Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V3#5 - 19 October 2006











Welcome to the Archive CD Books Canada October newsletter.

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Well, it says in the intro. above that we will issue this newsletter  when “we have enough information,” but I have to admit  when I initially wrote this I was thinking of more then one newsletter a month rather than only one every 2 months.  :-)  That’s real life for you though!  One of our friends commented that it looked as if we’d been taking the summer off.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Quite apart from unexpected production difficulties in publishing the two new directories, we have all been extra busy all summer.  The results of this activity will not surface for some time though, and will probably be well spread out so it won’t be too obvious.  So, for now .....

A total of 3 new Canadian title releases in this newsletter.

plus the usual 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.



• City of Toronto & the Home District Directory for 1837

CA0214:  $19.00

The full title is: City of Toronto & the Home District Commercial Directory & Register with Almanac & Calendar for 1837, it was produced by George Walton.

This is one of the earliest directories of Toronto and as a bonus it also covers the surrounding area (called the Home District.)  A list of the names of places in the Home District is provided below.  In fact the Home District comprises the major part of the directory, Toronto proper having only 9,200 odd inhabitants while the Home District was populated by approximately 52,000.

As was normal for directories of this period only the names of principal householders are given but their profession / trade and location is also provided for the city, town and village listings.  In the Toronto listing, significant buildings, companies and plots are included so that, for example, Chapels, Banks, Government Departments, etc. can also be found.  In the rural areas of the Home District locations are given by the Concession and Lot numbers while villages and town are simply a list of inhabitants, these places - presumably - being small enough that street names were not needed.

Each section of the rural listings is concluded with its population statistics.

In addition to the directory listings there are two more substantial sections providing an Almanac and a great deal of information which would be of vital importance to the contemporary inhabitants.  One item quotes the Articles of Incorporation for Toronto defining the locations of all the city's wards (electoral / parish boundaries.)  Other sections provide details of Government, Commercial, Medical, Legal and Church offices and officers/members.

As a directory the book is designed to allow quick and easy access to the information but we have made the whole book computer searchable and have enhanced the search speed with our FastFind technology. Care should be exercised in searching this book not only because of the inevitable OCR errors but also because the spelling in the original book seems to be rather "approximate."  For those who want to get a closer look at the contents of this important directory before buying there is a sampler on our website where a selection of pages from the book may be freely downloaded.

Places in the Home District: Adjala; Albion; Town of Barrie; Brock; East & West Caledon; East & West Chinguacousy; Etobicoke; Essa; Flos; North, East & West Gwillimbury; Georgina; Innisfil; King; Mara; Markham; Medonte; Mono; Orillia; Oro; Pickering; Reach; Scarborough; Scott; Village of Springfield; Village of Streetsville; Sunnidale; Tecumseth; Thorah; Tiny and Tay; Toronto Gore; Toronto, (old & new survey); Uxbridge; Vaughan; Vespra; Whitchurch; Whitby; & York.

• Halifax & District Telephone Directory for 1950

CA0220:  $19.00

A relatively recent resource for us to reproduce but from an important period where tracking down your family can be tricky.  This is the directory published by the Maritime Telegraph & Telephone Company Ltd.,  and lists subscribers for the following exchanges and areas:

Bay Road; Bedford Including:- Sackville District; Blandford;  Chezzetcook; Eastern Passage; French Village; Halifax Including:- Bayside, Lawrencetown and Minesville Districts; Hubbards; Lake Charlotte; Mount Uniacke; Musquodoboit Harbour,  Including:- Jeddore District; Porter's Lake; St. Margaret's; Sambro; Ship Harbour; Tangier Including:- Mooseland, Pleasant Harbour, & Spry Bay Districts; and Wellington.

The directory also includes the "Yellow Pages" which enables you to search for businesses.  This can be a great help because the owner's / proprietor's name is often given in the advertising.

It is obviously fairly easy to find people in the directory if you know the name and the area where they lived but we have made this directory fully text searchable so you can find any word (person, place etc.).  As with all directories this is also a great way of finding other relatives which you weren't aware of, by finding all occurrences of the family name or of the maiden name of a spouse.  The search capability is enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results are presented almost instantaneously.

If you want to have a look at a few of the pages from the directory before you buy then go to our Downloads page where you can get a Sampler of the directory.

• History of Leeds & Grenville from 1749 to 1879.

CA0181:  $28.00

The author of this book, Thadius W. H. Leavitt declares himself to be a newspaper editor by profession, and it seems fairly clear that a good portion of the content of this book has been gleaned from the archives of the newspaper he sites as sources.  Not to say that this is simply a reprint of old newspaper articles.  Thadius has carefully arranged and assembled an amazingly detailed account of the early days of these United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.  And then to add personality he has embellished it with biographical sketches of many of the pioneers and outstanding citizens.  As if this were not enough he has then gone on to add 76 pages carrying wonderful lithographs of contemporary residences, factories, farms, schools, churches and other places of interest as well as portraits of many of the people mentioned in the book.

Altogether this is a resource that no student of the history of the Leeds and Grenville can be without.

Are you perhaps looking for an ancestor who settled in the Leeds & Grenville area?  The book contains table after table showing the land grants (patents) made to settlers - including United Empire Loyalists - mostly for the period up to the end of 1802 but also, in a few locations, for other periods in the early 1800's.

Perhaps your ancestor took some sort of a role in the public life of the area?  Was he a councilor, a judge, a warden, a minister?  If so he was probably mentioned.  Even just being amongst the early settlers seems to have been a sufficient qualification for their name to have been recorded.  And then add to this the 270 odd biographical sketches of families and individuals.  Frequently, in this type of publication, these sketches were included as a 'reward" for sponsoring the books publication, but there are indications in this book that at least some of the sketches have been originated by the author from information available to him.

We have provided a  freely downloadable sampler of this great book on our Downloads page (as CA0181), including the several pages of contents, which lists the names of all the subjects of these biographical sketches.

This history covers the entire area of the United Counties, and even extends slightly beyond in places. The Table of Contents in the freely downloadable sampler also lists the names of many of the places specifically discussed in the book.

The entire text of this book on CD is computer searchable and the search capability is enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results are presented almost instantaneously.



I’m rather excited at the prospect of starting work on a large, three volume, set of books about one of the prairie provinces.  This is an area where we don’t find too much in the way of suitable (old and rare)  publications and this looks as if it will be of exceptional value to anyone working in that area.  (Excuse me being deliberately vague about this release but we’d like to keep it as a surprise until it’s ready.)

Not too sure how long the three volume set is going to take but we have been loaned another wonderful early book about the settlement and development of what is now eastern Ontario and it has a high priority in our waiting list.

We are beginning to see some interest in the series of Great War books we have released during this year so we may decide to “promote” some more of the books in this category which we have waiting on the shelf.


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.


We will be presenting our catalogue of CDs for sale at the “Region V Annual Conference sponsored by the Toronto branch of the OGS.”  (The meeting announcement is in the next section.)  This will be our first time at this show and we are looking forward to meeting new friends so come and say “Hello.”  We cannot carry our full stock to these shows so if there are particular CDs you think you might / or know you want  drop us an e-mail and we will do our best to bring a copy with us.  (No obligation for you to buy!)  If there is a CD you want - and we don’t have it with us - you can order it from us at the show and benefit from the “show special” prices we always offer.  Yes!  Show specials!  We always have some really special offerings at these shows and we usually “pay the tax” on top of the free shipping in Canada offer we’ve been running for some time now.

That's it.  I said it has been a slow period!



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 1 - 3, 2007: OGS Seminar 2007

The 2007 Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar will be held at the Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Av. Ottawa, Ontario and is being hosted by the Ottawa Branch of the OGS.  The college offers excellent facilities for this important meeting.

The conference will offer the usual array of excellent speakers as well as all the events normal for this conference.

For full information, registration, etc. go to the web site at: or e-mail to  Alternatively mail OGS Seminar 2007, PO Box 96, Greely, ON, K4P 1N4 or call (613) 820-4488.


JUNE 15 - 17, 2007: Q.F.H.S. ROOTS 2007

An International Conference on Family History in Quebec.  Hosted by the Quebec Family History Society.  All lectures in English and Open to the Public.  To be held at McGill University.  Full details to be announced “in the fall” on .


 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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Attn.: Malcolm Moody - President

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Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A2, Canada.

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