Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V9#11 - 20 March, 2013












We are being promised Spring within the next few days - except we are also being told to expect another major snow storm, more than likely on the first day of spring!  These days of waiting for the breakout of warmer weather seem endless but perhaps we can distract you with this month’s new releases which are four subsets of last months new release of the Mercantile Agency Reference book, CA0371.

You may remember that this book contains listings of virtually all the merchants, traders, and professional businesses in the greater Dominion of Canada in 1893.  Well we have divided it up into four sections providing the information on the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and of the remaining East and West areas.  Being smaller we can offer these sections at more affordable prices and since most people are only interested in a limited area we believe these new CDs will be more popular.

To celebrate to “official” beginning of Spring we are running a competition for you to WIN A GLEANING!  Scroll down to “6 NEWS AND GOSSIP” to find out how to enter.


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- Notice of our latest competition.

- All our news, gossip and announcements.



*  The Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Eastern Provinces

CA0371-E;  $12.00

*  The Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Ontario Section

CA0371-O;  $18.00

*  The Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Quebec Section

CA0371-Q;  $15.00

*  The Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Western Provinces

CA0371-W;  $10.00

Note: The descriptions on each individual CD are very similar - this description is  representative of all.

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. 

If you wish to understand why this book, and others like it, were originally published please see the description of the complete Mercantile Agency Reference Book, under catalogue number CA0371. 

The book is divided into four main geographical subject sections and a section about Canadian Financial Laws and Banks. Each CD contains the Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in the subject area. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map showing topology, districts and places. 

Available on separate CDs are the complete book, i.e., the Dominion of Canada (CatNo. CA0371 - actually 2 CDs), the Eastern (Suffix -E), the Ontario (Suffix - O), the Quebec (Suffix -Q) and the Western (Suffix -W) sections. 

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. 

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. 

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. 



The book on the discovery and development of BC and Vancouver Island is almost ready but we couldn’t quite get it ready in time for this newsletter.  We have also just experienced technical difficulties with one of our scanners so our schedule is a little uncertain at the moment.



Nothing to announce this month.



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.



To celebrate the official return of Spring (20th March) we are running a competition for you to win one of five Gleanings we are going to give away.

All you have to do is make your way to our Facebook page: 

<> “LIKE” our page, scroll down to our posting announcing this competition and “LIKE” that posting, and you are entered.  We will let the competition run for a week and on the 28th we will message the winners via. Facebook telling them how to collect your prize.

The easiest way to review all our Gleanings is to go to our web site and navigate to the “Search Page”.  In the  “Product Number” slot enter “CAG” (without the parenthesis), click on “Search” and you will get a list of the almost 100 titles we have available.  Clicking on the “More” button to the right of each entry will take you to the page for that Gleaning in our catalogue so you can read more about it.  Make a note of your selection so you can tell us which one you have chosen when you win.

Gleanings: are downloadable files containing a complete digital (PDF) image of a short publication, or an extract from a longer one, which contains some useful information about subjects of value to genealogists and historians.  By eliminating the “transport media” (the CD) we can offer these valuable “snippets” at affordable prices and deliver them almost immediately, directly to your computer.



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

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 



Please consider voluntarily working on the following projects with the Trafalgar Township Historical Society: 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 the historic classroom curriculum for Grade 3 school groups.  Your interest, experience and knowledge would be very welcome to this active Society.

For more information, please contact, and see the website of the Society at

The Society's home is the Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, Oakville,

which is just east of Bronte Road, on the north side of Dundas. The school lot has ample space for parking.



FOR A MEETING TO BE HELD ON Saturday, October 26, 2013, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto 

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Toronto Public Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on:

TRACING FORWARD - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times - a workshop for researchers interested in expanding their family trees to find living relatives. 

We are looking for speakers who would like to be part of this workshop.

Each session will be an hour or half-hour long, including 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated. Speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture ($50 for a half-hour lecture) plus an allowance of $35 for travel, parking and other incidental expenses. 

Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail, keep them brief and informal at this point. Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and a brief bio. 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday, May 31, 2013 

For more information, please visit 

Proposals and questions should be directed to:




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Notice of Special Access, or Free Offers; 2

New Releases: 1

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22 March 2013  From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to the schoolhouse at Palermo, , 2431 Dundas Street West, Oakville, which is just east of Bronte Road, on the north side of Dundas, and share your stories and information, or ask us about finding information in the area of Trafalgar Township.  For more information, please contact, and see the website of the Society at


23 March 2013, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

 of the Genealogical Association of Novs Scotia will hold a meeting  at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, University Ave, Halifax, NS.  A presented entitled “Irish Ancestry” will be given by by Dr. Terrence M. Punch, CM, D. LITT., FIGRS, FRSAI.

Light refreshments to follow.  The Website of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia is


23 March 2013 at 1:30 pm. The Bruce & Grey Genealogy meeting is being held at the Southampton Museum & Cultural Centre, 33 Victoria St., Southampton, ON. The speaker is Brad Clark. His topic is 'Looking after Those Family Monuments'. All are welcome & the admission is free.

For more information go to:


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”.



27 March 2013  The British Columbia Genealogical Society is pleased to present an all day seminar in the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.  Featured speakers are Glenn T. Wright (President, BIFHSGO) and Lesley Anderson (BIFHSGO, and

Tickets: $45.00 for BCGS & Affiliate [Society] Members; $55.00 for non-members.

Payment via Visa, Cheque, Cash or using this website:

Go to: for more information.


6 April, 2013, from 1pm to 4pm there will be a special meeting in which the Ontario East British Home Child Family in cooperation with British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association, other organizations and individuals from across Ontario will be presenting information on British Home Children at the Ottawa Public Library, main branch, 120 Metcalfe, Ottawa, K1P 5M2, 613-580-2945. 

Join us as we give these children a voice and place in Canadian History.  For more information and to register go to the Ottawa Public Library web site, and scroll down to the meeting: 

Check out the Home Children website at


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, 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:

 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. 


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”.



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 or phone 613-267-3178, website:

WE SHALL BE ATTENDING THIS EVENT AND WILL BE READY TO SUPPLY YOUR RESEARCH CDs.  Make sure we have any particular CD with us by letting us know what one(s) you are interested in before the meeting.  No obligation to buy.


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.:


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: 

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

WE WILL BE ATTENDING THIS EVENT AND WILL BE READY TO SUPPLY YOUR RESEARCH CDs.  Make sure we have any particular CD with us by letting us know what one(s) you are interested in before the meeting.  No obligation to buy.


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.



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”. 



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:

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

WE WILL BE ATTENDING THIS EVENT AND WILL BE READY TO SUPPLY YOUR RESEARCH CDs.   Make sure we have any particular CD with us by letting us know what one(s) you are interested in before the meeting.  No obligation to buy.


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)



2 November, 2013.  The Kitchener Public Library are holding a one day Genealogy Fair.  Last year’s event was held in the Kitchener Town Hall Rotunda and was a great success.  We do not have any further information on this meeting at this point but are expecting to receive more in the next couple of months.


 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.






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