Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V4#8 - 22 December, 2007

Contents:

1 WELCOME

2 WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (3)

4 COMING SOON

5 NO NEW PARTNER RELEASES THIS MONTH

6 NEWS & GOSSIP

7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS

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1 WELCOME:

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas or a very happy holiday which ever you find most appropriate.  We have delayed the release of this newsletter so we can bring you news of three great new Canadian releases and also announce the start of our:

EARLY JANUARY SALE - see section 6 for more news of this.

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.

Remember this Newsletter is published for you so if you think we’re missing something important drop me a line to Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca .

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2 WHAT’S IN THE NEWSLETTER:

- Three great new Canadian titles added to the catalogue.

- News of our EARLY JANUARY SALE.

Plus the usual news, gossip and announcements.

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To find a book on 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

*  History of the County of Lennox and Addington    

CA0169:  $28.00

Here is another of the great turn of the (19th) century county histories of Ontario.  The author, Walter S. Herrington, K.C. begins his history with a discussion of the First Nations people's use of the area and of the earliest "white" exploration by Champlain.

The County of Lennox and Addington seems to have been little inhabited until it was decided to use it to "house" a good number of the incoming United Empire Loyalists, the first of whom arrived in 1784 before the government's land survey teams had finished laying out the concessions which made up "the first five townships.

Having made a thorough expose of the areas initial inhabitation the author goes on to devote individual chapters to local government, Commerce, Schools, Recreation, Banks, Churches and Newspapers...  Similarly, he discusses the main centers of population in individual chapters in proportion to their importance to the counties development.

Finally, and arguably most important, the author devotes the last 72 pages of the book to biographical sketches of, " ... men who have filled the important public offices within the gift of the people of Lennox and Addington ..."  Perhaps he should have said "men and their families" however as there are also many mentions of spouses as well as of children and other family members.

This shouldn't be taken to mean that the "ordinary" citizens do not get mentioned.  Although not formally identified as "biographies," in the course of giving this history, the author frequently identifies the key "players" in the events he describes, and where he could he provides any personal information he had to hand.  As a result there is a fund of genealogical information on hundreds more early citizens than would be apparent from reading the biographies section alone.

If your family has UEL connections or has origins in the Lennox and Addington County area you are going to want a copy of this book. It is full of good information and is well illustrated with over 80 images, many showing early settlers and their property, " ... taken from early portraits and photographs."

As so frequently happens, this book has lost one of its illustration pages during its 90 odd years of existence. It is the picture of the 1905 Napanee Football team which should face p417. We will be searching for it and when we locate it we will put it on our site for downloading. In the meantime the book does not lose any value by the lack of this single, isolated, page.

Although the author has provided an extensive index our searchability features offer a more reliable method of finding any mention of individuals and places, and with the FastFind enhancement, searching for the results is virtually instantaneous.

We have placed a sampler of this book on our Downloads page - including the author's index - for you to browse before buying.

*  Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and History of the County of Lennox and Addington    

CA0284:  $50.00

This is a compilation of two recently released  books comprising as complete a history of this area as was provided by the literature available at the turn of the 19th century.  (Surprisingly in view of its political importance, there is no record of a significant history of the county of Frontenac being published until about 75 years later.)

The two books included on the CD are:

CA0168 - Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Ontario reviewed last month, and

CA0169  - History of the County of Lennox & Addington, reviewed above

We have placed samplers of both these books on our Downloads page (see CA0168 and CA0169.)  FastFind searches may be conducted over both books simultaneously.  The price for this compilation is a significant saving over the parts purchased individually.

*  The 13th Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada, 1914 - 1919

CA0280:  $23.00:

Anyone who has done any reading about the military units raised in the Montreal area of Quebec will probably be familiar with the author of this book.  Robert Collier Fetherstonhaugh seems to have been unable to serve his country in the more conventional sense but he more than made up for this with the wonderful, factual, unit histories and tales of valor he penned for a number of military units based in the Montreal area.  Robert Collierís special skill is in factually recounting all the infinite details of a military unit on the move and at war while making it an interesting story.  He will switch from an explanation of campaign tactics to tails of the exploits of "Jock in the trench" within a page, but manages to do so without giving his reader mental "whiplash!"

This history starts with the raising of the 13th Battalion as an "active service" contingent of the 5th Royal Canadian Highlanders in response to Britain's declaration of war in August 1914.  Since the 5th was already an affiliate of the famous Black Watch regiment the affiliation naturally extended to the newly formed 13th.  Being formed from members of an active militia, little training was required and the Battalion was soon on its way to France by way of England.  The names of the battles in which the 13th played an important part read like the history of the war itself; Ypres, Festubert, Givenchy, Messines, Mount Sorrel, Sanctuary Wood, The Somme, Passchendaele, Amiens and Arras are all recounted in all their horror and inhumanity.  And yet in the midst of such a nightmare the author recounts moments of humor and of honor, not least of which was the granting of the right to mount the "Red Hackle."

Within the context of the account the author provides the relevant numbers and facts but he then further consolidates and completes this all important information with a series of appendices giving a List of the Dead, Honors and Awards granted and a page of statistics.

Being a chronological account it is relatively easy, particularly with the help of the Table of Contents, to access the ample information contained in this book.  However the search-ability features we have incorporated in this digital edition offer an alternate, fast and reliable, method of finding any mention of individuals and places.  With the FastFind enhancement we have applied, searching for the results is virtually instantaneous.We have placed a sampler of this book on our Downloads page.The particular copy of the book used to make this CD has been loaned to us by Chris White, a long time friend of Archive CD Books Canada who, together with his colleague Marc Leroux, operate the Canadian Great War Project web site at: < www.canadiangreatwarproject.com />

We encourage you to visit their site and to consider helping them out with their labor of love of ensuring that those who gave at least a part, if not all, of their lives in this great conflict are remembered.

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4 COMING SOON:

The second of the Gt. War, Black Watch histories isn't quite ready for release yet but keep your eyes open because it will be ready early in the new year.  Next on the schedule is a street directory of one of Ontario's major cities.

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5 NEW  RELEASES FROM OUR PARTNERS:

We don't have any new releases from out international partners this month. Just a temporary slow-down.  We can look forward to many new titles from them in the new year.

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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.

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An EARLY JANUARY SALE:

FOR A LIMITED TIME WE ARE SLASHING PRICES ON MOST OF OUR CANADIAN TITLES BY UP TO 40%.

We thought that you might prefer to take advantage of any spare time you had through the Christmas break to take a look at this sale rather than waiting for the more traditional beginning of January period when we are all back into our busy lives again.  The sale prices will be found in the catalogue listings and in the shopping cart when you select to buy a product.

DONT HESITATE - AT THESE PRICES WE CAN'T RUN THIS SALE FOR LONG.

(Please note that because of the year end Post Office shutdown there will be a couple of days delay in getting your orders into the mail.  Please be patient,  everything will be back to normal in a few days.)

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DELIVERIES OF BRITISH CLOSING SALE CDs ARE IN THE MAIL

A number of people have contacted us about orders they placed with the British Archive CD Books partner during his closing down sale.  Although we have no direct connection with their administration we can tell you that they have put ALL orders in the mail as of 20 December so they should be on their way to you.  You will still have to wait from them to get through the mail - and possibly Customs though.

7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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12 January 2008:  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am. Speaker and Topic to be announced. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail queries@bifhsgo.ca . Web site: www.bifhsgo.ca

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9 February 2008:  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am. Speaker: Hugh Reekie, Topic: Two Welsh Sea Captains: How the Internet and Volunteer Experts Helped the Searching. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail queries@bifhsgo.ca . Web site: www.bifhsgo.ca

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1 March 2008:  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am. Speaker: David Thomas Topic: The Great Treck. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail queries@bifhsgo.ca . Web site: www.bifhsgo.ca

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28, 29 March 2008: The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is holding their annual "GENE-O-RAMA" Conference and Show.  Location; Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepoint Drive, Ottawa.  See < http://ogsottawa.on.ca/geneorama/ > for details.

WE ARE PLANNING TO SUPPORT THIS EVENT

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30 May, 1 June, 2008:  The annual OGS "Conference 2008."  Held this year at Fanshaw College, London, Ontario. International speakers, Vendors, 45 Presentations.  Contact < www.ogs.on.ca/conference > or e-mail conference@ogs.on.ca .

WE ARE PLANNING TO SUPPORT THIS EVENT

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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

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

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:

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,

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(613) 692-2667

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