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BOOK - Canadian Railway Records - A Guide for Genealogists - Revised and Expanded
by: Althea Douglas, J. Creighton Douglas.

Completely revised and containing new information, this useful guide to Canadian railway records will aid genealogists and family historians find the companies, libraries, museums, archives and historical societies where records of ancestors who worked with or for the railways can be found.

In the century after 21 July 1836, when the Champlain and St. Lawrence Rail Road ran the first passenger train in Canada, the railways employed hundreds of thousands of men, and some women. It is a rare Canadian family that did not have at least one member who worked at some time for The Railway; if not running trains or the telegraph service, perhaps at the hotels, on the ships, or as skilled craftsmen in the huge shops where equipment was built and repaired.

Althea and Creighton Douglas have combined their knowledge and experience to write this genealogical guide not only to railway records and where to find them, but also to a way of life that has now largely disappeared. Steam power was replaced by diesel engines in 1960, and by then the airplane was supplanting the train for long distance travel. A glossary and a chronology will jog your memory, but readers are also introduced to current sources on the Internet.

About the Authors:
  • Althea Douglas, MA, CG - Although born in Moncton, N.B., having a father who worked for the CNR meant that Althea went to school in Toronto, then attended University in Montreal where she met her husband.
  • J. Creighton Douglas, BSc - Creighton was born in Cowansville and grew up in nearby Sutton, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. These towns are on the CPR line that connects to Portland and Boston and so Creighton worked for the CPR. A very junior rodman, he was assigned to the Smiths Falls Division where he worked for a year and a bit before he entered McGill.
  • Creighton and Althea both have a railway background, but it was a mixed marriage, CNR vs. CPR. While their career paths took them away from the world of trains, their interest remains. They have some forty years of Canadian Rail in their basement.
152 pages
5" X 8.5"
softcover - perfect-bound
ISBN 0-7779-2142-1

CAT # 221008......$26.00
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