NEWSLETTER V12#12 - 29 April, 2016












Even after giving ourselves an extra month we had to steal a few more days from after our “aim-for” monthly publication date so we could include announcement of the release of our digital edition of D. W. Prowse’s “History of Newfoundland from the English, Colonial, and Foreign Records” 2nd Ed. pub. 1895 - the Provincial history we have been hard at work with.  Quite aside from its “monumental 742 page count, the 100 odd year old production values of this volume were the chief culprit for the enormous amount of work required to maintain our digital reproduction standards.

Despite the age of this book it was recently considered by a reliable institution to be one of the best History’s of Newfoundland (& Labrador) available.  A significant tribute to ANY 100 year old publication!

We have also updated all our regular newsletter departments; News & Gossip and Family History Announcements, to keep up with, “happenings” & announcements during this genealogy “season.”


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3.1 HISTORY OF NEWFOUNDLAND from the English, Colonial, and Foreign Records - 1895.

CA0493:   $24.75

This wonderful and authoritative:  “History of Newfoundland from the English, Colonial, and Foreign Records,”  was researched, assembled, and written by D. W. (Daniel Woodley) Prowse, Q.C.  Mr. Prowse was born in Newfoundland and, as the middle child in a family with 7 offspring, he was expected to make his own way in the World - which he accomplished in a most spectacular fashion.  

After an initial education in Newfoundland he furthered his education in England and Spain, and on completion he took up the law being called to the Bar in 1858.  He launched with gusto into the practice of law, politics, justiciary writing, as well as manifold other public services.  He also pursued a very active social life both intellectual and relaxing.  He was even known to have performed comic songs in public.  This activity brought him into contact with a great many others who formed Newfoundland “society” so it was no great surprise when he was approached to become a judge in the circuit court, leading finally to his becoming a Judge of the Central District Court of Newfoundland.

On his retirement from public office he threw himself whole-hearted into what had formerly been his “hobbies” one of the results being the final publication of this history although it also represents the work of many years of researching, finding, and collecting, the materials and intelligence it contains.  He at first published it locally in Newfoundland in very limited quantities but published a much larger second eddition in London, England.  It is from the 2nd edition that this digital version has been produced.

A previous user has inscribed the front fly sheet with his opinion; “This book is worth much more than its weight in gold.”  And it weighs over 4 lb!

The Dictionary of Canadian Biography comments on this book: “A hundred years after its appearance in 1895 Prowse’s History remains unchallenged, for the four centuries that it covers, as the best (some would say “unfortunately the best”) general history of Newfoundland.”

Prowes wrote an extensive “Introduction” to his book and we could do no better than use selected extracts from this Introduction to provide the reader with a ”compact” description of his work:

“This work is an attempt to describe how England's first colony, Newfoundland, was founded and developed ; to show the influence of its discovery on the making of England. My plan has been to cite contemporary documents, for the most part hitherto unprinted.”

“…Here England first obtained a foothold in the new world, and laid the foundation of her Colonial Empire. For more than one hundred years Newfoundland was Britain's one and only Colony; her trans-Atlantic fishery the sole link that bound Europe to North America.…”

“Beginning in a small way in 1498, year by year witnessed the rapid growth of this Newfoundland business, the accumulation of wealth, the constant building of larger ships ; carried on almost by stealth from the West Country seaports, it is only by brief references in the chronicles and Acts of Parliament that we can trace the development of a great industry, which must necessarily have had immense influence on the maritime prosperity of the lesser England of the Tudor age, when the burthen [burden] of the whole Royal Navy was less than the tonnage of a modern first-class cruiser.…”

“To the early American settlers Newfoundland was the parent Colony, a meagre and haggard kind of mother, yet for all that she saved the ancient Colony of Virginia from semi-starvation by a timely cargo of fish. When the New York settlers first tried to establish a fishery at Sandy Hook, it was to this Colony they applied for appliances and men. The same Devonshire adventurers who traded to and colonised Newfoundland were the first to make a similar attempt in New England. The Newfoundland trade was by far the greatest English enterprise in America up to 1630.”

“It must be borne in mind that from 1497 to the permanent settlement in Virginia and the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620, Newfoundland was the only Colony and the only possession in North America occupied and governed by Englishmen; …”

“I have attempted to reconstruct the true history of Newfoundland from these various documents, to bring to life again the dead and buried memories of the men who made the country, to recount the doughty deeds of the old Devon sailors who, against tremendous odds, retained this island for England without the slightest help from the Crown.”

“The history of Newfoundland may be roughly divided into four great epochs of nearly equal duration:—-

The early or chaotic era, from 1497 to 1610, when the Island was a kind of no man's land, without law, religion, or government, frequented alike by English and foreign fishermen, only ruled in a rough way by the reckless valour of Devonshire men, half pirates, half traders.  

The Fishing Admiral period, from 1610 to 1711, a dismal time of struggle between the colonists and the western adventurers or ship fishermen from England. This may also be designated the colonisation period. 

The Colony under Naval Governors, 1711 to 1825; the advent of the first resident Governor, Sir Thomas Cochrane. 

The modern era, the struggle for autonomy.”

“Side by side, as the old colony began to grow, arose in the early days of James I new colonies in Virginia and New England. The few impoverished fishermen and farmers, who were half starved at Plymouth, soon blossomed into prosperous communities, which spread out and separated into the country which now forms part of the Great Republic. In less than twenty-five years after the landing at Plymouth Rock, there were dealings between Newfoundland and the new settlements.”

“All through this strange, eventful history, Newfoundland settlers of all kinds, from Guy and Baltimore down to the poorest waif from the West of England, had to fight for their lives with the dire hostility of the ship-fishermen or western adventurers from England. In the olden time these men had conquered the country, and they looked upon it as their own. Charters were given them by the Crown, conferring on them outrageous rights and privileges. From the days of the second Charles, the Home Government always supported their pretensions.”

“The third period of our colonial history commences about 1711. At this date we find some attempt at government in the appointment of Captain Crowe, RN., who convened an assembly of the principal inhabitants, a crude copy of the New England town meeting, and by mutual consent established a rude code of laws. The British Government had been for over two centuries endeavouring to rule the country without government, and to establish a judiciary without an Act of Parliament. In 1728 the first regular naval governor was appointed in the person of Captain Osborne, R.N. The floating governors, to a certain extent, exercised authority over those judicial monstrosities, the fishing admirals.”

“To many of my readers, especially my Newfoundland readers, the documents set forth in these pages will be considered the most interesting part of the book—they are chiefly from unpublished records ; by others they may be looked on as the very dry bones of history. In order to satisfy my two sets of readers, I have therefore put these old documents in the appendices to the chapters, where the diligent student of our real history may peruse them, and the lighter-minded reader pass them by.”

This book has an actual page count of 798 pages - quite a “significant volume” and is liberally illustrated with contemporary photo-reproductions, line drawings, and copies of “official” documents obtained from various national, and private, archives.  Also reproduced is a contemporary coloured, fold out (18” x 21 1/2”) map of Newfoundland and Labrador bearing many original place names.  In spite of the original book being adequately supplied with Tables of Contents and Illustrations, and an extensive Index, we have made all the printed text computer searchable and enhanced the search speed with our “FastFind” technology.



Finishing work on the Newfoundland History book and other “in-house” projects have completely adsorbed our available time this month so we have not even had time to choose our next subject.  Be assured however that we have no shortage of exciting new projects saved up in out “back-log” stacks.  It will not take us long to find a suitable candidate - but be assured we will be looking for something we hope to be able to complete by next newsletter time.



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.


On Friday 3 June, there is a NEW EVENT being offered by the Toronto OGS branch - in association with the 2016 OGS Conference:

Registration is open for “Spadina’s Austin Family and the Great War”, a full-day program at the Spadina Museum, (home of Toronto’s prominent Austin family). Included is: a guided tour of the mansion; a boxed lunch; exploring the grounds and gardens; two expert presentations (about the Great War and its aftermath).

This is a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in early 20th century Toronto, social history or the First World War.  

Registrants may choose to travel from the Conference centre on the provided bus or join the group at the Spadina Museum.

For further details and registration information, visit the Toronto Branch website.



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!)

[This will be the last month I will leave this post in the newsletter as a reminder to recheck. (1st entry Feb.’16)]



The Canadian British Home Children group are organizing a petition for an “official” apology to the Home Children – the children who were sent here from the United Kingdom in 1869 to the 1940s to work on farm and as domestics.  

The group already has enough signatures to present an initial petition but the strength of petitions is judged by the number of signatures they attract so add yours at: 

which requests an apology to the Home Children – the children who were sent here from the United Kingdom in 1869 to the 1940s to work on farm and as domestics. 



Registration is now open for:

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.  

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 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 made 15 posts on our Facebook page in the last month.  From these  our “Top5” posts are below.  We had one exceptionally popular post - and I would never have guessed it would get such a response, being a local issue here in Ottawa.

1. An appeal for assistance in identifying inhabitants of an 1800’s “downtown” Ottawa cemetery.

2. Information about using Silica-Gell packets for paper storage.

3. A message of thanks to visitors at our display during the Ottawa OGS’ Gene-O-Rama.

4. A recognition of a Centenary of “Women’s Suffrage” in Canada.

5. Advice on hiring a professional Genealogist. 

We like to think of our Facebook page as a compliment to this Newsletter, and sometimes  as a quicker reacting extension.  It also allows “members” to react and express their POV,

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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: 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” (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:

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.)



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: 

March 16; April 20; May 18; etc., 2016


11 May, 2016.  The Trafalgar Township Historical Society will be holding a meeting including a presentation “When Suffragettes Won Back the Vote” given by  Pauline Grondin.  “She will portray a woman of 1916 who speaks regarding the history of women’s votes in the past and their determination to embrace the notion of voting rights for wives and mothers in the future.”

For more information, please contact, and see the website of the Society at

The Society meets at the old Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, which is just east of Bronte Road, north side of Dundas.  


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.


7 May, 2016.  The Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society will meet at 2:00 pm, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario. 

The presenter will be Fran Murphy speaking on New England Research. A Book Table will be available at 1:30 pm.

Further information can be obtained from the OGS website


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 your 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.  


9 - 11th September, 2016. The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is hosting its 22nd Annual Conference in the Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean, Ontario.  This is always a well attended conference with multiple presentation streams and an extensive Marketplace.  More information, including advance registration can be found on:

We have already registered for our place in the Marketplace and plan to bring our full “roadshow” kit.  This is a spectacular venue in a scenic atrium setting.  Make a note to drop by and say “hello.”


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   You can also contact them by email at, 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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