Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V8#03 - 21 July, 2011


Contents:

1 WELCOME

2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (3)

4 COMING SOON

5 OTHER NEW RELEASES (0)

6 NEWS & GOSSIP

7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS

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1 WELCOME:

Finally we have released the second enormous volume - Vol. 4 - of British Columbian Biographies so the release of it, and the consequent combined CD carrying both Vol. 3 and Vol. 4, are reported here.


We are also releasing a fascinating book giving a history of the War of 1812 in readiness for an increase in interest in this subject in the 200th anniversary year.

  

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2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER:

- 3 new Canadian topic releases.

- and all our news, gossip and announcements.


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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.


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3. NEW CANADIAN CD RELEASES:


3.1 BOOKS ON CD


*  A History of the War of 1812

Product No. CA0379:  $18.00


Full title: A History of the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States of America, by James Hannay, originally published 1905.

We are publishing this digital edition in 2011, the year before the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of this war. One of the things which surprised us most in our preparations for this event was to find out that even now there seem to be significantly different perceptions of the causes and purposes of this war, depending on which side of our common national boarder you live. It was this discovery which made me think that the first thing I should make clear, in this description, is that this book was written, before the 100th anniversary, from a Canadian perspective, by an author whose unapologetic sympathies aligned with his British heritage.

That said, the book provides a detailed recording of the events and activities which precipitated the American declaration of war, through all of the recorded actions, and culminating in the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. All of the recognized encounters between the combatants are discussed in as near a chronological order as possible, identifying the armed units and their leaders as well as discussing the larger results of the conflicts at national levels. Throughout there are illustrations of leading figures, pictures of battle fields, reproductions of critical documents, and strategic maps. Of particular note are the illustrations of the fighting men, showing their uniforms, by C. W. Jefferys.

The author has many published books to his credit due, no doubt, to his clear and interesting writing style which manages to carry the reader through what could so easily have been just another history book. A worthwhile read about a subject about which all Canadians and United States Citizens should be familiar. 


*  British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol.4

CA0361-4:  $28.00


Published in the same year that the Great War broke out - 1914 - this self contained volume IV of the four volume set does its part in telling the history of British Columbia by relating the life stories of about 710 of its prominent citizens.  It accomplishes this in the form of individual biographies, many (about 200) 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. 


This is a thick book, numbering to 1205 pages.  Every fifth (or so) printed 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 text pages is about 803.  This makes the length of the average Bio. about 1 1/8 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 700 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 to grow produce and to manufacture goods. 


We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from both Vol. 3 and 4 of the book - including the whole of both Indices 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 Slocan Community Library, BC and particularly to Joyce, their librarian and a great friend of Archive CD Books Canada, for allowing us to borrow this wonderful book so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community.  We will be donating copies of the CD to the library so further wear and tear on this great old book can be avoided



*  British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol. 3 & 4

CA0361-B:  $35.00


Published in the same year that the Great War broke out - 1914 - these two volumes, III & IV of the four volume set do their part in telling the history of British Columbia by relating the life stories of about 1320 of its prominent citizens.  It accomplishes this in the form of individual biographies, many (about 530) 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. 


These are two thick books, totalling some 2366 pages.  Every fourth (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 - mostly - numbered) are blank so the number of printed pages is about 1306.  This makes the length of the average Bio. about 99% of a page.  


Or, to put it another way, all the Bios. provide about a page of good basic information and the majority contain a wealth of detail about the subject and his family.  Amongst the 530 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 railroad link between east and west was forged, and still more followed as a result of this improved means of transportation to grow produce and make  manufactured goods. 


We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from these books - including the whole of both Indices of Subjects - on our Downloads page so you can experience 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 Slocan Community Library and to the Vernon & District Family History Society (of BC) and particularly to Joyce and Nancy, their librarians, for allowing us to borrow these wonderful books so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community.  We will be donating copies of the CD to the libraries so further wear and tear on the original of these great old books can be avoided.


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4 COMING SOON:

Not to complain, but there seems to be a conspiracy afoot to keep us so busy that we cannot get out to enjoy the Summer.  It also means that we have no time to think about what should come next.  I do know there is a telephone directory of an area of Ontario we are due to visit later in the year which we would like to have ready by then and I have another book on loan which has to be a matter of priority, but this month I’m going to “chicken” out on predicting what is coming next.


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5.0 OTHER NEW RELEASES:


None this month.


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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.


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WE'RE ON FACEBOOK:

Since I last reported our Facebook activity we have posted:

10 “Hints”, “Comments”, and “Tips”, and given notice of 

8 special access, or free, offers. 

Plus, of course, giving you immediate news of our activities and new release.


Our Facebook postings are specifically tailored to the interests of Canadian genealogists.


Consider becoming a liker so that not only will you get all the "hot" news, but you can join in the ongoing discussions, or even pass on some tips and hints of your own.


If you have an item which you would like us to post on Facebook (and you don't wish to do it yourself) or you wish to have it posted in this newsletter then send it to me at:

Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca 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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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.)


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18-23 July, 2011.  The BC Genealogical Society (BCGS) is having its annual Open House so its Library will be open all this week 10 am-3 pm, Monday to Saturday, , free. Different research sessions each day for different geographic areas.  Located at BCGS Walter Draycott Library - Unit 211, 12837 - 76th Avenue, Surrey, BC. Telephone 604 502 9119 or e-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca   Directions, maps, library catalogues & Library Week schedule at : www.bcgs.ca   


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26 July, 2011.  An invitation is extended to all, to attend the Bruce & Grey Branch of the

Ontario Genealogical Society annual pot-luck picnic,  at 5:30 PM.  Presentation by Shirley Sturdevant, vice president of OGS, about 7:30,  on the exciting projects OGS is undertaking and some of the things they can do to help the groups. The event is being held in Owen Sound at the Harrison Park Inn. All are welcome to come to the picnic,

please bring a food dish to share and your utensils or just to come for the presentation.


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6 August, 2011.  The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library are co-sponsoring a one day workshop: "Finding Ontario Ancestors". To be held in the Auditorium of the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto. For program, cost and registration details, visit www.torontofamilyhistory.org/Finding_Ontario_Ancestors_2011.html. To check availability, call 416-733-2608 (voice mail) or e-mail info@torontofamilyhistory.org.


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19 - 21 August, 2011.  The Cumberland County Genealogical Society is proud to announce the "Cumberland 2011 Genealogy Conference.”   At  Amherst, Cumberland County Nova Scotia.  For more information visit: 

http://www.ccgs.ednet.ns.ca/Conference.html 

Seating is limited so it's best to register early.  Paypal is accepted for registration.

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8 September, 2011.  The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) and the Vancouver  Public Library (VPL) are co-sponsoring a free genealogy session:  Titled: “Key Websites for Canadian Immigration and Census Records”.

For more info, see the VPL event calendar:  

http://www.vpl.ca/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar.cgi or contact the BCGS by  

e-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca or call: 604 294 5369 or 604 502 9119


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10 September, 2011, BIFHSGO Meeting: “Title to be announced”.    At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topics: TBA

For more information go to:

http://www.bifhsgo.ca/events.htm OR

http://www.bifhsgo.ca/contact.htm

or call (613) 234-2520


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11 September, 2011.  The Master Genealogist Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Library & Archives of Canada, Room 154, Wellington St. between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all. 

For more information contact: David Walker, david@ancestraltrails.ca


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16 - 18 September, 2011.  British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) Fall Conference.  Theme: England & Wales with a focus on London and the home Counties.

Information will be posted on the conference site as it becomes available.  Visit:

http://www.bifhsgo.ca/Conference.htm OR

http://www.bifhsgo.ca/contact.htm

or call (613) 234-2520

We have been accepted as a vender in the marketplace and are looking forward to this opportunity to meet you all, in person, again.


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19 September 2011.  The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is holding a special evening meeting featuring Audrey Collins, Family History Specialist at The National Archives, UK.  She will present a lecture entitled “What’s On at TNA”, commencing at 7:30 p.m. This lecture will be held at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto, at the North York Centre subway station. For details on cost and how to register for this event, visit www.torontofamilyhistory.org/TNA2011Lecture.html.


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16 October, 2011.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Library & Archives of Canada, Room 154, Wellington St. between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all. 

For more information contact: David Walker, david@ancestraltrails.ca


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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 <karen.ball-pyatt@kpl.org> or Sheila Bauman <Sheila.Bauman@kpl.org>

We are tentatively planning to attend this fair.


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2 November, 2011.  The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) and the Vancouver  Public Library (VPL) are co-sponsoring a free genealogy session:  RESEARCHING YOUR SCANDINAVIAN ANCESTORS. (Sorry, my mistake last month!)

For more info, see the VPL event calendar:  

http://www.vpl.ca/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar.cgi or contact the BCGS by  

e-mail: bcgs@bcgs.ca or call: 604 294 5369 or 604 502 9119


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13 November, 2011.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Library & Archives of Canada, Room 154, Wellington St. between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all. 

For more information contact: David Walker, david@ancestraltrails.ca


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11 December, 2011.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Library & Archives of Canada, Room 154, Wellington St. between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all. 

For more information contact: David Walker, david@ancestraltrails.ca


 

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8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS:

Archives of this newsletter showing all the previous release announcements are available in the newsletter archive which can be reached through,

http://www.ArchiveCDBooks.ca/NewsletterArchive.html


All our newly released books are listed on our web site in the "New Releases and Special Offers" page. Go to:

http://www.archivecdbooks.ca/new.html

for an instant update on our new products or look through the "New Releases" category in the on-line catalogue.



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