By Diana Lynn Tibert
Special to The Citizen
MILFORD Earlier this month, a notice was posted to genealogy lists across Canada. It announced the retirement of Rod Neep, Founder of the Archive CD Books Project.
It also stated the doors of Archive CD Books Great Britain, have closed. Although Neep is hanging up his hat, the international digitizing project will continue through its partner companies.
Launching in Great Britain in 2000, Neep quickly realized that digitized copies of old and rare books of interest to family historians were in high demand. Within three years, more than 1,500 titles were available through the companys website.
During this time, he helped two independent partner companies in Canada and Australia open their virtual doors. Since then, partner companies began in the United States and Ireland.
The Archive CD Books Project creates digital reproductions of old and rare books, maps and other material that interests genealogists and historians. They obtain books by buying them directly from book dealers or by borrowing them from libraries, museums, record offices, family history societies and individuals. Digitized reproductions are then sold through their website.
But it doesnt end there. To ensure these valuable books are available for future generations, they donate the books they purchase to places where they will be preserved, such as museums and libraries.
Donations of CDs are also made available to public locations to save wear and tear on books.
Working with these institutions, Archive CD Books donates money to help renovate old books already in their collections.
Although the company does make a profit, their objective is to provide researchers with reasonably priced books on CDs and to preserve books for future generations.
Considering that some of these books would cost hundreds of dollars if purchased from collectors, used book stores or on ebay, the digital reproductions are well priced.
The four additional Archive CD Books partners will carry on the valuable work that Neep started. Each will continue to offer digitized titles published in their respective country while adding new titles to their collection.
Also, each partner plans to digitize some titles originally published in Great Britain. Titles previously offered through Archive CD Books Great Britain are still available through either of the four remaining partners.
Learn more about Archive CD Books Canada and view their catalogue by visiting their website (http://www. archivecdbooks.ca/acdbcanada.html). They can also be contacted by writing Archive CD Books Canada Inc., PO Box 11, Manotick, ON, K4M 1A2; phone: (613) 692-2667; or email: info@ archivecdbooks.ca
On their website, a search engine will help find if a particular book is available. A search can be made using key words. For example, searching with Nova Scotia produces 21 titles, including Lovells Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Nova Scotia section) for $15.
Samples of some of the books can be viewed from the Downloads page.
Seeking information on Ralph William Schnare. Ralph, born December 15, 1896 (1901 census), was the son of Alfreda Rhuland and Reuben Schnare. Ralph witnessed his mothers second marriage in 1921 at Wolfville, NS. Where did Ralph go? Contact: Ric Noble, 34 Trobrook Lane, RR#1 Wilmot, NS, B0P 1W0; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors Note - Diana Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer living in Milford, NS. Submit queries to: RR#1 Milford, Hants County, NS B0N 1Y0; email: email@example.com
By Diana Lynn Tibert