Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V9#12 - 20 April, 2013












We are pleased to bring you two new CD publications this month.  We had almost finished the first of these last month, it being the last of the current batch of books loaned to us by the Slocam District Community library in British Columbia.  It turns out to be a case of keeping the best for last (not intentionally!) as it is a well written account of the experiences of a British navel officer on a voyage of exploration and discovery beginning in late 1857.  (Actually release date is in March, after the release of our last Newsletter.)

We have frequently bemoaned the scarcity of suitable books, available on the market, about the Prairie Provinces.  So, when we noticed this book about Saskatchewan, we snatched it up as fast as possible, and have brought to publication within the last month.


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*  Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island. - 1862

CA0400;  $18.00

The title continues: “An account of their Forests, Rivers, Coasts, Gold Fields and Resources for Colonization. By: Cdr. R. C. Mayne, R.N., F.R.G.S. With Map and Illustrations.

I have enjoyed reading snatches from this book and had taken it to be another of the sponsored publications intended to induce potential settlers to emigrate, and enjoy a bountiful and pristine land full of possibility and riches for the taking. It was not until I came to prepare this summary that I realized it didn’t seem to be well organized for this


I therefor examined the range of topics captured in each of the chapters and realized that this was actually a personal Journal written by the author, to record his experiences as a junior officer on a British Naval vessel, H.M.S. Plumper, while engaged on missions into the barely explored territories of mainland British Columbia and the, then separate,

Island of Vancouver.

The author was not shy about retelling, and borrowing, the stories of others engaged in similar duties, frequently using these stories to illustrate and emphasize his own experiences.

Most of the adventures occurred while journeying into the inlets and sounds of the complicated BC coast and up the many rivers to visit inland “centers” of European settlement which occurred mostly in the form of Trading Posts and gold fields. It seemed that the many of these journeys were guided (and usually powered) by full blood and Metis Indians in native canoes, and the author took advantage of their enforce community to explore their customs and lifestyles. The reader will gain a lot of knowledge of the tribes, lives, customs and even some of the “faiths” of these native people’s. There are even chapters fully devoted to identifying and enumerating the tribes and populations at the time of his activities.

In addition to his journeys of exploration, the author was also required to represent the British Government on occasions, particularly during border disputes over the demarkation of Canadian and US territories, but more frequently as law enforcement. Some of these incidents evolved from lifestyle differences between the Indians and the European newcomers, but many also broke out where the miners of gold and other minerals congregated.  During these latter explorations the author took the opportunity to learn all he could about the techniques and economics of mining, recording many interesting facts.

In fact the book contains a good deal of factual information about the available resources and economics of subjects such as the natural flora, fauna, roads and routes, religion and education, as well as reprinting some of the important legal papers concerning land ownership and local government.

This is an excellent book from which to obtain a solid background in the early development of this territory, and at the same time, to enjoy a well written and interesting text which also contains 18 hand engraved illustrations and 2 contemporary maps.  Fully searchable text.


*  Saskatchewan, Her Infinite Variety - c1925

CA0413:  $9.50

The book itself is not dated but it is thought to have been published in the mid 1920’s to mark the formation of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Authors Association. It is a collection of contributed articles from many of the Association’s authors with a few additional invited pieces. The authors of each individual contribution is usually named but there is no “Author” of the whole book in the conventional sense.

Probably the best description of this book is found in its own preface, written by Chas. A Dunning, the Premiere of Saskatchewan at the time of publication:

“The task the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Authors Association has taken in hand is to tell the plain truth about Saskatchewan as it is now. That itself is portraiture demanding an understanding of her many sided make-up and of her varied moods.

Truthful description, as nearly as the experiences and the craftsmanship of the writers allow for it, is indeed performing a great service for Saskatchewan and I consider that this little volume possesses singular fidelity to facts. To picture a land of perpetual loveliness, a land where inexorable sternness never governed, a land where fadeless pleasures were ready for the enjoying would be to do the province a disservice, and it would be describing an alien land and not the one of our affections. The harsher  features as well as the loveable have been touched upon.

Something of the spiritual aspect of Saskatchewan has been captured in this booklet as well as her visible contours and fleeting expressions. The picture has been drawn by those who have known her through many seasons, rigorous as well as favorable, and who are still enamored of her.

The articles in this booklet give an indication of the outstanding characteristics of a province that is moving steadily and swiftly forward to accomplish her great destiny.”

In our website catalogue description, under the “More Information” tag for this book you will also find a list of the Articles, Poems and in some cases their author’s names as provided in the book.




Once again we find ourselves in a somewhat dynamic situation - making it difficult to assess what we may have ready for publication next month.  We have been working on an excellent two volume history of Brome County, Quebec, for some time now

but are having some difficulty getting the quality level up to our regular standard.  We are hoping to have it ready in the next few weeks but, being a largely manual process, it’s a difficult to predict.



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.



We drew our five prizewinners and informed the winners via Facebook (our only means of communicating with them) but only one winner came forward.  I posted another message on our page on 9th April, giving the names of the remaining winners, which resulted in a further three winners coming forward to receive their prizes but we are still waiting to hear from our fifth winner.  If you entered the competition but have not read your Facebook “Messages,” or returned to our “Page,” since  28th March please check to see if you are our “lost” winner.



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: 

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 



(1)  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:


(2)  FOR THE 2014 Ontario Genealogical Society annual conference to be held in Brock University, St. Catharines , on 1st to 4th of May.  Title, “Genealogy Without Borders.”

Niagara Branch are inviting Papers on a broad range of subjects which will help to solve genealogical problems.

Outlines are required together with estimates for travel, accommodation and other costs.  Proposals / questions to be submitted to <>

For general information please go to:



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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 which 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.:


30 April, 2013.  The Trafalgar Township Historical Society is hosting Dave Cook's presentation, "Fading History"; stories with international significance, taking place in the west Greater Toronto Area.  The meeting takes place at the Society's home; the Palermo Schoolhouse, 2431 Dundas Street West, Oakville, (just east of Bronte Road, on the north side of Dundas.)  Questions: email,, or see the website at


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 which 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.



14 May, 2013.  The regular Lambton County Branch Meeting of the OGS, at 7:30 pm at 1400 Murphy Rd., Sarnia .  Presentation is: “the Diary of Henry Jones 1832” by George Bice.  *Note: This meeting will also be available online via Live Meeting

Henry Jones brought settlers from Scotland to Lambton County to establish a communal settlement in the late 1820s. He was a believer in socialist theory, and his diaries are kept in the Lambton County Archives:


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.)

NEW> We have recently heard that three “Pay-for” data sites will be offering free access during the meeting.  They are: “”, “Find My”, and “British Newspaper Archives” <

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 which 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.


NB:  See “Call for Papers” in section 6 above.





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