Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V6#9 - 23 January, 2010
Here we are in a brand new year with a breathless newsletter.  Breathless because of the rush we had finishing up the big new CD release you'll find below.
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- 4 new Canadian releases.
- 2 new Australian topic releases.
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.
*  The Canadian Biographical Dictionary, Ontario - 1880.
CA0150:  $30.00
Full title: "The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men - Ontario".
In composing this description it was found that the book's Preface already supplied much of the desired text.  For example:
"The publication of this work will contribute to the supply of materials for the future historian." and "In making a selection of names for the Biographical Dictionary, the Publishers have aimed to give a view of the representatives of the various interests of this Province … , and indeed all who take part in the intellectual, social, and material progress of the people." and finally, "The Publishers … are determined to spare neither labor nor expense in giving to the world the most authentic information how these men have won fortune, how the world has been benefited by their labors, and what has been the turning-point of their success."
Many of this type of publication were produced to mark the end of the 19th century but, in the main, inclusion in their pages was a result of buying a "subscription" to the publication, so that the range of individuals portrayed was constrained to those having both: the necessary cash to hand, and the desire to leave their mark for posterity.  In this case, however, the publishers claim, "It is but just to mention that not one cent has been asked or received from the parties whose biographies have been given in this work …" so that it might be expected that the individuals (and at least one family) included are a more representative cross section of the class of individual who can be regarded as "Eminent and Self-Made."  Or, more properly, is only limited by a desire for anonymity or by the modesty of certain of those invited to provide source materials to the editors.
The editors usually take the contemporary "head of the family" as their primary subject and provide details of his family, education, marriage(s), career, religion and affiliations in addition to any notable incidents in his life.  Within this framework is also included the general background information of his immediate family, such as the wife's parentage, the subject's offspring, etc., etc.
This almost 800 page book provides exceptional information about over 500 "Eminent and Self-Made" men, and their families, living in Ontario in 1880. It also includes 50 really nice steel engraved portraits of some of the subjects.  We have provided a file on the Downloads page of our web site giving all the names appearing in the book's index, but do not forget that many more families are going to be mentioned by virtue of being related to the immediate subjects through marriage.
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(We have priced these Gleanings with consideration of their small size but this means that we cannot economically put them onto a CD, so we are offering them to you as direct downloads only. You can purchase any of the Gleanings through our web cart just like any CD product but in this case we will contact you by e-mail with simple instructions on how to download your Gleaning(s).)
*  Ontario Provincial Government Personnel list - 1919    
CAG075:  $4.00
A listing of the departments of the Government of Ontario, in 1919, naming their principal personnel - frequently down to the office of clerk, - starting at the Lieutenant-Governor and proceeding through the Civil Service Departments such as Treasury, Public Works, Game & Fisheries, Members of the House of Assembly  (by electoral district), County and Judicial Officers, County Clerks, Magistrates, and Principal Officers of Municipalities, Townships and Cities.   Hundreds of names - sometimes including salary - and places.
Gleaned from: The Canadian Almanac, Published: 1919
Size: (pages) 24,  (download) 5.4 Mb
*  List of Orders and Awards in Canada for 1919    
CAG076:  $2.50
Starting with a listing of all classes of “Orders” as conferred by British Royalty and a list of Victoria Cross recipients.  Progresses to list OBE’s, Imperial Service Orders and Medals, and concludes with a list of recipients of the Distinguished Service Order in the year 1919.
Gleaned from: The Canadian Almanac, Published: 1919
Size: (pages) 8,  (download) 2.5 Mb
*  All Canada, Provincial Government Personnel List, EXCEPT Ontario - 1919
CAG077:  $5.00
Provides names of office holders of government “offices” such as Legislature, Justice, Finance, Magistrates, Civil Service Departments, Education, etc. for 1919. (Varies by Province.)  Some include listings of population centers with names of senior local government officers.  Provinces: Quebec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon & North-West Territories.
Gleaned from: The Canadian Almanac, Published: 1919
Size: (pages) 34,  (download) 5.2 Mb
I think the above Gleanings finally exhaust the useful information in the 1919 Canadian Almanac.  All in all it might have been easier to simply reproduce the whole book but the information is so diverse and so limited in scope in each case I don't think you would be happy at having to buy the whole book just to get to the facts you need.
I apologize if you have spent January waiting for the release of the Biographical Dictionary (above) but we only got it finalized the day before this newsletter was released!  What a lot of work it was!.  But I hope you will agree it was totally worth it.
We do have a couple of interesting books coming our way shortly but they are not here yet so we must adjust our plans to keep our production line going in the short term.  Or to put it another way, my next job is to choose our next project!
In this section we provide an - often abbreviated - description of each of the newly released books on CD we have received from our International Archive CD Books partners.  PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR BOOKS ON CD.
This month we are featuring new materials from our Australian partner.
If you had family living in South Australia in the 1870s, have you thought of looking at the Police Gazettes for information? These are an historian's goldmine of information. Compiled to be distributed amongst the Police Force only, these Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. Not ONLY listing those who were in the Police Force, or those that were on the 'wrong side' of the law - you will also find entries of missing persons, or those who might be a witness to crime, or they may have had something stolen from them, or they may even have found an item, and reported it to the Police.
Issued once a week, they contain information on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, lost horses and cattle, deserters from families and also deserters from service, inquest verdicts, escaped prisoners and reports on those released ... as well as some information from interstate police gazettes ... and so much more.
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1875-76
AU5103-1875:  $24.10
     Pages in original: 454pp; All issues released during 1875 and 1876.
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1877-78
AU5103-1877:  $24.10
     Pages in original: 475pp; All issues released during 1877 and 1878
[Please see our web site for more complete description of these CDs contents.)
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.
Many of you took advantage of our Pre-Christmas sale and even more seemed to enjoy our January sale.  Unfortunately they are now over.  
You will have received an extra message from me on 8 January warning you about a "spoofed" message being circulated under our name.  I'm glad to say that the "attack" seems to have run its course and I haven't seen any further sign of the message for a couple of weeks now.
Always stay vigilant when using the Internet though.  Never accept anything at face value and always proceed with caution.
I just checked back and during the last month we posted pointers to 5 web sites and 3 news items of interest to Canadian genealogists.  We are looking for the less obvious newsworthy items and announcements with special relevance to Canada.  If you have such an item which you would like us to post then send it to me at: and we'll see what we can do.
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The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time when aims and goals are reviewed and intentions to change are recognized.  We have resolved to make at least one change which we hope you will approve of but we need a little more time to prepare before we can make it public.  Watch out for an announcement in the next month.
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24 January, 2010 @ 2:00 PM. Meeting of the  Halton-Peel Branch OGS  at the Four Corners Public Library (Auditorium), 65 Queen St. E., Brampton, (East of Queen & Main St., parking access from John St. or Mary St.)  Features family history speaker, Fawne Stratford-Devai, Author, on the topic of: “Leaving Ontario – Sources for Tracing Ontario Migrants”
For more info contact: Bob Crawford 905-877-1183 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627
2, February 2010, Meeting of the Guelph Historical Society will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Norfolk and Suffolk Streets in Guelph, at 7:30 pm.
Subject: "The Early Settlement of Ontario: The Untold Story." Speaker: Dr. Catharine Wilson, Department of History, University of Guelph.
This meeting might be of interest to researchers.  Guests are welcomed with non-members' admission $5.00.  For more information contact, "Sue Visser"
13, February 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: Just Names on a List? Let's Take Another Look at Passenger Manifests By Glenn Wright.  Canadian passenger lists contain significantly more information on our ancestors than those from the 1870s and 1880s
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
13, March 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: Constable George Johnston's Road to Recognition By Gibson Glavin.  The tragic death of Constable Johnston, in 1882 at Fort Walsh.
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
26 –27 March, 2010, GENE-O-RAMA 2010 (Ottawa OGS branch annual conference) at the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario.  For further information call 613-821-2981 or e-mail .
May 14 TO 16, 2010, Essentials, Innovations and Delights - Ontario Genealogical Society Conference.  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Toronto Airport, 655 Dixon Rd.  For more information visit:
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