Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V4#6 - 23 October, 2007







  5.1 Ireland (8)

  5.2 Gt. Britain (2)

  5.2 USA (11)






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It has been a fairly momentous month of course, with the final closure of the originating Archive CD Books GB site, and all the reorganizing that is involving.  

For any of you who had not heard about this already there is a press release accessible from the front page of our web site.  Let me, anyway, answer the question which seems to come to most people's mind first and assure you that the remaining four international partners intend to continue the project with even greater vigor and that we have every intention of keeping the British inventory available as long as we can - indefinitely we hope.  In addition we all have plans to add to the British "line-up" and, as a result, you will find a couple of new British topic books in this newsletter.

Ongoing: there are three new Canadian titles this month.  We are releasing our first reproduction of an Illustrated Historical Atlas.  These books have been much reproduced of course but their size makes them costly to produce in paper and many are missing certain vital components.  To raise our reproduction out of the run-of-the-mill we have undertaken a visual restoration so the maps are returned to their original color and publication values - and are presented complete, that is, not cut into two separate pages.

The other two books released this month are about the Ottawa Valley and will be welcome additions to our catalogue.  See section 3.

From our partners there are 10 new Irish releases, two of which are on British topics, and we are listing 11 new titles from our US partner.  See section 5.

Great news of literally thousands of price reductions!  See section 6.

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.



*  Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties, Ontario

CA0168:  $40.00

This Illustrated Historical Atlas is a great resource for researchers trying to locate people in the three important, adjacent counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.  Important because the city of Kingston, the one time seat of government in Canada, lies in the county of Frontenac, but also because it became a major settlement area for United Empire Loyalists.  The publication date for the atlas is 1878 and while it is silent about the age of the data - and the maps are undated - it probably represents the situation in the period between 1876 and 1878.

The atlas is organized into three contiguous parts.  The first is a “Historical Description” and lays out the origins of non-native settlement in the area,  concluding with written sketches of the townships, major population centers and the biographies of some of the leading citizens.  Included in this section are two double page, full color, maps of “The Dominion of Canada,” east and west.  There is an amazing amount of information contained in these maps but with this digitized copy you can zoom in to at least 800 times to easily read the smallest details.

The second section consists of a series of maps based on the official Canadian surveyor's work and on which are marked the boundaries of all the surveyed lots plus the allowances for concession roads. etc.  On to these maps have been transcribed, by hand, the names of the lot holders and the lot sizes.  There is also information on the number and location of buildings, railroads, churches, etc. etc.  The first map in this section is an overall map of the three counties and on it are defined the townships, the major roads, the population centers and a few lot allocations.  Following this there are 59 maps - partial, whole and double page size - which detail each township and significant population center.  Interspersed with the maps are pages carrying engravings of various buildings, farms, business exteriors and interiors, as well as some portraits of “worthies” from the area.  Quite apart from the charm of these early illustrations they carry a lot of information about the contemporary way of life.

The final section is the Patron’s Directory.  These books were made as a commercial venture and were funded by subscription.  A subscription entitles the subscriber to an entry giving their location by town(ship), Concession and Lot.  It also gave their business, their Postal Address (area), their “Nativity,” and the date of their settlement.  It is presumed that the illustrations interspersed with the previous maps are the result of a further payment and so are essentially “advertising.”

Much of the above is clear from the contents of the atlas itself or comes from common anecdotal evidence.  Although we cannot absolutely  guarantee it we also believe that the names appearing on the maps is a near complete “roll” of occupation and certainly appears to far exceed the number of Patron’s names.

A comment should be made about the binding of this book.    In this book the printer has used a rather clever device so that these map pages are carried on a single, continuous piece of paper which opens to lie (almost) flat.  To give you the best reproduction of these maps possible we have therefore scanned these double pages continuously and provide them as a two page scan with hardly any sign of the centre fold.

This is a physically large book the pages being about 17” tall by 13” wide so that open a full map can be 17” x 23”.  At this size the only practical way to study the maps is to place the book on a table and to stand over the page.  Even then it is difficult to access some areas of the page at the close range which is required to read the smaller writing, leading to a significant danger of damaging the page edges by unintended contact.  All areas of this digital version can be viewed from a comfortable seated position at any magnification, and the orientation of the page can easily be rotated to the preference of the reader.  All in all we believe you will find this digital reproduction both attractive and practical.

We have made the text parts of the book computer searchable and have enabled the  FastFind search enhancement for your convenience.  These atlases have long been recognized as a major resource in Canadian Genealogical research but they are rarely seen restored to their original full color, full double spread, configuration and we are sure you will not only find this atlas a useful but also a rewarding read.

[Please see the description in our catalogue for more information on this book.]

*  The History of the Parish of Hull Quebec, 1823-1923    

CA0257:  $13.00    

The by line in this book credits the Rev. E. G. May and Walter H. Millen as the "compilers" but from the preface it is clear that much of the content was taken from a series of articles first published in The Montreal Churchman in 1913 and authored by Archdeacon Naylor.  This original material has then been enhanced and expanded by a number of other named individuals to finally arrive at this more complete history of the Church of England in the city of Hull, Quebec. 

Now, don't let me mislead you into thinking this is purely about the church building because, of course, the church was the centre of the local society and so the story of the church is also the story of the community, and vice versa.  The first of the church's representatives, the Rev Mr. Meach, settled in the area within a few years of Philemon Wright's pioneering influx in the early 1800's and thus began the parish of Hull (although not named as such at the time.)  The first actual church building, St. James', was conceived in 1820 and the book traces the story of the building and use of this and the subsequent structures through to the date of the book's publication.

Of particular value is the books appendix which, in addition to reproducing a number of documents of critical importance to the church's development also contains various lists of the bishops, incumbents, wardens and those parishioners making donations to fund the actual building of the first church. This is 80 pages packed with valuable information about the earliest years of the development of the Ottawa - Hull region.

The lack of either a table of contents or an index makes the ability to computer search our reproduction of the book on CD a valuable addition, greatly enhancing accessibility to the information it contains.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.

*  Ottawa Past and Present

CA0260:  $23.00

In the preface the origins of this book are given as due to the donation of a cache of papers to Mr A. H. D. Ross, the author, which were the legacy of Thomas Burrowes of the Royal Engineers.  Thomas had been one of Col. By's principle assistants in the planning and building of the Rideau Canal and was responsible for some of the well known pen and wash drawings of the building of the locks.  More was added to this material from other expert sources filling in further detail about the origins of white settlement in the area so that the finished product - this book - is a remarkably detailed record of the people and events that established not only the city of Ottawa but also the principle towns and communities in the surrounding area.

Starting with the exploration of the Grand (now Ottawa) River by Samuel Champlain the story moves along to the establishment of the first settlement of farmers by Philimon Wright and then to the selection of the Rideau River as the basis of the construction of  the Rideau Canal.

Mr. Ross's account is about the people as well as the events, and he manages to relate the names of many of the local pioneers, even when their part in events was relatively minor, making this a gold mine for those searching for signs of their ancestors part in the building of the area.

Having established the outline of building the area's community Mr Ross then goes on to provide a chapter each on important topics such as: Churches & Schools, Doctors & Hospitals, Newspapers & Libraries, Lumbering, Railways, "Events" and "Milestones."  The concluding chapter is an appreciation of the city of Ottawa as it stood shortly before the book's publication in 1927.  Finally the Author provides a 15 page index to his work which is estimated to provide reference for approximately 850 people's names.  Even with such a complete index our search-ability features will still be a great asset in speeding up your access to the gold mine of historical and genealogical information contained in this fascinating history.  The FastFind feature has also been enabled on this CD.

About this book:During our scanning we discovered that one of the dozen illustration pages was missing from the book.  We are assuming that the page 80 illustration did once exist and will be looking for it.  If we find it a copy will be made available on our web site and a revised disk will be available to those who wish to update their copy.  The missing page does not detract in any way from the books value nor should it detract from your enjoyment of it.

This book has been loaned to us through the good will of the Ottawa Historical Society so that we could scan it and make it available to you.  The Ottawa Historical Society houses its library in the Bytown Museum, sited on the lock-side in downtown Ottawa.  Please join with us in thanking both the Ottawa Historical Society for allowing us to borrow this valuable old book and to the museum staff for their assistance in accessing the library.  Copies of the CD have been presented to the Ottawa Historical Society for everyday use so the life expectancy of the original book can be vastly increased. 

[Please see the description in our catalogue for more information on this book.]



We now have several Gt. War books in the queue for immediate scanning, including two about the Black Watch.  On the civilian side we are working on a history which will compliment the Illustrated Historical atlas we have just released.



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.


*  Census of Ireland, Co. Galway 1871 Statistical Abstracts

IE0029:  $22.00

Printed in Dublin for Her Majesty's Stationary Office by Alexander Thom of Dublin and published in 1874, the statistical abstracts for the 1871 Census of Ireland for the county and town of Galway provides incredibly detailed and fascinating statistical material on this county.

Presented here are the tables and statistical analyses for the town and county of Galway. Extending to some 200 pages the information gathered in the 1871 Statistical Abstracts for Galway is presented in over 40 tables. The wealth of information that is available, often right down to the smallest geographical denomination, the townland, is impressive and is often used by social historians to identify trends in areas over a decennial period. The Statistical Abstracts, from the 1831 Census onwards, compare current data with that of the previous Census. In this way trends can be readily identified.

Pertinent to Connaught is the information collected on Irish language usage. From the 1851 Census of Ireland onwards Census enumerators collected data on the numbers of Irish only and Irish and English speakers. The trend of decline in spoken Irish can clearly be witnessed in the 1871 Census of Ireland, even in the barony of Arran. In 1871 the number of Irish only speakers was recorded as 2,573 compared with 3,727 a decade earlier, although this has also to be seen in the context of smaller population base.

For anybody with an interest in the social and demographic history of Galway, the 1871 Census of Ireland, is to be highly recommended and provides a degree of statistical information available in no other source.

*  Statistical Survey of the County of Tyrone, 1802

IET0074:  $30.90

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.

The Statistical Survey of the County of Tyrone was published in 1802. In more than three hundred pages the Survey describes many of the aspects of Tyrone's agricultural economy and as such many aspects of daily life in pre-Famine Tyrone are recorded. 

*  Henderson's Belfast Directory 1850

IET0076:  $30.90

John Henderson's Belfast Directory of 1850 focuses on the actual city of Belfast, unlike the later version of 1856, which covers all of Ulster. Spread over four hundred pages Henderson provides a street directory, alphabetical list of the inhabitants and a trade directory of the city, amounting to approximately 16,000 names. There are also details on some of the surrounding villages. Henderson also provided detailed information on the post service, as well as information on County Antrim. Also included is an advertisement section providing further details on the businesses and individuals of the city. For anyone with an interest in mid-nineteenth century Belfast City this is a must have publication. 

*  Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland, 1894: Compendium of all Sections

IET0084:  $74.30

Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland was published in two volumes in Manchester and London in 1894 and encompasses almost 3,000 pages of text, and more than 250,000 names.

Information contained in the Directory is subdivided into provinces with entire sections given over to the cities of Belfast and Dublin, and extended sub-sections for Cork, Limerick and Galway. Each county and city is introduced by a brief social and political history as well as topographical and geographical descriptions.

The principal value of Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland for 1894 lies in the fact that only a handful of truly national Irish directories are available and this edition is the most comprehensive available.

Each town and village contained in the Directory is introduced by its geographical location in relation to its nearest railway station together with population statistics derived from the 1891 Census of Ireland as well as a brief geographical and topographical description. The Directory provides the names and addresses of the principal private residents, together with those engaged in commercial and agricultural activity as well as the presence and location of religious, commercial and public institutions.

For the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Galway, Slater's Directory is as fulsome in its detail as any other.  In the case of Galway and Cork this is of particular importance as these major cities have attracted few complete directories. Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Galway are provided with complete street directories as well as lists of gentlemen, nobility, merchants and traders. 

Slater provides a list of trades and those engaged in them as well as the principal private and public institutions.This edition was the first time that farmers were listed in any national directory, thus making it especially valuable as a research tool.

The current two-volume publication is fully searchable and is a must for the bookshelves of anybody interested in the residents of Ireland shortly before enumeration of thee 1901 Census of Ireland.

This CD product contains all four provinces, the large scale and detailed 1894 map of Ireland and all other pages appearing in the two volumes. 

The provincial sections can be purchased seperately, to reduce the cost to you, as shown below: 

*  Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland 1894: Leinster & Dublin city Sections

IET0080:  $24.70

This publication reproduces just the Province of Leinster & Dublin city sections of Slater's 1894 Royal National Directory of Ireland. See the full description of this directory above.

*  Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland 1894: Connaught Section

IET0081:  $24.70

This publication reproduces just the Province of Connaught section of Slater's 1894 Royal National Directory of Ireland. See the full description of this directory above.

*  Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland 1894: Munster, Cork & Limerick Sections

IET0082:  $24.70

This publication reproduces just the Province of Munster & cities of Cork and Limerick sections of Slater's 1894 Royal National Directory of Ireland. See the full description of this directory above.

*  Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland 1894: Ulster & Belfast city Sections

IET0083:  $24.70

This publication reproduces just the Province of Ulster & Belfast city sections of Slater's 1894 Royal National Directory of Ireland. See the full description of this directory above.


*  Denvir's The Irish in Britain, 1892

IET0077:  $30.90

This extraordinary book was published in 1892 by the Liverpool author, journalist and political activist John Denvir. To this day it remains one of the most important sources we have about the nineteenth century Irish, as witnessed by its continued inclusion on university reading lists. The number of Irish people in Britain grew dramatically in the 1800s, especially in Liverpool. In 1841 over 50,000 Liverpudlians were Irish-born, which had increased to over 70,000 in 1881. These Irish settlers generally came looking for work, or to migrate further to the US but ran out of money. The hardships they experienced were extreme. 

Denvir had a unique understanding and appreciation of the Irish experience in Britain. Though born in Bushmills, Co. Antrim, he spent his life among the immigrant Irish in Liverpool. He grew up there during the Famine witnessing the horrors of the fleeing victims as they made their way to Liverpool. This had a permanent effect on his political outlook, and Denvir edited and published various Irish interest newspapers like The Irish Programme, The United Irishman and The Nationalist. These newspapers were pointedly political, and he played a leading role in the Irish National League. He had even been an active Fenian for a time.

The first 110 pages details the history of the Irish in Britain before 1800, and is best treated as background reading for the main body of his 462 page book! His coverage of the nineteenth century is quite a different matter. At its heart is an analysis of census figures and other statistical data about the settlement of the Irish in Britain, looking at each individual place that they settled in through time. What brings his study alive is his own experience of the community, as well as the knowledge he had gained as a journalist over many decades. This is especially valuable when he looks at the experience of the vast majority of the urban Irish poor. He is also detailed about the important development of various Irish political movements in Britain, which he knew well, like the Repeal Movement, Young Ireland, the Fenians, Land League, and British movements with significant Irish involvement like the Chartists.

While Denvir's outlook is clearly political, it also contains a wealth of useful data about this neglected topic. In short it is an essential tool for those studying the Irish in Britain in the 19th century. 

*  English Goldsmiths and their Marks, 2nd ed., 1921

IET0072:  $37.10

This short title of Sir Charles James Jackson's incredible publication, "English Goldsmiths and their Marks," belies the true extent of this monumental book. Published in London in 1921, this incredibly learned tomb extends to more than 750 pages.  It's full title provides a much better idea of its scope: "English Goldsmiths & their Marks: A History of the Goldsmiths and Plate Workers of England, Scotland and Ireland with over 13,000 Marks Produced in Facsimile from Authentic Examples of Plate and Tables of Date-Letter and other Hall-Marks used in the Assay Offices of the United Kingdom."

A history and examples of the apprenticeship undertaken by goldsmiths is given up to the point at which the apprentice produced his 'master-piece' at which point he was elevated within the Guild to the rank of quarter or -foreign-brother.

A lengthy description is provided on the marks of Dublin goldsmiths, which since their charter of 1657 have consisted of the harp crowned, the goldsmith's proper mark and the date letter. Two addition marks were later added, namely the 'figure of Hibernia' and the sovereign's head. Jackson provides also provides an extensive commentary on the evolution and inclusion of these marks and the most accurate illustrative table of date-marks and marks used on Dublin plate between 1638 and 1921. These marks are accompanied by examples of the work of the master goldsmith that produced the work, a description of the article assayed as well as the identification of the person who commissioned/owned the piece in question.

English Goldsmiths & their Marks also contains a chronological list of Dublin Goldsmiths from 1200 to 1904; a list of masters and wardens of the Guild from 1637 and a list of Freemen of the Guild, which includes the date that the goldsmith was made a freeman, together with the last notice of the freeman in the Guild's records or notice of the freeman's death. Importantly, these lists also include freemen who were admitted to the Guild, but were silversmiths, watchmakers, clockmakers and jewellery makers by calling.

Also included in English Goldsmiths & their Marks are table of enrolments of Dublin apprentices from 1634 to 1813, which includes the name of the apprentice, his parents and the master to whom he was bound and a list of quarter brothers and journeymen. Jackson also provides details on Irish provincial goldsmiths, silversmiths, jewellers and watchmakers from 1784 to 1827, which are arranged by county and year admitted to the Guild, together with lists of Irish provincial marks and examples of provincial gold and silver plate.

Jackson's English Goldsmiths & their Marks has no peer in the breadth and depth of material and has fully utilised the available unpublished manuscript sources on the freemen and apprentices of the Irish Guild of Goldsmiths. 

Aside from it's value to genealogists this book will be invaluable to all concerned with British antique silver and gold.


*  Meredith, N.H.: Annals and Genealogies

US0214:  $24.90

Compiler: Mary E. Neal Hanaford,  Pages: 768,  Pub. Date: 1932.

The compiler has brought together historical sketches relating to the town of Meredith, New Hampshire, and has combined these annals with extensive genealogies of the families of the town, gathered from a large number of local correspondents. The volume concludes with records of Meredith marriages. The area that became the town of Meredith was surveyed in 1748 and was incorporated in 1768. In 1855 a portion of Meredith was set off as Laconia and in 1873 another section of the town was included in Center Harbor. The historical section of this volume includes lists of early proprietors and Revolutionary War soldiers. There are separate sections for each of the town's churches, with lists of members and, in some cases, of baptisms performed in that church. At the end of the volume is a section listing marriages performed in Meredith, by ministers and by justices of the peace.

The bulk of this volume consists of hundreds of genealogical sketches of Meredith families. Some of these sketches attempt to connect the Meredith families with their immigrants forebears of a century or more earlier, but most of the information pertains to families as they resided in Meredith.

An important feature of these genealogies is the material from the latter part of the nineteenth century. The compiler diligently interviewed many of the town's residents and collected from them data on the more recent generations, thus capturing data not always found easily in other sources. There are many transcripts from family Bibles which remain in private hands or which may now be lost.

*  List of City and County Employees, with Their Residences and Salaries, Etc

US0254:  $16.90

Pages: 290,  Pub. Date: 1888.

Driven by local politics, a committee appointed by the Boston City Council compiled a detailed list of all those individuals who were employed by the city in 1888. The result is a collection of detailed information on thousands of men and women, from the mayor to the lamplighters and streetsweepers.

The list is arranged by department, beginning with the mayor's office. Each entry provides the name of the employee, his or her birthplace, the date of appointment to the office, the employee's residence at the time of appointment and also in 1888, and the rate of pay at the time of appointment and in 1888.  For example, within the Health Department, "Cleary, Thomas, Ash-driver," was born in Ireland and was appointed in 1856. His residence in 1856 was Hamburg Street, Ward 10, and in that year he was paid $1.12 a day. In 1888 he lived at 6 Chadwick Court, Ward 20, and received $2.00 a day.

This list provides an excellent social and economic snapshot of the city of Boston in the late nineteenth century, and also serves as a partial substitute for the lost Federal census of 1890.


*  The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880    

US0255:  $24.90    

Authors: Samuel Orcutt and Ambrose Beardsley,  Pages: 983.

Orcutt and Beardsley compiled a comprehensive history of the town of Derby from before its founding to the year 1880, including a lengthy section on the Indians of the region. They added to the main account a section of biographies and genealogies, as well as material on Derby's daughter towns. 

After an extensive introductory section on the "Indian History" of the territory that became Derby, the authors cover the history of Derby itself in chapters that are sometimes chronological and sometimes topical, with strong emphasis on the many commercial enterprises initiated in the town. All the subjects discussed are illustrated by verbatim extracts from the town, church or other official records.

The authors pay special attention to the several sections of Derby which split off as separate towns, such as Oxford, Seymour and Ansonia. 

An appendix on the Civil War includes a list of those men who served from Derby, Oxford and Seymour. An additional appendix contains list of town officers and soldiers in the Revolution, as well as inscriptions from the town cemeteries.

Sandwiched between these two appendixes are one hundred and seventy pages of biographical sketches of Derby residents and one hundred pages of genealogies of Derby families. Additonal biographical sketches are scattered throughout the book in appropriate places.


*  The History of the Descendants of John Dwight of Dedham, Mass., 2 volumes 1874

US0260:  $19.90

Author: Benjamin W. Dwight,  Pages: 2 vols, 1208

Dwight prepared a massive, comprehensive, compilation of the descendants in all lines of John Dwight of Dedham, Massachusetts, and of his brother Timothy Dwight of the nearby town of Medfield. The two volumes include information on more than eight thousand direct descendants of these two immigrants. Most of this work covers the descendants of John Dwight, since the family of Timothy Dwight daughtered out within a few generations. The author went far beyond the usual scope of genealogies published in the late nineteenth century, by tracing lines of descent through daughters as well as sons, and also by including extensive information on the families of men and women who married into the Dwight family.

The sketches include extensive biographical information, both on the early and the more recent generations. Full abstracts of probate documents are included for the early generations. Because the author carried on extensive correspondence with all branches of the family, new information was added right up until the day the two volumes went to the printer, and so there are records of birth for many children born in the decade just before publication. This can be some of the most important data in volumes published at that time, as most states did not yet have central recording of vital statistics.

The volumes also include information on stray Dwight families, which may, or may not, be descended from John Dwight. Along with the usual indexes, the author has compiled detailed lists of Dwight descendants who received higher education and of those who performed civil or military service. 

*  Indiana and Indianans

US0262:  $24.90

A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Indiana and the Century of Statehood 

Author: Jacob Piatt Dunn,  Pages: 2674,  Pub.  1919 

Frequently cited in biographies of the Indianans, Dunn's five-volume history of Indiana is both thorough and readable. Beginning with prehistoric times, the writer carries the reader through each era from Indian settlement to the 1900s. Reachers stopping to read a particular entry are likely to find themselves completing the chapter before moving on to their next item. 

The first 8 chapters provide a chronological history. These are follow by separate chapters on the medical history; education; transportation, commerce and industry; charities and correction; temperance; and New Harmony. 

The second volume ends with two chapters on the word Hoosier and the Hoosier character. Details abound. The reader finds everything from a description of how soldiers cooked their food during the War of 1812 to the detailed demise of a poorly operated bank. 

Although the first two volumes are liberally sprinkled with names of the individuals involved in the state's history on the local and state level, the final two volumes are composed of biographies of these and other individuals living throughout the state. Ranging from a single paragraph to two pages, they provide extended detail often identifying the emigrant's county of origin, parents, grandparents and even great grandparents-tracking their migration from Europe through the eastern states to Indiana. Individuals named range from first generation German immigrants to descendants of Hessian soldiers who served during the Revolution. Details include specific dates of birth and death, service in the Revolution through World War I and European origins in some instances as specific as an 18th century county of origin in Ireland. 

The ability to search these volumes for individual names, places and events enhances this digital edition's value as a research tool.  


*  Connecticut Historical Collections

US0280:  $21.90

"Containing a General Collection of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c., Relating to the History and Antiquities of Every Town in Connecticut, with Geographical Descriptions" 

Author: John Warner Barber, Pages: map + 574. 

Barber has gathered a wide range of information on each county and town of Connecticut as of 1836, arranging the entries by county, followed by an account of the leading settlement in each county, and then the remaining towns in that county in alphabetical order, with many illustrations included.   For the older and larger towns especially, the compiler has embellished the historical account of the town with extracts from the town records and, in later years, lengthy passages from the leading newspapers. Also for the earlier towns, Barber has included lists of the earliest proprietors.

The compiler has incorporated into the accounts of many of the towns biographical sketches of leading inhabitants, and, unusually for this sort of compilation, he has also included many substantial inscriptions from tombstones and other monuments.  


*  Genealogy of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower and His Descendants from 1620 to 1865

US0283:  $14.00

Author: Maria Whitman Bryant,  Pages: 234.

This volume provides biographical and genealogical information on those descendants of Governor Edward Winslow of the Mayflower who remained in New England, including many descendants in the female lines. There is also additional information on the families of the spouses of many of the Winslow men.

Although this book was published in 1915, most of the data were collected by the mother of the compiler, beginning as early as 1828. She would, therefore, have interviewed surviving members of the family who had been born in the middle of the eighteenth century, thus providing valuable information on the Revolutionary period, much of which would not have been recorded elsewhere.The volume also includes portraits of many members of the Winslow family.    

*  History of Scituate, Massachusetts, From Its First Settlement to 1831

US0285:  $14.00

Author: Samuel Deane,  Pages: 414.

Deane compiled one of the earliest comprehensive histories for a New England town, the first half of the volume giving the narrative history of Scituate in a topical format, and the second half presenting biographical sketches of the town ministers and genealogies of nearly three hundred families.  The first part of the volume covers the usual topics, such as the native Americans, early settlement, granting of land, military affairs, and the like. In this section are found lists of town officers, freemen and those who served in King Philip's War and the Revolution. Deane provides citations to town or colony records for much of this material.

A large and important section, more than thirty pages, is devoted to an early church schism at Scituate. John Lothrop, first minister, left for Barnstable in 1639, taking with him a large number of his congregation. He was replaced in 1641 by Charles Chauncy, who soon became controversial when he insisted on baptism by immersion. This position was rejected by several prominent Scituate families (including William Vassall), who engaged their own minister, William Wetherell. This latter church group retained a number of important documents pertaining to this controversy, and Deane published them for the first time in this volume.

The biographical and genealogical half of the volume begins with nearly fifty pages of sketches of the ministers of the two churches at Scituate. This is followed by nearly two hundred pages of genealogies of early families.

 As with so many of the earliest efforts in New England genealogy, this material is still useful, but must be approached with caution.    

*  The History of the First Church, Charlestown, in Nine Lectures, with Notes, 1845

US0286:  $14.90

Author: William I. Budington,  Pages: 260.

Budington has surveyed the history of the First Congregational Church at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the colonial period, augmented by nearly sixty "notes" on various matters of church history, including biographical and genealogical sketches, and concluding with extracts from the church records.

The main section of this volume consists of nine lectures, presenting a chronological narrative of the history of the church, with heavy emphasis on the seventeenth century. These lectures are supported by two types of footnotes. About half of these notes are citations to seventeenth and eighteenth century sources on which the lectures are based.  The other half of the notes refer to a separate section in the second half of the volume, which has nearly sixty brief essays, generally of a page or two, on some topic of church history or church business, or providing a biographical or genealogical sketch of one of the ministers or other persons prominent in church activities.

In both sections of the book the author has included many excerpts from contemporaneous church, town, colony or private records. The volume concludes with a complete list of admissions to full communion in the Charlestown church during the colonial period.    

*  Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops.    

US0296:  $19.90    

1755-1764. Collections of the New York Historical Society for the Year 1891 

Transcribers: Edmund B. O'Callaghan and Berthold Fernow, Pages: 636,  Pub. Date: 1892.

The transcribers have presented in this volume verbatim transcripts of all surviving New York muster rolls for the Seven Years' War (the last phase of the French and Indian Wars) from 1755 to 1764 (except for the year 1757, for which records are missing), arranging them in convenient tabular form.  All muster rolls include the date of the roll, the name of the unit, the names of all the men in the unit and (usually) the rank of every member of the unit. Many of the rolls incorporate additional information, much of it of great genealogical value, including age, birthplace, occupation, date of enlistment and rate of pay. A relatively small number of the rolls also give even more personal data, such as height, complexion and hair color.

The volume concludes with an appendix, containing colonial proclamations regarding the raising of soldiers and other stray documents, and, most importantly, with an every-name index.  


*  History of the Town of Stonington

US0297:  $24.90

"County of New London, Connecticut, from the First Settlement in 1649 to 1900, with a Genealogical Register of Stonington Families with a Genealogical Register of Stonington Families" 

Author: Richard Anson Wheeler,  Pages: 774.

Wheeler has combined a topical history of the first two-and-a-half centuries of the town of Stonington, Connecticut, with extensive genealogical accounts of the town's families, placing special emphasis on several of the founding families and carrying many lines well into the nineteenth century.    

The historical section, comprising the first third of the volume, includes chapters on churches, schools, business activities and the participation of Stonington's residents in the country's wars. Especially for the early years, extensive verbatim transcripts from contemporary records are included. The author included in this part of the book comprehensive lists of those individuals from the town who performed military duty and of those who held town offices.

The genealogical section outlines the descendants of nearly one hundred ancestral heads of family, with hundreds of family groups and thousands of individuals. Wheeler paid especially close attention to the families of the founding generation of the middle of the seventeenth century, adding extra narrative material to these sketches.An appendix provides complete transcripts of many wills and other estate papers for several of the early settlers.    



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We are reducing the prices of our British and American (US) sourced products to reflect the recent exchange rates.  It's quite a bit of work so it's taking a while but we are nearly finished.  The price reduction is about 15%.  (And we didn't need a meeting with the Prime Minister to make us do it! :-)  )


Soon now we will be making plans for the Genealogy shows we will be attending next year.  Some can already be taken "as read" being the ones we regularly support, i.e., the Ontario Genealogical Seminar (London), the Ottawa Gene-O-Rama and the BIFHSGO Conference.  The question is where else should we go?  Our constraints are that we have to be able to drive there and the show has to attract enough participants that we can reasonable expect the trip to be worth while.

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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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