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

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

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

Another one for the must have list.

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

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 Not to say that the historical content is trivial.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 Ronald MacGillivray with providing virtually all of the historical content which would seem to mean that this content is the product of well respected, specialist, scholars and so far more valuable than the results of one man's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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. W. O. Raymond (Editor)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We have provided a free downloadable sampler of the book (including the index of names) on our Downloads web page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample pages available in Downloads.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nova Scotia Relief Map & Directory - 1931 Nova Scotia Relief Map & Directory - 1931
Product No. CA0357

This is a very useful book with a very misleading title. In fact it would be far better if the issuers had adopted the sub-title, “A Handy Book of Reliable Information” as their main title. However the primary purpose in publishing the book was for it to be a guide to an enormous, scale, Relief Map of Nova Scotia which was on exhibition directly across the road from the main Visitors Centre on the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia near Amherst, an area called Fort Lawrence, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The giant map no longer exists (although there are reports that it was still there in the 1980’s) but the guide to the map - and hence to the whole of Nova Scotia as it was in 1931 - survives here in our digital edition.

The first 100 or so pages in the book provide the visitor with all manner of useful, general information including - for instance - ferry time tables, areas of outstanding natural beauty, golf courses, fishing locations, local road use regulations, anything, in fact, that could be considered a pastime or of interest to a visitor.

The remaining 220 pages are mostly occupied by an alphabetical listing of places, small and large, providing directory like information about them, a listing of commercial establishments - including Hotels, Restaurants, Inns, Garages etc. and - for many - a local street map keyed with the locations of the listed commercial establishments.

This digital edition is fully computer searchable although once you are familiar with the book’s layout it should be fairly straightforward to find needed information. A wonderful resource for the Nova Scotia researcher.

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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.”

Please click on the "More information" link below for further discussion of the contents of this book.

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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History of the County of Annapolis History of the County of Annapolis
Product No. CA0387

The title continues: “Including old Port Royal and Acadia with Memories of its Representatives in the Provincial Parliament and Biographical and Genealogical sketches of its early English Settlers and their Families.”  While it was published in 1897 it was in preparation over a significant period prior to this by its primary author W. A. Calnek.  Following his decease in 1892 his friend, A. W. Savary was asked, by Calnek’s son and by a local newspaper publisher, to complete the work. He eventually agreed to undertake the work, but only if he could edit the manuscript materials down to a volume suitable for compilation into a single book - as it appears here.

This book then is a “one-stop-shopping” resource for the County of Annapolis, containing history, biography and genealogy data in addition to 16 illustrations.   The history of the County as a whole is recounted chronologically, starting in 1604 and proceeding in 11 chapters through 1887/8.

There are a further 6 chapters devoted to the more detailed history of individual townships and settlements which provide, not only stories of the location but also the names and activities of some of the settlers and citizens living there.  This section is completed with a chapter discussing the churches and religions active in the community.

Altogether the preceding chapters account for about half of the 660 plus pages in the book, the remainder being devoted to the biographies and genealogical records of the inhabitants.  Most of this material had been submitted to Calnek for publication on a subscription basis by the inhabitants (which explains the anxiety of the son and the local newspaper publisher to have the material published) which would cause one to hope that it could be regarded as accurate, although it was also checked against, and / or enhanced from, various official and private records of the county.  The Biographies are quite detailed and may run to several pages of the quite small print used in the book.  Submitted genealogies were generally truncated, according to the completing author (Savary), to only two to three generations by the need to keep the book within manageable proportions.

This is a “must have” resource for anyone researching the history or genealogy of Nova Scotia’s historic Annapolis County or the city of Port Royal.  This digital version is fully text searchable and the search speed is greatly improved by our FastFind technology.

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893
Product No. CA0371

Title continues: Containing ratings of the Merchants, Manufacturers and Traders Generally, throughout the Dominion of Canada, with an Appendix containing Banking towns, Banks, Branches, Etc.; Collection Laws of each Province, etc., etc. Published and printed by Dun, Wiman & Co., Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, St, John, Winnipeg, Victoria, Etc., March, 1893.

This book is a wonderful source for finding anyone in Canada around the year 1890 - 1900 if they were engaged in an occupation which involved buying wholesale goods from merchants who were not “local” to them physically. This included a very wide range of trades and professions ranging from itinerant peddlers buying one or two household essentials, to factory magnates buying raw materials by the ton, and included unexpected professions such as doctors buying drugs to dispense where (presumably) there were no pharmacists / druggists to be found. There are, of course, thousands of merchant shopkeepers of all types from General Stores to Furniture and Casket showrooms. In addition there is an appendix identifying all the banking institutions across the trading area, listed by Province, Area and Town/City and providing the name of their Mercantile agent.

The development of affordable, reliable, and “fast” transportation - particularly by rail - radically expanded the distance over which a trader could buy his supplies but, at the same time - took away the possibility for buyers and sellers to know each other both personally and by reputation. Thus there became a need to gauge the trustworthiness of a trading partner who was going to be in your debt, at a distance.

Starting almost by accident as a number of individual, local, fiscal reputation rating “referees” were already active in a few US cities. These “rating” services quickly expanded their reach across the whole of North America and then across the World into Europe and the Orient. Anywhere, in fact, where the business of trading goods and materials was carried on.

Click on the "More Information" for a description of the layout and content of the book.

This is an amazing resource, replete with scarce personal information, and well worth taking the extra time and effort that may be needed to extract that information.

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Eastern Provinces) Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Eastern Provinces)
Product No. CA0371-E

Title continues: Containing ratings of the Merchants, Manufacturers and Traders Generally, throughout the Dominion of Canada, with an Appendix containing Banking towns, Banks, Branches, Etc.; Collection Laws of each Province, etc., etc. Published and printed by Dun, Wiman & Co., Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, St, John, Winnipeg, Victoria, Etc., March, 1893.

If you wish to understand why this book, and others like it, were originally published please see the description of the complete Mercantile Agency Reference Book, under catalogue number CA0371.

The book is divided into four main geographical subject sections and a section about Canadian Financial Laws and Banks. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in Eastern Section, i.e.: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, P.E.I., the islands of St. Pierre de Miquelon, and the Magdalen Islands. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map (bound before the New Brunswick section) showing topology, districts and places.

Also available on separate CDs are the complete book, i.e., the Dominion of Canada (CatNo. CA0371), the Western (Suffix -W), the Quebec (Suffix -Q) and the Ontario (Suffix -O) sections.

The towns and cities in a “Section” are listed alphabetically and bear a code which locates them on the relevant map. Most also show a little gazetteer like information about their size, location and major facilities. Below this information is an alphabetical list of the businesses, traders, merchants, etc., working there. Each is rated for their fiscal “strength” and “responsibility” and the type of their trade. In addition the general nature of their business is given in (abbreviated) plain language. The vast majority of businesses were run under their proprietor’s name so individuals can be found by a direct name search without a need to know their businesses trading name. Companies trading under a registered name usually show the names of the Proprietors in the listing.

This is an amazing resource, replete with scarce personal information, and well worth taking the extra time and effort that may be needed to extract that information.

Due to the poor print quality of this book we have elected to edit both the images and computer read text to maximize your ability to find and recognize people and businesses it records. We have been at pains to NOT introduce additional errors and a fuller explanation of the processes followed is provided to guide you in your researches and aid you in your searches.

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Cape Breton Over - 1942 Cape Breton Over - 1942
Product No. CA0106

Written by author Clara Dennis, in the 1930’s decade, this book falls into the “travel-literature” genre of the commercial publishing world, but such a description fails to do justice to Nova Scotia born Clara’s gift for bringing her chosen locations in Cape Breton to life with insights into local culture and 18 photographs which she herself took while gathering “research” materials.

Quoting from a bio. of Clara’s decision to become an author she says, “Then and there was born the resolution to seek and find Nova Scotia. I would travel over her highways and byways. I would know her cities, her towns, her villages. I would visit the remote and but little frequented islands of her coast. I would talk with the men, women and children I would meet. In their lives would be unfolded the soul of Nova Scotia....” (Information courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, NS. The full biography may be found at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/dennis/biography.asp?Language=English )

This book, her third and last, contains 342 numbered pages, and is divided into 17 chapters. Each chapter centres attention on one of the well known areas of the Island, mostly its cities and towns. As well as paying attention to the (then) current situation Clara also delves into the defining history of the area, reporting local legend and folk-law and any “juicy” local stories she could find.

Click on the More information link below for a list of place names extracted from the book's Table of Contents.

This CD is compatible with any computer device which can run a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader®, v7 (or later) recommended, and can accept a CD or have the PDF file downloaded to it (search-ability may be lost.) The full compliment of software on the CD provides enhanced speed when responding to searches.

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Down in Nova Scotia - 1934 Down in Nova Scotia - 1934
Product No. CA0105

The title continues: “My Own, My Native Land.” Written by local born author, Clara Dennis, this is the first in her famous trio of books which captured the essence and landscape of Nova Scotia in the 1930’s and 40’s. Clara used a relaxed and informal, almost gossipy, style to pass to the reader not only the hard facts but also the feeling of the beloved Province as she traveled through it, pausing to explore when and wherever something caught her interest. As a result the reader is transported back to that time and place almost as if the experience were personal and direct.

Of course such a writing style results in an almost butterfly like sampling of all sorts of of subjects; from landscape to legend and from architecture to anthropology, making a brief and succinct précis  almost impossible. Instead, below is an extraction of some of the names - and a couple of subjects - in the books Table of Contents which provides some guidance through the 410 pages and 21 chapters. The extracted names are mostly personal and geographic, but they also include at least one example of a traditional First Nations mythical figure.

Click on the More information link below for a list of names extracted from the book's Table of Contents.

To learn more about the author, a full biography may be found on the website of the Nova Scotia Archives: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/dennis/biography.asp?Language=English

This digital edition on CD is compatible with any computer device which can run a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader®, v7 (or later recommended), can accept a CD, or have the PDF file downloaded to it (search-ability may be lost.) The full compliment of software on the CD provides enhanced speed when responding to searches on devices which can implement our FastFind technology.

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More About Nova Scotia - 1937 More About Nova Scotia - 1937
Product No. CA0107

The second in the famous triad of exploration books written about her home province - Nova Scotia - by author Clara Dennis, this one was first published in 1937. All of these books fall into the “travel-literature” genre of the commercial publishing world, but such a description fails to do justice to Clara’s gift for bringing her chosen subjects to life with insights into local culture, her own photography as well as very realistic topographical descriptions.

The Nova Scotia Archives, in Halifax, NS., provides an online biography of Clara Dennis which may be accessed via the Internet at:
http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/dennis/biography.asp?Language=English

In this book, Clara continues her exploration of Nova Scotia’s “mainland”, interviewing the interesting locals where she found them available, to augment the more formal “regular” history. The book also contains her telling of such classics as the legends of Glooscap, the ghostly story of the Mary Celeste, and the remarkable story of Annie Swan, one of the World’s tallest women. That is not to say that the regular histories are neglected and you can read about; The Expulsion of the Arcadians, The arrival of the Hope and the Hector and the Privateers invasion of Lunenburg - amongst others. Such a wide range of topics makes it very difficult to provide the reader with complete details of the books content so, instead, we have made an attempt to extract the more obvious names, places, and events which appear in the book’s Table of Contents: ( Please click on the More Information link to access the list.)

This CD is compatible with any computer device which can run a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader®, v7 (or later) recommended, and can accept a CD or have the PDF file downloaded to it (search-ability may be lost.) The full compliment of software on the CD provides enhanced speed when responding to searches.

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Clara Dennis' Nova Scotia - c1930 & 40  A Treasury of her 3 books. Clara Dennis' Nova Scotia - c1930 & 40 A Treasury of her 3 books.
Product No. CA0108

Born and raised in Nova Scotia Clara Dennis acquired both an inquisitive nature and a gift for story telling. Clara put both of these character traits to work when she set out to travel widely in her native province, lovingly recording the sights in her camera and the local stories and interviews with the locals in her note-book. In the process she left us a wonderful legacy of a first hand experience of Nova Scotia of the 1930’s and the early 1940’s. The results of all this work were published in the form of three wonderful, easy to read, and entertaining books, over a period of eight years.

The books- in order of appearance are:
Down in Nova Scotia - first published in 1934 (our Cat.No.: CA0105)
More About Nova Scotia - first published in 1937 (Our Cat.No.: CA107) and
Cape Breton Over - first published in 1942 (OurCat.No.: CA0106)

The nature of Clara’s story telling encompasses an amazing range of subjects and places making it next to impossible to provide any sort of comprehensive summary of everything included in the books but, in the individual publications, we have attempted to extract the major place and personal names, together with some of the events and experiences she describes, as shown in the Tables of Contents. We have collected the three lists together for this description and placed them in the "More information" below, although we kept them separated so you would know in which book a certain point of interest may be found.

On this CD we have placed the three books in separate files and provided you with an overall “Content” page through which you can access each of the books individually while still being able to conduct computer searches across all three books at the same time.

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