Whidden/Whitten book info

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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


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