Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V9#02 - 22 June, 2012


Contents:

1 WELCOME

2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASE (1)

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:

For those of you who don’t live in the Central & Eastern areas of Canada (and the US) Summer has arrived here - with a vengeance!  With day time temperatures spiralling up into the mid 30’s C. this is not the time to be concentrating on your researches.  We, on the other hand, are playing our usual game of “catchup” and so are still hard at work digitizing the material you need when you tire of the Sun and are looking for an excuse to sit in the cool and resume your searches.


We are announcing one new book which we finished just in time to go to the Kingston OGS Conference so this is the “formal” first release.


As usual we also have our latest news and gossip as well as news of upcoming 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:


- One new Canadian release.

- and all our news, gossip and announcements.


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3. NEW CANADIAN CD RELEASES:


*  The Story of Old Kingston - 1908 

CA0249:  $18.00


In her Preface the author, Mrs. Agnes Maude Machar (1837 - 1927), makes clear her aim is to provide an all embracing, detailed, account of the history of Kingston from its earliest beginnings and she certainly seems to have achieved her aim - with great success. 


Her recounting of the story of Kingston is also surprisingly similar to an accounting of the history of Upper and Lower Canada over the same period detailing the influenced of, for instance:

The explorations of Frontenac and of La Salle from 1673.

The “takeover” of governance from the French, by the British, concluding 

in 1760.

The consequence of the War of Independence between the 13 lower 

North American colonies and British forces, resulting in the influx of 

United Empire Loyalists in 1783.

The three year “border” war between the newly independent United 

States of America and the joint British & Canadian forces starting in 1812.

The Asiatic Cholera epidemics of 1832 & 34

The Upper Canada civil Rebellion of 1837.

The establishment of “Responsible government” of “Canada” by 

“Canadians” in Kingston, even if only for a few years before it was 

removed to Ottawa c1858.

Finally the growth of the fame and reputation of the city as a 

military, commercial and educational centre up until the publication 

of this book in 1908.


Agnes, the author, has the gift to provide us with both the “big picture” and the personal history of Kingston in the guise of an interesting and readable story. She even manages to balance the military story with the civilian, both in their separate and their conjoined aspects, a further complication to what might otherwise become a difficult thread to follow. 


The book contains 291 numbered pages as well as some un-numbered pages carrying the “finer” engraved pictures amongst the total of 31 which illustrate the book. This digital edition is fully computer searchable with the search speed enhanced by our FastFind technology. 


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4 COMING SOON:

A computer failure put a “crimp” on our progress with the BC History book but it is now repaired and the final phases of this “epic” project are underway.  We have another Ontario County History book in process and I think this one will challenge our existing Middlesex History as record holder for the largest number of residents’ names mentioned in a history book.


There seems to have been a glut of available material carrying small amounts of useful information so it may be time to get a few more Gleanings processed and onto the site.


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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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1940 US CENSUS:

An amazing effort from volunteer “indexers” is close to completing the collaborative indexing project.  It will be interesting to see if the unquestionable success of this government / industry / public cooperation will be repeated in the future.  The speed with which this index has been created is almost breathtaking.  And this is not one of the questionable commercial indexing jobs, this one has crosschecking and results arbitration built in for every indexed record, and English is the primary language of the majority of the indexers.  I haven’t heard any feed back on accuracy so far but this is one of those “no news is good news” situations.


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REVISION OF THE GEDCOM “STANDARD.”

The Family History Information Standards Organization have announced that Ancestry.com intends to become a "founding" member of this organization:

http://fhiso.org/announcements/press-releases/

FHISO is the recent organization which is trying to develop a "standard" for the software file format used to move genealogy information from one computer, and one family history organizing program to another. These files are often called GEDCOMs (currently) but there are significant shortfalls in their ability to carry the necessary information as they stand.


News of any dominant organization joining a fledgling organization which is just getting started always makes you wonder exactly what the outcome will be, especially when the dominant organization own one of the leading family history organizing software programs and has a dubious history, but this is a necessary step along the process of standardization so we must welcome the news. It would be good if some of the other large family history application software companies would join the organization as well.  We’ll just keep our eyes on developments.


All family historians who use proprietary software should be watching this activity.  Most users agree that there are serious shortfalls when it comes to their ability to transfer information between computers and applications but it is very tempting for a software application maker to be the one who “owns” the standard.  No aspersions on Ancestry but a healthy public interest would help them to avoid temptation.  Mention this activity to your friends and family history colleagues.  This is a worthy cause and it will be helped along by a healthy public interest.  Lets spread the word.


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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 other news sources. 


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

“Hints” & “Comments”; 20

Notice of Special Access, or Free Offers; 3

We will also post immediate notification of our new release(s): 1


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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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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25 August, 2012.  The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) is planning to hold a Celebration of their 30th anniversary.  The online announcement / registration web page is now available at:

http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/recreation/GANS/anniv30.html


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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.) (Note 1 below.)


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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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3 November, 2012.  Kitchener Public Library ARE holding their Genealogy and Family History Day for the second year.  I still cannot find any public confirmation of this event yet but it is confirmed that we shall be in the marketplace.  We will announce further developments as we hear about them. We believe the marketplace will be open to public access throughout the event. (See Note 1 below.)

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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.  


REVISED__________

31May - 2 June, 2013.  The OGS conference and show will take place.  The venue is to be Durham College in Oshawa.  We are told the marketplace will be in a newly built gymnasium with plenty of room.


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Note 1: When we bring our “road-show” to one of these great marketplaces, it is logistically impossible for us to carry a copy of every one of the over 4,000 CDs in our on-line catalogue.  We DO (usually) bring about 1,000 - selected from the more popular titles - but only one or two copies of each.  When these are sold it’s no longer available for viewing at that show.  If you want to see a particular CD at a meeting / show let us know ahead of time what it is you want to see (eMail or ‘phone are good, but however suits you best) and we will make sure we keep a copy available for you to look at.  There will be no obligation to buy if it’s not what you want.  We don’t want you to be disappointed. 


DON'T FORGET - WE CAN HELP YOUR GROUP TO SPREAD THE NEWS - E-MAIL US.


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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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Attn.: Malcolm Moody - President

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