Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V7#6 - 22 October, 2010












As promised we have two new books on CD to announce this month.  I have to admit though that we only just made it with the second one, having had to fight it into production down to the last step.


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- 14 new British topic releases.

- 6 new Irish topic releases.

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*  L'Ile d'Orleans - 1928

CA0327:  $21.00

This 505 page English language book was created and published by "The Historic Monuments Commission of the Province of Quebec” in 1928.  Authorship is credited to Pierre Georges Roy who was secretary to, and a member of, the Commission.  Its introduction makes it clear this is NOT a traditional history book, but it IS intended to capture some of the essence, culture and traditions of this exceptionally picturesque island, set squarely in the southern access to "La Belle Province."

Given that, initially, the St Lawrence river offered the most obvious "highway" into the interior of Canada, and that the Isle of Orleans was one of the most attractive staging places along this highway it is inevitable that it should play a visible and important role in the exploration and exploitation of that vast and unexplored territory.  And so it is no surprise that the opening chapters discuss the visits of such as Cartier and Champlain, these being but the first of a vast array of adventurers of all stripes who made this island a stepping stone on their adventure in the new lands.

Having dealt with the discovery, or more precisely recognition, of the Island the book goes on in a series of short chapters each of which tells of one story, or event, in a chronological sequence.  In this way the history of the Island unfurls in much the same way that the events of life combine to form a personal experience of a place.  This is a refreshing change from the more conventional way of history books, which generally sketch their subject as a continuum of stages, viewed with the benefit of hindsight.  This brings a freshness and interest to the book which is so often missing from the more conventional "history."

This "story" format naturally leads to the inclusion of the names of the story's participants.  In addition the author has taken every opportunity to include the names of as many characters associated with the tales as he can, making this a valuable tool for identifying ancestors.  Or it does in this digital version which makes the location of specific names a simpler process, without the need to re-read through many pages - and then to miss the actual reference on the next page!

One of the most striking features of this book is the number and quality of illustrations it contains.  In the main these are provided as reproductions of known and recognized paintings held in galleries and museums - a few in full color, many more as greyscale and black & white reproductions.  Of special note is the number of facsimiles of the signatures of featured individuals, which brings an extra depth of personality to the stories.  An estimate made from the extensive list of illustrations indicates that something like 75% of the pages include, or are only, illustrations. 

Perhaps this book is not the the best source of raw statistical genealogy information but it is hard to think that there can be a better source through which to glimpse the experience of being an early settler in Quebec or, of course, on L'Ile d'Orleans.

*  Berlin Celebration of Cityhood - 1912

CA0311:  $19.00

Authorized by the City of Berlin but with no author of note.  This 233 page book is beautifully produced in full colour (for the day) as a trophy of Berlin's graduation to the stature of City.  While it was already the principal town of Waterloo County there was no inkling, at this point, that within 4 years, as a consequence of the outbreak of war with Germany, it would change its name to Kitchener, which is how we know it today. 

It quickly becomes clear from the book that the inhabitants are proud both of their heritage and of the success which Berlin is having in commercial, industrial and cultural growth.  To quote from the book's own introduction: "In the pages of this Book we give you Berlin - Old and New - we trace her history from the time when her first hardy pioneers in 1799 crossed the border into the then unknown forests which to them proved to be indeed the Promised Land, and outline the events which for over one hundred years have led up to her position of preeminence as a City as we know it in 1912."

Urged by various social & religious pressures - largely arising from the American Civil War - many members of the Mennonite settlers in Pennsylvania undertook to "break new ground" in the new and largely undeveloped lands of Canada.  Of these, a significant contingent selected to establish their new settlement in the planned, but completely undeveloped, township of Waterloo, the first "inland" township to be designated in this most western peninsular of Canada's (then) claimed ground.  This choice proved indeed to be wise and the area was soon found to be highly responsive to agriculture, so encouraging the quick and happy development of the community.  The book provides all the details of this time including identifying, by name, many of those individuals key to the development of the county and later to the town of Berlin, where the other inherited traits for manufacturing and mechanics soon emerged to compliment the continuing agricultural success.  In addition to giving a year by year sampling of the county records and a gallery of the Reeves and Mayors of Berlin between 1854 and 1870 the book provides a picture collage of the City Council and a tribute to the mayor in this special year.

Then follow some brief histories of the establishment and development of Berlin's Public Water & Electricity utilities, the Assessments department and the Street Railway.  These are augmented later by a report on the development of the Sewage facilities.  This historical theme continues with articles on Furniture manufacturing, and a more general article on the many advantages of living in such a progressive community, concluding with the twenty-sixth Annual Report of the Board of Trade.  Berlin considers its private housing to be one of its strengths and so it is appropriate that the next section of the book be dedicated to providing a picture gallery of many of the more desirable residences giving, in addition to the street view, the owner's name and its location.

The section terminates in a "fold-out" panoramic photograph of the city of which, unfortunately, only the "inboard" part of the picture is present due to damage in this copy.  This, and the partial Title page, bear the only evidence remaining in this digital reproduction of the damage this book has sustained over the years.  This loss is hardly noticeable amongst all the remaining benefits still present but if we should be able to obtain a complete copy of these pages, of suitable quality, we will place it on our web site for free download.

The next section occupies perhaps 25% of the book and consists of an unusual combination of a pictorial Who's Who of approximately 100 notable men living in Berlin together with a textural "…review of Canadian Commercial and Political and Social Conditions …"  Following this is a review of German origin names which might be encountered in Waterloo county, together with an examination of how these names may have changed and developed due to the influence of day to day contact with other ethnicities.

Finally there comes a section which contains a miscellany of articles commencing with a gallery of Victoria Park, Berlin's show piece of public open air recreation facilities, messages of good-will from the newspapers of neighbouring communities, the golf club, and a "round up" of Berlin's churches, their ministers and the city's public schools. 

This book is a mine of information, both public and personal, about Berlin, now Kitchener, as it assumes the stature of City and comes "of age."  Virtually every aspect of public and private life is mentioned with an emphasis being placed on the recollection of the names of those who have left their mark on the area's development.  The book, in itself is quite remarkable, for being printed and presented to a high standard, including the use of multiple colours and even including some full coloured advertising plates. Most unusual for the books of this era.  In order to reflect these high production standards we have taken extra care making this digital reproduction and have attempted to recapture the look and feel of the original, without the inevitable evidence of many years of enjoyment and education which its readers have enjoyed.


For some reason the publishers and printers of this book decided against numbering the pages, as well as failing to include any Index or List of Contents, which might have called for such page numbering.  It is partly for this reason that the description above gives rather more detailed information than is usual. With the making of this digital edition we have been able to remedy both of these shortcomings without in any way defacing the image of the book as it stands.

We have provided a full set of "bookmarks," which effectively provide a Table of Contents, and allows quick access to specific areas of the book, we have also added electronic page numbers - which are simply a serialization of all the printed pages in the book (the blank pages being omitted.)  And finally our enhanced computer search-ability substitutes better for any index that a traditional publisher / printer could provide.



We have had a fairly early Business and Professional directory of the Province of Quebec for some time now.  Well, I'm glad to say it has now found its way to the top of our heap and is in production.  No firm forecast on completion on his one yet.  We still haven't selected any other project(s) yet because we have a few items of business on hold, which we need to take care of first.



In this section we provide - often heavily abbreviated - descriptions of each of the newly released books on CD we have received from our International Archive CD Books partners.  Please consult with the CDs listing in our on-line catalogue for the full, original description.

5.1 BRITISH (England, Wales and "General") TOPICS


*  Heraldic Church Notes from Cornwall, 1887

IE5090:  $16.00

First published in London by Mitchell & Hughes in about 1887 is Arthur John Jewers' Heraldic Church Notes from Cornwall. Containing 251 printed pages, this republication carries the the full title: Heraldic Church Notes from Cornwall: Containing all the Heraldry and Genealogical Particulars on Every Memorial in Ten Churches of East, with Copious Extracts from the Parish Registers, Annotated with Notes from Wills, Etc., and the original was fully-indexed by Jewers' son.

From the starting point of the ten churches mural monuments and floor slabs, Jewers has attempted to trace the memorialised families using the extant parochial records, wills and administrations records, herald's visitations and other sources from the dates of their deaths to the present day. The ten churches which Jewers inspected were Rame, St. Johns, Sheviock, Saltash, East Antony, St. Germans, St. Stephens, Botus Fleming, St. Dominick and Maker.

Each of the ten churches visited by Jewers is fully described, chiefly by the date of its consecration and its geographical location, and then the first monument that Jewers happened upon as he enters the church in question. In the instance of St. Dominick, Jewers was immediately confronted by a canopied altar tomb with the recumbent effigies of two gentleman. These, the reader is told, are for Sir Anthony Rous and Ambrose Rous Esquire, his son. Jewers provides the armorial bearings for the Rous family, and from the period of Sir Anthony's first marriage, the pedigree of the Rous family are studiously followed by means of the family's entry into the Herald's Visitation to the parish providing a pedigree from the early seventeenth-century, wills, administrations of estates, the parish registers for St. Dominick's, as well as monumental inscriptions from other churches. This process is pursued by Jewers for other families memorialised in the the church of St. Dominick, such as the Brendon family, who can be traced through the church's records back to the mid-sixteenth-century, the Clarke family of Halton and several others.

For the churches covered in Jewers Heraldic Sketches of Cornwall and for the families that have been memorialised within the churches in question, this is an excellent publication full of genealogical and historical interest, not least because many of the monuments detailed by Jewers were already in a state of considerable decay, a condition that cannot have improved since his visit in the late 1880s. 

*  The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates &c. &c. 1839

IE5091:  $24.70

First published in 1724 As a General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates and often abbreviated to A General History, the work had been republished and reissued many hundreds of times, down to the present day. This edition is known as the Dublin Tegg 'fourth edition' published in Dublin in 1839. This was the thirty-fifth time that the book had been published and this edition was based on 1813 Edinburgh release and carried the full title: The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates, Etc.

This edition of Highwaymen and Pirates contains 512 printed pages, a dozen or so pen and ink sketches and is fully indexed. The Index contains the names of the highwaymen and pirates and and many names are annotated with one or two dagger marks. One dagger symbolised the fact that the individual had committed murder, two daggers that 'they were guilty of numerous or atrocious acts'. More than 120 biographical sketches of varying length are included in Highwaymen and Pirates and all of the best-known pirates are present, including two infamous female pirates, Ann Bonney and Mary Read.  The original publication was assembled using contemporary newspaper accounts, Admiralty Court Records and a number of interviews and as a result the work has become the most influential source in shaping conceptions of pirates and remains one of the prime sources for the biographies on some of the best-known pirates today.

The identity of the author, Captain Charles Johnson, and his authorship of Highwaymen & Pirates is shrouded in mystery and not a little controversy. While there is little dispute that there was no such person by the name of 'Captain Charles Johnson' this had led to much speculation about who the author really was. Highwaymen and Pirates demonstrates a knowledge of the sailor's speech and life, which to some people suggest that he could have been an actual sea captain. He could also have been a professional writer, well versed in the sea, using a pseudonym.

Perhaps the best-known work ever published on pirates and highwaymen, Captain Johnson's The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates, is not to be missed. 

*  Motor Tours in the West Country, 1910

IE5092:  $16.00

This is the first edition of Mrs Rodolph Stawell's Motor Tours in the West Country, published by Hodder and Stoughton in London in 1910.  Containing some 230 printed pages, it is fully-indexed and includes a map of the route taken by the author and her photographer-husband, Rodolph de Salis Stawell, an Australian. Rodolph Stawell is credited with taking the 48 black-and-white photographs that illustrate Motor Tours in the West County none of which, unfortunately, reveal the author or photographer, but their 'motor' can be seen passing through Cheddar Gorge on page eight.

Each of the seven chapters is preceded with a summary of the distances covered. In chapter one, for example, the Stawell's begin their tour in Bristol at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, before travelling to Clevedon, Wells, Ilchester, Crewkerene and arriving at the Devon border some seventy-seven miles later. Of the roads, Stawell writes that there are no bad gradients except near chard, which was a 1 in 8; the road surface from Clifton to Ilchester was poor; Ilchester to Crewkerne, fair; and from Crewkerne to the Border, extremely good. Needless to say, the author has no mention of traffic, how different from today. The preceding chapters include the Heart of Devon from the border to Tavistock; the South Coast of Devon, from Exeter to Plymouth; South Cornwall, from Plymouth to Land's End via St. Buryan; North Cornwall, the longest tour of some 198 miles, from Land's End to Morwenstow; North Devon, from Morwenstow to Porlock and finally back to Somerset, from Porlock to Yeovil.

A beautifully observed account of the stunning scenery through which the Stawell's pass, which presents an honest account of both the difficulties encountered by early motorists - gradients, gravel and hair-pin turns are amongst the many - and the delights of travelling at speeds of almost forty miles per hour in an open-top motor. A truly delightful read and one that must appeal to anyone who enjoys travel literature and the counties through which the Stawell's pass on their tour. 

*  A History, Topography and Directory of Warwickshire, 1830

IE5093:  $30.90

First published in Birmingham in 1830 is William West's The History, Topography & Directory of Warwickshire. Containing more than 800 pages, it contains a number of beautiful engraved views of the major cities and towns in the county as well as numerous engravings and pen-and-ink drawings that accompany the many advertisements. The full title of this edition hints at the scope of its contents: The History, Topography and Directory of Warwickshire. The Ancient Histories of Rous, Camden, Speed and Dugdale, with Curious Memories of the Lives of these Early Writers; A Description of the Present State of the County, with Modern Divisions and Subdivisions, & their Population & Valuation. A Directory of Every Town & Considerable Village in the County; A Gazetteer of all the Towns, Villages, Parishes & Hamlets .... & an Itinerary of the Direct & Cross Roads, with a List of the Noblemen & Gentlemen's Seats.

Given the relatively early date of Samuel West's directory and the amount of historical and topographical detail contained therein, coupled with its extensive and numerous directories, this is a far superior and quite different publication to Pigott's Directory and in many respects more useful. The History, Topography & Directory of Warwickshire begins with a number of early descriptions of the county. There follows West's own brief topographical description of the county as it stood in 1830, and the names of the Hundreds in the county and the parishes contained within each. The second part of the publication, that of the general directory of the county of Warwickshire is recorded under the name of the Hundreds.

A large part of the History, Topography and Directory of Warwickshire is given over the major city in the county, Birmingham and this section encompasses nearly three-hundred pages. Starting with a lovely etching of the city taken from some elevated ground outside of the city's bounds, the city is introduced by a description of is character, name, site and the elements that constituted the city. The 'elements' include descriptions of the city's prominent buildings - civil, religious and private, its incorporation and a description of the Battle of Birmingham at the start of the Civil War. The description of the buildings providing a valuable addition to this directory. The section on Birmingham is completed by the alphabetical directory for Birmingham, which extends to more than one-hundred and eighty pages. The remainder of West's 1830 publication is taken-up by the topography and directory for the remainder of the county of Warwickshire. Subdivided into its twenty Hundreds.

A truly superb and highly recommended; William West's History, Topography & Directory for Warwickshire is one of the best that was published. 

*  White's 1892 History Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire

IE5094:  $28.40

First published in Sheffield in 1892 is William White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire. Containing more than 1,250 printed pages the full title of this publication provides a good indication to the scope of the work: History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire, Including the City and Diocese of Lincoln; and comprising A General Survey of the County, and Separate, Historical Statistical Descriptions of all the Wapentakes, Hundreds, Sokes, Boroughs, Towns, Ports, Parishes, Townships, Chapelries, Villages, Hamlets, Manors & Unions; The Seats of the Nobility and Gentry; Magistrates, Members of the County Councils and Public Officers; And a Variety of Archaeological, Architectural, Agricultural, Biographical, Botanical, Statistical and Geological Information.

Beginning with a number of indices to the volume, the names of magistrates sheriffs, seats of the nobility, fairs, the History, Gazetteer & Directory of Lincolnshire, then provides a General History and Description of the County of Lincoln. There follows an essay on the Lincolnshire Fens.

The majority of the book is taken-up by the Towns, Parishes and Villages section of the publication. Containing some 900 pages this alphabetically details all of the towns, parishes and villages in the county. The length and detail of the description varies with the size and "importance' of the location, the entry for the City of Lincoln, for example, is detailed in more than 100 pages and includes and alphabetical and trades directories.

The History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire is concluded with the classified Professions and Trades Directory for the county covering more than 200 pages and detailing the trades and professions of thousands of businesses. For anyone interested in the history or occupants of Lincolnshire this is a must. 

*  A History and Directory of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 1887

IE5096:  $18.50

First published in 1887 is Bulmer & Co's History and Directory of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Containing over four-hundred printed pages, the History and Directory provides an excellent account of the town of Newcastle and its outlying townships and will be a desirable acquisition for anyone interested in the history of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and its merchants, traders and residents from this time in the mid-1880s.

The book begins with the areas history, the starting point for which is the Roman settlement of of Newcastle. This is followed by brief accounts of the Saxon period before the onset of the Norman Conquest, the construction of the town's castle and outworks as well as the defenses that were constructed at this period. A great amount of details is given over to the various monastic settlements and orders that were founded in Newcastle and the buildings associated with these such as the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Mary's Hospital and the Maison de Dieu. The various guilds and and their incorporation by Royal Charter are also described. These include the merchants, founded in about 1300, the skinners, tailors, bakers, brewers, smiths, dyers, tanners, cordwainers butchers, mercers and boothmen. The history also describes the establishment of other bye-trades and societies, such as glazier, colliers and curriers.

Also recorded in the history of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne are the Governors of the Castle of Newcastle, the town's early municipal government, freemen of the town and the various churches that were found within the limits of the town. Needless to say there is also an account of the coal trade and the role played by the town and citizens of Newcastle during the Civil War and the later Restoration, before embarking on accounts of the schools and public institutions of the town.

The Directory portion of the publication contains some three-hundred pages. Beginning with twenty pages of information on the municipal and civil and local administration of the town the majority of the entire history and directory is taken-up with an alphabetical list of the residents, merchants and traders of the town followed by an alphabetical trades and professions directory - the importance of coal mining and associated industries and trades is witnessed in this section of the Directory. While there is no street directory present in this publication, it is sure to appeal to anyone interest in the history and residents of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the 1880s. 

*  Essex: Highways, Byways and Waterways (Second Series), 1893

IE5099:  $16.00

First published in 1893 by Lawrence and Bullen of London is the first edition (second series) of Essex: Highways, Byways and Waterways. Containing 254 pages.  Barrett provides 114 pen-and-ink sketches throughout the text mainly to provide 'antiquarian detail'.

Written and illustrated by Charles Raymond Booth Barrett who had published the first series of Essex Highways and Byways in 1892, but had quickly realized that his tour of the county had generated so much information that he could quickly bring a second edition - series - to press and so started writing this before the release of the first. The first series witnessed the author touring the small towns and boroughs of Essex. This publication sees him touring some of the smaller villages and hamlets and the various stately homes and manor houses, both resplendent and ruinous.

Starting at Newport, Barrett describes the village in peculiar detail before moving on to Wicken-Bonhunt, Arkesden, Rickling, Finchingfield and then to Panfield, Bocking and Braintree, ending his perambulations at Harlow.

A very readable and wonderfully-illustrated book that must certainly recall a county that has changed beyond all recognition in the century that has passed since Barrett undertook his tour. Fully-indexed, this publication is heartily recommend to anyone interested in the history, myth, legend and architecture of the Essex. 

*  All About Kingsbridge and Salcombe, A New and Practical Illustrated Guide for the Use of Visitors, 1903

IE5101:  $14.00

First published in 1903 is the second and revised edition of the Rev. William Thomas Adey's book containing 174 printed pages with twenty-eight photographs of the areas.  The publication carries the subtitle A New & Practical Guide for the Use of Visitors. Replete with Numerous Pictures, Portraits, & Facts, Now First Collected .... and was published in Kingsbridge in 1903 or shortly after.  A baptist minister, the Rev. William Thomas Adey was responsible for numerous guidebooks published between 1890 and 1910. 

All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe is divided into twenty-eight brief chapters and is dedicated to all lovers of Devon. Beginning with a general introduction to the 'picturesque little town' of Kingsbridge, Adey makes pains to point out that although Kingsbridge was but a distant dream for most in the 1850s, by 1903 third class tourist tickets could be purchased in London and within seven hours Kingsbridge could be reached by those with only meagre means at their disposal. Old coaching days and the towns inns and hotels are illustrated in some detail before Adey rambles through the town pointing out to his readers the most remarkable features that it had to offer using the town's churches as reference points before providing biographical sketches on some of the most remarkable men of Kingsbridge and notes on the areas flora and fauna.

The section on Salcombe begins with the 'Courtenay Walk', which was constructed by the Earl of Devon and dedicated to his visitors. Adey goes on to described 'The Bar', Thurlestone Rock and Village and many gems of the coast east of Salcombe, including Charleton, Frogmore, South Pool, Portlemouth, Prawle Point and Lannacombe and 'The Start Point' a four-mile described walk via Hallsands, Beesands ending up at Torcross Ley.

Accompanied by numerous photographs, sketches and advertisements by local traders, All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe is a little gem of a publication for this beautiful area of England. 

*  A Guide to Seaton and District, 1912

IE5102:  $14.00

Republished here is the 5th edition of A Guide to Seaton and District. Including Axmouth, Colyford, Colyton, Beer & Branscombe. Containing some 161 printed pages the Guide was first published in 1912 and this edition was published by E. J. Burnham, in Seaton, at the height of the town's popularity as a flourishing seaside resort, boasting of Britain's first true holiday camp, Warner's.

Beginning with the town of Seaton, the Guide is keen to inform its readers that this is the place for a quite and restful holiday, without the associated so-called 'attractions' of popular seaside resorts. Described as "Perhaps the most bracing place on the south Devon Coast and an excellent point from which to explore the attractions of the rest of the south Devon Coast." The Guide goes on to list the various places to stay in the town as well as its chief topographical features, and the ancient Church of St. Gregory. A good deal of information is provided on the history of the church, its bells as well as comments on the parish registers, which date from 1584. Further information is provided by the Seaton & District Guide to the town's possible Roman origins and other important events in the history of the town such as the Battle of Brunanburgh in 957.  A Guide to Seaton & District contains some thirty-pages of advertisements, a map of the area covered by the guide as well as a street map of the town of Seaton. The text is illustrated throughout with twenty-eight monochrome photographs. 

The Guide also provides fascinating local descriptions of historical events and places within easy reach by foot of Seaton. These include the beauty spot of 'The Landslip'; Bindon and Axmouth; Colyford & Colyton; Beer, the Stone Quarries & Bovey ending with Branscombe and outlying places of interest further than easy walking distance from Seaton.  Guidebooks like this provide valuable snapshots into many places that have often changed out of all recognition. The twenty-eight black-and-white photographs that accompany the text will be of especial interest to many readers as will the many advertisements from local tradesmen and hostelries.

*  History, Topography and Directory of Northamptonshire, 1874

IE5103:  $28.40

First published in London in 1874 is the second edition of Francis Whelan & Co's History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire. Containing 950 printed pages the full title of this publication provides a good indication to the scope of the work: History, Topography & Dictionary of Northamptonshire; Comprising a General Survey of the County, History of the City & Diocese of Peterborough, with separate Historical, Statistical & Descriptive Sketches of all the Towns, Boroughs, Parishes, Villages, Chapelries, Hundreds & Manors, and a Variety of Archaeological, Architectural, Biographical & Geological Information; to which is added, a List of the Seats & Residences of the Nobility, Gentry & Clergy.

Beginning with the names of magistrates sheriffs, seats of the nobility, and fairs, the book then provides a 'General History and Description of the County of Northampton' extending to some 100 pages. This General History includes descriptions of the state of agriculture, manufactures, geology and geography of the county before tracing the human habitation of the county from the ancient Britons, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes and Normans and the advent of the Feudal system of Government of the county, ending with the death of William the Conqueror. Within this introductory 160 pages are also included descriptions of some of the county's antiquities, its ecclesiastical divisions and churches.

Part II of the History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire consists of a detailed history of the town of Northampton, and a contemporary alphabetical directory of merchants and traders as well as an alphabetical directory of classified trades and professions, which occupies over one-hundred pages

The remainder of this part is taken-up by the Towns, Parishes and Villages section of the publication. Containing some 750 pages this details all of the towns, parishes and villages in the county, initially arranged by the hundred in which they are situated. 

The level of detail provided is proportinate with the size of the habitaton so larger towns cities and parishes, notably Northampton and Peterborough, warrant a more extensive description making the History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire a must for anyone interested in the history of Northamptonshire and its residents. 

*  Cumberland Guide and Directory, 1811

IE5104:  $18.50

First printed and published in Carlisle in 1811 is Jollie's Cumberland Guide & Directory. Containing some 134 printed pages, this publication is notable as one of the earliest surviving guides and directories for the region and although extremely lengthy, the full title provides the reader with a clear idea of the intended scope of the publication: A list of all the parishes, chapelries, townships, principal villages, gentlemen's seats, and biography of eminent men, natives of the county, or who have been nearly connected with it. Antiquities, etc. A concise account of the ancient and present state of Carlisle; an account of the market towns of Longtown, Brampton, Kirkoswald, Alston and Penrith: with a tour through the most interesting parts of that district. Describing whatever objects are most worthy of notice and a list of principal persons and those in trade and public institutions in Carlisle and in the market towns above mentioned.

Divided into eleven chapters, the first six are dedicated to Carlisle. They begin with a detailed description of the approach to Carlisle from the north passing through Longtown and the extensive estate of Sir James Graham, along the Esk and the military road. Written for the benefit of the 'tourist' the Cumberland Guide and Directory notes all diversions and attractions that could be witnessed on this ten-mile entrance into Carlisle. Once Carlisle is reached the Guide and Directory briefly describes the ancient origins of the town before describing its 'present state', concentrating on its more-renowned industries, such as brewing, mercantile commerce and printing. An entire chapter is given over to the town's public buildings, institutions and notably Carlisle's Cathedral, including a ground plan. Moving away from Carlisle, literally over its Roman Wall, (also includes a ground plan) the Guide and Directory provides biographical notices of individuals associated with Cumberland and notices of all of the parishes and places of importance in the county.  Also the gentlemen's seats, places of interested, etc., contained therein. Further tourist routes, notably from Carlisle to the east and a route from Penrith back to Carlisle follow. These tourist routes, designed for the pedestrian note and describe all features of interest along the way, such as Corby and Penrith Castles, Skirwith Abbey and Carleton Hall.

The Cumberland Guide and Directory includes a coloured route map and is concluded with alphabetical directories of Carlisle, Brampton, Alston, Penrith, Longtown and Kirkoswald. A lovely little directory and as one of the earliest surviving for this region is a must for anyone interested in the history and description of Cumberland nearly two centuries ago. 

*  Kelly, Directory of Suffolk, 1883

IE5105:  $24.70

Republished here on full-searchable CD-Rom is Kelly's Directory of Suffolk, which was published in 1883. Containing some 443 printed pages, Kelly's Directory, as the then editor, A. Lindsay Kelly correctly noted, was primarily a directory, but also served as the gazetteer.

This directory includes every parish in the county and provides a thorough topographical description of every town, parish, village and township.  It describes the principal buildings and geographical objects of interest in each. Great care is also taken in Kelly's treatment of the ecclesiastical divisions of the county with descriptions of all the churches, cathedrals the value of the livings, parochial incumbents and patrons. The same level of detail is provided for the civil and local administration of the county with full information on county courts, districts fairs, markets, county hunts as well as communications such as rail and post throughout the county.

This edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk is prefaced by a topographical and geological description of the county and is concluded with an extensive alphabetical list of the county's chief residents and commercial interests in 1883. For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Suffolk this fully-searchable 1883 edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk is highly recommended.

5.1.2 WELSH (or sometimes English) TOPICS

*  A Book of North Wales, 1903

IE5095:  $18.50

First published in London by Methuen & Co., in 1903 is Sabine Baring-Gould's A Book of North Wales. This publication was intended for an English readership who often puzzled over Welsh history and according to the author, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1934-1924); 'without a knowledge of the history of the country in which one travels more than half the interest is lost'.

Sabine Baring-Gould's A Book of North Wales fit very well with his major passions that of folk song and folklore and he found much in Wales to kindle these passions. Containing sixteen chapters the reader is introduced to the 'Welsh People' and their nation as the start of the English conquest. From here Baring-Gould travails through Anglesey, Holyhead, Bangor, Snowdon, Lleyn and Conway before ending at Machynlleth, the chapter for which is introduced with a photograph of Owen Glyndwr's house. Each chapter is illustrated with folklore, stories, songs, anecdotes and many illustrations, the majority of which are photographs by Valentine & Sons and Frith & Co. The publication is fully-indexed and is much much more than a general introduction to North Wales.


*  The Woman's Book, 1911

IE5097:  $16.00

First published in 1911 is The Woman's Book: Contains Everything A Woman Ought to Know (at that time.) Containing more than seven-hundred printed pages this self-help manual for household management was, in its day, at the forefront of advice for women. Although the advice given is now, in the main obsolete and even offensive, books such as this brought into the open many subjects that had been hidden away in Victorian Britain. Appealing to the middle-class woman of a certain means, The Woman's Book, provides details on every aspect of household management, from money, to childcare, illness and entertainment.

Edited by Florence B. Jack, with 'expert' contributions by Mrs Bernard Mole; Miss Fedden; Miss Maud Cookes; Miss Alice Lennon; Miss Margaret E. Buchanan; Miss M. Courtauld; Miss N. Edwards and Bertha La Mothe who provide information on the management and art of housekeeping, although in truth much of what appears in the publication appears to be about how to manage a husband.

Beginning with 'The House', the thirty-four chapters that follow provide the reader with a plethora of advice including cooking and ending with advice on what jobs are suitable for women, how to entertain in and out of the house and a collection of miscellaneous facts and figures, The Woman's Book may now make entertaining rather than serious reading. However, given the time and context in which this self-help book for woman was published, it marks a revolution in as much as women were given active and very public advice on how they should and could run and control their lives if they so wished, very much the mistresses of their own house at least. 

5.2 IRISH (Ireland (Eire) and N. Ireland) TOPICS

*  My Clonmel Scrapbook, 1907

IE0098:  $18.50

Originally published in Waterford in 1907 by E. Downey & Co., is the first edition of My Clonmel Scrap Book. Compiled and edited by James White, My Clonmel Scrap Book contains some 382 printed pages and more than a dozen contemporary photographs of Clonmel (County Tipperary.)  The publisher, Edmund Downey (1856-1937) was a native of Waterford and an author in his own right.

Containing 79 short stories, poems, anecdotes and excerpts from previously published material, the book centres around the town of Clonmel. The miscellany includes works by C. J. Boland, Richard Shiel, A. M. Sullivan, E. P. Hogan, William Leahy and Charles Kickham and well as a number of anonymous writers.  Amongst the stand-out titles are excerpts from Inglis's Journey Through Ireland, originally published in 1834; 'Meagher of the Sword' and Thomas Francis Meagher's speech from the dock; The Trial of Father Sheehy. Also many reminisces and observations on local Clonmel events and places such as the Potato Market, the Great Clonmel Flood, The Men of 'Ninety-Eight, Waterford Elections, the Clonmel Assizes of 1827 to name but a few.

For anyone interested in in the local history of Clonmel and the surrounding area, the Irish Literary Revival Movement and the part played in this by the publisher Edmund Downey of Waterford, this is an opportunity to purchase a republication of the first edition of My Clonmel Scrap Book. 

*  The Huguenots, their settlements, churches and industries in England and Ireland. 1889

IE0099:  $18.50

First published in London by John Murray in 1889 is the 6th edition of Samuel Smiles The Huguenots their Settlements, Churches, and Industries, in England and Ireland. Containing more than 500 printed pages The Huguenots traces the history of the movement from Martin Luther and the Reformation through to the diaspora from continental Europe to England and Ireland, and including the consequences of the French Revolution.

First published in 1868, this, the sixth edition, includes a new preface by Smiles and a number of important appendices and new additions. The main body of the text is encompassed in nineteen-chapters. The first five trace the history of the reformers from the Reformation, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and the death of Mary Queen of Scots and the beginning of the first phase of Huguenot migration. There follows chapters on these earlier settlers in England, the establishment of their churches, the Edict of Nantes and renewed persecution under Louis XIV, which resulted in the massive diaspora of the Huguenots from Europe to England and Ireland in the late 1600s, their fundamental role in the English 'Revolution' of 1688 and service in the war in Ireland that followed shortly after. A further two chapters are given over to Huguenot men of learning, science and industry in England, before Smiles details the Huguenot settlement of Ireland concluding with interesting accounts on the descendants of the early refugees and the impact wrought by the French Revolution. This sixth edition also contains two biographical lists of distinguished Huguenot and their descendants, both in England and Ireland.

This book presents a very readable account of the birth of Protestant reform in Europe from the Reformation and Martin Luther through the two waves of mass-migration culminating in the French Revolution. Accompanied by very valuable biographical notes this CD-Rom republication is a must for anyone interested in this turbulent and fascinating aspect of European history. 

*  Thom's Official Directory of Ireland, 1910

IE0100:  $30.90

First published in 1843 by Alexander Thom & Co., Thom's Irish Almanac & Directory, is still being published and is rightly seen as the pre-eminent directory and almanac for Ireland. This edition contains nearly 2,500 printed pages.

Although primarily (and rightly) seen as an Irish directory and almanac, more than 600 of this edition's initial pages are given over to a multitude of separate directories pertaining to the United Kingdom and its dominions.

Concentrating only on the sections dealing with Ireland. It begins with statistics for the country as a whole taken from the 1901 Census of Ireland, the Official Directory also provides county-by-county details on Irish landowners of 1,000 acres and upwards, with a further 300 pages or so detailing the multitude of state functionaries, civil, religious, financial and military. This includes all the incumbents of the various parishes and benefices in Ireland, all army and navy officers, barrister and solicitors, doctors and physicians, all educational and medical institutions and members of their governing bodies and even the clubs and private institutions, such as learned and academic societies and members of their respective councils.

The County Directory of Ireland provides statistical information on each county derived from 60 years of Censuses.  Also the names of all the civil functionaries of the counties ranging from the deputy lieutenant down to local magistrates, the places and dates of county fairs, poor law unions, petty sessions and polling stations and the Borough Directory, which provides similar information for the municipal Boroughs and Towns of Ireland.

Almost 1,000 pages are given over to Dublin County the City and its suburbs and as one would expect the level of detail provided in these sections far exceeds the that given for the rest of Ireland. For the capital itself a comprehensive street directory is provided, which extends to the various townships and suburbs of the city such as Rathmines, Pembroke and Kingstown as well as the residents of many of the larger villages, which at this time had not been incorporated into the city. In addition, Thom's provides a list of the Dublin City and county nobility, gentry, merchants and traders.   There is also a trades directory and it is to the street and trades directories that most people are drawn to in search of their Dublin ancestors. This edition is concluded with the Annals of Dublin, recording important events in the history of the city from the year 140 AD until November 1909.

*  A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, 1863

IE0101:  $30.90

Republished here is the 1863, 4th edition of Burke's Land Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. Carrying the full-title A Genealogical & Heraldic Dictionary of the Land Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland by Sir John Bernard Burke. Published in two parts, the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland contains more than 1,700 printed pages

First published by John Burke in 1826 under the title A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, or Burke's Commoners for short. By the time of the publication of the second edition the less than flattering title of 'commoner' was replaced by the phrase 'landed gentry'. Included in the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland were all families of consequence that were not entitled to be included in Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, although some of the families did appear in both publications and as such these were, initially at least, the landowning upper-class who came to identify and adopt the phrase 'Landed Gentry' first coined by Burke. Subsequent editions of the Landed Gentry came to include aspiring wealthy families from the middle classes, such as merchants and those from the professions.

Providing sometimes-detailed genealogies on collateral lines, junior branches of families and in-laws, Land Gentry provides details on male lineage, seats, arms, crests and mottoes for thousands of families and as such remains an indispensable genealogical and historical source and remains one of Burke's flagship publications to this day. 

*  A History of the Town of Belfast from the Earliest Times to the Close of the Eighteenth Century, 1877

IE0102:  $24.70

First published in London and Belfast in 1877 is George Benn's A History of the Town of Belfast from the Earliest times to the Close of the Eighteenth Century. With Maps & Illustrations. Containing some 778 printed pages, Benn's History of the Town of Belfast, written almost exclusively with the use of primary sources, is still regarded as one of the most authoritative works on Belfast down to the period of its publication.

In 1862 one of Benn's friends and colleagues, William Pinkerton, had been asked by the publisher Marcus Ward to write a history of Belfast. Pinkerton, unfortunately fell ill and in 1868 his research papers were handed over to Benn to complete the publication. It soon became apparent to Benn that Pinkerton's research was not particularly well-advanced and Pinkerton's residence in London meant that few of the most important sources had been consulted, not least the Belfast Corporation Book, which Benn had himself rediscovered in 1864. This was to form the basis for several chapters of the History of Belfast, without which these could not have been written.

Writing began in 1871 and with the aid of his friends Reeves and Porter, Benn also enlisted the aid of the historian George Hill and the recently appointed Keeper of Public Records in Dublin, William Hennessey. With the additional aid of Hans Hamilton who was at that time preparing the Calendars of Irish State Papers at the London Public Records Office, Benn brought to fruition one of the most exacting histories of Belfast published to date, which also met with much critical acclaim. Immediately began collecting material for a subsequent volume that would take the history to 1870. This was very different and concentrated on on local reminisces and accounts of the leading Belfast families often from material supplied by the family's living representatives. The enlarged History was published in 1880 shortly before George Benn's death at Belfast in 1882.

For those interest in Belfast and its history, George Benn's authoritative and thoroughly readable historical account of City is a must. 

*  Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church

IE0103:  $16.00

A History of Ireland and Irish Christianity from the Anglo-Norman Conquest to the Dawn of the Reformation, 1897

Published in 1897, is the third edition of George Thomas Stokes' Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church. Containing some 407 printed pages, the original publication is fully indexed and bears the full title of Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church: A History of Ireland and Irish Christianity from the Anglo-Norman Invasion to the Dawn of the Reformation.

In his preface to this edition Stokes revealed that this publication was intended to be the companion volume to his earlier Ireland and the Celtic Church, published in 1886. As with much of Stokes' work Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church has as much, if not more, to do with the secular history of Ireland as it does with the ecclesiastical. Like Ireland and the Celtic Church and Worthies of the Irish Church, Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church is based on a series of lectures given by Stokes in his capacity of Professor or Ecclesiastical History at Dublin University. This lectures were edited and annotated and published as fifteen chapters, which still bear the title 'lectures'. The first of these details the last years of Ireland independence before the arrival of the Anglo-Normans. It includes the decay of the sept of O'Brien and the rise of the O'Neills and the extent of the Danish Kingdom in Ireland, especially that of Dublin, before the arrival of Strongbow and the Normans in 1172. Between this date and Irish independence a vivid portrait is painted of the turmoil in Ireland created by the intrigues of King Dermot McMurrough and the Geraldine invasion amongst others and the sources that were available to the historian for these events.

Consequent on the Anglo-Norman invasion their are lectures on the Norman organization of Ireland and the institution of such offices of state and government as that of Lord Lieutenant and the Court of the King's Bench. Lectures nine onwards detail the collapse of the Anglo-Norman regime and the troubles experienced during the reign of Henry III, which witnessed both England and Ireland being plunged into states of anarchy, which only ceased after the wars of the Roses and Bruces. Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church is concluded with the fate of the Celtic Church and its relationship with Ireland's Anglo-Norman overlords.

Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church is an extremely readable account of Ireland civil and ecclesiastic history written by an authority who many regard as Ireland's first professional historian. 



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23 & 24 October, 2010, The Brant Branch of the OGS is holding an Open House at Smokey Hollow Estates, 114-118 Powerline Road, Brantford, Ontario.  Hours: 23rd., 10am - 8 pm, 24th., 1 pm to 8 pm.  Official opening, 11am on 23rd.  Admission $2.00 - 12 and under free.




24 October, 2010, The Halton-Peel Branch of the OGS is holding its monthly Meeting at Oakville Public Library (lower level), 120 Navy St., Oakville (Lakeshore Rd. & Navy St. east of the Harbour), Ontario.  The speaker will be: Walter Lewis (Halton Hills Public Library); Topic: From Immigration to Recreation: A Brief History of Passenger Travel on the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes.  Visitors Welcome!

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13 November , 2010, at 10.00 a.m.  BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting.  At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic: "In Flanders Fields: Researching and Remembering the Dead of the Great War" by Glenn Wright.  For more information go to: OR

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13 - 15 May, 2011.  The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) presents its annual conference in Hamilton, Ontario.  Subject: Remembering our Past ... Projecting our Future.  This event marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the OGS.

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Early June,  2011.  We have received early notice that the Quebec Family History Society is planning to hold A Family History Conference in Montreal in 2011.  We will provide further information as it becomes available.

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