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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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ISBN: 1-897338-10-4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 1-897338-39-2

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Presbyterian Pioneer Missionaries Presbyterian Pioneer Missionaries
Product No. CA0239

In Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

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

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

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

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

You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.

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ISBN: 978-1-897405-54-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 897338-46-5

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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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ISBN: 1-897338-38-4

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

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 978-1-897405-32-1

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 978-1-897405-35-2

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

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

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

by: Lawrence J. Burpee

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

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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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The Creation of Manitoba or A History of the Red River Troubles The Creation of Manitoba or A History of the Red River Troubles
Product No. CA0071

The settlement of Canada by non-indigenous people proceeded in a generally westerly direction from the Atlantic to the Rockies. In any particular area it generally, started with the exploiters of the abundant natural resources (mostly hunters and trappers of the fur trade), and was closely followed by the commercial interests dealing with this trade in natural resources (such as the Hudson’s Bay Company). Following this are the pioneer settlers, and finally these settlers bring with them the higher levels of government - including the instruments of civil discipline as represented by the police and military forces.

The great forest and prairie areas to the west of “the Canadas” - Lower & Upper - were no exception to this general rule but, in the case of Manitoba the process was not as politically “smooth” as it had been in Upper Canada (now Ontario). Hidden within the settlement process (as described above) there is a transition from exploitation, largely for the benefit of external “investors” to, exploitation for the benefit of the occupying “investors,” i.e., the settlers themselves, and it was in making this transition that the “Red River Troubles” became an issue, culminating in actual - and deadly - physical conflict between the factions.

This book reviews and examines, in detail, the whole process of the exploitation and settlement of what we now call Manitoba as it went through these processes. It seems that many “local” conflicts generate a long lasting polarization of opinion. Even today, let alone over 100 years ago when this book was written, there seems to be no agreement as to who was “right” and who was “wrong” in this conflict, although there can be no doubt as to who “won” and who “lost.” It is made clear that the sympathies of the author, Alexander Begg (? - 1897) lie with the British government (as represented by the Colonial parliament) and with the owners of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the unsurprising “winners” of the conflict. This has a strong influence on how these unfortunate events are recounted, including his “demonization” of Louis Riel amongst the losing leaders, and his “praise” of the supervisory participants from the winning government side.

408 pages of fully computer searchable text.

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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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ISBN: 978-1-927503-16-4

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

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

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

The book is divided into four main geographical subject sections and a section about Canadian Financial Laws and Banks. This CD contains these Financial / Banking sections and the listings of merchants in the Western Sections; e.g., British Columbia, and Manitoba, with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the North West Territories, all integrated into the Manitoba listing. The geographic area in question is illustrated on a “fold-out” map (bound before the Manitoba section) showing topology, districts and places.

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 978-1-927503-20-1

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