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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Influence of the War of 1812 upon the Settlement of the Canadian West. Influence of the War of 1812 upon the Settlement of the Canadian West.
Product No. CAG061

Content Description: This paper examines the influence the war of 1812 had in giving the inhabitants of those colonies of N. America which remained loyal to Britain, a group identity as Canadians. It discusses the influence this had on drawing the largely unexplored territories west of the great lakes into a coalition with the existing “eastern” colonies to form the Confederation and finally the Dominion of Canada. It also notes the effect of the western Selkirk settlements.

Gleaned from: Papers & Records Vol. XII (1914), Ontario Historical Society, Published: 1914 (The complete source document is available as Catalogue Number CA0171-14)

by: Lawrence J. Burpee

Size: (pages) 10, (download) 1.2 MB

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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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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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British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present c1914. - Vol. 2 British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present c1914. - Vol. 2
Product No. CA0361-2

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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British Columbia and Vancouver Island - 1858 British Columbia and Vancouver Island - 1858
Product No. CA0398

The title continues: “Comprising a Historical Sketch of the British Settlements in the North West Coast of North America; and a Survey of the Character, Capabilities, Climate, Topography, Natural History, Geology and Ethnology of that Region; Compiled from Official and other Authentic Sources, by William Carew Hazlitt .... With a Map.” Which provides a fairly comprehensive account of the book’s contents. The Preface explains that the book’s purpose is the dissemination of information about the region. However, when examined in relation to its 1858 publication date it can be concluded that it also had the purpose of attracting settlers into a very promising area with many available resources.

The book starts with chapters recalling the discovery, and reports, of this coast line provided by early explorers from Spain and Portugal. Continuing with the accounts of the early fur traders and proceeding to the more detailed investigation of various nationally sponsored expeditions attempting to discover a quicker route to the Orient (i.e., the North West Passage) including the British sponsored expeditions of Cook, Vancouver & Drake. The reader is introduced to a complex coast line abundant with wild life, mostly friendly native folk, and an undeveloped land with a strong potential for agriculture, hunting, fishing and other forms of exploitation.

Significant areas of the book are devoted to studies of the First Nations peoples, their culture, their language and lifestyles. These studies are valuable in that they provide early impressions made on the “civilized” European’s as well as recording some of the “pre-civilization” habits and practices that seem so unusual even today.

No account of the development of British Columbia can ignore the impact of the discovery of gold and several chapters are given over to a recounting of this experience, although - of course - it was still being lived when this book was published.

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This digital edition is made from an original copy of this very rare book, which is the long version, published in 1858 by G. Routledge & Co. of London, England. It has been reproduced with our usual care and attention to quality and includes a high resolution reproduction of the fold out map. We invite you to join us in thanking the Slocan Community Library, and particularly their librarian Joyce Johnson, for loaning us this book in the interest of ensuring the continued availability of its content and the preservation of the original. Fully computer searchable.

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The First Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island The First Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island
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by C. F. Newcombe, M.D. - 1914 Designated as “Memoir No.1 of the Archives of British Columbia;” the author Dr Newcombe (an expert in this subject) has bought together archived documents of many of the original explorers of BC and in doing so provides us with a single composite report on the earliest impressions of this “newly discovered” territory.

In the first chapter of this 1914 publication, the author also states that his primary objective is to “… vindicate the contention of Captain George Vancouver that his ships were the first to complete the navigation of the inland channels which separate the island now called by his name, from the mainland of British Columbia.” Each of the papers called out in support of Capt. Vancouver’s claim is dated and we can see that between 1786 and 1792 a number of explorers were active in the area, most trying to find any truth in the claims of earlier explorers of having identified a “North West Passage” between Europe and Asia. The book even contains a “Probability map” dated 1786 and drawn up by Th. Jeffreys which illustrates such a passage. It also - unfortunately - shows “The Japanese” as occupying a position on the 70 deg. parallel in the Northern hemisphere! Fortunately the explorers whose reports are being used to support Vancouver’s claim hold far more realistic - and truthful - information.

Although this book only runs to some 68 pages of text it also includes photographs of 8 of the original explorers maps, one showing the actual track of Captain Vancouver’s circumnavigation. In order to achieve the book’s purpose the information included tends to concentrate on the navigational and explorative aspects of these early voyages but it cannot be totally divorced from the general background, the evolving political situations and the general experience of the explorers, so it provides much valuable general information.

This book is one of several which we have arranged to borrow from the Slocan Community Library after their librarian, Joyce Johnson was far sighted enough to ask us to help her to preserve some of her rarer and more valuable books while making their content more available for consultation in matters related to Canadian history and genealogy.

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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.

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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 (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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The Overlanders of '62 The Overlanders of '62
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“GOLD!” The single word anthem which is widely acknowledged as the fastest way to mobilize: fortune hunters, adventurers, explorers, entrepreneurs and, unfortunately, ne'er-do-wells, into a rush to be early on the “easy pickings” of a new gold field. Such was the case in the late 1850’s when the news started to leak out about gold findings in the Cariboo district and the upper reaches of the Fraser valley of "New Caledonia" / British Columbia. From outside the continent there was obviously a preference to take a ship to the West coast - even if that included an overland journey across the Panama isthmus. For those already living in the heart of the N. American landmass, however, there were several other routes, some physically less demanding than others (although this generally came at larger financial outlay). For these travellers a route across the plains and mountains promised a more attractive, and probably quicker, route although there was a surprisingly large number of specific trails from which to choose. No matter how you arrived however, all routes finished on the same, barely made, trails through brush and wilderness of the interior of the barely explored B.C.

This book uses the preserved writings of several members of the exceptionally large party of overland explorers to paint a vivid picture of the trials, tribulations, rewards and realities of this punishing journey towards the gold fields. Limited space doesn’t allow us to provide an adequate description of these contents at this point, but if you access the “More information” page for this product (by clicking on the link below) you can read our attempt to provide a somewhat more complete summary, to which we have added a list of names of 61 of those travellers whose sketch Biographies were also discovered by the editor / author and placed in the book as an appendix to the story.

The book does provide the reader with a first hand, and truly informative, “story” of the people who undertook this adventure and gives details of the sort of experiences and hardships they would have had to deal with to satisfy their cravings for gold.

We invite you to join us in thanking the Slocan Community Library, and particularly their librarian Joyce Johnson, for loaning us this book in the interest of ensuring the continued availability of its content and the preservation of the original. Fully computer searchable.

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The Journal of John Work - January to October 1835. The Journal of John Work - January to October 1835.
Product No. CA0425

John Work (“Wark”, at birth) was born in County Donegal, Ireland, c1792. In 1814 he was employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in the Scottish Orkney Islands while in his early 20’s, and remained their employee throughout his life. Within that same year he was transported to the actual Hudson’s Bay and within a further five years - attaining ever more senior positions - he was assigned to an overland exploration expedition bound for the Columbia District, where he was to continue his duties. His journal of this (1823) voyage is the earliest first hand record of him, and the first indication that he had obtained some sort of academic education, i.e., being able to keep the journal.

The west coast local he was assigned to was a part of what is now Oregon / Washington, but at that time, and especially in the view of the HBC, allegiance to any far off - and so functionally irrelevant - Eastern national administrations, was a secondary consideration to the primary needs of profitable trading and expanding the company’s trading area. John obviously had a flair for this type of work since he rapidly moved up in the layered hierarchy of the HBC, reaching the rank of “chief trader” within only 8 years. His work required frequent travel and this took him over many thousands of miles, both north (to Prince Rupert approx.), south along the Pacific coast (to San Francisco), inland to the Upper Fraser River and into what is now known as Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

He faithfully maintained his journals through all those years and today they are preserved in the original sixteen volume format in rare and important document repositories up and down these self same areas. This publication is a transcript of most of the fourteenth and all of the fifteenth journal, these being written during the period between January and October 1835 when he was journeying in (now) British Columbia. The previous journals (mostly) detailed his expeditions through U.S. territory / states. This description continues … To read the remainder, click on the “More information” link below.

We invite you to join us in thanking the Slocan Community Library, and particularly their librarian Joyce Johnson, for loaning us this book in the interest of ensuring the continued availability of its content and the preservation of the original. Fully computer searchable and FastFind enabled.

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The Early History of the Frasier River Mines - 1926 The Early History of the Frasier River Mines - 1926
Product No. CA0426

It seems to have been just a coincidence that when the "easy" pickings of the California gold fields became scarce and the resident miners were casting around for new grounds, the news of finds of "placer" gold in the gravelly "bars" of the lower Fraser river was circulating. Whatever the reason, there started a headlong rush up the Fraser to the headwaters where experience taught there would be even greater riches to be found. June of 1858 saw as many as 10,000 miners leaving from San Francisco alone with a peak influx of 25 to 30 thousand fortune hunters descending on the area in just three months. All this into an area which had previously only experienced an occasional solitary hunter or trapper, which had no infrastructure or facilities save a few Hudson's Bay Company trading posts (forts), and nothing in the way of roads other than a couple of indian foot trails.

The occupation and settlement of the western territories, up until this time, had been (mostly) concentrated along the coasts, so this inland area was not claimed, or administered, by any "recognized" authority, so this enormous, highly mixed, group found themselves with no rule of law, no "higher authority", in fact none of the regular trappings of civilization or society we are so used to taking for granted. (Except perhaps for the "law" of the HBC which really only applied where they had a financial interest.) It was no surprise then that extremely anti-social behaviour ran rampant causing the nearest representative of "government", James Douglas, Governor of the Island of Vancouver, to declare the whole area under his jurisdiction and almost incidentally founded what was to be the Province of British Columbia.

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The Thompson Country - 1907 The Thompson Country - 1907
Product No. CA0424

The title continues, “Being Notes on the History of Southern British Columbia, and Particularly of the City of Kamloops, Formerly Fort Thompson.”
The “Thompson” of the title is the Thompson river, one of B.C.’s main watershed drains. It joins with the better known Fraser River at Lytton as it flows to empty into the Sea at Vancouver.

This mighty subject is compressed into only 136 pages, 17 of which are devoted to illustrations which are not credited but appear to be reproductions of a mixture of artwork and wonderful, very early, photographic images. The writing style is eminently readable while - at the same time - managing to pack in a healthy serving of facts, dates and names. We have made the text computer searchable and enhanced the search speed by indexing it with FastFind technology.

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