This book was written on the order of the Presbyteries of Sydney and Inverness to, "discover and record the history of Presbyterianism on the island of Cape Breton from the time of it's introduction to the present time" - that "present time" being about 1917. The work was to be done by committee but it appears that the bulk of the work was actually done by the author, who had then been a minister in Cape Breton for about 46 years.
We owe many thanks to Nelson Pool, a friend who lives in Cape Breton, who loaned this book to The Project so we could all benefit from it.
The text of the book is fully searchable using the "Find" or "Search" facilities of Adobe Reader or any similar PDF file reading application.
In early August of 1928 The town of Pembroke, a "star" of the upper Ottawa valley, celebrated it's 100th birthday. The family of one of Archive CD Books Canada's friends, Bill Clayton gathered these books at the time and they have been passed down so that you can now read all about the town and it's people. In addition to the Official Guide and Pictorial History called "Pembroke Centenary and Old Home Week," there is a copy of "Nexus," the year book for the Pembroke Collegiate Institute for 1928 -1929 (Volume 3), and a copy of the short form Program of Events, Sports and Attractions for the six day celebration running from Monday 5th August
This is a complete copy of Prof. Young's original 1921 publication, not just a transcription of the entries for births, marriages and funerals. As well as an exact copy of this important genealogy data AND all of Prof. Young's extensive explanatory and interpretation notes on the registrations, there is a long introduction telling the story of the establishment of the Church of England in Upper Canada and, in particular, that of Dr. John Stewart, the first rector. This naturally also leads to the story of the establishment of the first church, St. George's. Most, if not all of those involved in establishing the church are mentioned by name, "notes" being provided describing the contributions of the First Benefactors.
Of course the primary value of this book is that it contains a transcript of the first church records kept in the (now) province of Ontario.
Here's a treat - instant family history! The index of this book indicates over 1000 entries all of whom are, "Prominent & Representative Citizens and many of the Early Settled Families," to quote the book's title page. We estimate over 18,000 people are identified in this book.
This is a large book being 10 1/2 inches by 8 inches and containing 840 pages. Our reproduction is fully text searchable in Adobe Reader® or any similar PDF file reader. This means you will not need the very expensive "Complete Index" to the book which has been published separately.
As a bonus one of the book's previous owners - apparently a member of the David M. Johnston family - has pasted newspaper clippings relating to significant events in their family's history since the book was published.
The original title page of this book carries the self description: "An Account of its Settlement; Its Progress from the Early Days to the Present, including a Review of the Hudson's Bay Company; Its Amazing Variety of Climate; Its Charm of Landscape; Its Unique Cities and Attractive Towns and Their Industries; A Survey of the Different Peoples to be Found There, including the Japanese and Doukhobors; An Analysis of What it Offers in Opportunity to the Home Seeker, the Agriculturist, the Business Man, the Sportsman and the Traveler."
This book will provide an insight into what it was like to live in BC just at the beginning of its real expansion. It contains 320 pages, a useful full color map of British Columbia and 56 illustrations, 8 of which are in colour. The text is fully searchable using the features of Acrobat Reader or any other equivalent PDF reader.
The full title is: Glimpses of the Life and Work of the Reverend Richard Bradford as Scholar, School Principal, Chaplain Priest of the Church of England and S.P.G. Missionary by Grace D. McGibbon 1971. (Note: this is not Governor Bradford of the Massachusetts Colony)
Here is a great family history for anyone related to the Bradford family. The book is written as a record of the Rev. Richard Bradford (1752 - 1817) it also provides a very complete family tree descending through 3 generations. There is a wealth of information about Richard's life and times.
Probably his main claim to fame was his appointment as the first resident Protestant clergyman in the Ottawa Valley and much of the book is devoted to the time he spent in this office. After entering N. America with a stay in the Catskill's in New York State, he took up his position in Lower Canada which involved a great deal of traveling. Most of his ministry took place in and around Chatham (in the County of York) on the Ottawa River, to the West of Montreal. There is, however, a record of a period during which he ministered to the soldiers and residents of William Henry (Sorel), on the St. Lawrence between Quebec City and Montreal. There is a lot of history of the Rev. Richard's works in the area so that many of the births, marriages and deaths at which he officiated are also recorded.
There is an example from the book and an index of all the names in the book, taken from his church registers, listed in the "More Information" window.
If you are related to the Bradford family or had Protestant ancestors living along the banks of the Ottawa river this is the book you need for your research.
We are indebted to the author's family for their permission to republish this book and to friends of Archive CD Books Canada, including our US colleagues, for their help in bringing this book to production.
This is a list of householders for the Rural Electoral District of Lincoln, Ontario, a district which covers the following towns & villages: Beamsville, Bismarck, Caistor Centre, Caistorville, Campden, Grassie, Grimsby, Grimsby Beach, Jordan, Jordan Harbour, Jordan Station, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston, St. Ann's, St. Davids, Smithville, Vineland, Vineland Station, Virgil, Wellandport. Altogether 2,276 households. In addition it lists the following Post Office Rural routes: Beamsville No. 1, 2, & 3, Bismarck No. 1, Caistor Centre No. 1, 2, & 3, Grassie No. 1, Grimsby No. 1, Jordan No. 1, Jordan Station No. 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake No. 1 & 2, St. Ann's No. 1, St. Catharines No. 1, 2, 3, & 4, Smithville No. 1, 2, & 3, Vineland No. 1, Wellandport No. 1, 2, & 3. Altogether 2,034 households.
This directory DOES NOT cover the metropolitan area of St. Catharines including Merritton & Port Dalhousie.
The quality of the original is too poor to allow a successful OCR. The names are in alphabetical order, so the human eye has a far better chance of deciphering the document.
John L. Stoddard was an American gentleman Victorian adventurer who explored the world and brought his tales and pictures back to an audience of Victorian town dwellers eager to share his wild experiences. One of the pioneers of photography, every page is illustrated with at least one of his remarkable pictures.
Despite his Victorian heritage Mr. Stoddards written style remains very readable and could easily be mistaken for the writing of a contemporary author were it not that the subject had undergone such profound change since his time.
The two combined lectures on Canada occupy 240 pages, Malta 58 pages while Gibraltar is covered in 30 pages. The index is based on place names and major topics while the list of illustrations is in order of appearance but each entry is usually started with a place name. The book's text is fully computer searchable.
A wonderful living image of Canada, Malta and Gibraltar at the turn of the last century. Approximately 400 photographs. This is a reproduction of the 1911 edition and so includes a number of "colorized" plates.
A years worth of the proceedings of the Municipal Council of Welland County which included 17 townships and villages: Bertie, Crowland, Chippawa, Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Fonthill, Humberstone (township and village), Pelham, Port Colborne, Stamford, Thorold (Town and Township), Willoughby, Wainfleet, Welland and Niagara Falls.
Consisting of five separate session reports it is a compilation of various departmental reports, financial records and reprints of letters received by the council. The councillors and officials of the council are listed as are many from the villages and townships in the county. It also includes a list of all the Wardens who held office since 1856.
There is even a letter from a gentleman, giving notice that he intends to sue the council for the damages caused to his automobile by the poor state of repair of a particular road. Nothing changes!
The December report lists all the people who have bought various licenses to permit them to conduct their trade including Auctioneers, Junk and Second Hand Dealers and Poultry Transportation Permits.
A wonderful book with a truly misleading original title. Of the almost 2000 pages in this book the gazetteer takes up 70 while the rest are devoted to a wonderfully complete directory of Canadian businesses and professional people and their advertising. This is a great resource in a Country where early directories are so scarce.
Both the gazetteer and the Business Directory are indexed by Province but the Business Directory is also sub-indexed by trade or profession. So, if you are looking for someone who was a Grocer in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan you can go straight to the alphabetized list of 71 candidates, most of who were trading under their own name rather than under a company name. In fact the vast majority of the businesses listed were named for the owner including, of course, the professional listings for Physicians, Veterinarians, Barristers, Insurance Agents, etc.
Another one for the must have list.
A wonderful book about a beautiful part of Canada. This is a very hard book to describe in a few words. Is it a social and political history of Cape Breton?.... Yes! Is it a description of the Island? ... Yes! Does it describe the important mining industries? ..... Yes! Does it talk about fishing? .... Yes! Does it talk about boating?...... Yes! Does it give the history of the French in Louisburg? .... Yes! Does it describe the major Cities at the turn of the last century? ..... Yes! Does it describe the life and habits of the native 1st nations peoples? .... Yes! Is there any thing of importance in Cape Breton that it doesn't cover? ..... Well I haven't noticed it yet!
It even includes a history and description of the Cape Breton Highlands - in Gaelic! (Sorry, no translation)
Highly recommended for those of you with any interest in this historic part of the Atlantic Provinces.
An early history of Canada and more specifically of that important area of Quebec just to the South East of Montreal known as the Eastern Townships.
Mrs. Catherine Matilda Day (1815 - 1899) wrote two books about the Eastern Townships, and they were very popular in their time. And rightly so: Catherine has an easy writing style which is surprisingly readable considering that she's writing a history. But that's her secret. She turns history into a series of tales giving a living presence to the historically accurate characters who are the subjects of her stories. See if you can read the story of the poor immigrant family who tried to walk through the Townships before the spring thaw, without reaching for the tissue box. Of course there are passages giving a more conventional, factual, history but even here Catherine gets right to the heart of the matter so you get the facts you need without any unnecessary commentary. In the third part of the book there is a detailed account of the formation of the Eastern Townships. The founding of each village is described and the names of many of the individuals and families instrumental in their early development are given in full.
The author, Agnes Christiana Laut (1871-1936) was a well known and respected Canadian author on the subject of the discovery of the area of North America to the west of the great lakes. In this book she concentrates on the voyages of some of the earliest explorers (C. mid 1600s), those whom Agnes calls Pathfinders: Pierre Esprit Radisson, M. de la Vérendrye, Samuel Hern, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and the team of Lewis and Clark. The majority of the voyages of discovery described at least start in Canada but describe areas which are now on both sides to the US - Canada border. The Lewis & Clark expedition, of course, took place mainly in US territory.
"The Hub and the Spokes" is cleverly constructed to give a readable history of the Canadian Capital (the Hub) and particularly its people. It also contains some accounts of the Ottawa Valley (the Spokes), with references here and there of many other parts of the Dominion and its history.
This is a very readable book full of interesting little cameos on the social and cultural history of the Ottawa area. In his literary character of "Rube" Anson Guard records a series of conversations with his traveling companion, "The Colonel" as he describes visits to places and people in the area. He is a consumate "name dropper," so the book records many hundreds, perhaps thousands of the names of the populace in turn of the century Ottawa.
Even better the book contains about 1500 engraving and photographs, some of those people and some of the places they lived in.
While the Century Company was compiling it's Dictionary in the late 1800's it decided to draw all the proper name references it found into a separate appendix to be included in the last of the dictionary's eight volumes. When they completed the dictionary they found that the appendix of names was so large it justified a complete volume of it's own. Consequently the first edition of the Cyclopedia of Names, for the single year of 1894, was published as a stand alone book. This is the edition of the book which has been reproduced here.
We are told there are over 25,000 name entries and from it's weight alone that's easy to believe! Measuring 34 cm high by 25 cm wide and its 1085 pages making it over 6 cm thick, it is certainly one of our largest and heaviest books.
The names in the book are from all sources, all countries as well as from both fact and fiction although being an American publisher there may be some bias. Each entry provides a pronunciation guide and an etymology giving either: the earliest recognized use or, the life facts if it is a person. This will be an invaluable source of personal chronology if you were researching one of the characters cited.
This is a book every genealogist needs, and its priced right price too!
The book's Introduction explains why, and how, the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar was made in England in 1752 when, at the same time, the start of the year was moved from the 25 March to the 1 January. The first of the calendars shown in the book is for the year 1752 where it can be seen that in September, Wednesday 2nd is immediately followed by Thursday 14th.
To round out this little gem of a book the author, a well known figure in Montreal and member of a leading family of Montreal lawyers, included a listing of the Officers of the Canadian governments and what he terms a Chronology of Business. Today we'd call these business biographies and they will provide valuable information to anyone researching an ancestor who operated one of these businesses. There are many advertisements for Canadian business including, of course, many firms of lawyers.
This book entirely lives up to it's title. It originated as the byproduct of the work of William Loe Smith, a reporter who was sent out to collect stories on current rural conditions for publication in The Weekly Star beginning in 1897. In conversation with the people he came into contact with while gathering this information, however, he began to hear stories and first hand accounts of the very beginning of the settlement of Ontario. Fortunately for us he decided to record these stories so we, today, can relive some of the original pioneer experiences in the words of those who lived through the events.
A great many of the original pioneers' names are mentioned in this book, but given in the context of how they lived their lives rather than as a cold, impersonal, statistical listing. The stories are grouped by the areas in which they occurred and so many of the original settlement towns and districts are also mentioned and, sometimes, described. There is a full index of names in the book and these names can be found by clicking on the More information link below. The stories are illustrated with over 70 black and white drawings including a portrait of Mr. C. F. Doherty who's father refused a section of land because it was too low and wet. That land is now bounded by Queen, Yonge, University Av. and College streets in the center of Toronto!
This is an "advertising" book published by the Canadian Government to encourage immigration during the 1920s. To suit this purpose the book provides a great deal of information on the types of employment available in the various areas of the country and on the volume and growth of these industries since 1900.
There are nine colored maps showing the distribution of major industries like agriculture, mining and forestry.
There are also a number of photographs, engravings, tables and diagrams illustrating the types of conditions to be expected by the immigrant.
Originally published as a guide book for members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science who were attending the associations meeting in Montreal in 1884. There are 31 pages of advertising for hotels, travel and insurance companies, and anybody who thought the visitors might be pursuaded to shop with them.
A great prize to railway enthusiasts will be the 3 fold out maps showing the railway routes across Canada and the upper portions of the USA. There is a further pull out map showing the geological features around Montreal.
This is just what you expect from a year book. The names of everyone involved with the graduating year are included plus the names of some of the alumni. There are an enormous number of photographs including, probably, every member of the graduating year. Also includes photographs of sports teams, societies, groups, classes etc., including the Canadian Officers' Training Corps. There is a memorial page giving the names of alumni who gave their lives in Canada's service.
If you are searching for someone who attended this university during this year there is an excellent chance that their name will appear somewhere in this book.
Includes photographs of the campus, many humorous cartoons and line drawings as well as 46 pages of advertising in the rear of the book.
This is a comprehensive directory of the textile trade and associated manufacturing industries for the years 1897 and 1897. It lists all manufacturing operations in the whole of Canada and the United States. The Textile manufacturers are indexed by country, state / province and the type of fiber they worked in, i.e., cotton, woolen, silk, or the coarser fibers like jute, linen, hemp or flax. There are also entries for associated trades such as Dyers and Finishers, Print Works and Bleachers and a section identifying 'new mills' opened since the last issue.
To round out the directory there is a section listing 1144 railroad routes followed by 17 pages of maps showing all the US railroad routes and the business districts of selected cities important to the textile trade.
These are dis-bound sections of an annual set of session papers which record the staff of the Canadian (only for Quebec in the 1853 report) Civil Service during that year.
The listing of the Civil Service staff varies in format from report to report. All of them give the officer's name, rank, department, salary and the date of their appointment. The 1872 report also include their "origin" and creed while the 1852 Quebec report also includes notes about the department and some of the employees.
If an ancestor was working for the government in this period they are going to be listed here.
This is a collection of annual reports about the activities of one of Hamiltons major Presbyterian Churches. The first is for the year 1905, the last for the year 1939 and identifies itself as the 67th annual report and the 106th in the history of the congregation. The only missing years in the series are 1918 and 1932.
Of great interest to genealogists is the Communion and Pew Roll and the Sunday School and Bible list which gives the names and address of the parishioners, and their children, regularly attending the church. It is published in each report and gives the names and addresses of up to 1200 parishioners depending on the year.
This is an incredibly detailed history of Gibson's Landing in British Columbia. From the introduction to the book: ' Histories of communities appear almost every day. But few authors, as Peterson has, have prepared themselves for their task by taking formal courses in history and archaeology. If his example is contagious we will have fewer but better local histories'.
The gentleman illustrated on the front cover is George William Gibson who died July 11th 1913, aged 85, in Vancouver.
From the author's foreword:
"Initially it was not the author's intent to write a history of such length and detail. What actually changed the course of events was my being approached by several persons who indicated disappointment in not having a history relating to those years of sacrificial labours by early settlers. In fact, just to know something of their past, their problems, perplexities, their manner of life during the pioneer era, coupled with numerous anxieties; and in simple fact, how they did manage to survive, should be of interest to the present generation".
The book is filled with fascinating history and contains dozens of old photograps of people and places and is an invaluable resource for those researching ancestors in British Columbia.
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