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9 May 2007
Issue 2007, Number 6
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o Monthly Specials - 20% off
o National Genealogical Society conference in Richmond
o New U.S. releases
o New Irish releases
o Special pricing for libraries/societies
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=== Monthly Special ==============================
Each month, Archive CD Books USA offers a 20% discount one or more titles in order to highlight our wide range of products from the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. This is a great opportunity to get some of our most popular titles at a substantial discount.
This month's specials are....
RECORDS AND FILES OF THE QUARTERLY COURTS OF ESSEX COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS, 1636-1683, 1911-1921
Sale Price: $55.96 (Regular Price=$69.95)
These volumes contain transcripts or extracts from the record books and loose papers of all courts that operated in the area that is now Essex County, Massachusetts, from 1636 to 1683. Nearly every person who resided for any length of time in Essex County in this period will be found in this set. In 1636 the Massachusetts Bay General Court established quarterly courts to be held at several places in the colony, including Salem and Ipswich. In 1643 the General Court erected four counties in the colony: Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex and Norfolk. Essex County included Salem and Ipswich, and the courts at those places continued as they had since 1636. (more...)
Cotton Mather, MAGNALIA CHRISTI AMERICANA; OR, THE ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF NEW-ENGLAND; FROM ITS FIRST PLANTING, IN THE YEAR, 1620, UNTO THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1698, 2 VOLUMES, 1855
Sale Price: $23.96 (Regular Price=$29.95)
Cotton Mather was the most prolific writer of colonial New England. In these two magnificent volumes, he preserves much history of the institution that became the Congregational Church. Most importantly, he collected important biographical information on nearly all the early New England ministers. Mather knew no moderation in collecting information and putting it in print. Although the work is described as an ecclesiastical history, there is more to it than that. Mather also presented accounts of the founding of the various New England colonies with biographical sketches of the governors of those colonies and of some other leading citizens. (more...)
Charles Henry Pope, THE PIONEERS OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, (1908) 2006
Sale Price: $11.96 (Regular Price=$14.95)
Pope has compiled more than one thousand main entries for persons found in the records of Maine and New Hampshire between 1623 and 1660, with many more inhabitants named in each entry. Residents and records of twenty-seven English settlements to the north of Massachusetts Bay Colony are included. Pope employed a wide range of sources in surveying these families. There are many citations to the court records of Old Norfolk County, Piscataqua County and York County, as well as to the deeds and probate records of the same jurisdictions. He also made use of the town and church records, the notarial records of Lechford and Aspinwall, and the Trelawney Papers, covering the private fishing colony at Richmond Island. During (more...)
THE COMPLETE PARISH OFFICER 1772, 2002
Sale Price: $21.56 (Regular Price=$26.95)
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. (more...)
THE UNIVERSAL BRITISH DIRECTORY 1791, (1791) 2004
Sale Price: $49.56 (Regular Price=$61.95)
Five huge volumes comprising the earliest directory for Great Britain, and one which is probably the most important directory for genealogists and historians that we have released on CD. For towns and villages the descriptions of the places are excellent, with details of their facilities, etc, and includes those residents with trades (even those such as farmers, hay-binders, labourers, bakers, shop keepers, etc.) and their addresses. High quality scanned images of the whole of the original 5 volumes of the directory. One of the earliest attempts to provide a national directory, this work provides information about the cities, towns and principal villages within England and Wales. (more...)
PIGOT'S DIRECTORY COMPENDIUM SET 1842/44
Sale Price: $51.96 (Regular Price=$64.95)
A compendium set of of the 1842/44 Pigot's directories for Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire, plus the whole of Wales. PLUS ! Superbly detailed original maps of 1842 of all of these counties and of Wales. These directories, although originally bound as a single volume, were purchased individually by the Archive CD Books Project from various book dealers all over the world. After scanning they were sent to a traditional bookbinder who rebound them into the superb volume that you see here. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain the full set (on 2 CDs) complete with maps, for a fraction of the normal price.
SAMUEL LEWIS, TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF IRELAND, 3 VOLS (1ST EDITION, 1837)
Sale Price: $39.96 (Regular Price=$49.95)
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland is the first detailed study of its kind for Ireland. It was published in 1837, before the Famine (1845-50), so it is very important for historians and genealogists of the early nineteenth century. Lewis gives details about every parish, town and village in Ireland, including numbers of inhabitants, the economy, history, topography, religion and parish structures, administration and courts, schools, and much more. He also gives the names of the principal inhabitants (generally landlords, merchants and professionals). The Maps are in full colour, making this source one of the most important for research on Ireland.
SLATER'S COMMERCIAL DIRECTORY OF IRELAND, 1846, COMPENDIUM OF ALL SECTIONS
Sale Price: $47.96 (Regular Price=$59.95)
This superb book includes a full commercial directory for the entire country. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, trades, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland. Slater took over Pigot's important publication of commercial directories of Ireland, and this was the first instalment. It has almost twice as much detail as its predecessor (published in 1824), and is now an extremely rare item. The book is organised into four sections, by province, with additional details for the four main cities (more...)
SIR ARTHUR VICARS, INDEX TO THE PREROGATIVE WILLS OF IRELAND, 1536-1810
Sale Price: $23.96 (Regular Price=$29.95)
This important book is well known to Irish genealogists. It contains an index to over 40,000 Irish wills, most of which were destroyed in the 1922 explosion at the Public Record Office in Dublin. As a consequence this book is especially important as the only surviving evidence of what did exist at one time. This index gives the name of every person who left a will, their address, rank or occupation and the date of probate. Vicars' based his work on the abstracts to the original wills compiled by Sir William Betham, and is the only index to his voluminous collections of abstracts and extracts in existence. However, this edition is doubly important because we have included the never-before-published supplement compiled in 1914 to correct errors and omissions in Vicars' work. (more...)
THE AUSTRALIAN HANDBOOK 1904, (1904) 2004
Sale Price: $21.56 (Regular Price=$26.95)
1012 pages packed with all kinds of useful an interesting information. The outline on the title page gives some idea of its contents and scope: "Australian Handbook (incorporating New Zealand, Fiji, and New Guinea) - Shippers, importers and professional Directory & business guide for 1904, 35th year of issue - Containing Calendar of notable events, Mail tables showing arrivals and departures of Australasian mails, British customs' tariff, postal regulations, Public amusements, public offices, members of parliament, etc., etc. Details concerning emigration to Australasia, Mining and land regulations, (more...)
YEWEN'S DIRECTORY OF LANDHOLDERS, NEW SOUTH WALES, 1900, (1900) 2004
Sale Price: $20.76 (Regular Price=$25.95)
This was the "first broad attempt at publishing a complete directory of landowners in New South Wales ..." The directory is divided into approximately 1900 postal localities grouped under 87 larger districts. There is an introduction and summary to each district. It indicates for each landholder whether they are dairy farmers, graziers or agriculturalists and what crops are under cultivation in the following categories - wheat, maize, barley, oats, potatoes, tobacco, sugar, grapes, orchard and other crops. This a wonderful, extensive guide to over 70,000 landholders throughout NSW, by district and postal address. (more...)
CYCLOPEDIA OF VICTORIA, (1903) 2005
Sale Price: $37.56 (Regular Price=$46.95)
The Cyclopedias that were published for most states of Australia around the beginning of the 20th Century are a vast resource of historical and biographical information on the state concerned - the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more. They include thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community. This CD includes facsimile images of the entire 1800 pages of the three volumes of the original 1907-1909 edition of the Cyclopedia of Victoria.(more...)
LOVELL'S GAZETTEER OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA - 1874, (1874) 2005
Sale Price: $19.96 (Regular Price=$24.95)
As described on the title page: "Lovell's gazetteer of British North America: containing the latest and most authentic descriptions of over six thousand cities, towns and villages in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, British Columbia, And The North West Territories; and general information, drawn from official sources, as to the names, locality, extent, etc., of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers, table of routes, showing the proximity of the railroad stations, and sea, lake and river ports, to the cities, towns, villages, etc., in the several provinces." (more...)
Egerton Ryerson, D.D., LL.D., THE LOYALISTS OF AMERICA AND THEIR TIMES FROM 1620 TO 1816 - 2 VOLUMES, 1880
Sale Price: $24.76 (Regular Price=$30.95)
In just two volumes this book, published in 1880, covers an enormous sweep of North American history and does so while encompassing events both at the national level and at the very personal level. An absolute necessity for those tracing their Loyalist roots. It took Egerton Ryerson, himself a descendent of Colonel Joseph Ryerson of the famous Loyalist Ryerson family, 25 years to complete this book. This was not only due to his being employed as the Chief Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada from 1844 to 1876 but can also largely be ascribed to the enormous amount of personal research he did to determine his facts. (more...)
John Hawkes, HISTORY OF SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE - COMPLETE IN 3 VOLUMES, (1924) 2007
Sale Price: $23.96 (Regular Price=$29.95)
Written by John Hawkes and first published in 1924, this work of over 2000 pages was originally bound as three volumes, but organized into two subject areas. The whole of vol. 1 and a good part of vol. 2 contains the "story" of Saskatchewan while the remainder of vol. 2 and the whole of vol. 3 is packed with the biographies of about 660 prominent Saskatchewans, and more than 50 photographic portraits. The "story" section is also illustrated with over 235 photographs of subjects such as early dwellings and settlements, people, natural history, and many fascinating early photographs of native people and their ceremonies. (more...)
=== National Genealogical Society conference in Richmond ====
Representatives of four Archive CD Books companies (United States, Ireland, Canada, and Australia) will all be in Richmond, Virginia next week, May 16th-19th, at the National Genealogical Society Conference. If you are in the area, we hope that you'll come by to visit our large combined area in the exhibit hall (booths #62-64 and #67-69), where you can see the many products in our international inventory and chat with the principals of those companies.
There's never been such a large contingent of the international Archive CD Books Project at a conference in the U.S., so don't miss this exciting event!
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=== New U.S. Releases ==============================
The following new searchable data CDs are now available at www.ArchiveCDBooksUSA.com:
John Hayward, THE NEW ENGLAND GAZETTEER; CONTAINING DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE STATES, COUNTIES AND TOWNS IN NEW ENGLAND: ALSO DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE STATES, COUNTIES, AND TOWNS IN NEW ENGLAND AND FASHIONABLE RESORTS WITHIN THAT TERRITORY, ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, (1839) 2007
This volume combines in one alphabetical listing an exhaustive survey of the political divisions, from town to state, and the physiographic features of all six New England states. The entries range from a paragraph to several pages, covering location, population, history and commercial activities. This reference work describes New England at an important transition point in its economic history. First, by 1839 the use of water power for large-scale manufacturing had been on the rise for a few decades. As a result, Hayward devotes special attention to the number of mills in each town and city, and the products produced by these businesses. In association with this, the author also takes care to describe the watercourses that drained each town, thus supplying the water power. Likewise, in his descriptions of rivers he traces each from its headwaters to its outlet, listing each town through which it passed. (more...)
John C. Pease and John M. Niles, GAZETTEER OF THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND, (1819) 2007
In this very early gazetteer, the authors compiled an exhaustive description of Connecticut and Rhode Island as of 1819, including the topography, history, and statistics of each county, town, city, burrough, and village in the State. Of special interest to genealogists, the authors include frequent biographies of the town founders, early settlers, ministers, and other prominent citizens. There is also much detail about the manufacturing, agricultural, fisheries, and other commercial interests in each town, as well as a description of local governments, schools, churches, navigable waterways, and local native American tribes. Two fascinating early maps, one of each State, are also included in high resolution.
P.J. Hannifan and Co., ROAD AND COUNTY MAP OF CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND AND GAZETTEER... AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY, (1898) 2007
The title of this book is misleading because, although it does contain a detailed color map of Connecticut and Rhode Island, the bulk of the book is designed as a business directory and advisor. It is fascinating in its own right, having been written "With Historical, Biographical, Political, Law, and Other Valuable Information Useful for the Office, Store, and Home." With the business owner principally in mind, it includes a dictionary of business terms and summary of laws relating to contracts, trademarks, naturalization, and suffrage, among others. It also includes examples of legal transactions, contracts, and list of weights and measures, legal holidays, and more. The book is full of interesting articles like how to calculate interest, measure corn in a crib, determine the weight of live cattle, measure crops per acre, detect counterfeit money, among other utilitarian advice for merchants, farmers, and business owners.
Zadock Thompson, HISTORY OF VERMONT, NATURAL, CIVIL, AND STATISTICAL IN THREE PARTS, WITH A NEW MAP OF THE STATE, AND 200 ENGRAVINGS, (1842, 1853) 2007
This original 1842 publication includes a detailed description and physical geography of the State of Vermont, as well as elaborate descriptions (and more than 200 original engravings) of its animals and plants, including their history, description, and general characteristics. Individual chapters describe the quadrupeds, birds, reptiles, fishes, invertebrates, and botany of the State. In addition, however, this publication includes an "appendix" of 1853 which, with more than 300 pages, is larger than the original publication. The last section of the book is Thompson's Gazetteer of Vermont with "topographical and historical descriptions of all of the counties, towns, rivers, mountains, &c., alphabetically arranged." Of particular interest to researchers, it frequently includes short biographies of the town founders, early settlers, ministers, and other prominent citizens.
=== New Irish Releases ============================
The following new searchable data CDs have been released from our sister company, Archive CD Books Ireland, and are now available at www.ArchiveCDBooksUSA.com:
ASHE'S LIMERICK AND CLARE DIRECTORY 1891-92
The Directory of the City of Limerick & County Clare & Limerick was printed in Limerick by H. & E. Ashe in 1891-2. While Dublin City and County are replete with trades' and residential directories from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day, many of the Ireland's other counties are bereft of such directories. Between 1769 and 1894 there have only been fifteen published directories in which all or part of Limerick and Clare have been featured. Of the fifteen published directories, only two, apart from H. & E. Ashe's Directory specifically treat on Limerick City and County as well as County Clare, and as such, this republication will be of particular interest to those who have an interest in these counties. This edition of H. and E. Ashe's Directory of the City of Limerick & County Clare & Limerick contains two hundred and five pages of text and includes handwritten annotations of the names of occupants in Limerick City by the Directory's first owner (more...)
KILKENNY GRAND JURY PRESENTMENTS, 1832
The record of the Grand Jury Presentments for Co. Kilkenny, or to give them their full title: 'At a General Assizes, and General Goal Delivery, held at Grace's Old Castle, Kilkenny, in and for said County, on Wednesday 7th March 1832', was published in Kilkenny City in 1832 by T Shearman, stationer. The Presentments for Kilkenny are a detailed record of the financial transactions and payments made to and from the Grand Jury of County Kilkenny between the Spring Assizes of 1825 and the Summer Assizes of 1832 and as such are a set of early accounts for the forerunner of Kilkenny county council. (more...)
ENNISKILLEN LONG AGO, 1878
The historical development of the town and parish of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh is the subject of this important publication, by W. H. Bradshaw. Bradshaw's opening chapter focuses on the development of Enniskillen town, the principal urban centre in County Fermanagh, straddled between the two Lough Ernes. The town was incorporated in 1612, with William Cole appointed as the first provost. Although the early development of the town is detailed, the part played by the town during the various seventeenth century wars is, unsurprisingly, particularly prominent. So too is the destruction of the town by fire in 1705, when '114 families and their servants suffered very severe losses', which necessitated a general collection of throughout the kingdom for the relief of the suffering inhabitants (pp 6 7). The remaining ten chapters of the book focus on various facets of the history and development of the parish. (more...)
THE REGISTER OF DERRY CATHEDRAL 1642-1703
The Parish Register Society of Dublin was established in 1905 for the purpose of transcribing and publishing early Anglican parish registers, and between 1906 and 1915 the Society published twelve volumes of parish registers. Most of the published registers were from parishes in the vicinity of Dublin, and Richard Hayes's transcription of the early registers of Derry Cathedral were the only registers from Ulster to appear in print. After 1915 the Society merged with the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, and transcribed registers appeared in that Society's journal until 1934. In England parish registration commenced during the reign of Henry VIII, under a 1538 edict of Thomas Cromwell, the king's chief governor. The first attempt to establish a system of national registration in Ireland had to wait until the following century, when the registration of births, marriages and deaths was ordered in 1616, during the reign of James I. (more...)
STATISTICAL SURVEY OF CAVAN, 1802
In the 1740s the Physico Historical Society of Ireland expressed an ambitious plan to publish a survey of each county in Ireland, although only four surveys (Down, Kerry, Cork and Waterford) ultimately appeared in print. Decades later, the Dublin Society, established in the 1730s, and becoming the Royal Dublin Society in 1820, launched a similar project, which proved considerably more successful. Under this initiative, the first county surveys appeared in 1801, and between that year and 1832, twenty three county surveys were completed. No surveys were completed for Fermanagh, Louth, Longford, Westmeath, Limerick, Kerry and Waterford. Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the 'actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy', and most follow a similar structural layout. (more...)
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