see (no obligation to buy!) And remember to bring your “portable drive” if you if you want to buy a “download” product.
26 - 28th September, 2016, every second year, the Kelowna and Distinct Society of British Columbia, has a large conference entitled, “Harvest Your Family Tree”.
This conference is a three-day event which will be held this year in Kelowna There will be eight keynote speakers who are coming from as far as Australia, Rhode Island, Salt Lake City, Regina, and Victoria. Well known speaker’s names include Dave Obee from British Columbia, Maureen Taylor from the United States, and Helen V. Smith from Brisbane, Australia.
Registration forms will be available from the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society:
As printed forms at the KDGS Genealogical Reference Library, located on the second floor of the downtown branch of the Kelowna Library on Ellis Street.
Or from their website at www.kdgs.ca You can also contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 250-763-7159.
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. To ask questions, please contact the Conference 2017 Program Committee at:
The following article will also give potential delegates the opportunity to participate in the “150th anniversary of the birth of Canada” events in the Capital and to view the results of the more than year long program aimed at “Improving” the look of the Capital. There is an article on this here:
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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,
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.
Canadian web site: http://www.archivecdbooks.ca