Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V2#12 - 16 April 2006

Contents:

1  WELCOME

2  WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3  NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (3)

4  COMING SOON

5  NEW RELEASES FROM OTHER PARTNERS

          British Books (4 )

          Irish Books (4)

6  NEWS & GOSSIP

7  FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

8  PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS

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1  WELCOME:

Welcome to the Archive CD Books Canada April newsletter.

This newsletter will be published whenever we have enough information to make it worth your while reading, but that usually means there will be about one a month.

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2  WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER:

A total of 11 new title releases in this newsletter.

New releases from Archive CD Books Canada.

New British Books on CD

New Irish Books on CD

News, Gossip, and more.

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To find a book on our web site http://www.archivecdbooks.ca take a note of the catalogue number - or use the “copy” function - go to the web site, click on the “Search Page” link and enter, or “paste,” the number into the “Product Number” box.  Hit “Search” and then “More” and you will be in a position to reread the description or to place your order.

Alternatively you can browse through the catalogue using the drop down headings lists.  We have tried to multi-list books where they correspond to more than one category but consider the possibility that the subject you are looking for may be under a related heading.

There is frequently more information about the books available on the web site than that which is included in the following descriptions.  All prices in $Cdn.

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3  NEW CANADIAN RELEASES:

*  History of the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion C.E.F.,  Nov. 1914 to June 1919.

CA0207:  $25.00

We are taking the publication date of 1938 for this wonderful military history from the date on the foreword.  The author or, as he styles himself, the Compiler and Assembler, Maj. H. C. Singer, ably assisted by Mr. A. A. Peebles, has left us a document which will at once satisfy both the military strategist and those looking to understand the personal experiences of this group of fighting Canadians.

This is the story of the the 31st. Battalion, otherwise known as the Alberta Regiment, which was raised in November 1914 as a component of the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, one third of the 2nd. Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF.)

Starting from the assignment of Lieut.-Col. A. H. Bell as the commanding officer the narrative follows the recruitment in the main centers of Calgary and Edmonton as well as in many smaller towns across southern Alberta, the training both in Canada and in England and finally sees the Brigade landing in France and taking its place at the front.  The list of battles in which the Battalion took an active part reads like a litany of the most famous and horrific of this Great War.  Names like Flanders, Ypres and the Salient, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens and Arras, still raise pictures of the horror of this war some 90 years after it took place.

Through the almost 450 pages of the narrative of this book Maj. Singer manages to give us a remarkable picture of both the strategic progress and a highly personal account of what it was like to be a soldier struggling to stay alive.  In addition to the narrative there are numerous contemporary photographs showing the condition of the battlefield as well as in some of the trenches.  To enable the reader to better follow the progress of the battles from the narrative there are also 8 detailed maps showing the topography and troop dispositions.

The book is completed with 68 pages of appendices containing lists of the Battalion's statistics, probably the most important of these being a nominal roll of the entire Battalion giving service numbers, names, casualty status and honors.

It is hard to do justice to a book like this in such a short review but if you know of anyone who was a part of this Battalion you owe it to yourself to read this book so you know what they went through in the service of their country.

The complete book has been OCR'd so that its text can be searched by your computer.  Altogether, 515 high quality scanned pages in our normal PDF format.  A sampler of the book is available on our Downloads page.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com / Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

*  Officers and Men in the First Canadian Contingent - 1914

CA0208:  $23.00

The full title is: List of the Officers and Men Serving in the First Canadian Contingent of the British Expeditionary Force - 1914 Compiled by the Pay and Records Office, Canadian Contingent, 36, Victoria Street, London, S. W.

Surely this has to be the most comprehensive listing of those who served in the First Canadian Contingent during the Great War.  Every individual is listed in their Brigade, Battalion, Company, specialist group or whatever is appropriate, together  with their rank and regimental number (if applicable.)  We have copied the book's index into the Downloadable sampler so you can check out how complete this listing is.

A must have for every genealogist's reference shelf.  We have configured the CD to make it text searchable so it is a real research tool.

When Canada announced its intent to support Britain by sending a fighting force to Europe in 1914 it raised an amazing volunteer army of over 32,660 in just three weeks.  Coming from all over the country these volunteers were entrained and bought to the Valcartier camp to receive basic training and to be equipped.  Where enough volunteers came from the same area their Regiment was subscripted with the area name as in the "Toronto Regiment" and the "British Columbia Regiment."  In addition to these untrained volunteers many veterans of the Canadian armed service re-enlisted to once more serve alongside the already existing permanent fighting force.  In only a few weeks the Canadian Expeditionary Force was loaded into a convoy of 32 ships for shipment to England and then on to Europe.

This book records the names of all these men, both the new and experienced volunteers as well as the pre-existing forces.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com /   Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

*  History of the Ottawa Valley

CA0210:  $19.00

Sub titled; "A collection of facts, events and reminiscences for over half a century." This rare book is actually two separate and distinct books within one cover.  The second book is titled "The difficulties of religion," and while it's included in this reproduction we make no further comment on it in this description.

The author, John Lowery Gourlay declares himself as being of Irish descent, having been born in Drumquin,  County Tyrone, and having emigrated to Canada in 1833.  His family settled in the township of March and soon they became land owners and farmers both in March and the adjoining Huntley township.  John was ordained and served as the first Presbyterian minister in Ashton.  From his family's part in the early settlement of the Ottawa valley and his own ministries he was ideally placed to pick up and to be able to relate much of the early history of the area.

John's writing style is not the easiest to follow and he tends to ramble from family history to tales of adventure, to religion, and even to vicious attacks on figures of authority, all within the space of a few sentences.  Never the less, or perhaps because of this, there is a wealth of detailed history of a large area of Ontario and Quebec contained in this book.  We attempted to determine the extent of the range covered in the book and it appeared to range well beyond the traditional bounds of "the valley" from the Lake of Two Mountains to Pembroke, and to include references to locations as far away as Kingston, Cornwall, and Brockville to the south and into the Laurentians at least as far as Chelsea to the North. This is a treasury of early family information about the Ottawa Valley and should take pride of place in any researchers collection.  Picking at random amongst the more recognizable early names of the Ottawa area there are long discussions of the activities of Philemon Wright, John Sparks, and the Billings and Burrits families.  There is no counting the number of other families and individuals who feature in the pages.

This valuable book has been loaned to us by its proud owner, Karen Prytula.  Karen realized that age was catching up with this book and it was beginning to suffer from her frequent "visits" to check the history of the Ottawa Valley.  We were pleased to receive her offer to allow us to scan the book so we could help her to preserve it and at the same time make it more available.  Please join us in thanking Karen, and letting her know that her generosity is being appreciated.

A sampler of the book is available on our Downloads page.

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4  COMING SOON:

Another of the wonderful "loaners" from the Ottawa Historical Society, "Pioneer Sketches in the District of Bathurst (the area just west and south of Ottawa) is waiting it's turn on the scanner.

As you can see we are still working on the Great War books loaned to us by Marc.  Look for more fantastic Great War books next month.

We have several really wonderful books lined up for publication and are having a really hard time choosing which should come next.

5  NEW RELEASES FROM OTHER PARTNERS:

(All prices in $Cdn.)

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BRITISH BOOKS - NEW RELEASES

*  Topographical History of Norfolk

GB1388:  $111.40

Blomefield and Parkin, 11 Volumes - 1739

THE RECOGNISED AUTHORITATIVE REFERENCE FOR NORFOLK

We are very fortunate indeed to be able to make this excellent set of 11 volumes available on CD for researchers. These volumes are extremely rare, and if you could find them, they would cost several thousand pounds to purchase.

An absolute MUST for the serious Norfolk researcher. A Description of the Towns, Villages, and Hamlets, with the Foundations of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Chanteries, and other Religious Buildings... Also An Account of the ancient and present state of all the Rectories, Vicarages, Donatives and etc. Likewise an Historical Account of the Castles, Seats and manors, etc.

A Monumental Work by Francis Blomefield and continued after his death in 1752, by Charles Parkin.

*  Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1918

GB1384:  $33.60

This directory comprises of a general description of the county, its landscape and geology (with map), its infrastructure, council, transport, etc.

A county wide directory of places with their facilities, churches, schools, etc. together with their inhabitants with trades

An alphabetical directory of people with tradesA classified trades and professional directory

Superbly detailed colour map.

*  Kelly's Directory of Surrey, 1918

GB1385:  $33.60

This directory comprises of a general description of the county, its landscape and geology (with map), its infrastructure, council, transport, etc.

A county wide directory of places with their facilities, churches, schools, etc. together with their inhabitants with trades

An alphabetical directory of people with tradesA classified trades and professional directory

Superbly detailed colour map.

*  Kelly's Directory of Sussex, 1918

GB1386:  $33.60

This directory comprises of a general description of the county, its landscape and geology (with map), its infrastructure, council, transport, etc.

A county wide directory of places with their facilities, churches, schools, etc. together with their inhabitants with trades

An alphabetical directory of people with tradesA classified trades and professional directory

Superbly detailed colour map.

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IRISH BOOKS - NEW RELEASES

Bassett's Book of County Armagh 1888

IET0023:  $30.90

Bassett's Book of Armagh is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1888. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Armagh, recording details (addresses and occupations) for over 10,000 people in the county.  It contains over 400 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map.

The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village, with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. The book finishes with a list of fairs and markets in the county, and an index.

Bassett's County Down Guide and Directory 1886

IET0025:  $30.90

Bassett's County Down is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1886. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Down, recording details (addresses and occupations) for over 10,000 people in the county. It contains 414 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map.

The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village, with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. It includes an extended treatment for the borough of Newry. The book finishes with an index of places, and includes many commercial advertisements.

Bassett's Wexford County Guide and Directory 1885

IET0026:  $30.90

Bassett's Wexford is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1885. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Wexford, recording details (addresses and occupations) for over 11,000 people in the county. It contains 406 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map.

The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village, with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. It includes an extended treatment for the borough of Wexford, and the towns of New Ross, Enniscorthy and Gorey. The book finishes with an index of places, a list of fairs and markets, and includes many commercial advertisements.

Statistical Survey of County Cork, 1810

IET0028:  $30.90

The Irish Statistical Survey was carried out under the direction of the Royal Dublin Society. Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the "actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy". In practice the surveys contained a vast quantity of local information on almost every aspect of the county surveyed. Because these studies were carried out under central direction the quality of the information provided is good, and given their early date, they remain an invaluable source for the study of each county. They record many details about conditions in pre-Famine Ireland, including social and economic conditions, the growth of population and poverty, education, religion, history, the Irish language and local customs. The Cork survey was published in 1810. It covers the entire county, barony by barony, treating all of the main topics in 896 pages. This includes a detailed full colour map of the county. The study ends with an extended conclusion on the main problems towards the advancement of Cork. In the authorís opinion education was the key, both to bring better agricultural methods as well as to civilise the wealthier farmers and tradesmen!

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6  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 to tap into the enormous fund of knowledge which I know is out there.

* FREE SHIPPING IN CANADA!!:

If you have visited our web site recently you will have seen that we are now mailing all your purchases (delivered within Canada) without any shipping charge.  For a limited time you can forget those irritating shipping charges and pay only what you see in the catalogue.  Now if we could only get the Governments to give us a "special" on their cut ...... :-)

For those of you outside Canada, we're sorry but we simply can't afford those higher mailing charges.  We will, however, only charge you enough to cover our shipping costs and if our shopping cart overcharges you for shipping, as it sometimes does, we will rebate the difference.

*  IN PERSON APPEARANCES:

We are busy building up our stock of CDs to take to Oshawa for when we attend the Ontario Genealogical Societies conference "Buggy Whips to Microchips" on May 26 - 28th.  We are planning some great Show Specials and are looking forward to meeting many old friends and making even more new ones.

*  CANADIAN CENSUS REPRODUCTIONS:

Some time ago I asked you to let us know what you would like to see us making into CDs.  One of the strongest responses was for CD copies of the Canadian Census records which were only available on film.  I had been looking into what we would have to do to make this possible but in the middle of it we learned that the Canadian Archives are now actively making plans to place ALL the census records they have on-line soon.  So, another good idea that never got off the ground.

Remember that we are always open to your suggestions.  We are here to provide you with the information you want.  Let us know what it is.

*  2006 CANADIAN CENSUS:

The following is extracted from a post by Gordon Watts and concerns a question on the next census asking if you give permission for the government to make your census information available in 92 years time:

"The next Census of Canada will be held 16 May 2006.  It is time now to start  advising friends, relatives and neighbours to answer YES to this question.

 If this question is not answered YES, or is left unanswered, your  descendants will be unable to find information on you in Census records in 2098 (92 years in the future).  If significant numbers of respondents  respond negatively, or do not respond to this question at all, it will  destroy the completeness of the records, and thus their value to

 genealogical or historical researchers will be forever destroyed.

 On Census Day, make sure  you answer YES to allow your information to be made available to your descendants in 2098."

7  FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

APRIL 18, 2006 at LAC, 7:30 PM:  Video presentation on aspects of Canadian history.

OGS Ottawa Branch

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APRIL 22, 2006 at Museum of Civilization, Ottawa 9 AM:  Ottawa Regional Historica Fair Local schools history projects on display and judging. BIFHSGO is awarding a prize and will mount a display on Home Children.

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APRIL 29, 2006, 1PM

Vankleek Hill & District Historical Society in conjunction with OGS Ottawa Branch

Beginner's Course at Vankleek Hill

Express interest at < www.vankleek.net/museum/  >

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The 5th Annual Grey County Black History Event:  North American Connections

Saturday, April 29th 2006, 8:30-4:30

Durham Arena and Community Centre, 451 Saddler St. W. Durham, ON, Canada

Feature Presentation by Peter Hanes: Shared U.S. – Canadian Black History and Cultural Experiences

For more information, Greta Kennedy, P.O. Box 709 Durham, ON, N0G 1R0, Tel: 519-369-3119, Fax: 519-369-2399, Email: gretakennedy@sympatico.ca OR The Grey County Archives: Tel: 519-376-3690 x113 Fax: 519-376-4654 Email: archives@greycounty.on.ca

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UPCOMING British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) events:

For more information e-mail to queries@bifhsgo.ca or call (613)234-2520:

MAY 13, 2006 at LAC 395 Wellington, 10AM,  HOME CHILDREN STORIES

Presented by Caroline Herbert, Patricia Roberts-Pichette, John Sayers

MAY 18 (AM), 2006,  Tour of the Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre in Gatineau.  (Register with Glenn Wright at the meeting- for BIFHSGO members)

BIFSGO holds its monthly meeting on the second Saturday of the month - September to June.  Usually at the Library and Archives of Canada building, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa, starting 10:00 am.  See website for more details: http://www.bifhsgo.ca or see this newsletter.

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The Ontario Genealogical Society is holding it's annual seminar, "From Buggy Whips .. to Microchips," between 26 - 28 May, 2006.  It is being hosted this year by the Durham Region Branch of the OGS and will take place at Durham College & University campus, 1910 Simcoe Street N., Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 4Y3.

For full details, program and registration go on-line to:

http://www.ogsseminar.org/index.htm , or call Anne Delong (Registrar) on 1-905-623-6975

ARCHIVE CD BOOKS CANADA WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS MEETING.

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Généalogie Nepisiguit Genealogy of Bathurst New Brunswick will be holding a Genealogy Fair on SATURDAY,   MAY 27,   2006.  The hours will be from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.  It shall take place at 355 Douglas Ave directly across the street from our archives and research centre which shall be open as well.  Lots of parking space in rear of building.

All groups and individuals wishing to take part are more than welcome to join us.  NO ADMISSION FEE as is usual for these fairs.

To reserve a table and/or get more info, please contact:  (please put “GenFair” in subject)  PATSY HENNESSY patsy@nbnet.nb.ca .   (co-chair of the archives/research centre)

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Genealogy and Family History Day presented by the Norfolk County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, June 10, 2006, at Delhi Seniors Centre, 418 Queen St., Delhi, Ontario a Genealogy and Family History Day between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission or being an exhibitor.

On display will be family genealogies and histories, photographs and other family treasurers of our family wherever they may be from.Bring your history and participate or come and perhaps we can help you find yours. We would like as many families as possible to be represnted showing of the diversity of our heritage,

For further information or registration contact Irene   irene@flarenet.com

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The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa announces it's annual Fall Conference:  "Celebrate your Anglo-Celtic Roots."  To be held 22 to 24 September 2006 at the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.

The conference will include Lectures from well known personalities, Workshops, One-on-one consultations, and a Marketplace.

Enquires to (613)234-2520, or e-mail to Queries@bifhsgo.ca

Web site: http://www.bifhsgo.ca

ARCHIVE CD BOOKS CANADA PLANS TO SUPPORT THIS CONFERENCE.

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On October 13 & 14, 2006 the Alberta Family Histories Society will present its biennial Expo Seminar (Calgary's genealogy event of the year), FAMILYROOTS 2006, at the Carriage House Inn.

For further details consult  the website:  www.afhs.ab.ca

Your support would be much appreciated.  Submitted by: BILL CAMPBELL, AFHS, Public Relations

The Society kindly invited Archive CD Books Canada to attend this meeting but - unfortunately - we had to decline with thanks.

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8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS:

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Attn.: Malcolm Moody - President

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