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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

690p, errata (3), 11 planches hors-texte, dont 2 cartes géographiques.
TABLE DES MATIÈRES.
INTRODUCTION et PRÉFACE
CH I. (1535-1642) LONGUEUIL AVANT SA FONDATION.
CH II (1642-1657) CHARLES LE MOYNE : SES PREMIÈRES ANNÉES.
CH III. (1657-1668) FONDATION DE LONGUEUIL.
CH IV. (1668-1681) ERECTION DE LA SEIGNEURIE.
CH V. (1681-1685) RECENSEMENT DE 1681 MORT DE CHS. LE MOYNE.
CH VI. (1661-1706) D'IBERVILLE.
CH VII (1680-1768) BIENVILLE (Second).
CH VIII. SAINTE-HÉLÈNE ET AUTRES ENFANTS DE LE MOYNE.
CH IX. (1685-1700) PREMIER BARON DE LONGUEUIL.—ERECTION DU FORT.
CH X. (1700-1723) BARONNIE DE LONGUEUIL.
CH XI (1723-1729) PREMIERE ÉGLISE.
CH XII. (1729-1755) BARONS DE LONGUEUIL BRANCHE CADETTE.
CH XIII. (1755-1791) CESSION DU CANADA GUERRE DE 1775.
CH XIV. (1791-1837) COMTÉ DE KENT, PLUS TARD, CHAMBLY.
CH XV. (1789-1837) MGR. DENAUT EGLISE DE 1811.
CH XVI. (1837-1845) RÉVOLTE DE 1837-38 FONDATION DU COUVENT.
CH XVII. (1845-1889) VILLAGE, VILLE ET PAROISSE DE LONGUEUIL MUNICIPALITÉS.
CH XVIII. (1845-1889) RR. MM. BRASSARD, THIBAULT ET TASSÉ, CURÉS.—CONSTRUCTION DE L'ÉGLISE ACTUELLE.
CH XIX. COLLÈGE.—MUNICIPALITÉS SCOLAIRES.
CH XX. (1845-1889) HOSPICE SAINT-ANTOINE DIVERSES INSTITUTIONS.
CH XXI. (1841-1889) FAMILLES GRANT ET DE MONTENACH NOTES BOUTIQUES.
CH XXII. (1840-1889) LONGUEUIL PROGRÈS MATÉRIEL.
CH XXIII (1657-1889) MUNICIPALITÉ DE SAINT-LAMBERT ILE SAINTE-HÉLÈNE.
CONCLUSION, APPENDICE, INDEX DES NOMS
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Storied Province of Quebec Vols 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Storied Province of Quebec Vols 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Product No. CA0031-S

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

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

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

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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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ISBN: 1-897338-70-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 1-897338-93-7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 1-897338-94-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A really valuable resource for Ottawa - Hull researchers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See also CA0100-S for a compilation CD.

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

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

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

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

See also CA0100-S for a compilation CD.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lovell's Business & Professional Directory of Quebec, 1890-91 Lovell's Business & Professional Directory of Quebec, 1890-91
Product No. CA0324

The title of this 1051* page directory continues, "Alphabetically arranged as to Places, Names, Businesses and Professions.
*Actual page count.

The language of this directory is primarily English although the names of people and places given in French are respected. Most businesses and professions are identified in English but, particularly in the Trades Directory, the equivalent French description is also usually given.

The main business of the directory can be found in two sections, being:
1. a Business and Professional Directory of the Province of Quebec Alphabetically Arranged as to Place Names, Business and Profession, and
2. a Province of Quebec Classified Directory of Businesses, Trades, Professions, Alphabetically Arranged.

Section 1. lists every place alphabetically, and - for places larger than a village - the most important features; physical, political, economic, social and distinguishing, are mentioned, including the contemporary population. The length of this description varies with the size of the population so that the description of cities may run to several pages. Following are listed all the names of businesses and professionals in Alphabetical order identifying their trade or profession and listing their street address for the larger population centres.

Section 2. lists trades, professions, occupations, facilities, services etc. in alphabetical order and under each provides an alphabetical listing of the Cities, Towns or Villages and in each all those engaged in the trade or profession together with their address (for Cities.)

This Directory provides over 1000 pages just bursting with the names of virtually everyone owning, running or operating a business or professional service in the Province of Quebec in 1890-91, together with a host of contemporary factual information and commercial advertising. A "must have" for anyone researching family history in the Province of Quebec during the closing decades of the 1800's. We have placed a sampler of some selected pages from the book on our Downloads page.

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McGill University, Directory of Graduates 1946 McGill University, Directory of Graduates 1946
Product No. CA0370

Compiled by The Graduates Society with various individuals credited for their efforts towards producing the publication in the Foreword. The book totals to some 535 pages all told, the vast majority of which are taken up by “The Directory” which lists the graduates: Alphabetically, Geographically, and by Class, concluding with a list of those receiving Honorary Degrees. There are also several other supporting sections providing background information about the University, abbreviations used and an Index to the Geographical List. The three sections of the Directory are arranged alphabetically within themselves. Estimated to contain approximately 15,500 names.

The book specifically identifies itself as containing a record of all “living” graduates of degree courses up to, and including, 1946. It does NOT however explain how - or when - non-living graduates were excluded from the directory so we suspect that this may be a case of erring on the side of conservatism and that some non-surviving graduates may also be listed. Also, of course, the possibility of error is admitted so the absence of a particular graduate should not be taken as a sign of their decease prior to 1946.

From the lists one can determine the degree(s) awarded and their most recent contact address, which frequently also indicate the profession or employment taken up. In the case of female graduates - if subsequently married - both their single and married name is shown, also giving the name of their spouse (i.e., nearly equivalent to the information available from a marriage certificate.) Graduates who may have changed their name for other reasons are also identified by both their former and current name. Inevitably some graduates did not keep in touch with the Graduates Society so no current address for them was available for entry in the Directory although their name was still listed. (See also comments on “living” status.)

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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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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 First Canadian Bishop and the Trade in Liquor with the Indians. The First Canadian Bishop and the Trade in Liquor with the Indians.
Product No. CAG121

Content Description: Actions taken by Canada’s first Bishop to discourage giving Indians access to liquor to further the fur trade - and reactions.

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

by: William Renwick Riddell

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We have priced these Gleanings with consideration of their small size but this means that we cannot economically put them onto a CD, so we are offering them to you as direct downloads only. You can purchase any of the Gleanings through our web cart just like any CD product but in this case we will contact you by e-mail to get the product to you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Quebec section) Mercantile Agency Reference Book; Dominion of Canada - 1893 (Quebec section)
Product No. CA0371-Q

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

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

The book is divided into four main geographical subject sections and a section about Canadian Financial Laws and Banks. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in Quebec. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map showing topology, districts and places.

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

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

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

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

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History of Brome County, Quebec, 2 Vol. - 1908 & 1937 History of Brome County, Quebec, 2 Vol. - 1908 & 1937
Product No. CA0401

Title continues: “From the Date of Grants of Land therein to the Present Time. With records of some early families, by Rev. Ernest M. Taylor, M.A.” First published in 1908, but later updated with a second volume in 1937, under the same title.

Brome County, Quebec lies some 70 km to the East and South of central Montreal, with its southern border also being a part of the National border between Canada and the USA. This places it in the “Eastern Townships” a popular and agriculturally rich Region of Quebec. The other surrounding Canadian counties are (clockwise): Missisquoi, Rouville, Shefford, and Stanstead. There are five townships within its borders being: East Farnham, Brome, Bolton, Sutton and Potton.

In the preface to the first volume the author states that his intention was to collect and record as many facts about the formation and development of Brome county as possible to ensure they were available to future generations. His choice to publish an intermediate result of his efforts are made clear by his admission that he already had material he intended to put into a second volume. As it turns out it was just as well he did publish the first volume separately since we now know that it took him another 29 years to bring his work to a conclusion he considered acceptable, given that he was in his 89th year and his sight was failing him.

The Rev. Taylor not only researched for his facts in the conventional sources, libraries, archives, newspapers, public records, etc., but he also canvassed the population for written genealogies, being anxious to include the stories of the people as well as reports of more public events and happenings. In this way these books reflect the personal lives of those individuals and families living in the area, perhaps even more that the historic events.

This is a prodigious assembly of the history of one of Canada’s older settlements and should be a gold mine to anyone researching, not only the history of Brome county and the Eastern Townships, but also the State of New Hampshire where many of the first settlers came from having been displaced as a result of the American Revolutionary war. The text of both books is fully computer searchable simultaneously and the search speed is enhanced by our FastFind technology.

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