Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V2#3 - 19 July 2005







     Australian books (8)

     British Census (19)

     British Books ( 2)

     Irish Books (9)






Welcome to the Archive CD Books Canada newsletter.  We hope those of you in Canada are enjoying this very hot summer and can spend a few cool minutes getting up-to-date with our news.

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.


A total of 42 new title releases in this newsletter.

New releases from Archive CD Books Canada.

New Australian  Books on CD

New British Census on CD

New British Books on CD

Our first Irish Books on CD

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.

We frequently shorten a book’s description for this newsletter.  Check our website catalogue for the full description.

* Hudson Bay or Everyday Life in the Wilds of North America

CA0164:  $13.00

Here is a narrative of first hand experience in the service of the Hudson Bay Company during the 1840s.  This was the first book written by Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825 - 1894) although not his first experience at writing as he spent much of his free time in Canada writing down his adventures so his mother could read what an experience her son was having.  It was not until the end of his period of employment that he decided to rewrite his experiences in book form.  When published his book was so successful that he continued to write story books for boys for the rest of his life.  This is the only one based on actual experience although he always researched the background to his stories carefully.  Being written as much to entertain as to instruct, this book is easy to read and has the feel of a novel - even containing dialogue in some places.  On the whole, we are told, it is a true account of the actual personal experience of the author during his six years spent in Canada.

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We are grateful to Joyce Johnson for allowing us to make a copy of her book so that you may also have the benefit of this "easy" introduction to the activities of one of Canada's great institutions.  Please join with us in thanking Joyce for her generosity.

The text in this book has been formatted so that it can be searched using the "Search" and "Find" features of the freely available PDF file reading applications.

* Year Book of British Columbia - 1903

CA0166:  $23.00

According to its introduction this is either the second or the third publication in this series depending if you consider the addition of a 1901 updating appendix to the 1897 original to be a second edition or not.  Whatever edition it is, it remains one of the most detailed and informative sources of information about life in British Columbia 100+ years ago.

There is a "no nonsense" style about this book so the descriptions and text are brief and to the point.  Where applicable the facts are provided in tabular form allowing quick access to all the details.  Parts of the book that struck me as being of great interest to genealogists were the descriptions of the different geographical areas which included discussion of the major industries and agricultural enterprises resident and the Towns and Cities section which listed all the significant population centers in the province which identifies its relation to the surrounding centers and the reasons for it's existence.

There are pictures of the natural features such as rivers, waterfalls and lakes, pictures of mines and mining, pictures of bears and hunters, several wonderful pictures of the aboriginal people and two pictures of New Westminster, one in 1864 and one in 1902.  We see a lot of pictures from old books and these are some of the best I've seen from this era.  It's worth getting this CD for the pictures alone.

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We are grateful to Joyce Johnson for allowing us to make a copy of her book so that you may also have the benefit of this great reference book.  Please join with us in thanking Joyce for her generosity.

The book is presented in our normal PDF format, fully supported with bookmarking and with searchable text.

* Nova Scotia in its Historical, Mercantile and Industrial Relations

CA0173:  $28.00

An excellent and comprehensive history of Nova Scotia with a rather misleading title.  In his preface Duncan Campbell - the author - explains that when preparing the manuscript for this book he was anticipating the publication of the results of the 1871 census.  By the time he had the draft manuscript completed, however, only one of the five anticipated volumes of the census had been released so his final book lacked much of the numeric and statistical data he had anticipated gleaning from the census.  In some ways this may be regarded as fortunate.  The book as published and copied here, contains a far fuller account of Nova Scotia's history that it would if Duncan Campbell had had to edit it to make room for a lot of data which, after all, is still available to us in the said census report.

Of course this could not be a representative history of Nova Scotia if it didn't pay attention to the many and varied ethnic groups who have crossed the shores and have interacted with greater and lesser degrees of friction.  These groups include at least the native peoples, the French, the British, the Acadians, the Celts, the Maroons and the Loyalists.  In dealing with the Celts, Cape Breton comes under scrutiny giving some interesting insight's into the area's development.

The author considered that an index would be a necessity for a book such as this and so he has included a very comprehensive 18 page one.  Our CD copy is also text searchable using the "Find" and "Search" features of the free PDF file readers such as Adobe Reader™ so that the information in this book is now more accessible than even the excellent index had made the original.

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This book has been loaned to us by a friend of the Archive CD Books Project and we are sure you would like to join with us in thanking them for their generosity in allowing us to make this CD copy available to assist in your researches.

* Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society 1893 - 95, Vol. XI

CA0174-IX:  $9.50

One of a series of publications by the Nova Scotia Historical Society, the first of which was published in June 1878.  This is number 9 (IX) in the series and collects the papers read before the society in the years 1893 to 1895.  The titles of these papers are:

- The Voyages and Discoveries of the Cabots (21 pages.)

- A Chapter in the History of the Township of Onslow, N. S (33 pages.)

- Richard John Uniacke (45 pages.)

- Ships of War Lost on the Coast of Nova Scotia and Sable Island, during the Eighteenth Century (17 pages.)

- Louisbourg : An Historical Sketch (59 pages including two maps.)

In addition there are three "In Memoriam" dedications to members of the Society, lists of the current Officers and Members of the Society, and of papers previously published.

It can be seen from their length that these are serious, "in depth" studies of their subjects.  They provide a wealth of information gathered by individuals who were able to directly access information which is now locked away to preserve it.

Our CD version of this publication has been formatted for computer text search which will enable you to go directly to the information you need rather than having to read through numerous pages to find it.  Compatible with any computer which can read a CD and run a PDF interrupter such as the freely available Adobe Reader™ V4 or later.

A friend of Archive CD Books has been kind enough to loan us this book out of their collection.  Please join us in thanking them for their generosity in allowing us all to share this great old publication.


During the summer we can get out “in the field” to hunt for more interesting titles for you.  We have been quite successful so far but also have a big stock of existing titles to choose from.  Frankly we’re spoiled for choice right now and can’t make up our minds what our next project should be.  Next month’s new releases will have to remain a mystery for now, but you can be assured they will be interesting.


(All prices in $Cdn.)


We frequently shorten a book’s description for this newsletter.  Check our website catalogue for the full description.

* Early Days of Windsor - J. Steele

AU2015:  $26.80

Written by the Rev. Jas Steele, in 1915, this book is a detailed history of the town of Windsor and the Hawkesbury area on the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales. The book covers Windsor's history from exploration starting in 1788 and the first settlers in 1794 through to 'the present' (1915).  It was first published as a series of articles in the 'Windsor and Richmond Gazette' between August 1914 and February 1915.

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The whole text of this 266 page book is searchable - names, places - in fact any word in the text  High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book.

* The Official Municipal Year Book and Shires Directory New South Wales 1907

AU2019:  $35.90

This book was compiled in response to the introduction of 'the Local Government Act 1906' in New South Wales which in effect 'makes the principal of Local Self Government a living reality'. A large proportion of the book includes a list of all municipalities and shires throughout New South Wales. In addition the book also contains background information to the formation of local governments in New South Wales.

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 The whole text of this 728 page book is searchable - names, places - in fact any word in the text  High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book.

* Government Gazettes contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. However they are largely an untapped resource. The few complete runs that are available are usually only found in major libraries.  Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are mentioned EVERY YEAR in Government Gazettes. But they offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They will help you reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of individuals and communities.

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 The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation. Searching that Unlocks the Gazettes

* New South Wales Government Gazette 1843

AU2100-1843:  $49.50

The whole text of the 2 volume, 3101 page volume set is searchable.

* New South Wales Government Gazette 1850

AU2100-1850:  $54.10

The whole text of the 2 volume, 3101 page volume set is searchable.

* Queensland Government Gazette 1890

AU4100-1890:  $54.10

The whole text of the 3 volumes (totaling 3470 pages) is searchable.

* Victorian Government Gazette 1859

AU7100-1859:  $54.10

The whole of the 2882 pages of the 2 volumes are searchable.

* Moore's Almanac and New South Wales Country Directory 1925

AU2115-1925:  $35.90

This book is divided into two sections- an Australian Almanac and a NSW directory for 1925 and contains invaluable information on places and people, throughout New South Wales. Also included is a large colour map of NSW towns, rail and coach lines and other transport options. The Almanac is 150 pages.

The NSW directory contains a list of New South Wales towns over about 500 pages. Under each town is listed distance from Sydney, transport options, climate description, county name, police district and population.

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The whole text of this 672 page book is searchable - names, places - in fact any word in the text  High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.

* Crown Land Licences Victoria 1853

AU7022:  $15.90

This publication lists the occupants of crown land licenses for the year 1852, and it was presented to Parliament in 1853. It is arranged by district including Gipps' Land, Murray, Portland Bay, Western Port and Wimmera. Although this is not a large book, there a literally thousands of persons names listed in this publication ... a very important historical and genealogical source.

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  High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.


* Lincolnshire 1861 Census

This a completely revised eddition with improvements in the quality of many of the previously hard to read pages.  Now clearer and better than ever.

C1861LINV2:  $80.90 (10 CD set)

Also available as individual part, one CD, sets:  $16.10 ea.

C1861LIN01; RG9/2311-2330

C1861LIN02:  RG9/2331-2346

C1861LIN03:  RG9/2347-2353

C1861LIN04:  RG9/2354-2364

C1861LIN05:  RG9/2365-2371

C1861LIN06:  RG9/2372-2378

C1861LIN07:  RG9/2379-2387

C1861LIN08:  RG9/2388-2396

C1861LIN09:  RG9/2397-2404

C1861LIN10:  RG9/2405-2411

- See our web site for a full list of places included on each CD

* Nottinghamshire 1861 Census

This a completely revised eddition with improvements in the quality of many of the previously hard to read pages.  Now clearer and better than ever.

C1861NTTV2:  $70.90 (9 CD set)

Also available as individual part, one or two CDs, sets:  $16.10 ea. or $21.20 for a 2 CD set.

C1861NTT01:  RG9/2412-2422

C1861NTT02:  RG9/2423-2430

C1861NTT03:  RG9/2431-2446  2 CD set.

C1861NTT04:  RG9/2447-2452

C1861NTT05:  RG9/2453-2469  2 CD set.

C1861NTT06:  RG9/2470-2482

C1861NTT07:  RG9/2483-2486

- See our web site for a full list of places included on each CD

* 1861 Census - Royal Navy at Sea & Ports Abroad

C1861SH1:  $25.00

RG9/4433-4441 - See our web site for a full list of ships etc. included on the CD

* 1861 Census - Shipping at Sea & Ports Abroad

C1861SH2:  $35.10 (Two CD set)



We frequently shorten a book’s description for this newsletter.  Check our website catalogue for the full description.

* Holden's Triennial Directory for 1805, 1806 and 1807

GB1239:  $35.30

This book is a very rare, incredibly useful, early directory first published in 1805.  Using a directory like this, which predates civil registration (1837), can often help you to pin down areas to search for possible marriage and baptismal records.  The CD contains both volumes, including a London trades directory alphabetically arranged, a full alphabetical London and Environs Private Residences list and a full Private Residences list for each of the following towns, Bath, Belfast, Berwick, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Boston, Bradford (Wilts), Bradford (Yorks.), Bridgewater, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chatham, Chester, Chesterfield, Chichester, Colchester, Cork, Coventry, Derby, Devizes, Dublin, Dudley, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Frome, Gainsborough, Glasgow, Greenock, Halifax, Hinckley, Huddersfield, Hull, Ipswich, Kendal, Kidderminster, Lancaster, Leeds, Leek, Leicester, Leith, Lincoln, Liverpool, Lynn, Macclesfield, Maidstone, Manchester, Newark, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Paisley, Penryn, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Potteries (Staffs), Rochester, Rochdale, Salisbury, Sheffield, Sherborn, Southampton, Stamford, Stockport, Stroud, Sunderland, Tiverton, Trowbridge, Truro, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Waterford, Whitehaven, Wigan, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Yarnmouth, York.

* Grimsby and Cleethorpes Directory 1902

GB1339:  $26.20

A typical directory, packed full of peoples names and trades. It includes a Grimsby, Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes street directory, which is so detailed it even tells you if a building on the street is vacant. It's easy to use as people are listed alphabetically by surname, by their trade and by street. So even if you only know a small piece of information about your ancestors you can still locate them in this directory. Essential for those researching their Grimsby or Cleethorpes families.


We frequently shorten a book’s description for this newsletter.  Check our website catalogue for the full description.

* Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1824, Compendium of all sections

IET0005:  $79.20

This is one of earliest full commercial directories of Ireland, and includes over 220 urban centers throughout the island. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, tradesmen, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland. There is a description of each Province and town as well. This was Pigot's much-expanded second edition (the previous version dated 1820) and is now extremely rare. The book is organised into four sections, by province, with additional details for Dublin:· Leinster & Dublin· Connaught· Munster· Ulster

These provincial sections can be purchased separately, to reduce the cost to you.  See below:

* Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1824, Leinster & Dublin sections

IET0001;  $26.30

This title includes the Introductory sections, and the Dublin & Leinster sections only.

* Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1824, Connaught section

IET0002:  $26.30

This title includes the Introductory sections, and the Connaught section only.

* Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1824, Munster section

IET0003:  $26.30

This title includes the Introductory sections, and the Munster section only.

* Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1824, Ulster section

IET0004:  $26.30

This title includes the Introductory sections, and the Ulster section only.

* Harvey's Waterford Almanac and Directory for 1866

IET0017:  $26.30

This was the first directory of the city of Waterford published by Thomas Harvey. It includes a detailed alphabetical directory of inhabitants within the city, as well as a full trades directory. The almanac provides a lot of additional local information, including a Calendar of important local events for 1866, lists of officers of the state and the corporation of Waterford, local Members of Parliament, and details of all the fairs and markets held in the county and the adjacent counties of Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford.  At the start of the book is a map of Waterford city, and at the end are many advertisements for local merchants and tradesmen, making this an essential resource for the study of Waterford and its inhabitants in the mid-nineteenth century.

* Matier's Belfast Directory for 1835-6

IET0018:  $26.30

This book is the first Directory of Belfast published by William Matier, at a time when Belfast city was growing very quickly as a consequence of industrialisation. This directory covers the city of Belfast and Ballymacarrett. It gives a full trades directory, and alphabetical lists of all professions, noblemen, gentry, merchants, traders residing in the city and its neighbourhood. This is followed by a full and detailed breakdown of all the public institutions in the city, including their principal staff members, and a full list of all churches. The book also contains many advertisements by traders and merchants.

* Taylor and Skinner's Road Maps of Ireland (2nd ed., 1783)

IET0027:  $39.50

This remarkable and exceptionally rare publication was the second and corrected edition of the first road map of Ireland. Originally published in 1778, the authors felt it necessary to reissue the title quickly to correct deficiencies. The maps were commissioned by the House of Commons in Ireland, and contain 289 pages of maps. The index for these detailed maps shows distances in English and Irish miles. The maps themselves show copious topographical details, like forests, hills, farm land, mills, houses, churches, etc. The large houses also give the owners names. There is a personal name index at the back detailing every name recorded on the maps. This edition also contains a new large-scale 'accurate' map of Ireland. Taylor and Skinner's road maps of Ireland (and their books for Scotland, England and the USA) were a phenomenal achievement for their day, and remains an essential research tool for the late eighteenth century.

* James Hardiman's History of the Town and County of the town of Galway

IET0043:  $39.50

This book is considered to be the definitive history of Galway. James Hardiman, an active member of the Royal Irish Academy and sub-commissioner of Public Records at Dublin Castle published it in 1820. As a result the book contains much information now lost as a consequence of the 1922 fire at the Public Record Office. The book is organised into four sections, with additional appendices and other information at the end. These are:· History of Galway from earliest times to the present in 7 chapters. This is the main bulk of the book and includes copious transcripts of original sources.· The Corporation of Galway. This section includes lists of all city officials and MPs from earliest times and copies of the charters, etc.· Ecclesiastical History of Galway.· Galway in 1820. Details of all official, public and private institutions, governance, education, economic information, etc. The book also contains many fine illustrations of the city, as well as maps, including a large-scale map of the city in 1651.


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.


Our new Downloads page is being well used.  We are uploading a “sampler” of all our Canadian new releases and will be making and uploading the samplers of the previous releases as time allows.  Many of you have taken advantage of the free download of the complete book of the “Early Days at Port Ryerse.”  Look out for more free downloads of complete books as suitable subjects come along.


Archive CD Books Australia have revised the reference numbers of a number of their books for a more logical numbering system.  If you can’t find a particular book by it’s reference number, search for it’s title.  All the old titles are still there, only the numbers have changed.


HERE AT LAST!  You will already have seen that we have received some of the new Irish titles.  We still have a few waiting to be put on our site once we have sorted out a slight technical hitch.


You can now get your copies of:

   A Compendium of the Shipping of Yarmouth, N.S. (1761 - 1902), CA0158

   Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, a Sequel to Campbells History - 1888, CA0159

   Yarmouth Past and Present, A Book of Reminiscences - 1902, CA0160

directly from the Yarmouth County Museum Archives, 22 Collins St., Yarmouth, N. S., B5A 3C8, Tel:  902-742-5539

When you visit the museum don’t forget to thank Stuart McLean, the Archivist, for his part in getting this project underway.


Don’t forget to introduce your friends to our site so they can benefit from our current special.  All new customers will receive a copy of our recently released  “Manners and Rules of Good Society,” CA0009  regularly: $19.00, absolutely free.  This book holds the key to the social code of 100 + years ago.  A great help in understanding the attitudes and actions of our ancestors.

*  NEW CANADIAN FORUM on British-Genealogy Forums site:

Don’t forget the NEW FORUM for Canadian Genealogy discussions.  You can go to it directly using the following URL :

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or if you want to navigate to it through the hierarchy you go through “Family History” - “Place Forums” and then you’ll find “Canada Genealogy” near the bottom of the list.  We need to get some discussion going on this list to show that Canada is interested so give it a visit and help “put us on the map.”

There has already been a question about starting separate forums for each Province but we’ll only be doing that when the volume of correspondence makes it hard to follow the threads.


The Charlotte County (NB) Archives, located in the Old Gaol, will be opened during the following hours for this summer.

July 4- 29    Mon  to Fri    9 am to 5 pm

Aug 1-31      Mon to Fri     9 am to 5 pm

NOTE:  Opened New Brunswick Day -- August 1

Charlotte County Archives, 123 Frederick Street, St. Andrews, NB, E5B 1Z1

Phone:  1-506-529-4248


* BHCD Reunion August 27th. 2005 Rockingham, Halifax,NS

British Home Children and Descendants Association will hold their 3rd annual reunion on August 27th, 2005 at the Rockingham United Church Hall, 12 Flamingo Dr. Rockingham, Halifax, NS. Registration 9.00.AM to 9.45AM.

Special speaker will be Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette, British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, who will speak on conditions in Britain's industrial cities in the later 1800's - early 1900's.

Highlight of the afternoon program will be the unveiling of an Interpretive Panel, in Rockingham Centennial Park, to honor John T Middlemore, to preserve the history of the " Fairview Home " Middlemore Distribution Centre and as a Memorial to all Middlemore children who came to Canada.

For more information contact: Cecil Verge, phone: 902-681-6697,

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* British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) 2005 Fall Conference

September 23rd, 24th and 25th at the Library and Archives Canada building, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Featuring: Else Churchill, Genealogist, Society of Genealogists, London, England and as the “Don Whiteside Lecturer”:  David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment Canada, and media weather personality.

Visit the web site at:

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NB:  Archive CD Books Canada plans to take part in the Market Place during this conference.


* 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 -


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