Whidden/Whitten book info

December 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Complete US 1850Whiddencensus plus
complete Canadian 1901 Whidden census; linked and unlinked entries.
Over nine thousand and five hundred individuals,
over two thousand eight hundred and fifty Whyddon/Whidden/Whittens,
over four hundred and fifty Reids
over three hundred Mc/MacCabes,
over two hundred Higgins,
over one hundred and fifty Fisher and Mc/MacDonalds
over a hundred Archibald, Brown, Gammell, Johnson, Millerand Smiths
over fifty Bates, Bryson, Campbell, Clarke/Clark, Currie, Doane,
Eaton,Faulkner, Graham, Haines, MacKenzie, McCombie and
over thirty Allison, Crowell, Davis, DeWolf, Dickey/Dickie, Douglas,
Fraser, Hamilton, Hart, Hattie, Hay, Hill, Jackson, Jones, Langille,
Lynch, MacLane/MacLean/McLean, Manning, Michell, Pyke and

Over twenty years in preparation, combining the work of hundreds of
researchers, documented information from hundreds of sources, many
newly linked lines of descent.







Published by RMW Books, Edmonton, Alberta


Since July of 2007 I have been printing a limited number of copies of the book:
“WHIDDEN NH, NS AND BEYOND 1662-2002 a family odyssey”

• in modified register format – two volumes, pp.1,589+ Cerlox
bound (each volume page numbers start at # 1 rather than being
continuous from vol #1) with flexible, heavy clear plastic cover
over sky blue cover stock (67 lb. paper) and flexible, heavy black
plastic back cover, printed by laser printer on acid free paper,
weight 4.39 kg in shipping carton (Cerlox edition, hard cover yet
to be weighed),

• first 26 pages, updated to 32 pages, of B&W and color photos in
Chagford, England, USA and Canada (on 28 lb. paper 96 bright
white, so we don’t have the visual bleed through I found occurred on 20 lb. paper),

• table of contents,

• table of illustrations (both volumes contain the TOC/TOI for both

• preface including Whiddon/Whidden of VA, NC, SC, GA and FL,
notable Whyddon, Whiddon, Whidden, Whitten and Whittons,
place names, military service, previous genealogies, etc.,

• directory of businesses and individuals,

• Whyddon/Whiddon ofChagford (many updates from“The Whidden Family of Nova Scotia”; seventeen generations), the first
Whiddon to come to the Americas, the first Whiddon to Australia,
Whidden and Whitten of NH & ME and beyond with many accounts from local history books (as much as possible not just names, dates and places, some very surprising accounts). Many newly linkedlines of descent. Included is previously limited available info on John/NH/1662 descent to the current day.   No link is made between England and NH and VA.

• includes linked and unlinked individuals from US 1850 census and Can 1901 census

• several updated register reports of people who were added after the book was generated (2002),

• an introduction to DNA and genealogy; four cousins who have had DNA testing are confirmed to be descended from Samuel & John/NH/1662, one individual descended from VA-FL has had his DNA tested and does not match NH/NS descendants,

• source citations,

• bibliography,

• index (all of the above on 20 lb. paper, 94 bright white paper,
except where noted)


4 DVD depending on whether you have DVD player- please indicate whether you have a DVD player.

FREE only by purchasing the book; not available otherwise (you are responsible for copying DVD contents to multiple CDs if you do not have a DVD player -needless to say you need access to a computer that can do that and several blank CDs).

DVDs include:

• DOES NOT contain an electronic copy of he book or the database
the book was derived from,

• maps of many Canadian provinces and US states (2.2 GB of JPG
and PDF files),

• much additional documentation such as 20+ years of material
collected by one researcher –1,300 pages JPG files,

• New Hampshire web site copies of “NH provincial and state
papers” vol 1- 40 and index (over 1 GB info) in PDF format – PDF
reader for Windows and Apple Mac included,

• all the photos I have scanned and collected over the past 15 years,
including large collections of photos by several family members,
including one oft he Antigonish Whidden ships

• the first known family genealogy, “Genealogical Record ofthe
Antigonish Whiddens …,” “Whidden-Whitten,” “The Whidden
Family of Nova Scotia” and“The Story of Some Descendants of
Rendol and Sarah Whidden of Calais, Maine …” and • much, much

• cost: $130.00 Can$/US$ not including $30.00-50 S&H depending on Cerlox binding or hard cover edition which adds $40.00 based on 3 year old quote; may have increased in the meantime


seven calendar days if payment is personal certified cheque or bank or postal money order (my bank doesn’t recognize bank certified cheques andI have to talk to an officer and have her initial it before they will cash it; otherwise it’s treated as a personal cheque. Some credit unions or banks don’t have personal certified cheques so you may have to use this option).

fifteen days: Canadian personal cheques (not certified) takes seven
banking days to clear in Canada, shipping is 15 days,

or twenty-eight days: cheques drawn on a US bank/credit union take twenty banking days to clear so shipping is 28 days.

As of 2012 I am not setup to handle payments by PayPal or other
electronic funds transfer. Sorry.

Postal delivery is from sevento ten business days but have arrived in DE in seven days but took ten days to NE; go figure. A tracking number which allows you to follow the progress of the parcel at
http://www.canadapost.ca (but only tracks to the Canadian-US border) is
provided but for the USA part of the shipment just shows the delivery time/date. A signature has been required at delivery. If you wish to have tracking from Edmonton to your US destination I could ship using UPS or FedEx but be prepared for higher shipping costs as I do get a discount from Canada Post. Shipping to England was previously quoted at about $100.00 if shipped together but closer to $50.00 if shipped separately.   I have shipped almost twenty copies but will soon begin a campaign to raise funds to print a hard cover edition by selling directory pages to those in the included directory.If you know of anyone who would be
interested in buying a directory page or two as a patron, please have them contact me using the email at the end of this document.

The laser  printer I bought previously cost $400.00 but the printer that can do the same job now costs about $1,500.00 and four full toner cartridges cost about the same so I am trying to raise $3,000.00 to print 50- 100 copies. Any help to raise these funds would be appreciated.

The cost of the book doesn’t include five hours of labor needed to print each copy. When I started it took nine hours. When you receive your books, you are encouraged to look through them in case there are missing pages. They are printed in batches of 100 pages.

I enquired about printing small quantities and it would have cost
$250.00 per 2-vol. hard cover set so you can see why I’ve chosen to
print them myself. To get the cost downt o $100.00/2-vol. I would have to order 2,500 2-vol. hard cover copies at a cost of about $250,000.00 but I would never be able to sell that many as there are about 400 Whidden/Whiddons in FL and southern states from V A, about 400 Whidden/Whitten from NH in the USA and about 250 Whiddens in Canada and I don’t think it’s possible to sell a copy to everyone of those.  Actually the most effective way to get a copy is for two or more families to collaborate on the purchase.  You are free to make personal copies of the DVDs but please limit them to those who helped pay for the book.  I hope to sell some few copies to other families included in the book.

Printing the Cerlox edition was to enable me to discover some of the logistics I wasn’t otherwise aware of. Each of sixteen copies and four shipped to one address (where content was the same for all four copies) were updated from the previous edition. I have made the last changes by including a Whitten family from Maine to northern California and each copy after the new editions will be have the same content.

The Cerlox edition doesn’t stand upright on a book shelf unless placed between other books so might often be shelved lying down, one volume on top of the other. Because of the page count, even the hard cover edition might also be stored lying down unless shelved in a book case for the two volumes.

The difference between the two editions is care must be taken with the Cerlox edition to choose a new page, close the book at the previous page and reopen it at the new page to prevent the pages from being torn out.   The hard cover edition should allow page turning in the usual way as with any other hard cover book.  I’ll investigate having a book “case” made to be sold at extra cost shipped with the set when purchased to further protect the books in shipping.

Work is underway for a second edition to be published after 2012 when the US 1940 and 2013 when the Canadian 1921 census should be released. Please advise if you would be interested in purchasing it in, likely, a five volume set, hard cover only, with companion DVDs (likely more than three as information continues to be collected from Google books and elsewhere).

It is possible the book would be available in PDF format on the DVD and the database may also be included. An updated edition of Edward L. Whiddon’s (1927-2007) “The Whiddon Family in America” 2004- VA to FL Whiddon/Whidden families, originally PDF file on CD-ROM -may be included if arrangements can be made. An agreement to accept the terms stating you will not put either on the internet or make more than personal copies will likely be required.

It’s easier for me to create the PDF, rather than someone scanning all the pages, but that makes it easier for it to be put on the web; I want to make it as easy as possible to use the material but have to protect our ability to sell as many copies as possible, too. The reason for getting as many printed copies as possible around the country is to ensure the material survives 400 years.

Having worked in the computer industry all my life, I was led to believe digital data would be robust and “should survive” but now, after almost fifty years, I’m finding that was under ideal conditions and that those conditions weren’t always met and we are losing data that would have survived if in printed form. This situation will probably get worse before it gets better because of the alarms I hear being raised by archivists, who are now being faced with the flood of digital data, that hasn’t been handled with the care it would have got if in printed form.

Some of the issues with digital data:

• obsolete media – 2,400′ tape reels, 8″, 5.25″ & 3.5″ floppy diskette,
ZIP cartridge drives are hard to find,

• CD and DVD media decay; archival quality media not readily
available and is expensive,

• media file format no longer supported – CP/M, various graphics
files no longer have software and/or device driver support,

• hard disk drive head crashes on PC or mainframe computers – very expensive to recover from and usually not even attempted.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, be sure to contact me.

Ray Whidden

9526 – 106 Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB

T5H 0N2

December 2012
please use the subject line: WhiddenBook

Worthy info….

July 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

See the blog at:


where two projects of note are covered in the monthly entries since July 2007:

1) genealogy proof standard (GPS) including a flow chart or map available as PDF.  Takes latest citation ideas and presents them in a way to organize your research effort leading to conclusions based on the facts from various sources; leading to new features in software

2) use of metadata from sources to automate the inclusion of citations in your genealogical data also leading to new features in software

Well done, Mark Tucker.  Kudos.

The case for a ….

September 1, 2008 at 1:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

… family historian/genealogist

Compiling the information for “Whidden NH, NS and beyond 1662-2002 a family odyssey” was a lot of work, though spread over many people and twenty years.  I’d alway meant to publish the result, especially when I became aware of the fact that computer data, thought to be robust and expected to survive for many decades if not centuries, that only applied in ideal conditions and many times those conditions did not prevail.  Now archivists are being faced with a flood of data in much worse shape than it would be if it were recorded on paper.  Thus records collected by governments at all levels may not be available for the historian/genealogist to use, as in the case of the Maine archives which advise you on their web, information from the 1960-1970s is not available as the [magnetic] disks can no longer be read (I can no longer find where that was reported on the Maine archives web site; it’s likely been removed).

The information recorded on acid free paper turns out to be one of the cheapest and most durable ways to save the information, short of embossing it on metal foil or carving it in stone.  Can you imagine trying to find a particular printed page in a collection that filled two aircraft hangers?  Thus the need for computers.  Printing enough copies of the book to survive the next four hundred years is the next goal to achieve.  See “Very long-term backup

Another problem is optical media, which we were led to believe would last a long time, only to discover that too is under ideal conditions but most of the CDs and DVDs I know of are certainly not stored in ideal conditions.  As well, the dye based consumer media can possibly suffer from fading as in photographs from 40 – 60 years ago, thus best to treat them as if they might only last 5 – 10 years and copy them to new and likely larger capacity media.  Also, we have the problem of “dead media” where there are no longer devices or the device driver software to allow the media to be read – after over fifty years of computer progress, try reading an old 2400 foot reel of magnetic tape or a five and a half or eight inch floppy disk.  Not able to, right?

The internet is a whole new problem: what about information which was available 5 – 10 years ago but has disappeared.  Is any effort being made to record that which is important to the Whidden/Whitten/Whiddon history/genealogy.  Not that I’m aware of beyond what I have managed to capture myself and saved to optical media.

What about the census we have come to rely on for records from 1850 – 1930 in the US and 1871 – 1911 in Canada.  The current Canadian census is only a sample census where only one in twenty citizens get the long form which has genealogically useful information.  Or the latest US census where the work to get from a 90% census to a 100% is deemed too expensive so they’ll just settle for the 90% of returns that are easy to collect.  If your ancestor is among the 10% left out, you are out of luck.  What alternative is available?  Not many.   Will private or corporate databases that could fill the gaps be available when we need them decades later and be as freely accessible as the current census information.  I don’t think so – likely a huge price will be levied with limitations on sharing the result.  Not to mention that the current Canadian census has a check box to indicate whether each responant wishes to have the information released and if they respond “NO” then no genealogical researcher will ever be able to get it.

The result of considering all this is the realization that someone needs to begin collecting that information, on behalf of each family, while that can be done with minimal cost.  Of course assurances of privacy and confidentiality will have to be observed and some of the rules established for the census will have to transfer to this information, unless a release is obtained allowing it to be published earlier.  In this age where identity theft is increasing, that would suggest that few would be inclined to sign such a release – just in case it would result in such theft.

Should copies of the published work be held only by family members, who would treat it with the kindness it needs so no copies would be placed in libraries where no control over who sees it could be maintained.   Perhaps a copy should only be sent to the Latter Day Saints archives after all the individuals have passed on to ensure their identity safety while they live.

Surely that is not going to result in fewer people recording their own experiences; it just means those accounts may perish when they do unless someone with an interest in preserving it has received a copy.  Are we going to become a generation that can’t find out what those stories are until the participants in the stories are no longer with us?  I sure hope not.  What a loss that would be.

However that is a draconian solution to what some might consider a trivial problem.  After all aren’t people sharing more information about themselves than ever before on the likes of MySpace and FaceBook.  Some say too much is being shared.  What is the status of a public web log (otherwise called blog) when it’s creator doesn’t care to talk to a family historian/genealogist?  Should it be incorporated into a family history/genealogy, treated as if privacy was requested or left out entirely?  Birth, graduation, wedding, anniversary and death announcements continue to be printed in the newspapers.  Books continue to be written to chronicle the likes of Whidden families experiences in hurricane Juan in Nova Scotia and other events around the world.

Considering all of the above, it’s easy to talk oneself out of even bothering but the task is more important than these obstacles and ways need to be found around each and every one of them to continue to chronicle a family that continues to make a great contribution to our life and well being.  After all we still seem to want to know the latest move of a president or prime minister, sports hero, music or movie star.  All family history does is turn the lens to the many contributions that might go unrecorded among our own family.  My interest in history of the countries we have lived in and the politicians and monarchs increased immensely when I had compiled a more comphrehensive history of the Whidden/Whitten family and could place us among those more well known players on the stage of history.

Much to think about.

Links …

August 14, 2008 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

for Whyddon, Whiddon, Whidden, Whitten, more …

This page will be a continuously updated list of links to other internet pages of interest to family members and researchers. Check back frequently as I see it being updated at least monthly, if not weekly.

Today, in Google, there are 1,580 matches for for Whyddon, 219,000 for Whidden, 261,000 for Whiddon, and 2,310,000 for Whitten. I’ll weed through them as I go and provide annotated references and try and keep them up-to-date as some become obsolete or change.

In the meantime try this link:


Cheers, Ray


Hello world! What this blog is about…

August 12, 2008 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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That was the first page automatically created by WordPress and since I used to dabble in C programming and this is the first programming assignment for beginning C programmer’s I like it and decided to leave it.

This page will be updated periodically as I add more things to the scope of this blog but to get started, it will be about raising funds to continue the Whyddon/Whiddon/Whidden/ Whitten research I’ve been doing for the past twenty years. However, as I am now retired, I need to find a way to bring in money for several projects and will do that here:

0 “Whidden NH, NS and Beyond 1662-2002 a family odyssey” has been completed and about twenty copies printed in a Cerlox bound, two volume, about 1,600 page edition to discover the logistics of putting it in printed form. Now I will begin a campaign to find patrons who will purchase half-page, full-page and double page directory entries to be placed in the hard copy edition of the book (the current edition has several pages of business card sized entries of Whidden/Whiddon/Whitten businesses and personal entries). Printing the two volume hard cover edition is an expensive proposition but I’m sure we can do it.

0  Wishlist…

I have a dream…


  • I hope to print a thousand copies of this book and have two copies placed in libraries or archives in each province of Canada or state in the United States of America.
  • I would like to see copies of “Whidden NH, NS and beyond 1662-2002 a family odyssey” survive for over 400 years so our descendants have a better picture of their ancestors over 800 years.
  • I would like to see the creation of a Whidden/Whitten/ Whiddon museum, archive, library to preserve artifacts, books and information on the families and facilitate continuing research supported by a foundation to insure its ongoing operation.  An additional goal of this facility is to maintain and update electronic and printed copies of the material so we never lose data because of media failure or obsolescence.
  • I would like to see the production of a six hour or more Whyddon, Whiddon, Whidden, Whitten video miniseries, likely on DVD, which visually documents Chagford, Devon, London, England, Portsmouth, England, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Nova Scotia as well as Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. What a thrill it will be to have a visual tour of the places our ancestors lived.
  • It would be interesting to see what two or three hundred Whyddon, Whiddon, Whidden and Whitten Y-DNA37 and mtDNA tests would reveal; find patrons who can help fund tests for those who might find the cost prohibitive.
  • I would like to see a Whidden/Whitten/Whiddon family reunion in the next ten years, possibly in 2010.

0 produce a blog experience for which readers are willing to pay by ongoing postings, possibly weekly, to raise funds for various projects with subscriber and patron level contributions for the blog itself. To do that one of the features will be an ongoing, continuously updated page of links here to places on the internet that provide content of interest to Whyddon/Whidden/ Whiddon/Whitten families and researchers.

That’s it for today but as I say, it will be updated frequently with items composed at home and added when I make a trip to a cybercafe; this post is being composed at the cybercafe, which is why it is briefer than I’d like.

Cheers, Ray


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