Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V3#9 - 19 February 2007

Contents:

1  WELCOME

2  WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3  NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (2)

4  COMING SOON

5  NEWS & GOSSIP

6  FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

7  PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS

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1  WELCOME:

Welcome to the Archive CD Books Canada February newsletter.  Questionably our worst month of the year for weather but our best for genealogy research.  Keep warm! :-)

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:

Only two new 'book on CD" releases from us here in Canada.  Both of these books seem to be quite rare in their original paper form.

Nova Scotia's Part in the Great War covers the war effort from the whole province rather than being restricted to a single city or regiment.

CANADA is made from a bound set of issues of this weekly news magazine for 1916.  It seems to be little known, which is surprising as it seems to be the Canadian equivalent of the famous London Gazette in terms of published news of the fighting force.

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:

*  Nova Scotia's Part in the Great War - 1920, by M. S. Hunt

CA0204:  $23.00

Published two years after the end of the Great War, in 1920, this book was intended to record all the activities of Nova Scotians in support of the allies victory.  While the Compiler and editor's name, Capt. M. S. Hunt appears in the by-line, this book was in fact the joint work of many individuals, their names being credited in the Preface as well as being printed in their individual contributions.

Interesting differences between this book of "honour" and other similar works published as records of the same war is that this one not only commemorates the actions and individuals of the military organizations but also those of the auxiliary and civilian efforts. The records of nursing staff, both those who went to Europe and those who served here in Canada, are particularly valuable because of their relative scarcity.

Nova Scotia hosted many regiments, brigades and other military groups and each one is given its own chapter in which accounts of its activities and major events are recorded.  Also recorded are the names of the officers and many of the men who qualified themselves through their actions.

Other chapters are written from the perspective of civilian organizations.  These not only report on the individuals who left their colleges, universities and service clubs to go to war but also record the individual efforts of these groups here "at home" in such activities as fund raising and making sure the returning troops got well looked after.

While it was recognized by the editor that the aim to report every war effort contribution would never be possible, this book does make a splendid effort.  Mention should also be made of the numerous photographs and portraits provided throughout the pages.  Of course the technical standard of some of the photography and printing do not do full justice to the subjects, yet their value to the book is high. This book is a valuable record of Nova Scotia's contribution to, "the war to end all wars."

We have placed a sampler containing a few pages extracted from the book, including the list of contents showing all the chapter subjects, for you to browse before you buy, on our web site's Downloads page.

The whole of the text of the book is computer searchable and we have enabled our FastFind technology to speed up your searches for individuals and events.

*  "Canada" - April through August, 1916

CA0202:  $23.00

This is a magazine style news publication which styles itself as "An illustrated weekly journal for all interested in the Dominion."  As you might expect it contains articles about the events in the news both at a national and at a provincial level, including, for instance, the "Investment Supplement."

What raises this bound set of issues out of the ordinary is that about half of the content is reporting on the progress of the Great War in Europe from a Canadian perspective.  Usually the front page and the "centre fold" spread are completely devoted to pictures of serving Canadians while other pictures "from the front" and portraits of individuals mentioned, are scattered throughout the remainder of the issue.  Articles report the progress of the various campaigns while others single out individual Canadian units for examination in detail.  Serialized features include "Letters from the Front," which gives us the individual perspective of a few of those intimately involved in the fighting, and "A Company Officer's Experience," which is a personal account of one man's experiences.

From a purely genealogical perspective perhaps the most interesting portions of each issue are the lists of casualties and commissions.  Of course the predominance of the reporting concerns "Officers" but most of the issues also devote space to "NCO's and Men."  Each issue also contains a section reporting births, marriages and deaths in Canada, and a "Purely Personal" section which is packed with snippets reporting the events in the lives of Canadians, both enlisted and civilian.  Of course the exact content of each issue varies to accommodate the events to be reported, but for anyone interested in the Great War, or indeed in the events here in Canada during this particular period, here is a wonderful, contemporary, window on Canada's view of the events taking place during this critical period.

Late in the publication process we discovered that someone had removed the issue for Saturday 22nd April from this bound set.  They had done it so carefully that it was only noticeable under close examination of where the page numbers were interrupted.  Rather than withhold publication of this great reference work, which is so useful in all other aspects we have decided to release it as is, but at a reduced price.  We will be searching for the missing issue and when it's found we will post it on our "Downloads" page so you can get a copy for free.  Anyone who purchases the product with the missing issue will also be entitled to receive a replacement CD for just  a nominal handling charge.

We have placed a sampler containing a few pages extracted from the book, for you to browse before you buy, on our web site's "Downloads" page.

The whole of the text of the book is computer searchable and we have enabled our FastFind technology to speed up your searches for individuals and events.

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4  COMING SOON:

We are looking to publish some more peace time books in the near future.

We are currently working on a five volume set for Quebec.  Three volumes are stuffed full of individual family biographies, while the other two contain a history of the Province's development.  We are publishing the biographies set first.

We are still discussing what our second project should be, but only because we are spoiled for choice of so many great old books.

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5  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

Look out for the third (March) issue of the new Digital Genealogist magazine (delivered by e-mail.)  There will be new special offers announced on our advertisement.

6  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 encouraged 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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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 WILL BE IN THE MARKETPLACE FOR THIS EVENT.

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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.

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July, 2007.  Almonte's 149th fair is this summer.

We are starting to seek photographs, either taken at the fair, of people (identified or not) and photographs of the fairgrounds as well.  Would love to have a small collection (larger if available pictures come together) for the 150th Fair in 2008.

If you have some or know of some in the area, I would be delighted to hear about it.

Jennifer Flegg, e-mail: rootseeker@sympatico.ca

DON’T FORGET WE CAN HELP YOUR GROUP TO SPREAD THE NEWS. E-MAIL US.

7 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS:

Archives of this newsletter showing all the previous release announcements are available in the newsletter archive which can be reached through,

http://www.ArchiveCDBooks.ca/NewsletterArchive.html

All our newly released books are listed on our web site in the "New Releases and Special Offers" page. Go to:

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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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