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Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V2#1 - 18 May 2005
2 WHATS IN THE NEWSLETTER
3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (3)
4 COMING SOON
5 NEW RELEASES FROM OTHER PARTNERS
British Books ( 5)
USA Books (4)
6 NEWS & GOSSIP
7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS
Welcome to the Archive CD Books Canada newsletter. This newsletter will be
published whenever we have enough information to make it worth your while
reading, but we expect that will mean there will be about one a month.
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2 WHATS IN THE NEWSLETTER:
A total of 12 new title releases in this newsletter.
New releases from Archive CD Books Canada.
New British Books on CD
New USA Books on CD
News Gossip and more.
3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES:
To find a book on our web site http://www.archivecdbooks.ca
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.
There is frequently more information about the books available on the web
All prices in $Cdn.
* A History of the County of Grey
Another wonderful history of an Ontario County. This one is a little
unusual in that it has been sponsored by the "Grey County Council" and so
has something of the stamp of official authority. As you might expect it
contains the history of the county from it's earliest settlement. The
author has devoted the first two chapters to "The Indians" and "Indian
Legends and Customs" this being a discussion of the initial interactions of
the First Nations peoples with the fur-traders, explorers and missionaries
and an account of what was learned from these early interactions. From this
starting point the development of Grey is followed from the making of the
first treaties, which made settlement possible, through the establishment of
organized communities as we recognize them.
The book's author / editor, Edith Louise Marsh (1870 - 1960), has shown her
talent for writing by including a lot of anecdotal accounts amongst the bald
accounting of facts so that it is a pleasure to read what might otherwise
have become another dull history text book.
The names of many of the early pioneers can be found here, including in many
cases the location of their land allotment and where possible their
photograph or portrait is also shown. Not to say that the book limits
itself to only the early period. Development is followed right up to just
before the publication of the book in 1931 although there were obviously
difficulties in giving individual accounts of all those who settled in the
county as its population grew. The accounts of more recent times tend to
follow specific topics such as Religion and Politics. Of great interest
will be the accounts of the establishment and growth of each township, town
Finally there is a genealogist's "gold mine" in the appendices:
- Appendix A: contains an Alphabetical Directory of Grey for 1865 giving the
name of each landowner and their plot's location.
- Appendix B: is a list of all those from Grey who served in the
"Great" war (1914 - 1918) The list shows the Contingent, and
sometimes the unit, they enlisted in and the municipality in which they
enlisted. It also lists those "sons" of Grey who were elsewhere when they
enlisted but the place of enlistment frequently seems to be within Grey so
it is not clear where they actually resided at their point of enlistment.
It claims to be as complete a list as was possible at the time (c1930) and
indicates those listed who did not survive the conflict.
- Appendix C: names of Officials, Wardens and County Councilors of the
county from the first provisional council in 1852 through 1931 when the book
- Also given are the incorporation dates of the major towns / city as well
as the names of the first Mayor.
The book has been formatted for text searches using the features of the
freely available PDF reading applications. We recommend Adobe Reader
v4 and better for maximum compatibility.
* Sketches of some Early Shefford Pioneers
Although this book was primarily intended as a set of background notes to
ten portraits which were to be presented to the Waterloo Public Library by
George G. Foster, Esq., K.C., it exceeds that relatively humble purpose by a
great deal. The subjects of the portraits were all men who had had a
significant role in the formation and development of
the Eastern Townships of Quebec and of Shefford County in particular.
Mr. Noyes has provided us with well researched and in many cases extremely
detailed biographies of the subjects and in doing so has explained and
highlighted much of the history of Shefford, the Eastern Townships and, to
some extent, the whole of Canada.
As an example, two of the subjects were heavily involved in bringing the
railways to the Eastern Townships and in all the scandal and intrigue
surrounding those events. Their biographies give an interesting perspective
on these events given, as they are, from a very personal viewpoint. Then
again two of the subjects held commissions in the local militia giving some
interesting background on that aspect of the area's history.
Yes, there's a lot more to be gained from this relatively small book than
just the life stories of this handful of its most prominent citizens who's
names are given on our web site This book has been formatted for text
searches using the "Search" and "Find" features of the freely downloadable
PDF file readers. We recommend Adobe Reader(TM) v4 or later for maximum
* A McCurdy Family History
Not one but two McCurdy family history books on one CD!
The primary book is "The McCurdys of Nova Scotia" and provides a very
complete chronicle of the family from Alexander (The Pioneer) McCurdy who
was the first of the line to land in Nova Scotia, through to the
generation contemporary with the publication of these books in 1930.
While this branch of the McCurdy clan made its first home in Nova Scotia,
subsequent generations have spread all over the North American continent.
In addition to following the McCurdy name the author has also included
chapters on the Archibald family and on Mrs. Alexander Graham Bell, the
daughter of a McCurdy girl.
The second book is "The Ancestral McCurdys" which traces the ancient
origins of the McCurdy clan to the ancestral homes in Scotland and then
Ireland. The earliest ancestor identified is "Chief Gilkrist Makurerdy" a
name which uses both the ancient form of the modern "Mc"
and "Mac" (son of) and an "interesting" spelling of his progenitor's name, a
name which the author concludes was "Reuda," a known clan leader.
It is quite clear that the books were intended to compliment each other so
we feel the reproduction of both on the same CD is completely appropriate.
Both books were written by H. Percy Blanchard (a family name strongly
related to the McCurdys) although The McCurdys of Nova Scotia was "published
for" the Hon. F. B. McCurdy, which I take it to mean that he funded it.
Both books were privately published in England and are of a very high
The chronicle of the Nova Scotia branch of the clan spans about 7
generations and about 200 years. The author has supplied family trees and
entries for every member. Of course some entries are short but where
information was available the author has not stinted in providing the
Research into such an important name has continued and still continues and,
as might be expected, some errors made by the authors have been exposed. We
have not made an exhaustive search for information on such errors but a few
that we came across have been recorded in our publication notes.
The text of both books has been formatted for computer searches using
the "Find" features of the freely available PDF reader applications.
This will be of significant help in finding specific topics within the
These books have been loaned to us by a Friend of Archive CD Books Canada
who prefers to remain anonymous, I'm sure you will join with us in thanking
her for allowing us to make this information available to you all.
4 COMING SOON:
We are pleased to announce that we are now working on a cooperative project
with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives (N.S.) to help preserve some of
their valuable and fascinating old books. Our first joint project is to be:
* Yarmouth (N.S.) shipping from 1761 to 1902 (working title) We are making a
compendium of several books and other sources to create what is probably the
most complete historical list of ships, and owners, registered in this
important Nova Scotia Port.
and two more from the same source:
* Yarmouth Past and Present, by Lawson - 1902.
Subtitled, A Book of Reminiscences.
* Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: A Sequel to Campbells History, by George S.
Brown - 1888.
A great history of Yarmouth.
* We have just been loaned two books on British Columbia which will be
scanned and released as soon as possible.
5 NEW RELEASES FROM OTHER PARTNERS:
(All prices in $Cdn.)
BRITISH BOOKS - NEW RELEASE:
* 1939 Kelly's Directory of Somerset (excluding Bristol)
A very comprehensive late directory, which can be very useful to family
historians tracing families in earlier times. It is surprising how many
families will have lived in the same houses for decades.
This CD doesn't include Bristol but covers all other parts of Somerset,
giving historical, statistical and local information. It does of course
include a trades and professional directory and is clearly indexed to make
finding ancestors a doddle. Fully searchable.
* Civil Division of the County of Dorset - 1833
In 1830, the county of Dorset was re-organized. Instead of the old
arrangement of thirty six "Hundreds", the county was divided into nine new
"Divisions". It was a complicated affair which caused much confusion, and
this book was published at the time to sort it all out.
Comprising lists of the magistrates and subordinate officers, clerks of the
peace. Sheriffs, county clerks, bailiffs, gaolers, surgeons, coroners,
constables, tythingmen, surveyors, overseers of the poor.
Knights and burgesses in parliament from the year 1760, etc. With a complete
list of parishes, towns, villages, hamlets, farms, etc. The annual value of
parishes, places and property. Names of tythings and places, and the new
divisions of the county, with map.
* Boyles Court Guide 1880
Including a pull out map of the West End of London(1880) and many charming
This wonderful book contains street and alphabetical listings of the name
and abode in town and country of the nobility and gentry. Included are the
family names of the nobility, Houses of Peers and Commons, the Foreign
Ministers, Bankers, Army and Navy Agents, Government Offices, Public
Societies and Institutions, Club Houses, Inns of Courts etc.
Basically anyone who was anyone in 1880 London is listed here. The pull out
map and street directories mean you can find where they lived on the map and
see who lived next door.
* Kelly's Directory of Leeds 1908 (with map)
The enormous pull out map will be a great benefit for researchers, even
those who know Leeds now, it has changed quite a bit!
A very large and comprehensive directory of Leeds, containing descriptions
of every place and monument of notice, with alphabetical lists of residents,
their trades and addresses.
Plus a fabulous, 400 page, street directory of Leeds. Anyone researching
Leeds should have a copy of this CD.
* T. Bulmer & Co's History, Topography and Directory of Lancaster and
The history and archaeology of the town of Lancaster, with separate
historical descriptions of each parish and township within a radius of about
Each place has a list of householders and their occupations as at 1913, and
towns also have a classified directory of tradespeople.
USA BOOKS - NEW RELEASE:
* Asheboro, North Carolina City Directory 1937-8
A very comprehensive city directory with the names, addresses and
occupations of all residents (in alphabetical order), together with details
of all businesses. The book also has a classified "yellow pages" type
listing of all businesses and trades, together with some fascinating
This is a superb resource for historians and genealogists.
* The San Francisco Blue Book 1907
* The San Francisco Blue Book 1908
From the introductions: "The Fashionable Private Address Directory.
Containing the names, addresses, reception days and private telephone
numbers of the leading families of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley,
Alameda, San Jose, San Rafael, Burlingame, San Mateo, Los Angeles, Pasadena,
Santa Monica, etc.
Together with the officers and members of the California Federation of
Women's Clubs, giving over ten thousand names and addresses within 100
cities and towns of California; also the Men's Clubs, giving the officers
and members. A special feature being the list of eight thousand names and
addresses of Registered Automobile owners."
* The Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
Published in 1906. "A comprehensive and connected account of the terrible
tragedy that befell the people of our Golden City - the Metropolis of the
Golden Gate, and the death and ruin dealt many adjacent cities and
surrounding country. Destroying earthquake comes without warning, in the
early hours of the morning; immense structures topple and crumble, Great
Leland University succumbs; water mains demolished and fire completes
devastation. Fighting fire with dynamite.
"Illustrated with lots of photographs taken at the time.
6 NEWS & GOSSIP:
If any of you have genealogy related questions of a general nature - or
something specifically related to Archive CD Books - we'd be glad to publish
your question in this newsletter to tap into the enormous fund of knowledge
which I know is out there.
* JUST RECEIVED:
We have just been informed that a review by Ruby M Cusack, of our book on
CD of the Winslow Papers, CA0081, has been published in the New Brunswick
Telegraph Journal. You can read the review on the newspapers web site at:
TPCOLUMNIST10/205170306/-1/lifecolumnists> (make sure you get the whole
URL.) This is an important historical document and we are proud to have
been able to make it readily available on CD in a computer searchable
* COOPERATIVE PROJECTS:
We are continuing to work on setting up cooperative projects with both
individuals and organizations.
We are very pleased that we can now announce that we have now started a
project with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives. You can see the Books
we have received from them so far in the Coming Soon section and we are
working hard to ensure that the project will be extended so that we can
bring you a lot more of their valuable holdings on CD.
* ARCHIVE CD BOOKS IRELAND:
We are still awaiting our first shipment from our new Irish partners.
Unfortunately we dont have any more influence on Canada Customs than you
Our new site special is designed to encourage new customers to try out our
great CDs. All new customers will receive a copy of our recently released
Manners and Rules of Good Society, CA0009 regularly:
$19.00, absolutely free. This book holds the key to the social code of 100
+ years ago. A great help in understanding the attitudes and actions of our
* NEW WEB DEPARTMENT:
Keep an eye open for a new department we will be introducing on our web site
soon. It is intended to be the equivalent of the lounge area of a modern
bookshop and will allow you to browse a few pages out of our books so you
can get a better idea of what they are like. It is going to take us a while
to get the samplers ready to go onto the web site so please be patient but
our aim is to have a sampler of every Canadian (prefix CA) book on CD
available for your review.
To introduce this new department we will be putting up a complete new book
which you can browse or download absolutely free. For those of you who
dont want to use up the bandwidth (time) needed for this download we will
also be selling this book on CD in our catalogue at our minimum economic
price of $9.50.
* ARCHIVE CD BOOKS CANADA FORUM:
As well as announcing our new releases in this newsletter we are also
posting them on the British-Genealogy Forums. I suggest you use the link
below to go straight to our Canadian page because there are a lot of forums
on this site and it takes a while to find your way around:
In addition to posting our new releases you will see that we also announce
other pieces of news and gossip as they come along. You may find some of
the other forums of interest if you havent visited this site before.
COMMENTS FROM CUSTOMERS:
Have had a quick look at the CDs - excellent stuff. Now I have to go to
work. Such a boring thing work - but it pays for the more exciting stuff
like genealogy. LOL R.L.
7 FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Genealogy - Irish and Scottish Surnames in Nova Scotia At the Halifax Celtic
A one-hour overview of the field of genealogy, generally, and Nova
Scotia in particular, followed by an hour dealing with the origin of
surnames in western Europe with emphasis on family names in Europe's
"Gaelic Fringe" (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man).
Instructor: Dr. Terrence M. Punch - A Certified Canadian Genealogist
[CG(C)], a life fellow of the Royal Society of Irish Antiquaries
(FRSAI) and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society (FRNSHS), resident
genealogist for the CBC, and a regular columnist in "Saltscapes" and
Saturday, June 4, 2005 Pier 21 National Historic Site 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fee: $13.00 + HST For more information contact:
Scott Long. Program/Production, Halifax Celtic Feis 2005 slong@...
* BHCD Reunion August 27th. 2005 Rockingham, Halifax,NS British Home
Children and Descendants Association will hold their 3rd annual reunion on
August 27th, 2005 at the Rockingham United Church Hall, 12 Flamingo Dr.
Rockingham, Halifax, NS. Registration 9.00.AM to 9.45AM.
Special speaker will be Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette, British Isles Family
History Society of Greater Ottawa, who will speak on conditions in Britain's
industrial cities in the later 1800's - early 1900's.
Highlight of the afternoon program will be the unveiling of an Interpretive
Panel, in Rockingham Centennial Park, to honor John T Middlemore, to
preserve the history of the " Fairview Home " Middlemore Distribution Centre
and as a Memorial to all Middlemore children who came to Canada.
For more information contact: Cecil Verge, phone: 902-681-6697, e-mail -
* The Kelowna & District Genealogy Society invite you and your members to
attend our 2005 Seminar "Harvest Your Family Tree" to be held in Kelowna,
B.C., Canada, on September 30, October 1, 2, 2005. We have a selection of
noted speakers from Scotland, England and Western Canada; something for
everyone, whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned researcher. More
information about early bird registration, seminar schedule and presenters
is available on the Kelowna & District Genealogy website:
Kind regards, Betty Maurice, Advertising Committee, 2005 Seminar -
Don't forget we can help your group to spread the news. Send us an e-mail.
8 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED BOOKS:
Archives of this newsletter showing all the previous release announcements
are available in the newsletter archive which can be reached through,
All our newly released books are listed on our web site in the New Releases
and Special Offers page. Go to:
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