Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V5#10 - 21 February, 2009
Welcome to our February newsletter.  Just one new Canadian release from us this month, but an unusual one for us in that it includes the activities of a Canadian military unit through WW2.  We continue to release the enormous backlog of publications from our Australian partner into our on-line catalogue for you.
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- One new Canadian book.
- 14 new Australian books.
and 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
The Regimental History of the Governor General's Foot Guards - 1948
CA0261: $28.00
This regimental history was initiated by Major A. R. Jessup’s account of the part played by the Governor General’s Foot Guards personnel while actively serving in Europe during the Second World War.  The regiment decided, however, that the subject matter should be expanded to recount its complete history, taking Major Jessup’s fine start as the core of the work.
Major Jessup completed his first draft while awaiting the regiment's repatriation from Europe but despite a dramatic increase in the writing staff it took a further three years to bring the book to publication in 1948.  This additional time did allow for minor alterations to be made in the light of information which was not available when the first draft was being written, as well as the addition of numerous wonderful situation / route maps and illustrating photographs. Several of the photographs come in the form of panoramic records of complete companies of the regiment’s personnel.
The book conforms with the traditional, chronological format of history books. It starts with the regiment’s origins as a part time militia made up of members of the Civil Service of Canada while the government was seated in Quebec in 1861.  At that time its duties were mainly to form a military presence at formal ceremonies and to provide honour guards for visiting dignitaries.  The account continues to follow the sometimes checkered fortunes of the unit including its contributions to such important episodes as The Nile Voyagers, the North West Rebellion, The Boer War and the Great (1914 - 1918) War in Europe.  Starting at the mobilization of the GGFG as a component of the WWII Canadian Expeditionary Force the history becomes a lot more detailed and provides more “first hand” experiences of the consequence of the larger events.
The account concludes after the return to Canada and the regiment's demobilization.
Additional materials in the volume provide a History of the Regimental Rifle Association, while five appendices include a Roll of Honour, listings of Honours and Awards (including citation for valour,) and a Nominal Roll for 1940 - 1946.
This book has been loaned to us through the good will of the Ottawa Historical Society so that we could scan it and make it available to you.  The Ottawa Historical Society houses its library in the Bytown Museum, sited on the lock-side in downtown Ottawa.  Please join with us in thanking both the Ottawa Historical Society for allowing us to borrow this valuable old book and to the museum staff for their assistance in accessing the library.  Copies of the CD have been presented to the Ottawa Historical Society for everyday use so the life expectancy of the original book can be vastly increased.
We continue to work towards resolving the block on releasing our first French language release.  In the mean time we are closing in on completion of another Ontario County history.  One we hope will prove popular if the genealogical activity in that county is anything to go by.
5.1 Australian topics
NOTE:  Many of the following descriptions have been reduced for this newsletter.  Please consult the on-line catalogue for full details.
*  New South Wales Calendar and Post Office Directory 1833
AU2115-1833:  $28.20
New South Wales was a very young colony in 1833, with some free settlers, as well as British military personnel and convicts making up the population. This directory is an important record, because few records survive that cover such an early period of history, making it hard to find information particularly on the early emigrants.
It begins with a 'Sketch of the Colony', followed by a calendar for 1833, and directions if sailing, or travelling by road. The itinerary of roads is an interesting section listing all features (houses, mills, gates, bridges, stations, bush etc), as well as anecdotal information on some of the individuals. This covers almost 100 pages of the book.
The Post Office Directory section covers about 100 pages, listing people alphabetically by surname, occupation and often both home and work address. This covers Sydney, suburbs and country regions. No of pages in original: 453pp.
See website for complete description.
New South Wales Almanac and Hand Book (Moore)
Directories and Almanacs are a valuable resource for local, family and social historians as well as for researchers in other fields of Australian history. They can provide you with information on the region that your ancestors lived, as well as information on their occupation/s and where they worked.  The contents of individual issues varies but generally includes the sort of detailed factual information which would allow businesses and individuals to work and live in their community and find the people, goods and services they needed from time to time.  See the individual descriptions available in our catalogue for specific contents of each year's issue:
*  New South Wales Almanac and Hand Book 1854 (Moore)
AU2115-1854:  $20.00
No of pages in original: 199pp.  
*  New South Wales Almanac and Hand Book 1857 (Moore)
AU2115-1857:  $24.10
No of pages in original: 224pp. 
*  New South Wales Almanac and Country Directory 1926 (Moore)
AU2115-1926:  $32.30
No of pages in original: 665pp. 
*  New South Wales Country Directory 1895 (Hall)
AU2116-1895:  $32.30
This edition of Hall's Business, Professional and Pastoral Directory and Gazetteer of New South Wales for 1895 is divided into three major sections:
• Country section - information on trades, professional and pastoral professions by town name.
• Agricultural and General Farming section - lists the towns of NSW alphabetically, together with the farmers and graziers and their addresses.
• City and Suburban Business directory - similar to a current day yellow pages. Listing trades alphabetically, together with the person and their address underneath.
There is also information on sheep and cattle stations, agricultural shows, dairy factories, legal practitioners, public offices, mining companies and hundreds of pages of advertisements.No of pages in original: 642pp.  
*  New South Wales Post Office Directory 1875-77 (Greville)
AU2117-1875:  $36.40
A large volume of over 1000 pages, this Greville's Directory is much more than just a Post Office Directory. It also contains maps, a gazetteer of New South Wales, a history of the colony, and hundreds of advertisements.The main directory contains names, residences and occupations of the inhabitants of New South Wales. This is invaluable for being able to place a person at a particular location in a particular year, as well as also finding out their occupation, which can potentially lead to further avenues of research. Arranged alphabetically by town, each with brief gazetteer information relating to it, the inhabitants of each (householders), are then arranged alphabetically by surname.The maps show the agricultural districts, the pastoral districts and the principal minerals found in New South Wales.No of pages in original: 1010pp.
*  New South Wales Pocket Almanack 1820
AU2118-1820:  $20.00
This New South Wales Pocket Almanac contains information on a whole host of topics such as the public holidays for the year, tide table, "kalendar", moon phases, distances from township to township, even persons in the Civil Establishment and the Military Establishment, as well as details on the rates of labourers' wages, and the costs of various offices.The two main features of this book are:1. The 'Chronology of Remarkable Occurrences'. This lists world events from 1715 through to 1818, and is useful for putting things in a world context.2. The 'Chronology of Local Occurrences'. This starts at 1770, and continues through to 1819. Listing events that occurred in New South Wales it covers everything from shipwrecks, floods and executions to openings of orphanages, to when Liberty Plains was named, and coal was discovered at Port Stephens.No of pages in original: 123pp.
*  Australian Almanack 1831 (Mansfield)
AU2118-1831:  $24.10
The 1831 edition of the Australian Almanac published by Ralph Mansfield was at the time the largest of its kind. Designed to be a handy reference work, it is full of everyday information, and it certainly would have been one to have on your shelf.It is titled 'Australian', but it is primarily about New South Wales, Using this almanac, you will be able to find the answer to any number of questions such as: • what are the regulations relating to ticket-of-leave for convicts? • what date of the year is Low Sunday? • in which county of NSW is Sugar Loaf Creek? • in which month should a farmer be diligent in cleaning his maize? • for what period was Philip Gidley King the Governor of New South Wales? • who was in military in His Majesty's 57th Regiment of Foot? • who were the list of directors of the Australia Agricultural Company? • etc. ...As genealogists we like finding out the names and dates of family members, but don't dismiss the social history aspect of it. Historians in other fields would already know that understanding the era gives us a far better perspective of just what life was our ancestors. No of pages in original: 291pp.
*  Australian Almanack 1833 (O'Shaughnessey)
AU2118-1833:  $24.10
This edition is titled 'Australian', but it is about New South Wales, it is divided into various sections: Calendar, Public Days; Australian Agriculture, Horticultue &c., Supreme Court, Court of Requests; Miscellaneous Local Information &c., Civil Establishment of the Colony; Military Establishment; Public Institutions; and Shipping.
So with this publication which really is a 'reference book' for the year, you can find the answer to any number of questions: • what are the costs of going to court • what the rules relating to the sale of land • details of customs information • a listing of the towns and stations (together with residents names, and how many miles they are from Sydney) • who the local postmasters are, when the mail arrives, and how much it costs to post a letter • details of the various Governors of New South Wales, Lieutenant-Governors and Magistrates as well some Military Personnel • what regulations relate to Assigned Convicts (both male and female) • the public institutions lists all the local societies, and those who are committee members • etc. ...No of pages in original: 251pp.
*  Australian Almanac 1857 (Cox & Co)
AU2118-1857:  $24.10
Published by Cox & Co. it is titled 'Australian', but it is primarily about New South Wales.It is divided into two sections, the first containing information from England on the royal family, the government, the army, Europe, the USA and more.The second section contains information on government directories, laws, ecclesiastical, banks, medical board and medical practitioners, military establishments, ecclesiastical establishments, as well as religious and charitable institutions, schools, and miscellaneous companies from the colony of New South Wales. It also includes information on acts, postage rates and numerous statistics. No of pages in original: 298pp.  
Northern Territory Times Almanac and Directory
These CDs contains the 1887, 1888 and 1890 editions of Solomon's Northern Territory Almanac and Directory on single fully searchable CDs.Each volume contains much information on the people, businesses and services in the Northern Territory during the year. As well as including a brief history of the Northern Territory, you will also find maps, advertisements, postal, quarantine and customs details, steamship companies, cost of railway fares and much more.A unique feature of these directories is that each volume also includes a chronological landmarks list which puts events into their historical context. The sporting results will interest some.Available separately and as a set.
*  Northern Territory Times Almanac and Directory 1887
AU3810-1887:  $24.10
No of pages in original: 219ppYear published: (1887) Author/Compiler: Solomon, V.L.
Note: this copy is missing the map which was originally included in this useful guide to the Northern Territory, its people and businesses. 
*  Northern Territory Times Almanac and Directory 1888
AU3810-1888:  $24.10
No of pages in original: 160ppYear published: (1888) Author/Compiler: Solomon, V.L.
*  Northern Territory Times Almanac and Directory 1890
AU3810-1890:  $24.10
No of pages in original: 172ppYear published: (1890) Author/Compiler: Solomon, V.L.
*  Northern Territory Times Almanac and Directory Set 1
AU3810-S1:  $40.50
No of pages in original: 551ppYear published: (1887-90) Author/Compiler: Solomon, V.L.
NOTE:  We are currently working through a backlog of well over 100 new Austral-asian topic books on CD and adding them to our catalogue .  Watch for them over the coming months
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(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are.  Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)
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. .
22 February, 2009 Halton-Peel OGS Branch Meeting 2:00 PM @ Oakville Public Library (lower level), 120 Navy St. Oakville (Lakeshore Rd. & Navy St. east of the Harbour.)
Presenter: Ruth Blair, (Professional Genealogist and Author), Topic: In Search of Lady Diana Taylor (1897-1957).
For more info contact: Bob Crawford 905-877-1183 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627
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:
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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21 March, 2009, BIFHSGO/OGS Beginners Course in Genealogy, 9:00 - 12:00 pm at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
Cost: BIFHSGO & OGS members, $20; non members, $25.
Register securely on line by 12 March at: or email
22, March, 2009 Halton-Peel  OGSBranch Meeting @ 2:00 PM, Four Corners Public Library (Auditorium), 65 Queen St. E., Brampton, (East of Queen & Main St.)  Speaker: Elise Cole, (Professional Librarian), Topic: Web 2.0
For more info contact: Bob Crawford 905-877-1183 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627
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
(Please contact us ahead of time if there is something specific you want us to bring to the show.)
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:
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21 April, 2009, Ottawa Branch OGS meeting, 7:30 PM at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Speaker: Diane Burnett.  Topic: Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Library.
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:
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:
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19 May, 2009, Ottawa Branch OGS meeting, 7:30 PM at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Speaker: Marg Hall.  Topic: In search of my Father.
29, 30 & 31 May, 2009.  OGS Conference 2009.  To be held on the campus of Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario. 
13 June, 2009, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic & Presenter TBA.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
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
12 September, 2009, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic & Presenter TBA.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
18 - 20 September, 2009, BIFHSGO Fall Conference.
Call for presentations proposals.  Primary theme: Scotland.
Contact: Chris MacPhail, at
10 October, 2009, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic & Presenter TBA.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
14 November, 2009, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic & Presenter TBA.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
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