Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V8#10 - 31 March, 2012


Contents:

1 WELCOME

2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASE (2)

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:

March seems not only to be coming in like a lion but is defying the traditional adage by leaving like one too! <Brrrrrr!>


This newsletter has been delayed so we can announce the release of volume 1 of the 4 volume BC history set which is taking us so long to get published.  A part of the delay in this case is that it is difficult to just “work” on this fascinating history without finishing up reading it - and that usually means going back to do the real preparation that was supposed to be done on the first read!  This was our second release this month, our first being another in our popular military records series.  Details in Section 3 below.


We have our latest news and gossip as well as news of new, and still to be held, Canadian Meetings and Events.  Hopefully, this will help you to select the events you want to attend.

   

Remember this Newsletter is published for you so if you think we're missing something important drop me a line to Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca.


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2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER:


- Two new Canadian releases.

- and all our news, gossip and announcements.


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3. NEW CANADIAN CD RELEASES:


*  Historical Records of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. 1903 -1928

CA0375:  $13.00

Formerly the 91st Regiment Canadian Highlanders, also known as “Princess Louise’s A. & S. H. of Canada.”  This book, compiled by a committee of officers, W. H. Bruce, W. R. Turnbull and J. Chisholm, provides a review and summary of the activities of this Militia unit over the first 25 years of its existence.  In its approx. 100 pages it concentrates on recording the facts rather than providing lengthy tributes and anecdotes.  There are numerous photographs of officers and of parades. 


After briefly outlining the development of the corps from its roots as a Loyalist company in the American War of Independence and its consequential re-settlement in the city of Hamilton, Upper Canada (later Ontario), the book commences its more detailed history at the formation of the 91st Canadian Highlanders in 1903, as an offshoot of the 13th Battalion which had been raised in 1862 from the citizenry of Hamilton, to amalgamate a number of smaller military groups already established in, and around, that city.   Two years later, in 1905 and by Royal Warrant, the Canadian Highlanders became allied with the British Princess Louise’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders then in 1920, by virtue of a the Canadian Militia Council abolishing the use of numbers in naming Canadian corps the name finally became The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s). 


In addition to forming an armed and trained defensive force the unit took pride in the maintenance of Scottish military traditions including the wearing of traditional highland dress.  The A & S H’s were fortunate in finding accommodations in a purpose built armoury with a particularly fine Officers Mess which it shared with several other local military units.


At the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 the Commanding officers offered the services of the A & S H for action at the front but was informed that no Militia units would be accepted for active service.  However individual members of the militia were encouraged to volunteer their service to the war effort and as a result many officers and men made their way into military service.  The book lists the names of officers, and the number of men who accompanied them, as they entered the rolls of active regular army Battalions (viz.: 16th, 36th, 58th, 76th, 86th, 92nd, 173rd, & the 205th) where they were subsequently send overseas to take part in the fighting.  Throughout the course of the Great War the residual officers of the A & S H also played their part by actively recruiting for the overseas regular arm battalions.


A whole chapter of the book is dedicated to listing a chronological history of Regimental Activities starting in 1903 and continuing to 1928, while a further chapter records its activities on competitive Shooting and Athletics (including Scottish Country Dancing). The book concludes with four useful and fact-filled appendices providing the Schedule of Officers, The Records of Service of Officers, An honours list of officers killed in the line of duty and, a diary of prize winners (individual and teams) from competitive shooting matches.


The book’s text is fully computer searchable and search results are made instantly available through the use of our FastFind technology.



*  British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present. Vol.1 c1914

CA0361-1:  $23.00

This is Volume one of a four volume work divided into a History (Vol. 1 & 2) and Biographies (Vol. 3 & 4.)  Volume one authored (mainly) by E. O. S. Scholefield (BC Librarian and Archivist), has a text page count of 688, in addition to the 86 Maps and Illustrations plus 66 Introductory pages, and deals with the period from the first tentative explorations of the Northern reaches of the Western seaboard of North America - initially in search of a sea route between Western Europe and the Orient - through the beginning of the “Gold Rush” in the late 1880’s.


The experience - gained by these early explorers - of the furs, and other natural products to be traded attracted British exploitation companies as well as various US and Russian based organizations.  This, in turn attracted the attention of the British, Spanish, Russian and US governments, all of whom claimed “ownership” of at least part of the coast, resulting in a multi way power struggle which ultimately defined the California / Oregon, and the “49deg” Oregon / British Columbia border.  One of the major consequences of the definition of this latter border was the establishment of Fort (later the City of) Victoria and the development of Vancouver Island.


Efforts to find overland routes to the newly explored coast led to the opening of the inland portions of the area, particularly the major rivers and river systems which, in its turn, further expanded the lucrative fur trade.  The expense of transporting food from the East encouraged the establishment of “home” farms, thus realizing an additional source of wealth to be gained by the agricultural development of region.


The introduction of non-aboriginal settlers into the area proceeded slowly until gold was found, initially in the Oregon region but soon “finds” were made in an ever northward expanding pattern, giving rise to an enormous boost in the non-indigenous population and establishing centres of population with all the attendant needs for governance, regulation, transportation, farming, commerce etc., etc. thus forming the basis for the more traditional settlement of Columbia and Vancouver Island, albeit with a large number of volatile mining communities in the mix.


The author has used many direct extracts from journals and reports sent “home” by explorers, trading agents (factors) and ships’ captains to provide a contemporary view of the history as it happened.  This manages to lift this history out of the more traditional “lecture” roll and make it “real” and consequently far more readable.  It also reveals a number of details that would normally be considered as irrelevant but which actually change the story telling into experience sharing.  


The closing chapters of the volume provide more detailed explorations of  the many Indigenous Peoples of the area, of the practice of “Medicine,” including that of the natives, of Education, and of Banking.  There are also reprints of a number of “Proofs and Illustrations” referenced in the body of the volume, a Lists of Authorities, Contents, Illustrations, and an extensive Index - although the search-ability of this digital reproduction renders the Index somewhat obsolete. 


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4 COMING SOON:

Ready now to start on the volume 2 of the BC History!


We are also working on an “area” history of one of the earliest settled counties in Nova Scotia.  Seems to mention plenty of individuals in identifying the part they took in developing the area.


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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:

We use our Facebook page to spread the word about notable events, special offers and just plain old “scuttlebutt” which we think will be of interest to Canadian genealogists, and which may have a short “shelf life.” To me, being a Canadian genealogist means having roots in other parts of the World as well as right here.  In an effort to keep focused on the Canadian content I try to filter out a lot of the vast wave of US (only) news which tend to overwhelmed most news sources. 


In the last month genealogical news and special offers here is a count of our posts:

“Hints” & “Comments”; 11

Notice of Special Access, or Free Offers; 1

We will also post immediate notification of our new releases.


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.)


If you are already a Facebook member then you can find the Archive CD Books Canada wall at: 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archive-CD-Books-Canada/99339348650


If you have not yet joined Facebook you can use the same URL but you will need to "sign in" before you can read our wall.


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WRITING COMPETITION

Looking back on the months Facebook posts, I’m copying this one into the newsletter in case you had not already seen it:

If you feel that your genealogy writing should be winning you prizes then you should enter the "International Society of Family History Writers and Editors" 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition: 

http://www.isfhwe.org/writing.php

The rules and a guideline are provided here:

 http://www.isfhwe.org/2012_Writing_Rules.pdf

As far as I can see there are no "regional" limitations to entry. (Yes, I do see that it's the "International" society but its also American and there is no place on their entry form for you to give your Country in the address fields, so I was checking closely!)

Anyway I wish you all the best of luck with your entry.


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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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5-19 April 2012 (on Thursdays @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.).  The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society is running a 3 part course on: Hands-On Ontario Estate Records

Participants in this 3-session course will follow assigned case histories to learn hands-on at the Archives of Ontario how to find estate files and land registry records.  Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara.  At the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto

Details: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html

 

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13 & 14 April, 2012.  The Alberta Genealogical Society and the Alberta Family History Society are joining forces to hold a giant genealogy fair, “Find your Tree in the Forrest,” in Red Dear, Alberta.  They have 15 speakers booked to speak on interesting topics.  For FULL information, or to download a registration form, please visit the official conference website at: 

http://rdgensoc.ab.ca/conferenceindex.html

Unfortunately we cannot attend this show but we will be donating a door prize and distributing some fliers.

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14 April, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: www.ottawa-tmg-ug.ca 

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


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18 April – 9 May 2012 (on Wednesdays @ 6:15-8:15 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society is running a 4 part course on: Advanced English Family History.  This course will focus on the 1700-1837 period – topics will include vital events, parish research, population listings, poor relief, apprenticeship, land tenancy and inheritance records. Instructors: James F.S. Thomson & Joan Read.  At the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto

Details: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html


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21 April, 2012, The  Ottawa Branch OGS is hosting their AGM and Genealogy Day at the NEW City of Ottawa Central Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario starting at 09:30.  Details and Agenda can be found at: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/?p=1989

In addition to a program of presentations there will be a marketplace supported by both commercial and “society” organizations. 

WE ARE REGISTERED FOR THE MARKETPLACE.  COME AND VISIT US IN PERSON.  THE ARCHIVE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE “REGISTRANTS.”


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23 April 2012 Meeting - Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society - Toronto, ON Topics: Women, Bicycles and Animals: Humanizing the First World War,

AND My DNA – the Genealogical Gift That Keeps on Giving.  At 7:30 p.m. in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Details: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/meetings.html


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3-24 May 2012 (on Thursdays @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society is running a 4 part course on: Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records.  Participants will learn through hands-on practice how to use the collections at the Archives of Ontario to trace ancestors’ attempts to acquire land in Upper Canada. Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara.  At the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto

Details: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html


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12 May, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: www.ottawa-tmg-ug.ca 

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


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12 May 2012, The Fraser Valley Regional Library are offering a free genealogy talk, “Find Your Family in the Library.”  2:00pm-3:00pm at the Langley Library.  Registration required for this program.  Join Brenda L. Smith for your first steps in locating and assessing library resources.  For details go to link:

http://www.fvrl.bc.ca/play/programs.php



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28 May 2012:  Meeting - Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society - Toronto, ON  Topics: Legal Research for Family Historians AND The Importance of the Mother's Maiden Name.  At  7:30 p.m. in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Details: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/meetings.html


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1st to 3rd, June, 2012.  Region VIII of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) will host the Society’s annual Conference at St Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario.  This is usually the largest Ontario conference of the year with as many as 700 genealogists attending.  There will be a large area for sales, displays, publications and information tables.

For details go to:  http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference

WE HAVE NOW SENT IN OUR REGISTRATION AND EXPECT TO BE PRESENTING OUR WARES IN THE CONFERENCE MARKETPLACE.

 

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25 August, 2012.  The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) is planning to hold a Celebration of their 30th anniversary.  More details to be announced soon.


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8 September, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: www.ottawa-tmg-ug.ca 

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


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14 - 16 SEPTEMBER, 2012.  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will hold its annual conference at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON. Opens @ 5pm on Friday, till 5pm Sunday.  Full program of speakers and a large marketplace.  Go to the BIFHSGO website for more details and registration info.:  www.bifhsgo/ca

WE ARE BOOKED TO BE IN THE MARKET PLACE WITH OUR FULL CONFERENCE “KIT.”  (The L&A is also open to the public during show hours.) 

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13 October, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: www.ottawa-tmg-ug.ca 

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


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10 November, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: www.ottawa-tmg-ug.ca 

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


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8 December, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: www.ottawa-tmg-ug.ca 

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


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5-6 April, 2013.  The Ottawa branch of the OGS has tentatively booked the Library and Archives exhibition space for its annual GENE-O-RAMA conference.  Further details to come.  


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31May - 2 June, 2013.  The OGS conference and show will take place.  Venue and details to follow.



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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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