Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V7#4 - 20 August, 2010
2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER
3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (1)
4 COMING SOON
5 OTHER NEW RELEASES (20)
6 NEWS & GOSSIP
7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS
Sad to say, the end of another summer is in sight. It is a sure sign when back to school sales cut the cost of our office supplies! Another sure sign is when Genealogy and Family History Societies start advertising their autumn (fall) events - take a look at section 7.
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2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER:
- 1 new Canadian releases.
- 20 new Australian topic releases.
and the news, gossip and announcements.
To find a book on CD on our web site http://www.archivecdbooks.ca 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 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES
3.1 BOOK ON CD:
* British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol.3
Published in the same year that the Great War broke out - 1914 - this self contained volume III of the four volume set does its part in telling the history of British Columbia by relating the life stories of about 620 of its prominent citizens. It accomplishes this in the form of individual biographies, many (about 320) of which are accompanied by professionally photographed studio portraits of the subjects. Each biography has been submitted by its subject - or by his family and / or close acquaintances - so there is no real common structure to them but, in general, they provide a familial and working history of the subject's life. In this process his spouse(s), his children, his parents and any siblings are introduced, at least by, name and often by genealogical and national origin. The amount of this content varies from a single paragraph to one of several pages, which also contains a family tree "rooted" in the mid - 1600's.
This is a thick book, numbering to 1161 pages. Every third (or so) page is given to a single large portrait of one of the subjects, and the backs of these portrait sheets (which are also numbered) are blank so the number of printed pages is about 560. This makes the length of the average Bio. about 90% of a page.
Or, to put it another way, all the Bios. provide good basic information and most contain a wealth of detail about the subject and his family. Amongst the 600 odd subjects are many who were attracted to British Columbia from other parts of Canada by stories of fortunes to be made by exploiting the abundant natural, and renewable, resources including agriculture and forestry, but most notably by the stories of gold. Many of the biographies contain anecdotes of desperate survival while experiencing the hardships of the "back country" in search of a fortune. Other settlers came with the train construction crews as the link between east and west was forged, and still more followed as a result of this improved means of transportation for produce and manufactured goods.
We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book - including the whole of the Index of Subjects - on our Downloads page so you can see what the book's content looks like and can see if any of your families might be included.
We invite you to join in our thanks to the Vernon & District Family History Society (Vernon, BC) and particularly to Nancy, their librarian, for allowing us to borrow this wonderful book so we could make this digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community. We will be donating copies of the CD to their library so further wear and tear on this 95 year old book can be avoided
4 COMING SOON:
This newsletter has been delayed a little so we could finish off, and release the long awaited "British Columbia from the Earliest Times" - vol. 3. At over 1100 pages of mixed text and graphics this was a project which took a lot of our time to maintain the sort of quality we want. We think you will enjoy it.
In the mean time we have started another book reproduction about a well known location in Quebec with strong genealogical ties. This again is turning out to be somewhat challenging to get good imaging of both text and illustrations.
5.0 OTHER 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.
5.1 AUSTRALIAN (Victoria) TOPICS
* Victoria Government Gazettes:
So you've heard of Government Gazettes ... but just what are they, and how can they help you with your research? This was an official publication of all Government notices, including the operation dates of Acts of Parliament. Once the notice in the Gazette is published, the public is deemed to have notice of it. Produced once a week with numerous 'Supplementary' issues.
What will I find in a Victorian Government Gazette? Information on tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large. You will find details on land transactions, court notices, notice of acts, tenders and contracts, police auctions of stolen property, statistics, unclaimed letters, impoundments of cattle and horses, reward notices, and much more ... even the occasional execution.
Specific examples include: • Land Tax Register and Valuations, • Licence Renewals, • Patent and Trade Mark applications, approvals, rejections etc. • Vital Statistics for larger populations • Register of Medical Practitioners • Dentists' Register • Estates of Deceased Persons • Public Service Lists • Agricultural Statistics • Roll of Merchants and Traders • Roll of Shipowners and Seamen • Classified Roll of State Schools, • Occupants of Crown Lands, and • Victorian Railways ... to name just a few.
How can this information help me?
Government Gazettes contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. Now that they are on CD you can search for any number of names or places easily. But they offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They will help you reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of individuals and communities.
* Victorian Government Gazette 1852
AU7100-1852: $35.60 (1581 pages)
* Victorian Government Gazette 1891
AU7100-1891: $44.60 (5372 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazettes
So you've heard of Police Gazettes? But just what are they? These were weekly publications which were distributed among the Police Force, and included information on all sorts of happenings within the state of Victoria.
Aside from the role they play in recording the detail of past administrations they are a fascinating resource for local, family and social historians, the Police Gazettes contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else. As well as listing those in the police force, together with promotions, demotions, resignations, dismissals, deaths etc. they also provide details of rewards, housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, inquests, lost horses and cattle, deserters, escaped prisoners, missing friends, lost, found and stolen items, reports on those apprehended and discharged, and so much more. Notices from interstate police gazettes are often included.
Example entries taken from the 22 May 1895 issue:
* Victoria Police Gazette 1891
AU7103-1891: $22.50 (518 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1892
AU7103-1892: $22.50 (504 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1893
AU7103-1893: $22.50 (491 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1894
AU7103-1894: $22.50 (522 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1895
AU7103-1895: $22.50 (554 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1896
AU7103-1896: $24.10 (556 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1897
AU7103-1897: $24.10 (576 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1898
AU7103-1898: $24.10 (564 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1899
AU7103-1899: $24.10 (556 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette 1900
AU7103-1900: $24.10 (603 pages)
* Victoria Police Gazette Compendium 1871-1875
AU7103C-1871: $65.00: Price if purchased separately $112.50. You save $47.50!
* Victoria Police Gazette Compendium 1891-1895
AU7103C-1891: $65.00: Price if purchased separately $112.50. You save $47.50!
* Victoria Police Gazette Compendium 1896-1900
AU7103C-1896: $65.00: Price if purchased separately $120.50. You save $55.50!
* Melbourne Directory 1860 (Sands and Kenny)
1860 saw the fourth edition of the 'Sands, Kenny & Co's Commercial & General Melbourne Directory' published. Sands directories are most comprehensive. They list thousands of residents in Melbourne at the time.
Localities covered for the business portions of the directory include: East Melbourne, North Melbourne, Carlton, West Melbourne, Fitzroy, East Collingwood, Richmond, Prahran, St Kilda, Emerald Hill, Sandridge, and Williamstown.
The directory concludes with over 50 pages of advertisements - all useful insight, often including names of people and places.
The whole directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable. This makes it useful not only for finding names, but also places, occupations and other information for family and local historians.
* The Sands and McDougall directories (or Sands and Mac as many people know them as), are known to amongst the most comprehensive, this one contains nearly 1500 pages. You will find tens of thousands of names, together with their occupation, and residence. You can also find out more details about the places in which they lived, the other residents in the area, and the services available in the region ... all of which help to paint a picture of your ancestors' life.
Apart from the Street, Alphabetical, Trade and Professional directories, this volume also contains Government and Official, Ecclesiastical, Legal, Municipal, Colonial, Societies and Institutions directories.
These directories covers Melbourne city and its suburbs, which consist of: Abbotsford, Albert Park, Alphington, Armadale, Ascot Vale, Balwyn. Bolingbroke, Box Hill, Braybrook, Brighton, Brighton East, Brighton South, Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Burwood, Camberwell, Canterbury, Carlton and North Carlton, Caulfield, Cheltenham, Clifton Hill, Coburg, Collingwood, East Melbourne, Elsternwick, Essendon, Fairfield, Fawkner, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Footscray, Glen Iris, Glenroy, Hawksburn, Hawthorn, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Jolimont, Keilor, Kensington, Kew, Maidstone, Malvern, Mentone, Moonee Ponds, Mordialloc, Mulgrave, Newlands, Newmarket, Newport, Northcote, North Melbourne, Oakleigh, Parkville, Port Melbourne, Prahran, Preston, Preston South, Richmond, Sandringham, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Spottiswoode, St Kilda, Surrey Hills, Toorak, West Melbourne, Williamstown, Windsor, Yarraberg, and Yarraville.
Directories are an extremely useful tool for establishing when and where a person lived however this is just a starting point, look further in the directory to find out more information about the society in which they lived, the occupation they held and the people they knew. Using this directory will give you the names of the householder street-by-street for a number of suburbs. The Alphabetical section lists all householders alphabetical by surname, together with their occupation and residence. The towns section lists the towns alphabetically, together with the householder, and their occupation. You will also find the trade directory useful, as it lists everyone alphabetically by trade, together with their address. There are government, legal, ecclesiastical, banking, municipal and pastoral directories included as well.
* Melbourne Directory 1862 (Sands and McDougall)
AU7113-1862: $22.50 (488 pages)
* Melbourne Directory 1870 (Sands and McDougall)
AU7113-1870: $28.20 (918 pages)
* Melbourne Directory 1880 (Sands and McDougall)
AU7113-1880: $32.30 (1001 pages)
* Melbourne Directory 1893 (Sands and McDougall)
AU7113-1893: $35.60 (1491 pages)
6 NEWS & GOSSIP:
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.
SHARE YOUR GENEALOGY ADVENTURES:
Summer is traditionally the time when genealogists take their hobby into the great outdoors to visit some distant archive or to root around in the country side in search of a long lost headstone. Or perhaps your searches are a little more civilized and you are simply visiting the districts where your distant relatives lived their lives. Whatever your "quest" was how about sharing your experiences?
Let us share in your excitements, your anticipation, your successes, your disappointments. Send me your story in an eMail and I'll publish it in this section of our newsletter. If you want to withhold your name we'll find you a suitable "nom-de-plume" to protect your privacy, but please share your name with me in case I need to contact you about your story.
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7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are. Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)
10 - 12 September, 2010, BIFHSGO 16th Annual Conference, featuring Ireland and "The year of the British Home Child" this time. 10 well known speakers, Extensive market place. Venue: Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa.
For full online information go to:
or call (613) 234-2520
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18 September, 2010, BC Genealogical Society presents an all day seminar with John D. Reid in Burnaby. Topics: Early 20th Century British Immigrants to Canada; Some lesser-known websites for British family history; and Find Your Family History in Newspapers Online.
Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, BC. Doors open at 8:30 am. Seminar 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. For more details, please check, 'What's New' on http://www.bcgs.ca or download the .pdf brochure at:
25 September, 2010 from 10am to 4 pm. The Penetanguishene
Centennial Museum & Archives is holding its annual Settlers' Day event. this year's honouree - Rev. Father Theophilus Francois Laboureau - the 'builder' of our community and the landmark that sits on the hill, St. Ann's Church. Many individual family history presentations. More information: See the website www.pencenmuseum.com
25 September , 2010, at 10.00 a.m. BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting. At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Lecture topic: "Shearman Godfrey Bird and Amoui Chun Bird: from Colonial Canton to Pioneer Ontario" by Naomi Ridout. For more information go to:
or call (613) 234-2520
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, Ancestry.ca Partnership Development and Content Specialist, both of Ottawa. Venue: Rotary Hall, Evergreen Seniors Club, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC
More Info: http://cvfamilyhistory.org/Seminar2010.htm
9 October , 2010, at 10.00 a.m. BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting. At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Lecture topic: "The Fairbrother Story - Fact or Fiction?" by Penny Samek PLCGS. For more information go to:
or call (613) 234-2520
16 October, 2010, The Alberta Family Histories Society is pleased to announce the genealogy event of the year in Western Canada. Presenters & Topics: Dick Eastman - The Organized Genealogist and Conservation; Lyn Meehan - on Records Interrogation; & Thomas MacEntee - Social Networking.
Location: Deerfoot Inn and Casino, 11500 – 35 Street SE Calgary, AB
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm.
For more information, go to http://www.afhs.ab.ca/familyroots/
Or contact: Bill Campbell, 403-254-2293, eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
13 November , 2010, at 10.00 a.m. BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting. At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Lecture topic: "In Flanders Fields: Researching and Remembering the Dead of the Great War" by Glenn Wright. For more information go to:
or call (613) 234-2520
13 - 15 May, 2011. The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) presents its annual conference in Hamilton, Ontario. Subject: Remembering our Past ... Projecting our Future. This event marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the OGS.
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