Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V6#10 - 15 February, 2010
For those precious moments when you are not engrossed in Olympics here are two new Canadian releases and 41 "years" of Police Gazettes from South Australia.
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- 2 new Canadian releases.
- 41 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.
*  Patents of Canada from 1824 to 1849.    
CA0262:  $18.00
Published in 1860 by the Bureau of Agriculture and Statistics, Canada and printed by Lovell & Gibson, Yonge St., Toronto.
By 1860 the rate and volume of claims for Patent protection in Canada had reached a point where the Patent Offices(s) decided they must, periodically, make public all the Letters Patent it had granted.  This book is a direct result of that decision and is the first of a continuing series of such publications in Canada.   Before Lower* and then Upper* Canada were self governing all such patent applications would have to be made through the British Government so it is that the first Canadian patent was granted in Lower Canada in 1824.  The first patent in the book granted in Upper Canada is dated 14 July, 1831 although residents of Upper Canada did register their inventions in Lower Canada prior to that date. Any patents granted to British citizens resident in Canada prior to 1824 will probably be found in the British Patent Office.
* The old designations of Upper and Lower Canada approximate to the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec today.
Following a few pages of introduction - including a "pro-forma" for the submission of a petition for the grant of Letters Patent - the book provides a record of the first 257** Canadian patents granted to Canadians.
**They are numbered 1 through 258 but number 255 is an English patent registered in Canada and so not included.
In genealogical terms the obvious value of this book is in finding a detailed insight into the work of an ancestor, but a broader lesson can be learned from the subjects of the inventions which, necessity being the mother of invention, we can assume reflects the needs of the everyday life of the Canadian settler.  From this perspective it would appear that horse drawn hay rakes and cooking / heating stoves were in short supply.  On the other hand, the range of inventions is very broad; from an improved bee hive to a better steam engine, indicating a continued striving for an improvement in life style and a need to work more effectively.
Each registered patent is named and a copy of the Letters Patent, bearing the inventors full name and residence, is provided.  Most records also provide a copy of the "brief" description required for the submission (these are, inexplicably, absent for a small number of patents.)  By the time of publication of this book the earlier patents, i.e., those submitted pre 1844, had expired so the accompanying drawings have not been reproduced, also some of the later examples were not available.  However, the book does contain accompanying drawings / sketches of 56 of the 190 inventions which were still under protection at the time of publication.
The text portion of the book concludes with an exhaustive index by inventors name and by invention.  In addition to bookmarking, the separated text descriptions and their drawings have been hyperlinked for your convenience while you are gaining an understanding of the illustrated inventions.
This is an unusual and fascinating record of the fertile imaginations of the early inhabitants of Canada as they strove for a better and easier life in their new homeland.  Fully text searchable with search speeds enhanced by our FastFind technology.
*  The First Fifty Years of the Church of England in the Province of New Brunswick. 1783 - 1833    
CA0312:  $13.00
(by G. Herbert Lee, A. M. (Barrister at Law)  Published 1880  at the request of the New Brunswick Historical Society.)
Written and published at the request of The New Brunswick Historical Society the author provides an invaluable record of the various individuals, and events, responsible for the introduction of the Church of England to the Canada colony and subsequently to its growth in the province of New Brunswick.
This history starts, in 1783, with the formation of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, in England.  The object of this Society was to establish Christianity in the emerging British colonies and territories such as North America and Australia.  Thus the beginnings of the Anglican Church in Canada is interwoven in, and heavily influenced by, the growth of the (later) US colonies, particularly as a consequence of the American Revolution and resultant removal of dispossessed US citizens to Nova Scotia as deported Loyalists.  The book explains and follows these tumultuous events and interprets them in terms of their consequence on the growth of the infant Canadian church.
The first resident Bishops of Canada are identified and their life and works are outlined.  The book then follows the parallel growth of Canada and the Anglican church, paying particular attention to the lives of the Bishops and key active church followers in what eventually became the province of New Brunswick after its sub-division from Nova Scotia.  The growth over the period of focus is catalogued, area by area, starting with Fredericton, and followed by St. John, Maugerville, St. Andrews, Kingston, Gaugetown, Woodstock, Sussex, Westfield, St. Stephen, Hanmpton, Miramiche, St. George, Grand Lake, Westmoreland County & Sackville, Carleton, Bathurst, Shediac, Portland and finally Grand Manan.
The book concludes with an interesting set of appendices giving facts about the personnel and establishments of the colonial church during the period of the book's study.
A remarkably compact (145p) source of much information about the Church and its key personnel, made all the more accessible by its being instantly computer searchable with our FastFind technology enhancement.
The books we were expecting to borrow are now arriving and we will be working on them next so we can return them to their owners with as little delay as possible.
The first batch come from the library of a well established and respected local Family History Society who we are delighted to be working with.  Amongst the books we borrowed and will be digitizing is one of a series we have been hesitating about for several years.  It is a report of the National Archives of Canada and lists all the documents they received over a span of years.  Why were we hesitating?  Well, while the entries may allow researchers to "find" documentation they may not even have known existed, it does not give direct access to any personal information and your purchase trends certainly indicate that is where your main interests lie.  So now we can try this book out and see if enough of you will use this resource to direct you to find the recorded work or papers of an ancestor.
The other books are of a more traditional "direct interest" so keep your eyes open for our new releases.
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.
South Australian Police Gazettes
Police Gazettes are a useful, and extremely fascinating, resource for local, family and social historians as well as researchers in other fields throughout Australia. Compiled to be distributed weekly, amongst the police force only, they contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.The information contained in the Police Gazettes does vary a little from year to year but they are always a goldmine of information for any historian, the Police Gazettes do contain information such as lists of warrants issued, details of those arrested and discharged (which include physical descriptions of the offender), escaped prisoners (also with descriptions), details of those deserting their wives and families, missing friends, deserters from H.M. Service, lists of cars of motorbikes stolen, inquest verdicts and more. You will also find details on murders, robberies, arson, assault, housebreak-ins, as well as licences granted for Marine Store Collectors and Hawkers.
Some of the later publications also contain 'photograph supplements," these show the photographs of various people, together with their name, aliases, criminal history and time served.  Notices from Police Gazettes from other states are also often included.
You might think, "How can this help me?"  Well,anyone researching their family will have a 'lost' family member or two! You may well find them listed here - on either side of the law. Or maybe they were a policeman:  You will find details of any changes within the police force (promotions, demotions, discharges, resignations, and deaths.  Or perhaps they were someone who was a victim of a crime. You can find the physical details on "persons of interest" listed here, missing, wanted or released, which helps to paint a picture of them (name, aliases used, age, height, colour hair, colour eyes, distinguishing features, even colour clothing worn) ... perhaps, even a photograph.
A couple of randomly selected extracts:
"On the 25th ultimo, by Thomas Ward, J.P., City Coroner, at the Adelaide Hospital, on the body of Charles Richards. Verdict - 'Died from peritonitis, the result of being kicked by a horse".
"John Salter, on warrant for non-payment of fine on a charge of drunkenness at Tanunda, on November 5th, 1910, has been arrested at Adelaide by M.C. Shegog, and sent to gaol."
"James Daniel O'Connor (sometimes takes the name of Dan Scanlon), described as a painted or hairdresser, 58 years of age, 5ft. 5in. high, native of county Cork, Ireland, dark complexion, grey hair (very straight part in centre), grey moustache, grey eyes, ordinary nose, addicted to drink, wore dark coat, khaki trousers, khaki vest with red spots on it, white soft shirt, white canvas shoes, and grey tweed cap or grey felt hat. He left his home at Loxton at about 9 p.m. on the 20th ultimo, did not say where he intended going. His wife and four young children have been left without means of support. Inquiry is on behalf of his wife, Maria Eliza O'Connor, residing at Loxton as above."
Also see the individual listing in the on-line catalogue for a description more specific to a particular year of publication.
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1879-80    
AU5103-1879:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 518ppYear published: (1879-80)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1901    
AU5103-1901:  $19.20:  No of pages in original: 252ppYear published: (1901)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1902    
AU5103-1902:  $19.20:  No of pages in original: 257ppYear published: (1902)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1903    
AU5103-1903:  $19.20:  No of pages in original: 270ppYear published: (1903)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1904    
AU5103-1904:  $19.20:  No of pages in original: 251ppYear published: (1904)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1905    
AU5103-1905:  $19.20:  No of pages in original: 302ppYear published: (1905)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1906    
AU5103-1906:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 317ppYear published: (1906)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1907    
AU5103-1907:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 323ppYear published: (1907)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1908    
AU5103-1908:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 344ppYear published: (1908)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1909    
AU5103-1909:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 349ppYear published: (1909)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1910    
AU5103-1910:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 375ppYear published: (1910)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1911    
AU5103-1911:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 407ppYear published: (1911)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1912    
AU5103-1912:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 442ppYear published: (1912)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1913    
AU5103-1913:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 502ppYear published: (1913)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1914    
AU5103-1914:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 474ppYear published: (1914)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1915    
AU5103-1915:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 510ppYear published: (1915)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1916    
AU5103-1916:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 471ppYear published: (1916)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1917    
AU5103-1917:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 464ppYear published: (1917)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1918    
AU5103-1918:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 448ppYear published: (1918)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1919    
AU5103-1919:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 459ppYear published: (1919)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1920    
AU5103-1920:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 477ppYear published: (1920)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1921    
AU5103-1921:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 438ppYear published: (1921)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1922    
AU5103-1922:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 506ppYear published: (1922)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1923    
AU5103-1923:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 503ppYear published: (1923)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1924    
AU5103-1924:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 466ppYear published: (1924)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1925    
AU5103-1925:  $22.50:  No of pages in original: 503ppYear published: (1925)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1926    
AU5103-1926:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 528ppYear published: (1926)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1927    
AU5103-1927:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 590ppYear published: (1927)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1928    
AU5103-1928:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 647ppYear published: (1928)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1929    
AU5103-1929:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 670ppYear published: (1929)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1930    
AU5103-1930:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 727ppYear published: (1930)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1931    
AU5103-1931:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 680ppYear published: (1931)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1932    
AU5103-1932:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 651ppYear published: (1932)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1933    
AU5103-1933:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 618ppYear published: (1933)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1934    
AU5103-1934:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 617ppYear published: (1934)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1935    
AU5103-1935:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 597ppYear published: (1935)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1936    
AU5103-1936:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 603ppYear published: (1936)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1937    
AU5103-1937:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 599ppYear published: (1937)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1938    
AU5103-1938:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 628ppYear published: (1938)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1939    
AU5103-1939:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 654ppYear published: (1939)
*  South Australian Police Gazette 1940    
AU5103-1940:  $24.10:  No of pages in original: 579ppYear published: (1940)
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.
We revealed REDUCED PRICES on many of our more expensive Canadian "made" CDs during the last month.  We dropped heavy hints about this in our last Newsletter but it takes a while to make all the necessary changes so they could only be implemented a week or so later.  Fans of Archive CD Books Canada on Facebook heard about them right away.  Our online catalogue now shows the "new" prices.
And it that wasn't enough, Our Australian partners have also reduced the price of most of their CD products.  It has taken us quite a while to mark everything down but all the new prices are now active in our online catalogue.
One of the most significant advantages to you of using genealogy resources in digital format (and perhaps on CD) is the advantage of having your computer search the document so you do not have to read through pages and pages of irrelevant information in search of a single word or phrase.  Of course this is only a real advantage if your computer can actually find the keyword - and that will depend on how well the document has been "read" by the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) application the digitizer has used.  All OCR applications are NOT created equal.  There are a number of factors which control how accurately a document can be "read" and it is intuitively obvious that  a "full featured," professional, application will work better than one which came free with the cheap scanner you bought in the High Street.
For this reason we use a "State of the Art," professional application to read our scanned documents, and the software developer has just released a revision which for the first time in several revisions has made a noticeable improvement in the accuracy of its reading results.  Of course, for some years now we have been "human in the loop" editing the OCR results of our products to give you the best result we could achieve - and we shall continue to do so - but this was a long and tedious process and we could not guarantee to catch EVERY mistake.  WIth this new piece of software we expect our products "searchability" to be even better in the future.
Looking back over our postings during the past month I see, apart for announcing the release of the two new Canadian products you saw above, we have identified 7 web sites which seem to promise "good pickings" for Canadian genealogists, and mentioned 4 other events and "points of interest" such as the beginning of Black History month and the price reductions mentioned above.
You can see that we are not anxious to inundate you with trivia but we frequently come across snippets of information which are "on a short fuse" and may not be relevant by the time the next news letter comes around.
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.  (Please indicate if you would prefer we post it on Facebook as we may leave it to be posted in the newsletter otherwise.)
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LINKS TO WORLD VITAL RECORDS. (During the last month we have installed about 80 new links from Canadian topic CDs in our catalogue to the same item on WVR. For those with a subscription to WVR the link is in the bottom line of the "attributes" box at the end of each listing. For those who haven't signed up yet the link will take you to the book's description but you will have to take either the 14 day free trail or a subscription to continue.
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TV Series: Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premieres nationally Wednesdays, February 10 - March 3, 2010 from 8 - 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings)  The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans.  (This is a new series building on the success of the previously aired series, African American Lives.)  For more information:
28 February, 2010, @ 2:00 pm., The Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Meeting featuring: Speaker: Richard Collins, of the Mississauga South Historical Society.  Topic: The Harris Family of Benares   A Genealogical Study of Good Research and Good Luck.  At the Oakville Public Library (lower level), 120 Navy St. Oakville, Ontario, (Lakeshore Rd. & Navy St. east of the Harbour).  Visitors Welcome!
For more info contact: Jane Watt 905-828-8411 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627
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 .
Our booking for space in the marketplace is CONFIRMED.  WE WILL BE THERE!  Drop by and see us!  (The marketplace is open to the public!)  If there is a particular CD(s) you want to look at, let us know so we make sure we have it with us.
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28 March , 2010, The British Columbia Genealogical Society & the Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia present:  Stephen Morse - Creator of the "One-Step Webpages" - Genealogical Research Tools.  This lecture will have two topics: "A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools" & "A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems."  
Jewish Community Centre, Snider Adult Lounge, First Floor, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7.  Doors open at 1:00 pm / Lecture 1:30-4 pm. (Museum tour beforehand, 12:15-12:45.)  Tickets $7.50 for JGIBC/BCGS & Affiliate Members $10.00 for non-members.  Tickets available from BCGS at PO Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC, V6X 3T6 or at BCGS meetings or contact Susan Snalam at 604-273-8209. Cheques should be made out to BCGS, or you can use your Visa.
For more information, please contact Eunice Robinson at or check our website
28 March, 2010, @ 2:00 pm., The Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Meeting featuring: Speaker: Don Hinchley, Ontario Genealogical Society.  Topic: Newspaper and Genealogy.  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.).  Visitors Welcome!
For more info contact: Jane Watt 905-828-8411 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627
10, April 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.† Topic: Getting Them Back to England - What I did on my "Somers" Vacation by Jane Down  When Jane started to search for her great-grandmother, Mary Jane Somers, she knew very little about her. This talk will describe the journey of discovering Mary Jane's family .....
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8, May 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.† Topic: Changing Canadian Attitudes to the Settlement of British Home Children, 1869-1928 by Patricia Roberts-Pichette
Canadians generally welcomed the home children settled in Canada by the British volunteer agencies starting in 1869. The first British (Doyle) report, .....
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14 TO 16 May, 2010, Essentials, Innovations and Delights - Ontario Genealogical Society Conference.  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Toronto Airport, 655 Dixon Rd.  For more information visit:
Our booking for space in the marketplace is CONFIRMED.  WE WILL BE THERE!  Drop by and see us!  If there is a particular CD(s) you want to look at, let us know so we make sure we have it with us.
25 September , 2010 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., the Comox Valley Family History Research Group, of††Courtenay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, features two speakers at  its Seminar: John D. Reid, author of the daily blog Anglo-Celtic Connections and Lesley Anderson, Partnership Development and Content Specialist, both of Ottawa.††Venue: Rotary Hall, Evergreen Seniors Club, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC
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