Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V5#8 - 19 December, 2008
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- Two new Canadian books.
- 16 new Australian books from our partner.
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.
3.1 Canadian Topics
*  Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario - 1907
CA0254:  $30.00
A gold mine of genealogical information about the inhabitants of York County including, of course the City of Toronto and its Home District.   Assembled by the Beers Publishing company in 1907 this significant, and weighty, book contains the biographies (and frequently the obituaries) of almost 2,000 families from all walks of life.
The biographies were placed by any individual, or family, who could afford the subscription to the publication and who wished their family name and history to be perpetuated.  This book contains 673 pages of text and 153 full plate illustrations.
Having been written by the individual or families themselves the information recorded is as accurate as a researcher can hope to find for this time.  This is further emphasized by the precautions the publisher took to ensure accuracy, vis. "In nearly every instance the material composing the sketches was gathered from those immediately interested, and then submitted in type-written form for correction and revision."
The estimate of almost 2,000 family entries doesn't represent the limit of the number of people whose names can be found within this book.  Based on a family history identifying four grandparents, a man, his siblings and at least one wife, with their union generating an average of four children of which about half are married by the time the biography is recorded, the count of individuals named rises dramatically to about 27,500, and this is a conservative estimate.
As well as identifying the immediate family to the subject the biography will usually discuss the subject's upbringing, education, business or professional involvements.  Also usually recorded are any significant events in his life, his religion and his political and fraternal commitments.
Fully computer searchable, we have "hand" reviewed and corrected the OCR result to maximize the chance of finding your search term.  The 153 full plate illustrations, or portraits, of subjects of the biographies have been carefully reproduced for maximum clarity in the CD format.
We have also included the index of subject names from the book in the sampler available on our Downloads page so you can check if your family appears.
*  The 2nd Canadian Heavy Battery in the World War 1914 to 1919.
CA0302:  $15.00
Compiled and published well after the end of the Great War, in 1932, for the 2nd C.H.B. Old Boys Association by James A. Argo, this tiny book is a very concise account of the activities of the the Battery in the 1914 - 1919 period.
It is divided into four sections as follows:
• "Record of the Battery from mobilization in 1914 to demobilization in 1919 including battle engagements and Battery positions."
• "Chronology of the World War 1914 to 1919 and Miscellaneous Information."
• "2nd. C.H.B. Old Boys' Association Constitution and Nominal Roll"
• "Maps of Western Front and Peace Proclamation dated Mons, Nov. 11, 1918,"
Within these sections will also be found "Honor Rolls", Battle Listings, Statistics and the home addresses of the "old boys" current at the time of publication.
The Record of the Battery is in the form of a daily diary and appears to have been drawn up using excerpts from the unit's "War Diary" so that there are records of personnel events as well as movements of the unit as a whole.
The two fold-out maps measured approximately 27 in. by 18 in. and contained significant detail.  Our reproduction of these maps can be expanded to examine the finest detail although some defocusing in the original of the second of the maps in the book does limit reading some of the smallest location names.
The Chronology of the World War is very complete and identifies events taking place within the whole Global theater of the conflict.
The Nominal Roll claims to be an inclusive list of ALL individuals who saw overseas service with the 2nd Canadian Heavy Battery during its existence even if they were only on attachment from other units or services.
Presumably intended as a "pocket book" it measures only 4 in. by 6 1/2 in. in height and has been made using a very small print.  This has limited the detailed legibility of the pages somewhat although there is no difficulty in normal reading.  We have consequently fully hand edited the computer read index of the book so that computer search accuracy is up to our normal standards, close to 100%.
This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.
Last month I mentioned we were working on our first "all french language" offering.  Well as could be predicted we ran into unexpected delays so that project is still ongoing.  Having only just completed the second of this months offerings we haven't had time to choose our next project yet but that is only because we are so spoiled by the choice of all the great tiles available for scanning.
5.1 Australian topics
*  Sydney Street Directory 1924 (Wilson)
AU2024:  $32.30
Wilson's Sydney and Suburbs Street Directory for 1924 contains over 100 maps of the city, suburbs and Blue Mountains - which also shows Sydney Harbour, the Municipalities and Shires, the railways, tramways and main roads.
Within the 800 pages, the Directory also lists the arcades, banks, chambers, churches, clubs, commercial buildings, consuls, docks, government departments, hospitals, places of interest, railway offices, shipping officers, taxi ranks, theatres and wharves in Sydney.
Complete with many adverts of local businesses of the time, this gives a unique look at Sydney in the 1920s.
NOTE: the fold out maps of North Sydney and Mosman are missing from the copy available for scanning.
No of pages in original: 802pp
Year published: (1924)
*  Sydney Street Directory c1943 (Gregorys)
AU2025-11:  $24.10
To this day the Gregory's name is associated with street directories. The first edition of Gregory's Street Directory of Sydney and Suburbs was published in 1934.
This volume is a facsimile of the 11th edition, published around 1943. If you're wanting to know what the city and suburbs of Sydney were like in 1943, this is a great way to find out. Showing 96 clearly marked maps, you'll find over 15,000 streets named, as well as tram and train lines, municipal boundaries, parks and reserves and other distinctive features. There are indexes to wharves and lessees, yacht clubs, bays and reserves, real estate agents, hospitals and of course the streets.
This is a visual reference, through the maps, of Sydney as it was.
No of pages in original: 258pp
Year published: (c1943/44)
*  Road Guide New South Wales (Gregorys)
AU2026:  $24.10
"Containing a complete series of high-class and up-to-date interlocking maps of the roads of N.S.W. drawn to scale & classified" with an alphabetical index to places and
distances from Sydney.
Other features
 • descriptions of key towns and tourist routes
 • many photographs
 • many advertisements
 • list and details of country golf courses
There is no date given, but it seems to be about the 1930s
No of pages in original: 246pp
Year published: (1930s?)
*  Handbook to the Colony of New South Wales 1858
AU2028:  $14.00
This Handbook to the Colony of New South Wales was one of a series of similar guides to the Australian colonies written by the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Gazette as information for potential emigrants.
This small, but very useful, book tells the history and current state (as at 1858) of the colony very concisely. Covering the convict period, the pastoral age, then the discovery of gold, this is followed by features of the colony, climate, productions, minerals, population, and social features.
Information specific to those emigrating, including openings for emigrants, and assisted immigration, is also included.
No of pages in original: 25pp
Year published: (1858)
*  New South Wales Crown Land Lease Claims 1848
AU2029:  $24.10
The New South Wales Government Gazette published lists of "persons [who] have demanded Leases of the
several Runs of Crown Land, particularised in connexion with their respective names." These lists have been extracted from the gazette and published here. They were published between May and October 1948. In addition there is a list of "Crown Lands Claims Approved within the Settled Districts"
Crown Land Lease Claims Beyond Settled Districts
Summary by "District of," with number of runs in each (covers NSW as it was in 1848, including what is now Victoria and Queensland)  (See catalogue for full description.)
No of pages in original: 260pp
Year published: (1848)
*  District Directory of Albury and Regions Around 1901
AU2030:  $24.10
Directories are a valuable resource for local, family and social historians as well as for researchers in other fields of Australian history. They provide information on where your ancestors lived, as well as their occupations - and much more besides.
This 1901 directory covers Albury, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Corowa, Gulcairn, Germanton, Gerogery, Gundagain, Henty, Howlong, Junee, Lockhart, Temora, The Rock, Wagga Wagga and Yerong Creek. It provides information on local residents in the alphabetical list, as well as the businesses in the trade and professional list. Government, municipal and various other miscellaneous lists are also included.
Entries are arranged in two formats under each town. Firstly alphabetically by surname, together with their occupation and address. Secondly alphabetically by trade.
This valuable volume is an ideal reference for anyone with either family connections in this region or just an interest in its history.
No of pages in original: 236pp
Year published: (1901/02?)
*  Barrier Miner Business Directory 1891
AU2031-1891:  $20.00
With a population of approximately 20,000 by 1891, it was felt that Broken Hill needed a Business Directory. The local newspaper 'The Barrier Miner' came to the rescue and published the very first 'Barrier Miner Business Directory' in 1891.
With over 200 pages this directory covers everything that is useful to those living in Broken Hill, Silverton, Round Hill, Thackaringa, Purnamoonta, Pinnacles and Cockburn. In addition to the alphabetical list of householders, street-by-street, with occupations, it also gives a brief history of each region, details of government officials, sporting club office holders, society office holders and more.
There is also general information included such as hints on etiquette, antidotes for poisons, calendar for Australian seasons, postal and telegraph information, medicine for horses, customs, banking, and many more topics.
Here is a wealth of information packed on one searchable CD.
No of pages in original: 202pp
Year published: (1891)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette Index 1832-1842    
AU2100-1832i:  $28.20    
The Government Gazettes are a vast source of information, and cover not only details on thousands of people, but also details of hundreds of events such as land transactions, proclamations, court notices, notice of acts, tenders contracts, appointments and resignations, bankrupt and insolvency notices, impoundments, police auctions, unclaimed letters, storekeepers and publicans licences, rewards on offer, inquest verdicts and many more that occurred each year in New South Wales.
Most years of the Government Gazettes also include an index to the Gazettes, to make finding a person or topic easier. These are sorted alphabetically by name and topic. This index is a compilation of the indexes for the years 1832-1842, and contains a total of 369 pages.
This is a useful resource for those wishing to research New South Wales, and a great reference for libraries and societies to have.
No of pages in original: 368pp
Year published: 2008
*  New South Wales Government Gazettes:
Please consult the online catalogue for details on the information contained in the Gazettes.  The following annual publications are now available:
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1833
AU2100-1833:  $32.30
No of pages in original: 554pp
Year published: (1833)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1840
AU2100-1840:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1441pp
Year published: (1840)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1841
AU2100-1841:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1804pp
Year published: (1841)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1844
AU2100-1844:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1637pp
Year published: (1844)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1845
AU2100-1845:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1596pp
Year published: (1845)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1846
AU2100-1846:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1654pp
Year published: (1846)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1848
AU2100-1848:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1871pp
Year published: (1848)
*  New South Wales Government Gazette 1849
AU2100-1849:  $44.60
No of pages in original: 1962pp
Year published: (1849)
NOTE:  We have well over 100 new Australian topic books on CD to add to our catalogue .  Watch for them to be added over the coming months
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.
CANADA POST to raise mailing rates - again:
Canada Post have given notice that they intend to raise the price of mailing in January.  Despite a number of previous raises we have managed to maintain our offer of Free Shipping in Canada.  Well, with this rise in shipping rates and the overall economic downturn it looks as if we may finally have to re-instate a shipping charge.  Once we have confirmation of the increases we will be sharpening our pencils and doing our sums to give you the best possible rate.
(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are.  Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)
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20 December, 2008;  BIFHSGO Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  starting at 09:30 am, 10:00 am Presentation:  Great Moments in Genealogy by BIFHSGO members Irene Ip, Hugh Reekie, Robert Brown, Arthur Owen & Glenn Wright
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
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14 February, 2009, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: “The Time of Cholera”
Presented by Alison Hare, BIFHSGO member and Certified Genealogical
Records Specialist.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
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17 February, 2009; Ottawa Branch OGS meeting, 7:30 PM at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Speaker: George Laidlaw.  Topic: History, The Building Blocks of Who We Are.
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21 February, 2009; Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group Inc. @ Room 201, Algonquin College, Pembroke, On. Speaker: Rick Roberts, Global Genealogy. Topic: Family Tree Maker / Legacy Workshop.  Fee - $30 ea. before January 16, '09 / $35 ea. after January 16, '09. Advanced registration is required. Make cheques payable to UOVGG and mail to UOVGG, Box
972, Pembroke, ON, K8A 7M5. .
7 March, 2009; All day seminar co-sponsored by the B.C. Genealogical Society
and the Cloverdale Branch of the Surrey Public Library, at the 
Surrey Arts Centre.  "Smolenyak Seminar" includes 4 lectures.  Limited seating; reserve early.  Tickets available at B.C. Genealogical Society meetings or by mail: Smolenyak Seminar, B.C.G.S., P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, B.C. V6X 3T6.  See the B.C.G.S. website for the brochure/registration form:
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14 March, 2009, BIFHSGO Meeting 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, TOPIC: "And The Walls Came Tumbling Down"
Presented by Sharon Moor, BIFHSGO member
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
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27-28 March, 2009; Gene-o-Rama -- Ottawa Branch OGS (Annual Conference) @ Ben Franklin Place, Centrepointe, Nepean, Ont. Speakers: Louise St Denis, Dr. Bruce Curtis, Mel Wolfgang, Terry Findley
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4 April, 2009. BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Meeting topic and speaker to be announced.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
23 - 26 April, 2009:  The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society announces its 40th Anniversary Genealogy Showcase Conference to be held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, Regina.
For more information see  contact Conference Co-ordinator Verna Thompson at 110 - 1514 11th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 0H2.  (306) 780-9207 or by  email:
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9 May, 2009; BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: “London Ancestors Rest in Peace. But Where?” Presented by John Reid, BIFHSGO Member.
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. 
19 - 24 July, 2009; Genealogy Week / Semaine de la généalogie. Ottawa Branch OGS and La Societé de généalogie de l'Outaouais are
working together to prepare a program to bring out-of-town family
historians to Canada's capital for an intensive one-week hands-on
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