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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.

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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 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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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 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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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".

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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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

We have placed samplers of the two books on our Downloads page see CA0168 and CA0169.

The price for this compilation is a significant saving over the parts purchased individually.

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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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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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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.

Fully computer searchable and search speed enhanced by the use of our FastFind technology. 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.

Illustrated with artwork and photographs of early Toronto landmarks and portraits of its inhabitants. 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Notes on the Empey (Impey) Family of Stormont. Notes on the Empey (Impey) Family of Stormont.
Product No. CAG111

Content Description: A genealogical review of branches of the Empey (was Impey) family who settled (as Loyalists) along the shores of the St. Lawrence, particularly in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Includes background on land grants and military service in Canada. A gold-mine if you have family connections.

Gleaned from: Papers & Records Vol. XXVII (1931), Ontario Historical Society, Published: 1931 (The complete source document is available as Catalogue Number CA0171-31)

by: Ernest Green

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The Cameron Family Papers The Cameron Family Papers
Product No. CA0419

This is a first publication of some historically important documents which are passing down through a Canadian branch of the ancient Clan Cameron, of Inverness in Scotland.  The papers are mostly about the descendants of the Camerons of Clunes, Camisky, and Lindally who, in turn, originated from the Camerons of Erracht. 
Like many family collections while there is some attempt at organization there is still a “learning curve” to climb before gaining their full benefit. In this digital publication we have respected the order of bound papers as they reached us, but otherwise, and in our indexing, we have attempted to group like items together. Two previous family researchers have made valiant attempts to bring some order to these papers and their results form a major part of the collection as two bound volumes:
V1. The work of Dr. Kenneth Cameron (1863-1939)

  • This was intentionally loose leaf bound so later members of the family could add new information when and where they could.
  • The volume is structured, firstly along Major Family Lines, and then by selected Individuals.
  • For each individual Kenneth wrote a biography of them and any children; also gathering records of their career, their accomplishments, and their correspondence.
V2 Mrs Ann Guthrie’s monograph, The Camerons of York Mills, (now a suburb of Toronto.)
  • Ann’s work is the most recent addition to this Cameron family history and she has kindly allowed us to include her work in this digital edition. It provides a narrower overview of the Camerons, focused on Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Cameron who was among the numerous Highland soldiers who came to Upper Canada to settle in 1835. Duncan had a distinguished military career before he & his family emigrated. After some exploration, Duncan purchased most of a lot bordering the village of York Mills and built his family home, named Lindally after his Scottish home.  
Other documents in the collection consist of:
  • A c.v. and Genealogical charts drawn up by Kenneth and relating to his written work but physically unsuitable for binding with them.
  • Illustrations, consisting of original paintings, sketches, printed and hand drawn maps, and photographs.
  • Printed announcements, invitations & Share certificates.
  • Newspaper clippings & Miscellaneous correspondence
We want to recognize the generosity and far-sightedness of Betty (née Huycke), who married into the Cameron family in Toronto, Canada, for requesting that these Fonds be made widely available so the history and traditions of the Cameron family may live on.
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Dileas; History of The 48th Highlanders of Canada 1929 - 1956 Dileas; History of The 48th Highlanders of Canada 1929 - 1956
Product No. CA0429

It would be hard to write a better description of this book than the following selections from the foreword by, Lieutenant-General H. D. Graham, C.B.E., D.S.O., E.D., CD., Chief of the General Staff.

“......, it is from personal knowledge that I am able to pay tribute to the loyalty, the gallantry, and the great achievements which have been so splendidly recounted by Captain [Kim] Beattie in this book.”

“In 1918 I had the good fortune to be on the strength of the 48th Highlanders in France when it was known as the 15th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.”

“The history of a regiment is really the story of a family. It should be not merely a dry-as-dust account of dates, places and actions but should intermingle with such information the lively anecdotes and personal reflections that are a part of any large, robust, gallant and adventurous family group. Such is Captain Kim Beattie's history of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.”

“The author has given us the happy, the tragic, the amusing, and the individual stories but, at the same time, he has carefully recounted the purely historical events in the life of this great regiment from 1929 to the present day.”

“Those who have not had the privilege of serving with the Regiment will find it an entrancing story; once picked up, difficult to put down; and when they have finished the reading they will know well that the members of this great family, during these years of peace and war, have truly adhered to the regimental motto DILEAS which, being translated, means FAITHFUL.”


This is a substantial book with almost 900 pages of content. It orders the main story chronologically in 52 Chapters, grouped into eight segments or phases. In support of author Kim Beattie’s excellent text the book has 11 map plates and 32 illustrations. In conclusion there is an extensive (27 page) conventional index further enhanced with a 6 page index to references in the book to other military units, from both sides of the conflict. This digital edition is - of course - fully computer searchable for any word or phrase and the search speed is greatly enhanced by our use of FastFind technology.

All together a fine Regimental history and a “must have” volume for anyone with interests in the 48th Highlanders.

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