Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V9#10 - 18 February, 2013


Contents:

1 WELCOME

2 WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER

3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (1)

4 COMING SOON

5 OTHER NEW RELEASES 

6 NEWS & GOSSIP

7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS

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1 WELCOME:


We, of course, are always happy when we have another new book to offer you, but this month’s offering is something quite special and a GREAT RELIEF to get out of production.  It was offered to us to reproduce while we were out of the office and from the first glance I knew it was something many of you would just love to get access to.  Unfortunately this meant that I only gave it a cursory glance to assess the difficulty of getting a good reproduction from it.  Of course, having borrowed the book with a promise to bring back a searchable digital copy meant we were committed to it and it wasn’t long before we realized how big a job we had actually taken on.


Without going into all the gory history it has taken us nearly 2 years to get this ready for publication, and we are hoping you will recognize its value to your researches.


There are also numerous additions and updates on our list of upcoming events and meetings, including a rescheduling of the Ottawa Branch of the OGS’ Annual conference into a new venue.

   

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:


- News of a new Canadian topic CD.

- All our news, gossip and announcements.


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3. NEW CANADIAN CD RELEASES:


The Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893

CA0371;  $28.00


Title continues: Containing ratings of the Merchants, Manufacturers and Traders Generally, throughout the  Dominion of Canada, with an Appendix containing Banking towns, Banks, Branches, Etc.; Collection Laws of each Province, etc., etc.  Published and printed by Dun, Wiman & Co., Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, St, John, Winnipeg, Victoria, Etc., March, 1893.


This book is a wonderful source for finding anyone in Canada around the year 1890 - 1900 if they were engaged in an occupation which involved buying wholesale goods from merchants who were not “local” to them physically.  This included a very wide range of  trades and professions ranging from itinerant peddlers buying one or two household essentials, to factory magnates buying raw materials by the ton, and included unexpected professions such as doctors buying drugs to dispense where (presumably) there were no pharmacists / druggists to be found.  There are, of course, thousands of merchant shopkeepers of all types from General Stores to Furniture and Casket showrooms.  In addition there is an appendix identifying all the banking institutions across the trading area, listed by Province, Area and Town/City and providing the name of their Mercantile agent.


The development of affordable, reliable, and “fast” transportation - particularly by rail - radically expanded the distance over which a trader could buy his supplies but, at the same time - took away the possibility for buyers and sellers to know each other both personally and by reputation.  Thus there became a need to gauge the trustworthiness of a trading partner who was going to be in your debt, at a distance.


Starting almost by accident as a number of individual, local, fiscal reputation rating “referees” were already active in a few US cities.  These “rating” services quickly expanded their reach across the whole of North America and then across the World into Europe and the Orient.  Anywhere, in fact, where the business of trading goods and materials was carried on.


The book is organized by Province (including Newfoundland (even though it was not strictly part of Canada at this time), as well as the islands of St. Pierre de Miquelon (actually French), the Magdalan Islands, and with the inhabitants of the yet to be; Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the North West Territories, integrated into the Manitoba listings.)  Each of these major sections is illustrated on one of four fold out maps.  


The towns and cities in a “Section” are listed alphabetically and bear a code which locates them on the relevant map.  Most also show a little gazetteer like information about their size, location and major facilities.  Below this information is an alphabetical list of the businesses, traders, merchants, etc., working there.  Each is rated for their fiscal “strength” and “responsibility” and the type of their trade.  In addition the general nature of their business is given in (abbreviated) plain language. The vast majority of businesses were run under their proprietor’s name so individuals can be found by a direct name search without a need to know their businesses trading name.  Companies trading under a registered name usually show the names of the Proprietors in the listing.


Due to the poor print quality of this book we have elected to edit both the images and computer read text to maximize your ability to find and recognize people and businesses it records.  We have been at pains to NOT introduce additional errors and a fuller explanation of the processes followed is provided to guide you in your researches and aid you in your searches.


 This is an amazing resource, replete with scarce personal information, and well worth taking the extra time and effort that may be needed to extract that information.


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4 COMING SOON:

We had to rearrange our priorities last month so the BC & Vancouver Island history is still not ready for publication.  Nor is the next month looking any better from the book reproduction point of view.  We are not - thankfully - in any way short of material awaiting scanning so I’m sure we will be able to find something to interest you by our next newsletter.


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5.0 OTHER NEW RELEASES:

Nothing to announce 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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EXHIBITION OF THE WAR OF 1812:

The Canadian War Museum’s popular exhibition of the War of 1812 closed on January 6, 2013 in Ottawa.  It will now be available via a virtual exhibition, and as a travelling version at venues across Canada.

The exhibition presents the War of 1812 from four distinct perspectives—American, British, Canadian (including Canadian First Peoples), and Native American. 

The virtual exhibition can be found at www.warmuseum.ca/war-of-1812

The smaller travelling version of the exhibition is now fully booked until May 2015 at venues in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba. Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. 

Here are the dates and places where you can see the exhibit: 


April 6 - August 18, 2013 St. Catharines Museum St. Catharines, ON 

September 7 - December 1, 2013 New Brunswick Museum Saint John, NB 

December 21, 2013 - March 16, 2014 Chatham-Kent Museum Chatham, ON 

April 5 - June 29, 2014 Royal Canadian Artillery Museum Shilo, MB 

July 19 - October 12, 2014 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Halifax, NS 

November 1, 2014 - January 25, 2015 Eptek Art & Culture Centre Summerside, PEI 

February 14 - May 10, 2015 Diefenbaker Canada Centre Saskatoon, SK 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH:

February, of course, is Black History month both here and in the US.  Many local historical, and other related, societies, as well as local authorities, are proving special programming in recognition.  We also placed the following postings on our Facebook page:

23 historical Black Canadians you should know.  In recognition of Black History month the CBC offers this quick reference to 23 Canadians who have "carved a notch" in our record.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/black-history-month/

With thanks to Pamela Brown Tessier of the Penetanguishene (Simcoe Co., Ontario) Genealogy & History Group (on Facebook) for pointing this out.


And Also:


3 Fold, the genealogy subscription site acquired by Ancestry in 2010, is celebrating Black History Month (Feb), by allowing free access to their "Black History collections" amounting to over 1 Million records. You will have to register to gain access with all that entails - just so you know. Follow the link to access the site at a "teaser" search page:

http://go.fold3.com/blackhistory/


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JOIN THE BOARD OF THE TRAFALGAR TOWNSHIP (ON) HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

“If you are interested in the heritage of north Oakville, please come to the short annual general meeting of the Trafalgar Township Historical Society on Tuesday, February 26th at 7 p.m.  We are looking for board members and volunteers.


Perhaps you are interested in writing and publishing newsletters, or maybe you are interested in helping people with area research, or perhaps you have the ability to help with the upkeep of our one room schoolhouse, or perhaps you can help set up a Grade 3 classroom curriculum for school groups.  Your interest, experience and knowledge would be very welcome with our active Society.


We also have a wonderful speaker with our annual general meeting, Richard Collins, President of the Mississauga South Historical Society.  Richard is a really entertaining speaker and his topic is "Rebels on the Run: Rebellion of 1837".


For more information, please contact michelle@tths.ca, and see the website of the Society at http://www.tths.ca/index.html

The Society meets at the Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, which is just east of Bronte Road, on the north side of Dundas.  The school lot has ample space for parking.”  Regards, Anne Choate Little <achoatelittle@rogers.com> 


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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 and new releases here is a count of our posts:

“Hints” & “Comments”; 17

Notice of Special Access, or Free Offers; 5

New Releases: 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: 

https://www.facebook.com/ArchiveCDBooksCanada


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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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT EMAIL: 

Mail filters are becoming very aggressive and we are still getting newsletter subscriptions from addresses which subsequently reject our confirmation notices and postings. (We are routinely getting several reject notices a month - in spite of unsubscribing people after their third sequential rejection!)  If you hear of someone complaining that we ignored their newsletter subscription, or that we have stopped delivering to them, please tell them to check their rejected messages and to edit their personal filter to accept the ArchiveCDBooks.ca domain or the Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca address.  THANK YOU!


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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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Saturday, 23 February 2013.  The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society - Toronto will be running a one day course: Introduction to Genealogy and Family History.  Instructor: Linda Reid.  To be held: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., Toronto

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

 

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23 February, 2013.  The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia will have their 3rd Annual Genealogy Show and Tell at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, University Ave, Halifax, NS. 

Members are invited to take ten minutes to tell the meeting about their research plus may other initiatives to see the work of those attending or who have sent in their research.

Member submissions can be emailed to ganslectures@gmail.com Please put Genealogy Show and Tell in the subject line.  More information of the website at: www.novascotiaancestors.ca/events.php


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25 February. 2013 (7:30 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch OGS are hosting a meeting in the Gold Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Presentation is: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Mining the Internet for Occupational Photographs” given by, Bonnie Bell.  There will also be a short presentation by Stephen Low: “Tracing my Great-Grandmother”.

Details: www.torontofamilyhistory.org


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28 February – 28 March 2013: 6:15-8:15 p.m.  The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society - Toronto will be running a four week course: Australian and New Zealand Genealogy.  Instructor: Marian Press

To take place at: Learning Centre 1, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

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


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25 March 2013 (7:30 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch OGS is holding a meeting in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Presentation is, “Great Revelations: Canada and the 1921 Census”  given by Glenn Wright.  Also a short presentation by Marian Press: “Writing for the Toronto Tree”.

Details: www.torontofamilyhistory.org


20 April, 2013.  The Comox Valley Family History Research Group is conducting a seminar at the Florence Filberg Centre in downtown Courtenay, BC between  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Featured speakers are Glenn T. Wright, archivist and author and Lesley Anderson, Ancestry.ca Partnership Development and Content Specialist, both of Ottawa, Ontario. Registration includes six presentations, lunch, beverages, snacks, and door prizes. For information and registration go to: 

http://www.cvfamilyhistory.org/seminars.html

 Unfortunately we can’t attend this workshop but we have donated a door prize of a gift certificate.

The BC Genealogy Society will have a display table with genealogy books and supplies for sale – payment by cash, cheque, and VISA only. 


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22 April 2013 (7:30 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch OGS is holding a meeting at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Presentation is “A Brickwall Chisel – The Cluster Research Project” by Ruth Blair

(Find out how to organize and start a cluster research project) There is an additional short presentation by Elayne Lockhart: “My DNA – the Genealogical Gift that Keeps on Giving”.

Details: www.torontofamilyhistory.org


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27 April, 2013. The Lanark County Genealogical Society will hold a Genealogical Day and AGM at the Beckwith Township Hall, 1702 9th Line Beckwith, Blacks Corners, Ontario, located at the corner of Highway 15 and Beckwith Concession 9. Free parking is available in the adjoining lot. Entrance is off Concession 9.   Events from 09:30 to about 17:00 (5 pm).  Pre-registration: $25 including lunch. Deadline for Pre-registration is April 17, 2013.  Registration at the door $15 (DOES NOT INCLUDE LUNCH)  Please make cheques payable to “Lanark County Genealogical Society” and mark your cheque/envelope “OGS Region VIII - Pre-registration” and send to Frances Rathwell, LCGS Treasurer, 68 Beckwith Street, Perth, Ontario K7H 1C1

For further information please contact Frances Rathwell at frathwell@cogeco.ca or phone 613-267-3178, website: www.globalgenealogy.com/LCGS


WE ARE ARRANGING TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AND WILL BE READY TO SUPPLY YOUR RESEARCH CDs.


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27 April, 2013. The Genealogical Society of the Outaouais in Gatineau will celebrate their 35th Anniversary by having a conference, an exhibition, and a banquet. All are invited!

Details etc.:  http://genealogieoutaouais.com



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4 May, 2013.  The Ottawa branch of the OGS have been able to book a new venue for at least one day of their annual conference event at the City or Ottawa Archives James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.  To see the full story go to the web site at: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/ottawa-genealogy-2013/ 

Questions: conference@ ogsottawa.on.ca   or (613) 737-0508.


WE ARE ARRANGING TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AND WILL BE READY TO SUPPLY YOUR RESEARCH CDs.


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4 May, 2013.  Hosted by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, A day-long workshop for family historians: DIGGING FOR GOLD IN TORONTO LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES.  To be held at the North York Memorial Community Hall, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON.

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

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27 May 2013 (7:30 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch OGS is holding a meeting at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Presentation is “Inheritance in Ontario” by Jane E. MacNamara, also an

Additional short presentation by Jean McNulty: “A Photographic Puzzle”. 

Details: www.torontofamilyhistory.org


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31May - 2 June, 2013.  The OGS conference and show, “Pulling up stakes - Putting down roots” will take place.  The venue is to be the joint campus of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa.  We are told the marketplace will be in a newly built gymnasium with plenty of room.

Latest Information: http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference2013/home/

(Also check the “Accommodation” and “Travel” links from this page.)


WE ARE ARRANGING TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AND WILL BE READY TO SUPPLY YOUR RESEARCH CDs. 

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24 June 2013 (7:30 p.m.)  The Toronto Branch OGS will hold a meeting at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Presentation: “My Interesting Ancestor” by various speakers (Branch members share their stories)

Details: www.torontofamilyhistory.org


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 1 to 4 May, 2014.  The Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society's annual conference, at Brock University, St. Catharines. The conference theme is GENEALOGY WITHOUT BORDERS.

There are indications that the Niagara Branch are hoping to “live stream” parts of the conference over the internet so that those unable to attend in person can still get at least some of the benefit of it.

Website:  www.ogs.on.ca/niagara


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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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