Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V5#2 - 19 June, 2008












Well, finally summer has arrived here in Ontario.  From what I hear, not yet on our West coast though.  So perhaps some of you are still indoors and working on your family histories.  Perhaps this months offerings will be just what you need?

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- Two new Canadian books on CD.

- Just one new releases from our US partner.

Plus the usual news, gossip and announcements.


To find a book on CD 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.



*  The Story of the Sixty-Sixth C.F.A.    

CA0298:  $15.00

The 66th Canadian Field Artillery was recruited in Montreal but, judging by the included Nominal Role, it was manned as much by men from outside Montreal as by those from within it.  This, in its own right, is somewhat remarkable since the recruitment took place in March of 1916 and it might have been thought that enthusiasm for joining up would have waned with the duration of the fighting and with the reports of the deaths reaching home.  Not So!  The recruitment office was inundated with applications and could easily have filled every position twice over.

The format of the story is familiar:  Basic training here in Canada followed by more advanced training in England before joining the fighting at the front.  Movements in response to the changing fortunes of the conflict and finally the 'push" towards the Rhine followed by a period of "occupation."  This qualifies it as a book of interest to those who have connections with the fighting unit but does not make it anything exceptional as a history of events.  And yet this book stands out in its genre for a very specific reason:

Anyone familiar with military unit histories will recognize that they are mostly the work of one or two dedicated individuals, who have had, at least, a little time to reflect on events, and who have taken time to consult the official records as well as with others who had lived through the experience. This gives their history a certain detachment and, supposedly, the advantage of distance from the events being reported.  But this is exactly where the specialty of this book starts:

This is a work "ground out" to use the words of the Preface, in the course of a day, by many individuals who were right there. It was written as they waited to return to their interrupted civilian lives, with all the drama and reality of their experience still fresh in their minds.  This may not have produced the maturity of hindsight which is frequently the aim of such a work but it does bear the freshness and honesty that comes of immediacy.  Nor were its joint authors great literacy spirits, they were just recruits who felt the need to write down their experiences.  This is not "great literature" in the classical sense.  What it is, is an honest, spontaneous, first hand, close up, recounting of a life changing experience, written as much for the authors own use in their own latter years as for the benefit of us newcomers.

An exceptional opportunity to live the experience through the eyes, ears and minds of a handful of those who survived.

*  Land Settlement in Upper Canada 1783-1840

CA0227:  $19.00

The author of this book, George Patterson, scoured the Ontario Archives to put together this report, initially presented to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Provincial Treasurer, but which now provides us with an unbiased, factual, account of the planning and allocation of settlement land in Upper Canada, today called Ontario.

This is the book which all genealogical researchers in Ontario need in order to make sense of the layout of the counties, townships, towns and villages and to understand how their ancestors land allocations were determined.  This, in fact, is the key to so many of the otherwise baffling facts we find on the maps and in the records of Ontario.

The report does not hide that there were many shortfalls in the land allocation processes used by the newly created Upper Canada parliament, that there were many special interests involved, that in some cases land allocations were fraudulently granted and that, on a larger scale, political "dealing" was the cause of a significant amount of civil unrest.  Three specific areas singled out in this last category are overgenerous grants to U.E. Loyalists, the granting of free land to military retirees and the allocation of "clergy reserves."  Many other instances are cited but they mostly gave rise to local or individual disfavor.  On the other hand, it also points out that efforts were made to control an ever increasing number of requests for settlement land over an enormous area.

It would, of course, be impossible to report on this subject without reference to the various agreements and arrangements made with the areas indigenous peoples and significant space is given to recording the facts of these negotiations.

For all the inequity and errors revealed in the process, nevertheless the report does provide a valuable picture of the development of the politico-social structure of Ontario, both in the early settling of the Loyalists and in the latter settling of the various national groups as they arrived from areas such as Scotland, Ireland and the other recognized areas of persecution in Europe.

The book is clearly written and comes with an extensive index.  Nevertheless we have made it searchable and enabled our FastFind technology to speed you to the facts.  It also contains fold out maps and reproductions of many of the original granting documents and announcements as well as samples of signatures of many of the key individuals whose names may appear on historic records.  The various facts are well "cited" as they are divulged and the extensive bibliography provides the key to further research and reading.

Since we acquired this book I have been constantly getting it down from our "waiting" shelf to look up various facts for people on some of the Ontario genealogy news lists I regularly monitor.  This is how I know how useful it is.  The library of Canada index indicates a number of copies are on various library shelves but it is very rare in the second hand book market so, unless you are a regular at your local library this is your chance to grab yourself a copy of a little recognized and decidedly unappreciated book for your reference shelf.



Another month with little time to plan our near term scanning schedule.   We are working on a name packed register of an Ontario institution which is almost as old as the province itself.  It is a big job, so I hope we can manage to have it ready for next month's newsletter.  Other than that we have to take a look at the shelf and consider a number of books that our friends have kindly offered to loan us.  Oh!  for 48 hour days and 10 day weeks - and the stamina to keep up with them!  :-)



5.1 From our US Partner

*  The First Parishes of the Province of Maryland

US0614:  $14.90

Author: Percy G. Skirven; Pages: 300; Pub. Date: (1923)

Tracking the establishment of parishes and churches in order to determine where to look for records can often be a frustrating experience. Published in 1923, this history of the establishment of the Church of England in Maryland provides a list of the 21 churches established prior to 1691, a list of the counties with their parishes as established in 1692/3 and a list of the churches and their parishes as they existed in 1922. It also includes a description of each of the ten Maryland counties established prior to 1792 giving the derivation of the county name, the date of establishment, boundaries and alterations, a list of the hundreds in the county, a chronology of where court was held, the names and descriptions of the parishes, a list of the first vestrymen in each parish and a description of the early churches and ministers.

Also included is a brief history of the early establishment of religious toleration and the events that lead to the establishment of the Church of England as the official church in 1792. There are over 50 illustrations of early churches and the text of a number of early documents dealing with the Church of England. The one of most interest is probably the 1702 “Act for the Establishment of Religious Worship in this Province According to the Church of England and for the Maintenance of Ministers” which provides detailed instructions regarding how the various functions of the church and parish vestry are to be conducted. These instructions can be assumed, since they were approved in England, to be the “way things worked” at that time and should be, with possible minor modifications, applicable to how the Church of England functioned in other areas of Colonial America.

The index is subdivided into Names, Counties, Court Houses, Hundreds, Parishes, Churches, Geographical Names and Miscellaneous. Although the miscellaneous or subject index appears to be reasonably complete, all of the geographical topics are not; however, reference to specific topics and to lists such as those at the end of the volume provide a somewhat convoluted access to most geographic names. Thus the ability to search for individual words provided by this PDF version enhances access to the information.

Summary by Barbara Vines Little, CG for Archive CD Books USA



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.



From a posting by, Gordon A. Watts, Co-chair, Canada Census Committee

It is with sadness and a personal sense of loss that I advise of the passing

of Muriel M. Davidson, my Co-chair on the Canada Census Committee.  I never

met Muriel face-to-face, however during the eight year course of our

campaign to regain public access to historic Census records we had grown

close through our frequent telephone calls and email messages.  Muriel was a

tireless worker on our Census campaign but even in the busiest periods of

that effort she still found time to assist others in their search for their

personal ancestry.

Following our successful campaign Muriel continued working to coordinate

efforts to index the newly released Census records through .  In addition to working on the Census campaign

and indexing projects, throughout her lifetime Muriel volunteered her

services to others in various ways.

Muriel died peacefully, with family members at her bedside, some time before

1:00 am Tuesday 10 June 2008.  Those wishing to send cards to express their

personal condolences may send them to

Family of Muriel M. Davidson

25 Crestview Avenue

Brampton, Ontario, L6W 2R8

Emails may be sent to her daughter, Lynden Cowan at .

Rest in Peace Muriel.  You will not be forgotten.

Not mentioned in the above was that Muriel was also a wise, even handed and much loved "list Mom" to a number of Rootsweb genealogy lists which bought her into almost daily contact with hundreds of family historians.  We are all a lot poorer for her passing.



What a treat it was to meet so many new friends during the OGS Conference in London, Ont.  By all reports one of the biggest we have had the pleasure of attending although the extent of the Campus of Fanshaw College was so great there was no sense of the exceptional number of participants.

A vote of thanks for all the hard work put in by the volunteers from London Branch OGS.

And now we start to look forward to next years event to be held in Oakville next May.



We have changed our front page link to World Vital Records.  Now you can conduct a person search straight from our front page.  This is in addition to the individual links in our catalogue which will take you directly to the Canadian books we have already uploaded to WVR.



In reply to our message telling her that her order had been dispatched on the same day she placed it with us Zelda said:

"Wow, I am impressed and will certainly recommend your site."

Now, that makes it all worthwhile!  :-)



(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are.  Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)


23 - 27 June, 2008: "Congress 2008."  On behalf of the Board of directors of the XXVIIIth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldical Sciences, we invite you to the Congress which will take place at the Convention Center in Quebec City, from June 23rd to June 27th 2008. The Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie, in collaboration with the Société de généalogie de Québec, who is in charge of the project, wishes you to register as soon as possible.


6 & 7 August, 2008:  Genealogy Library Conference is being organized by IFLA,

(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), the

Canadian Genealogy Centre and Library and Archives Canada.  For information go to:

Please check this website often


 23 August,  2008: Kings County Historical & Archival Society, Inc., will be hosting a "heritage" day at Hatfield Point Baptist Church auditorium, Hatfield Point, N.B.  Events will start at 2 p.m. with a genealogy fair.  An exhibit commemorating the 225th anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists will be on display.  There will be a pot-luck supper at 5 p.m.  A ghost walk of Loyalist families will start at 6 p.m. in the adjoining Bayview Cemetery.  For more information, contact the Kings County Museum at  Nancy Meech, Hampton, N. B.


19, 20 & 21 September, 2008:, the Penetanguishene Museum & Archives will be hosting "SETTLERS’ DAY 2008."  2008 will be the 180th anniversary of the Migration from Drummond Island, Michigan to Penetanguishene. This celebration and reunion will be in honour of the families and descendants who were part of this event.  A full three day program of lectures, events, meals, and much more.

Further information: Penetanguishene Museum; phone: 705-549-2150, e-mail:    Registration form available on the website:


19-21 September, 2008, The 2008 BIFHSGO Fall Conference.

Featuring Sherry Irvine and Chris Watts, and a pre-conference seminar

on the new Legacy Family Tree 7

Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail . Web site:



29, 30 & 31 May, 2009.  OGS Conference 2009.  To be held on the campus of Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario.  We will give you further information as we get it.




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