Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V3#8 - 17 January 2007

Contents:

1  WELCOME

2  WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3  NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (2)

4  COMING SOON

5  NEW INTERNATIONAL PARTNER RELEASES

     5.1  Australia (3)

     5.2  USA (1)

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 January newsletter.  Perhaps a little late but never the less we would like to wish you every success in your new year and a hope that your ears are filled with the sounds of crumbling "brick walls."

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 more modest listing of new releases that our December omnibus edition, but what this listing lacks in length it makes up for in content:

There is a great compendium deal on directories which is a "must have" for students of australian genealogy.

A "classic" Civil War reference from our USA partner and;

Two really useful Atlantic Provinces releases from us here in Canada.

Plus the usual news, gossip and announcements.

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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:

*  A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 1929

CA0237:  $35.00

In the spirit of "Truth in Advertising," a better title might have been "A History of the People of Antigonish."  Fully two thirds of this very rare book are devoted to biographical descriptions of the early and well know families of this ancient Nova Scotia region.

Not to say that the historical content is trivial.  The Rev. D. J. Rankin, the author of record,  credits J. W. MacDonald, esq., M.D., Mr. William Cameron (teacher,) and  Rev. Ronald MacGillivray with providing virtually all of the historical content which would seem to mean that this content is the product of well respected, specialist, scholars and so far more valuable than the results of any one man's gleanings.  The Rev. Rankin also provides a bibliography of (and numerous credits to) the sources of the copious genealogical information in this book.

The biographies are arranged by family groups and indexed by the root family name.  Normally this would present something of a problem in accessing information on individuals associated by marriage (i.e., having a different family name) but as we have made the entire book computer searchable - and further enhanced that searchability with our FastFind technology - every name in the book is opened for instant reference.

The history sections provide, of course, the story of the early settlement and development of the area by the Scottish, Irish and English, Military and Loyalist immigrants but in addition it goes on to detail the French re-establishment around Tracadie and the development of the religious and educational establishments of the County.

Every family historian or history student of the County of Antigonish should own a copy of this great resource.  An invaluable key to a fascinating piece of Canadian history.

You will find a freely downloadable sampler made from selected pages from this book on our Downloads page.  This will not only provide you with a chance to review the work but also to see the Table of Contents showing the family name roots which are the subject of the included biographies.

*  New Brunswick in the 1940's

CA0078:  $19.00

On this CD we are bringing you complete copies of two useful books from the 1940's.

The first is the Telephone directory for Western New Brunswick for July 1947, one of the few available resources for finding people living in the area between one and two generations ago.

The other is "An Historical Guide to New Brunswick" and was published as an incentive to tourist travel in 1942.  The thing to do while vacationing in the 1940's was to "see the sights" and this mostly involved visiting the historic places and buildings of the area. There is still an echo of this in the activities of todays vacationer but the tourist trade today relies more on enjoying some modern entertainment which happens to take place at an historic site rather than just going there to visit "the stones."  This guide then was provided by the New Brunswick Government Bureau of Information and Tourist Travel, for the potential tourist so he would know where to go and what to look for when he got there.  Liberally illustrated with maps, and photographs of the spots of interest, today it provides us with a, not to strenuous, history of New Brunswick, indexed by the places where the events which shaped the province took place.

The Telephone Directory is quite a normal household directory, giving name, address and phone number, and was provided to it's subscribers by the New Brunswick Telephone Company, Limited, of Fredericton.  It provides 112 pages of listings for private and commercial subscribers on 35 exchanges, 2 of which were actually in Maine, USA, and 5 of which were owned and operated by other Canadian telephone companies.

The full list of exchanges is too long to print here but we have provided a sampler of the CD on the free Downloads page on our web site which includes the page listing the exchanges so you can see them just as they were originally printed.  Major exchanges are Fredericton, Edmunston, and Woodstock.

In addition to the regular subscribers directory there is also a 26 page Classified Directory (a Yellow Pages) giving a listing of thousands of local businesses, tradesmen, and professionals - we estimate over a hundred listings per page.

   Both the Telephone Directory and the Historical Guide are fully text searchable and we have optimized the search speed by enabling our FastFind enhancement on the CD

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4  COMING SOON:

We are in the middle of making the reproduction of a a Gt. War book which has a particular association with the province of Nova Scotia and expect that will be released before the next newsletter is circulated.

Soon to go onto the scanner is a bound copy of five months worth of issues of a Canadian weekly news magazine.  So what?  Well the five months are April through August of 1916 so it is packed with reports and pictures of the war, and better still it contains the "gazette" lists of canadian soldiers killed, injured, promoted, mentioned in dispatches or who have in some way distinguished themselves.  Since we obtained this book we have been looking for copies of other editions with no success at all.  This seems to be a rare source of Gt War information, not to mention what was going on here in Canada during the conflict.

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5 NEW RELEASES FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

5.1 FROM AUSTRALIA

*  Australian State Directories (Wises) c1904 Compendium

AU1100:  $151.40

 Here is a very special offer available for you - instead of buying all six directories (as listed below) individually, why not buy them as a set and save big $$$'s.

Post office directories (the predecessors of today's telephone books and street directories) are a valuable source for family historians. Usually published on an annual basis, directories provide a snapshot of the suburb or locality in a particular year, allowing researchers to trace the development of the street and area where their forebears lived. Wise's directories are known as one of the most comprehensive that there is available.

This compendium includes:  New South Wales Post Office Directory 1904, Queensland Post Office Directory 1903, South Australia Post Office Directory 1903, Tasmania Post Office Directory 1904, Victorian Post Office Directory 1904, Western Australia Post Office Directory 1905

(Consult our web site for more details.)

*  Sands Sydney and Suburban Directory 1902

AU2113-1902:  $44.60

This Sands Sydney directory contains towns, alphabetical, trade and miscellaneous sections which lists the names, addresses and professions of most people in Sydney in 1902. It also includes a street guide for some of the major towns and separate directories on education, ecclesiastical, government and European manufactures.

This product provides a great tool for researching Australian history, making information that is difficult to find plainly and easily accessible on one CD.

(Consult our web site for more details.)

*  Victoria and its Metropolis 1888

AU7002:  $56.90

Victoria and Its Metropolis is a large 2 volume history of Victoria, written in 1888 by Alexander Sutherland. Beautifully presented with many etchings and drawings throughout, this book is the perfect addition to any library of Australian and Victorian history. It contains a huge amount of information on the people of the colony and its early history.

The first volume covers information from the discovery of Australia, through the exploration of Victoria and the first settlers to the pioneers. It then continues on to discuss immigration, the era of gold, the development of government, agriculture, music and art, literature and the metropolis of Melbourne.

A large portion of the second volume examines the colony by district, which covers many districts throughout the colony as well as the metropolitan area.

Hundreds of biographical entries are scattered throughout and a comprehensive biographical index is included at the end.

This work provides an invaluable resource for all local and social historians of Victoria and its metropolis of Melbourne.

5.2 FROM THE USA

*  Regimental Losses in the American Civil War (1861-1865)    

US0221    $17.20    

Pub. Date: 1889

William Fox has created a massive reference work (published in 1889), which brings together in one place statistics on all those killed on the Union side in the Civil War. By cross-referencing the data in various ways, the author provides many useful insights on the course of the war and the ways that men might die.  By arranging the data in different ways, Fox has made this volume an essential companion volume to the Official Records, providing an easy way to determine where the regiments fit into the higher level of brigade, division and corps, and which battles the regiments participated in.

The core of the volume, consuming half the pages and justifying the main title, is Chapter X, "Three Hundred Fighting Regiments - Statistics and Historical Sketch of Each." This chapter collects detailed information on those regiments with the highest number (or the highest percentage) of those killed in action or who died of other causes related to action. A page is devoted to each regiment, listing first the place of the regiment in the order of battle, and the successive commanders of each regiment. This is followed by a company-by-company compilation of the numbers of those "killed and died of wounds" and of those who "died [of] disease, accidents, in prison, &c." Next comes a list of the number of "killed & mortally wounded" in each battle in which the regiment fought. The pages conclude with a series of notes, usually arranged in chronological order.

The CD includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader

(Consult our web site for more details.)

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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.

* DIGITAL GENEALOGIST

The second issue of the new Digital Genealogist magazine has been released (delivered by e-mail.)  Any of you who have seen this new magazine will realize by now that the reason for mentioning it is our advertisement of "special" offers which will only last for the two months that each issue is current.

* FREE MAILING

Despite the Post Offices again increasing it's mailing rates we are still managing to maintain our offer of free mailing within Canada.

7  FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

* SOMERSET ONLINE PARISH CLERK PROJECT

Seven years ago the Online Parish Clerk program began in Cornwall. Since then similar projects have been established in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, and Lancashire In Dec 2006 an OPC project began in Somerset. The aim of the scheme is to further research in family, local, social and economic history by making freely available records relating to a parish.

The Somerset OPC project is currently focused on, but not restricted to the parishes within the Archdeaconry of Taunton. We are still very much in an evolutionary phase and our website and database at wsom-opc.org.uk is growing steadily as new data is donated and volunteers come forward to adopt a parish as an Online Parish Clerk or OPC. Transcription of parish records is encourages but this is not essential to becoming an OPC.

A volunteer will find the work rewarding, it may help identify further sources for research and will generally add to your knowledge of parish life through the centuries. If you work on a parish where you have ancestors, you may well add to your knowledge of your own family links as a result of your efforts.

Are you interested in joining the team? If so, please contact me and I can give you further details. If you have transcriptions you would like to donate to the site, but feel unable/unwilling to be an OPC, please let us know. All donations of transcripts, photographs, articles and general historical information are very welcome.

Jim Sheppard, Ottawa, ON. Canada

jshep@stoneyburn.ca

http://www.stoneyburn.ca /

Cornwall OPC Antony/Torpoint

http://www.secornwallopc.stoneyburn.ca

Coordinator Somerset OPC Project

http://www.wsom-opc.org.uk /

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January 23, 2007, 7:30 pm., For anyone doing research in Nova Scotia, these monthly lectures are free to the public and are very informative.

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, Monthly Lecture: , Atkin Room, Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management, Corner of University Avenue& Robie Street, Halifax.

ORGANIZING A FAMILY REUNION, Speakers:  Janice Fralic-Brown, Pamela Wile.

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February 10, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "Sarah Hersey's Diary: The spirituality of a 19th Century Pioneer Woman" by Marguerite Evans.  Web site: http://www.bifhsgo.ca

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February 10, 2007., The next Cape Breton Genealogy & Historical Association meeting is on February 10, 2007. (No details available at press time)

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March 10, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "Experiences of a Family Historian" by Tom Rimmer.  Web site: http://www.bifhsgo.ca

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April 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "John Green:  Whose Father Was He?" by Alison Hare.  Web site: http://www.bifhsgo.ca

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

for the Abbotsford  (BC) Geneaogical Society, BC, at the Rick Hansen Secondary School, Abbotsford

Workshops - Marketplace - Visual Displays

Featured speakers include: HALVOR MOORSHEAD, UGO PEREGO, CANDY-LEA CHICKITE, DR. PENNY CHRISTENSEN, DAVE OBEE, BRENDA SMITH

WE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT IS A LITTLE TOO FAR AWAY.  WE WILL BE SENDING IN SOME LITERATURE ETC. INSTEAD.

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May 31 - June 3: The Bicentennial Branch of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada is hosting the Annual Conference,  "At The End of The Trail," in 2007  in the Windsor, Essex County area.

In addition to the conference agenda special events are planned for all 4 days.  Check out the details at our Bicentennial Branch web site at www.uelbicentennial.org

Contact: Kimberly Hurst UE (Conference Chair), Bicentennial Branch, UELAC.

Uelac2007@aol.com

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JUNE 1 - 3: 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: www.ogsseminar.org or e-mail to conference@ogsottawa.on.ca  Alternatively mail OGS Seminar 2007, PO Box 96, Greely, ON, K4P 1N4 or call (613) 820-4488.

WE EXPECT TO BE IN THE MARKETPLACE FOR THIS EVENT AND MAY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO PRESENT.

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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 on www.qfhs.ca .

WE ARE IN TOUCH WITH THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THIS EVENT AND HOPE TO BE IN THE MARKETPLACE WITH A SELECTION OF OUR CDs.

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 June 15-17, 2007.  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:

http://www.nbgssj.ca/Sources_by_the_Sea.html

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

E-mail: dfraser@nbnet.nb.ca

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8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS:

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http://www.archivecdbooks.ca/new.html

for an instant update on our new products or look through the "New Releases" category in the on-line catalogue.

Archive CD Books Canada Inc.

Attn.: Malcolm Moody - President

P.O. Box 11,

Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A2, Canada.

(613) 692-2667

e-mail: Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca

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