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Hand Book for the Dominion of Canada, 1884 Hand Book for the Dominion of Canada, 1884
Product No. CA0028

Originally published as a guide book for members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science who were attending the associations meeting in Montreal in 1884. There are 31 pages of advertising for hotels, travel and insurance companies, and anybody who thought the visitors might be pursuaded to shop with them.

A great prize to railway enthusiasts will be the three fold-out maps showing the railway routes across Canada and the upper portions of the USA. There is a further pull out map showing the geological features around Montreal.

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ISBN: 1-897338-05-8

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The Greystone The Greystone
Product No. CA0036

This is just what you expect from a year book. The names of everyone involved with the graduating year are included plus the names of some of the alumni. There are an enormous number of photographs including, probably, every member of the graduating year. Also includes photographs of sports teams, societies, groups, classes etc., including the Canadian Officers' Training Corps. There is a memorial page giving the names of alumni who gave their lives in Canada's service.

If you are searching for someone who attended this university during this year there is an excellent chance that their name will appear somewhere in this book.

Includes photographs of the campus, many humorous cartoons and line drawings as well as 46 pages of advertising in the rear of the book.

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ISBN: 1-897338-11-2

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Pathfinders of the West, 1907 Pathfinders of the West, 1907
Product No. CA0029

The author, Agnes Christiana Laut (1871-1936) was a well known and respected Canadian author on the subject of the discovery of the area of North America to the west of the great lakes. In this book she concentrates on the voyages of some of the earliest explorers (C. mid 1600s), those whom Agnes calls Pathfinders: Pierre Esprit Radisson, M. de la Vérendrye, Samuel Hern, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and the team of Lewis and Clark. The majority of the voyages of discovery described at least start in Canada but describe areas which are now on both sides to the US - Canada border. The Lewis & Clark expedition, of course, took place mainly in US territory.

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ISBN: 1-897338-06-6

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Thrilling Experiences in the War in South Africa - 1900 Thrilling Experiences in the War in South Africa - 1900
Product No. CA0011

A terrific book for anyone wanting to get the flavour and background of the Boer war without having to read through a more conventional "history." This book is more like a Tabloid account of the war, relying as much on captioned pictures as it does on the written story. While reporting the war from beginning to end this book pays particular attention to the contribution made by the Canadian forces.

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ISBN: 1-897338-02-3

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Gazetteer and Business Directory, Canada 1930 Gazetteer and Business Directory, Canada 1930
Product No. CA0035

A wonderful book with a truly misleading original title. Of the almost 2000 pages in this book the gazetteer takes up 70 while the rest are devoted to a wonderfully complete directory of Canadian businesses and professional people and their advertising. This is a great resource in a Country where early directories are so scarce.

Both the gazetteer and the Business Directory are indexed by Province but the Business Directory is also sub-indexed by trade or profession. So, if you are looking for someone who was a Grocer in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan you can go straight to the alphabetized list of 71 candidates, most of who were trading under their own name rather than under a company name. In fact the vast majority of the businesses listed were named for the owner including, of course, the professional listings for Physicians, Veterinarians, Barristers, Insurance Agents, etc.

Another one for the must have list.

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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton 1906 Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton 1906
Product No. CA0048

Here's a treat - instant family history! The index of this book indicates over 1000 entries all of whom are, "Prominent & Representative Citizens and many of the Early Settled Families," to quote the book's title page. We estimate over 18,000 people are identified in this book. You will find a list of the indexed names in the "More information" window.

This is a large book being 10 1/2 inches by 8 inches and containing 840 pages. Our reproduction is fully text searchable in Adobe Reader® or any similar PDF file reader. This means you will not need the very expensive "Complete Index" to the book which has been published separately.

As a bonus one of the book's previous owners - apparently a member of the David M. Johnston family - has pasted newspaper clippings relating to significant events in their family's history since the book was published.

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On Canada's Frontier - 1892 On Canada's Frontier - 1892
Product No. CA0109

This book originated as a series of articles for Harper's Magazine designed to bring the frontier experience to the Eastern townsfolk of the US. It records a number of adventures - over a three year period - and brings us a glimpse of backwoods life before it was changed forever by the advance of "civilization."

The author, Julian Ralph, records his experience of the people he encounters, both those of European and of First Nations origins, as well as that of their life and surroundings. While the adventures are ostensibly about huntin', shootin' and fishin' trips the real value of the writing is in the authors impressions and reactions to what he encounters along the way. He describes the lives of the Indian's and their social organization as much as he does that of the woodsmen hunters and trappers, the voyageurs, the coureur du bois, the Hudson's Bay factors (agents) and, in the fledgling British Columbia, the "gang" workers on the railroads and those who followed the call of the gold strike.

The value of this book is greatly enhanced by the numerous (70) engraved illustrations supporting the narrative. Even better many of these illustrations are credited to Frederic Remington.

The whole of the 325 page book has been formatted for text searches using the "Search" features of the freely available PDF interpreter programs such a Adobe Reader™. The CD is useable with any computer with a CD drive and which can run a PDF interpreter application. We recommend Adobe Reader™ V4 or later for maximum compatibility.

A "sampler" of pages extracted from the book is available on our Downloads page.

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ISBN: 1-897338-39-2

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Three Years in Canada, Vol II Three Years in Canada, Vol II
Product No. CA0215-2

This is an early and rare book describing Canada in the form of a report, to the British Government, of its development and the opportunities it offers. While this is the second of two volumes comprising the whole book it stands in its own right without any loss of information or intelligence. This is because the author, John MacTaggart, does not seem to have been following any plan for the contents or format of the book but simply collected his observations, interpretations and impressions into a random order and published them. Perhaps the only exceptions to this rule may be found towards the rear of this volume where he suggests “advantageous” courses in which Canada’s development might be directed.

We have placed a freely downloadable sampler of this great book on our "Downloads" page and it includes the table of contents so you can see the physical and intellectual extent of the topics covered. To add value for the busy researcher we have fully bookmarked the pages and have made it computer searchable including our optional enhanced "FastFind" search capabilities.

The original of the book is owned by a good friend of the Archive CD Books project, Karen Prytula. Karen has asked us to dedicate this CD edition of her book to: “Great Aunt Dolly and Great Uncle Harry Rush for helping me so much in researching our family history.” and we are pleased to do so.

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Shanty, Forest and River Life. Shanty, Forest and River Life.
Product No. CA0244

This book is packed with reminiscences and anecdotes about backwoods life in the upper reaches of the Ottawa valley, then Upper Canada (now Ontario.) The main theme of the book is an examination of the life of the loggers engaged in harvesting timber in these un-populated backwoods but there are also plenty of excursions into other tales of the woods as well as several chapters about the spring “drive” to get the winters’ logs down to “Quebec.” In its time it would be an important text book for anyone (who could read) venturing into the backwoods. Today it provides a wonderful insight into the life of a “lumberman” working in the Ottawa river valley in a well defined period.

The author met an untimely death in a hotel fire in Sharbot Lake, Ontario, at the age of 25 years. Also the earliest reminiscence identified in the book took place when he was 12 years old, so that we can derive that all the events in the book were recounted, or occurred, in the span between 1870 and 1883, an unusually focused period of only 13 years.

We have made the book fully text searchable and enhanced the search with our FastFind technology although I would expect most readers to simply read the book for the pleasure of it. I say this because all the people who worked on making the reproduction of this book finished up reading it. Its stories are well told and it takes you back to a life we can only imagine now.

We have also extracted some example, and some definitive, pages from the book for you to freely download from our Downloads page so you can browse before you buy.

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A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 1929 A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 1929
Product No. CA0237

In the spirit of "Truth in Advertising," a better title might have been "A History of the People of Antigonish." Fully two thirds of this very rare book are devoted to biographical descriptions of the early and well know families of this ancient Nova Scotia region. Not to say that the historical content is trivial. The Rev. D. J. Rankin, the author of record, credits J. W. MacDonald, esq., M.D., Mr. William Cameron (teacher,) and Rev. Ronald MacGillivray with providing virtually all of the historical content which would seem to mean that this content is the product of well respected, specialist, scholars and so far more valuable than the results of one man's gleanings.

The Rev. Rankin also provides a bibliography of (and numerous credits to) the sources of the copious genealogical information in this book. The biographies are arranged by family groups and indexed by the root family name. Normally this would present something of a problem in accessing information on individuals associated by marriage (i.e., having a different family name) but as we have made the entire book computer searchable - and further enhanced that searchability with our FastFind technology - every name in the book is opened for instant reference.

You will find a freely downloadable sampler made from selected pages from this book on our Downloads page. This will not only provide you with a chance to review the work but also to see the Table of Contents showing the family name roots which are the subject of the included biographies.

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Saskatoon Telephone Directory, 1944 Saskatoon Telephone Directory, 1944
Product No. CA0230

A standard subscriber issue telephone directory for both metropolitan and rural Saskatoon for February 1944. Rural districts include the hamlets of Cheviot, Clark’s Crossing, Floral, Pike Lake and Warman. In addition to the subscriber’s name their address and the type of address, i.e., residence, business, etc. is given.

As usual the pages of the directory are liberally sprinkled with local advertising but the 24 page Classified Business Directory at the rear of the book is a bonus directory of Saskatoon industry.

As a directory all entries are alphabetized so finding a name is a simple matter of paging through. Never the less we have made the whole directory computer searchable and then enhanced the search-ability with our FastFind technology. This will allow you to use advanced search techniques such as, for instance, identifying all the people subscribed on a single road, or all the “plumbers,” including those not entered in the classified part of the directory.

An excellent tool for tracing family members, and others, living in Saskatoon in 1944.

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The White Chief of the Ottawa -1903 The White Chief of the Ottawa -1903
Product No. CA0256

Although written in the narrative style usually associated with a novel, the author assures us that this is not fiction but a depiction of the facts and events exactly as they occurred, or exactly as her research told her that they occurred. The tale being told is that of the settlement of Philemon Wright, the first settling farmer in the Ottawa valley who set up his homestead on the north shore of the Ottawa river directly opposite the present site of the capital city.

While this is more like a story than a conventional “history” book it still contains information specific to particular families and about specific locations so our FastFind search-ability feature will be found to be a great asset, particularly as the Author omitted to index her original text.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: This copy of the book was originally given to Mabel Kirke in 1904 as a prize for “general proficiency” by the Almonte High School and so has probably remained in the Ottawa valley all of its life which, from its present condition, has not always been an easy one. One of its misfortunes has been to lose an illustration of Colonel By, the famous builder of the Rideau Canal, from amongst its leaves. All the pages of text and all the other 9 illustrations remain and you will not be able to tell from this reproduction that the book was in less than perfect condition.

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The History of the Parish of Hull Quebec, 1823-1923 The History of the Parish of Hull Quebec, 1823-1923
Product No. CA0257

The by line in this book credits the Rev. E. G. May and Walter H. Millen as the ‘compilers’, but from the preface it is clear that much of the content was taken from a series of articles first published in The Montreal Churchman in 1913 and authored by Archdeacon Naylor. This original material has then been enhanced and expanded by a number of other named individuals to finally arrive at this more complete history of the Church of England in the city of Hull, Quebec.

Of particular value is the books appendix which, in addition to reproducing a number of documents of critical importance to the church’s development also contains various lists of the bishops, incumbents, wardens and those parishioners making donations to fund the actual building of the first church.

This is 80 pages packed with valuable information about the earliest years of the development of the Ottawa - Hull region. The lack of either a table of contents or an index makes the ability to computer search our reproduction of the book on CD a valuable addition, greatly enhancing accessibility to the information it contains.

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A Biographical Index of Daguerreotypists in Canada 1839-1871 A Biographical Index of Daguerreotypists in Canada 1839-1871
Product No. CA0246

Compiled and written by one of Canada's foremost experts on early photography, Graham W. Garrett, this index provides the most complete and exhaustive listing of people and companies in Canada involved in the making of daguerreotypes using the process invented by the Frenchman Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre in 1839. This early photographic process was immediately in competition with an alternative process, announced in the same year by Britain's William Henry Fox Talbot, which made calotypes (also known as talbotypes) or to use Fox Talbot's own words, "photogenic images."

This index identifies about 780 individuals and companies whose activities related in some way to the daguerreian process and includes all information that could be found about the location of their activities, their lives, their relationships as well as giving references to recorded evidence of their activity.

To further assist researchers the author provides finding aids to help locate listed individuals through their geographical location or by a selection of useful "keywords." Further research background is provided by a bibliography of over 150 contemporary editorials giving the date of publication and identifying the newspaper carrying it. Finally there are nine appendices accumulating listings of nearly all the referenced publications, institutions, exhibitions etc. mentioned in the index.

Last, but by no means least, there is a gallery of 18 Daguerreotypes which are of historical significance because they are all demonstrably the product of Canadian activity in the art.

This CD is fully searchable using the "search" and / or "find" functions of a PDF reader. Runs on any computer fitted with a CD reader and having a PDF reader application installed. We recommend the use of Adobe Reader version 6 or higher. We have enabled the FastFind technology on this CD to speed up your searches.

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The 42nd Battalion, C.E.F. Royal Highlanders of Canada The 42nd Battalion, C.E.F. Royal Highlanders of Canada
Product No. CA0281

In his opening address the author, Lieut.-Colonel C. Beresford Topp, D.S.O., M.C., declares this book to be " ... based on the 42nd Battalion official War Diary ..." Any reader, however, who has ever struggled to fully comprehend the content of any official war diary will soon recognize this as an understatement of the amount of work and care he has put into making this a clear, concise and readable history of the activities of the Battalion.

As one would expect the chapters of this history relate the part taken by the Battalion as a whole in the fighting, including how it interacted with the other active units in the same areas. It also manages, however, to include many stories of the individual soldiers as they carried out their duties, or in many cases, far exceeded them in acts of selfless valour.

As usual we have made the text of the book fully searchable and enabled the FastFind technology to make searching almost instantaneous. We have also extracted a few of the book's pages into a sampler and made that freely downloadable from our Downloads page so you can browse before you buy.

This great book has been loaned to us by Chris Wight. Chris has joined Marc Leroux to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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ISBN: 978-1-897405-20-8

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Letters from the Front in 2 volumes, c1920, with Supplement Letters from the Front in 2 volumes, c1920, with Supplement
Product No. CA0291

Subtitled: "Being a record of the part played by officers of the bank in the great war. 1914 - 1919."

Over 1,700 staff members resigned their positions with the Canadian Bank of Commerce to go and "do their bit" in the Great War. As letters began to trickle back from these erstwhile bank employees the bank's Staff Inspector (what we would call the head of Human Resources today) conceived the idea of publishing a series of pamphlets containing suitable edited extracts from these letters so that remaining staff members, and indeed customers, could follow the fortunes of those "at the front." It was not long before these 11 initial pamphlets began to find their way to "the front" themselves and were eagerly passed around so that news of other bank employees could be shared.

This digital edition also includes a copy of our "Gleaning," CAG027 - "Honour Roll of Bank of Hamilton & Standard Bank of Canada, Military Service in the Great War", two institutions which were merged with the Canadian Bank of Commerce after the war. This information was originally published as an appendix to volume 3 of a history of the Bank, published in 1934 and was indicated to be considered an addition to "Letters from the Front."

We have placed a sampler of this book on our Downloads page.

This valuable book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario - 1907 Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario - 1907
Product No. CA0254

A gold mine of genealogical information about the inhabitants of York County including, of course the City of Toronto and its Home District. Assembled by the Beers Publishing company in 1907 this significant, and weighty, book contains the biographies (and frequently the obituaries) of almost 2,000 families from all walks of life.

The estimate of almost 2,000 family entries doesn't represent the limit of the number of people whose names can be found within this book. Based on a family history identifying four grandparents, a man, his siblings and at least one wife, with their union generating an average of four children of which about half are married by the time the biography is recorded, the count of individuals named rises dramatically to about 27,500, and this is a conservative estimate.

As well as identifying the immediate family to the subject the biography will usually discuss the subject's upbringing, education, business or professional involvements. Also usually recorded are any significant events in his life, his religion and his political and fraternal commitments.

Fully computer searchable, we have "hand" reviewed and corrected the OCR result to maximize the chance of finding your search term. The 153 full plate illustrations, or portraits, of subjects of the biographies have been carefully reproduced for maximum clarity in the CD format.

We have also included the index of subject names from the book in the sampler available on our Downloads page so you can check if your family appears.

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ISBN: 978-1-897405-41-3

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The Regimental History of the Governor General's Foot Guards The Regimental History of the Governor General's Foot Guards
Product No. CA0261

This regimental history was initiated by Major A. R. Jessup’s account of the part played by the Governor General’s Foot Guards personnel while actively serving in Europe during the Second World War. The regiment decided, however, that the subject matter should be expanded to recount its complete history, taking Major Jessup’s fine start as the core of the work.

Major Jessup completed his first draft while awaiting the regiment's repatriation from Europe but despite a dramatic increase in the writing staff it took a further three years to bring the book to publication in 1948. This additional time did allow for minor alterations to be made in the light of information which was not available when the first draft was being written, as well as the addition of numerous wonderful situation / route maps and illustrating photographs. Several of the photographs come in the form of panoramic records of complete companies of the regiment's personnel.

Additional materials in the volume provide a History of the Regimental Rifle Association, while five appendices include a Roll of Honor, listings of Honors and Awards (including citation for valour,) and a Nominal Roll for 1940 - 1946.

This book has been loaned to us through the good will of the Ottawa Historical Society so that we could scan it and make it available to you. The Ottawa Historical Society houses its library in the Bytown Museum, sited on the lock-side in downtown Ottawa. Please join with us in thanking both the Ottawa Historical Society for allowing us to borrow this valuable old book and to the museum staff for their assistance in accessing the library. Copies of the CD have been presented to the Ottawa Historical Society for everyday use so the life expectancy of the original book can be vastly increased. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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Presbyterian Pioneer Missionaries Presbyterian Pioneer Missionaries
Product No. CA0239

In Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

This book was authored (although edited might be a more accurate description) by the Rev. Hugh McKellar, D.D. in 1924. In his introduction the Rev. Hugh makes it clear that he was motivated to make a permanent record of the pioneer missionaries who helped to carry the Presbyterian ministries into the developing prairie and western provinces of Canada.

Clearly the primary reason for inclusion in this book is work done in the provinces from Manitoba westward but so many of these individuals had previously established ministries in the east and so the book also includes much of the personal history of the Presbyterian church personnel in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

While the book is primarily about the lives of the missionaries their stories are inextricably bound up with the story of the development of the Canadian west so that the reader will find this is also a history of the settlement of western Canada starting with the idealistic settlement along the Red River, championed by Lord Selkirk - the source of so much political wrangling and violence.

A valuable resource both for its personal histories and as a guide to the early history of the Canadian west. Fully computer searchable with searches speeded up by our use of FastFind technology.

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Photographic History of the War - 1916 & 1919 Photographic History of the War - 1916 & 1919
Product No. CA0349

Collier's, an American publisher of "popular" literature, released two volumes which they (loosely) entitled as their "Photographic History of the War." The first was released in 1916, after the war had been in progress for about two years - and while the US was still neutral. The second was released in 1919 - after the USA had entered the war in support of the Allies.

Individually the two volumes, recorded on CDs identified as CA0349-A and CA0349-B, were respectively titled:
Collier's Photographic History of the European War - 1916, and Collier’s New Photographic History of the World's War - 1919.

The first few picture pages in each volume show leaders (both political and military) from both sides of the conflict and, inevitably there is some duplication. Other than that we have not been able to detect any duplication of the hundreds of other pictures contained in the two volumes.

Being a neutral Nation prior to the release of the first volume, the US was free to publish material from both sides of the conflict. This has resulted in the first volume being remarkably "liberal" in its content. The second volume, being published some two years after the US's 1917 declaration of war, takes much the same approach to its subject matter but shows a significant Nationalistic bias, with perhaps 50% of its content depicting the experiences of the US forces.

Together these two volumes provide a first hand visual experience of what we now term the Great War, and go some way towards allowing us to participate in the shocking first experience of a truly Global, mechanized, no-holds-barred, armed conflict.

WARNING: These CDs contain graphic images of the inevitable consequence of War and may be upsetting to the young and to individuals of a sensitive nature. Discretion and/or adult supervision is recommended.

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Pioneer Life in Zorra - 1899 Pioneer Life in Zorra - 1899
Product No. CA0170

The author, Rev. William Alexander MacKay (1845-1905), himself the son of a Zorra pioneer family and a Presbyterian minister, set out to capture not just the factual history behind the establishment of this enclave of expatriate Scots in Canada West*, but to create a record of the more ethereal and hard to record essence of the life and times of these pioneers as they fought to build a new life for themselves. They were mainly dispossessed farmers, the results of the "Highland Clearances" of the early 1800's. These ex-Sutherlandshire natives came to Canada in a desperate attempt to regain the ability to "win" enough food to keep and raise their families without the specter of starvation forever looking over their shoulders.

As a Presbyterian minister the author devotes a fair amount of his book to the subject of religion but usually as it applied to the pioneer life of his congregation. He identifies members of the early community as they become relevant to his story of the township's development (although sometimes he only identifies them by an initial.)

This book is of obvious interest to those whose origins lie in this area of Oxford County but we would also recommend it to anyone who wanted to experience the life of a Scottish pioneer faced with the opportunities and trials of making a new life in the untamed backwoods of Ontario.

The author did not provide an index for the original so our computer search-ability, enhanced with our FastFind search acceleration, is a significant improvement on the original and will be invaluable to those using the book for research rather than for general reading.

* This was part of the area known as both Canada West and Upper Canada before the name Ontario was finally settled on.

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The Magnet, Vol.8 No.1 (1926), Jarvis Collegiate Inst. Year Book The Magnet, Vol.8 No.1 (1926), Jarvis Collegiate Inst. Year Book
Product No. CA0384-26

Terming itself a newspaper rather than a yearbook this publication sets out to record, and celebrate, the school’s achievements during the 1925 - 26 year rather than to just list the staff and students in their graduating year.

Appearing to be only the second edition of The Magnet, the newspaper is the work of a staff drawn from the school’s own pupils (with the advice of three members of staff) and they are all recognized for their contribution in the first few pages. From the volume numbering we must conclude, however, that The Magnet succeeds some earlier version of the school’s literary output.

Following the introductory materials there is an array of articles ranging from works of literary fiction to news of sporting events and from the activities of the “Radio Club” to collections of high school humor from a past age. Where appropriate the names of students have been recorded and some even appear in captioned photographs. Towards the rear a section provides news of Alumni, providing a somewhat expanded period of coverage of the names and deeds of Jarvis students.

We thank a friend of Archive CD Books Canada for allowing us to make this digital edition of his copy of The Magnet so that you can share this piece of Toronto’s educational history.

This digital edition is fully computer searchable for every word and the search speed is enhanced with out FastFind technology.

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Toronto, Hamilton & London, Society Blue Book - 1900 Toronto, Hamilton & London, Society Blue Book - 1900
Product No. CA0065

Compiled and published by, Wm. Tyrrell & Co., Booksellers and Stationers of Toronto. This book describes itself as: “A reliable Directory to over 3,000 of the Elite Families of Toronto, Hamilton and London, alphabetically arranged, with much additional information regarding families, Club Membership, Summer Residences, Maiden Names, Receiving Days, and other items of social interest.”

This book was published at the height of the Victorian society tradition of holding “At Homes” to receive callers and provided a ready reference by which a person’s (or family’s) position in “Society” could be ascertained. Today we would regard this as an ultimate expression of “snobbery” but at the time every wife who considered herself (or wanted to be considered) a member of “Polite Society” would be anxious to ensure the families particulars were correctly entered in this publication.

The Canadian perspective on what constituted the necessary qualification to be considered a part of “Society” was somewhat different to that generally accepted in Europe - where the custom originated - and is best explained in the publishers own words:
“In preparing for publication this first edition of Tyrrell's Society Blue Book, we have departed somewhat from the popular idea of what constitutes a Blue Book, and included many individuals who may not be strictly in Society. The entries in the Royal Blue Book in England include only those individuals who have been presented at Court, but with no such list to draw from in Canada we have included in this edition individuals who are prominent in the trades and professions as well as the leaders of Society, believing that such a list will be of greatest service to the greatest number.
It is our intention to improve each successive edition of this volume, making it a help to every hostess, and a necessity in every home.
We invite suggestions for the improvement of future editions and thank our numerous patrons who have so kindly furnished us with the information contained in these pages.”

We are fortunate that the copy of the book we used to make this reproduction contained a “laid in” copy of the pro-forma supplied by Tyrrell for the purpose of making application to get an entry and so gaining the desirable status of being “in” Society. Fully computer searchable with speed enhanced searching provided by our FastFind technology.

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The Canadian Biographical Dictionary, Ontario - 1880. The Canadian Biographical Dictionary, Ontario - 1880.
Product No. CA0150

Full title: "The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men - Ontario".

In composing this description it was found that the book's Preface already supplied much of the desired text. For example: "The publication of this work will contribute to the supply of materials for the future historian." and "In making a selection of names for the Biographical Dictionary, the Publishers have aimed to give a view of the representatives of the various interests of this Province … , and indeed all who take part in the intellectual, social, and material progress of the people." and finally, "The Publishers … are determined to spare neither labor nor expense in giving to the world the most authentic information how these men have won fortune, how the world has been benefited by their labors, and what has been the turning-point of their success."

The editors usually take the contemporary "head of the family" as their primary subject and provide details of his family, education, marriage(s), career, religion and affiliations in addition to any notable incidents in his life. Within this framework is also included the general background information of his immediate family, such as the wife's parentage, the subject's offspring, etc., etc.

This almost 800 page book provides exceptional information about over 500 "Eminent and Self-Made" men and their families living in Ontario in 1880 and includes 50 really nice steel engraved portraits. We have provided a file on the Downloads page of our web site giving all the names appearing in the book's index, but do not forget that many more families are going to be mentioned by virtue of being related to the immediate subjects through marriage.

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The Peace River Country, Canada The Peace River Country, Canada
Product No. CA0134

.... , its resources and opportunities. by F. H. Kitto, for the Department of the Interior, 1927.

Here is one of those government issued brochures published to entice new settlers to come and make a new life for themselves in this vast, new settlement area. The Peace River is one of the major watersheds of Northern Alberta at its border with British Columbia, a relatively small section of which is included in the Peace River Country. The area opened for settlement lies at the foot of the Western North American mountain range and is truly enormous being some 47 million acres or, to put it another way, larger than the area of the whole of Ireland, Scotland and Wales put together or that of all of the six New England states in the US. The surveys and first hand reports referenced show it to be a prime agricultural area and the book contains many pictures of "happy" cows and abundant crops growing in the field.

It is clear that the intent of opening up the area is to encourage agriculture and the book makes no bones that there is no known mineral wealth to be had, although it can't help hinting that there is always a chance that gold could be found.

There are numerous maps throughout the book showing the area open for settlement both overall and split into the districts of: Lesser Slave Lake, High Prairie, Sturgeon Lake, McLennan-Falher, Peace River, Dunvegan-Waterhole, Spirit River, Grand Prairie, Beaverlodge-Valhalla, Pouce Coupe, Fort St. John, Hudson Hope, Battle River and Fort Vermilion. The individual maps are divided up into rectangular grids which one would suppose to delineate farm lots of "a quarter," or 160 acres. Each of these districts is reviewed in some detail in the chapter devoted to it including indicating what lots are already taken, where "improved" lots may be available, and where the land still stands virgin.

All the text is computer searchable and search delays are minimized by the use of our FastFind technology.

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Inscriptions & Graves in the Niagara Peninsula Inscriptions & Graves in the Niagara Peninsula
Product No. CA0354

Originally compiled by Janet Carnochan in c.1902 as publication #10 of the Niagara Historical Society, later reissued as publication #19 and later still updated and republished again, by the same Society, in 1928.

The Niagara peninsula is one of the two most significant sites of early settlement in Upper (or West) Canada. This is partly due to the unique topographical features of the area, and partly to the granting, by the British government, of settlement land in this area to fugitive Loyalists in compensation for their banishment from their first chosen settlements, following the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. Inevitably early settlement leads to early burials and this gives us a hint as to the motivations of Janet Carnochan's plan, as written into the original preface, viz.: "The original plan was to copy records of early settlers, United Empire Loyalists, Military or Naval Heroes, or those who have helped forward the progress of the country, as Clergy, Teachers, Legislators, Agriculturists, etc., besides this any odd or quaint inscriptions."

The first publication indicated that it referenced nearly 600 names, however the index to this later, augmented, edition shows over 860 names, many referring to 2 or 3 separate pages which indicates several burials of members of the same family. Without taking an exact count, it is estimated that there are references to at least 1000 burials in this book.

This is an invaluable resource for tracing the fate, and possibly the "vital statistics," of ancestors who are known to have lived - and died - in the Niagara peninsula area of Ontario. Our digital edition of this book is fully text searchable with the search speed enhanced by our FastFind technology. The book contains 147 pages, the last 6 of which provide an index of family names, a copy of which we have included in a sampler on our "Downloads" page.

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Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County, N.S. - 1873 Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County, N.S. - 1873
Product No. CA0322

The full title continues, "... down to the present time, compiled from the most authentic sources by Thomas Miller."

Thomas was born in 1803, and lived his life in and around Truro, probably the largest town of the county. Thus, he was well placed both geographically and temporally to make this record of many of the original families inhabiting this part of Nova Scotia. In his own words:
"The author of the following work being now about three score and ten years old, and nearly done with the affairs of this world, having some knowledge of the first settlement of Colchester, the names of the first settlers and their descendants, especially of the Townships of Truro and Onslow, as well as with many circumstances connected with the early settlement of the County, obtained by tradition and otherwise, was induced to note down, from time to time, some of them, in order that his children, and others who may come after, might know something about their forefathers, and the hardships they underwent in settling a new country.
It was his intention at first to write only about his own kindred; but, having begun, he was led on to mention nearly all the Grantees of the Townships of Truro, and some of Onslow and Londonderry, with their descendants, as far as he could gather information. …"

This book then is a powerhouse of genealogical information for this important access corridor to Nova Scotia, with perhaps as much as 90% of the book's text being dedicated to describing the many family trees while only the first couple and the last chapters are more specifically dedicated to a exploration of the area's history without relating it to particular families or individuals.

The author finishes his book with a four page index providing, mostly, a means to access individual family names. Having now the benefit of computer search-ability in this digital reproduction, we can definitely say that this was very much a partial index and that owning this digital version will provide a significant improvement in the readers ability to extract the "gold" from this "mine."

We have provided a sampler of a few pages from the book for you to freely download from our Downloads page, including all four of the printed index pages.

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The History of the County of Welland, Ontario - 1887 The History of the County of Welland, Ontario - 1887
Product No. CA0314

Written and published by the Historical Publishing Company in 1887, this book is the work of many authors (credited in the Preface) who drew their information, and much of their inspiration, from innumerable sources, both public and private in, and in and out of, the County. The book is organized as four separate parts: "The Dominion of Canada," "County of Welland," "Townships, Towns and Villages," and last but by no means least, "Biographical Sketches." The sections on Townships, Towns and Villages, and on Biographical Sketches, together account for fully two thirds of the books pages, while the section on "The Dominion" occupies only one seventh so you can see there is a heavy emphasis placed on the type of information related to the people of the county and so is of great value to genealogists and historians.

The Biographical Sketches are grouped by geographical location and generally, in the process of supplying an outline of the subject's life and experiences, it identifies the subject's, origins, their parents, their spouse(s), and their children - both surviving and not. As usual we strongly recommend the use of the text search function of this digital edition as the names of "married in" families do not show up in the normal indices, all the more so in this case as there is no index provided as a part of the actual original book.

This book is a must have for anyone researching ancestors who lived in Welland. Even if you are not fortunate enough to find a "potted" biography the richness and depth of background material alone will make this book indispensable. This digital edition provides a series of high quality images of every page in the book, including the 8 high quality portraits, but it is still fully computer searchable with the search speed enhanced by our FastFind technology.

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Historical Sketches of the County of Elgin - 1895 Historical Sketches of the County of Elgin - 1895
Product No. CA0355

Originally published by The Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute in 1895, this book is actually a collection of three individual papers on this theme as follows:
The Country of the Neutrals by James H. Coyne. (44 pages)
The Talbot Settlement by C. O. Ermatinger (17 pages plus 1 plate). And
Development of the County of Elgin by K. W. McKay (46 pages plus 1 plate)

Click on the More information link below for descriptions of the above papers.

Additionally, and in support of these papers, there are two maps one of which is a "pull out" copy of the 1670 map drawn by Galinee, which was the first made by actual exploration showing Lake Erie. The second is a map of the whole county. It is undated but is presumed to be contemporary with the date of the book's publication. Finally there are several pages of tabular and textural data stuffed with facts about the County of Elgin and its history including listings of the officers and members of the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute.

This is a digitized copy of every page in the book including the two maps (one in a larger pull out format) and the two nicely printed portraits. Additionally the text has been computer "read," and the result hand edited, so that you can use the Search and Find facilities of the Adobe Reader application to find all occurrences of every word in the text. Text searching is further enhanced by our FastFind technology to make finding all occurrences of your search terms almost instantaneous.

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A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other Townships of the County.  1895 A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other Townships of the County.  1895
Product No. CA0320

The title continues:  "Being a History of the early settlers and their Descendants mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch Origin.  Also much other Unpublished Historical Information, chiefly of a local character by Ezra E. Eby."

This enormous, two volume work is a treasure trove of genealogical information for the families who, after being twice displaced - once from Europe by religious intolerance and secondly from Pennsylvania for remaining loyal to the British Crown through the Independence revolution - finally settled in this area of what is now Ontario around the opening of the 17th century.

The first volume opens with a very brief history of the area.  This amounts to only a little over 40 pages but is nevertheless separated into; Geographical, Growth and Development and Historical sections.  

From this point on the remainder of the two volumes is a collection of compact, individual  biographical descriptions, each identifying - at least - the individual's parents, their spouse(s) and their children.  In many cases there are also notes about their life and achievements.  

It will be realized then that our presentation format of providing you with pictorial page images accompanied by a hidden, but still searchable, abstracted text of the pages provides the ideal key to unlock all the wonderful details locked within the four covers of this fantastic, two volume, work.

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol.3 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol.3
Product No. CA0361-3

Published in the same year that the Great War broke out - 1914 - this self contained volume III of the four volume set does its part in telling the history of British Columbia by relating the life stories of about 620 of its prominent citizens. It accomplishes this in the form of individual biographies, many (about 320) of which are accompanied by professionally photographed studio portraits of the subjects. Each biography has been submitted by its subject - or by his family and / or close acquaintances - so there is no real common structure to them but, in general, they provide a familial and working history of the subject's life. In this process his spouse(s), his children, his parents and any siblings are introduced, at least by, name and often by genealogical and national origin. The amount of this content varies from a single paragraph to one of several pages, which also contains a family tree "rooted" in the mid - 1600's.

This is a thick book, numbering to 1161 pages. Every third (or so) page is given to a single large portrait of one of the subjects, and the backs of these portrait sheets (which are also numbered) are blank so the number of printed pages is about 560. This makes the length of the average Bio. about 90% of a page.

Or, to put it another way, all the Bios. provide good basic information and most contain a wealth of detail about the subject and his family. Amongst the 600 odd subjects are many who were attracted to British Columbia from other parts of Canada by stories of fortunes to be made by exploiting the abundant natural, and renewable, resources including agriculture and forestry, but most notably by the stories of gold. Many of the biographies contain anecdotes of desperate survival while experiencing the hardships of the "back country" in search of a fortune. Other settlers came with the train construction crews as the link between east and west was forged, and still more followed as a result of this improved means of transportation for produce and manufactured goods.

We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book - including the whole of the Index of Subjects - on our Downloads page so you can see what the book's content looks like and can see if any of your families might be included. We invite you to join in our thanks to the Vernon & District Family History Society (Vernon, BC) and particularly to Nancy, their librarian, for allowing us to borrow this wonderful book so we could make this digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community.

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L'Ile d'Orleans - 1928 L'Ile d'Orleans - 1928
Product No. CA0327

This 505 page English language book was created and published by "The Historic Monuments Commission of the Province of Quebec” in 1928. Authorship is credited to Pierre Georges Roy who was secretary to, and a member of, the Commission. Its introduction makes it clear this is NOT a traditional history book, but it IS intended to capture some of the essence, culture and traditions of this exceptionally picturesque island, set squarely in the southern access to "La Belle Province."

Having dealt with the discovery, or more precisely recognition, of the Island the book goes on in a series of short chapters each of which tells of one story, or event, in a chronological sequence. In this way the history of the Island unfurls in much the same way that the events of life combine to form a personal experience of a place. This is a refreshing change from the more conventional way of history books, which generally sketch their subject as a continuum of stages, viewed with the benefit of hindsight. This brings a freshness and interest to the book which is so often missing from the more conventional "history."

This "story" format naturally leads to the inclusion of the names of the story's participants. In addition the author has taken every opportunity to include the names of as many characters associated with the tales as he can, making this a valuable tool for identifying ancestors. Or it does in this digital version which makes the location of specific names a simpler process, without the need to re-read through many pages - and then to miss the actual reference on the next page!

One of the most striking features of this book is the number and quality of illustrations it contains. In the main these are provided as reproductions of known and recognized paintings held in galleries and museums - a few in full color, many more as greyscale and black & white reproductions. Of special note is the number of facsimiles of the signatures of featured individuals, which brings an extra depth of personality to the stories. An estimate made from the extensive list of illustrations indicates that something like 75% of the pages include, or are only, illustrations. We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book - including the whole of the Contents and Illustrations Lists - on our Downloads page.

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Ontario County; A Short Sketch of its Settlement, Physical Features and Resources - 1907 Ontario County; A Short Sketch of its Settlement, Physical Features and Resources - 1907
Product No. CA0365

The cover title continues, "With Brief Historical Notes as to the early settlement of its Towns. Villages and Townships and their progress. By J. E. Farewell, County Clerk." The book contains 88 pages plus 9 plates.

About the question of location; Ontario County ceased to exist as the result of a municipal reorganization in the early 1970's, the various areas that it used to contain being ceded mainly to the Durham (Co.) Region but with some northern parts, e.g., the Townships of Mara and Rama going to Simcoe County and the area of Simcoe Lake areas which joined with York County. It is probably easiest to locate the area by listing the (currently existing) Townships, Towns and Villages which appear as chapter headings in the book:
Townships: BROCK.; EAST WHITBY.; MARA.; PICKERING.; RAMA.; REACH.; SCUGOG.; SCOTT.; THORAH.; UXBRIDGE.; WHITBY.;
Towns: WHITBY.; OSHAWA.; UXBRIDGE.
Villages: SUNDERLAND; PORT PERRY.; CANNINGTON.; BEAVERTON.

Ontario County, by the fortune of its geographic location has been economically important in the development of the whole Province of Ontario from the earliest times but Its abolition in 1971 makes it harder to identify and study it as a single source. The early histories of Simcoe and Durham can not include the beginnings of these important townships, cities, towns and villages simply because their merging into the boundary of the County did not occur until well after the histories were written. This is then an important book to all those trying to trace roots in this highly important and productive area.

The compact format of the book leaves no space for Tables of Content, much less for an Index of any type so the full search-ability of this digital edition is a boon to laying open the valuable information which - up to now - has laid hidden in this wonderful book. We have also enhanced the speed of your searches by enabling our FastFind technology. We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book on our Downloads page, together with a list of names extracted from the book.

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Ontarian Families - Vol.II Ontarian Families - Vol.II
Product No. CA0386

Title Continues: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada, by Edward Marion Chadwick (1840-1921) and first published in 1894 (Vol.I), this is Vol.II, published in 1898.

If you are not familiar with this famous genealogy book it contains a number of family pedigrees, mostly starting from the generation which took up residence in North America; either in what was to become the USA or in Canada, but all of whom eventually became residents of Upper Canada - Ontario. Those who were granted the status of United Empire Loyalist, UEL, are clearly identified. In most cases the pedigree provides a preamble which provides information of the pre-emigration history - particularly identifying the areas in which the family became prominent. After recounting the vital events in the lives of the primaries the pedigree goes on to provide the vital information for as many generations as the author could obtain the information, sometimes down to the generation living when the book’s manuscript was completed just prior to the publication date of volume 1 in 1894.

The vast majority of the pedigrees are accompanied by a family coat of arms, many in full colour, and some also show additional coats of arms taken up by individual descendants. Each tree is usually completed by a full heraldic description of the primary blazonry, or family arms.

As is normal in collections of genealogies, the names of children and of other families associated by marriage (more than 1100 names, some having multiple entries) by far exceeds the 57 family names which are the primary subjects of the volume. While this is the second volume of this 2 volume set it does stand on its own, and the rarity of original copies of both volumes, containing the full colour illustrations of the arms, means it could be years before we obtained access to a first volume to complete the set.

Not only is our digital version of this “standard” Ontario genealogy book reproduced to our high quality of fidelity - including careful reproduction of the many, full page, coloured plates of arms - but it is completely text searchable using our hand corrected OCR’ed embedded text and speed enabled with our FastFind technology. We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from this book - including the whole of the lists of names - on our Downloads page so you can experience what the book's content looks like and can see if any of your families might be included.

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The Blue Book: Textile Directory US & Canada 1897-98 The Blue Book: Textile Directory US & Canada 1897-98
Product No. CA0033

This is a comprehensive directory of the textile trade and associated manufacturing industries for the years 1897 and 1897. It lists all manufacturing operations in the whole of Canada and the United States. The Textile manufacturers are indexed by country, state / province and the type of fiber they worked in, i.e., cotton, woolen, silk, or the coarser fibers like jute, linen, hemp or flax. There are also entries for associated trades such as Dyers and Finishers, Print Works and Bleachers and a section identifying 'new mills' opened since the last issue.

To round out the directory there is a section listing 1144 railroad routes followed by 17 pages of maps showing all the US railroad routes and the business districts of selected cities important to the textile trade.

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SUNSET CANADA - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND BEYOND SUNSET CANADA - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND BEYOND
Product No. CA0045

The original title page of this book carries the self description: "An Account of its Settlement; Its Progress from the Early Days to the Present, including a Review of the Hudson's Bay Company; Its Amazing Variety of Climate; Its Charm of Landscape; Its Unique Cities and Attractive Towns and Their Industries; A Survey of the Different Peoples to be Found There, including the Japanese and Doukhobors; An Analysis of What it Offers in Opportunity to the Home Seeker, the Agriculturist, the Business Man, the Sportsman and the Traveler."

This book will provide an insight into what it was like to live in BC just at the beginning of its real expansion. It contains 320 pages, a useful full color map of British Columbia and 56 illustrations, 8 of which are in colour. The text is fully searchable using the features of Acrobat Reader™ or any other equivalent PDF reader.

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Official History of the Canadian Forces in The Great War Official History of the Canadian Forces in The Great War
Product No. CA0098

This is a very detailed and comprehensive account of the activities starting at the week before the outbreak of war and telling the story of the raising of the 1st Canadian Contingent, its training and the actions it fought. It concludes with the formation of the Canada Corps. and the landing of the 2nd contingent on 13th September 1915.

The CD contains a complete copy of the original text of this book, including all the maps, footnotes, references to the appendices and - of course - all of the appendix volume.

The text is completely computer searchable and we have additionally book marked major milestones in the book such as Chapter headings. These features, in conjunction with the extensive contents lists and the 44 pages of index provided by Colonel Duguid, make this an eminently accessible resource for anyone researching Canadian military activities during the early part of the Great War.

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Manners and Rules of Good Society Manners and Rules of Good Society
Product No. CA0009

"Manners maketh man," to take a quote from William of Wykeham (1324 - 1404). It seems that the development of a civilization can be measured by the complexity of its social rules and customs. At the peak of the British Empire the "Upper Classes" had developed a strict and complicated code of public behavior which was expected to be fully understood and rigidly adhered to if one wanted to be a member of society. Today we look back at the dichotomy between the lifestyle which this code of etiquette sprang from and that of the ordinary, or working, people with a surprise which borders on amazement.

Topics covered include: Introductions, Leaving Cards, Paying Calls, Forms of Address (including to royalty), Behavior at Parties, Weddings, and other Social Occasions. There are also instructions on the "forms" to be used when abroad both in "The Colonies" and in India.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand the highly stylized public interactions of the upper and middle classes in good society.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Ontario section) Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Ontario section)
Product No. CA0192-O

* New edition including previously missing page and enhanced "FastFind."

This CD provides the Ontario alphabetical directory section and the two general information sections. The complete directory is available as product number CA0192-S. Please see the listing for CA0192-S above for a full description.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

* This revised version includes the two pages missing from the original we copied. We are indebted to Audrey Underwood for her generosity for providing access to the missing pages from her copy of the original. If you wish you may go to the "Downlads" page on our web site: http://www.archivecdbooks.ca/downloads.html where you will be able to directly obtain a PDF file containing the "lost" pages from the "Missing Page Downloads" section.

We have also included a technology upgrade to the new edition which allows text searches to be performed in just seconds.

If you would like to upgrade your copy of either the complete directory, CA0192-S, or of the Ontario section, CA0192-O, ONLY, please mail your copy to us together with a check or money order for $4.00 Cdn., and your return address, and we will replace it with the new revision.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (New Brunswick section) Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (New Brunswick section)
Product No. CA0192-B

This CD provides the New Brunswick alphabetical directory section and the two general information sections. The complete directory is available as product number CA0192-S. Please see the listing for CA0192-S above for a full description.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Nova Scotia section) Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Nova Scotia section)
Product No. CA0192-N

This CD provides the Nova Scotia alphabetical directory section and the two general information sections. The complete directory is available as product number CA0192-S. Please see the listing for CA0192-S above for a full description.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Newfoundland section) Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Newfoundland section)
Product No. CA0192-M

This CD provides the Newfoundland alphabetical directory section and the two general information sections. The complete directory is available as product number CA0192-S. Please see the listing for CA0192-S above for a full description.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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Manitoba Provincial (Subscriber & Classified) Telephone Directory #119, December 1947 Manitoba Provincial (Subscriber & Classified) Telephone Directory #119, December 1947
Product No. CA0147

This directory lists all of the Provincial and Rural subscribers of Manitoba in December 1947 except those in Greater Winnipeg. The exact wording used in the directory is, “Manitoba Telephone System, Official Directory for Provincial Exchanges and Rural Districts of Manitoba exclusive of Greater Winnipeg.”

In addition there is a large section of what we would today call the Yellow Pages or the Classified Business Directory, but what this directory calls, “WHERE TO BUY IT.”

Altogether there are over 400 pages in this directory, 287 of them in the list of subscribers, each listing well over 100 numbers. The subscribers directory is arranged by exchange and there are hundreds of them. Based on a sampling, the names of the exchanges seem to be the same as place names still in use today but there are also listings of other places which were not served by their own exchange (giving the name of the exchange which did serve them) which we had very limited success in finding on a modern map. We suspect this directory may also be a useful tool for finding places whose names are no longer in use.

We have configured this CD to be text searchable using the Search or Find features of your PDF reader application. This will help you find a subscriber even if you don’t know exactly where they lived.

This is a wonderful resource to help you find people in Manitoba (outside greater Winnipeg) in 1947.

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From the Rideau to the Rhine and Back From the Rideau to the Rhine and Back
Product No. CA0206

Compiled by (Maj.) K. Weatherbe, published 1928.

The week by week account of the trials, tribulations, disappointments and glories of a group of Canadian engineers as they fought their way across Europe in support of the Canadian fighting machine. This is the story of the 6th. Field Company and Battalion, Canadian Engineers, CEF, in the Great War.

Major Weatherbe collected his materials into the form of a diary which brought the attendant problem that some entries have little to occupy them while others could fill a whole book by themselves. Yet he still manages to capture the essentials of the Company's activities, both at a battalion level, and at the level of the individual sappers, in a manner which moves along and carries the reader with it. One of the most distinguishing features of this book is that it recognizes the "other ranks" as individuals - a rarity at the time this book was written - so that they receive as much attention as the officers.

The book is completed with a "Nominal Roll" of all those who served and was as accurate as the official records allowed.

We have placed a sampler of our reproduction of this book on our Downloads page so you can see what it looks like before you buy your copy.

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The Irishman in Canada - c1877 The Irishman in Canada - c1877
Product No. CA0113

By Nicholas Flood Davin.

Possibly the first comprehensive history of the Irishman's contribution to the establishment and development of Canada written and still today one of the "standard works" on the subject. This book makes an admirable attempt to capture not only the facts of the Irish contribution but also the essence of the impact the Irish character has made on the country. The author, Mr. Davin, uses a turn of phrase and vocabulary which seems a little out of place some 125+ years later and yet his meaning is still as clear and thoughtful as ever. At a first glance it might seem that the whole 690 plus page book is all text but a more detailed examination shows that the author has cleverly used poetry for his illustration and there is frequent verse interleaved with the text both to illustrate his subject and to lighten the mood.

Despite the author and publisher having included a 6 page table of contents and an unprecedented 23 page index there is still no way to find all the earlier and influential settlers mentioned other than by reading through the complete book. Not, that is, until we had published this version on CD because we have made the whole book text searchable. At last, the valuable contents of this wonderful book have been fully unlocked!

For those of you unfamiliar with this work and who would like to browse through it before ordering your copy, we have placed a sampler on our downloads page - although I have to be the first to admit that it is impossible to get the true sense of the importance of this book from few pages selected more or less at random.

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History of the Canadian Forces, 1914-19, Medical Services History of the Canadian Forces, 1914-19, Medical Services
Product No. CA0224

By Sir Andrew MacPhail, Kt., O.B.E., M.D., C.M., LL.D., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., F.R.C.S., professor of the History of medicine, McGill University. First published 1925.

While standing alone in its own right as a revealing history of this specialized and fascinating aspect of the Great War conflict, this book was also written to become a component of the comprehensive “History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War” being written and produced under the direction and supervision of Col. A. Fortescue Duguid in his position as the Director of the Historical Section, General Staff.

Sir Andrew's writing is well planned and well implemented. He provides the relevant facts clearly, with plenty of reference to his supporting sources, and manages to explain the consequence and outcomes both at the strategic and the individual level. While it's inevitable that such a subject would involve some of the technical language of medicine there is not so much of it that the lay person cannot follow the thread with ease.

We have provided a freely downloadable sampler of pages from the book including the table of contents, a random sampling of pages from throughout, and a small segment of a large and very detailed map. Not shown in the sampler is the 24 page index provided by the original book. In addition to this index, in the actual CD we have made the whole text searchable and enabled the FastFind feature allowing you to make almost instantaneous searches for any word in the book.

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New Brunswick in the 1940's New Brunswick in the 1940's
Product No. CA0078

On this CD we are giving you complete copies of two useful books from the 1940's. The first is the Telephone directory for Western New Brunswick for July 1947, one of the few available resources for finding people living in the area between one and two generations ago.

The other is "An Historical Guide to New Brunswick" and was published as an incentive to tourist travel in 1942. This guide was provided by the New Brunswick Government Bureau of Information and Tourist Travel, in 1942, for the potential tourist so he would know where to go and what to look for when he got there. Liberally illustrated with maps, and photographs of the spots of interest, today it provides us with a, not too strenuous, history of New Brunswick, indexed by the places where the events which shaped the province took place.

The Telephone Directory is quite a normal household directory, giving name, address and phone number, and was provided to its subscribers by the New Brunswick Telephone Company, Limited, of Fredericton. It provides 112 pages of listings for private and commercial subscribers on 35 exchanges, 2 of which were actually in Maine, USA, and 5 of which were owned and operated by other Canadian telephone companies. The full list of exchanges is too long to print here but we have provided a sampler of the CD on the free Downloads page on our web site which includes the page listing the exchanges so you can see them just as they were originally printed. Major exchanges are Fredericton, Edmunston, and Woodstock.

Both the Telephone Directory and the Historical Guide are fully text searchable and we have optimized the search speed by enabling our FastFind enhancement on the CD

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Past Years in Pickering Past Years in Pickering
Product No. CA0199

Published in 1911, this book was written by William R. Wood, the one time Presbyterian Minister of Claremont, Ontario. The Pickering we think of today is a city which exists within the urban sprawl of Greater Toronto, astride the main road between Kingston and Toronto. But this book is actually about the Township of Pickering, an administration district within Durham County, comprising several communities and rural districts, just one of which originated as the village of Pickering proper.

The Rev. William has provided us with, as he puts it, "a series of sketches," taking for their subjects various aspects of life and development of the Township. These sketches are filled with references to inhabitants and families who played a role in the settling and development although for a more in-depth examination of the inhabitants we turn to his last chapter which occupies fully one third of the book and provides the biographies of hundreds of local people and, frequently, their families.

We have placed a freely downloadable sampler of pages from this book on our Downloads page for your review, and the book's Table of Contents is included in it. The author did not however provide an index, so it is something of a task to find particular names within the 316 pages of text of the actual book. Our CD republication, however, is fully text searchable and the search feature is enhanced with our FastFind technology to make your searches almost instantaneous.

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Storied Province of Quebec Vols 1 & 2 - History Storied Province of Quebec Vols 1 & 2 - History
Product No. CA0031-H

According to Col. William Wood, the editor in chief of this book, This is, "… the first which has ever taken the whole Province, Past and Present, as its theme." This claim is even more surprising considering the relatively recent publication date of 1931. On the other hand the magnitude of the task which William undertook with such spectacular results may well have defeated previous attempts. The History section of this book runs to almost 1300 pages of text and illustration and has been packaged as two volumes - although it reads as a single contiguous work.

The written details of the history are bought to life by many clear and detailed illustrations, nearly all taken from photographs and beautifully reproduced. If you are looking for a comprehensive history of the Province of Quebec then look no further, you have found it!

This 2 volume history section of the book contains both a Table of Contents and an Index, to make the contents of the book accessible but our CD reproduction has made access even more convenient because it is now completely computer searchable, and even this access has been enhanced because we have enabled out FastFind technology so your searches can be completed in mere seconds.

The 3 volume Biographies section can be found listed under the catalogue number CA0031-B and the complete book comprising all 5 volumes is listed under the number CA0031-S.

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The Story of Dundas (Ontario) - 1905 The Story of Dundas (Ontario) - 1905
Product No. CA0087

This is a highly informative book about one of the areas of what we now called Ontario, which has been heavily touched by the hand of history. The combination of its location on the main migration path into “Upper Canada” and the fertility of its land caused many a settler to stop and set up their future homes in this county of Dundas. As a result, the area is a “melting pot” of ethnic traditions, and rich in its culture.

The author, J. Smyth Carter of Rowena, Ontario, was scrupulous in his research and does his best to identify all the influences which have guided the development of this county. In addition to the influence brought by the settlers, the county’s location on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, between the cities of Cornwall and Kingston made it a prime site for the failed invasions of the 1812 conflict, and many of the old battlefields are still remembered, and can be found marked to this day.

A wonderful book for those wanting to understand the history of this area and of those who settled and developed it. Access to this cache of densely packed information has been greatly enhanced by our making this digital reproduction fully computer searchable, a facility which is further enhanced by the application of our FastFind technology which brings you your search results almost instantaneously.

We have placed a sampler of a few pages, selected more or less at random from the book, on our Downloads page for your further information.

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Horse and Harness Horse and Harness
Product No. CA0178-S

This CD is a compilation of two books about the use of horses for motive power and for transportation. Before the general use of the internal combustion engine almost the only general, land based, alternate to human muscle was to harness the muscles of animals and the first choice of animals was the horse. As a result our ancestors built up a body of knowledge about the care, training and harnessing of horses in much the same way that we today, understand and care for our motor-cars.

The two books reproduced on this CD provide a look back at two aspects of this erstwhile “common” knowledge, being:

A New System of Horse Training or Horse Education was written by Prof. H. D. Brush, and published in 1902.
Harness Catalogue No.10 - Hugh Carson Co. Ltd. - c1920.
(Click on the More information link below for a detailed description of the two books)

The gentleman who owns the catalogue refused to part with it on a permanent basis because he found it to be an irreplaceable source of details on the configuration of team harness for a project he had undertaken. He was, however, kind enough to loan it to us so we could make this valuable information available to you all. Please join with us in expressing our gratitude for his generosity.

To increase the value of this CD as a research reference we have made the text of the publications computer searchable and enhanced the search speed with our FastFind technology. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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Ottawa Past and Present Ottawa Past and Present
Product No. CA0260

Starting with the exploration of the Grand (now Ottawa) River by Samuel Champlain the story moves along to the establishment of the first settlement of farmers by Philimon Wright and then to the selection of the Rideau River as the basis of the construction of the Rideau Canal. The enormous influence this canal construction project had on the development of the area can be appreciated when it is realized that it was then the longest canal in North America and was intended to provide a safe route for powered vessels to supply the military establishment in Kingston as a “lesson learned” from the war of 1812.

Mr. Ross's account is about the people as well as the events, and he manages to relate the names of many of the local pioneers, even when their part in events was relatively minor, making this a gold mine for those searching for signs of their ancestors part in the building of the area. Having established the outline of building the area’s community Mr Ross then goes on to provide a chapter each on important topics such as: Churches & Schools, Doctors & Hospitals, Newspapers & Libraries, Lumbering, Railways, "Events" and "Milestones." The concluding chapter is an appreciation of the city of Ottawa as it stood shortly before the book's publication in 1927.

The Author provides a 15 page index to his work which is estimated to provide reference for approximately 850 people's names. Even with such a complete index our search-ability features will still be a great asset in speeding up your access to the gold mine of historical and genealogical information contained in this fascinating history. The FastFind feature has also been enabled on this CD.

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History of the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion C.E.F., Nov. 1914 to June 1919. History of the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion C.E.F., Nov. 1914 to June 1919.
Product No. CA0207

This is a faithful reproduction of the original book. We are taking the publication date of 1938 for this wonderful military history from the date on the foreword. The author or, as he styles himself, the Compiler and Assembler, Maj. H. C. Singer, ably assisted by Mr. A. A. Peebles, has left us a document which will at once satisfy both the military strategist and those looking to understand the personal experiences of this group of fighting Canadians.

This is the story of the the 31st. Battalion, otherwise known as the Alberta Regiment, which was raised in November 1914 as a component of the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, one third of the 2nd. Canadian Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF.)

It is hard to do justice to a book like this in such a short review but if you know of anyone who was a part of this Battalion you owe it to yourself to read this book so you know what they went through in the service of their country.

The complete book has been OCR'd so that its text can be searched by your computer. Altogether, 515 high quality scanned pages in our normal PDF format. A sampler of the book is available on our Downloads page.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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Early Canadian Life - Vol. 1 Dec. 1976 - Dec. 1977 Early Canadian Life - Vol. 1 Dec. 1976 - Dec. 1977
Product No. CA0295-1

Published by us in Volumes starting in December 1976.

Our reproduction of this periodical resulted from an online discussion of some detail of pioneer life in Canada which has long since slipped into obscurity. The important outcome, however, was our introduction to Joyce Beaton who, together with her partner Janice Johnston, published this periodical between 1976 and 1980. While not in the "front line" of "hard genealogical data" the multitude of stories and articles in it do fill in a great deal of that all-iimportant background on our ancestors lives. It was for this reason that we are providing a wider availability of these original publications through the media of a digital format. Nominated as "Best News Magazine in Canada in 1975" I cannot provide you with a better description that that given the first ever issue (Click on more information link below).

Volumes 2 - 4 will be available soon.

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The 2nd Canadian Heavy Battery in the World War 1914 to 1919 The 2nd Canadian Heavy Battery in the World War 1914 to 1919
Product No. CA0302

Compiled and published well after the end of the Great War, in 1932, for the 2nd C.H.B. Old Boys Association by James A. Argo, this tiny book is a very concise account of the activities of the the Battery in the 1914 - 1919 period.

It is divided into four sections as follows:
• "Record of the Battery from mobilization in 1914 to demobilization in 1919 including battle engagements and Battery positions."
• "Chronology of the World War 1914 to 1919 and Miscellaneous Information."
• "2nd. C.H.B. Old Boys' Association Constitution and Nominal Roll"
• "Maps of Western Front and Peace Proclamation dated Mons, Nov. 11, 1918,"

Within these sections will also be found "Honor Rolls", Battle Listings, Statistics and the home addresses of the "old boys" current at the time of publication.

Presumably intended as a "pocket book" it measures only 4 in. by 6 1/2 in. in height and has been made using a very small print. This has limited the detailed legibility of the pages somewhat although there is no difficulty in normal reading. We have consequently fully hand edited the computer read index of the book so that computer search accuracy is up to our normal standards, close to 100%.

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Patents of Canada from 1824 to 1849. Patents of Canada from 1824 to 1849.
Product No. CA0262

Published in 1860 by the Bureau of Agriculture and Statistics, Canada and printed by Lovell & Gibson, Yonge St., Toronto.

By 1860 the rate and volume of claims for Patent protection in Canada had reached a point where the Patent Offices(s) decided they must, periodically, make public all the Letters Patent it had granted. This book is a direct result of that decision and is the first of a continuing series of such publications in Canada. Before Lower* and then Upper* Canada were self governing all such patent applications would have to be made through the British Government so it is that the first Canadian patent was granted in Lower Canada in 1824. The first patent in the book granted in Upper Canada is dated 14 July, 1831 although residents of Upper Canada did register their inventions in Lower Canada prior to that date. Any patents granted to British citizens resident in Canada prior to 1824 will probably be found in the British Patent Office.
* The old designations of Upper and Lower Canada approximate to the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec today.

Click the more information link for a detailed description of the book's contents.

In genealogical terms the obvious value of this book is in finding a detailed insight into the work of an ancestor, but a broader lesson can be learned from the subjects of the inventions which, necessity being the mother of invention, we can assume reflects the needs of the everyday life of the Canadian settler. From this perspective it would appear that horse drawn hay rakes and cooking / heating stoves were in short supply. On the other hand, the range of inventions is very broad; from an improved bee hive to a better steam engine, indicating a continued striving for an improvement in life style and a need to work more effectively.

This is an unusual and fascinating record of the fertile imaginations of the early inhabitants of Canada as they strove for a better and easier life in their new homeland.

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Work of the Canadian Archives, 1908 - 1913 Work of the Canadian Archives, 1908 - 1913
Product No. CA0358-A

Full titles: Report of the Work of the (Public) Archives (Branch) for the year [1908, 1909, 1010, 1912 & 1913] by Arthur G. Doughty, Dominion Archivist. (872 pages)

Each year the Archives branch sent a written report to the Minister of Agriculture (and later to the Secretary of State) listing the documents they had received and processed into the archives. This book is a collection of five of these reports for the years 1908 through 1913 - with the exception of the 1911 report (no explanation given).

These reports provide no Introduction or Preface to explain their content or the principals governing the purpose of the recording, but from a little simple research and an examination of the content, we can conclude that:
• In addition to the responsibility for collecting and storing important Canadian documents (assigned to the Department of Agriculture in 1872), the responsibility for "selecting and preserving valuable records" was added 1903, which probably lead to the creation of a separate department of Public Archives of Canada in 1912, by an act of parliament.
• Many documents important to the recording of Canada's past were archived in the countries who had been the protagonists in the early conflicts over its ownership. These records needed to be transfered (or at the very least copied) into the Canadian archives.
• The records selected for preservation dealt with all manner of topics ranging from the formal agreements between Nations to the settling of local disputes between citizens in the towns and countryside of Canada.
• Some of these records originated during the earliest expeditions exploring and attempting settlement, in the 1600's for example. The originals of such records were handwritten in the language chosen by the reporter, so to assist with their preservation and to make them more accessible the Archives staff undertook to provide transcriptions, and many of these, apparently quite literal, transcriptions are published as a part of the reports.

We are pleased to be working with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFSHGO), and particularly with Betty Warburton (librarian) and her staff, to digitize some of the older and more fragile documents in their library.  This will allow them to extend the life of these valuable old documents and, at the same time, make them more available to family historians everywhere.  Please join with us to thank them for their generosity of spirit and to congratulate them on their foresight.

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Sketches of Irish Soldiers in Every Land - 1881 Sketches of Irish Soldiers in Every Land - 1881
Product No. CAI0360

By Col. James E. McGee, originally published 1881.

This is an interesting and entertaining book of 329 pages which takes a "broad brush" approach to the title subject which, as the author admits in his Preface, " …would require an ordinary lifetime to arrange … with any thing like system, and to record … with a proper degree of clearness and fidelity." Instead he takes a "stroll" through accounts of the experiences and adventures of well known Irishmen warriors who lived through the three centuries leading up to the middle of the 19th Century. Nor, as you might gather from the title, are these adventures conducted solely on Irish soil. The reputation of the "Fighting Irish" was such that they readily found employment, both as individuals as well as ready made fighting units, in many parts of the World - both Old and New.

A treasure both for the student of military history and for the genealogists attempting to understand the lives and motivation of their Irish ancestors who followed a military career.

Although laid out in an approximately chronological order the reader will find this digital edition offers superior accessibility to the content of this wonderful book because the whole text is fully computer searchable so any key word can be instantly found, and with it the relevant passage.

We are pleased to be working with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) to make digital copies of some works in their library so that the originals can be saved from everyday use while the content is made available to a wider audience. Please join with us to thank BIFHSGO, and particularly Betty Warburton (librarian) and her staff, for their generosity of spirit and their foresight in preserving these valuable old books.

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Berlin Celebration of Cityhood, 1912 Berlin Celebration of Cityhood, 1912
Product No. CA0311

Authorized by the City of Berlin but with no author of note. This 233 page book is beautifully produced in full colour (for the day) as a trophy of Berlin's graduation to the stature of City. While it was already the principal town of Waterloo County there was no inkling, at this point, that within 4 years, as a consequence of the outbreak of war with Germany, it would change its name to Kitchener, which is how we know it today.

It quickly becomes clear from the book that the inhabitants are proud both of their heritage and of the success which Berlin is having in commercial, industrial and cultural growth. To quote from the book's own introduction: "In the pages of this Book we give you Berlin - Old and New - we trace her history from the time when her first hardy pioneers in 1799 crossed the border into the then unknown forests which to them proved to be indeed the Promised Land, and outline the events which for over one hundred years have led up to her position of preeminence as a City as we know it in 1912."

This book is a mine of information, both public and personal, about Berlin, now Kitchener, as it assumes the stature of City and comes "of age." Virtually every aspect of public and private life is mentioned with an emphasis being placed on the recollection of the names of those who have left their mark on the area's development.

Clink of the More information link below for a detailed description of the book's contents.

We have provided a full set of "bookmarks," which effectively provide a Table of Contents, and allows quick access to specific areas of the book, we have also added electronic page numbers - which are simply a serialization of all the printed pages in the book (the blank pages being omitted.) And finally our enhanced computer search-ability substitutes better for any index that a traditional publisher / printer could provide.

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The History of the Twentieth Canadian Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) C.E.F. in the Great War, 1914 - 1918. The History of the Twentieth Canadian Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) C.E.F. in the Great War, 1914 - 1918.
Product No. CA0369

This book is the result of work by a committee formed for the purpose of writing a commemorative history of the Battalion and led by Maj. D. J. Corrigall, D.S.O., M.C. It was published in 1935. The history takes 323 pages, including the first three appendices. Appendix IV is a Nominal Roll of the Battalion and consists of a further 268 pages for a total of 591.

The main narrative of the book provides a chronological account of the overseas operations of the Battalion when it was called into active service in the European theatre. This narrative is well written and amply illustrated with interesting anecdotes, maps and portraits. Much of the basis for the narrative was taken from archived official documents but the salient facts have been cross checked with, and confirmed by, many personal recollections and records.

Following the main narrative come four appendices, the first three of which record the Battalions honours and awards while the fourth runs about half the length of the entire volume and provides the Nominal Roll of the 20th Battalion in the period from 1914 to 1919.

Well illustrated with 39 plates and maps, this is an excellent account of the 20th Battalion’s part in the Great War, including a briefer account of the preceding, and post demob., history, well supported with factual appendices including a very long Nominal Roll. The whole text of the book is fully computer searchable and the search speed is enhanced by our FastFind enabling. We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book on our Downloads page, together with a list of names extracted from the Nominal Roll.

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The Century Cyclopedia of Names The Century Cyclopedia of Names
Product No. CA0068

While the Century Company was compiling its Dictionary in the late 1800's it decided to draw all the proper name references it found into a separate appendix to be included in the last of the dictionary's eight volumes. When they completed the dictionary they found that the appendix of names was so large it justified a complete volume of its own. Consequently the first edition of the Cyclopedia of Names, for the single year of 1894, was published as a stand alone book. This is the edition of the book which has been reproduced here.

We are told there are over 25,000 name entries and from its weight alone that's easy to believe! Measuring 34 cm high by 25 cm wide and its 1085 pages making it over 6 cm thick, it is certainly one of our largest and heaviest books.

The names in the book are from all sources, all countries as well as from both fact and fiction although being an American publisher there may be some bias. Each entry provides a pronunciation guide and an etymology giving either: the earliest recognized use or, the life facts if it is a person. This will be an invaluable source of personal chronology if you were researching one of the characters cited.

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Rural Directory for the Electoral District of Lincoln, Ontario - January 1929 Rural Directory for the Electoral District of Lincoln, Ontario - January 1929
Product No. CA0069

This is a list of householders for the Rural Electoral District of Lincoln, Ontario, a district which covers the following towns & villages: Beamsville, Bismarck, Caistor Centre, Caistorville, Campden, Grassie, Grimsby, Grimsby Beach, Jordan, Jordan Harbour, Jordan Station, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston, St. Ann's, St. Davids, Smithville, Vineland, Vineland Station, Virgil, Wellandport. Altogether 2,276 households. In addition it lists the following Post Office Rural routes: Beamsville No. 1, 2, & 3, Bismarck No. 1, Caistor Centre No. 1, 2, & 3, Grassie No. 1, Grimsby No. 1, Jordan No. 1, Jordan Station No. 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake No. 1 & 2, St. Ann's No. 1, St. Catharines No. 1, 2, 3, & 4, Smithville No. 1, 2, & 3, Vineland No. 1, Wellandport No. 1, 2, & 3. Altogether 2,034 households.

This directory DOES NOT cover the metropolitan area of St. Catharines including Merritton & Port Dalhousie.

The quality of the original is too poor to allow a successful OCR. The names are in alphabetical order, so the human eye has a far better chance of deciphering the document.

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Stoddard's Lectures - Canada, Malta & Gibraltar - 1902 Stoddard's Lectures - Canada, Malta & Gibraltar - 1902
Product No. CA0037-X2

John L. Stoddard was an American gentleman Victorian adventurer who explored the world and brought his tales and pictures back to an audience of Victorian town dwellers eager to share his “wild” experiences. One of the pioneers of photography, every page is illustrated with at least one of his remarkable pictures.

Despite his Victorian heritage Mr. Stoddard’s written style remains very readable and could easily be mistaken for the writing of a contemporary author were it not that the subject had undergone such profound change since his time.

The two combined lectures on Canada occupy 240 pages, Malta 58 pages while Gibraltar is covered in 30 pages. The index is based on place names and major topics while the list of illustrations is in order of appearance but each entry is usually started with a place name. The book's text is fully computer searchable.

A wonderful living image of Canada, Malta and Gibraltar at the turn of the last century. Approximately 400 photographs. This is a reproduction of the 1911 edition and so includes a number of "colorized" plates.

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The Winslow Papers AD 1776 - 1826 The Winslow Papers AD 1776 - 1826
Product No. CA0081

Rev. W. O. Raymond (Editor)

A long description but well deserved by this gem of our collection. One look at the state of the original will tell you how well it has been used. Fortunately the inside is in wonderful condition so this edition is eminently readable. This book has been described as, "One of the richest collections of loyalist materials known to exist." Even its own preface says it "... will be found to contain the largest and most important collection of public and private papers relative to the early history of the maritime provinces ..."

The Winslow family in North America descended from Edward Winslow who, together with his young wife, came to America as one of the "Mayflower pilgrims." He helped to established the colony of Plymouth in 1620 and then became it's first Governor. The earliest papers in this collection date from 1776 when his great grandson (also named Edward) was a man of some importance in Plymouth. Many of these early letters recount the private and public experiences of Mr. Winslow as a loyalist living through the revolutionary war. This tumult ultimately resulted in his leaving Plymouth to settle in Nova Scotia, by way of Halifax, in 1783.

Although Rev W. O. Raymond included an extensive 16 page index in the original New Brunswick Historical Society publication it was still found necessary, in the 1960's, to draft and publish a separate index to get the best benefit from the book. You won't need any extra index with this CD! Our publication makes the Winslow papers computer searchable for the first time. Our unique publication technique allows you to view an image of the original pages and still have the ability to search for every occurrence for your search term, be it a person, event, or a place. Possibly the most accessible publication of this rare and valuable Atlantic Provinces historical record ever.

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Irish (Canada & USA) Song Books, Erin-go-Bragh & Faugh-A-Ballagh -c1873 Irish (Canada & USA) Song Books, Erin-go-Bragh & Faugh-A-Ballagh -c1873
Product No. CA0095

When we were first offered this "old song book" we were uncertain if it would be suitable for our publications. We finally decided to ask Mary Yeatman Robinson, the book's current custodian, to loan it to us because we could not find any trace of it on any of our normal references for old and rare books.

When it arrived and we'd had time to look at it a little harder it became clear that; first it was two separate song books bound together in one home made cover, and that there was no trace of either of them in any of our normal reference sources. (There are plenty of song books using the same names but none with these collections.) That, together with their rather advanced state of dilapidation, decided us that what was needed was a rescue mission, not just the normal "copy to make it more available."

Only one of the two books still has a title page left and showed it had been published in New York in 1873. We think that the other book came from the same publishing house and is about the same age. Both books are full of anglicized versions of traditional Irish ballads, although the Faugh-a-Ballagh also includes "side splitting stories and anecdotes."

Between them these two books contain over 100 ballads and stories, even allowing for the two or three that were already missing.

We have made the titles searchable (but not the text.) If you are proud of your Irish heritage, or just enjoy traditional Irish songs, this is a collection which came close to disappearing forever.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (PEI section) Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (PEI section)
Product No. CA0192-P

This CD provides the Prince Edward Island alphabetical directory section and the two general information sections. The complete directory is available as product number CA0192-S. Please see the listing for CA0192-S above for a full description.

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History of Saskatchewan and its People - Complete in 3 Volumes History of Saskatchewan and its People - Complete in 3 Volumes
Product No. CA0222-C

Written by John Hawkes and first published in 1924, this work of over 2000 pages was originally bound as three volumes, but organized into two subject areas. The whole of vol. 1 and a good part of vol. 2 contains the “story” of Saskatchewan while the remainder of vol. 2 and the whole of vol. 3 is packed with the biographies of about 660 prominent Saskatchewans, and more than 50 photographic portraits. The “story” section is also illustrated with over 235 photographs of subjects such as early dwellings and settlements, people, natural history, and many fascinating early photographs of native people and their ceremonies.

This work is a rich treasure trove for genealogists and historians. Of special interest to anyone seeking the experience of early Saskatchewan are the recounted tales of the original settlers and pioneers which John has used as a part of the rich "story" section.

For those whose interests are restricted to only the stories or the biographies section we have released individual CDs carrying only those sections see CA0222-H and CA0222-B, at a more economical price.

As usual, we have placed a "sampler" on our downloads page so you can see a little of what is in these fabulous volumes, including the tables of contents for the "history" section and the lists of names of the biography subjects. The whole of the book has been formatted for searches using Adobe Reader™ or similar application, and enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results can be presented almost instantaneously.

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Storied Province of Quebec Vols 3, 4 & 5 - Biographies Storied Province of Quebec Vols 3, 4 & 5 - Biographies
Product No. CA0031-B

Originally published as a four volume set by the Dominion Publishing Company in 1931, a fifth volume was added in 1932.

The biographies comprise fully 3 of the total five volumes in this set and the complete index of biographies in volume 5 provides guided access to over 9,000 individual names - being members of more than 1,500 families. We have, however, noticed that the index is not exhaustive. It provides entries for only those having the same family name as the main subject, but not for others related to the family by marriage, and so appear in the biographies bearing their own family name.

In addition to the written biographical / historical details there are approximately 350 full page, high quality, portraits of the biographical subjects.

We have abstracted the names from the book's composite index and listed them in a file which you may freely access from our web sites "Downloads" page so you can check for the presence of your ancestors. Don't forget, though, that there are many names in the text that do not appear in the index so check for pre-marriage names as well.

The 2 volume History section can be found listed under the catalogue number CA0031-H and the complete book comprising all 5 volumes is listed under the number CA0031-S.

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Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties, Ontario Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties, Ontario
Product No. CA0168

This Illustrated Historical Atlas is a great resource for researchers trying to locate people in the three important, adjacent counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Important because the city of Kingston, the one time seat of government in Canada, lies in the county of Frontenac and this was a major area for imigration for the United Empire Loyalists. The publication date for the atlas is 1878 and while it is silent about the age of the data - and the maps are undated - it probably represents the situation in the period between 1876 and 1878. (The latest date of settlement in the Patrons Directory is 1877 while the “Historical Description mentions events which took place in 1878.)

We have made the text parts of the book computer searchable and have enabled the FastFind search enhancement for your convenience. These atlases have long been recognized as a major resource in Canadian Genealogical research but they are rarely seen restored to their original full color, full double spread, configuration and we are sure you will not only find this atlas a useful but also a rewarding read.

This is a physically large book the pages being about 17” tall by 13” wide so that open a full map can be 17” x 23”. At this size the only practical way to study the maps is to place the book on a table and to stand over the page. Even then it is difficult to access some areas of the page at the close range which is required to read the smaller writing, leading to a significant danger of damaging the page edges by unintended contact. All areas of this digital version can be viewed from a comfortable seated position at any magnification, and the orientation of the page can easily be rotated to the preference of the reader. All in all we believe you will find this digital reproduction both attractive and practical.

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The Proudfoot Papers per L&M.H.S. The Proudfoot Papers per L&M.H.S.
Product No. CA0276-P1

The Rev. William Proudfoot was sent, as a missionary, to Canada by a branch of the Presbyterian church in Scotland in 1832. From the time of his appointment he kept a journal, or daily diary, of his activities, his impressions, and of the events in his daily life. This included both professional and secular matters and also seems to have filled the role of account book, as well as his personal reminder. It was from this journal, or more correctly from the collection of many individual volumes of this journal, plus a collection of draft and received letters as well as other family mementos, that Miss Harriet Priddis extracted and recorded this fascinating insight into the life of one of the earliest settlers in the London, Middlesex area of Ontario. I should hasten to add though, that the geographical area covered by this account extends well beyond that area as it starts in Scotland and includes records of many of Rev. Proudfoot’s excursions along the St. Lawrence waterway and into several other parts of what we now call Ontario (then Upper Canada or Canada West.)

Harriet Priddis was given access to the papers by the Proudfoot family and it seemed to have been her plan to extract and copy passages which contained significant historical and genealogical information, publishing them as a series of papers to be presented to the London and Middlesex Historical Society, an organization in which she was a leading light. Unfortunately she died before the third collection was ready and it was only through the intervention of Fred. Landon that the third collection was finally presented. In his introduction to the third episode Mr Landon writes about further episodes but we have not been able to find any evidence of any further publications of Proudfoot extracts by this organization.

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1837 Rebellion Losses (Canada): Claimants for Damages, 1849 1837 Rebellion Losses (Canada): Claimants for Damages, 1849
Product No. CA0297

Here is a very rare and useful piece of data. As a by-product of the 1837 Rebellion (or Troubles - depending on your point of view) a number of early Canadians made claims for compensation for losses of property, business and in some cases physical capabilities (i.e., personal injuries.) These claims were made against the administration of Canada and as Canada was still a "Crown Colony" they ended up in front of the British House of Commons for consideration. This document then is an, "…Appendix to the First Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Losses occasioned by the Troubles in Canada …" and "Ordered … to be printed 6 June 1849." It consists of 42 close printed pages.

Obviously the only claims being considered were those made by supporters of the administrations side of the rebellion so almost all of the 2176 claimants are residents of Lower Canada (Quebec.) The appendix is formatted as a list giving the claimants name and place of residence, the details of the claim as presented to a former and the present commission, the date of the "injury" and, in some cases, "remarks" concerning the claim.

Fully computer searchable and enhanced with FastFind technology, the researcher will be able to find out if their subject was a victim of "The Troubles" and if so what value of losses they sustained and in some cases, even the details of the loss.

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Histoire de Longueuil et de la famille de Longueuil Histoire de Longueuil et de la famille de Longueuil
Product No. CA0331

690p, errata (3), 11 planches hors-texte, dont 2 cartes géographiques.
TABLE DES MATIÈRES.
INTRODUCTION et PRÉFACE
CH I. (1535-1642) LONGUEUIL AVANT SA FONDATION.
CH II (1642-1657) CHARLES LE MOYNE : SES PREMIÈRES ANNÉES.
CH III. (1657-1668) FONDATION DE LONGUEUIL.
CH IV. (1668-1681) ERECTION DE LA SEIGNEURIE.
CH V. (1681-1685) RECENSEMENT DE 1681 MORT DE CHS. LE MOYNE.
CH VI. (1661-1706) D'IBERVILLE.
CH VII (1680-1768) BIENVILLE (Second).
CH VIII. SAINTE-HÉLÈNE ET AUTRES ENFANTS DE LE MOYNE.
CH IX. (1685-1700) PREMIER BARON DE LONGUEUIL.—ERECTION DU FORT.
CH X. (1700-1723) BARONNIE DE LONGUEUIL.
CH XI (1723-1729) PREMIERE ÉGLISE.
CH XII. (1729-1755) BARONS DE LONGUEUIL BRANCHE CADETTE.
CH XIII. (1755-1791) CESSION DU CANADA GUERRE DE 1775.
CH XIV. (1791-1837) COMTÉ DE KENT, PLUS TARD, CHAMBLY.
CH XV. (1789-1837) MGR. DENAUT EGLISE DE 1811.
CH XVI. (1837-1845) RÉVOLTE DE 1837-38 FONDATION DU COUVENT.
CH XVII. (1845-1889) VILLAGE, VILLE ET PAROISSE DE LONGUEUIL MUNICIPALITÉS.
CH XVIII. (1845-1889) RR. MM. BRASSARD, THIBAULT ET TASSÉ, CURÉS.—CONSTRUCTION DE L'ÉGLISE ACTUELLE.
CH XIX. COLLÈGE.—MUNICIPALITÉS SCOLAIRES.
CH XX. (1845-1889) HOSPICE SAINT-ANTOINE DIVERSES INSTITUTIONS.
CH XXI. (1841-1889) FAMILLES GRANT ET DE MONTENACH NOTES BOUTIQUES.
CH XXII. (1840-1889) LONGUEUIL PROGRÈS MATÉRIEL.
CH XXIII (1657-1889) MUNICIPALITÉ DE SAINT-LAMBERT ILE SAINTE-HÉLÈNE.
CONCLUSION, APPENDICE, INDEX DES NOMS
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Historical Sketch of Markham Township 1793 - 1950 Historical Sketch of Markham Township 1793 - 1950
Product No. CA0339

Published in 1950 to mark the 100th anniversary of the existence of Municipal Government in Markham Township, this book tells the history of the area since the earliest European settlers started to carve themselves a farm - and a living - out of the virgin forest, in 1793. The book is the work of many authors but it was assembled by the Historical Committee of the Markham Municipal Corporation led by Alex. D. Bruce.

Markham is indeed fortunate that the history of at least one of its first settlers is so well recorded and the tales of Nicholas Miller's family are truly fascinating. Following these primary settlers the book goes on to describe the arrival of the "Berczy Settlers," as well as those who followed giving accounts of their community activities, pastoral, social and municipal. The first part of the book is completed with an annual diary of significant events in the development of the township up until 1950.

The second part of the book is composed of a collection of interesting, but diverse, articles providing such information as the names of "Pioneer Medical Men" and the Development of the Township Roads, to give just two examples.

A concise, no-nonsense, book of about 106 pages includes copies of many nice old photographs and provides a great grounding in the history of the first 157 years of Markham township's existence and commemorates the memory of many of the area's pioneers and its more publicly visible citizens.

The original book has a table of contents but no index. In this digitized edition, together with the clear, high resolution scans of every page you get full computer search-ability, i.e., an index, of every word in the text with the search speed enhanced by the use of our FastFind technology.

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The First Fifty Years of the Church of England in the Province of New Brunswick. 1783 - 1833 The First Fifty Years of the Church of England in the Province of New Brunswick. 1783 - 1833
Product No. CA0312

by G. Herbert Lee, A. M. (Barrister at Law) published in 1880.

Written and published at the request of The New Brunswick Historical Society the author provides an invaluable record of the various individuals, and events, responsible for the introduction of the Church of England to the Canada colony and subsequently to its growth in the province of New Brunswick.

This history starts, in 1783, with the formation of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, in England. The object of this Society was to establish Christianity in the emerging British colonies and territories such as North America and Australia. Thus the beginnings of the Anglican Church in Canada is interwoven in, and heavily influenced by, the growth of the (later) US colonies, particularly as a consequence of the American Revolution and resultant removal of dispossessed US citizens to Nova Scotia as deported Loyalists. The book explains and follows these tumultuous events and interprets them in terms of their consequence on the growth of the infant Canadian church.

The first resident Bishops of Canada are identified and their life and works are outlined. The book then follows the parallel growth of Canada and the Anglican church, paying particular attention to the lives of the Bishops and key active church followers in what eventually became the province of New Brunswick after its sub-division from Nova Scotia. The growth over the period of focus is catalogued, area by area, starting with Fredericton, and followed by St. John, Maugerville, St. Andrews, Kingston, Gagetown, Woodstock, Sussex, Westfield, St. Stephen, Hampton, Miramichi, St. George, Grand Lake, Westmoreland County & Sackville, Carleton, Bathurst, Shediac, Portland and finally Grand Manan.

The book concludes with an interesting set of appendices giving facts about the personnel and establishments of the colonial church during the period of the book's study.

A remarkably compact (145p) source of much information about the Church and its key personnel, made all the more accessible by its being instantly computer searchable with our FastFind technology enhancement.

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One Hundred Years with the Baptists of Amherst, N.S. - 1910 One Hundred Years with the Baptists of Amherst, N.S. - 1910
Product No. CA0143

Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Baptists church in Amherst, many hands participated in the writing and editing of this book although Rev. D. A. Steel, D.D. and Mrs. Grace McLeod Rogers receive special mention for their sizeable contributions.

As could be expected the book is a recapitulation and recording of numerous old documents and the memories of those who had lived through much of the preceding years. There tends to be a preoccupation with the recording of the lives of the pastors, both resident and visiting, who had taken care of the church during the period, and with the fabric of the building where the meetings had taken place. But the members of the congregation are not ignored and they are singled out and recognized where appropriate within the recounting starting with a list of the first 18 members of the church. Indeed the text concludes with chapters dedicated to listing the Assistant Pastors, Licentiates, and Deacons who had held office throughout the 100 years. Following a program of the celebratory events (scheduled to take place over a four day period) there is a list of resident and non-resident members of the church - taken to be a contemporary although, no such designation is obvious in the book.

One interesting revelation which is made early in the book is that, as a result of newly (at the time) discovered records, it seems that the centenary should have been been held in the previous year (1909) as there is a mention of a church meeting being held in 1809.

The book consists of (numbered) 59 text and (unnumbered) 20 photographic plates - for a total of 79 pages. Because it is the accumulation of a large number of authors’ contributions the location of specific information is sometimes hard to predict which makes the computer search-ability of this digital edition particular useful. We have further enhanced this facility by enabling our FastFind technology which will make your searches even faster.

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Canada as a National Property, 1926 Canada as a National Property, 1926
Product No. CA0032

This is an "advertising" book published by the Canadian Government to encourage immigration during the 1920s. To suit this purpose the book provides a great deal of information on the types of employment available in the various areas of the country and on the volume and growth of these industries since 1900.

There are nine colored maps showing the distribution of major industries like agriculture, mining and forestry.

There are also a number of photographs, engravings, tables and diagrams illustrating the types of conditions to be expected by the immigrant.

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The Ottawa City Directory - 1909 The Ottawa City Directory - 1909
Product No. CA0123

A very complete and useful directory of Ottawa and Hull for 1909, including the (then) outlying districts of OTTAWA:
Billings Bridge
Eastview (Old Cummings Bridge, Janeville & Clarkstown)
MECHANICSVILLE
Rockliffe Park

The directory gives an alphabetical list of all business firms and private citizens; a classified business and a miscellaneous directory; and a complete street guide showing the occupier of every building on every street and the intersecting cross streets.

A really valuable resource for Ottawa - Hull researchers.

The contents of this book have been OCR’d so that text searches may be conducted.

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History of Nova Scotia - 1916 Vol III History of Nova Scotia - 1916 Vol III
Product No. CA0085

This is Vol 3 only of this famous 3 volume work but it's the one genealogists are looking for. Published in 1916 this volume is completely filled with "Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of the Older Families."

To help you determine if your ancestors appear in this volume we have extracted the Biographical Index of Names as it appears in the book. Don't forget that the biographies also contain the "maiden" names of married ladies - both as "in-law's" and children's spouses - but these will not appear in the index.

Biographies List

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We have formatted this CD copy for text searches using the "Search" or "Find" features of any of the standard freely available PDF file readers. We recommend the use of Adobe Reader™ version 4 or better, for maximum compatibility.

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History of Saskatchewan and its People - History Section History of Saskatchewan and its People - History Section
Product No. CA0222-H

Written by John Hawkes and first published in 1924, this is a work of over 2000 pages which is bound as three volumes but organized into two subject areas. The whole of vol. 1 and good part of vol. 2 contains the "story" of Saskatchewan. The "story" section is also liberally illustrated with over 235 photographs illustrating subjects such as early dwellings and settlements, individuals, natural history, and including many fascinating early photographs of native people and their ceremonies.

This work is a rich treasure trove for genealogists and historians. Of special interest to anyone seeking the experience of early Saskatchewan are the recounted tales of the original settlers and pioneers which John has used as a part of the rich "story" section. For those whose interests are restricted to only the "story" section we have released this individual CD, although for only a little more you could own the CD containing the whole three volume work see CA0222-C.

As usual, we have placed a "sampler" on our downloads page so you can see a little of what is in these fabulous volumes, including the tables of contents for the "history" section and the lists of names of the biography subjects. The whole of the book has been formatted for searches using Adobe Reader™ or similar application, and enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results can be presented almost instantaneously.

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Storied Province of Quebec Vols 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Storied Province of Quebec Vols 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Product No. CA0031-S

Originally published as a four volume set by the Dominion Publishing Company in 1931, a fifth volume was added in 1932. The binding and format of the fifth volume is identical to that of the previous four and no explanation is offered for the delay in its release. It is however, just like volumes 3 and 4, solely a collection of additional biographies, so the possibility exists that it contains submissions which were received too late to be included in the previous year’s issue.

A detailed description of the books contents can be read by clicking on the "More Information" link below.

For those who do not need the complete work the 3 volume Biographies section can be found listed under the catalogue number CA0031-B and the 2 volume History is listed under the number CA0031-H.

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Papers & Records Vol. I (1899), Ontario Historical Society Papers & Records Vol. I (1899), Ontario Historical Society
Product No. CA0171-99

This is a complete reproduction of the papers presented to the Ontario Historical Society in its formation year (1899.) These annual publications are often a gold mine of valuable genealogy and history information but it can be difficult to recognize because it tends to be “hidden” within the overall “Papers and Records” volume title. For this reason we have also published most of the individual papers presented herein as “Gleanings” under more descriptive titles. The following is a list of the contents of this volume and for further descriptions of those papers noted as being published as Gleanings we suggest you consult our Catalogue’s Gleanings descriptions.

Contents:
Introductory p3
Ontario Historical Society (Formation)CAG037
Rev. John Langhorn—Personal Note CAG038 / 039 / 040
Marriage Record of Rev. John Langhorn, No. 1- CAG038
Rev. G. O'Kill Stuart's Register at St. John's Church, Bath CAG038
Marriage Register of St. John's Church, Ernest Town, No. 2 CAG038
Langhorn's Book No. 3 CAG038
In the Parish Register of St. George, Kingston CAG038 / 40
A Register of Baptisms for the Township of Fredericksburgh CAG039
Rev. John Langhorn's Records, 1787-1813—Burials CAG040
Rev. John Langhorn Register of St. Paul's Church, Fredericksburgh CAG038
Rev. Robert McDowall—Personal Note CAG041 / 42
McDowall Marriage Register CAG041
A Register of Baptisms by the Rev. Robert McDowall CAG042
Marriage Register of Stephen Conger, J.P., Hallowell CAG043
Some Descendants of Joseph Brant CAG044
Remarks on the Maps from St. Regis to Sault Ste. Marie CAG045
Sketch of Peter Teeple, Loyalist and Pioneer, 1762-1847 CAG046
The Cameron Rolls, 1812 CAG047
The Talbot Settlement and Buffalo in 1816 p139

The “Introductory” - p3 - is a short note by the “Editorial Committee” introducing the publication and explaining the background to some of the content.
The “The Talbot Settlement and Buffalo in 1816” - p139 - is a reprint of a personal letter from an early settler to his brother.

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Hudson Bay or Everyday Life in the Wilds of North America Hudson Bay or Everyday Life in the Wilds of North America
Product No. CA0164

Here is a narrative of first hand experience in the service of the Hudson Bay Company during the 1840s. This was the first book written by Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825 - 1894) although not his first experience at writing as he spent much of his free time in Canada writing down his adventures so his mother could read what an experience her son was having. It was not until the end of his period of employment that he decided to rewrite his experiences in book form. When published his book was so successful that he continued to write story books for boys for the rest of his life. This is the only one based on actual experience although he always researched the background to his stories carefully. Being written as much to entertain as to instruct, this book is easy to read and has the feel of a novel - even containing dialogue in some places. On the whole, we are told, it is a true account of the actual personal experience of the author during his six years spent in Canada.

We are grateful to Joyce Johnson for allowing us to make a copy of her book so that you may also have the benefit of this "easy" introduction to the activities of one of Canada's great institutions. Please join with us in thanking Joyce for her generosity.

The text in this book has been formatted so that it can be searched using the "Search" and "Find" features of the freely available PDF file reading applications. We recommend using Adobe Reader (TM) V4 or later for maximum compatibility.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871
Product No. CA0192-S

* New edition including previously missing page and enhanced "FastFind."

Other than the government's official census this is probably the most exhaustive single source of information on the inhabitants of "The Dominion," and the two closely allied but still independent Provinces of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, in this period. In the Preface to the directory John Lovell, the editor and publisher, sets out the background to the conception and production of this mammoth work and from this it can be seen that his objective was to identify as many individuals as possible in the 6 Provinces. He did, however, appear to limit himself to listing only the "heads" of families and independent residents such as borders and roomers. Unlike so many contemporary directories, it includes people from all "walks" of life so laborers, farmers, tradesmen, merchants, "professionals," military, clergy, politicians, consuls and even representatives of the Crown all get "equal billing." Also in the alphabetically arranged lists are businesses and stores, usually showing the proprietor or manager as well as the address of the business. Frequently the business proprietors and managers are also listed in their own homes as well. Each listing for individuals gives the full name the occupation(s), the street address and an indication of the type of residence such as "h" for house, or "bds" for boards. The "commercial" listings give the name of the business, the nature of the business, the person to contact and the street address.

This is an essential resource for anyone researching Eastern and Central Canada in the late 1800's.

This is an enormous book of in excess of 2,500 pages. In order to make it more financially accessible to those who are only interested in one or two provinces we have published our reproduction in individual sections as well as the whole book.

We are indebted to the Historical Society of Ottawa for kindly loaning us this early directory so we could reproduce it for you on CD. Please join with us to thank them for their public spirited generosity in allowing us to make this rare and valuable book more accessible.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

See "More information" below for details on how to update to the new edition.

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History of Saskatchewan and its People - Biographies Section History of Saskatchewan and its People - Biographies Section
Product No. CA0222-B

Written by John Hawkes and first published in 1924, this is a work of over 2000 pages which is bound as three volumes but organized into two subject areas. The whole of vol. 1 and good part of vol. 2 contains the "story" of Saskatchewan while the remainder of vol. 2 and the whole of vol. 3 is packed with the biographies of about 660 prominent Saskatchewans, more than 50 of whom also appear in photographic portraits.

These biographies (including that of the author) were submitted for publication by the subjects, or by their friends. To see a list of the biography subject's names please download the sampler from our Downloads page. Within that sampler you will find two separate alphabetical lists of the subjects names; one for volume 2, the other for volume 3.

For those whose interests are restricted to only the biographies section we have released this CD carrying only this section, although for only a little more you could own the CD containing the whole three volume work see CA0222-C.

The whole of the book has been formatted for searches using Adobe Reader™, or similar appliction, and enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results can be presented almost instantaneously.

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Year Book of British Columbia - 1903 Year Book of British Columbia - 1903
Product No. CA0166

According to its introduction this is either the second or the third publication in this series depending if you consider the addition of a 1901 updating appendix to the 1897 original to be a second edition or not. Whatever edition it is, it remains one of the most detailed and informative sources of information about life in British Columbia 100+ years ago. It is a difficult book to describe in a few words because of the breadth and depth of its subject matter. Perhaps a listing of the major headings from it's contents list might help: Introduction, Physical Characteristics, Agriculture, Mining in British Columbia, The Fisheries, Forest Wealth, Educational, Provincial Health Laws, Taxation and Assessment, Municipal, Our Indians, Towns and Cities, Census of British Columbia, Railway Enterprise, Game of British Columbia, Labour and Wages, Political Information, Trade and Navigation Statistics.

We are grateful to Joyce Johnson for allowing us to make a copy of her book so that you may also have the benefit of this fountain of information. Please join with us in thanking Joyce for her generosity.

The book is presented in our normal PDF format, fully supported with bookmarking and with searchable text. We recommend Adobe Reader V4, or later, for maximum compatibility.

We have made up a sampler of this book and placed it on our downloads page so you can see for yourself what a mine of 100 year old, BC information this book is. A "MUST" for anyone who wants to know what life was like for their ancestors living in the province at the end of the 19th century.

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Nova Scotia in its Historical, Mercantile and Industrial Relations Nova Scotia in its Historical, Mercantile and Industrial Relations
Product No. CA0173

An excellent and comprehensive history of Nova Scotia with a rather misleading title. In his preface the author explains that when preparing the manuscript for this book he was anticipating the publication of the results of the 1871 census. By the time he had the draft manuscript completed, however, only one of the five anticipated volumes of the census had been released so his final book lacked much of the numeric and statistical data he had anticipated gleaning from the census. In some ways this may be regarded as fortunate since this book as published, and copied here, contains a far fuller account of Nova Scotia's history than it would if Duncan Campbell had had to edit it to make room for a lot of data which, after all, is still available to us in the said census report.

Our CD copy is text searchable using the "Find" and "Search" features of the free PDF file readers such as Adobe Reader™ so that the information in this book is now more accessible than even the excellent 18 page index had made the original.

This book has been loaned to us by a friend of the Archive CD Books Project and we are sure you would like to join with us in thanking them for their generosity in allowing us to make this CD copy available to assist in your researches.

For a further review of the contents of this excellent book we have made a "Sampler" available on our Downloads page.

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The Gilbert Family History Collection - complete in 8 volumes The Gilbert Family History Collection - complete in 8 volumes
Product No. CA0238-S

This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's. Mr. Gilbert adopted a somewhat unusual format for organizing his history by combining elements of both the "Ancestors" and "Descendants" methodologies and then focusing the histories on his Great Great Grandparents, identifying both their ancestors and their descendants.

By selecting this particular generation as his focus he allows himself to concentrate his history on the family's story within North America specifically ignoring the histories of those in Britain where most of the families previously originated from. This reduces the number of G-G-Grandparents for consideration, from the potential 16, to 12 individuals. This number is further reduced, by the circumstance of some of the ancestral unions, to 9 individual / family histories.

The set of volumes we have acquired actually provides the histories of only 8 G-G-Grandparents and our research has failed to show any evidence that the ninth volume was actually ever written. Click on the More information link below for the individual volume titles.

The whole text of all volumes is fully text searchable and has been further enhanced for almost instantaneous searches with our FastFind enhancement technology.

As usual you will find a sampler made from pages from all 8 volumes as a free download from our web site so you can browse the content of the CD before you buy. The sampler contains not only representative pages but also the contents pages for all the volumes so you can see all the ancestral family names.

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Directory of Smiths Falls, Ontario c1948 Directory of Smiths Falls, Ontario c1948
Product No. CA0077

A rare directory for Smiths Falls Ontario, a town which has strong ties to the Railroads as well as to the development of agricultural machinery. This directory isn't dated but from the introduction it can be implied that it was released in about 1948.

There are about 3000 household entries in the directory giving the family name, the householder's first name, their occupation, the spouses first name, the address and, if applicable, the phone number. Some entries also show the first names of other relatives living in the same house but are more frequently given as separate entries at the same address. The population of Smiths Falls was a little over 8,000 at the time the directory was published so it probably lists all the adult population.

The business directory section is contained in 6 pages. Almost every alternate page of the directory is devoted to local advertising. In addition to the directory entries there is "civic" information such as emergency telephone numbers, the location of Fire Alarm boxes, the collection times for mail and a list of the town's officials. There's even a picture of the Mayor.

The crowning touch of this little gem is a two page map of the the town showing the all important railroads, the streets, the public buildings, industrial sites, the course of the Rideau river and even the route of the "hydro" electricity cables.

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A Compendium of the Shipping of Yarmouth, N.S. (1761 - 1902) A Compendium of the Shipping of Yarmouth, N.S. (1761 - 1902)
Product No. CA0158

This is a never before published compendium of the standard historical works recording the shipping activities of Yarmouth Nova Scotia in the time when it was recognized as a World Class seaport. We are bringing you this wonderful collection through a cooperative project with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Their Archivist, Mr. J. Stuart McLean, had noted that many marine researchers wanted to use the same collection of books in their research, so when he contacted us with the idea of copying all the sources onto a single CD we were delighted to be able to bring it to you. In fact we've taken the opportunity to include not only the usual sources of information but also to add a number of very relevant extracts from two other well known histories of Yarmouth. Altogether this CD contains over 800 pages of facts, figures, stories and just plain history.

All the components of this compilation have been formatted for text searches using the "Find" or search features of the freely available PDF interpreter applications. We recommend Adobe Reader TM), V4 or later, for maximum compatibility. To give you a feel for what is on this CD we have made a "Sampler" from it which is freely available to you on our "Downloads" page.

Note that we have also published Yarmouth Past and Present (CA0160), and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (CA0159) as complete books on CD.

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Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Quebec section) Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (Quebec section)
Product No. CA0192-Q

This CD provides the Quebec alphabetical directory section and the two general information sections. The complete directory is available as product number CA0192-S. Please see the listing for CA0192-S above for a full description.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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Ottawa City Directory 1861-2 Ottawa City Directory 1861-2
Product No. CA0191

Here is an early directory of Ottawa / Bytown published by Boyd & McDonald. It advertises itself to contain, "..the names and residence of the Citizens; also, a subscribers Business Directory, classified according to trade." Examination seems to indicate that it also contains the names and addresses of business who were not "subscribers."

The directory's listings identify Boarders as well as Householders and Business Proprietors. The majority of the entries also indicate the individuals trade or profession, including those identified as "Labourer."

This directory has been scanned to make it text searchable using the Search or Find functions of the common PDF interpreter applications such as Adobe Reader (compatible with V4 or above, V6 or higher recommended.) We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

We are indebted to the Historical Society of Ottawa for kindly loaning us this early directory so we could reproduce it for you on CD. Please join with us to thank them for their public spirited generosity in allowing us to make this valuable book more accessible. Another successful Archive CD Books Canada cooperative project. Also thanks to the Bytown museum, who house and maintain the Societies book collection, for their cooperation.

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The Gilbert Family History, Ancestry of Nancy Treadway - Vol 1 & Melvin Moffatt - Vol 2
Product No. CA0238-A

This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's.

This CD contains:
Vol 1: Nancy Treadway (1776-1865), of Colchester, Conn. and Mendota, Ill., mother of Nancy Maria Moffatt
Vol 2: Melvin Moffatt(1774-1857), of Adams, Mass., and Mendota, Ill., father of Nancy Maria Moffatt

See CA0238-S for a complete description of the Gilbert Family History.

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The Hub and the Spokes - The Capital and its Environs The Hub and the Spokes - The Capital and its Environs
Product No. CA0001

"The Hub and the Spokes" is cleverly constructed to give a readable history of the Canadian Capital (the Hub) and particularly its people. It also contains some accounts of the Ottawa Valley (the Spokes), with references here and there of many other parts of the Dominion and its history.

This is a very readable book full of interesting little cameos on the social and cultural history of the Ottawa area. In his literary character of "Rube" Anson Gard records a series of conversations with his traveling companion, "The Colonel" as he describes visits to places and people in the area. He is a consummate "name dropper," so the book records many hundreds, perhaps thousands of the names of the populace in turn of the century Ottawa.

Even better the book contains about 1500 engraving and photographs, some of those people and some of the places they lived in.

For a companion piece see “Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and the Humors of the Valley - South Hull and Aylmer edition” CA0189, this is another light hearted information book. Both books are available on one CD, product number CA0196, titled, Anson Gard's "Ottawa Valley".

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of this book on our Downloads web page.

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A McCurdy Family History A McCurdy Family History
Product No. CA0153

Not one but two McCurdy family history books on one CD!

Both books were written by H. Percy Blanchard (a family name strongly related to the McCurdys) although The McCurdys of Nova Scotia was "published for" the Hon. F. B. McCurdy, which I take it to mean that he funded it. Both books were privately published in England and are of a very high publication quality.

The chronicle of the Nova Scotia branch of the clan spans about 7 generations and about 200 years. The author has supplied family trees and entries for every member. Of course some entries are short but where information was available the author has not stinted in providing the biographical highlights.

The text of both books has been formatted for computer searches using the "Find" features of the freely available PDF reader applications. This will be of significant help in finding specific topics within the books.

Sample pages available in Downloads.

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The Gilbert Family History, Ancestry of Daniel Britton - Vol 3 & Sally Wood - Vol 4
Product No. CA0238-B

This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's.

This CD contains:
Vol 3: Daniel Britton (1773-1827), of Westmorland, N.H. and Gananoque, Ont., father of Daniel Freeman Britton
Vol 4: Sally Wood (1780-1862), of Westermorland N.H. and St. Lawrence, N.Y., mother of Daniel Freeman Britton

See CA0238-S for a complete description of the Gilbert Family History.

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Welland County Minutes 1936 Welland County Minutes 1936
Product No. CA0027

A year’s worth of the proceedings of the Municipal Council of Welland County which included 17 townships and villages: Bertie, Crowland, Chippawa, Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Fonthill, Humberstone (township and village), Pelham, Port Colborne, Stamford, Thorold (Town and Township), Willoughby, Wainfleet, Welland and Niagara Falls.

Consisting of five separate session reports it is a compilation of various departmental reports, financial records and reprints of letters received by the council. The councillors and officials of the council are listed as are many from the villages and townships in the county. It also includes a list of all the Wardens who held office since 1856.

There is even a letter from a gentleman, giving notice that he intends to sue the council for the damages caused to his automobile by the poor state of repair of a particular road. Nothing changes!

The December report lists all the people who have bought various licenses to permit them to conduct their trade including Auctioneers, Junk and Second Hand Dealers and Poultry Transportation Permits.

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Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society 1893 - 95, Vol IX Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society 1893 - 95, Vol IX
Product No. CA0174-IX

One of a series of publications by the Nova Scotia Historical Society, the first of which was published in June 1878. This is number 9 (IX) in the series and collects the papers read before the society in the years 1893 to 1895. The titles of these papers are:
- The Voyages and Discoveries of the Cabots (21 pages.)
- A Chapter in the History of the Township of Onslow, N. S (33 pages.)
- Richard John Uniacke (45 pages.)
- Ships of War Lost on the Coast of Nova Scotia and Sable Island, during the Eighteenth Century (17 pages.)
- Louisbourg : An Historical Sketch (59 pages + two maps.)
In addition there are three "In Memoriam" dedications to members of the Society, lists of the current Officers and Members of the Society, and of papers previously published.

Our CD version of this publication has been formatted for computer text search which will enable you to go directly to the information you need rather than having to read through numerous pages to find it. Compatible with any computer which can read a CD and run a PDF interrupter such as the freely available Adobe Reader™ V4 or later.

A friend of Archive CD Books has been kind enough to loan us this book out of their collection. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity in allowing us all to share this great old publication.

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Ottawa & Kingston City Directory - 1875 Ottawa & Kingston City Directory - 1875
Product No. CA0190

Far more than just the cities of Ottawa and Kingston, this directory covers most of the (in 1875) significant communities in Ontario lying North and East of Kingston, i.e.,: Almonte, Arnprior, Barriefield, Brockville, Bryson, Carleton Place, Cornwall, Edwardsburg (now Cardinal?), Gananoque, Garden Island (Nr. Wolf Isl.), Iroquois, Kemptville, Kingston, Landsdowne (now Lansdowne), Lyn, Mallorytown, Merrickville, Morrisburg, New Edinburgh (now part of Ottawa), Ottawa, Pakenham, Pembroke, Perth, Portsmouth (now part of Kingston), Prescott, Renfrew, Richmond, Rochesterville (was part of Nepean Township), Sand Point, Smith's Falls, Westport, & Wolf Island, as well as the Quebec communities lying along the North shore of the Ottawa river i.e.,: Aylmer, Buckingham, Gatineau Point, Hull, Peche, Portage du Fort, & Shawville.

This directory has been scanned to make it text searchable using the Search or Find functions of the common PDF interpreter applications such as Adobe Reader (compatible with V4 or above, V6 or higher recommended.) We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

We are indebted to the Historical Society of Ottawa for kindly loaning us this early directory so we could reproduce it for you on CD. Please join with us to thank them for their public spirited generosity in allowing us to make this rare and valuable book more accessible. Another successful Archive CD Books Canada cooperative project. Also thanks to the Bytown museum - who house and maintain the Society's book collection - for their cooperation.

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The Gilbert Family History, Ancestry of William Forbes - Vol 5
Product No. CA0238-C

This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's.

This CD contains:
Vol 5: William Forbes (1778-1833) of Barre, Mass., and Montreal Que., father of Eliza Forbes.
(The genealogy of William's wife, Submit Phillips, would have been in the missing 9th - Phillips - volume.)

See CA0238-S for a complete description of the Gilbert Family History.

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Down North and Up Along Down North and Up Along
Product No. CA0076

Is this just another early 1900's travel book? Well it might be except for the extraordinary story telling ability of the author, Margaret W. Morley. Margaret was an American who came to Nova Scotia with a companion, and who traveled the length of the province, including Cape Breton, recording her impressions of the surroundings and of some of the people she met. She illustrates her adventures with 16 beautiful black and white photographs and three maps.

What lifts this book out of the ordinary is Margaret's ability to make you feel as if you're right there with her, seeing the rugged scenery for the first time and smelling the strong, salt laden, air. Her descriptions don't stop at the superficial either. The basic geology is described in easy to understand terms and she retells the local legends and tales as if they were happening today.

If you are looking for a really good book which will give you a feel for life in Nova Scota at the very beginning of the 20th century - you have just found it.

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A History of the County of Grey A History of the County of Grey
Product No. CA0130

Another wonderful history of an Ontario County. This one is a little unusual in that it has been sponsored by the "Grey County Council" and so has something of the stamp of official authority. As you might expect it contains the history of the county from its earliest settlement. The author has devoted the first two chapters to "The Indians" and "Indian Legends and Customs" this being a discussion of the initial interactions of the First Nations peoples with the fur-traders, explorers and missionaries and an account of what was learned from these early interactions.

From this starting point the development of Grey is followed from the making of the first treaties, which made settlement possible, through the establishment of organized communities as we recognize them.

There is a genealogist's "gold mine" in the appendices. Click on the More information link below for a description.

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The Gilbert Family History, Ancestry of Ezra Holton - Vol 6
Product No. CA0238-D

This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's.

This CD contains:
Vol 6: Ezra Holton (1785-1858), of Northfield Mass., and Soperton, Ont., father of Luther Hamilton Holton.
(The genealogy of Ezra's wife, Anner Phillips Holton, would have been in the missing 9th - Phillips - volume)

See CA0238-S for a complete description of the Gilbert Family History.

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History of the County of Middlesex, Canada - 1889 History of the County of Middlesex, Canada - 1889
Product No. CA0114

All superlatives aside, this really is the most detailed and comprehensive area history book I have ever come across. At about the turn of the 19th century there was a flurry of books, written on commission, to record the biographies of some of the wealthier families in a particular area. Indeed this is one of them, but the approximately 460 biographies occupy only about a third of the book. The other two thirds of the book provides so much information on the history and make up of the Middlesex County it'll be impossible to do it full credit in this short description. Only by reading it will you realize the scale of this work.

Click here for the list of Biographies

The author went out of his way to mention the names of people living in the area if they had left any sort of record of their activities. There are even transcriptions of some of the early parish registers giving the records of marriages from about 1833 through about 1839 (depending on the church.)

Each township and each city has its own paragraph describing how it originated and how it was organized. There are copies of early accounts showing the civil income and expenditure.

Our version of this book on CD, has been processed through our state-of-the-art OCR application and is fully searchable using any of the free PDF interpreters like Acrobat Reader™. This means that the fund of genealogical and historical information it contains can be easily accessed. To give you a further feel for what is on this CD we have made a "Sampler" from it which is freely available to you on our "Downloads" page.

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Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, a Sequel to Campbells History - 1888 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, a Sequel to Campbells History - 1888
Product No. CA0159

It's clear from the subtitle of this work that there is some history behind its original production. The explanation of this is given by the author in his Preface and I can do no better than to quote that preface here. Quote: There is extant a copy of "A History of the County of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, by the Rev. J. R. Campbell," published in 1876, where, beneath the printed testimonial preceding its title page, occur these words over the date of Sept.2, 1885 : "When this book was first offered to the public, I somewhat hastily passed over its pages; and then, and at other times since, it seemed to me strange that so many inaccuracies should have escaped the critical notice of the gentlemen whose names are attached to the above testimonial. But having more carefully examined the book within the past week, I have taken the liberty of making some marginal notes where it seemed to be of some importance that the errors in the text should be corrected." A few months afterward, a second examination of the book led to additional notes, which at length extended so far beyond the capacity of the margins of its pages and other blank spaces as to reach a volume nearly as large as the contents of the book they were reviewing; and toward the end of December, 1885, the Author concluded that it was his duty in some measure to repair the errors of omission and commission to which his notes referred, by the publication of this book. ......... End Quote:

We are bringing you this book as result of a cooperative project with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Please join with us in thanking them for making their resources more readily available to all of you.

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The Gilbert Family History, Ancestry of Solomon Gilbert - Vol 7 & Thankful Haskell - Vol 8
Product No. CA0238-E

This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's.

This CD contains:
Vol 7: Solomon Gilbert (1755-1829) of Pomfret, Conn. and Montreal, Que., father of Moses Haskell Gilbert
Vol 8: Thankful Haskell (1745-1841) of Hardwick, Vermont and Montreal Que., mother of Moses Haskell Gilbert.

See CA0238-S for a complete description of the Gilbert Family History.

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Early Days at Port Ryerse Early Days at Port Ryerse
Product No. CA0156

The story of the settlement and development of this Norfolk county town from the point of view of a descendant of the first registered settler. This booklet is not dated but we estimate it was published in the 1910 to 1920 era. The author George J Ryerse was born in 1851 and so was well situated in time to have access to both the earliest family recollections as well as the development of the port into the age of simpler transportation and greater political stability.

Most of the book is concerned with the physical and social development of the town but towards the end Mr. Ryerse also gives us some interesting biographical sketches. There is also a 2 page map of the port, which is not dated but appears to have about the same extents as another early map we have seen showing the original plan for the town.

We have formatted the text for searches using the "Search" or "Find" features in the freely available PDF reader programs. We recommend Adobe Reader(TM) v4 or better for maximum compatibility.

You will find this book is available to be downloaded absolutely free in our Downloads area. If you do not want to download the file, or would prefer to have your copy on a CD, it is also available for sale through our web cart at our minimum economical price.

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Yarmouth Past and Present, A Book of Reminiscences - 1902 Yarmouth Past and Present, A Book of Reminiscences - 1902
Product No. CA0160

This slightly unusual history of Yarmouth Nova Scotia was "compiled" by J. Murray Lawson who's other claim to literary fame comes from his publications of the Records of Shipping of Yarmouth (see our Compendium of Yarmouth Shipping CA0158). Mr. Lawson was the son of Alexander Lawson the "owner and proprietor" of The Yarmouth Herald, and it is clear that much of the content of this book has been gleaned from the records of that newspaper. But it is exactly that fact which gives this book its unique and interesting slant on the history of the area. For one thing, news papers have always been more interested in people than things so there is a lot more of the activities of the inhabitants of Yarmouth than in a more conventional history which would tend to concentrate more on the things that people leave behind them.

We are bringing you this book as result of a cooperative project with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Please join with us in thanking them for making their resources more readily available to all of you.

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The Call to Arms, Montreal's Roll of Honour The Call to Arms, Montreal's Roll of Honour
Product No. CA0205

The preface to this book provides its own description of the aims and objectives of its publication:

"THE CALL TO ARMS is the work of a few Montreal citizens who, with the aid of many friends, took upon themselves to endeavor to produce a tangible record of the manifold and splendid ways in which Montrealers, military and civil, have served their Country and their Empire during the last five months of 1914. Their first object was to record these facts; secondly, their desire was to serve the Montreal Patriotic Fund by turning over to its treasurer the proceeds of the publication, above the actual net cost of production and distribution. ... "

The book has been formatted for text searches using the text "Search" or "Find" features of your favorite PDF file reader although we recommend the use of Adode Reader, V4 or better, for maximum compatibility.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/
Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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The History of the Presbyterian Church in Cape Breton by Rev. John Murray The History of the Presbyterian Church in Cape Breton by Rev. John Murray
Product No. CA0080

This book was written on the order of the Presbyteries of Sydney and Inverness to, "discover and record the history of Presbyterianism on the island of Cape Breton from the time of it's introduction to the present time" - that "present time" being about 1917. The work was to be done by committee but it appears that the bulk of the work was actually done by the author, who had then been a minister in Cape Breton for about 46 years.

We owe many thanks to Nelson Pool, a friend who lives in Cape Breton, who loaned this book to The Project so we could all benefit from it.

The text of the book is fully searchable using the "Find" or "Search" facilities of Adobe Reader or any similar PDF file reading application.

To help you better understand exactly what is contained in the book click on the More information link below for more details and to see the table of contents transcribed.

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The Ottawa City Directory - 1926 The Ottawa City Directory - 1926
Product No. CA0082

A very complete and useful directory of Ottawa and Hull for 1926 (which was the year Ottawa celebrated its centennial) and also including the (then) outlying districts. Click on the More information link below for a list.

The directory gives an alphabetical list of all business firms and private citizens; a classified business and a miscellaneous directory; and a complete street guide showing the occupier of every building on every street and the intersecting cross streets.

"No other medium on earth can convey so complete and comprehensive an index of the city, its various industries, its business, educational and religious institutions, its social life and its people.
No other medium can tell so fully of its wonderful growth, its opportunities and its possibilities for the future."

A really valuable resource for Ottawa - Hull researchers.

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Toronto's 100 Years Toronto's 100 Years
Product No. CA0132

This book was produced under the authority of the City of Toronto as an accompaniment and memento of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation in 1834. It provides an excellent history of the settlement from its first incarnation as a fortified trading post under French protection through the establishment of "Muddy" York town and the subsequent transition to Toronto. The history of York begins with Colonel Simcoe setting up his two room tent and progresses through to the "modern" city of 1934. All aspects of the city's life are reviewed and many interesting and some surprising facts are revealed.

This would obviously be a useful book for anyone researching ancestors who lived in Toronto, giving them a context to their lives. I, as an occasional visitor to the city and having no ancestral connections, found it equally fascinating for giving a special insight into the background of what can be a rather impersonal and formidable place.

We have configured the book for computer searches of the text using a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader™ V4 or better. We have provided a downloadable sampler on our Downloads page so you can see for yourself the charm and value of this book.

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Pembroke Ontario's Centenary 1928 Pembroke Ontario's Centenary 1928
Product No. CA0073

In early August of 1928 The town of Pembroke, a "star" of the upper Ottawa valley, celebrated its 100th birthday. The family of one of Archive CD Books Canada's friends, Bill Clayton gathered these books at the time and they have been passed down so that you can now read all about the town and its people. In addition to the Official Guide and Pictorial History called "Pembroke Centenary and Old Home Week," there is a copy of "Nexus," the year book for the Pembroke Collegiate Institute for 1928 -1929 (Volume 3), and a copy of the short form Program of Events, Sports and Attractions for the six day celebration running from Monday 5th August through Saturday 11th.

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The Royal Montreal Regiment 1914 to 1925 & 1925 to 1945 - Set. The Royal Montreal Regiment 1914 to 1925 & 1925 to 1945 - Set.
Product No. CA0100-S

This is a compilation CD containing both volumes of the History of the Royal Montreal Regiment. Together they provide a valuable and detailed history of the Regiment from its formation in 1914 up to the end of its active WW2 service in 1945.

Full descriptions of the contents of each of the individual volumes making up this set can be found under the product codes CA0100-1(The Royal Montreal Regiment, 14th Battalion, C.E.F. 1914-1925) and CA0100-2 (The Royal Montreal Regiment 1925 to 1945) within our on-line catalogue. The whole CD is fully searchable for text using Adobe™ Reader®.

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Cape Breton, Canada - 1903 Cape Breton, Canada - 1903
Product No. CA0057

A wonderful book about a beautiful part of Canada. This is a very hard book to describe in a few words. Is it a social and political history of Cape Breton?.... Yes! Is it a description of the Island? ... Yes! Does it describe the important mining industries? ..... Yes! Does it talk about fishing? .... Yes! Does it talk about boating?...... Yes! Does it give the history of the French in Louisburg? .... Yes! Does it describe the major Cities at the turn of the last century? ..... Yes! Does it describe the life and habits of the native 1st nations peoples? .... Yes! Is there any thing of importance in Cape Breton that it doesn't cover? ..... Well I haven't noticed it yet!

It even includes a history and description of the Cape Breton Highlands - in Gaelic! (Sorry, no translation)

Highly recommended for those of you with any interest in this historic part of the Atlantic Provinces.

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Pioneer Papers No. 1 - 6, Simcoe County Early History Pioneer Papers No. 1 - 6, Simcoe County Early History
Product No. CA0124

A collection of the first 6 publications of the Simcoe County Historical Society (Ontario). The publication dates range from 1908 to 1917 but the subjects discussed date back as far as 1618. (We have not been able to find any subsequent publications in the series and believe this to be the complete set.)

The earliest recollections concern the establishment of missions, the relationships with the first peoples of the area and later, the development of the fur trade in the area. Next in date order are the stories of the establishment of a military presence closely followed, even paralleled, by the stories of the settlers. Many of the articles contained in this series of publications are authored by the children of the early pioneers and so are, or at least claim to be, first hand accounts. The result is a mixture of factual and anecdotal accounts including many mentions of the names of other settlers and references to their families and activities.

The last two of the six publications carry a continuing history of Penetanguishene starting with the first recorded visit by Champlain in 1615 and following the areas history and development as a centre of military and naval activities.

Our CD publications provide you with images of the pages as printed in the original, but feature fully searchable text using the "Find" / "Search" features of the free PDF interpreter programs like Adobe Reader™, and Preview™. 422 pages of text plus 20 pages of illustrations and one street map.

Sample pages available in Downloads.

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Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and the Humors of the Valley - South Hull and Aylmer edition Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and the Humors of the Valley - South Hull and Aylmer edition
Product No. CA0189

A companion piece to his previous book, The Hub and the Spokes (CA0001), this is another of the light hearted information books written by American author Anson Gard. Maintaining his "Mark Twainish" humorous style he continues to describe his semi-fictitious adventures under the aliases of "Rube" and his companion "The Colonel," but this time in the setting of the northern bank of the great Ottawa river in the companion cities of South Hull and Aylmer, including their surroundings. Both books are available on one CD, product number CA0196, titled, Anson Gard's "Ottawa Valley".

Altogether this book comprises of 332 numbered pages and an additional 30 unnumbered illustration pages. It has been scanned to make it fully text searchable using the Search or Find functions of the common PDF interpreter applications such as Adobe Reader (compatible with V4 or above, V6 or higher recommended.) We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

We are indebted to the Historical Society of Ottawa for kindly loaning us this book, so we could reproduce it for you on CD. Please join with us to thank them for their public spirited generosity in allowing us to make this valuable book more accessible. Another successful Archive CD Books Canada cooperative project. Also thanks to the Bytown museum who house and maintain the Society’s book collection.

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Annual Report of St. Paul's Church Hamilton Ontario, 1905 - 1939 Annual Report of St. Paul's Church Hamilton Ontario, 1905 - 1939
Product No. CA0025

This is a collection of annual reports about the activities of one of Hamilton’s major Presbyterian Churches. The first is for the year 1905, the last for the year 1939 and identifies itself as the 67th annual report and the 106th in the history of the congregation. The only missing years in the series are 1918, 1925 and 1932.

Of great interest to genealogists is the “Communion and Pew Roll” and the “Sunday School and Bible list” which gives the names and address of the parishioners, and their children, regularly attending the church. It is published in each report and gives the names and addresses of up to 1200 parishioners depending on the year.

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Sketches of some Early Shefford Pioneers Sketches of some Early Shefford Pioneers
Product No. CA0151

Although this book was primarily intended as a set of background notes to ten portraits which were to be presented to the Waterloo Public Library by George G. Foster, Esq., K.C., it exceeds that relatively humble purpose by a great deal. The subjects of the portraits were all men who had had a significant role in the formation and development of the Eastern Townships of Quebec and of Shefford County in particular. Mr. Noyes has provided us with well researched and in many cases extremely detailed biographies of the subjects and in doing so has explained and highlighted much of the history of Shefford, the Eastern Townships and, to some extent, the whole of Canada.

This book has been formatted for text searches using the "Search" and "Find" features of the freely downloadable PDF file readers. We recommend Adobe Reader(TM) v4 or later for maximum compatibility.

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The Reverend Richard Bradford (Family History) The Reverend Richard Bradford (Family History)
Product No. CA0070

The full title is: Glimpses of the Life and Work of the Reverend Richard Bradford as Scholar, School Principal, Chaplain Priest of the Church of England and S.P.G. Missionary by Grace D. McGibbon 1971. (Note: this is not Governor Bradford of the Massachusetts Colony)

Here is a great family history for anyone related to the Bradford family. The book is written as a record of the Rev. Richard Bradford (1752 - 1817) it also provides a very complete family tree descending through 3 generations. There is a wealth of information about Richard's life and times.

Probably his main claim to fame was his appointment as the first resident Protestant clergyman in the Ottawa Valley and much of the book is devoted to the time he spent in this office. After entering N. America with a stay in the Catskill's in New York State, he took up his position in Lower Canada which involved a great deal of traveling. Most of his ministry took place in and around Chatham (in the County of York) on the Ottawa River, to the West of Montreal. There is, however, a record of a period during which he ministered to the soldiers and residents of William Henry (Sorel), on the St. Lawrence between Quebec City and Montreal. There is a lot of history of the Rev. Richard's works in the area so that many of the births, marriages and deaths at which he officiated are also recorded.

There is an example from the book and an index of all the names in the book, taken from his church registers, listed in the "More Information" window.

If you are related to the Bradford family or had Protestant ancestors living along the banks of the Ottawa river this is the book you need for your research.

We are indebted to the author's family for their permission to republish this book and to friends of Archive CD Books Canada, including our US colleagues, for their help in bringing this book to production.

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The Talbot Settlement Centenary Celebration - 1903 The Talbot Settlement Centenary Celebration - 1903
Product No. CA0127

This is the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute's record of the Centenary Celebration of the establishment of The Talbot Settlement in 1803. Although this celebration took place in 1903 the publication date of this record is 1910.

There is a description of the preparations for the celebration, including the names of those who were most visible in the organization of the event. The report goes on to describe in detail all the activities which were spread over five days from the 21 May (the actual landing day) to 25 May which was Victoria day.

Our copy of this small book has been formatted for text searches using any of the freely available pdf file readers such as Adobe Reader™. This feature can be useful in finding a particular name amongst the hundreds of people mentioned for playing some part in these celebrations. The book includes many pictures taken during the parades and events as well as numerous portraits of the participants.

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The Civil Service List of Quebec 1853 and Canada 1872 & 1894 The Civil Service List of Quebec 1853 and Canada 1872 & 1894
Product No. CA0030

These are dis-bound sections of an annual set of session papers which record the staff of the Canadian (only for Quebec in the 1853 report) Civil Service during that year.

The listing of the Civil Service staff varies in format from report to report. All of them give the officer's name, rank, department, salary and the date of their appointment. The 1872 report also include their "origin" and creed while the 1852 Quebec report also includes notes about the department and some of the employees.

If an ancestor was working for the government in this period they are going to be listed here.

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Pioneer Sketches in the District of Bathurst Pioneer Sketches in the District of Bathurst
Product No. CA0212

The District of Bathurst was created in 1822 as an administrative area (then) in the county of Carleton. It has since been disbanded in favor of more localized administrations. Describing this former district’s borders is a little difficult. The description given in the book is, “Comprising nearly all the area of the present counties of Lanark and Renfrew as well as that part of the present [i.e., in 1822] County of Carleton lying north and west of the Rideau River.” Perhaps a clearer picture of the area can be gained from a listing of the townships it encompassed: Goulbourn, Beckwith, Drummond, Bathurst, March, Huntley, Ramsay, Lanark, Dalhousie, and North and South Sherbrooke, or from the major towns and villages featured or mentioned in the sketches, these being: Almonte*, Fitzroy, Lanark, Ottawa (Bytown), Pakenham, Pembroke (was New Miramichi and Campbelltown), Perth, Renfrew, Richmond, and Smith’s Falls (* Almonte has also been known as, Sheppard’s Falls, Shipman’s Falls, Shipman’s Mills, Waterford, Ramsayville, and Victoriaville, at various times in its history.)

We thank the Ottawa Historical Society for allowing us to borrow this rare old book from their library (hosted by Ottawa’s Bytown Museum) so we can reproduce it as this CD version. Please join with us in thanking them, both for their generosity and for helping us to make this book more readily available for your research. We have placed a sampler of the book on our Downloads page.

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A book of 189 Calendars for AD 1752 to 1940 inc. A book of 189 Calendars for AD 1752 to 1940 inc.
Product No. CA0055

This is a book every genealogist needs, and its priced right price too!

The book's Introduction explains why, and how, the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar was made in England in 1752 when, at the same time, the start of the year was moved from the 25 March to the 1 January. The first of the calendars shown in the book is for the year 1752 where it can be seen that in September, Wednesday 2nd is immediately followed by Thursday 14th.

To round out this little gem of a book the author, a well known figure in Montreal and member of a leading family of Montreal lawyers, included a listing of the Officers of the Canadian governments and what he terms a Chronology of Business. Today we'd call these business biographies and they will provide valuable information to anyone researching an ancestor who operated one of these businesses. There are many advertisements for Canadian business including, of course, many firms of lawyers.

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The Pioneers of Old Ontario The Pioneers of Old Ontario
Product No. CA0050

This book entirely lives up to its title. It originated as the byproduct of the work of William Loe Smith, a reporter who was sent out to collect stories on current rural conditions for publication in The Weekly Star beginning in 1897. In conversation with the people he came into contact with while gathering this information, however, he began to hear stories and first hand accounts of the very beginning of the settlement of Ontario. Fortunately for us he decided to record these stories so we, today, can relive some of the original pioneer experiences in the words of those who lived through the events.

A great many of the original pioneers' names are mentioned in this book, but given in the context of how they lived their lives rather than as a cold, impersonal, statistical listing. The stories are grouped by the areas in which they occurred and so many of the original settlement towns and districts are also mentioned and, sometimes, described. There is a full index of names in the book and these names can be found by clicking on the More information link below. The stories are illustrated with over 70 black and white drawings including a portrait of Mr. C. F. Doherty who's father refused a section of land because it was too low and wet. That land is now bounded by Queen, Yonge, University Av. and College streets in the center of Toronto!

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The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland (and other great sea disasters) - 1914 The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland (and other great sea disasters) - 1914
Product No. CA0092

The story of the ill fated Empress of Ireland seems some how to have been largely overshadowed by the similar ill fate of the Titanic but here is a book which not only provides a detailed, contemporary, account of the tragic end of the Empress but also contains an account of the Titanic tragedy with the benefit of the 2 years and 1 1/2 months of perspective which is the surprisingly brief period separating these two (somewhat similar) marine disasters.

It may be that the Empress' sinking was a Canadian disaster, taking place in Canadian waters and taking the lives of passengers and crew who were mainly Canadian which is the reason that the story has not received the same international attention as that of the Titanic. Yet in its proportions, 1,477 passengers, 1,012 of whom were killed, it affected the lives of at least 2/3 as many as that of the sinking of the Titanic. A huge loss of life for a single peace time disaster.

The book provides survivor lists and death rolls for both the Empress of Ireland and for the Titanic, or it does so for first and second class passengers (various excuses are offered for not listing the third class passengers and the crew.) We have extracted these lists and made them available on our web site so you can check for your relatives before investing in the CD.
Empress List Titanic List

An important, contemporary, document reporting one of Canada's most significant civil disasters.

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The Parish Register of Kingston Upper Canada The Parish Register of Kingston Upper Canada
Product No. CA0072

This is a complete copy of Prof. Young's original 1921 publication, not just a transcription of the entries for births, marriages and funerals. As well as an exact copy of this important genealogy data AND all of Prof. Young's extensive explanatory and interpretation notes on the registrations, there is a long introduction telling the story of the establishment of the Church of England in Upper Canada and, in particular, that of Dr. John Stewart, the first rector. This naturally also leads to the story of the establishment of the first church, St. George's. Most, if not all of those involved in establishing the church are mentioned by name, "notes" being provided describing the contributions of the First Benefactors.

Of course the primary value of this book is that it contains a transcript of the first church records kept in the (now) province of Ontario.

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The Royal Montreal Regiment, 14th Battalion, C. E. F. 1914-1925 The Royal Montreal Regiment, 14th Battalion, C. E. F. 1914-1925
Product No. CA0100-1

A complete and detailed history of the 14th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force starting with its formation in August 1914 from the: 1st Regiment (Canadian Grenadier Guards), 3rd Regiment (Victoria Rifles) and 65th Regiment (Carabiniers de Mont-Royal) through to its reorganization in 1920 when it was combined with the Westmount Rifles to become The Royal Montreal Regiment. Thus, this is a history of the activities of the 14th Battalion through the Great War of 1914 - 18, in which it took an active and decisive part.

There are 21 photographs, many taken on the battlefield, and 6 sketch maps illustrating the campaigns, amongst the 334 pages of this book. The book also contains 6 appendices giving the Honor Role, Honors and Awards received (2 categories), Commissions, the Battalion's Itinerary and the statistics. Reading it will reward the reader with a rare insight into what it was like to be a Canadian soldier taking part in The Great War.

The book is fully searchable using Adobe Reader, which will be of great assistance to anyone researching a specific person since many members of the battalion are mentioned by name within the text as well as appearing in the appendix lists.

We have extracted the names from the List of Persons appearing in the appendicies and placed it on our web site. Persons List

See also CA0100-S for a compilation CD.

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The War Book of Upper Canada College, Toronto (1914-1919) Published 1923 The War Book of Upper Canada College, Toronto (1914-1919) Published 1923
Product No. CA0099

This book was intended to identify all the "Old Boys" of the prestigious Upper Canada College who participated in "The Great War" of 1914-1918. Those who gave their lives are commemorated in a separate section but for every "Old Boy" identified there is a short biography and the majority also have a photographic portrait.

The book is fully searchable using Adobe Reader, even down to the name captions on the photographic portraits.

This valuable book has been loaned to us by Chris Wight. Chris has joined Marc Leroux to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ , please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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The Royal Montreal Regiment 1925 to 1945 The Royal Montreal Regiment 1925 to 1945
Product No. CA0100-2

This is the second volume of the history of the Royal Montreal Regiments, picking up when the previous one left off in 1925 and continuing through the whole of the regiments involvement in the second World War. Essentially the history given in this book ends with the dismissal of the unit from the parade marking its return to Montreal on 10 September 1945 but there are two additional chapters which deal in some detail with the individual members of the Regiment and a further chapter recounting the history of the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion from its formation in 1943 to its dissolution in 1945.

Completing the volume are a number of appendices giving the Honour Role, Honours and Awards, an Index of Persons and a Regimental Index (persons and military units identified in the book.) So you can find out if the person you are seeking appears in this volume we have extracted the names from the Index of Persons and placed it on our web site. Persons List

This wonderful book has been loaned to us in memory of the Late Harry King D'All, who served with the RMR in England throughout the war and was peacetime RSM of the same regiment. This loan was made possible by his children, Helen D'All (Montreal), Dan D'All (South Haven, Mississippi) and Maggie D'All Dugard (Pickering, Ontario) as well as his grandsons Liam McGintny (Montreal) and Tim & Tyler Dugard (Pickering).

See also CA0100-S for a compilation CD.

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A History of the Eastern Townships - 1869 A History of the Eastern Townships - 1869
Product No. CA0056

An early history of Canada and more specifically of that important area of Quebec just to the South East of Montreal known as the Eastern Townships.

Mrs. Catherine Matilda Day (1815 - 1899) wrote two books about the Eastern Townships, and they were very popular in their time. And rightly so: Catherine has an easy writing style which is surprisingly readable considering that she's writing a history. But that's her secret. She turns history into a series of tales giving a living presence to the historically accurate characters who are the subjects of her stories. See if you can read the story of the poor immigrant family who tried to walk through the Townships before the spring thaw, without reaching for the tissue box. Of course there are passages giving a more conventional, factual, history but even here Catherine gets right to the heart of the matter so you get the facts you need without any unnecessary commentary. In the third part of the book there is a detailed account of the formation of the Eastern Townships. The founding of each village is described and the names of many of the individuals and families instrumental in their early development are given in full.

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Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America - 1874 Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America - 1874
Product No. CA0104

There's nothing I can say to describe the contents of this book which isn't already printed in it.

The title page has: "Lovell's gazetteer of British North America: containing the latest and most authentic descriptions of over six thousand cities, towns and villages in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, British Columbia, And The North West Territories; and general information, drawn from official sources, as to the names, locality, extent, etc., of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers, table of routes, showing the proximity of the railroad stations, and sea, lake and river ports, to the cities, towns, villages, etc., in the several provinces."

This CD is formatted to be read by any of the freely available PDF interpreter applications although we recommend the use of Adobe Reader™ version 4 or better for maximum compatibility. It will run on any computer which can run a PDF interpreter and read standard CDs. We have formatted the CD for text searches although the original book was carefully designed to make all the information readily available through alphabetized listings. The addition of our "bookmarking" has improved this accessibility to the point where text searching should hardly be used.

A "sampler" of pages extracted from the book is available on our Downloads page.

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The Canada Directory 1853/54 The Canada Directory 1853/54
Product No. CA0088

Robert W. S. MacKay's second edition of Lovell's commercial guide and information handbook to the newly Confederated (1841) Provinces of Lower and Upper Canada (known as Canada East - C.E. and Canada West - C.W. in this directory.) The information it contains was current to November 1853 but the Directory was not published until 1854. Please note the Directory ONLY covers the areas which are approximated by today's Quebec and Ontario Provinces.

The book numbers 691 pages and is packed with useful information from cover to cover. As the cities, towns and villages are listed alphabetically, and the book contains several indices, it is very easy to find your way around in it. We have, however, formatted our copy on CD for text searches using the free download pdf interpreter programs like Adobe Reader™.

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Anson Gard's Anson Gard's "Ottawa Valley" - The Hub and the Spokes & the Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa on one CD
Product No. CA0196

This is a compilation CD containing the whole of two popular books by American Author Anson Gard, "The Hub and the Spokes," CA0001 and "Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa," CA0189. Published in 1904 and 1906 respectively these two books provide a fund of historical and genealogical information about the Ottawa / Hull area including a lot of the surrounding area "up" the river Ottawa's valley.

Each of the two books on this CD are described in greater detail in our catalogue under their individual titles.

The whole CD is fully text searchable using the Search or Find functions of the common PDF interpreter applications such as Adobe Reader (compatible with V4 or above, V6 or higher recommended.) We have provided free downloadable samplers of each of the two individual books on our Downloads web page. This CD contains complete copies of both books.

We are indebted to the Historical Society of Ottawa for kindly loaning us the Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa, so we could reproduce it for you on CD. Please join with us to thank them for their public spirited generosity in allowing us to make this valuable book more accessible. Another successful Archive CD Books Canada cooperative project. Also thanks to the Bytown museum who house and maintain the Society’s book collection.

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The Loyalists of America and Their Times from 1620 to 1816 - 2 Volumes The Loyalists of America and Their Times from 1620 to 1816 - 2 Volumes
Product No. CA0182

In just two volumes this book, published in 1880, covers an enormous sweep of North American history and does so while encompassing events both at the national level and at the very personal level. An absolute necessity for those tracing their Loyalist roots.

It took Egerton Ryerson, himself a descendent of Colonel Joseph Ryerson of the famous Loyalist Ryerson family, 25 years to complete this book. This was not only due to his being employed as the Chief Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada from 1844 to 1876 but can also largely be ascribed to the enormous amount of personal research he did to determine his facts. Egerton, circulated an open letter requesting all descendants of the United Empire Loyalists to write to him, at his expense, and give him their histories and reminiscences. Many of the resulting letters are reproduced in this book.

We thank the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archive (Ontario), Curator Nicole Jackson, for allowing us to borrow the Volume 2 of this set from their collection. We subsequently purchased the Volume 1 to complete this CD. We have now donated our Volume 1 to them, both for safe keeping and to provide the Archive with a complete two volume, set.

We have placed a sampler of this book on our Downloads page if you wish to browse before you buy.

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History of Leeds & Grenville from 1749 to 1879. History of Leeds & Grenville from 1749 to 1879.
Product No. CA0181

The author of this book, Thaddeus W. H. Leavitt declares himself to be a newspaper editor by profession, and it seems fairly clear that a good portion of the content of this book has been gleaned from the archives of the newspaper he sites as sources. Not to say that this is simply a reprint of old newspaper articles. Thaddeus has carefully arranged and assembled an amazingly detailed account of the early days of these United Counties of Leeds & Grenville. And then to add personality he has embellished it with biographical sketches of many of the pioneers and outstanding citizens. As if this were not enough he has then gone on to add 76 pages carrying wonderful lithographs of contemporary residences, factories, farms, schools, churches and other places of interest as well as portraits of many of the people mentioned in the book.

We have provided a freely downloadable sampler of this great book on our Downloads page (as CA0181), including the several pages of contents, which lists the names of all the subjects of these biographical sketches.

This history covers the entire area of the United Counties, and even extends slightly beyond in places. The Table of Contents in the freely downloadable sampler also lists the names of many of the places specifically discussed in the book.

The entire text of this book on CD is computer searchable and the search capability is enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results are presented almost instantaneously.

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Report of the Ottawa and Hull Fire Relief Fund Report of the Ottawa and Hull Fire Relief Fund
Product No. CA0188

While preparing the midday meal in their wooden house in a crowded section of the city of Hull, a woman noticed that a faulty chimney had set the roof on fire. The family couldn't control the fire and by the time the fire brigade had arrived the fire had already spread to the adjacent shanties and was soon out of control. From this small beginning started a fire which destroyed large sections of both Hull and Ottawa during the 26 and 27 April 1900. Despite making 15,000 people homeless and destroying the major part of the industry in both cities the miracle was that only 7 people were killed.

As early as 27th of April, before the fire had even been fully doused, preparations were underway to care for the homeless and to help them rebuild their lives. This book provides the record of the Ottawa & Hull Fire Relief Fund which was founded on that second day to manage the collection and distribution of aid both in cash donations and in food, clothing and materials.

The CD is fully text searchable using the Search or Find functions of the common PDF interpreter applications such as Adobe Reader (compatible with V4 or above, V6 or higher recommended.) We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

We are indebted to the Historical Society of Ottawa for kindly loaning us this wonderful book so we could reproduce it for you on CD. Please join with us to thank them for their public spirited generosity in allowing us to make this valuable book more accessible.

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University of Toronto Roll of Service - 1914 - 1918 University of Toronto Roll of Service - 1914 - 1918
Product No. CA0165

Here is a complete list of men and women who were associated with the University of Toronto and who served in the Great War. This includes present and former Staff, Graduates, Undergraduates, former Students and those attending the Faculty of Education.

The major portion of the book is made up of four alphabetical lists in the categories: Roll of Honor: Killed in Action or Died on Service & Died after Discharge, 1917 - 1920 in part from disabilities incurred on Service. Roll of Service, 1914 - 1918, & "Registered in the University after Returning from Active Service. The Rolls of Honor give a narrative summary of each individual's service including the circumstances of their death. The Rolls of service give the specific's of the individual's service.

We were asked, to dedicate this CD to the memory of George Van Wyke Laughton, MC, (b;7 July 1916 - d;11 June 1966.) a Canadian who served in the British 3rd Army, 34th Division, 26th Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers (the Tyneside Irish) during the Great War. See web site http://www.censol.ca/research/greatwar/ for his details. His entry is on p343 of the book. Please join with us to thank his grandson, Richard Van Wyck Laughton, for loaning us his copy of this wonderful book.

We also extend thanks to Joyce Johnston who had previously loaned us a supplement to the 1st edition of this book. The later publication (from which this CD is made) contains, and expands on, all the information from the supplement.

We have configured the book for computer searches of the text using a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader™ V4 or better. We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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McGill University at War - 1914-1918 & 1939-1945 McGill University at War - 1914-1918 & 1939-1945
Product No. CA0211

A full and detailed account of the activities and contributions of this world famous university and those of its staff and students to the allied efforts through both World Wars.

The author, R. C. Fetherstonhaugh LL.D. is not only famous for his detailed and accurately reported military histories but he is also an alumni of the university itself. He has provided a fund of detailed information about the contribution of individuals and all those who could be named are recorded somewhere in the book. What makes this book so different however are the accounts of the contribution the university itself played in its research efforts in developing new and improved weapons as well as, for example, developing new ways to produce food and new ways to combat the diseases and disabilities which always accompany a war.

The book also provides three appendices entitled "Honor Roll," "Honors and Awards," and "List of Persons," which between them mention over 3,000 individuals (both men and women) and so ensures that everyone who made a contribution to the war effort is recorded. You can see these names by clicking on the "Persons List" link on our Downloads page (under the CA0211 sub-heading.) The Downloads Page also provides you with a sampler of the book so you can browse before you buy.

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History of the Ottawa Valley History of the Ottawa Valley
Product No. CA0210

Sub titled; "A collection of facts, events and reminiscences for over half a century" This rare book is actually two separate and distinct books within one cover. The second book is titled The difficulties of religion, and while it's included in this reproduction we make no further comment on it in this description.

The author, John Lowry Gourlay declares himself as being of Irish descent, having been born in Drumquin, County Tyrone, and having emigrated to Canada in 1833. His family settled in the township of March and soon they became land owners and farmers in March and the adjoining Huntley township. John was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and served as the first Presbyterian minister in Ashton. From his families part in the early settlement of the Ottawa valley and his own ministries he was ideally placed to pick up and to be able to relate much of the early history of the area.

This valuable book has been loaned to us by its proud owner, Karen Prytula. Karen realized that age was catching up with this book and it was beginning to suffer from her frequent “visits” to check the history of the Ottawa Valley. We were pleased to receive her offer to allow us to scan the book so we could help her to preserve it and at the same time make it more available. Please join us in thanking Karen, and letting her know that her generosity is being appreciated.

A sampler of the book is available on our Downloads page.

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Who, What & When in Canada (before the 20th Century) Who, What & When in Canada (before the 20th Century)
Product No. CA0061

This CD is a compilation of four books. The main thing they have in common, and the reason why they are published here as a collection, is that they are all good sources of concise information about the People, Places and Dates which are significant in the (immigrant influenced) history of Canada up to the beginning of the 1900’s:
• The Hand Book of Canadian Dates by F. A. McCord
• Alphabet of First Things in Canada by George Johnson
• The Canadian Almanac, and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the year 1864
• Almanac of ye olde time British Whig for ye year anno domini 1903

Each document may be individually computer searched for keywords but we have enabled our FastFind search feature so you can access all the information contained on the CD in just one search.

For your browsing pleasure we have provided a freely down-load-able sampler containing a few selected pages from the contents of this CD on our Downloads page.

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The West Howe Sound Story 1886-1976. The West Howe Sound Story 1886-1976.
Product No. CA0376

From the author's foreword:

"Initially it was not the author's intent to write a history of such length and detail. What actually changed the course of events was my being approached by several persons who indicated disappointment in not having a history relating to those years of sacrificial labours by early settlers. In fact, just to know something of their past, their problems, perplexities, their manner of life during the pioneer era, coupled with numerous anxieties; and in simple fact, how they did manage to survive, should be of interest to the present generation".

The book is filled with fascinating history and contains dozens of old photographs of people and places and is an invaluable resource for those researching ancestors in British Columbia.

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The Gibson's Landing Story The Gibson's Landing Story
Product No. CA0377

This is an incredibly detailed history of Gibson's Landing in British Columbia. From the introduction to the book: ' Histories of communities appear almost every day. But few authors, as Peterson has, have prepared themselves for their task by taking formal courses in history and archaeology. If his example is contagious we will have fewer but better local histories'.

The gentleman illustrated on the front cover is George William Gibson who died July 11th 1913, aged 85, in Vancouver.

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Nova Scotia Eastern District Telephone Directory 1922 Nova Scotia Eastern District Telephone Directory 1922
Product No. CA0177-A

What is there to say about a Telephone Directory? This one lists subscribers in the Eastern districts of Nova Scotia (not including Cape Breton) giving their name, the type of service, i.e., residence, office, store, etc., and where the telephone is located. The location may be a place name or - in larger communities - a street name and number, and, of course, it gives their telephone number. This directory is as useful for locating people in 1922 as the modern phone book is for locating them today.

There are some difference to todays directory however. For each exchange the name of the person in charge is given and the location of “Public Pay Stations” is shown. A significant difference is that each exchange lists it’s operating hours. A few subscribers were lucky enough to get a “continuous” service, most had to watch the clock - and no calls during Sunday lunch!

Click on the More information link below for a list of the Main & District exchanges.

120 pages of listings, we estimate about 5,600 numbers.

We have configured the book for computer searches of the text using a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader™ V4 or better. We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book on our Downloads web page.

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Officers and Men in the First Canadian Contingent - 1914 Officers and Men in the First Canadian Contingent - 1914
Product No. CA0208

The full title is: List of the Officers and Men Serving in the First Canadian Contingent of the British Expeditionary Force - 1914 Compiled by the Pay and Records Office, Canadian Contingent, 36, Victoria Street, London, S. W.

Surely this has to be the most comprehensive listing of those who served in the First Canadian Contingent during the Great War. Every individual is listed in their Brigade, Battalion, Company, specialist group or whatever is appropriate, together with their rank and regimental number (if applicable.) We have copied the book's index into the Downloadable sampler so you can check out how complete this listing is.

A must have for every genealogist's reference shelf. We have configured the CD to make it text searchable so it is a real research tool.

This book records the names of all these men, both the new and experienced volunteers as well as the pre-existing forces.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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Photography in a Nutshell Photography in a Nutshell
Product No. GB1389

By "The Kernel" - Lt. Gen. H.P. Hawkes, published 1899

Sections on apparatus, aims, plates and films, exposure, Treatment of Special Subjects, Developers, Development, Fixing, Washing, and Varnishing Negatives, Intensifies and Reducers, Preparing Negatives for Printing, Printing Papers, Printing, Mounting and Framing, Photography in Hot Climates, Lantern Slides and Enlarging, etc.

Plates and illustrations.

155 pages plus 56 pages of fascinating illustrated advertisements.

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Canada's Hundred Days Canada's Hundred Days
Product No. CA0216

From his position as a War Correspondent the author, John Livesey was in an ideal position to write this account of the period between 8th August and 11 November 1918, when the Canadian forces played their part of a series of victories which helped to bring this European conflict to an end. What made this 100 day period even more glorious at the time was that it marked a significant change in the fortunes of the allied forces who, up until then, had been fighting a rugged defensive campaign.

This is a well written and easy to read book which richly deserves its place as one of the standard reference books about Canada's part in the Great War.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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History of the 16th Battalion CEF, 1914-19 History of the 16th Battalion CEF, 1914-19
Product No. CA0209

By, Lt.-Col. H. M. Urquhart, originally published in 1932.

In this book the author, after a brief prologue to set the scene, starts this history with the formation of the Battalion at the Valcartier camp (Quebec) in May 1914. He then provides a detailed, chronological account of the battalion members experiences throughout the whole period of the fighting finishing with its disbanding in Winnipeg in May of 1919, almost exactly 5 years later.

We have provided a freely downloadable sampler of pages from the book including the table of contents, a random sampling of pages from throughout, and a small segment of one of the very detailed maps. There is no detailed index in the original so to make the contents more accessible on this CD we have made the whole text searchable and enabled the Fast Find feature allowing you to make almost instantaneous searches for any word in the book.

This valuable book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

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City of Toronto & the Home District Directory for 1837 City of Toronto & the Home District Directory for 1837
Product No. CA0214

This is one of the earliest directories of Toronto and as a bonus it also covers the surrounding area (called the Home District.) A list of the names of places in the Home District is provided below. In fact the Home District comprises the major part of the directory, Toronto proper having only 9,200 odd inhabitants while the Home District was populated by approximately 52,000.

As a directory the book is designed to allow quick and easy access to the information but we have made the whole book computer searchable and have enhanced the search speed with our FastFind technology. Care should be exercised in searching this book not only because of the inevitable OCR errors but also because the spelling in the original book seems to be rather "approximate." For those who want to get a closer look at the contents of this important directory before buying there is a sampler on our website where a selection of pages from the book may be freely downloaded.

Places in the Home District: Adjala; Albion; Town of Barrie; Brock; East & West Caledon; East & West Chinguacousy; Etobicoke; Essa; Flos; North, East & West Gwillimbury; Georgina; Innisfil; King; Mara; Markham; Medonte; Mono; Orillia; Oro; Pickering; Reach; Scarborough; Scott; Village of Springfield; Village of Streetsville; Sunnidale; Tecumseth; Thorah; Tiny and Tay; Toronto Gore; Toronto, (old & new survey); Uxbridge; Vaughan; Vespra; Whitchurch; Whitby; & York.

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Halifax & District Telephone Directory for 1950 Halifax & District Telephone Directory for 1950
Product No. CA0220

A relatively recent resource for us to reproduce but from an important period where tracking down your family can be tricky. This is the directory published by the Maritime Telegraph & Telephone Company Ltd., and lists subscribers for the following exchanges and areas:
Bay Road; Bedford Including:- Sackville District; Blandford; Chezzetcook; Eastern Passage; French Village; Halifax Including:- Bayside, Lawrencetown and Minesville Districts; Hubbards; Lake Charlotte; Mount Uniacke; Musquodoboit Harbour, Including:- Jeddore District; Porter's Lake; St. Margaret's; Sambro; Ship Harbour; Tangier Including:- Mooseland, Pleasant Harbour, & Spry Bay Districts; and Wellington.
The directory also includes the "Yellow Pages" which enables you to search for businesses. This can be a great help because the owner's / proprietor's name is often given in the advertising.
It is obviously fairly easy to find people in the directory if you know the name and the area where they lived but we have made this directory fully text searchable so you can find any word (person, place etc.). As with all directories this is also a great way of finding other relatives which you weren't aware of, by finding all occurrences of the family name or of the maiden name of a spouse. The search capability is enhanced with our FastFind technology so that search results are presented almost instantaneously.
If you want to have a look at a few of the pages from the directory before you buy then go to our Downloads page where you can get a Sampler of the directory.

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Nova Scotia's Part in the Great War - 1920, by M. S. Hunt Nova Scotia's Part in the Great War - 1920, by M. S. Hunt
Product No. CA0204

Published two years after the end of the Great War, in 1920, this book was intended to record all the activities of Nova Scotians in support of the allies victory. While the Compiler and editor's name, Capt. M. S. Hunt appears in the by-line, this book was in fact the joint work of many individuals, their names being credited in the Preface as well as being printed in their individual contributions.

Interesting differences between this book of "honour" and other similar works published as records of the same war is that this one not only commemorates the actions and individuals of the military organizations but also those of the auxiliary and civilian efforts. The records of nursing staff, both those who went to Europe and those who served here in Canada, are particularly valuable because of their relative scarcity.

While it was recognized by the editor that the aim to report every war effort contribution would never be possible, this book does make a splendid effort. Mention should also be made of the numerous photographs and portraits provided throughout the pages. Of course the technical standard of some of the photography and printing do not do full justice to the subjects, yet their value to the book is high. This book is a valuable record of Nova Scotia's contribution to, "the war to end all wars."

We have placed a sampler containing a few pages extracted from the book, including the list of contents showing all the Military units covered, for you to browse before you buy, on our web site's Downloads page.

The whole of the text of the book is computer searchable and we have enabled our FastFind technology to speed up your searches for individuals and events.

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CANADA - April through August, 1916 CANADA - April through August, 1916
Product No. CA0202

This is a magazine style news publication which styles itself as "An illustrated weekly journal for all interested in the Dominion." As you might expect it contains articles about the events in the news both at a national and at a provincial level, including, for instance, the "Investment Supplement."

From a purely genealogical perspective perhaps the most interesting portions of each issue are the lists of casualties and commissions. Of course the predominance of the reporting concerns "Officers" but most of the issues also devote space to "NCO's and Men." Each issue also contains a section reporting births, marriages and deaths in Canada, and a "Purely Personal" section which is packed with snippets reporting the events in the lives of Canadians, both enlisted and civilian. Of course the exact content of each issue varies to accommodate the events to be reported, but for anyone interested in the Great War, or indeed in the events here in Canada during this particular period, here is a wonderful, contemporary, window on Canada's view of the events taking place during this critical period.

We have placed a sampler containing a few pages extracted from the book, for you to browse before you buy, on our web site's Downloads page.

The whole of the text of the book is computer searchable and we have enabled our FastFind technology to speed up your searches for individuals and events.

See the "More Information" pop-up for important information about the contents of this product.

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A Rideau Jaunt in 1872 A Rideau Jaunt in 1872
Product No. CA0186

Here is something a little different from our normal fare. This is an original publication by Archive CD Books Canada and has never previously been published. It is the result of a two year project and it is not by accident that we are releasing it in 2007, the 175th anniversary year of the Rideau Canal's opening.

This CD contains the first hand description of an adventure on a steam paddle-wheeler from Ottawa to Kingston down the Rideau Canal, Eastern Ontario's famous man-made navigation. The trip was made in 1872 but the story has never before been published. It is amply illustrated by pictures of the canal, which date from the construction period, c1827, up to last year.

If you are new to the canal, or even if you have known it for a long time, we are sure following William’s adventure down the Rideau will bring you a new dimension of enjoyment in this unique, manmade, waterway. Click on the More information link below for the complete description of this CD.

The printed text of this CD is computer searchable but the primary document is handwritten and so cannot be searched. We have, however, extensively bookmarked and hyper-linked the whole CD so that finding your way around is made quick and easy.

We have placed a freely downloadable sampler of a few pages from the CD on our Downloads page so you can browse before you buy.

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The 24th Battalion, C.E.F., Victoria Rifles of Canada, 1914 - 1919 The 24th Battalion, C.E.F., Victoria Rifles of Canada, 1914 - 1919
Product No. CA0247

A well written and detailed history of this Montreal based military unit from its beginnings as a volunteer unit, during the 1812 invasions, through its recognition as a militia through the Fenian raids and a number of civil disorders to its conversion to a full time component of the C.E.F., including its contribution of a core of trained officers and men in the formation of the 14th Battalion, Royal Montreal Regiment.

Throughout, the account is well illustrated with photographs, sketches and situation maps. An additional map of the Battle of Arras in June 1916 and June 1917 was slipped into the book by one of the previous owners so we have included it on the CD. The book's appendices contain an honour Roll as well as lists of earned honours, commissions and the Battalions battle statistics.

The particular copy of the book used to make this CD has been loaned to us by Chris Wight, a long time friend of Archive CD Books Canada who, together with his colleague Marc Leroux, operate the Canadian Great War Project web site at:
www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/
We encourage you to visit their site and to consider helping them out with their labor of love of ensuring that those who gave at least a part, if not all, of their lives in this great conflict are remembered.

You will find a freely downloadable sampler made from selected pages from this book on our Downloads page. This will not only provide you with a chance to review the work but also to see the Table of Contents.

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History of the County of Lennox and Addington History of the County of Lennox and Addington
Product No. CA0169

This area we now call the County of Lennox and Addington seems to have been little inhabited until it was decided to use it to "house" a good number of the incoming United Empire Loyalists, the first of whom arrived in 1784 before the government's land survey teams had finished laying out the concessions which made up "the first five townships."

Having made a thorough exposé of the areas initial inhabitation the author goes on to devote individual chapters to local government, Commerce, Schools, Recreation, Banks, Churches and Newspapers... Similarly, he discusses the main centers of population in individual chapters in proportion to their importance to the counties development.

Finally, and arguably most important, the author devotes the last 72 pages of the book to biographical sketches of, " … men who have filled the important public offices within the gift of the people of Lennox and Addington…." He should have said "men and their families" however and this shouldn't be taken to mean that the "ordinary" citizens do not get mentioned. Although not formally identified as "biographies," in the course of giving this history, the author frequently identifies the key "players," and where he could he provides any personal information he had to hand. As a result there is personal information on hundreds more early citizens than would be apparent from reading the biographies section alone.

Although the author has provided an extensive index our searchability features offer a more reliable method of finding any mention of individuals and places, and with the FastFind enhancement, searching for the results is virtually instantaneous.

We have placed a sampler of this book on our Downloads page - including the author's index - for you to browse before buying.

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Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and History of the County of Lennox and Addington Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and History of the County of Lennox and Addington
Product No. CA0284

This is a compilation of two books comprising as complete a history as was provided by the literature available at the turn of the 19th century. Surprisingly in view of its political importance there is no record of a significant history of Frontenac being published until about 75 years later. The two books are:

CA0168 - Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Ontario
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CA0169 - History of the County of Lennox and Addington

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The 13th Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada, 1914 - 1919 The 13th Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada, 1914 - 1919
Product No. CA0280

Anyone who has done any reading about the military units raised in the Montreal area of Quebec will probably be familiar with the author of this book. Robert Collier Fetherstonhaugh seems to have been unable to serve his country in the more conventional sense but he more than made up for this with the wonderful, factual unit histories and tales of valor he penned for a number of military units based in the Montreal area. Robert Collier’s special skill is in factually recounting all the infinite details of a military unit on the move and at war while making it an interesting story. He will switch from an explanation of campaign tactics to the exploit of “Jock” in the trench within a page but manages to do so without giving his reader mental “whiplash.”

Being a chronological account it is relatively easy, particularly with the help of the Table of Contents, to access the ample information contained in this book. However the search-ability features we have incorporated in this digital edition offer an alternate, fast and reliable, method of finding any mention of individuals and places. With the FastFind enhancement we have applied, searching for the results is virtually instantaneous.

The particular copy of the book used to make this CD has been loaned to us by Chris Wight, a long time friend of Archive CD Books Canada who, together with his colleague Marc Leroux, operate the Canadian Great War Project web site at: www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/ We encourage you to visit their site and to consider helping them out with their labor of love of ensuring that those who gave at least a part, if not all, of their lives in this great conflict are remembered.

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Vernon's London (Ontario) Directory - 1944 Vernon's London (Ontario) Directory - 1944
Product No. CA0218

A fine and very comprehensive directory of the inhabitants of London, Ontario in the period leading up to 1944. The directory estimates the population to be 87,171 at the time of publication and runs to over 800 pages.

The data is presented in several formats including a Business Directory, an Alphabetical Directory and a Street Directory. Also includes "Miscellaneous Information," mainly public services provided by local government but also entries for various religious and civic philanthropic organizations. Numerous advertisements throughout.

The Business Directory is divided by trades and professions.

The Alphabetical Directory appears to list ALL adults alphabetically by family name, giving their address, marital status, job or profession & property ownership. The names of deceased husbands are given in widows listings. Also listed in this section are businesses giving ownership / management data.

The Alphabetical Street Directory lists every property by location and shows the "head of household." Also an annotation indicating property ownership and presence of telephone. Location of Streets and crossings are also shown.

This is an exceptionally useful directory, especially considering that the census data will not be available for many years yet.

Although laid out to facilitate access we have configured this digital reproduction for computer text searches so that search terms not specifically indexed may also be found. Searching enhanced by our FastFind technology for instantaneous results.

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The Story of the Sixty-Sixth C.F.A. The Story of the Sixty-Sixth C.F.A.
Product No. CA0298

The 66th Canadian Field Artillery was recruited in Montreal but, judging by the included Nominal Role, it was manned as much by men from outside Montreal as by those from within it. This, in its own right, is somewhat remarkable since the recruitment took place in March of 1916 and it might have been thought that enthusiasm for joining up would have waned with the duration of the fighting and with the reports of the deaths reaching home. Not So! The recruitment office was inundated with applications and could easily have filled every position twice over.

The format of the story is familiar: Basic training here in Canada followed by more advanced training in England before joining the fighting at the front. Movements in response to the changing fortunes of the conflict and finally the 'push" towards the Rhine followed by a period of "occupation." This qualifies it as a book of interest to those who have connections with the fighting unit but does not make it anything exceptional as a history of events. And yet this book stands out in its genre for a very specific reason:

It was conceived, and the basic content was written, over a 24 hour period, by a group or the unit's members as they awaited their turn to return to England and their eventual discharge in Canada. No aspirations at great literature or lofty ideas of creating a serious history. Just a group of weary veterans who decided they wanted to capture the essence of their experience as an aide memoire in their latter years.

An exceptional opportunity to live the experience through the eyes, ears and minds of a handful of those who survived.

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Land Settlement in Upper Canada 1783-1840 Land Settlement in Upper Canada 1783-1840
Product No. CA0227

The author of this book, George Patterson, scoured the Ontario Archives to put together this report which now provides us with an unbiased, factual, account of the planning and allocation of settlement land in Upper Canada, today called Ontario.

The report does not hide that there were many shortfalls in the land allocation processes used by the newly created Upper Canada parliament, that there were many special interests involved, that in some cases land allocations were fraudulently granted and that, on a larger scale, political "dealing" was the cause of a significant amount of civil unrest. Three specific areas singled out in this last category are overgenerous grants to U.E. Loyalists, the granting of free land to military retirees and the allocation of "clergy reserves." Many other instances are cited but they mostly gave rise to local or individual disfavor. On the other hand, it also points out that efforts were made to make and control an ever increasing number of requests for settlement land over an enormous area.

It would, of course, be impossible to report on this subject without reference to the various agreements and arrangements made with the area's indigenous peoples and significant space is given to recording the facts of these negotiations.

The book is clearly written and comes with an extensive index. It also contains fold out maps and reproductions of many of the original granting documents and announcements as well as samples of signatures of many of the key individuals whose names may appear on historic records. The various facts are well "cited" as they are divulged and the extensive bibliography provides the key to further research and reading.

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Torontonensis - The year book of the University of Toronto, Vol XXXVIII, 1936 Torontonensis - The year book of the University of Toronto, Vol XXXVIII, 1936
Product No. CA0023-36

A wonderful record of the graduating year from the University of Toronto. Every entry for the graduating class includes a photographic portrait and the details of the subject's academic life. There are also separate reports and listings, with photographs, of the Sports Teams, Clubs, Associations and Fraternities for the year. In addition to the President’s address each College’s dean has provided an address together with a photographic portrait. The book also contains many photographs of the campus. We estimate the graduating class consists of over 1300 individuals, plus the various group and team pictures include under-graduates and professors.

In our CD reproduction we have taken care to ensure the photographs are well reproduced and that the text is fully searchable. We have also enhanced the search with our FastFind technology.

A must have for anyone researching a relative who graduated from Toronto in this year.

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1951 List of Electors for Rural Municipality of South Norfolk, Manitoba 1951 List of Electors for Rural Municipality of South Norfolk, Manitoba
Product No. CA0141

A list of the over 1600 eligible voters in this district. Manitoba, at this time, prepared a new voters list for each election and published a draft so the residents could check they were included.

The rural municipality of South Norfolk is located in the agricultural heartland of South Central Manitoba. It surrounds the Town of Treherne and includes the community of Rathwell, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Roseisle, St. Claude, Lavenham, Treherne, Edwin and Rossendale.

Lists the names of residents, their occupations, descriptions (location) of property, their Post Offices, and School Districts.

A tremendous resource for genealogy buffs studying family history in rural Manitoba. Fully searchable, enhanced with FastFind technology.

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Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College, Toronto, Jan 1830 to June 1916 Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College, Toronto, Jan 1830 to June 1916
Product No. CA0258

The title of this book is a masterly understatement. Certainly it lists every student who attended the school from the school's beginnings in January 1830 until the end of this reporting period in June 1916, but in that listing may also be found such known facts as:
birth date; date of entering and leaving school; name of previous and next school; fathers name, location and profession; addresses for "home" and "where found during school term"; and in many cases significant details about the student in latter years such as location and profession or the date and circumstances of their death.

Then there are other lists in the book where the names of "old boys" who took a part in notable events in Canadian (and related) history are recorded.

Nor does the wealth of information end there. Following a fairly detailed account of the school's history and a listing of the school's governors, the names and details of every master who had taught in the school are recorded, some at significant length.

The pupils of Upper Canada College went on to take up positions in all walks of life in Canada, not to mention those who journeyed further afield. They could be found in military and civilian service, in public and private life and in all types of commerce. An enormous number of Canadian families are going to find that they had some connection with this most famous and historic Canadian school.

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Our Bit & First Canadians in France Our Bit & First Canadians in France
Product No. CA0299-CD

Contains "Our Bit," Memories of War Service by a Canadian Nursing-Sister by Mabel B. Clint.

Accounts of the exploits and experiences from the Great War usually emanate from front-line troops of fighting units. But here is the story of a Canadian Nursing Sister, supporting and supplying these "front-liners" when, as it did to so many, the need arose. Not only then is this a Great War story from a new perspective but also one from the minority of "fighting females" doing their bit for King and Country.

And as a bonus for this digital republication we are including the full version of an historical novel, The First Canadians in France by F. McKelvey Bell, sub-titled, The Chronicle of a Military Hospital in the war zone.

Let us be clear from the outset, this is a work of fiction. But this allows the book to tell the story of a doctor serving in the Canadian military in a way which more clearly illustrates the experience than any purely factual work. Let us also be clear however that, though this is a work of fiction, it is firmly based in fact.

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Golden Jubilee, the T. Eaton Co. Ltd., 1869 - 1919 Golden Jubilee, the T. Eaton Co. Ltd., 1869 - 1919
Product No. CA0133

Written and published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the December, 1869 opening of Timothy Eaton’s first store in Toronto, it is inevitable that the book bears the mark of the advertising copy writer’s extensive use of the superlative, and yet it still provides valuable information and hard to come across background on the everyday activities and lives of Canadians throughout the 50 year period. The book is liberally illustrated and easy to read.

Worthy of special mention is a chapter dedicated to members of Eaton’s staff who answered their Country’s call to fight in three military actions, notably in the Great War. All the staff members names are recorded together with the honors they earned.

This book is of far greater value to the practical genealogist than its title would seem to imply. It provides valuable insights into many aspects of everyday life that are so hard to come by in other history books. The whole text of the book is searchable and search speed has been enhanced with our FastFind technology. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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History of Toronto and County of York, Ontario, Illustrated (2 Vol.) - 1885 History of Toronto and County of York, Ontario, Illustrated (2 Vol.) - 1885
Product No. CA0213

This is a two volume book containing over 1200 pages in total, published in 1885. The volumes, in order, contain historical information about the county and biographical information about its early inhabitants. The history has been written by a number of authors selected for their particular knowledge so that this book contains a depth of knowledge far greater than could be expected from only one person. The biographies appear to have been submitted for publication by the subjects or by a sponsor wishing to make sure the subject would be remembered. They range in length and detail from a few lines of concentrated factual information to at least one account of the subjects life running to several pages. The book provides no index or listing of the biographies but it is estimated that it contains over 1500 individual biographies.

In addition to the written information the book also contains numerous scenic illustrations and portraits as well an 18" by 23" fold out map of the county of York, presumably contemporary with the book's publication in 1885. It is a detailed map, apparently hand drawn, showing not only the topography and main population centers but also the made up roads, the allocation of settlement lots in the various townships and the location of post offices, school houses and churches including an indication of the denomination.

The whole book is computer searchable and we have enhanced the search speed by enabling our FastFind technology. A wonderful history of what may now be Canada's most populous area written at a time when the people who had first hand experience of the history were still available to be interviewed and to tell their stories. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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Attleborough in War Time Attleborough in War Time
Product No. CAB0329

Written by Major J. H. Kennedy and published privately in 1919 this book provides a record of the contribution the little town of Attleborough made to the allied victory in the Great War of 1914 - 1918, both at the front and within its own environs.

Situated in the county of Norfolk, on the road from Cambridge to Norwich, about 23 km. before you actually arrive in the city. Besides the cider factory, Attleborough’s main claim to fame seems to be that in 1549 it was the centre of the “Enclosures” rebellion when the locals tore down the fences the landowners were constructing to enclose what had previously been common land. And yet in this later time of national crisis, out of a total population of 2,500 souls, 550 of the town’s men served in the armed forces.

The book keeps alive the memory of these brave souls by recording the names and service records of each one as well as separately listing the Roll of Honor of those who gave their lives in the conflict. Not that the remaining inhabitants stood idly by. A good part of the book records the happenings in Attleborough in support of the war effort, the raising of funds, the establishment of hospitals and the special contributions by both individuals and local companies, all ably set, by the author, against the larger background of the progress of the fighting. This is a “golden” resource for anyone researching ancestors with connections to this otherwise ordinary little town in rural Norfolk. The text of the book is fully computer searchable and search speed is enhanced by our FastFind technology. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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History of the County of Perth from 1825 to 1902 History of the County of Perth from 1825 to 1902
Product No. CA0146

"I propose to write a history of the County of Perth, in order that those whom futurity will bring may know the story of pioneer life in this portion of Canada." So begins William Johnston's thoughtful and detailed history of this section of the great Huron Tract. Published in 1903 it recounts the events which took place but a mere 70 odd years before, bringing the advantage of relative freshness, and even living memory, to the account.

Perth County's beginnings are a little different to those of the more easterly districts of Upper Canada in that its land allocation, and so settlement, was made the responsibility of the Canada Company, and they decided to discharge this responsibility by initially using a system of land allocation described as "leasehold" as opposed to the more conventional direct sale, or freehold system, employed elsewhere. (See also More information link below.)

More than 10% of the book is given over to what are more normally termed "Biographies" of the early settlers, although Mr. Johnston calls them "sketches." There are several composite photographs of the leaders of various administrations.

This is a fine, detailed, well constructed and illustrated history of the county rich with information on civic development and naming many, perhaps all, of the bold pioneers who played their own part in the development of Perth County.

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The Gold Stripe, No.1, 2 & 3 - 1919 The Gold Stripe, No.1, 2 & 3 - 1919
Product No. CA0300

"A tribute to British Columbia Men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War."

This private publication was the brainchild of John Francis Bursill, the father of one of the war's victims. The first volume appears to have been John's way of dealing with the loss of his son. However, rather than concentrating on his loss he aimed his work at supporting those who survived and were engaged in the business of readjusting to a, now strange, civilian role. Amongst these the ones with the greatest adjustment to make were those who were injured, and must relearn their childhood lessons of mobility and dexterity. In a word, the amputees. And so this work is ostensibly dedicated to the members of the "Amputation Club of British Columbia." I say ostensibly because in reading the articles it quickly becomes clear that many of the contributors were using their contributions as an excuse for recording the harsh realities of the previous years, perhaps in the hope that it would bring them to a catharsis.

Possibly most important of all the contributions are the memorials placed by companies, organizations, communities, and even individuals, recording their Honor Rolls. There are dozens of such memorials spread through the pages of the three volumes ranging in form from a simple printed list to photographic records of standing civic memorials. A listing of the groups submitting honor rolls has been extracted and is available for reference as a free download. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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Recollections and Records of Toronto of Old. - 1914 Recollections and Records of Toronto of Old. - 1914
Product No. CA0330

"With references to Brantford, Kingston and Others."

The author, William Henry Pearson, was uniquely qualified to write this book. He first came to live in Toronto in 1839 at about 8 years of age. He went on to spend his whole working life in the city, in employment which bought him into daily contact with its inhabitants and made him familiar with its institutions. Several years after his retirement, he was prompted by his friends and - he says - by a sense of civic duty, to make a permanent record of his life’s experience, including, as the title says, his “Recollections and Records.”

William was a student of everything going on around him, both in the lives of people and in the development of the environment, so that rather than simply regarding these events as a sort of “backdrop” to his own passing life, he considered them something he should capture and record. For instance, shortly after he went to work for the Post Office he started keeping a written record of the deaths of all the people he had had occasion to come into contact with, until, in his retirement his list amounted to some 3,900 individuals.

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The Bramshott Souvenir Magazine The Bramshott Souvenir Magazine
Product No. CA0301

Produced as an unashamed piece of personal nostalgia, and aimed at Canadian troops on their way into action this unique and very rare publication gives us a glimpse into one of Canada’s major training camps in Europe. The magazine’s own editorial provides perhaps the best justification for its publication:
“The relatives and friends of the soldiers who are training in this area will now be able to come into closer contact with them, and when they receive this Souvenir in those Canadian homes that are so dear to us they will be able to picture to themselves what our boys are doing by means of the photographs and articles scattered throughout these pages.
This is the first Souvenir dealing with the daily life of a training area ever published in England. It has been a big undertaking and many difficulties have had to be overcome, but if it meets with the approval of the Officers and Men in this camp and if it carries a message of affection and joy to the far distant homes of the Dominion, the labour spent upon it will not have been in vain.”


Bramshott is located in the north of the county of Hampshire, just south of Surrey, in an area long associated with the British army. In fact one of the local towns, Aldershot, is nicknamed “The Home of the British Army” to this day. The area, then, was well suited to the accommodation of large, transient, populations of military personnel and the necessary specialized training facilities were already in place.

Even if you don’t find your ancestor’s name and picture in this magazine you will be taken to a place and time which so many of the Canadian fighting men, and women, passed through on their way to “the front.”

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Belleville (Ontario) Directory, 1940 Belleville (Ontario) Directory, 1940
Product No. CA0309

Vernon’s are one of Canada’s best recognized publishers of directories. This one provides their service for the southern Ontario city of Belleville for the year 1940 although it can normally be assumed that the process of canvassing the inhabitants, collating, editing, typesetting, printing and publishing will mean that some of the data is at least a year old. Belleville, sometimes called the "friendly city," is centrally situated on the northern shore of the Bay of Quinte in an area originally heavily settled by Loyalists.

In addition to Miscellaneous and Classified Business Directory sections the major portion of the directory is taken up by an Alphabetical Directory of names and a Street Directory. Both of these sections list both the names of individuals and those of businesses, public and private.

Because these directories were made down to a price some of the typesetting and printing was less than ideal but we have compensated for this by providing the best quality scans we could make and by carefully hand editing the OCR results so that the computer search-ability is at least up to our normal high standard. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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A History of Simcoe County, 2 Vols. 1909 A History of Simcoe County, 2 Vols. 1909
Product No. CA0234

Quite aside from being a well researched and fascinating history of this important county of (now) Ontario the work itself has an interesting history.  The author Andrew. F. Hunter published its first incarnation as a series of weekly articles, in the Barrie Examiner, between October, 1889 and February 1891. This first public airing brought forth a number of "criticisms and corrections" but the author had no immediate plans to republish so the history remained uncorrected.  Some 17 years later The County Council resolved to sponsor the production of a history of the county and agreed to take the Author's original work as its core.  What is contained in this 2 volume book is the direct result of that project, with the earlier corrections made, some parts of the original expunged and "the remainder expanded by some five times." It occupies a total of 658 pages including 97 pages of engraved illustrations which were first added in this edition.

Published as two volumes the history divides naturally into main topics, these being "Public Affairs" and "A Record of Pioneers." We are only offering this digital republication as a single CD in the combined 2 volume format on the principal that the story of the County results from the combination of both histories.

Click on the More information link below for a more detailed description of the contents of each volume.

This is a comprehensive and detailed account of the history of the County and is a "must have" for anyone researching their heritage in Simcoe.  The entire text has been carefully processed to make it fully computer searchable and the search speed has been enhanced by our FastFind technology. You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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Torontonensis - The year book of the University of Toronto, Vol XVII, 1915 Torontonensis - The year book of the University of Toronto, Vol XVII, 1915
Product No. CA0023-15

A wonderful record of the graduating year from the University of Toronto. Every entry for the graduating class includes a photographic portrait and comments on the subject's academic life. There are also separate reports and listings, with photographs, of the Sports Teams, Clubs, Associations and Fraternities for the year. In addition to the President’s address each College’s dean has provided an address together with a photographic portrait. The book also contains many photographs of the campus. We estimate the graduating class consists of over 850 individuals, plus the various group and team pictures include under-graduates and professors.

As a consequence of being published in the second year of the Great War this Year Book also includes reports on the Combined Officers Training Corps and Honor Rolls of former students and teachers.

In our CD reproduction we have taken care to ensure the photographs are well reproduced and that the text is fully searchable. We have also enhanced the search with our FastFind technology.

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A Directory of the Biscuit and Cracker Bakers of the United States and the Dominion of Canada., 1885 A Directory of the Biscuit and Cracker Bakers of the United States and the Dominion of Canada., 1885
Product No. CA0034

For North America, this is a very early Trade Directory and it provides a surprising array of information about a wider range of trades than the title would lead one to expect.  

The obvious question is, "Why Biscuit and Cracker Bakers, and not Bakers in general?"  Well, the answer is contained in the directory itself.  Bakers make two types of goods.  Those for immediate consumption, soft bread, pies etc., which spoil quickly and could thus only be distributed locally, and those which would keep for long enough for them to be shipped to remote locations and thus form the basis for a national or international trade.  The bakers engaged in the local trade had no need for a directory but those making goods which could be sold further afield - even Worldwide - needed a means of introducing buyers and sellers to each other. In other words, this directory became a necessity.

The directory addresses all aspects of the baking trade from the suppliers of raw ingredients; grains and "milled" flours, to the manufactures of production machines and those printers making packaging labels.  The directory treats the whole of North America as a single "territory," albeit using state and provincial boundaries to sub-divide the various lists, and even extends its reach to World wide traders in the important categories such as an "Alphabetical list of Bakers."

In addition to the expected directory listings there are many pages taken up with advertising of everything from Baking capacity to box hinges.  There are also several full color plates advertising printed labels to be used to add sales appeal.  Color printing in a book of this age is most unusual especially as the color print quality is surprisingly good.

The last two directory lists seem a little out of place at first sight.  One is a list of hotels by location and the other a list of towns with populations exceeding 5,000 people.  I say out of place but when one realizes that this directory was as much a tool for the baker's traveling salesman as for the actual baker the logic becomes clear.

This directory is a source of approx. 120 year old information pertinent to a very specialized sector of industry not readily available elsewhere.

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The Township of Scarboro 1796 - 1896 The Township of Scarboro 1796 - 1896
Product No. CA0335

Written as one of a number of projects undertaken to mark the centenary of the establishment of this early Upper Canada township, the book is designed to capture the memories and experiences of the founders, "while they remained available," and to record for us here in the future, the events and deeds which shaped and influenced the development of the Scarboro township, which we know better today as Scarborough, an eastern district of the great metropolis of Toronto.

The book's chapters are each devoted to specific topics and concentrate on providing factual reports. Several of the chapters were actually authored by assistants to David Boyle, the author of record. Each of these assistants were themselves well qualified in both literary and history skills.

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Following on from the main body of the book are a number of informative appendices including one giving the names of the township’s original land patentees and the dates on which they took up their grants.

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Papers & Records Vol. XII (1914), Ontario Historical Society Papers & Records Vol. XII (1914), Ontario Historical Society
Product No. CA0171-14

This is a complete reproduction of the papers presented to the Ontario Historical Society in its 12th report (1914.) These annual publications are often a gold mine of valuable genealogical and history information but it can be difficult to recognize because it tends to be “hidden” within the overall “Papers and Records” volume title. For this reason we have also published many of the individual papers presented herein as “Gleanings,” under their more descriptive individual titles. The contents of this volume also show some thematic relationships so we are also releasing this complete reproduction. Click on the More information link below for a list of the titles of the contents of this volume. For further descriptions of those papers noted as being published as Gleanings we suggest you consult our Catalogue’s Gleanings descriptions.

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A Collection of Maps from the Great War (WWI) era. A Collection of Maps from the Great War (WWI) era.
Product No. CA0347

This collection of 155 Great War vintage maps has been assembled to provide the Great War researcher with access to maps which can be used to better understand and follow the geographical progress of the various military movements as well as the geo-political configuration of the countries affected by the hostilities. Above all these maps are all contemporary with the Great War and so use all the place and area names which were in use then, avoiding the necessity of remembering all the changes which have occurred in the intervening period.

The collection is formed in three sections. Click on the More information link below to see what these sections contain.

The contents of the CD have been organized in such a way that while all the maps can be independently accessed on an individual basis the entire content and structure of the two books is also preserved and they can be read, or used, just as they were originally published.

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History of the Settlement of Upper Canada (Ontario) History of the Settlement of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Product No. CA0226

Subtitle: With special reference to the Bay of Quinte

Here is a fascinating and informative study of the settlers in Canada. Written, in 1869, by William Canniff, a medical doctor with a passion for Canadian history, it is one of many books he wrote about history and medicine. If there were one criticism to be made about this book it is that it lacks a certain focus - if you happen to consider this a shortfall. In our view - while making the book a little hard to follow in places - Williams willingness to explore all the sidetracks and byways his research took him into more than make up for any lack of a more restrictive and confining "focus."

One could be forgiven for assuming that a subject such as this, when it ranges widely over geography and time, would be impersonal, and written with an eye to the "grand events." William though had the insight to realize that the story is about the individual at least as much as about the Country so throughout this book you will find that every subject is examined for the impact on the individual and this impact is illustrated with countless snatches of the personal histories of early settlers and their families. It would be a truly heroic task to manually index all the individuals William manages to weave into his story so it is fortunate indeed that our computer search-ability provides complete access to all the personal histories laid out for us here.

For a complementary, and equally edifying book on the administration of Upper Canada Settlement we recommend, "Land Settlement in Upper Canada 1783-1840 ," our catalogue number CA0227.

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London in the Olden Time - c1538 London in the Olden Time - c1538
Product No. CAB0352

This is a truly fascinating map & book, providing the reader with a detailed and intimate peep into Britain's London near the end of the reign of the infamous Henry VIII, just before his dissolution of the monasteries. Or, to be more precise, this is the view offered by the wonderfully detailed and supposedly accurate, 52 in. by 40 in. pictorial map, one of the two parts of this book. The other part of the book is called, by the author William Newton, an "Accompanying Memoir" and it provides amazing detail of the origins, purpose and fates of hundreds of the buildings and locations which are illustrated on the map.

Based on the author's introduction we have dated the map at c1538, mainly for simplicity of reference. Still, the author chose to include a line on the map showing the extent of the later Great Fire. He kept this line visually non invasive so that it took us a great deal of time to find and trace it on the map. To make it a little easier for the reader to see, we have provided a second extracted portion of the map with the line highlighted.

It really doesn't matter if you are a long time resident of London, or if you are a complete stranger, when you start to read the stories in this book, and see the places where it happened on the map, you are going to find yourself reliving the history of this colorful and great old city.

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We are able to bring you this great book as a result of the generosity in sharing of Mrs. Claire Alexander.

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History of the County of Bruce - 1906 History of the County of Bruce - 1906
Product No. CA0086

When writing this history the author, Norman Robertson, determined that he would record as much of the experiences of the original pioneers as he could and, in his own words, "It was not long before the author became aware that he had not commenced a day too soon. Death was very busy among the old pioneers, and in a short time he would have been too late."

These first hand testimonies and his experience as the Treasurer of the County and as the secretary of its Historical Society gave Norman an ideal base from which to record a fascinating and exhaustive narrative giving glimpses of the County's birth and development, both on the grand scale and at the detail level of everyday life.

Often this very breadth and depth of the history of an area as large and diffuse as a county leads to a confusing and hard to read document, but not in this case because the author took care how he organized the work. In his own words again; "The first eleven chapters of this work refer to the county at large. Then follow twenty-seven chapters, each of which deals with a separate minor municipality." This structure allowed Norman to deal with his subject at all levels with only the minimum of repetition necessary to make each topic self contained.

To illustrate his narrative the author provides copious pictures and appendices. These have subjects ranging from an 1869 celebratory procession to a listing of the members of the Bruce County’s militias.

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Lovell's Business & Professional Directory of Quebec, 1890-91 Lovell's Business & Professional Directory of Quebec, 1890-91
Product No. CA0324

The title of this 1051* page directory continues, "Alphabetically arranged as to Places, Names, Businesses and Professions.
*Actual page count.

The language of this directory is primarily English although the names of people and places given in French are respected. Most businesses and professions are identified in English but, particularly in the Trades Directory, the equivalent French description is also usually given.

The main business of the directory can be found in two sections, being:
1. a Business and Professional Directory of the Province of Quebec Alphabetically Arranged as to Place Names, Business and Profession, and
2. a Province of Quebec Classified Directory of Businesses, Trades, Professions, Alphabetically Arranged.

Section 1. lists every place alphabetically, and - for places larger than a village - the most important features; physical, political, economic, social and distinguishing, are mentioned, including the contemporary population. The length of this description varies with the size of the population so that the description of cities may run to several pages. Following are listed all the names of businesses and professionals in Alphabetical order identifying their trade or profession and listing their street address for the larger population centres.

Section 2. lists trades, professions, occupations, facilities, services etc. in alphabetical order and under each provides an alphabetical listing of the Cities, Towns or Villages and in each all those engaged in the trade or profession together with their address (for Cities.)

This Directory provides over 1000 pages just bursting with the names of virtually everyone owning, running or operating a business or professional service in the Province of Quebec in 1890-91, together with a host of contemporary factual information and commercial advertising. A "must have" for anyone researching family history in the Province of Quebec during the closing decades of the 1800's. We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book on our Downloads page.

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Nova Scotia Relief Map & Directory - 1931 Nova Scotia Relief Map & Directory - 1931
Product No. CA0357

This is a very useful book with a very misleading title. In fact it would be far better if the issuers had adopted the sub-title, “A Handy Book of Reliable Information” as their main title. However the primary purpose in publishing the book was for it to be a guide to an enormous, scale, Relief Map of Nova Scotia which was on exhibition directly across the road from the main Visitors Centre on the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia near Amherst, an area called Fort Lawrence, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The giant map no longer exists (although there are reports that it was still there in the 1980’s) but the guide to the map - and hence to the whole of Nova Scotia as it was in 1931 - survives here in our digital edition.

The first 100 or so pages in the book provide the visitor with all manner of useful, general information including - for instance - ferry time tables, areas of outstanding natural beauty, golf courses, fishing locations, local road use regulations, anything, in fact, that could be considered a pastime or of interest to a visitor.

The remaining 220 pages are mostly occupied by an alphabetical listing of places, small and large, providing directory like information about them, a listing of commercial establishments - including Hotels, Restaurants, Inns, Garages etc. and - for many - a local street map keyed with the locations of the listed commercial establishments.

This digital edition is fully computer searchable although once you are familiar with the book’s layout it should be fairly straightforward to find needed information. A wonderful resource for the Nova Scotia researcher.

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McGill University, Directory of Graduates 1946 McGill University, Directory of Graduates 1946
Product No. CA0370

Compiled by The Graduates Society with various individuals credited for their efforts towards producing the publication in the Foreword. The book totals to some 535 pages all told, the vast majority of which are taken up by “The Directory” which lists the graduates: Alphabetically, Geographically, and by Class, concluding with a list of those receiving Honorary Degrees. There are also several other supporting sections providing background information about the University, abbreviations used and an Index to the Geographical List. The three sections of the Directory are arranged alphabetically within themselves. Estimated to contain approximately 15,500 names.

The book specifically identifies itself as containing a record of all “living” graduates of degree courses up to, and including, 1946. It does NOT however explain how - or when - non-living graduates were excluded from the directory so we suspect that this may be a case of erring on the side of conservatism and that some non-surviving graduates may also be listed. Also, of course, the possibility of error is admitted so the absence of a particular graduate should not be taken as a sign of their decease prior to 1946.

From the lists one can determine the degree(s) awarded and their most recent contact address, which frequently also indicate the profession or employment taken up. In the case of female graduates - if subsequently married - both their single and married name is shown, also giving the name of their spouse (i.e., nearly equivalent to the information available from a marriage certificate.) Graduates who may have changed their name for other reasons are also identified by both their former and current name. Inevitably some graduates did not keep in touch with the Graduates Society so no current address for them was available for entry in the Directory although their name was still listed. (See also comments on “living” status.)

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Papers & Records Vol.III (1901) Ontario Historical Society Papers & Records Vol.III (1901) Ontario Historical Society
Product No. CA0171-01

This is a complete reproduction of the papers presented to the Ontario Historical Society in its 3rd. report (1901.) These annual publications are often a gold mine of valuable genealogical and history information but it can be difficult to recognize because the detail tends to be “hidden” by the overall “Papers and Records” volume title. For this reason we also published many of the individual papers presented herein as “Gleanings,” under their more descriptive individual titles.

The contents of this volume do also show some thematic relationships so in addition to the individual Gleanings we are also releasing this complete reproduction.

The following is a list of the titles of the presentations printed in this volume. For further descriptions of those papers noted as being published as Gleanings we suggest you consult our Catalogue’s Gleanings descriptions. For the others the title alone provides an adequate description.

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Hamilton Centennial 1846 - 1946 Hamilton Centennial 1846 - 1946
Product No. CA0373

(Sub-titled: One Hundred Years of Progress.) This is a publication of The Hamilton Centennial Committee, edited by Alexander H Wingfield. It summarizes the history and progress of the (now) city of Hamilton as it developed from a overgrown, swampy valley into the important and cosmopolitan city which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1946.

The individual chapters in the book are the work of various experts in their fields. The initial chapter, by Charles R. McCullough, recalls the early exploration of LaSalle and the later homesteading of displaced United Empire Loyalists as they radiated from the Niagara area, having made good their escape from the persecutions of the newly independent citizens of the thirteen southern colonies of British North America. It was this homesteading that was to form the early beginnings of the area then know as “the Head of the Lake,” and which we now recognize as Hamilton.

From this foundation the book provides chapters exploring various facets of the development of the city’s structure and society. For instance: Industrial & Commercial Development, Churches, The Arts, Education, Medical Arts, Libraries, Sports and Youth Activities. There is also a chapter giving biographical details on a number of “Eminent Citizens.” Illustrated throughout with many photographs, engravings and diagrams, the book concludes with a collection of advertising plates illustrated in true “mid 40’s” style.

All through the book the names and personal details of prominent citizens are provided as they become relevant, particularly - of course - in the chapter identifying the city’s “Eminent Citizens.” Also present are photographic portraits of a large number of city’s officials (at the time of publication.)

This is a book which will not only provide you with a history of Hamilton’s first 100 years but also details a snap-shot of the city just after the second World War for comparison with the result of further development which has led to todays metropolis.

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Canada. Its Defences, Condition, and Resources - 1865. Canada. Its Defences, Condition, and Resources - 1865.
Product No. CA0372

The author of this fascinating and instructive book, W. Howard Russell LL.D., has a number of books of a similar type to his credit and, arguably, he is best know for his two volume, My Diary, North and South, which reported his observations and experiences as he traveled the (relatively) newly independent American States during their civil war. The 2 volume, U.S. work forms the pre-cursor to this book, which is (almost) all about Canada and which the author refers to as a third volume although there is really no material connection with the previous 2 volumes except for a relationship in time and few references to previous stories.

The author’s tour took place in the interesting period following the emergence of “The Canadas” as a viable, and self sustaining, colony of Britain and the realization (by the inhabitants) that they were able to defend themselves from invasion from the south. And indeed that they must be able to form such a defence when Britain was too pre-occupied, with matters closer to home, to provide the forces for the preservation of the remaining colonies here.

In keeping with the diary format, the author recounts his impressions, observations, encounters and commentary as he journeys from New York city to Niagara (late in January) to start a trek across, and around, the (now) province of Ontario before heading east through (now) Quebec and New Brunswick into Nova Scotia and Halifax "en route" back to England.

Because I could not find any direct reference to them within the author’s text, it appears that the book’s publisher added the two excellent fold out maps of the whole of Canada to assist a reader unfamiliar with the country. One is for areas to the West of Lake Superior while the other is for the areas to the East. Major geographical features are marked, e.g., lakes, rivers, and mountains, in addition to locating many of the centers of trade or settlement - including the trading companies “houses” or “forts.”

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We would like to add a thanks to John Holyer of Ottawa Valley Antiques Shop, Douglas, Ontario ottawavalleyantiques.com for offering us the opportunity to make this digital recording of his valuable and rare old book so that the information it contains can be available to those without the wish to own the original.

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Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry: A History - 1946 Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry: A History - 1946
Product No. CA0289

The author of this stunning work, John Graham Harkness, KC, is well qualified for the job being a lifetime resident, and a descendent of one of the earliest settling families in the area. Over the years members of his family had undertaken important and influential rolls in the development of the area.

As is traditional with this type of work, author Harkness adopts a chronological basis for the layout of his book starting with the almost simultaneous arrival of European settlers from both Scotland and from the Palatinate area of Germany. This early (1700’s) settlement marks one of the earliest settlements in what was later to become Canada West, then Upper Canada and, today, Ontario. Further pioneering settlement resulted from an influx of United Empire Loyalists (UELs), escaping the unbridled consequences of their defeat in the American War of Independence.

This is an easy to read, and interesting account of settlement making much use of the retelling of the deeds and life stories of the actual settlers so the reader may simultaneously learn about the area’s history as well as that of those who lived through it.

As the story of the area’s development proceeds so the author introduces more and more detail into his writing, creating whole chapters devoted to specific topics such as civil unrest, schools and churches, industry, the press, Lawyers and Doctors, and culminating in a wonderful chapter labeled “Miscellaneous” which serves as a catch-all for all the wonderful stories, collections and other valuable details, which would not fit into the earlier chapters.

The over 600 pages of text in this book are liberally illustrated with maps, line drawings, landscapes and photographic portraits of notable inhabitants, and is a “must have” for anyone researching ancestors from this historic area. High Quality images of every printed page in the book, made completely computer searchable with enhanced search speed through the use of our FastFind technology.

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A History of the War of 1812 A History of the War of 1812
Product No. CA0379

Full title: A History of the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States of America, by James Hannay, originally published 1905.

We are publishing this digital edition in 2011, the year before the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of this war. One of the things which surprised us most in our preparations for this event was to find out that even now there seem to be significantly different perceptions of the causes and purposes of this war, depending on which side of our common national boarder you live. It was this discovery which made me think that the first thing I should make clear, in this description, is that this book was written, before the 100th anniversary, from a Canadian perspective, by an author whose unapologetic sympathies aligned with his British heritage.

That said, the book provides a detailed recording of the events and activities which precipitated the American declaration of war, through all of the recorded actions, and culminating in the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. All of the recognized encounters between the combatants are discussed in as near a chronological order as possible, identifying the armed units and their leaders as well as discussing the larger results of the conflicts at national levels. Throughout there are illustrations of leading figures, pictures of battle fields, reproductions of critical documents, and strategic maps. Of particular note are the illustrations of the fighting men, showing their uniforms, by C. W. Jefferys.

The author has many published books to his credit due, no doubt, to his clear and interesting writing style which manages to carry the reader through what could so easily have been just another history book. A worthwhile read about a subject about which all Canadians and United States Citizens should be familiar.

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol.4 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vol.4
Product No. CA0361-4

Published in the same year that the Great War broke out - 1914 - this self contained volume IV of the four volume set does its part in telling the history of British Columbia by relating the life stories of about 710 of its prominent citizens. It accomplishes this in the form of individual biographies, many (about 200) of which are accompanied by professionally photographed studio portraits of the subjects. Each biography has been submitted by its subject - or by his family and / or close acquaintances - so there is no real common structure to them but, in general, they provide a familial and working history of the subject's life. In this process his spouse(s), his children, his parents and any siblings are introduced, at least by, name and often by genealogical and national origin. The amount of this content varies from a single paragraph to one of several pages. This is a thick book, numbering to 1205 pages. Every fifth (or so) printed page is given to a single large portrait of one of the subjects, and the backs of these portrait sheets (which are also numbered) are blank so the number of text pages is about 803. This makes the length of the average Bio. about 1 1/8 of a page.

Or, to put it another way, all the Bios. provide good basic information and most contain a wealth of detail about the subject and his family. Amongst the 700 odd subjects are many who were attracted to British Columbia from other parts of Canada by stories of fortunes to be made by exploiting the abundant natural, and renewable, resources including agriculture and forestry, but most notably by the stories of gold. Many of the biographies contain anecdotes of desperate survival while experiencing the hardships of the "back country" in search of a fortune. Other settlers came with the train construction crews as the link between east and west was forged, and still more followed as a result of this improved means of transportation to grow produce and to manufacture goods.

We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from both Vol. 3 and 4 of the book - including the whole of both Indices of Subjects - on our Downloads page so you can see what the book's content looks like and can see if any of your families might be included.

We invite you to join in our thanks to the Slocan Community Library, BC and particularly to Joyce, their librarian and a great friend of Archive CD Books Canada, for allowing us to borrow this wonderful book so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community.  We will be donating copies of the CD to the library so further wear and tear on this great old book can be avoided

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vols. 3 & 4 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical - Vols. 3 & 4
Product No. CA0361-B

Published in the same year that the Great War broke out - 1914 - these two volumes, III & IV of the four volume set do their part in telling the history of British Columbia by relating the life stories of about 1320 of its prominent citizens. It accomplishes this in the form of individual biographies, many (about 530) of which are accompanied by professionally photographed studio portraits of the subjects. Each biography has been submitted by its subject - or by his family and / or close acquaintances - so there is no real common structure to them but, in general, they provide a familial and working history of the subject's life. In this process his spouse(s), his children, his parents and any siblings are introduced, at least by, name and often by genealogical and national origin. The amount of this content varies from a single paragraph to one of several pages, which also contains a family tree "rooted" in the mid - 1600's.

These are two thick books, totaling some 2366 pages. Every fourth (or so) page is given to a single large portrait of one of the subjects, and the backs of these portrait sheets (which are also - mostly - numbered) are blank so the number of printed pages is about 1306. This makes the length of the average Bio. about 99% of a page.

Or, to put it another way, all the Bios. provide about a page of good basic information and the majority contain a wealth of detail about the subject and his family. Amongst the 530 odd subjects are many who were attracted to British Columbia from other parts of Canada by stories of fortunes to be made by exploiting the abundant natural, and renewable, resources including agriculture and forestry, but most notably by the stories of gold. Many of the biographies contain anecdotes of desperate survival while experiencing the hardships of the "back country" in search of a fortune. Other settlers came with the train construction crews as the railroad link between east and west was forged, and still more followed as a result of this improved means of transportation to grow produce and make manufactured goods.

We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from these books - including the whole of both Indices of Subjects - on our Downloads page so you can experience what the book's content looks like and can see if any of your families might be included.

We invite you to join in our thanks to the Slocan Community Library and to the Vernon & District Family History Society (of BC) and particularly to Joyce and Nancy, their librarians, for allowing us to borrow these wonderful books so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community.  We will be donating copies of the CD to the libraries so further wear and tear on the original of this great old book can be avoided.

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Galt, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Telephone Directory - November, 1958 Galt, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Telephone Directory - November, 1958
Product No. CA0380

The title continues: “and surrounding territories,” and inside the “places” in these “territories” are listed as follows:
Aberfoyle, ACTON, Alma, Ariss, Arkell, Armstrong's Mill, ARTHUR, AYR,
BADEN, Bamberg, BELWOOD, Bethany, Blair, Bloomingdale, Blue Springs, Branchton, BRESLAU, Bridgeport, Bright, Broadfoot's Corner,
Cedar Creek, Centreville, Chesterfield, Christieville, Clyde, Conestogo , Crowhin, Creekbank, Crewson's Corner, Crieff, Crosshill, Cumnock,
Damascus, Depew's Corner, Derrynane, Doon, Dorking, Drumbo, Dumfries Township,
Eden Mills, ELMIRA, ELORA, Ennotville, Eramosa Township Esquesing, Erbsville, Everton,
Flamboro Township, Floradale, Four Corners, Freeport, FURGUS,
Gadshill, German Mills, Glen Allan, Glen Christie, Glenmorris, Gourock,
Hampstead, Hawkesville, Haysville, Heidelberg, HESPELER,
Josephburg,
Kenilworth, Kingwood, Kingsdale, Kirkwall,
LINWOOD, Lisbon,
Macton, Morden, McCormick's Point, Mannheim, Maryhill, Metz, Milverton, Mimosa, Monck, Morriston, Mount View,
NEW DUNDEE, NEW HAMBURG, Nichol Township, Nithburg,
Olivet, Oustic,
Parkway, Park's Corner, Pentland, Petersburg, Petherton, Phillipsburg, Pilkington Township, PLATTSVILLE, Ponsonby, PRESTON, Puslinch,
Rockton, ROCKWOOD, Roseville,
Salem, Schaw Station, Sheffield, Shiloh, Speedside, Speyside, St. Agatha, St. Clements, ST. JACOBS, Strasburg,
Topping,
Wallenstein, Washington, Waterloo, WELLERSLEY, West Garafraxa, West Montrose, Winterbourne, Wolverton, Woolwich Township,
Yatton.
(NAMES OF EXCHANGES IN UPPERCASE.)

The title of this book is fairly self explanatory as to the type of content to be expected, that is Name, Address and number, but additionally businesses generally list their product, speciality, or service.

Issued by the Bell Telephone Company of Canada the directory runs to some 217 pages. A sample line count indicates it contains in excess of 72,000 subscriber listings.

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The Early History of Elora, Ontario and Vicinity The Early History of Elora, Ontario and Vicinity
Product No. CA0381

Note: This book is also sometimes known by the single word, “Elora”.

Here is an exceptionally detailed history of the town of Elora, which grew into a town around the dramatic natural geographic feature of the Grand River falling over the edge of a rocky ridge in the middle of a plain of good agricultural land.

This book developed over several tens of years, starting when the author started collecting notes, journals and accounts of various inhabitants, including the pioneers, of the “european” settlement. The area was well known to the local indigenous population well before the arrival of the “white” man, and Connon gives us mention of the tribes and groups, mostly Hurons and Attiwandarons (the Neutrals), who considered this their hunting area before the inevitable “edging out” and “civilizing” processes submersed them in a sea of westernization. The settlement of the area by westerners took place over the period from 1795 to 1817, Captain Smith being generally recognized as the first permanent settler of the Elora area.

From this point the book goes on to detail the growth and development of the entire area around Elora, illustrating his account with the stories and reports of the individuals and families who were making their homes there. Many of these accounts also provide the genealogical “histories” of local families. While the author includes “Introductory Remarks” dated January 1906, the publication date for this book is 1930, so there is some uncertainty about the currency of the most recent reports but this is a small penalty for the wealth of detail about the first 100 or so years of the area.

The author, John R Connon is the first son of one of the early settlers and continued living on the family farm well after the death of his father. His primary occupation seems to have been as an inventor, his most recognizable invention being the 360 deg. panoramic camera. He was born in 1862 and died in 1931, the year after the publication of his book.

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The 4th. Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 The 4th. Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919
Product No. CA0385

When the author, Capt. S. G. Bennett, was commissioned to write the history of the Regiment he found himself in the fortunate position of having to pick and choose what of the wealth of detailed information available he could best use to produce an accurate, comprehensive, informative and readable book of a reasonable size.

One of his major choices was to dedicate about half the book (counted by page number*) to Appendices containing the service details of all of the men serving in the regiment as a Nominal Roll, and a few pages of Abbreviations and Indexes. (*The pages in the book are numbered to 336, but when all unnumbered intro. and illustration pages are included the actual page count rises to 370.)

The other half of the book, then, provides a history of the activities of the Regiment from its voluntary beginnings through the official “establishment” and its physical assembly, largely from personnel of four of the existing Ontario based cavalry regiments: These were the Governor General’s Body Guard, the 2nd Dragoons, the 9th Mississauga Horse and the 25th Brant Dragoons. From this assembly on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto, the story quickly proceeds through, equipping, training, the mass movement to Europe, and to a more exhaustive, and detailed, account of engagements with the enemy on the European battlefields.

This will be a wonderful resource for any researcher who can count a member of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles amongst their forbears, or for students of the Great War at large. This digital publication is fully text searchable through the application of our enhanced OCR and the search delay is minimized by our FastFind technology.

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Historical Records of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) 1903 -1928 Historical Records of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) 1903 -1928
Product No. CA0375

Formerly the 91st Regiment Canadian Highlanders, also known as “Princess Louise’s A. & S. H. of Canada.” This book, compiled by a committee of officers, W. H. Bruce, W. R. Turnbull and J. Chisholm, provides a review and summary of the activities of this Militia unit over the first 25 years of its existence. In its approx. 100 pages it concentrates on recording the facts rather than providing lengthy tributes and anecdotes. There are numerous photographs of officers and of parades.

After briefly outlining the development of the corps from its roots as a Loyalist company in the American War of Independence and its consequential re-settlement in the city of Hamilton, Upper Canada (later Ontario), the book commences its more detailed history at the formation of the 91st Canadian Highlanders in 1903, as an offshoot of the 13th Battalion which had been raised in 1862 from the citizenry of Hamilton, to amalgamate a number of smaller military groups already established in, and around, that city. Two years later, in 1905 and by Royal Warrant, the Canadian Highlanders became allied with the British Princess Louise’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders then in 1920, by virtue of a the Canadian Militia Council abolishing the use of numbers in naming Canadian corps the name finally became The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s).

At the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 the Commanding officers offered the services of the A & S H for action at the front but was informed that no Militia units would be accepted for active service. Also see "More information"

A whole chapter of the book is dedicated to listing a chronological history of Regimental Activities starting in 1903 and continuing to 1928, while a further chapter records its activities on competitive Shooting and Athletics (including Scottish Country Dancing). The book concludes with four useful and fact-filled appendices providing the Schedule of Officers, The Records of Service of Officers, An honours list of officers killed in the line of duty and, a diary of prize winners (individual and teams) from competitive shooting matches.

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present c1914. - Vol. 1 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present c1914. - Vol. 1
Product No. CA0361-1

This is Volume one of a four volume work divided into a History (Vol. 1 & 2) and Biographies (Vol. 3 & 4.) Volume one authored (mainly) by E. O. S. Scholefield (BC Librarian and Archivist), has a text page count of 688, in addition to the 86 Maps and Illustrations plus 66 Introductory pages, and deals with the period from the first tentative explorations of the Northern reaches of the Western seaboard of North America - initially in search of a sea route between Western Europe and the Orient - through the beginning of the “Gold Rush” in the late 1880’s.

The introduction of non-aboriginal settlers into the area proceeded slowly until gold was found, initially in the Oregon region but soon additional “finds” were made in an ever northward expanding pattern, giving rise to an enormous boost in the non-indigenous population and establishing centres of population with all the attendant needs for governance, regulation, transportation, farming, commerce etc., etc. thus forming the basis for the more traditional settlement of Columbia and Vancouver Island, albeit with a large number of volatile mining communities in the mix.

The author has used many direct extracts from journals and reports sent “home” by explorers, trading agents (factors) and ships’ captains to provide a contemporary view of the history as it happened. This manages to lift this history out of the more traditional “lecture” roll and make it “real” and consequently far more readable. It also reveals a number of details that would normally be considered as irrelevant but which actually change the story telling into experience sharing.

The closing chapters of the volume provide more detailed explorations of the many Indigenous Peoples of the area, of the practice of “Medicine,” including that of the natives, of Education, and of Banking. There are also reprints of a number of “Proofs and Illustrations” referenced in the body of the volume, a Lists of Authorities, Contents, Illustrations, and an extensive Index - although the search-ability of this digital reproduction renders the Index somewhat obsolete.

We invite you to join in our thanks to the Slocan Community Library, BC and particularly to Joyce, their librarian and a longtime friend of Archive CD Books Canada, for allowing us to borrow this wonderful book so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community.  We will be donating copies of the CD to the library so further wear and tear on this great old book can be avoided.

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History of the County of Annapolis History of the County of Annapolis
Product No. CA0387

The title continues: “Including old Port Royal and Acadia with Memories of its Representatives in the Provincial Parliament and Biographical and Genealogical sketches of its early English Settlers and their Families.”  While it was published in 1897 it was in preparation over a significant period prior to this by its primary author W. A. Calnek.  Following his decease in 1892 his friend, A. W. Savary was asked, by Calnek’s son and by a local newspaper publisher, to complete the work. He eventually agreed to undertake the work, but only if he could edit the manuscript materials down to a volume suitable for compilation into a single book - as it appears here.

This book then is a “one-stop-shopping” resource for the County of Annapolis, containing history, biography and genealogy data in addition to 16 illustrations.   The history of the County as a whole is recounted chronologically, starting in 1604 and proceeding in 11 chapters through 1887/8.

There are a further 6 chapters devoted to the more detailed history of individual townships and settlements which provide, not only stories of the location but also the names and activities of some of the settlers and citizens living there.  This section is completed with a chapter discussing the churches and religions active in the community.

Altogether the preceding chapters account for about half of the 660 plus pages in the book, the remainder being devoted to the biographies and genealogical records of the inhabitants.  Most of this material had been submitted to Calnek for publication on a subscription basis by the inhabitants (which explains the anxiety of the son and the local newspaper publisher to have the material published) which would cause one to hope that it could be regarded as accurate, although it was also checked against, and / or enhanced from, various official and private records of the county.  The Biographies are quite detailed and may run to several pages of the quite small print used in the book.  Submitted genealogies were generally truncated, according to the completing author (Savary), to only two to three generations by the need to keep the book within manageable proportions.

This is a “must have” resource for anyone researching the history or genealogy of Nova Scotia’s historic Annapolis County or the city of Port Royal.  This digital version is fully text searchable and the search speed is greatly improved by our FastFind technology.

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Skye Pioneers & 'The Island' - 1929 Skye Pioneers & 'The Island' - 1929
Product No. CA0391

The author of this book, Malcolm A. MacQueen, is descended from a family which lived for many years on the Isle of Skye, one of the inner Hebridean Islands of Scotland, which accounts for his emphasis on the Scottish settlers from that area. His book, however, is actually about the settlers from all over Britain brought to, and settled in, Prince Edward Island (PEI) by Lord Selkirk’s program of emigration starting after c1803.

Lord Selkirk sold off portions of his estates on PEI to these emigrants, which meant that all of this settlement took place on the western side of the southern most promontory of the Island - the settlement origins being around Belfast. The early part of the book concentrates on the initial development of this area - not only the physical but also the social and communal aspects - with quite a concentration, as is appropriate for a committed Presbyterian community, on the development and leadership of the church.

Moving along, and taking account of the arrival of additional settlers, the book studies the expansion of surrounding centres of development such as Orwell, Uigg, and Murray Harbour Road. While detailing the development of the physical farms, mills, churches and buildings is necessary, the author also recognizes that none of this would be important without the people, so he takes great care to ensure that individuals and families are named, and recognized, as they relate to their settlement on individual parcels of land. As the story progresses through the book it becomes more and more about the people until, towards the end of the book, it is essentially a report of the growth of local families, including in many cases, a family “tree” stretching to several generations.

Besides the settlements of Orwell, Uigg and Murray Harbour Road mentioned above the other centres of Selkirk sponsored development mentioned in the book are: Alberry Plains, Dundee, Lyndale and Vernon. So if you know you had ancestors on PEI, who arrived from Britain during the early 1800’s there is a good chance this book will contain something of your ancestors story.

This book contains 162 numbered pages and 9 illustrations. We have carefully OCR’ed the page images so you can easily search for any word, plus we have implemented our FastFind technology for almost instantaneous searching.

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The Creation of Manitoba or A History of the Red River Troubles The Creation of Manitoba or A History of the Red River Troubles
Product No. CA0071

The settlement of Canada by non-indigenous people proceeded in a generally westerly direction from the Atlantic to the Rockies. In any particular area it generally, started with the exploiters of the abundant natural resources (mostly hunters and trappers of the fur trade), and was closely followed by the commercial interests dealing with this trade in natural resources (such as the Hudson’s Bay Company). Following this are the pioneer settlers, and finally these settlers bring with them the higher levels of government - including the instruments of civil discipline as represented by the police and military forces.

The great forest and prairie areas to the west of “the Canadas” - Lower & Upper - were no exception to this general rule but, in the case of Manitoba the process was not as politically “smooth” as it had been in Upper Canada (now Ontario). Hidden within the settlement process (as described above) there is a transition from exploitation, largely for the benefit of external “investors” to, exploitation for the benefit of the occupying “investors,” i.e., the settlers themselves, and it was in making this transition that the “Red River Troubles” became an issue, culminating in actual - and deadly - physical conflict between the factions.

This book reviews and examines, in detail, the whole process of the exploitation and settlement of what we now call Manitoba as it went through these processes. It seems that many “local” conflicts generate a long lasting polarization of opinion. Even today, let alone over 100 years ago when this book was written, there seems to be no agreement as to who was “right” and who was “wrong” in this conflict, although there can be no doubt as to who “won” and who “lost.” It is made clear that the sympathies of the author, Alexander Begg (? - 1897) lie with the British government (as represented by the Colonial parliament) and with the owners of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the unsurprising “winners” of the conflict. This has a strong influence on how these unfortunate events are recounted, including his “demonization” of Louis Riel amongst the losing leaders, and his “praise” of the supervisory participants from the winning government side.

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The Story of Old Kingston - 1908 The Story of Old Kingston - 1908
Product No. CA0249

In her Preface the author, Mrs. Agnes Maude Machar (1837 - 1927), makes clear her aim is to provide an all embracing, detailed, account of the history of Kingston from its earliest beginnings and she certainly seems to have achieved her aim - with great success.

Her recounting of the story of Kingston is also surprisingly similar to an accounting of the history of Upper and Lower Canada over the same period detailing the influenced of, for instance:

  • The explorations of Frontenac and of La Salle from 1673.
  • The “takeover” of governance from the French, by the British, concluding in 1760.
  • The consequence of the War of Independence between the 13 lower North American colonies and British forces, resulting in the influx of United Empire Loyalists in 1783.
  • The three year “border” war between the newly independent United States of America and the joint British & Canadian forces starting in 1812.
  • The Asiatic Cholera epidemics of 1832 & 34
  • The Upper Canada civil Rebellion of 1837.
  • The establishment of “Responsible government” of “Canada” by “Canadians” in Kingston, even if only for a few years before it was removed to Ottawa c1858.
  • Finally the growth of the fame and reputation of the city as a military, commercial and educational centre up until the publication of this book in 1908.
Agnes, the author, has the gift to provide us with both the “big picture” and the personal history of Kingston in the guise of an interesting and readable story. She even manages to balance the military story with the civilian, both in their separate and their conjoined aspects, a further complication to what might otherwise become a difficult thread to follow.

The book contains 291 numbered pages as well as some un-numbered pages carrying the “finer” engraved pictures amongst the total of 31 which illustrate the book. This digital edition is fully computer searchable with the search speed enhanced by our FastFind technology.

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The History of the County of Brant, Ontario -1883 The History of the County of Brant, Ontario -1883
Product No. CA0378

Warner, Beers & Co. are well know for compiling and publishing books which collected historical and contemporary information about an area and offered it for sale to the inhabitants of that area on a subscription basis, probably with assurances that the subscribers name would be forever immortalized in print within its covers. In this case the publishing house hired authors and researchers (too numerous to identify here) to collect information from all the sources they could find including; books and pamphlets, periodicals and newspapers (archives), church, civic and privately created records, obituary notices and memorial inscriptions, even from verbal “traditions”. In short, any source they could gain access to which promised to provide information about the events in Brant’s history. From even a cursory review of the contents it seems obvious that the “copy” collectors were instructed to concentrate on finding documents which, not only included the names of the people who instrumental in creating Brant’s history, but also those who just lived, and went about their business, here.

In addition they sought personal biographies from the inhabitants. Frequently these were provided in note form and were subsequently translated to more readable prose by the publisher. These were assembled into a Biographical section which comprises almost a third of the book’s page count and is estimated to contain almost 400 biographies.

The publisher claims that all material used was subject to authentication, but where such authentication could not be found they believed it better to publish than to exclude a potential “fact” for want of authentication. We believe this should be regarded as a literary form of “caveat emptor.”

Throughout, the book is illustrated with twenty nicely reproduced (i.e., non-photographic) portraits of local individuals whose positions and accomplishments are described in its text.  

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The Queen’s Rangers in Upper Canada - c1954* The Queen’s Rangers in Upper Canada - c1954*
Product No. CA0392

In true military style this book, written by Lt. Col. H. M. Jackson, M. B. E., E. D. (b1898 - d1961), provides us with an efficient and concise account of the history of this well established unit staring from its c1791 reorganization in Canada following the defeat of the Loyalist forces in the Revolutionary war and their subsequent expulsion from what was shortly to become the embryonic United States of America. The record of this exodus is made more interesting by the bargaining and arrangements made between the Company Ex-CO and the Colonial government for the whole group to become a part of Canada’s defences while simultaneously taking up their individual land grants made to them as “Loyalists,” and becoming a skilled labor force to assist with the general settlement (mainly) of Upper Canada. Lt. Col. Simcoe was not only up for this challenge but he looked on it as good training for his troops in their new environment.

So it was that the Queens Rangers became integrated into the very fabric of the growing population of Upper Canada and the book recognizes this by making little differentiation between their “Active” engagements, their “Sedentary,” or non-active, periods or the periods when they were actually stood down from military activities, i.e., disbanded. The individual members became widely distributed across Upper Canada but remained closely linked to the various militia units where they worked. In a series of fact filled appendices the book reflects this and makes record of lists of officers, commands, etc., and all the variously named Regiments, Battalions and Companies with which they had contact. Another appendix lists a number of applications made on behalf of various groups of both commissioned and non-commissioned individuals in various areas of Upper Canada.

Although distributed as widely as Kingston and Niagara their home base, and headquarters, remained the City of York (today Toronto) a location which ideally placed them to respond to the actions of American invaders when they declared war on Britain and carried they words into action by attacking the (still) British colonies “North of the 49th.” Activities which the book summarizes well. Further into the book their activities in both the Great War (WW1) and World War 2 are also recorded.

In any other format this book might be considered as difficult to extract information from there being so many historic “threads” running through its pages. Thanks to the search-ability provided by our digital edition however all the information related to any search term can easily, and quickly, be located and referred to converting this into the power house of information it can now be considered to be.

* There is no explicit publication date in the book so the date shown above is - we believe - the latest recorded in the text. The history of the Queens Rangers, however, seems to end in 1946 after WW2.

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Canada in the Great World War, by “Various Authorities” (Complete in six volumes) Canada in the Great World War, by “Various Authorities” (Complete in six volumes)
Product No. CA0039-S

The title continues: “An authentic account of the military history of Canada from the earliest days to the close of the War of the Nations.”

Clink on "More information" for details of contents.

The publication dates of volumes 2 through 6 also indicate that the events the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the emotionally charged social atmosphere of a nation at, or recovering from a, war. Throughout, the narrative is liberally illustrated with many maps, plans and photographic reproductions.

This CD contains copies of all 6 volumes of “Canada in the Great War.” With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of the whole work in just a few words but you will find the List of Contents for each of the individual volumes listed in their individual descriptions, and we suggest you review these content descriptions to obtain a more detailed outline of the contents of this enormous work. The Catalogue Number of each of the individual volume CDs is given in table of volumes in "More information".

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Canada in the Great World War, Vol.1 Military History of Canada 1608-1914 Canada in the Great World War, Vol.1 Military History of Canada 1608-1914
Product No. CA0039-1

This is the 1st volume of the 6 volume “Canada in the Great War” set. With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of each volume in just a few words. Add to this that there were over 31 separate authors in all and it is inevitable that some subjects may be discussed in more than one volume. However, the following is a list of the chapter contents for this volume.

The subject matter is organized in approximately chronological order, especially given that the volumes were published individually over a period ranging from 1917 to 1921. These publication dates also indicate that what the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the extremely emotionally disturbing events of the war.

CONTENTS:-
Ch. I Pioneer Soldiers of Canada
Ch. II The Soldier Governor
Ch. III The Struggle for Canada
Ch. IV First Fifty Years Of British Rule
Ch. V The War of 1812
Ch. VI Lower Canadian Rebellion, 1837-38
Ch. VII Upper Canadian Rebellion, 1837-38
Ch. VIII Fenian and Other Raids
Ch. IX The Red River Rebellion, 1869-70
Ch. X The Saskatchewan Rebellion, 1885
Ch. XI The South African War
Ch. XII A Period of Military Growth

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Canada in the Great World War, Vol.2 Days of Preparation Canada in the Great World War, Vol.2 Days of Preparation
Product No. CA0039-2

This is the 2nd volume of the 6 volume “Canada in the Great War” set. With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of each volume in just a few words. Add to this that there were over 31 separate authors in all and it is inevitable that some subjects may be discussed in more than one volume. However, the following is a list of the chapter contents for this volume.

The subject matter is organized in approximately chronological order, especially given that the volumes were published individually over a period ranging from 1917 to 1921. These publication dates also indicate that what the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the extremely emotionally disturbing events of the war.

Take particular note of the “Appendices” included in this volume, they contain valuable concentrated factual information. This volume also contains a useful chronology of significant events through the subject period.

CONTENTS:-
Foreword
Ch. I The Causes of The Great World War
Ch. II Canada at War
Ch. III Creating The Canadian Army
Ch. IV Conscription in Canada
Ch. V Canada's Financial Condition in its Bearing on The War
Ch. VI Financial Measures
Ch. VII Canadian Industry and the Call for Munitions
Ch. VIII The Alien Enemy in Canada; Internment Operations
Ch. IX Canada in the War at Sea
Ch. X Voluntary War Relief
1. Patriotic Fund Activities
2. Canada's Love-Gifts
3. Canadian Red Cross Society Information Bureau
4. The King George and Queen Mary Maple Leaf Clubs
Ch. XI The Censorship
Ch. XII Canadian War Camps
Ch. XIII The Canadian Railways and the War
Ch. XIV The Canadian Armada
Ch. XV At Salisbury Plain
Ch. XVI First Canadian Unit in France
Ch. XVII The First Division Off For France
Ch. XVIII Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Appendices:
I. Canadians with The Imperial Forces
II. Chronological Account of the Great World War, 1914

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Canada in the Great World War, Vol.3 Guarding the Channel Ports Canada in the Great World War, Vol.3 Guarding the Channel Ports
Product No. CA0039-3

This is the 3rd volume of the 6 volume “Canada in the Great War” set. With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of each volume in just a few words. Add to this that there were over 31 separate authors in all and it is inevitable that some subjects may be discussed in more than one volume. However, the following is a list of the chapter contents for this volume.

The subject matter is organized in approximately chronological order, especially given that the volumes were published individually over a period ranging from 1917 to 1921. These publication dates also indicate that what the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the extremely emotionally disturbing events of the war.

Take particular note of the “Appendices” included in this volume, they contain valuable concentrated factual information. This volume also contains a useful chronology of significant events through the subject period.

CONTENTS:-
Ch. I Introductory
Ch. II The First Division in France
Ch. III The Second Battle of Ypres
Ch. IV Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
1. February 28th to November 27th, 1915
2. Further Account of the Work of the P.P.C.L.I. in the Ypres Salient
Ch. V Battle Of Festubert
Ch. VI The Fight at Givenchy
Ch. VII Formation of The 2nd and 3rd Divisions
Ch. VIII From Givenchy to St. Eloi
Ch. IX Holding the Salient, 1916
Ch. X Trench Raids
Appendices:
I. The Canadian Indians and the Great World War
II. The Canadians on Garrison Duty
III. Food Control
IV. Fuel Control
V. Chronological Account of the Great World War, 1915

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Canada in the Great World War, Vol. 4. The Turn of the Tide Canada in the Great World War, Vol. 4. The Turn of the Tide
Product No. CA0039-4

This is the 4th volume of the 6 volume “Canada in the Great War” set. With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of each volume in just a few words. Add to this that there were over 31 separate authors in all and it is inevitable that some subjects may be discussed in more than one volume. However, the following is a list of the chapter contents for this volume.

The subject matter is organized in approximately chronological order, especially given that the volumes were published individually over a period ranging from 1917 to 1921. These publication dates also indicate that what the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the extremely emotionally disturbing events of the war.

Take particular note of the “Appendices” included in this volume, they contain valuable concentrated factual information. This volume also contains a useful chronology of significant events through the subject period.

CONTENTS:-
Ch. I Introductory
Ch. II The Somme Offensive
Ch. III The Canadians at Vimy Ridge
Ch. IV The Siege of Lens
Ch. V Battle Of Passchendaele Ridge
Appendices:
I. Canada in the War at Sea
II . Canada's Motor Machine Gun Corps
III. The Canadian Cavalry Brigade
IV. Canadian Prisoners of War in Germany
V. Rehabilitating the Returned Soldier
VI. Chronological Account of the Great World War, 1916

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Canada in the Great World War, Vol. 5 The Triumph of the Allies Canada in the Great World War, Vol. 5 The Triumph of the Allies
Product No. CA0039-5

This is the 5th volume of the 6 volume “Canada in the Great War” set. With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of each volume in just a few words. Add to this that there were over 31 separate authors in all and it is inevitable that some subjects may be discussed in more than one volume. However, the following is a list of the chapter contents for this volume.

The subject matter is organized in approximately chronological order, especially given that the volumes were published individually over a period ranging from 1917 to 1921. These publication dates also indicate that what the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the extremely emotionally disturbing events of the war.

Take particular note of the “Appendices” included in this volume, they contain valuable concentrated factual information. This volume also contains a useful chronology of significant events through the subject period.

CONTENTS:-
Ch. I In Winter Quarters, 1917-18
Ch. II War, Politics, and Christmas Cheer at the Front
Ch. III Holding the Line
Ch. IV Last Days of the Vimy Front
Ch. V On the Eve of a Great Battle
Ch. VI The Battle of Amiens
Ch. VII Breaking the Drocourt-Queant Line
Ch. VIII Battle of Cambrai
Ch. IX Cambrai to Valenciennes
Ch. X Valenciennes to Mons
Ch. XI From Mons to the Rhine
Appendices:
I. The War in the Air
II. The Canadian Forestry Corps
III. Canadian Railway Troops
IV. The Canadian Army Veterinary Corps
V. The Canadian Army Dental Corps
VI. The Royal Military College of Canada
VII. Chronological Account of the Great, World War, 1917-1919

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Canada in the Great World War, Vol. 6 Special Services, Heroic Deeds etc. Canada in the Great World War, Vol. 6 Special Services, Heroic Deeds etc.
Product No. CA0039-6

This is the 6th volume of the 6 volume “Canada in the Great War” set. With such a large subject spread over a total of approximately 2700 pages it is difficult to capture the contents of each volume in just a few words. Add to this that there were over 31 separate authors in all and it is inevitable that some subjects may be discussed in more than one volume. However, the following is a list of the chapter contents for this volume.

The subject matter is organized in approximately chronological order, especially given that the volumes were published individually over a period ranging from 1917 to 1921. These publication dates also indicate that what the authors are describing has the accuracy of fairly recently formed memories. On the other hand it also indicates that the writings may be influenced by the extremely emotionally disturbing events of the war.

Take particular note of the “Appendices” included in this volume, they contain valuable concentrated factual information.

CONTENTS:-
Ch. I The Canadian Artillery
Ch. II The Canadian Engineers
Ch. III The Canadian Army Medical Corps
Ch. IV Religious and Social Activities by Officers of the Services
Ch. V Canadian Women in the Great War
Ch. VI The Campaign in Northern Russia
Ch. VII Demobilization
Ch. VIII Heroic Deeds
Appendices:
I. Commanding Officers Overseas Units
II. Decorations Awarded Canadians
III. Statistical Account of the C.E.F
IV. Terms of Armistice with Germany

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Prominent People of New Brunswick - 1937 Prominent People of New Brunswick - 1937
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Title continues: in the Religious, Educational, Political, Professional, Commercial and Social Activities of the Province. Also, a Brief Historical and Biographical Reference to New Brunswickers of the Past and to others of the Province who have Attained Prominence Elsewhere.

Compiled by Lieut.-Colonel, C. H. McLean (1877 - 1940) and published by “The Biographical Society of Canada Limited” in 1937, this lengthy title doesn’t leave much that needs to be added to give you a picture of the content of this book.

In the traditions of “oldest first,” the book starts with a brief history of New Brunswick told from the point of view of those individuals who were the instigators of notable events, rather than the more traditional perspective of the events themselves. Following this is a listing of “Prominent People of the Past” the list being arranged in the order of their date of birth and providing a concise biography for each.

The main portion of the book is occupied by the list of living “Prominent People” although I have failed to discover in what order they are arranged (if any.) Individual listings vary in length from a line or two to over a whole page. The average length seems to be about 20% - 25% of a page or about 150 words.

As is common with this type of printed index, it only lists the primary subjects of the biographies and fails to include the names of all others mentioned as being associated with the subject such as wives, partners and other quite intimate acquaintances. In this digital edition this shortfall is remedied by our computer search capability which effectively indexes every word and phrase contained in the book. Our search function is further enhanced for our FastFind technology which renders search results almost instantaneously.

We have placed a list of names of all the (approx. 1000) Bio’s included in this book on our Downloads page. Click on “Downloads” on the left and then scroll down to “CA0393 - Prominent People of New Brunswick - 1937 Names List Download(75KB)”

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present c1914. - Vol. 2 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present c1914. - Vol. 2
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This is Volume two of a four volume work divided into a History (Vol. 1 & 2) and Biographies (Vol. 3 & 4.) This volume is credited to Frederick William Howay (1867 - 1943), and has a count of 727 numbered pages, although the actual number of pages in the book by far exceeds this because the 139 full plate illustrations and their blank rears are unnumbered. (NB: We do not include a placeholder for unnumbered blank pages as it does not disturb the automatic page numbering if we leave it out, and it adds nothing to the books content but numbered blank pages will be marked as such.)

This volume 2 picks up BC's fascinating history overlapping the same period in which volume 1 leaves it, namely the discovery of gold and the consequential inrush of hopeful fortune seekers, c1858 without repeating it. Some significant fraction of the book is dedicated to following the progress of the gold rush As well as charting the progress of the discovery and development of the gold fields, author Howay explores the impact this fantastic spurt in population and extension of settled lands had on the province as a whole. Not least amongst these needs were the expansion and extension of the rule of Law (in all its forms and stations) and the building of roads and railway tracks.

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This is a very readable history of the latter portion of the development of the Province of British Columbia with a Canadian slant on events which provide some interesting differences to, for example, the American view as expressed by Bancroft in his history. The four volumes of this complete work are available as four individual CDs, or in two single CDs giving the Biographies (Vol. 3 & 4) and the Complete History (Vol. 1 & 2) or as a complete set comprising all four volumes. A wonderful resource, carefully reproduced and completely computer searchable for any word or phrase.

We invite you to join in our thanks to the Slocan Community Library, BC and particularly to Joyce, their (then) librarian and a wonderful friend of Archive CD Books Canada, for allowing us to borrow these great books so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community. We will be donating copies of the CD to the library so further wear and tear on this great old book can be avoided.

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Historical c1914 - Vols. 1. & 2 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Historical c1914 - Vols. 1. & 2
Product No. CA0361-H

This is the 2 Volume set, providing the History (Vol. 1 & 2.) Volume one authored (mainly) by E.O.S. Scholefield (1875 - 1919), has a text page count of, 688 pages. Volume two authored by F. W. Howay (1867 - 1943), and has a text page count of 727 pages. Both volumes are liberally illustrated with pages that do not carry page numbers and so add significantly to the total page count.

British Columbia was the last of the southern tier of Canadian Provinces to be settled and exploited by non-indigenous peoples. For many years this isolation could be attributed to its inaccessibility, i,e,. being walled off to the east by the Rocky mountains and requiring long and often dangerous sea voyages to attain the Western shores. Not to say that this shoreline was undiscovered, as the Spanish had entered the Pacific ocean in the 1600's and laid claim to ALL of its shoreline! Their actual occupation of the shores and subsequently, land, was limited to the more southern areas of the American continent. This resulted in many counter claims for ownership of the northern shores as explorers of several nations began to explore, land and initiate settlements and bases there. Most of the first volume is taken up with this early exploration, including the attempts to gain access overland, and the resulting altercations and negotiations both between the various interested nations and between the explorers and the indigenous locals.

The first volume terminates and the second volume overlaps in a recounting of the discovery of gold, the rapid increase in population due to the "rush," and the evolution into a more "industrial" mining industry. In terms of the overall development of the province the extraordinary influx of "settlers" was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that the growth in population was extraordinary but a curse in that this increase in population exceeded the ability of the governance to adapt and provide all the necessary infrastructure. Nor did it help that the administration of the mainland and Vancouver Island had developed as separate governments. The second volume records a number of attempts to establish governing bodies, in order to find one which was; a: not a function of self interest and, b: one in which the individual members could work together.

Volume two continues to track chronological developments up until the first few years of the 1900s. Both volumes one and two carry chapters in which specific aspects of BCs development are traced in some detail. These topics include Medical and Legal services, Church and Missionary establishment, Rail service developments, Fur and Sealing and the establishment of a northern border with Alaska, amongst others.

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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Historical & Biographical. 4 Vol. set. British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Historical & Biographical. 4 Vol. set.
Product No. CA0361-S

This is the complete 4 Volume set, divided into a History (Vol. 1 & 2) and Biographies (Vol. 3 & 4.) Volume one authored (mainly) by E.O.S. Scholefield (1875 - 1919), has a text page count of, 688 pages. Volume two authored by F. W. Howay (1867 - 1943), has a text page count of 727 pages. Volumes three and four are authored by the individual contributors and have numbered page counts of 1161 and 1208 respectively. All four volumes are liberally illustrated, often with pages that do not carry page numbers and so add significantly to the total page count.

For a description of the content of these four volumes please click on the "More information" link below.

We invite you to join in our thanks to the the Vernon & District Family History Society (Vernon, BC) and the Slocan Community Library, BC and particularly to Nancy and Joyce, their librarians, for allowing us to borrow these wonderful books so we could make the digital edition available to the wider Genealogy community. We will be donating copies of the resulting CDs to the libraries so further wear and tear on these great old books can be avoided

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On the Shores of Scugog - 1934 (2nd Ed.) On the Shores of Scugog - 1934 (2nd Ed.)
Product No. CA0396

The title of the book is rather misleading. Scugog itself could apply to either the town or the lake, both having the same name, but it turns out that the author interpreted “the Shores” as extending as far as Pickering and Lake Simcoe westward and ‘a good distance’ eastwards towards Peterborough. On the other hand it does devote a whole chapter to Port Perry which actually is on the Shores of Scugog. Originally in the county of Ontario, now obsolete, it currently occupies a borderline position in both Durham and Victoria counties, a location in Reach Township. In todays geography it might best be described as lying between Kawartha Lakes and Oshawa, Ontario.

This digital edition is a reproduction of the 2nd edition of this book, which was originally published in 1913, the additional 20 years providing enough material to approximately double the book’s size including adding substance to the original where additional information has come to light. Both editions were written by Samuel Farmer, a newspaper publisher in Port Perry.

The book claims to be composed of two parts; the Pioneers and Local Historical Interest although it is not immediately obvious what form this separation takes. It is, however, indicative of the breadth of subject matter contained, both in topic and in area. For example it includes stories of the first pioneer settler - and his family - who arrived in Reach township in 1821, and a chapter titled “A Brief Survey of Present Conditions” the “present” obviously being the early 1930’s. In area the places mentioned included: Ashburn, Beaverton, Borelia, Brooklin, Cannington, Columbus, Claremont, Duffin’s Creek, Greenbank, Manchester, Manilla, Oshawa, Port Perry, Prince Albert, Utica, Uxbridge, and Whitby to select but a few.

This is an accurate reproduction of a relatively rare book, particularly in this 2nd edition with its expanded scope filling 256 text pages (including line drawings by Marian Farmer) and additional photographic portraits and landscape pages. This digital edition is carefully processed to allow computer searches and enhanced with our FastFind technology for almost instantaneous results.

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Papers & Records Vol. XXVII (1931), Ontario Historical Society Papers & Records Vol. XXVII (1931), Ontario Historical Society
Product No. CA0171-31

This is a complete reproduction of the 27th volume of papers published by the Ontario Historical Society in 1931. These publications are generally a gold mine of valuable genealogy and history information but it can be difficult to recognize the value of the individual papers because they are “hidden” within the overall “Papers and Records” title of the collection. For this reason, and to allow you to select only the chapters you are interested, in we also published a selection of the individual papers as “Gleanings,” under their more descriptive individual titles.

For a full list of contents click the More information link below. Gleanings catalogue numbers are shown where applicable.

Of the 29 published Papers 20 have been extracted as Gleanings and so are described under their separate titles. Of the remaining papers numbers; VI, VII, XIII, XXV, XXVI, & XXVIII have self-explanatory titles.:
- VII, identifies how English law came to be adopted as prevailing in Upper Canada.
- XIX, A trial lawyers account of the trial of an Indian man suspected of shooting a settler with his own gun because he was in a relationship with the mans wife. After the trial he learns that damming evidence of the indian’s guilt had been given by his brother who seemed to disapprove of the relationship with the woman.
- XXIX, concerns the Rev. Samuel Peters, a loyalist Episcopalian clergyman born and working in Hebron, Connecticut, (USA) who was angling (unsuccessfully) for a promotion to Bishop when removing himself from US jurisdiction to take up residence in Canadian territory. Also includes transcriptions of a quantity of his correspondence, personal, regarding parish work, and supporting his bid for promotion to Bishop.

The pages of this digital publication are pictures of the printed text in the original book but the text has been formatted for computer searches using the “Find” and “Search” features of a full function PDF browser application. (We recommend the use of a recent release of Adobe Reader™ (freely available by download, for best compatibility.)

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893
Product No. CA0371

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.

This book is a wonderful source for finding anyone in Canada around the year 1890 - 1900 if they were engaged in an occupation which involved buying wholesale goods from merchants who were not “local” to them physically. This included a very wide range of trades and professions ranging from itinerant peddlers buying one or two household essentials, to factory magnates buying raw materials by the ton, and included unexpected professions such as doctors buying drugs to dispense where (presumably) there were no pharmacists / druggists to be found. There are, of course, thousands of merchant shopkeepers of all types from General Stores to Furniture and Casket showrooms. In addition there is an appendix identifying all the banking institutions across the trading area, listed by Province, Area and Town/City and providing the name of their Mercantile agent.

The development of affordable, reliable, and “fast” transportation - particularly by rail - radically expanded the distance over which a trader could buy his supplies but, at the same time - took away the possibility for buyers and sellers to know each other both personally and by reputation. Thus there became a need to gauge the trustworthiness of a trading partner who was going to be in your debt, at a distance.

Starting almost by accident as a number of individual, local, fiscal reputation rating “referees” were already active in a few US cities. These “rating” services quickly expanded their reach across the whole of North America and then across the World into Europe and the Orient. Anywhere, in fact, where the business of trading goods and materials was carried on.

Click on the "More Information" for a description of the layout and content of the book.

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.

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Ontario section) Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Ontario section)
Product No. CA0371-O

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. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in Ontario. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map showing topology, districts and places.

Also available on separate CDs are the complete book, i.e., the Dominion of Canada (CatNo. CA0371), the Eastern (Suffix -E), 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.

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Quebec section) Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Quebec section)
Product No. CA0371-Q

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. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in Quebec. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map showing topology, districts and places.

Also available on separate CDs are the complete book, i.e., the Dominion of Canada (CatNo. CA0371), the Eastern (Suffix -E), the Western (Suffix -W) and the Ontario (Suffix -O) 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.

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Eastern Provinces) Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Eastern Provinces)
Product No. CA0371-E

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. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in Eastern Section, i.e.: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, P.E.I., the islands of St. Pierre de Miquelon, and the Magdalen Islands. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map (bound before the New Brunswick section) showing topology, districts and places.

Also available on separate CDs are the complete book, i.e., the Dominion of Canada (CatNo. CA0371), the Western (Suffix -W), the Quebec (Suffix -Q) and the Ontario (Suffix -O) 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.

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Western Provinces) Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Western Provinces)
Product No. CA0371-W

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. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in the Western Sections; e.g., British Columbia, and Manitoba, with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the North West Territories, all integrated into the Manitoba listing. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map (bound before the Manitoba section) showing topology, districts and places.

Also available on separate CDs are the complete book, i.e., the Dominion of Canada (CatNo. CA0371), the Eastern (Suffix -E), the Quebec (Suffix -Q) and the Ontario (Suffix -O) 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.

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Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island - 1862 Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island - 1862
Product No. CA0400

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 purpose.

I therefore 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 a missions into the barely explored territories of mainland British Columbia and the, then separate, Island of Vancouver.

The book also 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.

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Saskatchewan. Her Infinite Variety. c1925 Saskatchewan. Her Infinite Variety. c1925
Product No. CA0413

The book itself is not dated but it is thought to have been published in the early 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 favourable, and who are still enamoured 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.”


The “More Information” link provides the titles of many of the articles, and the names of some of their authors.

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History of Brome County, Quebec, 2 Vol. - 1908 & 1937 History of Brome County, Quebec, 2 Vol. - 1908 & 1937
Product No. CA0401

Title continues: “From the Date of Grants of Land therein to the Present Time. With records of some early families, by Rev. Ernest M. Taylor, M.A.” First published in 1908, but later updated with a second volume in 1937, under the same title.

Brome County, Quebec lies some 70 km to the East and South of central Montreal, with its southern border also being a part of the National border between Canada and the USA. This places it in the “Eastern Townships” a popular and agriculturally rich Region of Quebec. The other surrounding Canadian counties are (clockwise): Missisquoi, Rouville, Shefford, and Stanstead. There are five townships within its borders being: East Farnham, Brome, Bolton, Sutton and Potton.

In the preface to the first volume the author states that his intention was to collect and record as many facts about the formation and development of Brome county as possible to ensure they were available to future generations. His choice to publish an intermediate result of his efforts are made clear by his admission that he already had material he intended to put into a second volume. As it turns out it was just as well he did publish the first volume separately since we now know that it took him another 29 years to bring his work to a conclusion he considered acceptable, given that he was in his 89th year and his sight was failing him.

The Rev. Taylor not only researched for his facts in the conventional sources, libraries, archives, newspapers, public records, etc., but he also canvassed the population for written genealogies, being anxious to include the stories of the people as well as reports of more public events and happenings. In this way these books reflect the personal lives of those individuals and families living in the area, perhaps even more that the historic events.

This is a prodigious assembly of the history of one of Canada’s older settlements and should be a gold mine to anyone researching, not only the history of Brome county and the Eastern Townships, but also the State of New Hampshire where many of the first settlers came from having been displaced as a result of the American Revolutionary war. The text of both books is fully computer searchable simultaneously and the search speed is enhanced by our FastFind technology.

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Armory and Lineages of Canada - 1914 Armory and Lineages of Canada - 1914
Product No. CA0066

Credited to Herbert George Todd as Editor, this book declares itself to be, “Comprising the Lineage of Prominent and Pioneer Canadians with Descriptions and Illustrations of their Coat Armor, Orders of Knighthood, or other Official Insignia.”

To extract a quote from the book’s Preface; “The purpose of this work is to give a short sketch of the lineage of prominent persons in Canada to-day, with notes of anything of interest or importance regarding any ancestor, and especially to record, briefly but permanently, the achievements of those who, having served their country with distinction, have passed away, but whose names should not be dropped or their deeds forgotten, as is necessarily the case in reference works the scope of which is limited to the living.”

Click on the More information link below for a listing of the families whose lineage and arms are recorded, and also of an Appendix which provides illustrations and descriptions of coats of arms of significant institutions, such as Canadian Provinces, and holders of “High Office,” and of “leading” Families and Individuals.

Clearly, the author was planning on this becoming an ongoing project. This 1914 version seems to be the 2nd or 3rd edition, the first edition being in 1913, and includes about 30% additional material (by the page count). There are records of several further publications up to 1919, but with lesser growth in content. It can be speculated that the impact of the Great War, and particularly the change in the long established social order in British society, reduced the public interest in this type of publication. Fortunately, a few copies of this book have survived to carry forward these records of their families to their descendants today.

As always we provide you with an accurate digital reproduction of the original publication which has been carefully processed to allow computer searching, the search speed enhanced by our FastFind technology. Compatible with any computer / operating system or eBook reader which can interpret the cross platform Portable Document Format (PDF) file format. No installation required.

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The Mills and Gage Families 1776 - 1926 The Mills and Gage Families 1776 - 1926
Product No. CA0416

Full title: Genealogical and Historical Records of the Mills and Gage Families, 1776-1926, 150 years.
In the words of the author, Stanley Mills of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, “The object of this book is to bring together, in printed form, much information which, if not preserved in this way, might otherwise in time be lost. It is fitting also that some one of each generation continue the story from time to time.
The dates given, and other information contained in these records are authentic and as nearly correct and complete as I could gather them; at the same time it is quite possible there may be errors and omissions which are more or less important and interesting.”


The book provides a genealogical record of the descendants of James Mills and his wife, Christina Hess, and of James Gage and his wife, Mary Davis, whose families were dispossessed of their rights, their lands, and their homes for supporting the Loyalist cause during the American War of Independence. Subsequently they were ejected from their chosen country arriving in “The Canadas”, between 1774 and 1787, that being the closest area remaining loyal to the British Empire. Although the Mills, Hess, Gage and Davis families had not known of each other while living in diverse areas of the US, they were eventually bought together when they arrived, as pioneers, to make a life for themselves in the Niagara peninsula of Upper Canada. Specifically in the area where the city of Hamilton was later to be sited.

The book is divided into four sections which cover the period leading up to, and closely following, the ousting of the Loyalists to Canada. The second part concentrates on the Mills family and provides details of each member of the family. The third part provides similar information for the Gage family. The fourth part continues the genealogical history from the union merging these families into a single line.

Well, written and amply illustrated with portraits, genealogical trees and family anecdotes this is an exceptionally clear and easy to read account of these two old Hamilton based families. As always we bring you a clear image of every printed page in the book and a hand corrected version of the Computer Processed OCR text. Computer searching speed is augmented by our FastFind technology to speed up your searches. The CD works in any computer capable of running a PDF interpreter, (Adobe™ Reader - free software - recommended.) No installation of the CD files required.

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Cape Breton Over - 1942 Cape Breton Over - 1942
Product No. CA0106

Written by author Clara Dennis, in the 1930’s decade, this book falls into the “travel-literature” genre of the commercial publishing world, but such a description fails to do justice to Nova Scotia born Clara’s gift for bringing her chosen locations in Cape Breton to life with insights into local culture and 18 photographs which she herself took while gathering “research” materials.

Quoting from a bio. of Clara’s decision to become an author she says, “Then and there was born the resolution to seek and find Nova Scotia. I would travel over her highways and byways. I would know her cities, her towns, her villages. I would visit the remote and but little frequented islands of her coast. I would talk with the men, women and children I would meet. In their lives would be unfolded the soul of Nova Scotia....” (Information courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, NS. The full biography may be found at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/dennis/biography.asp?Language=English )

This book, her third and last, contains 342 numbered pages, and is divided into 17 chapters. Each chapter centres attention on one of the well known areas of the Island, mostly its cities and towns. As well as paying attention to the (then) current situation Clara also delves into the defining history of the area, reporting local legend and folk-law and any “juicy” local stories she could find.

Click on the More information link below for a list of place names extracted from the book's Table of Contents.

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Down in Nova Scotia - 1934 Down in Nova Scotia - 1934
Product No. CA0105

The title continues: “My Own, My Native Land.” Written by local born author, Clara Dennis, this is the first in her famous trio of books which captured the essence and landscape of Nova Scotia in the 1930’s and 40’s. Clara used a relaxed and informal, almost gossipy, style to pass to the reader not only the hard facts but also the feeling of the beloved Province as she traveled through it, pausing to explore when and wherever something caught her interest. As a result the reader is transported back to that time and place almost as if the experience were personal and direct.

Of course such a writing style results in an almost butterfly like sampling of all sorts of of subjects; from landscape to legend and from architecture to anthropology, making a brief and succinct précis  almost impossible. Instead, below is an extraction of some of the names - and a couple of subjects - in the books Table of Contents which provides some guidance through the 410 pages and 21 chapters. The extracted names are mostly personal and geographic, but they also include at least one example of a traditional First Nations mythical figure.

Click on the More information link below for a list of names extracted from the book's Table of Contents.

To learn more about the author, a full biography may be found on the website of the Nova Scotia Archives: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/dennis/biography.asp?Language=English

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More About Nova Scotia - 1937 More About Nova Scotia - 1937
Product No. CA0107

The second in the famous triad of exploration books written about her home province - Nova Scotia - by author Clara Dennis, this one was first published in 1937. All of these books fall into the “travel-literature” genre of the commercial publishing world, but such a description fails to do justice to Clara’s gift for bringing her chosen subjects to life with insights into local culture, her own photography as well as very realistic topographical descriptions.

The Nova Scotia Archives, in Halifax, NS., provides an online biography of Clara Dennis which may be accessed via the Internet at:
http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/dennis/biography.asp?Language=English

In this book, Clara continues her exploration of Nova Scotia’s “mainland”, interviewing the interesting locals where she found them available, to augment the more formal “regular” history. The book also contains her telling of such classics as the legends of Glooscap, the ghostly story of the Mary Celeste, and the remarkable story of Annie Swan, one of the World’s tallest women. That is not to say that the regular histories are neglected and you can read about; The Expulsion of the Arcadians, The arrival of the Hope and the Hector and the Privateers invasion of Lunenburg - amongst others. Such a wide range of topics makes it very difficult to provide the reader with complete details of the books content so, instead, we have made an attempt to extract the more obvious names, places, and events which appear in the book’s Table of Contents: ( Please click on the More Information link to access the list.)

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Clara Dennis' Nova Scotia - c1930 & 40 A Treasury of her 3 books. Clara Dennis' Nova Scotia - c1930 & 40 A Treasury of her 3 books.
Product No. CA0108

Born and raised in Nova Scotia Clara Dennis acquired both an inquisitive nature and a gift for story telling. Clara put both of these character traits to work when she set out to travel widely in her native province, lovingly recording the sights in her camera and the local stories and interviews with the locals in her note-book. In the process she left us a wonderful legacy of a first hand experience of Nova Scotia of the 1930’s and the early 1940’s. The results of all this work were published in the form of three wonderful, easy to read, and entertaining books, over a period of eight years.

The books- in order of appearance are:
Down in Nova Scotia - first published in 1934 (our Cat.No.: CA0105)
More About Nova Scotia - first published in 1937 (Our Cat.No.: CA107) and
Cape Breton Over - first published in 1942 (OurCat.No.: CA0106)

The nature of Clara’s story telling encompasses an amazing range of subjects and places making it next to impossible to provide any sort of comprehensive summary of everything included in the books but, in the individual publications, we have attempted to extract the major place and personal names, together with some of the events and experiences she describes, as shown in the Tables of Contents. We have collected the three lists together for this description and placed them in the "More information" below, although we kept them separated so you would know in which book a certain point of interest may be found.

On this CD we have placed the three books in separate files and provided you with an overall “Content” page through which you can access each of the books individually while still being able to conduct computer searches across all three books at the same time.

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