Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER #12 - 19 April 2005







     Census of England -  (2 - one also available as parts)

     British Books ( 18)

     Australian books- (2)

     USA Book (1)






Welcome to the twelfth 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.

Remember this Newsletter is published for you so if you think we’re missing something important drop me a line to .

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.


A total of 37 new title releases in this newsletter (if you count all the individual Census CDs)!

New releases from Archive CD Books Canada.

New Census CDs from the UK.

New British Books including news on new Phillimore’s parish registers

New Australian CDs


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 reread the description or to place your order.  There is frequently more information about the books available on the web site.

All prices in $Cdn.

* Manners and Rules of Good Society

CA0009:  Regular: $19.00, Release Special: $13.00

"Manners maketh man," to take a quote from William of Wykeham (1324 - 1404).  It seems that the development of a civilization can be measured by the complexity of it's social rules and customs.  At the peak of the British Empire the "Upper Classes" had developed a strict and complicated code of public behavior which was expected to be fully understood and rigidly adhered to if one wanted to be a member of society.  Today we look back at the dichotomy between the lifestyle which this code of etiquette sprang from and that of the ordinary, or working, people with a surprise which borders on amazement.

A fascinating manual of "polite behaviour" published in 1912 for those who considered themselves to be a part of "society." Interestingly the author shows an inadvertent hint at the prevalent double standards by his reluctance to have his "good" name associated with a commercial venture, i.e., publishing this very book.

This is a single edition of a work which was frequently revised to "...keep it up to date, that it may be depended upon as being not only the most reliable, but also the newest book of etiquette."  This edition falls in the middle of a run of editions stretching from 1889 to 1943.

Topics covered include: Introductions, Leaving Cards, Paying Calls, Forms of Address (including to royalty), Behavior at Parties, Weddings, and other Social Occasions.  There are also instructions on the ìforms" to be used when abroad both in "The Colonies" and in India.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand the highly stylized public interactions of the upper and middle classes in good society.

* History of Nova Scotia - 1916 Vol III

CA0085:  $35.00

This is Vol 3 only of this famous 3 volume work but it's the one genealogists are looking for.  Published in 1916 this volume is completely filled with "Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of the Older Families."  There is no indication of how the subjects were selected but there has to be a suspicion that entries were by subscription rather than by any other qualification.  This could account for the wide choice of subjects to be included.  Some are native Nova Scotians who have lived in the Province all their lives.  Mixed in however are those born in Nova Scotia who had since ventured further west to make their way in the world as well as those born outside the province who had since adopted Nova Scotia as their home.

The subjects occupations represent a cross section of industry and trade but the common thread is that all appear to be successful and affluent and it is this one common factor which leads to the conclusion that inclusion in this volume was by subscription.  Not that there were any shortage of subscribers.  The biographies of almost 750 individuals and families are contained here, each identifying the subjects origins and descendants (if applicable) as well as giving details of the subjects life and current (then) circumstance.

This is a large book of 700 pages and it also contains 42 illustrations being a mixture of pictures and engravings of the subjects and of notable locations around Nova Scotia.  Although there does not appear to be any order in which the biographies are recorded there is an eight page index of all the biographies so finding the relevant entry is easy.  In addition we have formatted the CD copy for text searches using the "Search" or "Find" features of any of the standard freely available PDF file readers.  We recommend the use of Adobe Reader(TM) version 4 or better, for maximum compatibility.

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

* The Talbot Settlement Centenary Celebration - 1903

CA0127:  Regular: $13.00, Release Special: $9.50

This is the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute's record of the Centenary Celebration of the establishment of The Talbot Settlement in 1803.  Although this celebration took place in 1903 the publication date of this record is 1910.

There is a description of the preparations for the celebration, including the names of those who were most visible in the organization of the event.  The report goes on to describe in detail all the activities which were spread over five days from the 21 May (the actual landing day) to 25 May which was Victoria day.

The official Centenary Celebration didn't finish until June of 1903 when the Ontario History Society held it's summer meeting in St. Thomas.  The last two chapters in the book are a description of the events and quotes from some of the speeches made during the 2 day meeting and a republication of the Societies minutes of the meeting.

Our copy of this small book has been formatted for text searches using any of the freely available pdf file readers such as Adobe Reader(TM).  This feature can be useful in finding a particular name amongst the hundreds of people mentioned for playing some part in these celebrations.  The book includes many pictures taken during the parades and events as well as numerous portraits of the participants.


* Early Shefford (Eastern Townships) Pioneers

We now have the book and will be scanning and publishing it as soon as we can.

* A friend of Archive CD Books Canada has loaned us a copy of “A History of the County of Grey” and it is next up on the scanner.

* If you have any McCurdy’s in your family tree stay tuned!  I’m sure we are going to have something that will interest you coming up soon.


(All prices in $Cdn.)


Glamorgan 1841 County 8 CD SET (not available as individual parts)

C1841GLA:  $47.70

As with all our 1841 censuses, we have scanned it in grey scale to a very high quality indeed to overcome the problems typically associated with the faded 1841 census pages. We can't promise that every single page will be legible (invisible ink is impossible to scan) but we can say that the pages will be more readable than on the original films that you may have seen in the past!

We make no apologies for the price of our 1841 CDs. We work UP to a quality rather than down to a price, and we have gained the reputation of being the best at scanning these old 1841 census documents.

Northumberland 1861 Census Registration Districts FULL 11 CD SET

C1861NBL:  $80.40

RG 9/3810-3896

In addition to the full county set, we have made parts of the Northumberland 1861 census available on 11 individual CDs each containing a range of census pieces: $16.10 ea.

If you do not need the whole county, then this is the opportunity for you to buy smaller parts at a more affordable price for the districts in which you have interest. (see our web site for the districts on each part)

The census is not necessarily organised by logical geographical districts. Please refer to the lists of places included. Be aware that some places occasionally occur on more than one CD. (We have not divided the CDs into geographical areas - we have kept strictly to the HO classifications as per the original census references).


* Kelly's Directory of Kent 1882

GB1304:  $27.80

A typically comprehensive Kelly's directory with descriptions of every place and alphabetical lists of residents, their trades and addresses.

* White's History and Directory of Lincolnshire and Hull 1826

GB1306:  $21.90

It is rare to find a White's directory this old. They are typically comprehensive for their time and include alongside the alphabetical lists of residents with their trades, lists of magistrates, Bankers, Fairs in the county, Shipping, Coasting and River traders, and much more.

A great resource!

* The Sufferings of the Clergy 1714

GB1325:  $50.20

Written and compiled by John Walker.

"An attempt towards recovering an account of the numbers and sufferings of the Clergy of the Church of England, Heads of Colleges, Fellows, Scholars etc."

Contains the names of very many clergy and provides biographical details such as the name of his father and any other important relations, where educated, career details, date and place of death. Many of the biographies contain very detailed information. Information is arranged in alphabetical order by place.

The book also contains detailed chapters about the environment in which these people lived and worked, the politics of the day and how it affected them directly


The transcriptions for each parish contain the whole of the registers for each parish from the first available preserved register (usually in the 1500s and as early as 1538) up to either 1812 or in many cases, 1837.  Remember however that Phillimore's did not have access to the registers in all parishes when making the transcripts.  See our web site for a complete list of all parishes included in each of the sets.

Just 150 copies of each original volume were printed. These are very rare and sought-after books of incredible value to the family historian:

* Nottinghamshire Parish Registers - Marriages (Phillimore) (27 Vols)

GB0050-S3:  $35.10



Nottingham Churches: St. Mary (2 volumes), St. Peter, St. Nicholas, Plus a fifth book: "Notes on St. Mary's Parish Registers". (Baptisms, Marriages & Burials)


* Norfolk Parish Registers - Marriages (12 Vols)

GBR001-0001:  $35.10

All 12 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Wiltshire Parish Registers - Marriages - Complete Set

GBR001-0002:  $35.10

All 14 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Gloucestershire Parish Registers - Marriages (17 Vols)

GBR001-0003:  $35.10

All 17 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Somerset Parish Registers - Marriages (15 Vols)

GBR001-0004:  $35.10

All 15 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Hampshire Parish Registers - Marriages (16 Vols)

GBR001-0005:  $35.10

All 16 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Berkshire Parish Registers - Marriages (2Vols)

GBR001-0006:  $21.90

Both volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Cambridgeshire Parish Registers - Marriages (8 Vols)

GBR001-0007:  $27.80

All 8 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Cheshire Parish Registers - Marriages (5 Vols)

GBR001-0008:  $21.90

All 5 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Devon Parish Registers - Marriages (2 Vols)

GBR001-0009:  $21.90

Both volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Dorset Parish Registers - Marriages (7 Vols)

GBR001-0010:  $27.80

All 7 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Essex Parish Registers - Marriages (4 Vols)

GBR001-0011:  $21.90

All 4 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Hertfordshire Parish Registers - Marriages (3 Vols)

GBR001-0012:  $21.90

All 3 volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Huntingdonshire Parish Registers - Marriages (1 Vol)

GBR001-0013:  $18.70

The single volume of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.

* Kent Parish registers - Marriages (2 Vols)

GBR001-0014:  $21.90

Both volumes of the Phillimore's marriages transcripts, making up the county set.


* The Early History of Rockhampton    

AU4009:  $31.40    

A fine account of the early years of Rockhampton, revised and reprinted in 1904 from articles that appeared in 'The Morning Bulletin' and 'The Capricornian'. A glance at the Contents below will show how wide ranging this book is.

This book is particularly valuable as the original articles on which it is based were compiled while many of the pioneers were still alive. "Though, in some instances the history of people and institutions has been brought up to date [1904], the articles have been largely confined to the story of the town up till 1870."

The whole text of this 424 page book is searchable - useful not only for finding names, but also places and any other words in the text.   This searchable CD opens up for the first time the wealth of information in this important record. The original book did not even have an index!

* Bailliere's Queensland Gazetteer 1876 - R. Whitworth

AU4019:  $31.40

This important and rare 19th century Queensland gazetteer is now offered as an inexpensive and searchable CD. It contains 'the most recent and accurate information on every place in the colony' in 1876 - a wealth of information for historians and genealogists. It will also interest the general reader with its many insights into the 19th Century Queensland and several thousand localities. There are entries for towns and villages, lakes, rivers and creeks, islands, bays, hills and mountains, runs and other localities and features. It often gives latitude and longitude, populations, proximity to other towns, local industries, services such as coach and mail runs, hotels, churches, schools and much more.

After the main Gazetteer there is a 66 page listing of approximately 3000 runs, with the pastoral districts in which they are situated, the names of their lessees, and the next post towns. A fuller description is given of those runs in the settled districts.  This volume includes many advertisements, themselves giving an insight into 19th Century Queensland

Note: the map published with the original is not available in this CD edition.

The whole 320 page gazetteer is searchable, including most text in the advertisements. It is useful not only for finding names, but also places, occupations and other information.


* The Farmer's Almanack 1837, 1839 & 1849    Three books on one CD.

US0120:  $18.70

If your ancestor was a Farmer in Massachusetts there is no doubt that he would have used this book. It includes a calendar and a great variety of useful and entertaining information for the hard working Farmer. Perhaps especially useful would have been the articles on the latest agricultural know how.

Some of the entertaining bits of information include, the heights of the presidents, the first railways in England and New Hampshire, and mind puzzles.


If any of you have genealogy related questions of a general nature - or something specifically related to Archive CD Books - we'd be glad to publish your question in this newsletter to tap into the enormous fund of knowledge which I know is out there.

* GENE-O-RAMA 2005:

We had a great time meeting all of you on the 8th and 9th of April.  We had well over 200 titles with us at the show and I know you all had a good time “examining the goods!’”

We especially enjoyed watching the faces of those who were new to Archive CD Books when we told them that we could only bring along about 10% of what was in our catalogue!

We are looking forward to our next outing and will let you know where and when in plenty of time.


Our big news this month is the launching of Archive CD Books Ireland on 23 March.  We are all very excited that we will soon be able to bring you some prime Irish research materials.  And are these partners situated to bring you the “good stuff!”  The are closely associated with the wonderful and ancient library in Trinity College Dublin and plan to work their way through that whole collection!  You can check out their web site at < >.

We haven’t received any of their materials yet but we are expecting it any day now.


We seem to have been running the same special offer for a long time now and will soon be finding something new to offer.  If you haven’t got your 1854 Gazetteer of the United States, Product No. GB0367, free yet it this may be your last chance.

Two of our new Canadian releases are being released this month with a special price.:

**  Manners and Rules of Good Society, CA0009  Is regularly: $19.00, RELEASE SPECIAL IS $13.00

**  The Talbot Settlement Centenary Celebration - 1903, CA0127:  Is regular: $13.00, RELEASE SPECIAL IS $9.50

These special prices wont last long!


As well as announcing our new releases in this newsletter we are also posting them on the British-Genealogy Forums.  I suggest you use the link below to go straight to our Canadian page because there are a lot of forums on this site and it takes a while to find your way around:

In addition to posting our new releases you will see that we also announce other pieces of news and gossip as they come along.  You may find some of the other forums of interest if you haven’t visited this site before.


“I would just like to say that I am very happy not only with the quality of the census CD's but with the service I received from Archive CD Books, Canada. ........ Thank you very much for everything.

Thank you, Robert



Featuring experts:

Ruby Bjarnason (C.C.G.S.); Leland Harvie (G.A.N.S); James Snowdon (Acadia University); William Hamilton (Mount Allison University); Kathryn Hilder (University of New Brunswick)

A full day of genealogy for everyone - from the beginner to the experienced researcher

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2005 ( 9:00 - 4:30)

WHERE: Nova Scotia Community College, Cumberland Campus, Springhill, NS

COST: $30.00 per person (includes lunch), $25.00 per person (Registration before April 20, 2005)


* Upcoming Genealogy Workshops / Orientations-Cloverdale & Semiahmoo Libraries-Surrey (BC).  Jan-April 2005

To Register, or for more information click here.


Call:    Mary Willa Littler at 902-597-2469


Write: CCGS, PO Box 1071, Amherst, NS B4H 4E2

also visit

- April 23;  Finding your Female Ancestors

Saturday, April 23, 2005, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

At the Cloverdale Library, 5642-176A Street, Surrey

Instructor: Diane Rogers Charge $10

Please pre-register by calling 604-576-1384 (local 303 or 304). Payment is required upon registration.

- Ongoing----Cloverdale Library Genealogical Collection Orientations

The first Saturday of every month,  9:30 - 10:30 am at the Cloverdale Library, 5642 - 176A Street, Surrey.   Free of charge.

Preregistration suggested. If you would like more information, call us at 604-576-1384 (ext. 5)

For more information, see the library's website

or call the library's genealogy department, 604 576 1384


* The Kelowna & District Genealogy Society invite you and your members to attend our 2005 Seminar "Harvest Your Family Tree" to be held in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, on September 30, October 1, 2, 2005.  We have a selection of noted speakers from Scotland, England and Western Canada; something for everyone, whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned researcher.  More information about early bird registration, seminar schedule and presenters is available on the Kelowna & District Genealogy website: .  

Kind regards, Betty Maurice, Advertising Committee, 2005 Seminar -


Don't forget we can help your group to spread the news.  Send us an e-mail.


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