Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V4#5 - 19 September, 2007







  5.1 Australia (1)

  5.2 Ireland (6)






Labour day is passed.  Thanksgiving is on the way.  The weather is changing (except in BC!) So it's time to get back to the genealogy again.  Here is our latest news: 

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First things first:  No doubt some of you have heard that our British partner, and the originator of the Archive CD Books Project, Rod Neep has decided to retire and as a result he will be closing the "doors" of his on-line store towards the end of this month.  Let me assure you that we (Canada) and the other three international partners (Ireland, U.S.A. and Australia) will be continuing with the project with renewed vigor and it will continue to be "business as normal" for all of us.  

If you were a "member" of Archive CD Books GB we will be looking after your membership and you will be hearing from us soon.  Finally, this is not the end of new British subjects.  We will continue to republish useful British materials as we get access to it.

Back to the newsletter now.  Only one new Canadian title this month.  The second one is taking longer than expected to master, but it will be released as soon as it's ready - and is well worth waiting for.  In addition there are 6 new Irish releases and a great deal on a compendium of books from Australia.

Plus the usual news, gossip and announcements.


To find a book on 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 White Chief of the Ottawa -1903

CA0256:  $19.00

 Although written in the narrative style usually associated with a novel, the author assures us that this is not fiction but a depiction of the facts and events exactly as they occurred, or exactly as her research told her that they occurred.

The tale being told is that of the first settlement of the "white man" in the Ottawa valley, that being the long fertile valley through which the Ottawa - or sometimes the Grand - river flows and today passes by the Canadian Capital city. Philemon Wright, that first settling farmer, in fact set up his homestead on the north shore of the Ottawa river directly opposite the present site of the capital city in what is today the city of Hull, Quebec. He judged the North bank to be superior for the purpose of farming and it was several years before there was any settlement in the site of the present city of Ottawa.

Let me hasten to make it clear that being the first settling farmer doesn't make Philimon Wright the first visitor to this area. Far from it. There were many hunters and trappers of both european and aboriginal extraction working and living along the river's banks at the time of his arrival, and these people play an important role in the evolving story of the Wright family.

Bertha Wright  Carr-Harris, the author chooses to add authenticity to her account by writing the supposed speech of many of these characters in a sort of phonetic imitation of their accents, including using the actual words they would have spoken, usually a mixture of English, French and the local tribe's dialect. This is a practice that certainly adds color to the story although it does necessitate the reader taking a few stops along the way to sound-out a word before it can be understood.

As Bertha develops her tale of the Wright family we learn a great deal about the life of a settler in the early 1800's. Of their joys. Of their hardships, their fortunes and their misfortunes. A great resource if you want to put some "meat" on the "bones" of your ancestral settlers history.

While this is more like a story than a conventional “history” book it still contains information specific to particular families and about specific locations so our FastFind search-ability feature will be found to be a great asset, particularly as Bertha omitted to index her original text.

This valuable book has been loaned to us by its proud owner, Karen Prytula. We were pleased to receive her offer to allow us to scan the book so we could help her to preserve it and at the same time make it more available. Please join us in thanking Karen, and letting her know that her generosity is being appreciated.

You will find a free Sampler of this CD on our Downloads page.



I'm fairly confident that we can complete our current project soon so look out for our, full color, CD version of one of the well know "Illustrated Historical County Atlases."  In addition we will be working on another of our Gt. War series and another of Karen's great Ottawa Valley books.



We frequently foreshorten the descriptions of the new releases published in this newsletter. Please check the on-line catalogue on our web site to ensure you are receiving all the available information.


*  Ballarat Compendium 1    

AU7501:  $81.40:

Price if purchased separately $145.10 Compendium price $81.40.  You Save $63.70! 

Everything you need for your research of Ballarat. This is a compilation of five books relating to Ballarat all on one CD.  Titles included in this compendium are:

• Ballarat and Vicinity (1895)- a history of Ballarat with biographical section with photos see AU7031 for description

• Ballarat and District in 1901 - a history of Ballarat with focus on industry with illustrations see AU7032 for description

• The History of Ballarat (1887) - an early history with illustrations see AU7028 for description

• Ballarat and District Directory 1904 see AU7007 for description

• Ballarat and Ballarat East Directory 1865-66 see AU7006 for description

Essential for anyone with interest in the Ballarat region.


*  Guy's Limerick Directory, 1912

IE0025:  $14.80

Guy's Limerick Directory is an essential source for early twentieth century Limerick for both business and residential listings. Spread over 126 pages, listing more than 4,500 names, and published in 1912, this Limerick directory comprises a comprehensive business listing spread over ten pages as well as approximately three and a half thousand names in a postal directory for the city and suburbs. There are also further pages of advertisements giving additional details on many of the businesses. Supplementing the business and residential listings is a comprehensive list of the public bodies, as well as educational and religious institutions. Also included are the dates and details for all the fairs of Munster, in addition to a thorough postal and telegraph directory for the entire county. The directory is rounded off with other useful information such as foreign money and British equivalents, commercial stamp duties, property and income tax, land value duties, and information on national insurance. This is a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in early twentieth century Limerick or pre-Gt. War business in Ireland.

*  Statistical Survey of Meath, 1802

IET0065:  $30.90

Published in 1802, the Statistical Survey of the County of Meath is aptly subtitled by its author, Robert Thompson of Oatland: 'with observations of the means of improvement, drawn up for the consideration and under the direction of the Dublin Society'

The publication of the Statistical Survey of the County Meath traces its origins to the 1740s, but is was not until the inauguration of the Dublin Society - later the Royal Dublin Society - that plans to publish a statistical survey for each county came to fruition. By 1832 The Society had published survey for twenty-three of the thirty-two counties, although ultimately seven counties would not be surveyed.The Statistical Survey for the County Meath is one of the earliest surveys published by the Society and like its companion surveys aimed primarily to determine the 'actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy'. The Statistical Surveys were conducted under the central direction of the Dublin Society and its successor, the result of which is a uniform quality and presentation of material on pre-Famine Ireland.

Although primarily concerned with the state of agriculture and the rural economy as a whole, the importance of the Statistical Surveys transcend this narrow aim. In recording statistical data on the state and conduct of agriculture, most authors detailed the myriad aspects of Irish rural society that formed part of the rural economy and in these respects the Statistical Survey of the County of Meath is no exception.

Containing more than four hundred pages, the Meath survey is divided into seventeen chapters introduced by a chapter on thee geographical and climatic conditions prevalent in each of Meath's baronies. In common with the other published surveys, five chapters are given over to the nature of agricultural production in Meath. These chapters range in scope from the types of livestock - cattle to bees and rabbits - and the nature of pasture, arable, tillage and bog land as well as that to the husbandry of wooded plantations. The remaining chapters record the other aspects of the society, economy and legislature that together could be described as the rural economy of county Meath in 1802 and it is perhaps these aspects that are especially interesting.

Robert Thompson details and describes Meath's housing stock ranging from the landed estates to labourer's cottages; records the size of farms, 'character of farmers', nature of rents, tenure, tithes and the general state of education in the county. He also records in some considerable detail the different forms of agricultural labour present in Meath and provides a template of the accounts that each labouring family might be expected to produce. This shows how an agricultural labourer earned his livelihood, be it in wages, food, fuel, land, etc., and as such the Survey as a whole details some of the minutia of Meath's pre-Famine rural society. Compared to most other counties, the list of the means for improving Meath's agricultural economy was a short one. The author identified the chief hurdle to improvement as the lack of capital to small farmers and the drain on the county's financial wealth by the many absentee landlords owning land in the count.

The Statistical Survey of the County of Meath is presented here in CDRom format and as such is full searchable and will make an invaluable addition to those interested in the pre-Famine conditions of rural county Meath.

*  Down and its Parish Church

IET0070:  $14.80

Published in 1907 by L.A. Pooler, D.D., Rector of Down and Canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin, at the request of the Vestry of the Parish of Down, this is a unique insight into the history of the parish, the cathedral and its clergy. There are lists of the clergy going back as far as 499 A.D., curates from 1615, churchwardens from 1636, parochial nominators from 1704 and sidesmen from 1704. There are also biographical notes on the rectors of the parish, including Pooler himself, as well images of some of the rectors. There is a short history of the parochial schools as well as pictures of the students from the Blue Coats schools in 1888. Littered with several excellent photographs and images, this is a must have publication for anyone interested in the history of the Parish of Down.

*  Leet's Directory (2nd ed., 1814)

IET0071:  $30.90

The closing decades of the eighteenth century witnessed considerable improvements in the quality of the communications infrastructure in Ireland, and consequent increases in economic activity and trade. These developments and improvements enhanced the demand for directories, travel guides and topographical accounts. To meet this demand, new road atlases and descriptive accounts began to appear. Notable among these were the Maps of the roads of Ireland by George Taylor and Andrew Skinner, William Wilson's Post-chaise companion and James Solas Dodd's Topographical director through Ireland, versions of each of which are available from us on CD-ROM.

Ambrose Leet's Directory to the market towns, villages and gentlemen's seats and other noted places in Ireland was one of the first nineteenth century Irish directories to appear in print, and provides alternative information and additional details to that presented in the various earlier publications. Leet's directory was compiled under the authority of the General Post Office, for the purpose of encouraging trade, communications and 'public correspondence'. First published in 1812, a second edition, with corrections and additions, appeared in 1814. It is the second, corrected, edition that has been published here.

This is an impressive publication of more than 450 pages, and is packed with vital information for the historian and genealogist, researching early nineteenth-century Ireland. The information is presented in convenient, columnar fashion, listing, in alphabetical order, the names of approximately 20,000 locations throughout Ireland, including towns, villages, estates and gentlemen's seats. For each location, the county in which it is situated and the nearest post town is listed, but additional information is also provided, which varies, depending on the character of the particular location.

Villages and market towns are conveniently noted, and in many case, the ecclesiastical diocese is also recorded. Researchers interested in identifying the distribution of estate houses and gentleman's seats will be pleased to see that these are particularly well covered by Leet, with the then proprietor of each listed seat recorded. A detailed index of persons' names is also provided.Since the publication was undertaken under the authority of the Post Office, it concludes with a listing of postage rates from all post towns to Dublin, and from the principal postage ports (Dublin, Waterford and Donaghadee) to Britain, Europe and the Empire.The alphabetical presentation of the information makes this an easy source to use. 

For the added convenience of users, this version of Leet's directory, like most of our CDs, is fully searchable. Consequently, it is strongly recommended to researchers as an important research tool.

*  Francis Elrington Ball's A History of the County of Dublin (6 vols, 1902-20)

IET0073:  $37.10

The Reverend Francis Elrington Ball's six-volume A History of the County of Dublin was published in Dublin by Alexander Thom and Co. between 1902 and 1920. The subtitle to Ball's publication - 'the people, parishes, and antiquities from the earliest times to the close of the eighteenth century' provides a good indication on the intent and scope of Ball's work, which remains to this day one of the most widely used sources on history of County Dublin.

Ball based his publications on the geography of the civil parishes of Dublin County and provides a digest of the history and antiquities of note of more than fifty in more than 1,100 pages of text, while giving an entire volume over to the history of Howth and its owners. Although Ball did not intend to replace John D'Alton's 1838 History of County Dublin, which had remained the most comprehensive text on the county until the end of the 19thcentury, Ball did intend, and to a large extent succeed in filling in the notable gaps in D'Alton's text, while also recommending "A History" to what Ball called 'the ordinary reader'.A History of County Dublin is especially authoritative on the political and ecclesiastical history and the dominant personalities associated with each parish from the mid-sixteenth century until the Act of Union, drawing on sources such as the Reports of the Deputy Keeper of Records; Chancery and Exchequer Inquisitions; Calendars of Irish State Papers; the Deeds of Christ Church Cathedral together with a plethora of manuscript material and published sources as well as seconding many of the most prominent historical and archaeological men of learning to aid his endeavours, such as Tenison Groves, Arthur Vicars, William Reynell and many others. Many sketches, etchings, photographs and maps and provided to illustrate the historical narrative throughout.

As an introduction to each parochial history, Ball provides a reproduction of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland Map for the parish, provides the contemporary townland names in Irish and English associated with each - together with their meanings - and illustrates how these have variously been recorded in the historical annals and how these may have changed over time. Many recently published well-known works treating on the history of every aspect of Dublin still owe a huge debt of gratitude to the work undertaken by Ball almost a century ago. 

The current re-publication of Ball's complete History of the County Dublin by Archive CD Books Ireland is fully searchable and is a must for anybody interested in the history of county Dublin.

*  Smith's, The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Cork, 1774, 2nd ed. 2 vols

IET0075:  $37.10

Charles Smith M.D. (1715-1762) was one of Ireland's earliest topographers and county historians as well as being a physician. Having worked on his histories of Down (1744), Waterford (1746) "The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Cork" was first published in 1750. This was followed by a history of County Kerry published in 1756. The edition in this publication is the second edition published in 1774. Spread over two volumes and nine hundred pages The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Cork is a comprehensive study of the "natural, civil, ecclesiastical, historical, and topographical" status of Cork county and city.  Dedicated to Henry Boyle, one of the Lord Chief Justices' and later Earl of Shannon, Smith intended the work to promote improvement in the county itself. Each volume is divided into two books. Book one covers the ancient names of the territories and the inhabitants, as well as dealing with the ecclesiastical state of the county and the geographical layout. Book two covers the general topography of the county and then deals with baronies themselves in greater detail. Greater attention is paid to Mallow and of course the city of Cork itself. The book, and the first volume, closes with the present state of the city touching on such areas as churches, hospitals, franchises and privileges, militia and finishes with a list of magistrates of the city from 1199 to 1773.

Book three deals with the civil history of the county. Beginning with some incidents that were recorded before the arrival of the English, continuing with the arrival of the English up to the death of Henry VIII, the reign of Queen Elizabeth and the rebellions of the Earl of Desmond, the reign of James I and Charles I, the 1641 Rebellion, the restoration of Charles II and finishing with his death and an account to the time of writing. Book four, the final part, covers areas of the natural history of County Cork. This includes such diverse topics as the rise and progress of the rivers in the county, the medicinal waters of the county, fish and fisheries, rare and unusual plants, a catalogue of birds, fossil's found, phenomena observed in the air, ancient monuments, and some brief notes on "remarkable persons" who lived in the county, such as Mary Barry, a poor woman who was in 1750 approximately 106 years old!

For anyone with an interest in the County Cork, the two volumes of The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Cork are a must have. This is a fantastic source spanning from some of the earliest days of the county right up to the mid eighteenth century. †



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.

BIFHSGO Annual Conference.

We were pleased to be able to support another great conference put on by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (now you know why it's called BIFHSGO!) over this last weekend.  This years meeting had an Irish theme and was well supported.  We were pleased to renew a number of old acquaintanceships as well as making a lot of new friends.



22 September, 2007: Oakville - The Trafalgar Township Historical Society invites you to join them for their Second Annual Family Heritage Day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at the one-room schoolhouse at 2431 Dundas (north side) just east of Bronte Road, Oakville. (sandwiches and drinks available) Features include: displays from various historical and genealogical groups; a magic lantern show of Peter Pan; costumed characters telling stories about life in early Trafalgar Township.

For more information please contact Jane Watt 905-281-1701 or by email at


23 September,  2007 - The next meeting of the Halton Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be held on Sunday  from 2pm to 4 pm at the

Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street. Our speaker will be Rick Roberts

talking on "Comparing Family Tree Maker, Legacy and Rootsmagic Software.

Everyone is welcome, please join us.

Info: (Jane in Cooksville (Mississauga) Ontario, Canada)


29 September 2007: If your family name is Dubeau, Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives (Simcoe Co., Ontario) is extending an invitation to you, and everyone else, to “... attend our Settlers' Day Events on Saturday 29th. Each year, we chose a family whose first settler or descendants have made an impact on the history and development of our town. This year we are honouring the Dubeau Family.”

For bookings or for more information phone: 705-549-2150 or e-mail: .


6 October 2007: The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am. Speaker: Max Sutherland. Topic: Colonel William Marshall, Superintendent of the Lanark Settlement. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail . Web site:


20 October 2007: British Home Children And Descendants Association Nova Scotia will hold their 5th. Annual Reunion at the Bible Hill Junior High School 741 College Rd. Bible Hill, NS.  Speaker will be Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.

Registration is from 9.00AM to 10.00AM, The afternoon program ends 4.30PM.

A freewill offering will be taken.

Contact : Cecil Verge, Chair British Home Children and Descendants Association

Phone 902-681-6697. E-mail


20 October 2007 (Saturday,): The Grimsby Archives / Grimsby Historical Society will be hosting a genealogy workshop about where to find genealogy information in Great Britain and Canada. The workshop will be lead by Catherine Niemi, Executive Member of the Hamilton Genealogical Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.  Location: Carnegie Commons, 25 Adelaide Street, Grimsby. The registration fee is $25.00 at the door for the morning and afternoon workshop seminar. For questions, telephone the Grimsby Archives at 905 309-0796. Register by e-mail: or by mail: Grimsby Historical Society, P.O. Box 294, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4G5


28 October 2007: The Halton Peel Branch OGS is having its monthly meeting this Sunday 2pm-4pm. Speaker-Jame Mac Namara, Toronto Branch ;OGS. Topic-What's in the Archives of Ontario and how do I find it? Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville.

For more info contact Jane Watt 905-281-1701 or


10 November 2007: The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am. Speaker: Mary Anne Sharpe. Topic: In my father's footsteps on the Western Front. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail . Web site:


25 November 2007: The Halton Peel Branch OGS is having its monthly meeting this Sunday. Speaker-J. Brian Gilchrist. Topic-To be annnounced. Chinguacousy Public Library, 150 Central Park Dr., Brampton.

For more info contact Jane Watt 905-281-1701 or


8 December 2007:  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will be holding its monthly meeting at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa. Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am. Speaker: David Roger. Topic: Ottawa through the Years. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail . Web site:


In September of 2008, the Penetanguishene Museum & Archives will be hosting a reunion of all Drummond Island families. The Beck Memorial Fundraising Dinner and the Settlers' Day events will honour these families. We hope to make it a week-end long event with many activities for all ages. Planning is already underway and volunteers to assist in any way are being sought. Contact: Pam Tessier, Research Coordinator, Genealogy & History research Centre, Penetanguishene Museum & Archives. e-Mail:



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