Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V7#10 - 18 February, 2011












Well into Cabin Fever season now.  There are just two good things about our February:  One is the promise of Spring not too far away (with thanks to several enthusiastic Ground Hogs) and the other is extra time when there is just “nothing else” you can do but work on your family history.


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- Two new Canadian 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.



One Hundred Years with the Baptists of Amherst, N.S., 1810-1910.

CA0143:  $10.50

Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Baptists church in Amherst, many hands participated in the writing and editing of this book although Rev. D. A. Steel, D.D. and Mrs. Grace McLeod Rogers receive special mention for their sizeable contributions.

As could be expected the book is a recapitulation and recording of numerous old documents and the memories of those who had lived through much of the preceding years.  There tends to be a preoccupation with the recording of the lives of the pastors, both resident and visiting, who had taken care of the church during the period, and with the fabric of the building where the meetings had taken place.  But the members of the congregation are not ignored and they are singled out and recognized where appropriate within the recounting starting with a list of the first 18 members of the church.  Indeed the text concludes with chapters dedicated to listing the Assistant Pastors, Licentiates, and Deacons who had held office throughout the 100 years.  Following a program of the celebratory events (scheduled to take place over a four day period) there is a list of resident and non-resident members of the church - taken to be contemporary although, no such designation is obvious in the book. 

One interesting revelation which is made early in the book is that, as a result of newly (at the time) discovered records, it seems that the centenary should have been been held in the previous year (1909) as there is a mention of a church meeting being held in 1809. 

The book consists of (numbered) 59 text and (unnumbered) 20 photographic plates - for a total of 79 pages.  Because it is the accumulation of a large number of authors’ contributions the location of specific information is sometimes hard to predict which makes the computer search-ability of this digital edition particular useful.  We have further enhanced this facility by enabling our FastFind technology which will make your searches even faster. 

Nova Scotia Relief Map & Directory.

CA0357:  $13.00

This is a very useful book with a very misleading title.  In fact it would be far better if the issuers had adopted the sub-title, “A Handy Book of Reliable Information” as their main title.  However the primary purpose in publishing the book was for it to be a guide to an enormous, scale, Relief Map of Nova Scotia which was on exhibition directly across the road from the main Visitors Centre on the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia near Amherst, an area called Fort Lawrence, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.  The giant map no longer exists (although there are reports that it was still there in the 1980’s) but the guide to the map - and hence to the whole of Nova Scotia as it was in 1931 - survives here in our digital edition.

The first 100 or so pages in the book provide the visitor with all manner of useful, general information including - for instance - ferry time tables, areas of outstanding natural beauty, golf courses, fishing locations, local road use regulations, anything, in fact, that could be considered a pastime or of interest to a visitor.

The remaining 220 pages are mostly occupied by an alphabetical listing of places, small and large, providing directory like information about them, a listing of commercial establishments - including Hotels, Restaurants, Inns, Garages etc. and - for many - a local street map keyed with the locations of the listed commercial establishments.

We tend not to notice the continuous stream of changes which are reshaping the places where we live but trying to find an address from 80 years ago can often be surprisingly difficult and, of course, in the same time many businesses have changed name, changed location or have simply ceased to exist.  Consequently this apparently out-of-date visitor guide will be invaluable to anyone trying to understand where their ancestors lived in the early 1930’s.

There is no clear statement as to the actual originator of this book although there are plenty of hints that it was issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Highways as part of the Provinces efforts to establish a tourist industry.  There are also hints, however that the Actual Relief Map and authorship of the book are due to the employees of a company, the Nova Scotia Relief Map and Directory Ltd.  Research indicates this was a dynamic time in the organization of Tourist Development in Nova Scotia and this lack of clarity may indicate that change was taking place during the time the book was being prepared.  Therefor no specific author is credited.  The book consists of something in excess of the 320 numbered pages and is amply illustrated with pictures of people, buildings and the scenery of Nova Scotia.  This digital edition is fully computer searchable although once you are familiar with the book’s layout it should be fairly straightforward to find needed information.   A wonderful resource for the Nova Scotia researcher.  



The collection of papers from the proceedings of an early “Historical Society” will be released as both a complete set and as Gleanings.  I think you will understand why when you see its description.  But has a little way to go before it’s ready.  

You’ve probably noticed we usually have two major projects under way but we are still in the selection process for our second subject right now.



We have no new releases from our Project partners this month.  Nothing dramatic!  Just the way it has timed out.



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.



If you live outside North America and tried to place an order through our on-line shopping cart you may have encountered a problem over the last while.  We are pleased to report that we believe we have - at long last - tracked the problem down and overcome it so you should be able to use the shopping cart without encountering error messages when you have done nothing wrong.

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22 February, 2011 @ 7.00 pm,  Wellington County Branch OGS - February Meeting will be held at::  Zehrs - 2nd floor meeting room, 1045 Paisley Road, Guelph, Ontario

Show and Tell/Bring and Brag:  Members and/or guests are invited to participate by bringing objects (i.e., photos, letters, certificates, articles of clothing, etc.) that have a significant or special importance to their family or their Family History.  Participants can tell the members how they broke down a brick wall in their search for connections to their family.  These talks should have an informative or educational component that may assist others in their efforts.  Each participant is limited to 5 minutes.

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27 February, 2011 @ 2.00 pm.  The Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting features a presentation: “What’s on Ancestry”? by Ruth Burkholder.  Venue: Oakville Public Library (lower level), 120 Navy St. Oakville.

For more info contact: Jane Watt 905-828-8411 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627


12 March, 2011, BIFHSGO Meeting.    At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic:  

"Social Networking and Genealogy" presented by Marion Press.

For more information go to: OR

or call (613) 234-2520


1 & 2 April, 2011.  The Ottawa Branch of the OGS is holding its annual GENE-O-RAMA

event at the Library & Archives  of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa.

More information will be posted on the branch's web site as it becomes available:

We have booked and had confirmed our location in the marketplace.


2 April 2011, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Canadiana Department, North York Central Library [Toronto Public Library] proudly present: “Advanced Genealogical Skills: A Seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills.  Venue:  Auditorium, 2nd Floor, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., Toronto. Cost: $45 public admission, $20 OCAPG members.

Registration and more information:


9 April, 2011, BIFHSGO Meeting.    At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic: Irish Ancestors: Not Just Names and Dates by Sharon Callaghan.

For more information go to: OR

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.

We are considering attending as a vendor in the marketplace.


14 May, 2011, BIFHSGO Meeting.    At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic: Unraveling the Anglicization of an Irish Family by Irene Ip .

For more information go to: OR

or call (613) 234-2520


3 - 5th June,  2011.  The Quebec Family History Society is presenting its "International Conference on Family History"  to be held in the Samual Bronfman Building on the McGill University campus.  (All lectures in English.)  Open to the public.  See more information on topics, speakers, registrations etc. on the web site:

We are already making plans to attend as a vendor in the marketplace.


11 June, 2011, BIFHSGO Meeting: "Great Moments in Genealogy" presented by five BIFHSGO Members .    At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topics: 

- The Letters of Nicholas Watson 1820-26 by Brian Watson

- My Elusive Irish Ancestors by Karin Keyes Endemann 

- From Coolross to Canada and Back by Ann Burns 

- Uncle Oscar's Poisonous Paramour by Susan Davis

- Andrew Barclay: There is One in Every Family - A Wanderer by Elizabeth and Mario Lapointe

For more information go to: OR

or call (613) 234-2520


29 October, 2011.  We have received notice that the Kitchener Public Library is organizing a Genealogy Fair at Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda, which will feature exhibitors as well as free workshops.  Questions: please contaact:

Karen Ball-Pyatt <> or Sheila Bauman <>

We are tentatively planning to attend this fair.





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