Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V3#10 - 17 March 2007







     5.1  Ireland (6)






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Two new 'book on CD" releases from us here in Canada.  One contains three out of five volumes in a great book about Quebec.  The other is another Ontario local history.

Six new books on CD from our Irish partner, this month.  Always worth looking at!

Plus the usual news, gossip and announcements.


To find a CD 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.



*  The Storied Province of Quebec, Vols 3, 4 & 5 - Biographies

CA0031-B:  $28.00

The biographies comprise fully 3 of the total five volumes in this set and the complete index of biographies in volume 5 provides guided access to over 9,000 individual names - being members of more than 1,500 families.  We have, however, noticed that the index is not exhaustive. It provides entries for only those having the same family name as the main subject, but not for others related to the family by marriage, and so appearing in the biographies bearing their own family name.  Use of the computer search facility is strongly recommended, although human reading is always also suggested as a final resort.

While the words "biographies" and "families" have been used above, to be strictly correct there are a few entries which carry the history of prominent organizations and companies.  The overwhelming majority of entries are, however, of families and individuals.

In addition to the written biographical / historical details there are approximately 350 full page, high quality, portraits of the biographical subjects.

It is impossible to categorize in a few words those families whose biographies appear in this great resource.  They come from many walks, professions and backgrounds.  It would seem evident however that they were families proud of their position in society and of their success.  We have abstracted the names from the book's composite index and listed them in a file which you may freely access from our web sites "Downloads" page so you can check for the presence of your ancestors.

We have configured this CD to bring you the greatly improved search speed of our FastFind technology.

*  Past Years in Pickering

CA0199:  $23.00

Published in 1911, this book was written by William R. Wood, the one time Presbyterian Minister of Claremont, Ontario.  The Pickering we think of today is a city which exists within the urban sprawl of Greater Toronto, astride the main road between Kingston and Toronto.  But this book is actually about the Township of Pickering, an administration district within Durham County, comprising several communities and rural districts, just one of which originated as the village of Pickering proper.

The Rev. William has provided us with, as he puts it, "a series of sketches," taking for their subjects various aspects of life and development of the Township.  These sketches are filled with references to inhabitants and families who played a role in the settling and development although for a more in-depth examination of the inhabitants we turn to his last chapter which occupies fully one third of the book and provides the biographies of hundreds of local people and, frequently, their families.

The numerous changes in boundaries and administrative responsibility in the area make it difficult to name all the various locations which have been influenced by Pickering Township over the years, but the following list is our attempt at the task, taken mainly from places mentioned in the book: Balsam, Brock, Brougham, Cherrywood, Claremont, Dunbarton, Duffinís Creek, Eldon, Frenchmanís Bay, Glensharred, Green River, Greenwood, Jackson, Kinsale, Liverpool, Mariposa, Mount Pleasant, Pickering, Rosebank, Rougemount, Rouge River, Salem, Whitevale.

In addition there are frequent references in the book to the adjacent centers of Whitby, Markham, Mississauga, Scarborough, & Stouffville.

In his Preface the Rev. William implies that the time at which he researched and wrote this book, just prior to the opening of the nineteenth century, was the latest opportunity during which the original, or the immediate children of the original, settlers of the area could be interviewed and for their stories to be recounted first hand.

The more "historical" chapters deal with some of the aspects of life important to the inhabitants such as religion, agriculture, politics and industry.  There is even a chapter titled, "Pickering at Play."  Other themes which may be of particular interest are the establishment of the Quaker settlement and of Pickering college, use of the Rouge River mouth as a shipping centre, and the influence the busy Kingston - Toronto road had on the area.

We have placed a freely downloadable sampler of pages from this book on our Downloads page for your review, and the book's Table of Contents is included in it.  The author did not however provide an index, so it is something of a task to find particular names within the 316 pages of text of the actual book.  Our CD republication, however, is fully text searchable and the search feature is enhanced with our FastFind technology to make your searches almost instantaneous.



The remaining two volumes of The Storied Province of Quebec - the history - are already being scanned.  The plan is to have that CD released as well as the product combining the whole 5 volume set available before next month.

As usual we are juggling our short term publishing schedule with our other ongoing projects so I quite literally can't tell you what else to expect next month. I'm sure it will be a pleasant surprise to all of us though!  :-)




*  Bassett's Kilkenny Guide & Directory 1884

IET0021:  $30.90

Bassett's County Kilkenny is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1884. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Kilkenny, recording details (addresses and occupations) for around 10,000 people in the county. It contains 360 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map.

The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village, with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. It includes an extended treatment for Kilkenny city, and the towns of Callan, Castlecomer, Graigue, and Thomastown, as well as entries for 44 other towns and villages. The book finishes with an index of places, a list of fairs and markets, and includes many commercial advertisements.

*  Bassett's Louth Guide & Directory 1886

IET0024:  $30.90

Bassett's County Louth is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1886. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Louth, recording details (addresses and occupations) for around 10,000 people in the county. It contains 421 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map.

The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village, with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. It includes an extended treatment for Drogheda and Dundalk, as well as entries for 51 other towns and villages. The book finishes with an index of places, a list of fairs and markets, and includes many commercial advertisements.

*  Hanna's The Scotch-Irish    

IET0061    $43.30    

Charles Hanna's "The Scotch-Irish, or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America" is a vital source for anyone interested in the history of the involvement of Scottish settlers in Ireland or North America. Published in two volumes in 1902, and running to more than 1,200 pages, this resource is packed with details on the origin and migration of Scottish people over the course of twelve centuries. The author did not intend to produce a history of the Scotch-Irish people, as 'such a work would require more time and labor than have been expended upon the present undertaking' (vol. i, p. v). Nonetheless, Hanna succeeded in providing an impressive, lucid and readable account of the principal developments in Scottish, Irish and American history and Scots Irish influenced philosophical thought until the end of the seventeenth century.

Volume one of Hanna's work focuses on Scotland and Ireland, and there is little that is not detailed. The plantations of the early seventeenth century, both the private plantations of Antrim and Down, and the state backed settlement of the west-Ulster counties, receive fulsome treatment. Researchers will particularly appreciate that Hanna quotes extensively from source material that can now be difficult to obtain, including George Hill's Plantation of Ulster, Nicholas Pynnar's 1619 survey on the progress of the plantation and from various accounts in the State papers.

The development of an organised Presbyterian church during the 1640s is also recounted, and readers unfamiliar with this ecclesiastical development will learn that 'on the 10th of June, 1642, the first regular presbytery of the Church in Ireland was constituted at Carrickfergus' (vol. i, p. 567), and that state payment to Presbyterian ministers, the 'regium donum', commenced in 1672 (vol. i, p. 580). The Williamite Revolution, which included the siege of Derry and the Protestant victory at Enniskillen, also receives extensive treatment (vol. i, pp 582-603).

In volume two, Hanna shifts the focus to North America, and concentrates on the development of Scottish settlements in New England and along the eastern seaboard during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Early censuses and surveys are transcribed, which will assist researchers interested in the development of Scots Irish settlement at this juncture (vol. ii, pp 94-130). Extensive appendices provide important additional information, including the lists of the principal Scottish names (vol. ii, pp 422-440), the location of Scottish families in Ireland (vol. ii, pp 518-527) and a detailed lists of Scottish peers, lords, office holders and members of the Scottish parliament, until it was dissolved in 1707 (vol. ii, pp 440-518).

Researchers with an interest in human migration and in the history of Scotland, Ireland or North America will find this an extremely useful resource and thought provoking source.

*  Pococke's Tour in Ireland in 1752

IET0062:  $19.70

Born in Southampton in 1704 (d. 1765), Dr Richard Pococke, later bishop of Ossory (1756-65) and Meath (1765), is best known for his travel writings and diaries. Pococke had a passion for travelling, and travelled extensively through Ireland and Britain and further abroad. During the 1750s Pococke undertook a number of tours around various parts of Ireland, the longest of which occurred during the summer and autumn of 1752. In the course of that tour Pococke travelled in a circuit around Ireland, passing through twenty counties, and recording the details of his expedition.

His diary of this remarkable tour remained in the library of Trinity College for almost a century and a half, until it was first published, edited by George Stokes, the noted antiquarian, in 1891. Pococke's tour is a very important source for anybody interested in Irish society in the eighteenth century for two reasons. In the first instance, it is extremely detailed, providing a balanced account of his experiences during his extraordinary tour. Secondly, it provides descriptive accounts of parts of the country which rarely appear in eighteenth-century accounts, including remote parts of west Donegal and west Mayo.

Setting off from Dublin on 22 June, Pococke first travelled north, through Drogheda and County Down to Belfast. Belfast, which by the latter decades of the nineteenth century, had emerged as an economic rival to Dublin, consisted in 1752 of 'one long broad Street, and of several lanes in which the inferior people live' (p. 21). From Belfast, he travelled northwards to the Giant's Causeway, and then westwards, through Coleraine to Derry city. From Derry, he travelled to Letterkenny, via Inishowen, where his description of contemporary housing is notable - 'the houses are built with sods, supported within by a wooden frame, which the poor people sometimes leave with their effects, when the collector of the hearth money approaches' (p. 55). From Letterkenny, he travelled southwards, through Sligo and Mayo, arriving at Galway on 14 August, more than seven weeks into his tour.  Having rested at Galway for a few days, he travelled through Clare to Limerick, and on to Cork city, pleasantly situated, but with 'narrow and dirty' streets (p. 118).

Readers may be confused by the details of the next stage of his journey, from Cork to Kilkenny, as he notes that he departed Cork on 4 September, and arrived at Cashel and Killenaule on 2 September, and onwards to Kilkenny. This confusing dating is not a mistake on Pococke's part, because in September 1752 Ireland and Britain adopted the new-style calendar, which involved an eleven-day shift in the calendar (p. 127). Thus, readers may observe that Pococke did not record the actual dates for his trip between Lismore and Villierstown, which coincided with the change in the calendar.

In Waterford city by 15 September (new style), he travelled westwards through the county, via Ardmore and Dungarvan, to return again to the city.

He departed Waterford on 2 October, on the final leg of his journey. He travelled through south Wexford, through Bargy and Forth, with its distinctive dialect (p. 154), and on to Wexford town, with its narrow streets (p. 155). Departing Wexford on 6 October, he travelled northwards, through Arklow and Bray, arriving back in Dublin on 11 October, after 100 days travelling.

Researchers with an interest in travel writing and social history will find this an extremely readable and useful account of eighteenth-century Ireland.

*  Statistical Survey of County Mayo, 1802

IET0063:  $27.20

The Irish Statistical Survey was carried out under the direction of the Royal Dublin Society. Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the 'actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy'.

In practice the surveys contained a vast quantity of local information on almost every aspect of the county surveyed. Because these studies were carried out under central direction the quality of the information provided is good, and given their early date, they remain an invaluable source for the study of each county. They record many details about conditions in pre-Famine Ireland, including social and economic conditions, the growth of population and poverty, education, religion, history, the Irish language and local customs.

McParlan's Survey of Co. Mayo is especially useful for the study of all social and economic conditions in the County at this time. As a medical doctor he was particularly sensitive to the plight of the poor. His overall remarks concerning Mayo are very positive in almost all respects. He gives an extended treatment for what he calls the 'half barony of Erris' being Belmullet peninsula and the sounding area. He also covers in some detail local customs of the general population. In short this is an essential resource for those studying Mayo and its people.

*  The Crofton Memoirs, 1911

IET0064:  $30.90

Crofton memoirs, compiled by Henry Thomas Crofton and published in 1911, provides valuable source material for any researchers interested in either the history of the Crofton family or in the early modern history of the east Connaught region.

The book is structured in three parts, the first of which focuses on John Crofton (b. 1540), from Cornhill in London. Crofton was an important figure in late Tudor Ireland. He first arrived in Ireland in 1565, a member of the entourage of the new Lord Deputy, Sir Henry Sidney. The following year Sidney undertook his 'progress' (tour) through Ulster and Connaught, and was again accompanied, it appears, by Crofton.

By 1569 Crofton had been appointed to a number of important civil offices, including clerk of Connaught, thus commencing his involvement with that region. In 1571 Crofton secured his first lands in Roscommon, at Moylurge, near Boyle, 'only six years after his arrival in Ireland' (p. 47). Four years later, in 1675, he resigned his various posts, to be appointed to the important office of escheator general of Ireland. This involved him in two key features of the Tudor policy in Ireland - inquisitions into land tenures and the wardship of minors. Thus, in 1578 Crofton was assigned the wardship of Valentine Blake, which entailed raising the child in English ways, customs and religion (p. 50), and in 1583, he held an inquisition into lands forfeited by the earl of Desmond arising from his defeat during the second Geraldine Rebellion, of 1579 83 (p. 47).

Although the Connaught branch of the Croftons remains the focus of this work, also detailed are the families and the pedigrees of related or associated families. Thus, the Sidney family (including Sir Henry Sidney), the Goodman family (George Goodman was Crofton's brother in law, p. 53) and the Duke family (Crofton married Jane Duke. c. 1565 (pp 53, 61)) all receive detailed treatment. Crofton died in 1610, aged 70, by which time he had built up substantial estates, which remained in Crofton hands until disposed of under the terms of the Ashbourne Land Act of 1885. He also provided estates for his four sons and possessions for his daughters, on their marriage (pp 59, 77).

Part two of the book describes the family's heraldry and part three is dedicated to an examination of the descendants of John Crofton, and details the succession of various branches of the family between Crofton's time and the time of publication of the book. Running to two hundred pages in nine sections, this part details the succession and development of Crofton families originating from John Crofton. Much important detail is provided on families in the Connaught counties of Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon, and branches that had migrated, either within Ireland, or abroad.

Researchers with an interest in the history of the Crofton family, the general east Connaught region or the operation of structures of governance in the Tudor period will find this an extremely readable and interesting account.



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.


The third (March) issue of the new Digital Genealogist magazine (delivered by e-mail) has now been distributed.  There are special offers from products from all our International Partners announced on the Archive CD Books advertisement.


April 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subject "John Green:  Whose Father Was He?" by Alison Hare.   At the Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa. Web site:


APRIL 28, 2007:  Biennial Seminar; ROOTS AROUND THE WORLD

for the Abbotsford  (BC) Geneaogical Society, BC, at the Rick Hansen Secondary School, Abbotsford

Workshops - Marketplace - Visual Displays




MAY 12, starting at 9:00: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subjects "Using Directories & Gazetteers" by Lesley Anderson & "Some Off beat Untapped Genealogy Sources" by Pat Wohler, CG.  At the Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.  Web site:


May 31 - June 3: The Bicentennial Branch of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada is hosting the Annual Conference,  "At The End of The Trail," in 2007  in the Windsor, Essex County area.

In addition to the conference agenda special events are planned for all 4 days.  Check out the details at our Bicentennial Branch web site at

Contact: Kimberly Hurst UE (Conference Chair), Bicentennial Branch, UELAC.


JUNE 1 - 3: OGS Seminar 2007

The 2007 Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar will be held at the Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Av. Ottawa, Ontario and is being hosted by the Ottawa Branch of the OGS.  The college offers excellent facilities for this important meeting.

The conference will offer the usual array of excellent speakers as well as all the events normal for this conference.

For full information, registration, etc. go to the web site at: or e-mail to  Alternatively mail OGS Seminar 2007, PO Box 96, Greely, ON, K4P 1N4 or call (613) 820-4488.



JUNE 9, Starting 10:00 a.m.: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) MEETING, Subjects "More Great Moments in Genealogy" by BIFHSGO Members.  At the Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.  Web site:


JUNE 15 - 17, 2007: Q.F.H.S. ROOTS 2007

An International Conference on Family History in Quebec.  Hosted by the Quebec Family History Society.  All lectures in English and Open to the Public.  To be held at McGill University.  Full details to be announced on .



 June 15-17, 2007.  Saint John branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc. is pleased to be

hosting an NBGS conference:  Sources by the Sea - From Parchment to the Internet at Villa Madonna, Rothesay, NB.  See:

The purpose to provide a forum for the members and public to share genealogical

information, to learn more about researching in New Brunswick, and to further the

objectives of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc.

Speakers: There will be 9 lectures during the weekend.


July, 2007.  Almonte's 149th fair is this summer.

"We are starting to seek photographs, either taken at the fair, of people (identified or not) and photographs of the fairgrounds as well.  Would love to have a small collection (larger if available pictures come together) for the 150th Fair in 2008.

If you have some or know of some in the area, I would be delighted to hear about it."

Jennifer Flegg, e-mail:



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