Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V3#4 - 20 August 2006







          British Books (1)

     British Census (18)

    Australian Book (1)






Welcome to the Archive CD Books Canada August newsletter.

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We all seem to be succumbing to the summer heat so a rather small newsletter I'm afraid.  We didn't even make our quota on Canadian releases although our delinquent one, and one other, are only a couple of days from being ready so keep an eye open for a great early directory of Toronto and the Home District and a far more recent, 1950, Telephone Directory of Halifax N.S.

A total of 21 new title releases in this newsletter.

New release from Archive CD Books Canada.

New British Book on CD

New British Census on CD

New Australian book on CD

News, Gossip, and more.


To find a book on our web site 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.



*  History of the 16th Battalion CEF, 1914-19

CA0209:  $35.00

By, Lt.-Col. H. M. Urquhart, originally published in 1932.

Nicknamed "The Canadian Scottish" the 16th Battalion was formed from four existing regiments.  The "Scottish" label seems to have derived from the backgrounds of the original constituent regiments: The Gordons (50th Regiment), The Seaforth (72nd Regiment), The Camerons (79th Regiment), and The Canadian Highlanders allied with Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (91st Regiment).  During the course of the conflict however the battalion was reinforced from over 30 other regiments and groups, many of whom had no particular claim to a Scottish heritage, so that the nickname became more honorary than descriptive.

In this book the author, after a brief prologue to set the scene, starts this history with the formation of the Battalion at the Valcartier camp (Quebec) in May 1914. He then provides a detailed, chronological account of the battalion members experiences throughout the whole period of the fighting finishing with its disbanding in Winnipeg in May of 1919, almost exactly 5 years later.  Although the book is an important and informative history it could also be looked on as a simple diary, a large part of its charm and import being that it includes passages from many actual diaries, both official and personal.  Along with the explanations of the strategic maneuvering there are insightful extracts of individuals reactions, to the shock of seeing a friend suddenly dead, to the fear, and to the brutality of war.

Truly a "tour de force" of compelling story telling.  And as if this weren't enough, the history is amply illustrated with 23 contemporary photographs and 15 detailed maps of the battles and the battalion's movements.

This "history" only accounts for about a half of the book.  The remaining half is an exhaustive package of facts in quoted records and tabulated figures giving all the factual information in easy to understand form, including an over 400 page Nominal Role of all officers and men who served, showing their promotion, previous and past service records, and for the many unfortunate enough to have been killed or wounded the date and nature of their misfortune.

We have provided a freely downloadable sampler of pages from the book including the table of contents, a random sampling of pages from throughout, and a small segment of one of the very detailed maps.  There is no detailed index in the original so to make the contents more accessible on this CD we have made the whole text searchable and enabled the Fast Find feature allowing you to make almost instantaneous searches for any word in the book.

This valuable 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 /  Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.



The promised 1837 Directory of Toronto and the Home District including a Commercial Directory and Register with an Almanac and Calendar is still a few days away from release.  The wait will be well worth while though.

We also have a 1950 telephone directory for Halifax, Dartmouth and County almost ready for release.  At last some help in tracing people in the time between the 1911 census and the current directories!

Both these CDs will be available within the next few days so visit our web site to see when they are ready.

There is still some discussion on what comes next so no further predictions in this newsletter.


(All prices in $Cdn.)



*  Schedule of the Title Deeds of the Sneaton Estate (North Riding)

GB1131:  $18.40

A unique hand written book that contains extracts of the title deeds relating to the Sneaton Estate (Wilson family) from 1748 through to 1824.

Sales and purchases of land and property. Absolutely fascinating and invaluable to those with an interest in the village of Sneaton. "Sneaton is a parish three miles from Whitby, near which is Sneaton Castle, the seat of Colonel Wilson, MP.  251 inhabitants form the population of the parish" [from Pigot's 1828 directory]




C1841DUR:  $116.00


Extremely high resolution grey scale scanned images of the original census enumerator's books.

In addition to the full county set, we have made parts of the Durham 1841 census available on individual CDs each containing a range of census pieces.

If you do not need the whole county, then this is the opportunity for you to buy smaller parts at a more affordable price for the districts in which you have interest.    (Please see our on-line catalogue for details of the areas covered by each individual CD)

*  CD1: HO107/296

C1841DUR01:  $16.10

*  CD2 HO107/297

C1841DUR02:  $16.10

*  CD3 HO107/298

C1841DUR03:  $16.10

*  CD4 HO107/299

C1841DUR04:  $16.10

*  CD5 HO107/300

C1841DUR05:  $16.10

*  CD6 HO107/301-302

C1841DUR06:  $16.10

*  CD7 HO107/303-305

C1841DUR07:  $16.10

*  CD8 HO107/306-307

C1841DUR08:  $16.10

*  CD9 HO107/308-309

C1841DUR09:  $16.10

*  CD10 HO107/310-311

C1841DUR10:  $16.10

*  CD11 HO107/312

C1841DUR11:  $16.10

*  CD12 HO107/313-314

C1841DUR12:  $16.10

*  CD13 HO107/315-316

C1841DUR13:  $16.10

*  CD14 HO107/317

C1841DUR14:  $16.10

*  CD15 HO107/318-319

C1841DUR15:  $16.10

*  CD16 HO107/320

C1841DUR16:  $16.10

*  CD17 HO107/321

C1841DUR17:  $16.10



*  Hobart Town Gazette 1861

AU6100-1861:  $48.70

Government Gazettes in general contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. However they are largely an untapped resource. The few complete runs that are available are usually only found in major libraries. And even for researchers who do have access to these the sheer size and extent of the Gazettes is daunting. Now that is all changing - with the publication of the gazettes on affordable and searchable CD-ROMs. Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are mentioned EVERY YEAR in Government Gazettes But they offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They will help you reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of individuals and communities.

Information such as in the following list can often be found in most Gazettes: land sales, government appointments, lost stock, unclaimed letters, police reports, desertions, ships arrivals, insolvency notices, permits, licences, even petitions (with names) and trademark applications... and the list could go on and on.

"I'm totally in awe of the potential of the Government Gazette project ... the accessibility, ease of use ... having done the hard slog through many original volumes" - Greg Slattery, South Australian historian.



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.


Following our announcement last month that all our future CDs would be enhanced with this improved search technology, our Australian partner has now made a similar announcement and our US partner is busy investigating his options for implementing it.  We are all still evaluating the impact of revising all our issued CDs to include the new technology and this will be the subject of further announcements.

That's it.  Well - I said it was a slow month!


September 9, 09:30 - 11:30 a.m., British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by "Engineers & Navvies; The builders of the Rideau Canal by Christina Tessier, Director of the Bytown Museum.

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September 9th,10th & 13th:  The British Columbia Genealogical Society is sponsoring three events with Louise St. Denis in the beginning of September. Louise St. Denis is one of Canada's best known genealogy educators & the author of ten genealogical books.

1. Saturday, September 9th, 10 a.m. to 12 noon; "Let's find your French Canadian Ancestors"

  B.C.G.S. Library Board Room, #211 - 12837 - 76th Ave.  (76th Ave. at 128th St.), Surrey:  - Pre- registration not required. Limited seating. Please see the B.C.G.S. website for details:

2. Sunday, September 10th,  9 a.m to 4 p.m.; "A Special Day with Louise St. Denis"

   Cloverdale Branch, Surrey Public Library, 5642 - 176A Street, Surrey

Limited seating; please book early.  To register, call the Cloverdale Branch at 604-576-1384, extensions 5 or 6 or email:

3. Wednesday, September 13th at 7:30 p.m.; "A Trip to Montreal: Romantic & A Paradise for Researchers of French Canadian Ancestors. "

   Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway, (Kingsway at Edmonds), Burnaby

For more information about these events, see the B.C.G.S. website:

or call the B.C.G.S. Library at 604 502 9119


September 16 from 10 AM to 4 PM:  GENEALOGY FAIR - Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society Inc. is holding a Genealogical Fair  at Millidgeville North School, Boar's Head Road, Saint John, NB.  Admission is Free! The Fair is an "Open House" for anybody interested in genealogy. Come and see what other researchers have been working on - perhaps your family is here!

Talk to people who have genealogical information from the Saint  John area, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. Browse through reference information used by area genealogists. Most of the exhibitors are folks like you, who have an interest in genealogy. This is an opportunity to share information The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, will be bringing resource material on Saint John, Kings and Charlotte counties from their collection. The New Brunswick Museum and the Kings County Museum, will display resources held at these institutions. Several individuals have produced books and these will be on display.

There is a place for you to display your “brick wall”. Place your problem/query on a letter size sheet and put it on the wall so that all who attend may read it. Later these queries will be placed in Generations, the magazine of the New Brunswick Genealogy Society.

Professional booksellers, who sell genealogically related material are welcome. Lunch can be purchased. If you visit, come prepared with your research to date so that you will be able to use the resources available to you.  Anyone interested in participating in the fair may reserve a table by contacting Joan Pearce by email . or by telephoning (506) 652-1551. Tables are free and are on a first come, first served basis.

 Mary Rosevear, the Editor of Generations magazine was kind enough to extend a personal invitation to Archive CD Books Canada to attend.  Unfortunately we had to decline the kind offer.


SEPTEMBER 22 to 24 :  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

Web site:



SEPTEMBER 30th, the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives, 13 Burke Street, Penetanguishene, ON will be holding it's second annual SETTLER'S DAY.

This year they have chosen to feature the Gendron Family of Penetanguishene.

The highlight of the events is the Beck Memorial Dinner held in the evening at a local historical site. The Gendron family will be honoured at this dinner and the focus will be on the family's history. Tickets for the dinner are limited and will sell out quickly.

  Contact: Pam Tessier, Research Co-ordinator, Genealogy Research Centre Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives, 13 Burke Street, Penetanguishene, ON, L9M 1C1, 705-549-2150. e-mail:


October 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.,  British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "Leave no Stone Unturned" by Terry Findley, member.

Web site:


OCTOBER 13 & 14, The Alberta Family Histories Society will hosts Calgary's genealogy event of the year, its biennial EXPO/SEMINAR, FAMILYROOTS 2006, at the Carriage House Inn.

The keynote speaker will be David Rencher of the LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City. He is bound to electrify his audience with his presentation

 'Unlocking The Vault - The ScanStone Project'. He will review the evolutionary work involved in digitizing and indexing the entire Family Search granite mountain records over the next few years - a monumental achievement! 

The FAMILYROOTS 2006 event includes 24 presentations and 11 prominent speakers

 For full details explore

 Register early to ensure you are able to attend the presentation of your choice - space is definitely limited. An earlybird discount applies.

 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.


October 29, Region V Annual Conference sponsored by the Toronto branch of the OGS.   10:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration from 9:30 a.m.)  Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East (at Leslie St.), Toronto (in Edwards Gardens at the southwest corner of Lawrence and Leslie)

For more information see:



November 4, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.,  British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "Ghosts of the Great War" by Tony Atherton of the Ottawa Citizen.

Web site:


December 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.,  British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "More Great Moments in Genealogy" by BIFHSGO members.

Web site:


APRIL 28, 2007:  Biennial Seminar; ROOTS AROUND THE WORLD

Rick Hansen Secondary School Abbotsford, BC

Workshops - Marketplace - Visual Displays


This is also the weekend to get your DNA sampled for Genealogical purposes

See for more details.


 June 15-17, 2007:  Call for Speakers NBGS CONFERENCE.

Saint John branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc is pleased to be

hosting an NBGS conference:  Sources by the Sea - From Parchment to the Internet at Villa Madonna, Rothesay, NB.  See:

The purpose to provide a forum for the members and public to share genealogical

information, to learn more about researching in New Brunswick, and to further the

objectives of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc.

Speakers: There will be 9 lectures during the weekend. We are seeking speakers to

present high quality presentations (45-50 minutes in length). Multiple proposals are invited.

The deadline for submitting speaker proposals is July 31, 2006.

Proposals should be sent, either by post or e-mail, to: David Fraser, 124 Gondola Blvd, Quispamsis NB E2E 1J1





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Archive CD Books Canada Inc.

Attn.: Malcolm Moody - President

P.O. Box 11,

Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A2, Canada.

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