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Welcome to the first newsletter from Archive CD Books Canada.  This newsletter will be published whenever we have enough information to make it worth your while reading but we expect that will mean there will be about one a month.

While this isn’t a ‘mail list’ we expect it to contain items of general interest so we will welcome input from you if you think you have something of general interest to pass on.  Send your input to: and please try and include ‘newsletter’ in the title.  (Now for the heavy bit:  We will be the final arbiters of what gets into the newsletter and what doesn’t.  We will only accept “suitable” input of a general nature, not anything which should be on one of the many topic specific lists.)


This Newsletter will always provide a list of our latest Canadian releases together with a description of what’s in  them.  We will also be providing a cut-down version of this list for publication in the Global Archive CD Books Newsletter published by Rod Neep from the UK.  Sorry for the repetition if you receive both newsletters but we want to give everyone a chance to see what’s available.

In each issue we will try to give you a ‘heads-up’ on new books we are working to release soon.  I’m not promising we’ll always do this, or that we’ll stick to it if we do, because we need to be able to respond to changes in circumstance as they occur and we may have to put some other projects on-hold as a result.

Here’s a ‘for instance’ which has just happened:  In April we went to a very extensive auction which included a huge number of antique books.  We brought several boxes of books back to the office - which we haven’t even had a chance to catalogue yet.  This was something of a “Country Auction” (if that means anything to you) so it was a bit of a mad-hatters-tea-party.  Towards the end of these auctions there are frequently lots of odds and ends put together into lots to ‘clean-up.’  One of these odd lots seemed to contain a couple of books we thought might be interesting and we managed to buy it.   We put the books into our boxes and didn’t think any more about them.

While we were sorting these books we pulled out an enormous book which had been a part of this odd lot and discovered it was a book of Names published in the US in 1894.  (We have no idea how we missed it in the preview – but it looks as if all the book dealers did as well!)  It is 13 in. high by 10 in. wide and has 1085 pages of close packed, small, type.  We’ve now seen estimates that it contains the definition and origins of over 25,000 names!  This looks like a major genealogical find to us so we’ve cleared the schedule and it’s sitting on the scanner right now!


Another thing we would like to do with this Newsletter is provide our Canadian Family History societies with a place to announce their special events.  How we do this will depend on how popular this feature turns out to be but to start with we’ll simply list events sent to us sorted by Province and (hopefully :-)) by date.

To have your Family History Societies events listed send an e-mail to containing the wording to be included (we’ll try not to edit it but no promises.)  To keep things simple we will only publish your notice once for each e-mail received.

We’re open to other suggestions on what else you’d like to see included in the Newsletter (….within reason !)


Well, you’re reading our biggest and best news for this issue.  A number of you asked us if we were going to publish a newsletter and, to be honest, we had thought it would be much later that we would get around to it.  We can take a hint however, so here it is.

You’ve already read what we plan for the Newsletter but this is as much for you guys as it is for us so if you think we’re missing something important drop me a line to .  I’ll do my best to reply to everyone but things get a bit hectic around here from time to time and some things slip through the cracks.  Don’t take offense if I don’t answer (or if it takes me a while) I promise I will read everything you send me – I don’t promise to agree with it - but I will read it. :-)

Newsletters work best when they get a good circulation.  We’re going to do our best to let people we think would be interested know about it but you could help us along by mentioning it to your genealogy buddies and generally spreading the word.

If you do tell someone about our newsletter don’t forget to tell them about our Spring Fling too.  It entitles ANY NEW customer to Archive CD Books Canada (yes, even if they have previously bought from Rod) to choose one of the two free CD’s shown on our “New Releases and Special Offers” page – click on the star shaped logo on the home page.  Remember, is a limited time offer so …..

Our thanks for your efforts in advance.


(To find a book on our web site take a note of the catalogue number - or use the “copy” function - go to the web site, click on the “Search Page” link and enter, or “paste,” the number into the “Product Number” box.  Hit “Search” and then “More” and you will be in a position to reread the description or to place your order.)

A book of 189 Calendars for AD 1752 to 1940 inc.

CA0055: $9.50

This is a book every genealogist needs, and its priced right price too!  Lets say you have an ancestor who married on 28 September 1799.  Have you ever wondered what day that was?  Well if you had this book you'd already know it was a Saturday.  On the other hand you might be more interested to know that 4 July 1776 fell on a Thursday.

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.  This Introduction also identifies the years in which most other European countries made the same change and reports the confusion which occurred between correspondents in these countries in the intervening years.  Even England and Scotland had used different calendars so that the 24 March 1710 in England was the 24 March 1711 in Scotland.  Or, if you had ancestors born in a Catholic country on 10 October 1582, you would know the date was erroneous  because the 5th through the 14th didn't exist in those countries.

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.

Welland County Minutes 1936

CA0027; $23.00

A year’s worth of the proceedings of the Municipal Council of Welland County which included 17 townships and villages: Bertie, Crowland, Chippawa, Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Fonthill, Humberstone (township and village), Pelham, Port Colborne, Stamford, Thorold (Town and Township), Willoughby, Wainfleet, Welland and Niagara Falls.

Consisting of five separate session reports it is a compilation of various departmental reports, financial records and reprints of letters received by the council. The councillors and officials of the council are listed as are many from the villages and townships in the county. It also includes a list of all the Wardens who held office since 1856.

There is even a letter from a gentleman, giving notice that he intends to sue the council for the damages caused to his automobile by the poor state of repair of a particular road. Nothing changes!

The December report lists all the people who have bought various licenses to permit them to conduct their trade including Auctioneers, Junk and Second Hand Dealers and Poultry Transportation Permits.

There are also accounts of all the councils expenses identifying what was purchased, who they bought it from and how much was paid.

If you had relatives living in Welland County in this period and if they had any dealings with the Council their name may well appear in this book. If you simply want to know what life was like for the inhabitants the many reports will give you a real insight. One interesting thing I happened to notice was that a new Ford truck cost $575 while a new typewriter cost $150!

Cape Breton, Canada – 1903

CA0057; $23.00

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

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

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

The production values in this book were very high. It has very good (for 1903) clear text, high quality paper, there are also over a hundred photographs and illustrations. This has allowed us to make a nice clear reproduction. There are even two 'colorized' plates of moonlight and sunset on the water in the original and we've put color copies of those in our contents page. The book also includes copies of several maps, charts and plans including Champlain's map of Cape Breton in 1692, another made by Nicholas Denys in 1672, a chart of the Louisburg fortifications in 1746 and contemporary (1903) charts of Louisburg and Sydney harbors. There's even a map of the World showing Sydney as it's center.


The Century Cyclopedia of Names, 1894


See the description above.  I’m trying to get this scanned a.s.a.p. but I keep on finding I’ve stopped to read it, so it’s not quite as quick as it could be :-)

The Pioneers of Old Ontario, 1923


This is a book in the “Makers of Canada” series originally published by G. N. Morang, a Toronto publisher.  It was written by William Loe Smith (1855 – 1945).  I haven’t read too much of it so far but it should be interesting and it’s well illustrated with ‘cuts’ of subjects of every-day life.

Canada and Newfoundland Gazetteer (and business directory) 1930


A major project this!  When we can get it scanned this is going to be a gold mine of information.  Not only a conventional gazetteer for the whole of Canada but also a directory of business and services.  We’ve been working on this for well over a month now but it’s very difficult to scan (to the standard we will accept) so we expect it will be a while longer before we can finally release this one.


We’re expecting our first batch of masters from the US partnership very soon now so for the time being this listing only contains the UK new releases.  (Books from Australia and the Netherlands are coming soon but we don’t have a date yet.)

C1861KEN    1861 Census Kent Registration Districts

RG 9/462-556. – See England, Kent, Census.

C1871Lon06    1871 Census London St. George Hannover Sq.

RG 10/92-116, Hannover Sq., Mayfair, Belgrave – See England, London, Census

C1871Lon11    1871 Census London Hampstead

RG 10/189-198 – See England, London, Census

GB1182    Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1892

A typical Kelly's directory but with the added bonus of a large (A3 size) map of the county.  See England, Lincolnshire, Directories

GB1187    The Sheffield Local Register

A fascinating collection of snippets from the earliest local Sheffield newspapers plus important events relating to Sheffield from 200 AD. Almost 2,500 pages of local news, obituaries and death notices, crimes and court cases, anecdotes, etc. -See England, Yorkshire, history & topography

GB1144    History and Directory of Newcastle Upon Tyne

A typical directory containing the names of residents along with their trades and addresses.  The history accounts starts with Norman times and covers dates up to around 1887 when the book was published. – See  England, Northumberland, Directories

C1871Lon02    1871 Census London Kensington

RG 10/29-56, Kensington, Brompton – See England, London, Census

C1871Lon05    1871 Census London Chelsea

RG 10/73-91, Chelsea – See England, London, Census

C1871Lon07    1871 Census London Westminster

RG10 /117-132, St. John, St. Margaret – See England, London, Census

C1871Lon08    1871 Census London St. James Westminster

RG10 /133-147, St. James, Golden Square, Berwick Street, St. Anne Soho – See England, London, Census

C1871Lon09    1871 Census London Marylebone (pt 1)

RG10 /148-164 – See England, London, Census

C1871Lon10    1871 Census London Marylebone (pt 2)

RG10 /165-188 (NOTE: RG10/181 folios 64 to 88 are completely illegible due to badly faded ink on the original pages.) – See England, London, Census

GB0987    Stemmata Alstoniana, Published 1898

A collection of genealogical tables and memoranda relating to the ancient families of Alston. Includes, arms, pedigrees, portraits, illustrations of seats, foundations, chantries, monuments, wills, extracts of parish registers, signatures, old jewels etc. – See General Pedigrees page

GB1152    The Robins or Robbins Family of England

Details the branches of the family in Jersey, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devonshire, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffs, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and Yorkshire. - See General Pedigrees page

GB1158    Barretts' Directory and Topography of Lancaster, 1886

This directory covers Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale, Bentham, Ingleton and adjacent villages and townships. - See England, Lancashire, directories page

GB1159    1911 T. Bulmer & Co.

Comprising its history and archaeology, physical and geological features, with separate historical and topographical descriptions of each town, parish and manor. - See England, Cumberland, directories page

GB1160    Records of the University of St. Andrews

Early Records of the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh (Fully indexed). The Graduation Roll 1413-1579 and The Matriculation Roll 1473-1579. - See England, All England, College and Ecclesiastical page

GB1145    Kelly's Directory of Northumberland 1921

It contains a wealth of county information and is illustrated with plenty of adverts and the book contains a large pull out map. Most importantly it has excellent descriptions of every town and village in Northumberland, lists of the towns residents, their address and trades. – See  England, Northumberland, Directories

GB1147    Kelly's Directory of Liverpool 1881

The directory is excellently indexed making it easy to find relatives and details about their trade. The directory contains a street and suburb directory, which lists the head of every household living in that street, as well as alphabetical lists of residents and their trades. Typically of Kelly's Directories it also has an interesting description of the town in 1881. – See  England, Lancashire, Directories

GB1154    Mannex & Co 1854 History Topography and Directory of Mid-Lancashire

A particularly comprehensive and detailed directory for the period, with excellent descriptions and history of each place, and lists of its residents. (779 pages).  The book covers a large area of Lancashire, including Blackburn, Bolton-le-Moors, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Haslingden, Prescot, Preston, Wigan, and all surrounding villages and townships. – See England, Lancashire, Directories

GB1173    Lacselles and Hagar's 1848 Directory of the Town of Nottingham

Also the Parishes of Basford, Bridgford, Carlton, Lenton, Radford, Sneinton, Wilford and Wollaton.

Sections include an alphabetical listing of residents of the town, with profession and residence, and a classified trades directory. For the surrounding villages, we see an unusually detailed list of people, including cow keepers, framework knitters, etc. in addition to those with businesses and more recognised trades. – See England, Nottinghamshire, Directories

GB1174    Wright's 1862 Nottingham and Suburban Directory

In addition to the directory for the town of Nottingham, this volume also covers the areas of Adbolton, Arnold, Basford, Beeston, West Bridgford, Bulwell, Carlton, Carrington and Sherwood Hill, Cinder Hill, Clifton, Colwick, Edwalton, Gedling, Lenton, Ruddington, Sherwood & Mapperley, Wilford and Wollaton.

A street list, and (rare for this early period) a street directory listing the residents in each. There is also a classified trades directory, together with details of places of worship, public institutions, town functionaries, bankers, the Nottingham conveyance directory, and carriers from the inns. – See England, Nottinghamshire, Directories

GB1169    The History of the Tweedie or Tweedy Family

"A record of Scottish Lowlands life and character by Michael Forbes Tweedie 1902."

Illustrated with photographs of evidence and pictures, such as that of the "Spirit of Tweedie", this book covers the origin of the name and family. Tracing the name back to the Scottish Tweedie Clan and with evidence dating back to 1314, this is a must have book for anyone researching the Twedie or Tweedy family.  - See General Pedigrees page

GB1180    The City of Lincoln Directory 1867

This slim volume contains alphabetical lists of all the principal householders, a classified trade and professional list, a complete street directory and a list of carriers etc. Published in 1867 by Charles Akrill, Lincoln. – See England, Linconshire, Directories

C1861SUF    Suffolk 1861 Census Registration Districts

RG 9/1124-1189 – See Suffolk, Census


For this issue of the Newsletter only I’m including a complete listing of all the Canadian books we’ve published since our opening in early March 2004.  This list will not be repeated in future Newsletters.

Canada as a National Property,  1926

CA0032;  $26.00

This is an excellent book if you want to get a feel for Canada in the mid 1920s. It clearly is doing a "sales" job and so doesn't discuss the less attractive conditions but on the whole it's a fairly accurate picture of what a settler and his family could expect to find if they decided to take the opportunity to start a new life in the new world.

Canadian Civil Service Lists:  Quebec-1853, Canada-1872 & 1894

CA0030; $28.00

There are thousands of Civil Servants listed in these reports and the largest, the 1894 report includes an alphabetical index.   From this I have extracted the surnames (given names are included in the original).  You can find this list of names under the “More information” link in the description of this book on our web site

If an ancestor was working for the Canadian or Quebec governments in these periods they are going to be listed here.

Hand Book for the Dominion  of Canada, 1884

CA0028:  $23.00

The book is a mine of information about the Canada of the period, organized into what today would be “info-bites” and “factoids.” Topics discussed range as widely as politics and geology, music and the cost of public works. There is a lot of attention paid to means of transport and in particular to the railway system.  A great prize to railway enthusiasts will be the 3 fold out maps showing the railway routes across Canada and the upper portions of the USA.

The Annual Reports  of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Ontario., 1905 to 1939

CA0025:  $35.00

An almost unbroken series of annual reports of this major church in Canada’s “steel city.”  Each report contains a “Pew List” and almost all contain the “Sunday School List” which contain the names and addresses of all the parishioners and their children.  There are thousands of names in these reports and our text search will allow to quickly find your ancestors.

The Blue Book: Textile Directory US & Canada 1897-98

CA0033:  $23.00

This is a comprehensive directory of the textile trade and associated manufacturing industries for the years 1897 and 1897. It lists all manufacturing operations in the whole of Canada and the United States.  To round out the directory there is a section listing 1144 railroad routes followed by 17 pages of maps showing all the US railroad routes and the business districts of selected cities important to the textile trade.

The Greystone – 1928

CA0036:  $28.00

The year book for the University of Saskatchewan for the year 1928.  Photographs of all the graduates and many of the sports teams and other campus societies.  If you are looking for someone who attended this university at this time there’s a very good chance you’re going to find them in this book

The Hub and the Spokes - The Capital and its Environs

CA0001:  $28.00

The author, Aston Guard, set out to educate his fellow Americans to the presence of Canada.  In the process he produced an invaluable resource for anyone researching Ottawa at the turn of the (last) century.  Wonderfully written in a readable, Mark Twain’ish, style this book is full of descriptions of Ottawa and other places in “the valley.”  Best of all it’s simply jam packed with the names of every person who Aston met while he lived in the city.  As if that wasn’t enough there are hundreds of contemporary photographs and engravings of people and places in and around Ottawa.

Pathfinders of the West, 1907

CA0029:  $13.00

A historically accurate story of the earliest explorers of the vast area between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean.  Read about the experiences these early pathfinders had, the hardship, the danger, their relationships with the 1st Nations peoples, their discoveries.  And when they returned the scheming and politics of the early administrations.  An insight into the early fur trade and the workings of the Hudson’s Bay company.  The search for the North-West passage.  Encounters with the Inuit.  A true flavor of the early pathfinder.

Thrilling Experiences in the War in South Africa - 1900

CA0011:  $28.00

A terrific book for anyone wanting to get the flavor and background of the Boer war without having to read through a more conventional "history." While reporting the war from beginning to end, this book pays particular attention to the contribution made by the Canadian forces.  Altogether there are over 500 illustrations, including a gallery of over 160 pictures at the end of the book, giving a real insight to what life during the war was like for both sides.

History of the Eastern Township of Quebec - 1869

CA0056:  $23.00

An early history of Canada and more specifically of the important area of Quebec just to the South East of Montreal known as the Eastern Townships.  In the third part of the book, about half of its 475 pages, there is a detailed account of the formation of each of the Eastern Townships villages and the names of many of the individuals and families instrumental in their early development is given in full.

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