Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V5#5 - 15 Sept, 2008
Next stop Thanksgiving!  Once again we board the end of year express and get caught up in the wirlwind of social events and holiday celebrations.  But don't forget to keep a little time to read your Archive CD Books Canada newsletter.  People are going to ask you what you want for Christmas. <wink> :-)
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- Two new Canadian books on CD.
- Five new Australian books on CD.
and the the 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.
* Eaton's Golden Jubilee 1869 - 1919
CA0133:  $15.00
Written and published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the December, 1869 opening of Timothy Eaton’s first store in Toronto, it is inevitable that such a book would carry the advertising copy writer’s extensive use of the superlative, and yet it still provides valuable information and hard to come across background on the everyday activities and lives of Canadians throughout the 50 year period.  On the other hand we can thank to copy writer for liberally illustrating the book and making it easy to read.
Several early chapters are given over to drawing a sketch of the day to day details of 1869 life in Toronto, not least amongst which are illustrated examples of fashionable dress for all members of the family.  In fact the discussion of contemporary fashions is a recurring theme throughout the book, and anyone making a study of popular clothing and furnishing trends during this period will find this book a gold mine.
Another theme of particular interest is the discussions of prices and wages, a detail of historical everyday “trivia” which is often hard to quantify.  In fact I expect most people will be interested in the insights into the whole business of retail trade and in the innovation introduced by Eaton such as fixed pricing, “sales”, and over the counter cash payment, all of which we take for granted today.  This may seem like an excessively wide range of topics but it was the genius of Timothy Eaton to recognize that the successful merchant must understand his customers as much as he understands the mechanics of his trade.  This book is the story of the development of one of Canada’s largest, perhaps the largest, merchant organizations, even though it has since failed to hold its niche in the marketplace and has passed into the history books.
Worthy of special mention is a chapter dedicated to members of Eaton’s staff who answered their Country’s call to fight in three military actions, notably in the Great War.  All the staff members names are recorded together with the honors they earned.
This book is of far greater value to the practical genealogist that its title would seem to imply.  It provides valuable insights into many aspects of everyday life that are so hard to come by in other history books.
The whole text of the book is searchable and search speed has been enhanced with our FastFind technology.  Visit our downloads page to review the freely downloadable sampler.
*  History of  Toronto and County of York, Ontario, Illustrated (2 Vol.) - 1885
CA0213:  $40.00
This is a two volume book containing over 1200 pages in total, published in 1885.  The volumes, in order, contain historical information about the county and biographical information about its early inhabitants.  The history has been written by a number of authors selected for their particular knowledge so that this book contains a depth of knowledge far greater than could be expected from only one person.  The biographies appear to have been submitted for publication by the subjects or by a sponsor wishing to make sure the subject would be remembered.  They range in length and detail from a few lines of concentrated factual information to at least one account of the subjects life running to several pages.  The book provides no index or listing of the biographies but it is estimated that it contains over 1500 individual biographies.
Dr. Mulvany has written the initial chapters of the first volume, giving a concise history of the discovery and development of Canada so, as it were, to set the scene for the succeeding history of the discovery, settlement and development of York County.  Following this each of the significant individual settlements / villages is discussed giving such facts as are available on its origins, its development and the people who were significant in that development.  Of course this whole volume is dominated by the parallel story of Toronto, Canada's largest city and capital of Upper Canada since 1793, as it intrudes on, and flavors, the progress of every other part of the county.  About 40% of this first volume is given over specifically to the story of Toronto.
In addition to the written information the book also contains numerous scenic illustrations and portraits as well an 18" by 23" fold out map of the county of York, presumably contemporary with the book's publication in 1885.  It is a detailed map, apparently hand drawn, showing not only the topography and main population centers but also the made up roads, the allocation of settlement lots in the various townships and the location of post offices, school houses and churches including an indication of the denomination.
The whole book is computer searchable and we have enhanced the search speed by enabling our FastFind technology.  A wonderful history of what may now be Canada's most populous area written at a time when the people who had first hand experience of the history were still available to be interviewed and to tell their stories.
Once again I find myself preparing a newsletter with no idea of what our next project will be.  Sounds as if it should be a simple choice doesn't it?  Well, actually it's more like a five star juggling trick:  We have a number of continuing themes we are dedicated to building on (like the Great War series.) Then we want to try and choose books about parts of Canada other than Ontario, and on top of that a number of friends of Archive CD Books Canada that have offered to loan us some fascinating books.
None of which is a good excuse but it does help to explain why I appear so disorganized.
5.1 From our Australian Partner:
*  New South Wales and Queensland
AU1002:  $24.10
Anthony Trollope, the famous English novelist whose books illuminate virtually every aspect of late nineteenth century England, also wrote travel books. In 1873 he published 'New South Wales and Queensland.
This book includes descriptions of various places in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. These are quite detailed and usually start with the founding of naming of the place, and continue through their early history.  A great read for all those interested in early colonial history of New South Wales and Queensland
*  All-Australia Memorial: Victoria
AU1010-VIC:  $49.00
During and following the 1914-18 war a number of editions of All-Australia Memorial were published for three states - New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. As far as can be ascertained the Victorian edition was published in 1917, and New South Wales and South Australian editions in 1919 and 1920, with multiple variants for these states. To complicate things further some additional Victorian biographies and photos were included in some later editions principally publishing biographies from NSW and SA.
This Victorian edition is a wonderful record, with a detail historical outline of the war from an Australian perspective, plus an extensive reference section and hundreds of biographies. All complemented by thousands of photos, many of Victorians who served.
After the introductory pages this volume is arranged in 4 parts as follows:
PART I - EXPLOITS OF THE ANZACS (historical account)
: History of the Dardanelles Operations
A lexicographical roll of thousands of Victorian soldiers who died on service during the period August, 1914 - December, 1916
 A biographical record of service and photos of hundreds of Australia's fighting men including individual soldiers, friends on service, and families with two or more members at the front
: Comprising the principal Victorian units of the Australian-Imperial and Naval and Military Expeditionary Forces as officially compiled at embarkation, covering the period of the tropical, Egyptian and Gallipoli campaigns and including the 8th Infantry Brigade (French campaign).
To complete this digital edition there are two additional sections of with Victorian biographies and photos, taken from later editions principally publishing biographies for NSW and SA
This is a fascinating and valuable record of the Great War and Victorian's who served - fully searchable on the entire text.
*  Aldine Centennial History of New South Wales 1888
AU2005:  $73.20
Published in 1888, William Frederic Morrison produced the 'Aldine Centennial History of New South Wales' in a two volume set as a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated record of the history of New South Wales and its prominent inhabitants.
The first volume is divided into thirty-three chapters and covers topics including the early explorers, geography, aborigines, flora and fauna, governors of New South Wales as well as the Constitution.
Volume two has another four chapters which complete the history section. The fascinating part of this set of books (apart from the hundreds of superb illustrations throughout), is the large biographical section which consists of nearly half of the whole set.
The biographies of noted identities cover not only those from Sydney city, but also from the suburbs and regional areas. Each are grouped by town and have at least a paragraph on each person, though some are quite extensive. Details can include parents' names, emigration details, birth place, education, and employment history. Usually there are additional anecdotal details.
Publishers Note: A unique feature of this work is that there have been a number of variant editions (at least eleven) published of this title. Volume one is always the same for each, but the biographies are divided into towns, and not all towns have been included in each edition. You will find all 'accessible' volumes have been reproduced here on a single CD
*  Aldine History of South Australia 1890
AU5003:  $56.90
Following on from the success of both the Aldine History of Queensland and the Aldine History of New South Wales, South Australia was next for W. Frederic Morrison. Published in 1890 in two volumes which total over 1000 pages, these rare volumes contain a comprehensive and well illustrated record of South Australia at the time.
The first volume is divided into thirty-two chapters and covers topics including the early explorers, geography, aborigines, flora and fauna, education, religion, recreations, as well as primary and secondary resources, governors of South Australia and the Constitution.
Volume two has one more chapter which concludes the history section. This is then followed by about 400 pages of biographies of early South Australians.
These include biographies of many in Adelaide as well as 71 country regions around the state. There are 143 illustrations, many in colour of people and scenes around South Australia. The biographies often include information such as name, year born, place born, when they emigrated, and usually their working life, and other interesting tidbits.
This valuable resource of South Australian history and biographies is a must for all with an interest in the early history of this colony and the families represented.
*  Australian Aldine Histories Set: NSW, Qld & SA
AU1103:  $122.30
Price if purchased separately $187.00
Compendium set price $122.30
You Save $64.70!
Original copies of the Aldine histories of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia are extremely hard to come by. They really are an historian's goldmine of information, and present a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated record of the history of each colony together with its prominent inhabitants.
Written by W. Frederic Morrison over a three year period, these multi-volume books are an essential reference work if researching in Queensland, New South Wales or South Australia. Authoritative, not only in the narrative history, but with the many thousands of biographies included of early personalities and noted identities for each region. They also include beautiful photographs and sketches of scenes and buildings illustrating life and places as they were in the past.
-    New South Wales -  See AU2005 description above and in our catalogue.
-    Queensland - Written as a celebration of the centennial year of the settlement of Australia' it includes chapters on Australian and Queensland history from the exploration of Australia through to the different districts of the colony of Queensland in 1888. It contains information on the different governors, the national constitution, interior exploration, resources, religious work, education, recreation, and a large biographical section. It also includes over 500 illustrations of people and places along with several maps. The really fascinating part of this set of books (apart from the gorgeous illustrations throughout), is the large Appendix section which consists of over 320 pages of biographies and photographs of Queensland's noted people. The biographies have been grouped by towns. Includes two of the three known editions.  See AU4003
in our catalogue.
-    South Australia - See AU5003
description above and in our ctalogue.
Now on fully-searchable CD-ROM accessing the valuable information contained in the Aldine's Histories has never been so easy. The history and illustrations are a wonderful record, and the biographies are an invaluable source of information.
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.
    A New Brunswick lister, Bob Geldart, in answer to a listers question, offered copies of the forms which he had drawn up to help him transcribe all the relevant information from Birth Marriage and Death records in libraries and archives.
    To save Bob the trouble of mailing these forms out to everyone of you who wants to use them he accepted our offer to place them on our web site where you can download them for free for yourself.
    For your copy go to our Downloads page at:
and scroll down to near the bottom.  You will find Bob's forms under the heading "Vital Records Blank Forms."  Each of the three forms, Birth, Marriage and Death, is available in either Word (*.doc) or Portable Document (*.pdf) format, your choice.   Don't forget to save them to your hard disk!!
    Bob has done a really thorough job on these templates and using them will make sure you don't forget to copy down that last final scrap of evidence you need.  Please join with me in thanking Bob for his generosity in sharing.
    Do you have a software or document resource you'd like to share?  Contact me (Malcolm) and we'll see if we can distribute it through our web site for you.
Our friends at World Vital Records have a new Special Offer running on "Unlimited access" and "US only" memberships, both at 50% off the regular fee!  This offer is only valid until 18 September 2008 so hurry to take advantage of it.
 Visit them at:
or if that doesn't work because of the line wrap use:
(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are.  Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)
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:
WE WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS EVENT.  Let us know if there is a particular CD you would like to look at, at the show.  (We can only bring about 30% of the contents of our catalogue to shows with us.)
11 October 2008 10:00 AM:  BIFHSGO Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Why History is Important.  Presented by George Laidlaw (President of the Ottawa Independent Writers Group.)
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
01 November 2008 10:00 AM.: Ottawa Branch, OGS Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture. "Developing a research strategy to find the next piece of the puzzle. This session will present options based on a review of your notes and learning
how to ask questions of people who can help."
15 Nov 2008  at 10:00 am.: BIFHSGO Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Jennie's Journey: Reconstructing a Life from Letters & Diaries.  Presented by Margaret Burwell
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
18 November 2008 7:30 PM.: Ottawa Branch, OGS Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Speaker Helen Whyte.  Topic Unlocking the riddles of Welsh Ancestry - A Set of Keyes.  "Helen is a professional genealogist who has done extensive research on the Social, Historical and Geographical links to Welsh Ancestors - and everybody has them."
13 Dec 2008  at 10:00 am.: BIFHSGO Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Great Moments in Genealogy.
Presented by BIFHSGO members
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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