Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V3#11 - 17 April 2007

Contents:

1  WELCOME

2  WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3  NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (2)

4  COMING SOON

5  NEW INTERNATIONAL PARTNER RELEASES

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.  Here in Ontario we seem to be having trouble getting Spring started this year.

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:

Just a couple of new releases from Archive CD Books Canada.  One has been a long time coming and is an original publication - never before seen.  The other is a great little reference of Canadian history in tabular and note form, priced to sell !

Plus the usual news, gossip and announcements.

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To find a CD 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 Rideau Jaunt in 1872

CA0186:  $19.00

Here is something a little different from our normal fare.  This is an original publication by Archive CD Books Canada and has never previously been published.  It is the result of a two year project and it is not by accident that we are releasing it in 2007, the 175th anniversary year of the Rideau Canal's opening.

On a July Thursday in 1872, William Mills, a Civil Servant took a couple of days off work to make a jaunt down the Rideau Canal from his home city of Ottawa to the busy St. Lawrence port of Kingston.  He took his note book with him so he could record the memorable events and sights of his journey, much in the manner that we would take a camera with us today.  The trip made a lasting memory for William so in the years following, he expanded his notes to a complete written account of his adventure in another note book especially set aside for the purpose.  To this handwritten account he added the text of an article he sent into the "Canadian Monthly and National Review," and which was published in the April, 1878 edition.

As far as William was concerned that was an end of it.  The memories of his adventure were secure and one can imagine him coming across his notebook from time to time in later years and reliving his adventure with a smile on his lips.  We can only speculate on the hands that Williamís note book passed through over the years following his death, but in 2005 we found and procured it because, even to a casual glance, it still carried an insight of a working gentlemanís adventure from well over 100 years in our past.

We were able to trace some of Williamís life through various reference books and discovered that he worked as a clerk in what, today, we would call a government real estate office.  In those days, before the invention of the typewriter, the hallmark of a good clerk was his handwriting and William must have been an outstanding clerk.  So much so that we are bringing you his story just as he wrote it, in his own beautifully clear - if a little curly - handwriting.

To add to your enjoyment of William's story we have also included on the CD eighty-two pictures of the lock stations and other points of interest which William mentions.  The majority of these pictures were borrowed from archives and collections, and are of an age such that you can see the canal much as William did.  Other pictures come from earlier, during the canalís construction, while others still are from later, including some very interesting aerial views.

If you are new to the canal, or even if you have known it for a long time, we are sure following Williamís adventure down the Rideau will bring you a new dimension of enjoyment in this unique, manmade, waterway.

The printed text of this CD is computer searchable but the primary document is handwritten and so cannot be searched.  We have, however, extensively bookmarked and hyper-linked the whole CD so that finding your way around is made quick and easy.

We have placed a freely downloadable sampler of a few pages from the CD on our Downloads page so you can browse before you buy.

*  Who, What & When in Canada (before the 20th Century)

CA0061:  $13.00

This CD is a compilation of four books.  The main thing they have in common, and the reason why they are published here as a collection, is that they are all good sources of concise information about the People, Places and Dates which are significant in the (immigrant influenced) history of Canada up to the beginning of the 1900ís:

- The HAND BOOK OF CANADIAN DATES by F. A. McCord: was published in 1888.  Mr McCord styles himself an Assistant Law Clerk in the Canadian House of Commons and we can presume that he compiled this handy source of information as a result of information searches conducted in pursuit of his important work.  His ready access to the Parliamentary library would, of course, ideally place him for this research.  In the 1894 Civil Service list (CA0030) we find him listed as THE Law Clerk of the "Law and Translation Branchî of the House of Commons.  Other information given was that he first joined the Civil Service in 1884 and that he was born on 29 August 1856, making him about 32 when this book was published.

 -  ALPHABET OF FIRST THINGS IN CANADA by George Johnson: was first published in 1889 but then re-published in 1890 in a greatly expanded and improved edition.  It is this second edition that is reproduced here.  The author provides the best description of the contents by explaining his motives:  "Having often found myself compelled to verify a date, or to search for the sources of a movement which in the course of years had become of importance, I began, some years ago, to jot down any statement of first things in Canada that I met in my readings.  …  The more readily to find what I wanted, I arranged the collection in alphabetical order."

A well annotated source of hundreds of significant events in Canadaís past.

- THE CANADIAN ALMANAC, and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the year 1864: was published in Toronto but does not follow the normal almanac convention of limiting its interest to just its own locale.  Of course it begins with a calendar of the subject year giving: Diurnal, Celestial, Civil and Ecclesiastical data for every day as appropriate.  But this only accounts for 15 of this 100 plus page collection of facts and figures.  Subjects range far and wide from meteorological statistics over a range of years through lists of important civic information such as: The name of - and postmaster of - every post office in Canada, The names of the judiciary and the parliaments of every province as well as those of the Dominion,  The names of many professional institutions and schools (including the names of their officers), The names of all the clergy (all denominations) and, The name of every masonic lodge and its officers.  Then add in pages of Public Accounts and Imports and Exports for both the provinces and the Dominion as well as  a selection of interesting period advertisements.  Leaving the best to last there is a fold out Map of the area of Upper Canada which we call Eastern Ontario, ranging from the Canada East / West border across to Kingston.  It shows both counties and townships in addition to all the recognized town and villages of 1864.

Altogether this unusual Almanac is just a "bomb" of historical details defining Canada up to 1864.

-  ALMANAC OF YE OLDE TIME BRITISH WHIG for ye year anno domini 1903 (being ye seventieth year of aforesaid delectable newspaper in ye ancient and good old burg styled Kingston, Ontario)  Despite this rather clumsy attempt at humor in titling this is an almanac which opens a glimpse on life and the social "mores" of this period.  Its reason for inclusion in this collection is that it also contains a 5 page listing of "Historical Events,î the latter part of which rounds out the listing of historic events in Canada in the 19th century.

Each document may be individually computer searched for keywords but we have enabled our FastFind search feature so you can access all the information contained on the CD in just one search.

For your browsing pleasure we have provided a freely down-load-able sampler containing a few selected pages from the contents of this CD on our Downloads page.

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4  COMING SOON:

The remaining two volumes of The Storied Province of Quebec - the history - are still not ready for publication.  We haven't stopped - just ran out of time for this month.  I'm a bit scared of making another promise so lets just say it's "expected" this month. :-)

We are expecting to receive another wonderful Gt. War Battalion History book in a few days, on loan from a friend of Archive CD Books Canada.  We have just seen a copy of this book sold on e-Bay and our CD reproduction will only cost a small fraction of the price someone had to pay for an original.

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5 NEW RELEASES FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

We have not received any new releases from our partners in the last month but are expecting more soon.  We will be meeting with three of the other four Archive DC Books international partners in May and have been asked to bring a hard disk with us to receive new materials!  These won't be ready for the next newsletter - in fact I'm not sure when we'll be able to publish the next newsletter - but they will be showing up here soon.

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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 (March) issue of the new Digital Genealogist magazine (delivered by e-mail) is still current.  Don't forget there are special offers from products from all our International Partners announced on the Archive CD Books advertisement.

7  FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 HAVE SENT IN SOME LITERATURE AND DOOR PRIZES INSTEAD.

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May 11 - 12:  Archives and You! Conference in Halifax  Join us at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax.  Meet our keynote speakers: Michael Crummey; Ruth Goldbloom; and Terry Punch.  On Saturday, come along for a first-hand look at several local archives, research centres and historic sites.

To register or to learn more, visit the Conference Website at: www.archivesconference.ca or call toll-free (866) 775-1816.

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MAY 12, starting at 9:00: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subjects "Using Directories & Gazetteers" by Lesley Anderson & "Some Off beat Untapped Genealogy Sources" by Pat Wohler, CG.  At the Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.  Web site: http://www.bifhsgo.ca

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May 16 -19:  NGS Conference and Family History Fair.  The National Genealogical Society together with the Virginia Genealogical Society, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA)  will be hosting this year's conference which will bring together genealogists and family historians from around the country and beyond.  Web site: http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/2007/  Contact:National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300

Arlington, VA 22204-4304, Phone: (703) 525-0050, Toll-Free: (800) 473-0060, Fax: (703) 525-0052  attn: NGS Conference in the States 2006.

WE NORMALLY ONLY LIST EVENTS WITHIN CANADA HERE BUT FOUR OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS IN THE ARCHIVE CD BOOKS PROJECT WILL BE REPRESENTED IN THE MARKET PLACE - INCLUDING US.

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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 HAVE BOOKED OUR SPACE IN THE MARKETPLACE FOR THIS EVENT AND WILL HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO PRESENT.

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JUNE 9, Starting 10:00 a.m.: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subjects "More Great Moments in Genealogy" by BIFHSGO Members.  At the Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.  Web site: http://www.bifhsgo.ca

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June 9: Norfolk County Branch, OGS are having a Genealogy and Family History Day, at Delhi Senior Centre, 418 Queen St., Delhi, Ontario 1 pm - 4 pm.

There is no charge for admission.  Contact Irene, 519-582-3032 or irene@flarenet.com

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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.

More information on the conference is available on the Saint John Branch N.B.G.S. Inc. web site at: < http://www.nbgssj.ca /> or contact Joan Pearce at: pearcer@nbnet.nb.ca  or Telephone: 506-652-1551

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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

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In September of 2008, the Penetanguishene Museum & Archives will be hosting a reunion of all Drummond Island families. The Beck Memorial Fundraising Dinner and the Settlers' Day events will honour these families. We hope to make it a week-end long event with many activities for all ages. Planning is already underway and volunteers to assist in any way are being sought.  Contact: Pam Tessier, Research Coordinator, Genealogy & History research Centre, Penetanguishene Museum & Archives. e-Mail: pamtessier@sympatico.ca

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8 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

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Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A2, Canada.

(613) 692-2667

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