Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V2#8 - 16 December 2005







     Census of England and Wales (4 )

     British Books (6 )

     Irish Books (11)

     Australian Books (22 )






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The big news is that our American partner has come on-line, more below.

A total of 43 new title releases in this newsletter.

New British Census releases

New British Books on CD

New Irish books on CD

New Australian 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.  

Alternatively you can browse through the catalogue using the drop down headings lists.  We have tried to multi-list books where they correspond to more than one category but consider the possibility that the subject you are looking for may be under a related heading.

There is frequently more information about the books available on the web site than that which is included in the following descriptions.  All prices in $Cdn.


For the first time since we opened we are not announcing any new releases this month.  This isn't because we have stopped reproducing new material.  We are working even harder than usual but our current project is the reproduction of an absolutely enormous Directory of the Dominion of Canada for 1871.  It provides a directory to a large portion of the inhabitants of the newly minted Dominion including the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia (including Cape Breton), Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.  This is a very rare and incredibly useful resource but it runs over 2,500 pages and it has turned out to be very difficult to scan to achieve a quality that we find acceptable - without risking harm to the book.  We have had to develop special jigs and scanning techniques and this has all taken time.  As a consequence it is taking us far longer than planed to complete this reproduction.

We believe we should be able to release this wonderful reference soon after Christmas.  Because of the production costs it will have to be an expensive CD but we plan to also release it as sub-sections so you may buy a smaller section of interest at a more economical price.

This is the last of the batch of books we borrowed from the Ottawa Historical Society but we know of more treasures in their library so we will be talking to them again soon.


As soon as we can clear the Dominion Directory off our scanner we will be moving on to the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914 to 1918, loaned to us by a friend of the project, which has been sitting on the shelf awaiting its turn on the scanner.  We have also agreed with a lady to reproduce a very rare History of the Ottawa Valley which she is keeping on hand until we have "cleared decks" a little.  

We will also be reproducing some interesting Great War books to be loaned to us by another friend of the Project but we are not yet quite sure when they will be coming.  If we come to a gap in the schedule we have lots of other great books, on our shelf, waiting their turn so "stay tuned," its just getting better and better!  

All we need now is 30 hour days - and the energy to keep up with them.  :-)



(All prices in $Cdn.)



C1841HUN:  $37.60

1841 Huntingdonshire Census HO107/448-455  "COMPLETE COUNTY SET  

Very high quality scanned images of the original census enumerators books.

In addition to the full county set, we have made parts of the Huntingdonshire 1841 census available on individual CDs, each containing a range of census pieces.  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.  The census is not necessarily organised by logical geographical districts. Please refer to the list of places on each CD on our web site.

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).

*  1841 Huntingdonshire Census CD1 - HO107/0448-0449

C1841HUN01:  $16.10

*  1841 Huntingdonshire Census CD2 - HO107/0450-0452

C1841HUN02:  $16.10

*  1841 Huntingdonshire Census CD3 - HO107/0453-0455

C1841HUN03:  $16.10



*  Maps - Vol. 8 - Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

GB0007-8:  $21.90

An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail.  Cambridgeshire 1695, 1892, 1896, 1916  "Cambridge 1892  Cambridge Museums and Schools 1935  Norfolk 1695, 1879, 1892, 1896, 1916  Norwich 1892  Suffolk 1695, 1839, 1874, 1879, 1892, 1896, 1916, 1925  "Buxhall 1902.

*  Maps - Vol. 9 - Essex, Kent, Sussex

GB0007-9:  $21.90

An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail.  Essex 1610, 1695, 1852, 1871, 1874, 1892, 1895, 1917, 1925, 1933  Colchester 1892  Kent 1695, 1852, 1903, 1922, 1930  "Sussex 1695, 1840, 1852, 1878, 1930  Battle of Hastings  Brighton 1909  Chichester 1909.

*  Maps - Vol. 10 - Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire

GB0007-10:  $21.90

An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail.  Berkshire 1695, 1806, 1839, 1847, 1869, 1903  Hampshire 1695, 1839, 1849, 1885, 1889, 1927  Isle of Wight 1911, 1927 (Earlier maps of Hampshire also include the Isle of Wight)  Wiltshire 1695, 1839, 1842, 1849, 1903, 1927.

*  1936 Ward's Directory Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North & South Shields, Jarrow, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne

GB1340:  $18.70

An incredibly detailed directory of the North Eastern towns of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Wallsend, Jarrow, North & South Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Each place has a virtually house by house street directory with names of residents and their occupations; plus alphabetical lists of all households and trades directories.  You could even find your grandparents in this book, and walk down the street to see who their neighbours were.  "It is a really good way to put meat on the bones of your family history.

*  Bygone Days in Devonshire & Cornwall

GB1346:  $18.70

A stunningly gorgeous reference book for Devon and Cornwall.  Written by Mrs Henry Pennell Whitcombe and published in 1874. A collection of superstitions, legends and customs that your Devon and Cornwall ancestors would have passed down through the generations. Read about Imps in Mines, the Giant's Burial Place, Fishermen's and Miners' Superstitions and much more. Fascinating reading.

*  The Suffolk Traveller

GB1374:  $21.90

Mr John Kirby took surveys of the whole of Suffolk in the years 1732, 1733 and 1734. This publications contains his observations regarding the places he visited including;  

A section devoted to Ipswich which gives accounts of the Churches, Religious Houses, and the Trades of the Town as well as providing a translation of the Charter of King Henry VI to the Burgess of Ipswich.  

A section on Towns and Parishes in the Hundreds of Babergh, Blackbourn, Blithing, Bosmere & Claydon, Carlford & Colneis, Cosford, Hartismere, Hoxne, Lackford, Loes, Lothing, Plomesgate, Risbridge, Sampford, Stow, Thedwastre, Thingoe, Threadling, Wangford, and Willford.

Lists of the High Sherriffs and Knights of the Shire.  

4 road maps.



*  Carrigan's History of the Diocese of Ossory and New Index

IE0016:  $92.50

William Carrigan's History of the Diocese of Ossory (4 vols, 1905) is one of the most important historical publications concerning Counties Kilkenny and Laois ever produced. Carrigan's main interest was the history of the church from the earliest times, and his four volumes, contain a history of the Bishops and other diocesan officials, as well as an extensive introduction to the area's political history. Thereafter he journeys from parish to parish recording a vast amount of information concerning all aspects of the area's history, always with special emphasis on religion. His books are copiously illustrated with photographs, maps and drawings, reflecting his desire to record record the antiquities of the Diocese. Importantly, the four volumes contain extensive extracts and transcripts of original manuscript material, much of which was lost in the destruction of the PRO in 1922.   This digital publication of Carrigan's work also includes the first ever comprehensive index to his work by Helen Litton (published in 2005). This Index also contains an extensive biographical study on Carrigan by Fearghus ” Fearghail and a foreword by the current Bishop of Ossory, Laurence Forristal. (in association with the Diocese of Ossory)

*  A Complete Catholic Directory, Almanack and Registry, Vol. 2, 1837

IET0019:  $26.30

This is the second volume of this series, which continued annual publication for much of the nineteenth century. This volume contains a complete registry of all Church officials, and the hierarchy throughout the world. However for Irish research, arguably the most important section is the Ecclesiastical Register of Ireland. This is a diocese-by-diocese tour of the country, detailing what parishes were operational, and who were the priests and curates for each parish. This is especially important for genealogical researchers trying to determine what parish registers may survive. The volume also contains an account of the state of Catholicism in Ireland, with annals for 1836, which is an important official overview at a time of great change. The book also contains a general calendar or Almanack giving details of the official religious observance for the year.

*  Macloskie's Directory of Fermanagh 1848

IET0020:  $26.30

This is one of the rarest county directories for anywhere in Ireland. As far as we know the original copy in Trinity College from which this CD was made is one of the only surviving copies of this book in the world.  The book starts with a detailed historical and topographical survey of the county, including copies of documents, fulsome descriptions of major events, and even poetry. This section is followed by County Statistics, which list all the major and minor office holders in the county, legal institutions, and the medical service. Thereafter follows detailed directories of all the main towns and villages in the county, being Enniskillen, Lisnaskea, Brookeborough, Maguiresbridge, Lowtherstown, Newtownbutler, Pettigo, Derrgonnelly, Belleek and Garrison. These include lists of nobility, gentry, clergy, professionals, commissioners, schools, transport, and every tradesman in the district, with their address.  At the end there is a list of fairs and markets in the county, a number of advertisements, and an index.  "This book is an essential tool for anyone researching places and people in County Fermanagh.

*  Dodd's Traveler's Director through Ireland (1801)

IET0030:  $26.30

James Solas Dodd's Traveler's "Director" is a less well known guide to Ireland, published in 1801 to cater for English people wishing to holiday in Ireland.   "The book begins with a description of Dublin city, including a detailed engraved map. It then tours the country following all the main roads throughout the island. For each place the author describes the topography, economy, public buildings, gentlemen's houses, religious buildings, antiquities, curiosities, and gives a lot of historical information.   The book concludes with a section on the major natural curiosities in Ireland (e.g. the Giant's Causeway), and a guide to getting to Ireland from England.  The book contains an excellent map of Ireland by Stockdale.

*  Slater's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1881, Compendium of all sections

IET0035:  $79.20

This superb book includes a full commercial directory for the entire country. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, trades, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland.  "This is the third edition of Slaters, for the year 1881, and contains 1,580 pages of information including a large-scale map of Ireland.  

The book is organised into four sections, by province, with additional details for the four main cities:  

- Leinster & Dublin  

- Connaught  

- Munster, Cork & Limerick , and

- Ulster & Belfast  

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

*  Slater's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1881, Leinster & Dublin Sections

IET0031:  $26.30


*  Slater's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1881, Connaught Section

IET0032:  $26.30

*  Slater's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1881, Munster, Cork & Limerick Sections

IET0033:  $26.30

*  Slater's Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1881, Ulster & Belfast Sections

IET0034:  $26.30

*  Medical Directory for Ireland, 1852

IET0040:  $39.50

This publication was the first full medical directory of Ireland, published in 1852. It includes all medical practitioners who held a qualification, either as an apothecary (pharmacist) or a medical doctor throughout Ireland. There are several thousand names recorded, reflecting the huge growth in the Irish medical profession following the establishment of the dispensaries across the country with the Poor Law Unions. With this development, the discipline changed fundamentally from a small middle-class profession, to allow a much wider section of the population to provide these services. As a consequence the book records an extensive list of people from every walk of life.  

The Directory also records the location, as well as many details, about every hospital, dispensary, medical school, public health service, society, asylum, and medical institutions in Ireland. There is a list of obituaries at the end, and a list of Spa physicians in Germany that had become popular with the well to do!



*  Dictionary of Australasian Biography - Philip Mennell

AU0023:  $35.90

'The Dictionary of Australasian Biography' written by Philip Mennell in 1892, includes almost 2000 concise biographies of Australasian colonialists from 1855-1892 in over 540 pages. It gives information on politicians, political leaders, church leaders, intellectuals, explorers, professionals, musicians, actors, athletes, scientists, pastoralists and industrialists from all the Australian colonies as well as New Zealand. Information included consists of their background and family information, career information, achievements and influences on the development of Australasia. It is arranged alphabetically by surname for easy reference.  "This dictionary provides an extremely useful and easy to use resource for the family and local historian.  "The whole text is searchable. Search for any word in the text - names, places and more.  

*  Oasis in the West: Strathfield's First Hundred Years - M. Jones

AU2022:  $26.80

Written by Michael Jones in 1985, this history of Strathfield in Sydney's west has been republished on CD in partnership with the Strathfield City Council.  "'Oasis in the West' is a celebration of Strathfield's first 100 years (1885-1985). The book tells the history of the town of Strathfield in New South Wales from the time when the first free settlers tried to establish farms in 1793, to the date of publication in 1985. It covers information on the railway lines, early pioneers, magnificent housing, the garden city, social diversity, schools and churches, the fight against amalgamation and the survival of a unique and beautiful residential community.  "This book provides a detailed history of Strathfield dispersed throughout with many quotes, excerpts and photographs.  

High quality scanned images of the whole 175 pages of the original book.

*  Sand's Sydney and Suburban Directory 1913

AU2113-1913:  $54.10

The 1913 directory of Sydney is fully titled 'Sands Sydney, Suburban and Country Directory for 1913 comprising, amongst other information, street, alphabetical, trade and professional, country towns, country alphabetical, pastoral, educational, governmental, parliamentary, law and miscellaneous lists.'   The directory also includes several indexes to different sections of the city, other lists as well as many pages of advertisements - all useful information, often including names of people and places.  Being  well set out, this directory is easy to navigate making it a useful resource for family historians.  The whole 2762 page directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable, useful not only for finding names, but also places, occupations and other information for family and local historians.

*  The Queensland Freeman 1881-88 (Baptist Periodical)

AU4004:  $54.10

The 'Queensland Freeman' was the monthly journal of the Baptist association in Queensland.  It was first published in January 1881 and continued through until November 1888. Its aim was chiefly to unite the Baptist community in Queensland, to strengthen, encourage and inform its members concerning church activities and to spread the Word throughout the whole of Queensland.  The journal is particularly interesting for historians as it contains information on Baptist and secular events throughout Queensland, records of baptisms, information on ministers and other people, missions' reports, notices of meetings and many other interesting snippets of information.  This CD which contains almost every issue, is fully searchable, allowing the user to search for any word in the text, providing a great resource for genealogists and local historians.

*  Queensland Government Gazette 1869

AU4100-1869:  $49.50

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. And even for researchers who do have access to these the sheer size and extent of the Gazettes is daunting.  Now that is all changing - with the publication of the gazettes on affordable and searchable form on CD-ROM.  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.  "I'm totally in awe of the potential of the Government Gazette project ... the accessibility, ease of use ... having done the hard slog through many original volumes" - Greg Slattery, South Australian historian.  

High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book.  The whole text of the 1848 page volume is searchable.

The following Queensland Police Gazettes are an extremely useful resource for family and local historians alike. Compiled to be distributed amongst the police force only, these Gazettes therefore contain details and information that can not be found anywhere else.  

"Containing information received in cases of felony and of misdemeanour, and against receivers of stolen property, reputed thieves, and offenders escaped from custody, with the time, place, and circumstances of the offences, and description of offenders or those suspected, giving the appearance, dress, and other marks of identity, with every particular which may lead to their apprehension; and a description, as accurate as possible, of property that has been stolen, horses, &c."  

They also include court lists, lists of warrants issued, appointments and changes in the police service, lists of Justices of the Peace, lists of arrests and discharges and descriptions photographs and details of deserters, escaped prisoners, and missing people as well lists for liquor, wine sellers, tobacco sellers, auctioneers, billiard and poisons licences. Notices from police gazettes from other states are also often included.  

Now searchable, these Gazettes on CD-ROM open up a world of interesting and comprehensive information about individual people and their lives in Queensland's past.  "Fascinating searching and useful information for anyone interested in Queensland's history and people.  

*  Queensland Police Gazette 1904

AU4103-1904:  $31.40

This CD contains 81 of the 84 issues for 1904. Please contact Archive CD Books Australia if you own or know of any copies of the Queensland Police Gazette 1904 that may be available to complete the year.

*  Queensland Police Gazette 1905

AU4103-1905:  $31.40

This CD contains 67 of the 80 issues for 1905. Please contact Archive CD Books Australia if you own or know of any copies of the Queensland Police Gazette 1905 that may be available to complete the year.

*  Who's Who: South Australian Centenary 1936

AU5012:  $31.40

The year 1936 marked the centenary of South Australia. This book was compiled as a celebration of the state's achievements, and it was designed to present a snapshot of notable people in South Australia at this time.  "Who's Who" is a compilation of portraits and brief biographical notes on about 350 South Australians in 1936. These notes often include place and date of birth, family, education, hobbies, sport and interests, achievements, appointments, address, career, and other notes of interest.  This book gives an interesting glimpse into South Australian society and the lives of important men at this time in the state's history.  

High quality scanned images of the whole 352 pages of the original book.

*  Representative Men of South Australia - G. Loyau

AU5039:  $26.80

Published in 1883, 'Representative Men of South Australia' is the first of a pair of books containing brief biographies of great South Australian colonialists, written by George E. Loyau.  "Two hundred and sixty-seven biographies of founders and pioneers of South Australia are included in this book. They cover people in several different walks of life and range in length and detail. The book includes information on their early life, their career, their role in South Australia's development and their families as well as other relevant information. Some biographies are accompanied by portrait drawings.  "This book by the well known George Loyau, is useful for anyone interested in early South Australia and its most influential people.

*  Nomenclature of South Australia - R. Cockburn

AU5048:  $22.70

Nomenclature of South Australia was written by Rodney Cockburn in 1908 and includes the history of about 1,200 names of places throughout South Australia.  "This interesting book contains thousands of legends and facts behind the names and places of towns throughout the state, making it a historical classic. The book makes for fascinating reading, each entry being a few paragraphs long and containing interesting information gleaned from many different people and records, about the establishment of these places. The end of each chapter includes a section containing letters to the editor excerpted from newspapers, regarding the names and origins of places.  A great reference work for all interested in the history of South Australia.  

High quality scanned images of the whole 161pp of the original book.

*  Land Musters, Stock Returns and Lists 1803-1822 - I. Schaffer

AU6018:  $26.80

Compiled by Irene Schaffer in 1991, this book contains a large number of government statistics, lists, records and reports from Van Diemen's Land in 1803-1822.  "It includes full copies of these government documents including passenger lists, supplies lists, population records, convict and transportation records, pastoral records, military reports, official letters and leadership records.  "These records are often very detailed and include hundreds of names, dates, ships, places and amounts as well as general information.  "Full of useful information from this fascinating period in Tasmania's history, this book is ideal for anyone researching Tasmanian ancestors as well as those interested in Tasmania's history.  See also AU6020.

*  Exiled Three Times Over! Profiles of Norfolk Islanders Exiled in Van Diemens Land 1807-13 - I. Schaffer & T. McKay

AU6019:  $26.80

The comprehensive story of the lives of men and women who found themselves exiled - unbelievably - for the third time in early nineteenth century Van Diemen's Land.  "The exiled sailed first to Port Jackson and then to Norfolk Island. From Norfolk Island they were ordered to sail again, eventually arriving in the fledgling colony of Van Diemen's Land. The 'Lady Nelson' and H.M.S. 'Porpoise' were two of the ships that carried the exiles, many of whom by now were free settlers, on their enforced journey.  "The story of the exiles has been extensively researched and uncovers many fascinating and hitherto unpublished accounts of hardship and survival, written in a lively and readable manner.  See also AU6020.

*  Van Diemens Land Records: Exiled Three Times Over & Land Musters, Stock Returns and Lists 1803-1822 - I. Schaffer

 AU6020:  $35.90

Two important Tasmanian record books by Irene Schaffer now on a single CD. 'Land Musters, Stock Returns and Lists,'  AU6018 and "The story of 'Exiled Three Times Over,' AU6019, both detailed above.

The following Tasmania Post Office Directories are divided into three main sections: Towns, Alphabetical and Trades, and Professions. These three classifications enable the enquirer to see at a glance, first, the names of Householders or Traders in any one Town; secondly, the address and occupation of any resident in the State; and, thirdly, the number of persons throughout Tasmania, engaged in any one trade or calling.  

THE TOWNS SECTION contains separate Street Directories of Hobart and Launceston and Alphabetical Directories for every other Town, Township and Postal District in Tasmania.  

THE ALPHABETICAL SECTION contains the names for the entire State, arranged under ONE Alphabet.  

THE TRADES SECTION shows the Business Firms of the State, arranged under their individual trade or profession.

Separate directories are given in the following areas, making the work comprehensive and complete  Medical Ecclesiastical Legal Educational Banking Pastoral and Agricultural Local and General Government Municipal Official The directory includes many pages of advertisements - all useful information, often including names of people and places.  

*  Tasmania Post Office Directory 1917 (Wise)

AU6110-1917:  $31.40

The whole 704 page directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable, useful not only for finding names, but also places occupations and other information for family and local historians.        

*  Tasmania Post Office Directory 1936 (Wise)

AU6110-1936:  $31.40

The whole 474 page directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable, useful not only for finding names, but also places occupations and other information for family and local historians.      

*  Tasmania Post Office Directory 1947 (Wise)

AU6110-1947:  $35.90

The whole 514 page directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable, useful not only for finding names, but also places occupations and other information for family and local historians.


*  Bailliere's Victorian Gazetteer and Road Guide 1879

AU7004:  $35.90

This important and rare 19th century Victorian 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 1879 - a wealth of information for historians and genealogists. It will also interest the general reader with its many insights into 19th century Victoria 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.

EXAMPLE OF ENTRY:"RIPLEY (Co. Grant), a small village in the parish of Balliang, and electoral district of S. Grant. It is situated on the Bacchus Marsh and Geelong road, and near the Little river on the N. side. The country is entirely agricultural and pastoral, and the population is small and scattered. It lies about 4 miles E. from the village of Anakies. The geological formation is upper volcanic."

Larger places have much more information. In addition this volume includes many advertisements, themselves giving an insight into 19th Century Victoria.  "Note: the map published with the original is not available in this CD edition.  "The whole 552 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.

*  Kelly's Criminal Digest 1887 - W. Kelly

AU7027    $22.70

This book of the law of Crimes and Offences in Victoria, was written in 1887 by Wm. Trench C. Kelly, who was a barrister at law. His book is described as a 'handbook of the decisions relating to specific convictions upon appeal in the Victorian judicial system'.  "Sorted alphabetically by type-of-case, it includes a brief description of the case type or crime, the name of the Act of parliament that the crime comes under, as well as a reason for certain rulings made within the cases. It also gives examples of cases together with their reference details. It also has an index of specific cases used within the book.  "Fully searchable this CD book is useful for family historians whose family members may have had a criminal background, as well as for legal historians.

*  Sands and McDougall's Melbourne and Suburban Directory 1892

AU7113-1892    $49.50

This Directory consists of a trade directory (listed both alphabetically by name, and by trade) for Melbourne and its suburbs. It also includes a street guide, street directory, government and official directory, ecclesiastical and legal directory and a municipal directory. The directory concludes with over 70 pages of advertisements - all useful insight, often including names of people and places.  "The whole directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable. This makes it useful not only for finding names, but also places occupations and other information for family and local historians.

*  History of West Australia - W. Kimberly

AU8009    $54.10

'History of West Australia: A Narrative of Her Past together with Biographies of her Leading Men' was compiled by W.B. Kimberly over a period of two years, and was published in 1897.  "The first (and larger) section is a history of Western Australia from the discovery of Australia through to May of the year of publication (1897). It includes detailed chapters on the discovery of Australia, the aborigines, the foundation of the colony, the foundation of Perth and Fremantle, exploration, social conditions, condition of settlement, native troubles, pastoral pursuits, laws, depression, the convict system, representative and responsible government, public works and the goldfields. Photo pages are dispersed throughout the history narrative.  "The second section is a biographical section of notable Western Australians. The information on each person is quite detailed usually covering several pages. It provides information on the roles these people played in the colony of Western Australia as well as their education, achievements and family. Each biography is accompanied by a portrait.  "This detailed and comprehensive account of Western Australia's past and her leading men provide a wonderful, easy to read and interesting tool for local and family historians.

*  Stewart's Handbook of the Pacific Islands 1922 - P. Allan

AU9110-1922    $35.90

Stewart's Handbook was written by Percy S. Allen and revised annually, this one being the one covering 1922. Each year a comprehensive account of all of the Pacific Islands is included.  "The book is divided into islands owned by New Zealand, France, Britain, the United States of America, and Australia. It is then divided into separate island groups. Information on each group of islands gives a comprehensive history and geography of each island. This is often accompanied by information on government officials, trade statistics, churches, business, shipping, population, customs and tariffs, exports and lists of residents. It includes a map detailing the entire Pacific.   601 pages.

*  Stewart's Handbook of the Pacific Islands (Set 1) - Percy S. Allen

AU9110-S1    $45.00

If the history of the Pacific Islands and its social history in the 1920s is of interest to you - why not buy both the 'Stewart's Handbook 1921' (see September newsletter, AU9110-1921) and the 'Stewart's Handbook 1922' (see above) together on the one CD, a total of 1176 pages, for a very special price.



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 USA partner opened his web site just after our last newsletter had been distributed so he has been running for almost a month now.  The USA site URL is: /

They are off to a flying start with a number of interesting books and we are expecting to receive our master copies of these new CDs very soon.


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We are still giving away a copy of  “Manners and Rules of Good Society,” CA0009  regularly: $19.00, absolutely free to all new customers.  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.  Tell your friends.

Our CHRISTMAS SPECIALS will remain available (on our site only) for a little while longer.  These are all  "general interest" Canadian books at attractive prices:-

CA0028, Handbook for the Dominion of Canada, Normally $23.00, Special $19.00

CA0029, Pathfinders of the West, Normally $13.00, Special $11.50

CA0032, Canada as a National Property, Normally $19.00, Special $14.20

CA0037-X2, Stoddart's lectures - Canada, Malta & Gibralta, Normally $19.00, Special $16.00

CA0045, Sunset Canada - British Columbia and Beyond, Normally $23.00, Special $19.00

CA0050, The Pioneers of Old Ontario. Normally $23.00, Special $19.00

CA0056, A History of the Eastern Townships, Normally $23.00, Special $19.00

CA0068, The Century Cyclopedia of Names, Normally $35.00, Special $28.00

CA0076, Down North and Up Along, Normally $19.00, Special $16.00

CA0092, The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland, Normally $19.00, Special $13.00

CA0095, Irish (Canadian & USA) Song Books, Normally $19.00, Special $13.00

CA0098, Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, Normally $45.00, Special $35.50

CA0109, On Canada's Frontier, Normally $23.00, Special $19.00

CA0164, Hudsons Bay or Everyday Life in the Wilds of North America, Normally $13.00, Special $11.50

CA0182, The Loyalists of America and their Times 1620-1816, Normally $35.00, Special $28.00

IN ADDITION, if you want us to ship your GIFT order straight to the recipient fill in their address in the "Ship to" section of the on-line shopping cart and type the word "GIFT" in the shipping instructions.  We will gift wrap the CDs and include a "gift" invoice showing your name but not the pricing information.  You will get the regular invoice by mail.  

NOTE that the tax and shipping and handling charges are determined by the DESTINATION address.  Not by where you live.  This can work to your favor if you want the gift sent out of the country.  

Our shopping cart still tends to overcharge for multiple orders.  If you are overcharged we will make a rebate against your credit card.  We ONLY cover our costs on shipping and handling!

SEASONS GREETINGS:  Finally may we wish you good health, good luck and good times this winter holiday and through the New Year.  We appreciate your support and will continue to earn it with new and exciting reproductions of the genealogy and history information you need to put the branches and leaves on your Family tree.


As you might expect there are few family history society meetings scheduled for this time of year so in place of our normal "notices" here is a seasonal poem I saw earlier in the year and kept for this occasion.

Submitted to the Nova Scotia Genealogy list by  Dawn Green

*  Genealogist's Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread

With pedigree charts and with letters which said...

"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;

Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such

Were proof that my work had become too much.

Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop

From work on my album with photos to crop.

Christmas was here, and such was my lot

That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,

I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,

While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,

I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,

A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.

Away to the window I flew in a flash,

Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,

But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.

Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,

With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.

As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,

Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,

And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)

Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see

I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work

And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).

Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:

When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread

"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)

"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,

As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read

Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.

"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."

He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,

I do some research in the North Pole Library!

A special treat I am thus able to bring,

To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,

I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."

As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,

I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,

To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.

And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,

"Family history is Fun!  Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"

--Author Unknown




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