Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V4#9 - 20 January, 2008







     5.1 From our IRISH partner. (8)

     5.2 From our US partner. (11)






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- Three more new Canadian titles added to the catalogue.

- A whole lot of new releases from our US(11) and irish(8) partners and we just heard that a whole disk load of new releases are on their way from the Antipodes, but they are going by way of the US office so we're not sure when they will arrive here in the Great White North.

- Another announcement in the saga of the closing of Archive CD Books GB.

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.



*  History of the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion C.E.F.,  Nov. 1914 to June 1919.

CA0207:  $25.00

We are taking the publication date of 1938 for this wonderful military history from the date on the foreword.  The author or, as he styles himself, the Compiler and Assembler, Maj. H. C. Singer, ably assisted by Mr. A. A. Peebles, has left us a document which will at once satisfy both the military strategist and those looking to understand the personal experiences of this group of fighting Canadians.

This is the story of the the 31st. Battalion, otherwise known as the Alberta Regiment, which was raised in November 1914 as a component of the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, one third of the 2nd. Canadian Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF.)

Starting from the assignment of Lieut.-Col. A. H. Bell as the commanding officer the narrative follows the recruitment in the main centers of Calgary and Edmonton as well as in many smaller towns across southern Alberta, the training both in Canada and in England and finally sees the Brigade landing in France and taking its place at the front.  The list of battles in which the Battalion took an active part reads like a litany of the most famous and horrific of this Great War.  Names like Flanders, Ypres and the Salient, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens and Arras, still raise pictures of the horror of this war some 90 years after it took place.

Through the almost 450 pages of the narrative of this book Maj. Singer manages to give us a remarkable picture of both the strategic progress and a highly personal account of what it was like to be a soldier struggling to stay alive.  in addition to the narrative there are numerous contemporary photographs showing the condition of the battlefield as well as in some of the trenches.  To enable the reader to better follow the progress of the battles from the narrative there are also 8 detailed maps showing the topography and troop dispositions.

The book is completed with 68 pages of appendices containing lists of the Battalion's statistics, probably the most important of these being a nominal roll of the entire Battalion giving service numbers, names, casualty status and honors.

It is hard to do justice to a book like this in such a short review but if you know of anyone who was a part of this Battalion you owe it to yourself to read this book so you know what they went through in the service of their country.

The complete book has been OCR'd so that its text can be searched by your computer.  Altogether, 515 high quality scanned pages in our normal PDF format.  A sampler of the book is available on our Downloads page.

This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: / Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.

*  The 42nd Battalion, C.E.F. Royal Highlanders of Canada

CA0281:  $23.00

In his opening address the author, Lieut.-Colonel C. Beresford Topp, D.S.O., M.C., declares this book to be " ... based on the 42nd Battalion official War Diary ..."  Any reader, however, who has ever struggled to fully comprehend the content of any official war diary will soon recognize this as an understatement of the amount of work and care he has put into making this a clear, concise and readable history of the activities of the Battalion.

The Battalions formation in February of 1915 as the second Royal Highlanders active service Battalion to spring from the roots of the 5th Militia Regiment in Montreal, conferred on it the coveted association with the famous Scottish Black Watch Regiment.

As one would expect the chapters of this history relate the part taken by the Battalion as a whole in the fighting, including how it interacted with the other active units in the same areas.  It also manages, however, to include many stories of the individual soldiers as they carried out their duties, or in many cases, far exceeded them in acts of selfless valour.  

In concluding the book Lieut.-Col. Topp provides several fact filled appendices including an Honor Roll, a Nominal Roll of Officers and Other Ranks and an Itinerary of all movements and Principal Operations.  Amply supported with photographs of the battlefields and portraits of the officers, many of the battles are illustrated by "fold out" maps showing the locations and movements of the fighting forces.

As usual we have made the text of the book fully searchable and enabled the FastFind technology to make searching almost instantaneous.  We have also extracted a few of the book's pages into a sampler and made that freely downloadable from our Downloads page so you can browse before you buy.

* The Proudfoot Papers per: L&M.H.S.

CA0276_P1:  $19.00

The Rev. William Proudfoot was sent, as a missionary, to Canada by a branch of the Presbyterian church in Scotland in 1832.  From the time of his appointment he kept a journal, or daily diary, of his activities, his impressions, and of the events in his daily life.  This included both professional and secular matters and also seems to have filled the role of account book, as well as his personal reminder.  It was from this journal, or more correctly from the collection of many individual volumes of this journal, plus a collection of draft and received letters as well as other family mementos, that Miss Harriet Priddis extracted and recorded this fascinating insight into the life of one of the earliest settlers in the London, Middlesex area of Ontario.  I should hasten to add though, that the geographical area covered by this account extends well beyond that area as it starts in Scotland and includes records of many of Rev. Proudfoot’s excursions along the St. Lawrence waterway and into several other parts of what we now call Ontario (then Upper Canada or Canada West.) The extracts were published as three papers in the "Transactions of the London & Middlesex Historical Sociery."

The chronology of the three episodes is a little complicated and appears to cover the same period twice, although there is no repetition of material.  Parts one and three are actually contiguous and cover the period from 25 June 1832 when Rev William Proudfoot was tasked with his mission until 16 March 1833 when he was settling into his permanent “living.”   Part 2 covers a period from 28 January 1833 through 14 September 1834 but seems to be limited to a few entries describing various major trips the Rev. undertook, plus it is concluded with some extracts from the account book of Mary Proudfoot during her setting up of a day and boarding school in the village of London under the sponsorship of her father.

As one might expect there is a good deal of theological discussion in the journal but the extracts seem to have been primarily chosen with a view to illustrating the people and places which the Rev. Proudfoot encountered in his day to day work.  The benefit to the genealogist of this choice of extracts is that the names of a great number of early settlers are recorded, and not only those who were active in the Presbyterian church as he frequently came into contact with members of other churches and indeed with notably “secular” individuals.  Of particular note is the listing of the families who are sponsoring the formation of his ministry in London.

There is a free sampler available from our Downloads page.



We are currently working on a (for us) modern directory of one of Ontario's principal cities.  Directories are a lot of work to prepare to our standards though, and one hitch can completely throw our schedule so ....... ?  

We are also working on a new concept in bringing genealogy and history data to CD. We hope to be able to announce the details next month.



(We often shorten the descriptions of our partners new releases.  Please visit our catalogue to ensure you have all the information available.)

5.1 New Releases from our IRISH partner:

*  The Agricultural Labourer: Ireland: Part 1 (1893)

IE0027:  $14.00

The Royal Commission on Labour commissioned the reports into the conditions of the Agricultural Labourer in the Poor Law Unions of Ireland, which were carried out primarily in the 1890s. The reports mirrored a survey that was carried out in England previous to the Irish reports. The results, particularly for many of the Poor Law Unions in the West of Ireland were shocking. They painted a picture that had changed little since the famine for the agricultural labourer. The report covered the issues of Supply of Labour, the Conditions of Engagement, Wages and Earning, Cottage Accommodation, Gardens, Benefit Societies, Trade Unions, General Relations and General Conditions. 

The areas covered in this particular report are the Poor Law Unions of Cookstown (Co. Tyrone), Ballyshannon (Counties Donegal, Fermanagh and Leitrim), Ardee (Counties Louth and Meath), Downpatrick (Co. Down), Clones (Counties Monaghan and Fermanagh), Letterkenny (Co. Donegal), Limavady (Co. Derry), Ballymena (Co. Antrim), Castleblayney (Counties Armagh and Monaghan), Dromore West (Co. Donegal) and Ballymahon (Counties Longford and Westmeath). 

Each report is accompanied by detailed statistical returns as well as comments by several of the leading gentlemen of the area. Information was also collected from the labourers themselves, and often their condition is described in some detail, giving their name, address and other personal details.

This report is fascinating insight into a class of Irish life that was slowly disappearing a fact already evident from the evidence supplied. The large area covered makes it particularly interesting, as the differing standards are all too easy to observe. This report offers a vital insight into the social and economic conditions of the country as it approached the 20th century.  

*  Green's The Making of Ireland and its Undoing, 1200 - 1600

IE0032:  $18.50

Published during the height of the Irish cultural revival, Alice Stopford Green's The Making of Ireland and its Undoing: 1200-1600, was published in London in 1908.

The Making of Ireland & its Undoing concerns itself with the period spanning the two centuries after the Norman conquest of Ireland and end of the Tudor dynasty.

Although the English had been in Ireland for centuries prior to Henry VIII, it was, as Green informs us only then that Ireland underwent a new type of invasion that was to lead to its undoing. 

In two parts entitled 'Trade and Industry' and 'Education and Learning' the reader is informed in considerable detail in excess of 500 pages how and why Ireland had developed so successfully in the spheres of commerce and trade, while also showing how developed the clan system and country life had become by the early 1500s. Stopford Green then illustrates how disastrously and invidiously these were destroyed first by Henry VIII and then by his daughter, Elizabeth I.

The Making of Ireland and its Undoing was an important publication in 1908, not only for its uncompromising nationalist sentiment, but also its unique investigation of Irish economic history. Its presented an argument that shows how Ireland had expanded over a period of 400 years into a prosperous and self-confident nation that had managed to preserve and integrate many of its most ancient political, cultural and economic systems and why this very success necessitated their destruction by the later Tudor Monarchs and adventurers.

Republished on CD-Rom, Alice Stopford Green's, Making of Ireland and its Undoing, is a must for anyone interested in Irish History and historiography. 

*  Statistical Survey of the County of Roscommon, 1832

IET0087:  $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. 

Amongst the last of the Statistical Surveys published, 1832, Isaac Weld's survey of Roscommon is one of the longest and most detailed of the series. The Statistical Survey of Roscommon covers the same topics as the previous surveys; Weld divides his survey down to Barony level. Covering the baronies of Boyle, Roscommon, Ballintobber, Athlone, as well as the half baronies of Ballymoe and Moycarne, the survey stretches to over 800 pages. That information is supplemented with approximately 80 pages of statistical tables and further information. The general observations of the author paint a picture of "wretchedness". The first part of the Appendix is a fascinating 27-page history of the Arigna Iron and Coal Company and another 46 pages on the bogs and how best to deal with them. The Statistical Survey of Roscommon is an intriguing publication for the Connaught County on the eve of the Famine. 

*  The History of the Huguenot Settlers in Ireland and other Literary Remains

IET0088:  $24.70

First published in 1888, Thomas Gimlette's, The History of the Huguenot Settlers in Ireland and other Literary Remains, offers a fascinating insight into the persecution, flight and ultimate survival of one of Europe's minority Protestant faiths. 

Gimlette's work, pursued out of interest and contact with the descendants of Huguenot settlers in Waterford where he held his ministry, amply describes the history of the Huguenots from the earliest French Reformers, the doctrines of John Calvin until the Edict of Nantes in 1598 and its eventual Revocation nearly a century later.

The Huguenot settlement of Ireland began after the Reformation of Henry VIII, but continued a pace during the reign of his successor, Elizabeth I. It was during this period that Dublin became the home to many Huguenot merchants, traders and artisans chiefly from Rochelle and Bordeaux. These settled in the area around Christchurch and the High Street and many of the street names in these areas still can still be found. Huguenot settlement in Dublin and other enclaves of Ireland reached its zenith with the Victory of William of Orange at the Boyne, when he shortly after inaugurated a number of French Churches, both Calvinistic and Episcopalian.

Gimlette pays great attention to fate of the Huguenot settlers in Dublin and Waterford in the periods immediately following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and details to some extent the roles played by leading Huguenot's in Dublin under the patronage of William III. Amongst these elite were numbered the families of Chevenix, Westerna and Nassau, which would leave their indelible marks on Irish History. 

Gimlette's History of the Huguenot Settlers in Ireland is encapsulated in just over 380 pages. Fully history presents a fascinating account of European Huguenots in general and the role they played in the making of modern Irish history. 

*  Hussey De Burgh's, The Landowners of Ireland, 1878

IET0089:  $30.90

The unabridged title of this publication is: The Land Owners of Ireland: An Alphabetical List of Estates of 500 Acres of £500 Valuation and upwards, in Ireland, with the Acreage and Valuation in each County. And also Containing A Brief Notice of the Education and Official Appointments of Each Person, to which are added his Town and Country Addresses and Clubs.

Compiled by U. H. Hussey de Burgh, a land agent, and published in Dublin in 1881, de Burgh's stated aim was in part, to correct the Government's erroneous publications on the extent and value of Ireland's larger estates and by his own confession he did this with the aid of the landlords themselves. 

In addition to the name of the landowner, the county in which land is held, the extent of land held and valuations thereon, Hussey also provides some interesting biographical information on a large proportion of the landowners noted, which is likely to have originated with the landowners themselves. This information is predominantly biographical in nature and includes government appointments, gentlemen's clubs, marriage details, addresses, family seat and so on.

Presented in more than 500 pages with explanations of abbreviations, locations of gentlemen's clubs, etc., this fully-searchable CD-Rom is a must for anyone interested in who owned Ireland towards the end of the 19th century. 

*  Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin 1634-1858

IET0090:  $49.50

Deputy Keeper of Ireland, Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin 1634-1858, 26th, 30th and 31st Reports, 1894, 1899

Previous to the establishment of the Irish Public Records Office (PRO), by an 1867 statute (30 & 31 Vict., c. 70), Ireland's public records were located in a variety of repositories throughout the country. Many of the records were perilously stored in unsuitable conditions, and on the opening of the PRO, records were progressively transferred to the new repository, for safe keeping. Each year, between 1869 and 1920 (and less frequently thereafter), the Office published an annual report, known as the Deputy Keeper's Report, which detailed the records received, and the work undertaken, during the previous twelve months. Though little known, these reports can contain useful source material for the historical researcher. Although the reports were usually brief, they often contained copious appendices, which can be especially useful. This is particularly the case, bearing in mind the destruction of the PRO during the Irish Civil War, so the Deputy Keeper's reports now often represent the only record of lost primary source material.

These indexes are now being made available in electronic format for the first time. Three CDs are available. One contains the pre-1800 index and the subsequent corrections (appendices to vols xxvi and xxxi), and a second contains the data from 1800 to 1858 (appendix to vol. xxx). The third - this CD - contains the complete set of indexes, running from c. 1634 to 1858, and also includes the corrections to the pre-1800 data. 

Although the data is alphabetically presented, and is easily navigable, these publications have been made fully searchable, as an added convenience for the user. 

*  Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin, 1634-1799

IET0091:  $37.10

Deputy Keeper of Ireland, Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin 1634-1799, 26th and 31st Reports, 1894, 1899

*  Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin, 1800-1858    

ET0092:  $37.10

Deputy Keeper of Ireland, Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin 1800-1858, 30th Report, 1899

5.2 New Releases from our US partner: 

*  The Winthrop Fleet of 1630.  Pub. Date: 1930

(An Account of the Vessels, the Voyage, the Passengers and their English Homes from Original Authorities)

US0349:  $14.90

 Author Charles Edward Banks has compiled extensive information on the passengers who sailed from England to New England in 1630, members of the so-called Winthrop Fleet. He attempted to identify each person or family who participated in that migration and added data on their English origin and activities in New England. 

In 1630 the Massachusetts Bay Company organized and financed the migration to New England of nearly a thousand English men, women and children, under the command of Governor John Winthrop, and the vessels which carried these emigrants have been called the Winthrop Fleet.

Banks begins this volume with an essay describing the conditions that gave rise to this episode in the Great Migration and presenting the preparations for the voyage, the names of the ships that were involved, and the narrative of the voyage itself.  The author then went on to compile a list of all those he believed to have been participants in the Winthrop Fleet. No passenger lists survive for these vessels, so Banks scoured about twenty different contemporary sources to create his list. Using these same sources, he also presented his conclusions on the English homes of the emigrants, their ages, other members of the family who migrated, and in some cases some records they generated after arrival in New England.

Later in 1630 the Mary & John sailed from the west of England to New England, with most of the passengers settling in the new town of Dorchester, just to the south of Boston. Although not formally part of the Winthrop Fleet, Banks included an appendix on this ship, including his compiled list of its passengers.


*  The Planters of the Commonwealth

US0362:  $19.90

Author: Charles Edward Banks.  A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times to which are added: Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony, the Ships which brought them, their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement

Banks has compiled all the information available to him by 1930 on passengers from England to New England during the two decades between 1620 and 1640, supplementing the surviving passenger lists with some details of his own knowledge and conclusions on their residences before and after the voyage. 

 The core of the volume is a year-by-year listing of the passenger ships that sailed each year, and what is known of the passengers. Some of the lists of passengers are taken from documents created at the time of sailing, while others are lists created by Banks himself, based on his analysis of a wide range of documents. Some of the surviving seventeenth-century lists include information on occupation and English residence and some don't, and in the latter case Banks has frequently added such information. All data on the later New England residences of the passengers was appended by Banks.

The volume concludes with indexes of surnames, place names in England and New England, and ships.


*  Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Pub. Date: 1937

US0321:  $14.90:  

Based on his own research and on the publications of many other researchers, author Charles Edward Banks had, by the time of his death in 1931, collected evidence or clues for the English origin of more than half of the English families which had come to New England during the years of the Great Migration.  The entries for the 2885 emigrants are arranged by county, and within each county alphabetically by parish. Each entry also includes the name of the ship on which the emigrant arrived (when known), the first town of residence in New England, and the reference supporting the proposed English origin.

This volume was compiled several years after Banks died, by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell. He gathered the supporting references from the notes and manuscripts compiled by Banks. These references come in two varieties. First, there are citations to various published sources, such as genealogical periodicals, the genealogical column in the Boston Transcript, family genealogies and the like.  Second, there are many entries with the simple reference "Banks Mss." These refer to the English records collected by Banks on his visits to England. 

*  New England Migration - The Collected Works of Charles Edward Banks

US0402:  $38.80

In the early years of the twentieth century, Charles Edward Banks collected information on all the participants in the Great Migration from old England to New England, in the period from 1620 to 1640. The results of his labors are the four volumes gathered on this CD, presenting this information in various ways. 

- The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers Who Came to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620, the Fortune in 1621, and the Anne and the Little James in 1623 (1929). See US0228 in our on-line catalogue for description.

- The Winthrop Fleet of 1630: An Account of the Vessels, the Voyage, the Passengers and their English Homes from Original Authorities (1930).  See US0349 above for description.

- The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640 (1930). See above US0362 for description.

- Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (1937). See US0321 above for description.

Taken together, these volumes set forth the best information on the settlers of New England available three-quarters of a century ago. They remain of great value to New England genealogists and should be consulted at the beginning of any research project.


*  Sowams: With Ancient Records of Sowams and Parts Adjacent. Pub. Date: 1908.

US0307:  $14.90

Author Thomas W. Bicknell transcribes and analyzes the records for Sowams (a tract of land then in Plymouth Colony, on the northeast edge of Narragansett Bay, purchased from the local Native Americans in early 1653.)  This is a parcel of land comprised the major part of what is now the town of Barrington, Rhode Island.  

The core of this volume is the transcription of the proprietors' records for the Sowams land, from a volume which had been mislaid but was found by the author and restored to the town of Barrington. The records covered here run from 1653 to 1797, and begin with the transactions between the purchasers (all from Plymouth Colony) and the Indians. In addition, there are records of the agreements with the town of Rehoboth, within whose boundaries the land originally fell. Of most importance are the records of the divisions of the Sowams land to the individual proprietors. Many of these records of divisions state explicitly the transfers of proprietary share from one owner to another, transfers which should have been, but were not always, recorded in the county deeds.

Bicknell also included sections on the Indians who had resided in this area in the seventeenth century, on the original proprietors themselves (with brief biographies of each) and on the institution of proprietors in New England.

*  Suffolk Surnames, second edition, Pub. Date: 1861

US0318:  $19.90

Author Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch created a file of all surnames he encountered in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts, deed and probate records from the 1640s to the 1820s, to which he added lists of surnames from other sources. He organized these surnames into various categories, to which he added his personal analysis.    

The volume concludes with a complete index of the thousands of surnames included in the compilation. Bowditch was clearly still collecting surnames at this final stage of production of his book, as there are dozens of surnames which make their first appearance in the index, where they are explained in footnotes.

In this second edition, the Suffolk surnames which formed the basis of the author's earlier work are joined by lists of names from all over the English-speaking world.


*  Tercentenary of New England Families, 1620-1920, Pub. Date: 1919

(A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation)

US0359:  $14.00

This commemorative volume gathers together information on several dozen seventeenth-century immigrants to New England along with lines of descent to individuals living at the time of publication of the volume.  

The volume opens with a narrative history of the settlement of New England, with emphasis on the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, on the leaders in other New England colonies, and on prominent men of the Revolutionary era.

Most of the living men treated in this volume were prominent businessmen of the time, and lengthy biographical and genealogical sketches of these men are included here. In many of the sketches, there is also detailed information on the early colonial immigrant ancestor of the same surname, as well as information on each of the generations intervening between the immigrant and the subject of the present sketch.  There are many portraits, both engravings and photographs, of the subjects of the sketches.


*  The Indiana Gazetteer and Topographical Dictionary of the State of Indiana, 3rd edition, Pub. Date: 1850

US0364:  $24.90

Lost in Indiana? Tracking an ancestor's migration path can be extremely difficult - small villages and towns mentioned in family stories frequently no longer exist. Early published gazetteers can frequently solve the problem, and they also provide interesting facts about the area.

The first 150 pages provide a general description of the state and give a limited history. Emphasis is placed on politics, agricultural and manufacturing enterprises and education with over 20 pages focusing on colleges and universities. The bulk of the book, almost 300 pages is devoted to the description of cities, towns and counties. Some rate only a line or two while other descriptions cover one or two pages providing information on everything from the soil to the number of ministers. 

Whether you are searching for details about a town or county or just trying to determine where your ancestor lived in Indiana, you'll find this an extremely useful tool.


*  Society of Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century: Organization, Constitution, By-Laws, Membership

US0372:  $21.90

Pages: 370Pub. Date: (1923)

This official compilation provides organizational and constitutional information on the Society of the Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, as well as data on members as of 1923 from three state societies: New York, Missouri and Rhode Island. Portraits of Society Presidents are included.  

In order to become a member of this society, a woman must have "descended from an ancestor who rendered service between 1607 and 1700 according to the eligibility list." A list of the varieties of service includes both civil and military offices, at the colony, county and town levels.  The members are listed alphabetically for each state, giving their residence in 1923 and the list of ancestors from whom they descend. For each ancestor there is a statement of the form "Seventh in descent from John Needles." The intervening generations are not supplied.

The volume closes with a list of ancestors claimed by the members, giving the qualifying service for each, and the members who descend from each seventeenth century ancestor.

*  Atlas of Massachusetts

US0501:  $39.90

From Topographical Surveys made in Co-Operation by the United States Geological Survey and the Commissioners of the Commonwealth, 1884-1888, Preliminary Edition (Boston, 1890) Author: United States Geological Survey and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

This atlas of Massachusetts from the earliest days of the U.S. Geological Survey includes 54 detailed maps of the State including towns, roads, railroads, bridges, cemeteries, lighthouses, and other existing structures. 

Each map can be displayed in high resolution and enlarged to 800% or more on the screen without loss of clarity (depending on your hardware). 


*  New Topographical Atlas of the State of Pennsylvania

(with Descriptions Historical, Scientific, and Statistical Together with a Map of the United States and Territories)

US0503:  $39.90

This classic 19th-century atlas of Pennsylvania includes 29 beautiful hand-painted maps that are reproduced here in high resolution. The original sizes of the maps range from approximately 13.5" x 17" (single page) to 26" x 17" (double page). One to seven counties are combined on a single map at a typical scale of 1/300000. The atlas also includes detailed city maps of Reading, Lancaster, Philadelphia/Camden, and Allentown as well as statewide maps of the topography, climatology, flora, and mineral deposits. Finally, there is a very interesting railway map of the State and a double-page map of the United States and Territories as of 1872.

The atlas also contains many narrative pages describing the history of Pennsylvania and its topography, geology, climatology, zoology, education, botany, coal, railroads and canals.



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In the week before the publication of this newsletter you may have seen the announcement that a major on-line genealogy data company, "... has reached an agreement with Archive CD Books to host many of its records as it has now ceased to trade in the UK ..."

To dispel any confusion this announcement may have caused:

1. ONLY the British Archive CD Books partner has "ceased trading."  He retired.

2. ALL four International Archive CD Books partners in CANADA, the US, AUSTRALIA & IRELAND continue to be FULLY OPERATIONAL

3. ALL FOUR partners continue to offer the FULL inventory of Archive CD Books titles on CD INCLUDING ALL BRITISH TITLES.

4. WE ALL intend to publish NEW BRITISH SUBJECT CDs as suitable books come to hand.

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2 February 2008: Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society presents, Keith Butler from Extreme Imaging speaking on restoring old photographs.  Contacts:  P.O. Box 892, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4Y6, Phone (705) 435-3071 E-mail:



9 February 2008:  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: Hugh Reekie, Topic: Two Welsh Sea Captains: How the Internet and Volunteer Experts Helped the Searching. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail . Web site:


1 March 2008:  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 Thomas Topic: The Great Treck. Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail . Web site:


1 March 2008: Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society presents,Jane MacNamara speaking on Manorial Records.  Contacts:  P.O. Box 892, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4Y6, Phone (705) 435-3071 E-mail: , Website:


28, 29 March 2008: The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is holding their annual "GENE-O-RAMA" Conference and Show.  Location; Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepoint Drive, Ottawa.  See < > for details.



12 April 2008: Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society presents,Rick Roberts from Global Genealogy speaking on Canadian Military Records.  Contacts:  P.O. Box 892, Barrie, Ontario L4M 4Y6, Phone (705) 435-3071 E-mail: , Website:


10 May 2008: The British Columbia Genealogical Society is pleased to present

 Dr. Chris Watts, International Speaker & Author, at the Eastburn Community Centre, Burnaby, B.C. (7435 Edmonds Street, corner of Edmonds & Humphries)

 Doors open at 8:30 am / Seminar 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

To register, please contact Susan Snalam at 604-273-8209 or Eunice Robinson

 at   For details, see the brochure link on the B.C. Genealogical Society event calendar:


30 May, 1 June, 2008:  The annual OGS "Conference 2008."  Held this year at Fanshaw College, London, Ontario. International speakers, Vendors, 45 Presentations.  Contact < > or e-mail .



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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