NEWSLETTER - 19 October 2004



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This is the sixth 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.

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


Our newly released "Directory of Smiths Falls (Lanark, Ontario) - c1948" - CA0077, is being offered at a special price of $14.25 (25% off the regular price of $19.00) as a New Release special.

We are still running a limited time special offer on our web site:

With the purchase of any TWO regular Archive CD Books we are giving away a copy of the "1854  Gazetteer of the United States," (product No. GB0367: regular price, $35.60) absolutely FREE!  No e-mails, no forms to fill in, just buy two books at the same time and this great resource will automatically be included with your order.  This offer won't last for ever!


With Christmas just around the corner we are offering Gift Certificates for purchase on-line at our site.  And what a deal!  When you purchase a gift certificate we discount the face value of the certificate by 15% on the spot.  You buy a $20.00 gift certificate and it will only cost you $17.00.  And to make it an even better gift you pay the CDs shipping costs when you buy the gift certificate.  We're offering a range of 12 certificates with face values from $20.00 to $100.00.  Not only a great idea for you to give, but you might want to drop a few heavy hints to your family and friends about what you'd like to receive for Christmas!  Go to our on-line catalogue and look for "Gift Certificates" in the main menu.


New releases from Archive CD Books Canada.

New Census and books from our UK partner.

New Australian and New Zealand books.

News Gossip and more.


(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 re-read the description or to place your order.  There is frequently more information about the books available on the web site.)

All prices in $Cdn.

We've released the three new Canadian books which we promised last month.

* The History of the Presbyterian Church in Cape Breton by Rev. John Murray

CA0080:  $23.00

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

What a wonderfully thorough and detailed job the author made of it. He decided to tackle the task in three parts: Part I; Individual biographies of the 19 "Pioneer" ministers who first came to the young communities of Cape Breton. (8 portraits of pioneer ministers are included.) Part 2; Descriptions of the 43 identified congregations and three "Mission Fields," in which he describes each congregation's development and provides short biographies of all their ministers. In all over 200 biographies are given. (10 portraits of early ministers are included.) Part 3: A collection of "articles" all of which relate to the establishment of the church but which didn't find a place in either Part one or Part two. (8 portraits of missionaries are included.)

The strength of the Scottish heritage inherent in the Presbyterian church in this area comes through very strongly with virtually every minister bearing a recognizably Scottish name. While this book is obviously a gold mine for anyone researching an ancestor who was a minister in the Presbyterian church it will also provide some wonderful background material for anyone whose ancestors lived in the area, because of the great influence the church had on their lives.

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

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

To help you better understand exactly what is contained in the book the web site provides its table of contents.

* Down North and Up Along

CA0076:  $19.00

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

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

I'm sure that most of us have heard the name "Evangeline," even if the story won't come to mind. But do you know who "Glooscap's huntsmen" are, or why the loon gives voice to his strange cry? Nor are all of Margaret's stories so fanciful. I nearly cried with laughter while reading her tale of the boarding of a horse onto the local ferry at the dockside in Parrsboro and came to know another horse named Dan who pulled Margaret's carriage around Cape Breton - which we're told must be pronounced "Cape Britton" when you talk to the locals.

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

* Directory of Smiths Falls, Ontario c1948

CA0077:  On New Release special @ $14.25 (Regular $19.00)

A rare directory for Smiths Falls Ontario, a town which has strong ties to the the Railroads as well as to the development of agricultural machinery. This directory isn't dated but from the introduction it can be implied that it was released in about 1948.

There are about 3000 household entries in the directory giving the family name, the householder's first name, their occupation, the spouses first name, the address and, if applicable, the phone number. Some entries also show the first names of other relatives living in the same house but are more frequently given as separate entries at the same address. The population of Smiths Falls was a little over 8,000 at the time the directory was published so it probably lists all the adult population.

The business directory section is contained in 6 pages. Almost every alternate page of the directory is devoted to local advertising. In addition to the directory entries there is "civic" information such as emergency telephone numbers, the location of Fire Alarm boxes, the collection times for mail and a list of the town's officials. There's even a picture of the Mayor.

The crowning touch of this little gem is a two page map of the the town showing the all important railroads, the streets, the public buildings, industrial sites, the course of the Rideau river and even the route of the "hydro" electricity cables.


* The Winslow Papers 1776 - 1826.

This is an important historical document originally published by the Historical Society of New Brunswick.  To quote, "This book will be found to contain the largest and most important collection of public and private papers relative to the early history of the maritime provinces that has hitherto been published."

* Faugh-a-ballagh song book - 1899

A friend of Archive CD Books Canada has offered to loan us this interesting song book and it's in the mail as I write this.  The phrase "faugh-a-ballagh" is strongly associated with the Royal Irish Fusileers (we think it may be interpreted as "Clear the way") so we are hoping those of you with an interest in this regiment, or with Irish roots, will find this song book of interest to you.

* The Ottawa City Directory - 1926

by Might Directories Ltd.  Early Canadian directories are as rare as hens teeth, and this is a good one.  We were excited to find this directory recently and have put it on a high priority for scanning.


(All prices in $Cdn.)


C1841DEV - There was a problem with the data from England.  Replacement data is on its way and will be here soon.  All of you with "reminders" lodged with us will be informed as soon as it's available.


* Nottinghamshire Marriage Licences (Vol. 2) (used to be GB0256) 1701-1853

GB0256B: $27.80

Abstracts of licences for:



This very thick book covers licences issued in Nottinghamshire between the years 1701 and 1853. (In earlier periods, licences were issued in Nottingham, and Suthwell)

* Nottinghamshire Marriage Licences (Vol. 1) (new additional information) 1577-1754

GB0256A:  $27.80

Abstracts of licences for:



Licences give a lot of useful information to genealogists, as even the early ones will state details such as the place of residence of the couple, their parents or guardians, their ages, and so on. Information which is not in the early church marriage registers.

This very thick book covers licences issued in Nottinghamshire between the years 1577 and 1754.  Note that volume 2 (below) does not overlap in contents. The licences were issued in a different place.

* History of the Rebellion & Civil Wars

GB1119: $61.50

The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England Begun in the Year 1641 (6 Vols.),  by Edward Earl of Clarendon, Late Lord High Chancellor of England, Privy Counsellor in the Reigns of King Charles the First and Second.

Published in 1707, and written by someone who not only experienced the civil war, but who held a high position at the time.

* The Scottish Clans and their Tartans

GB1137:  $21.90

This wonderful little book is full of information about the Clans and their tartans. But it goes further than this with short explanations about Gael language, Highland dress and how to wear it, Highland personal names and surnames and a separate section about female names plus a list of Clan septs and dependents (i.e. the clans with which they are connected) and designations of Highland Chiefs and families.

Each Clan's history is briefly described with colour illustrations of their tartans and notes about their badge and war cry!

* Slater's Directory and Topography of North Wales 1850

GB1201:  $21.90

Classified lists of all the merchants, bankers, professional gentlemen, manufacturers and traders, also lists the nobility, gentry and clergy and contains an alphabetical list of all the inhabitants of the larger towns in North Wales.

It gives historical sketches of each. A thorough directory which will be invaluable to family historians trying to locate and find out more about the lives of their ancestors in North Wales. 84 densely printed pages. Fully searchable.

* The Grimsby and Cleethorpes District Directory 1935-6

GB1256:  $35.30

This directory has an incredibly useful street map of Grimsby that is indexed to make each place easy to find. It is full of historical information about the area in the 1930's and in it's earlier periods. It lists all the services available in the area and important people but most important of all it lists the residents with their name, trade and address. You won't struggle to find your ancestor at all, they are listed alphabetically, listed by trade and listed by street, so you only need a small amount of information to find out much more.

* Kelly's Directory of Suffolk 1900

GB1252:  $27.80

As with all these late directories, this one is comprehensive and contains in alphabetical order, lists of places, names and trades. Very easy to use and since it's fully searchable you should be able to locate your ancestors in no time at all.

* Newgate Calendar

GB1254:  $27.80

Interesting memoirs of notorious characters that have been convicted of crimes in England during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Comprising the stories of traitors, murderers, incendiaries, ravishers, pirates, forgers, impostors, thieves of every description and essays on crime and punishment. The book makes detailed observations about cases including the gory details such as the confessions and last exclamations of prisoners.

Not just the crimes of nobles, but the petty criminals and everyday people too, in their hundreds. Fully searchable and a really juicy read.

Hopefully you won't find your ancestor in here!

* Kelly's Directory of Sussex 1938

GB1259:  $27.80

An excellent and very comprehensive directory. Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described in detail with information about the churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions that your ancestors may have actually used in their daily lives. Each place also has lists of private residents and commercial traders.

* Kelly's Directory of Kent 1938

GB1261:  $27.80

A very comprehensive, late directory. Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described in detail with information about the churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions that your ancestors may have actually used in their daily lives. Each place also has lists of private residents and commercial traders.

* Kelly's Directory of Kent 1899

GB1262:  $27.80

An excellent and very comprehensive directory. Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described in detail with information about the churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions that your ancestors may have actually used in their daily lives. Each place also has lists of private residents and commercial traders.

* The Dutch Church Registers 1571-1874         

GB1263:  $27.80

The registers of the Dutch Church, Austin Friars London, 1571-1874. Contains the marriage, baptism and burial registers as well as the monumental inscriptions and a short account of the strangers and their churches. This describes the migration of Dutch people to England.

Listed alphabetically and made fully searchable on CD, this is another invaluable source to those with Dutch ancestors.

* The History of the City of Chester

GB1265:  $21.90

Carefully preserved since its publication in 1815, this book has the history of Chester from its foundation to the present time collected from public records, private manuscripts and other authentic sources. The book contains a chronological register of important events up to 1815 and lists Chester's town clerks, recorders, Clergy, Members of Parliament and so on.

The book addresses many aspects of Chester's history, much of which had never previously been published. A great resource, full of names, for Chester researchers.

* Dorsetshire Folklore

GB1267:  $27.80

The author, John Symonds Udal seems to have been a man well equipped to write this book, he was an Honourable Fellow of the Royal Historical association, Member of Council of the Folk Lore Society and a Vice president of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club.

The chapters explain the customs and superstitions associated with particular days of the year, birth, death and marriage customs, weather lore, witchcraft, legends and songs, finishing with a chapter on children's games and rhymes.

* Deacon's Court Guide and Gazetteer of Devon 1882

GB1268:  $35.30

From the preface:  "Deacon's Court Guide, Gazetteer and County Blue Book: a fashionable register and general survey of Devonshire embracing the whole of the towns in the Eastern Division of the county, with: from the Northern Division, Appledore, Bampton, Barnstaple, Bideford, Chumleigh, Crediton, Great Torrington, Ilfracombe, South Molton and Tiverton.  In the Southern Division, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Okehampton, Tavistock and Totnes.  Including, Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport, Torquay and the city of Exeter."

Listing people by area and by office this book contains the names of the professional and noble classes. Included are lists of royal family and their household, the ministry, Privy Council, House of Peers, County Families, County Justices, Beneficed Clergy, Legal and Medical profession, town councillors and others.

Like a trades directory, it usually gives the persons full address details too.

* Bibliotheca Cornubiensis

GB1270:  $51.90

From the title page; "A catalogue of the writings of Cornishmen both manuscript and printed and of works relating to the county of Cornwall. With biographical memoranda and copious literary references."

Each entry contains information about the person's publications, career and often details about their family too. Everyone is included even those who have only been published once. Great information source, Visit our web site for an example from the book.

* The Suffolk Garland

GB1271:  $27.80

A miscellany of anecdotes, romantic ballads, descriptive poems and songs, historical and biographical notices and statistical returns relating to the county of Suffolk.

Collected and compiled by John Glyde and published in 1866, this book will prove of great interest to those with ancestors in Suffolk. A great way to find out about life in by-gone times is through the tales people tell, this book in many ways contains the oral history of Suffolk.

* Batley From Village to Town

GB1274:  $21.90

Published in 1882 this is a series of random reminiscences of Batley during the previous 30 years, during which time many changes took place. It documents its change from a village with a familial feel to a middle class population in an industrialised town. Told with real people's stories this is a delightful book for those with ancestors in the Batley area.

* Post Office Directory of Cheshire 1865

GB1279:  $27.80

Includes an 1865 map of the county. The map was in pieces when it arrived here at Archive CD Books but we have carefully scanned it so you see the complete map and can zoom in and out to get a closer look.

The directory lists residents with their trades and has the bonus of a street directory for both Birkenhead and Chester.

* Morris & Co Directory & Gazetteer of Cheshire towns 1880.

GB1280:  $27.80

With Wrexham.  Alphabetical lists of residents with trades. Incredibly easy to locate people using the index and made even easier as the CD is fully searchable.

* Mawdsleys 1861 Directory of Wirral

GB1281:  $22.40

Including Birkenhead.  An incredibly detailed directory including descriptions of the area and population, an historical sketch, lists of places of interest and lists of the civl, ecclesiastical and military arrangements and more. A great way to locate your ancestor and find out many details about the environment in which they lived. Residents are listed in alphabetical order by surname and by street address with their trade.

* Mawdsleys 1861 Directory of Wirral Including Birkenhead

GB1282:  $22.40

An incredibly detailed directory including descriptions of the area and population, an historical sketch, lists of places of interest and lists of the civil, ecclesiastical and military arrangements and more. A great way to locate your ancestor and find out many details about the environment in which they lived. Residents are listed in alphabetical order by surname and by street address with their trade.

* The Blue Book of Cambridge 1938

GB1288:  $35.30

An unusual but fabulously useful directory in that it has indexes for each street and person in the town of Cambridge and photographs of the town Councillors and Aldermen. It has lists of the committee members for every committee in Cambridge, and there were many! It even has details about Societies, Banks, Churches, Schools, Theatres and local bands.

A huge amount of information is contained in this directory. An excellent opportunity to discover not only your relatives trade and place of residence but also discover if they were in a society, who they lived close to, what the environment was like in 1938 and much more. Real family history!


* The Tasmanian Cyclopedia 1931

AU6005:  $45.00

This second Tasmanian Cyclopedia is a wide ranging historical and biographical overview of the state in 1931 - the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more.

The Cyclopedia includes thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community.

This CD set includes facsimile images of the entire 420 page original edition.

The entire text is searchable - names, places and any other words in the text. This will pick up many more names than are listed in the useful, but limited index.

* Stevens and Bartholomew's New Zealand Directory 1866-67

NZ0001:  $31.40

An important early directory of New Zealand including, Wellington, Hokitika, Omaru, Picton, Auckland, Greymouth, Timaru, Napier, Dunedin, Invercargill, Akaroa, Tauranga, Christchurch, Bluff, Lyttelton, Onehunga, Nelson, Port Chalmers, Blenheim, Otahuhu, Wanganui, &c. &c.

The larger centres are arranged in several sections: alphabetical, trades and professional, country districts, Other features are......   (see web site for full description.)



Subject: Upcoming GANS lecture for October

Sorry for the late notice but here is the GANS (Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia) lecture for the month of October. All are welcome!

Speaker: Dr. James (Jay) White

Subject: Military Records and Maritime Research

Date:  Oct. 19th (Tuesday) 7:30 p.m.

The lecture is open to the public and will be held in the

Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management, Public Archives Site, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Janice Fralic-Brown

Recording Secretary, GANS

NOTE:  GANS does not record their lectures.  Please do not call or contact them to ask for a recording or other record of the lecture's content.

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You may remember that we had some difficulty with the delivery of our last newsletter.  We've still not sure what the problem was many operations issuing "bulk" newsletters are having delivery problems.  If you subscribe to any news-lists you may have already come across this.  We have been exploring alternative ways to avoid these problems and are trying out one of them in delivering this issue.  Another alternative is to convert this newsletter over to a bulletin board service where we post our articles as we get them and you visit the board to read them.  If you have any comments about which type of news distribution you prefer we'd be glad to hear from you at .


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