Genealogy & History Resources
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BOOK - Counting Canada, A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census
By Dave Obee
Census records are especially useful to researchers because they connect specific people to specific places on specific dates. Census also provide many valuable details about a person, their household members, and neighbours, often including dates of birth, year of immigration, nativity/race, occupation, gender, relationship to the head-of-household, education, deformities, income, and more, depending on the date of census. Agricultural census go even further, providing the researcher with a view of the vitality of the farm operation based on acreage under cultivation, and amount and type of crops harvested, livestock counts, income and more. This 224-page book covers the history of the census, offers advice for effective research and notes the potential pitfalls. The author states that Counting Canada, A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census is "the most comprehensive guide available for researchers using the Canadian census. This could be the most important book on Canadian genealogy this year". Many leading professional genealogists agree. More Information
BOOK - Starting Out in Genealogy - Second Edition
By Ruth Burkholder
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2010
Building a family tree looks like a daunting taste to the unititiated, however it's easier than you think! Family history research is not complicated as long as you know which records are available, where to find those records, and how to organize the information that you gather. Though this guide is designed for beginners, it will also be of considerable help to those who have already started researching and recording family history, but want to improve their skills and results. ISBN 9781926797441 More Information
BOOK - Obituaries From Canadian Presbyterian Periodicals 1872-1896
By Donald A. McKenzie
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2016
This new book of extracts of Presbyterian obituaries by Donald McKenzie is a natural followup to his three decades of transcribing and publishing 12 volumes of obituaries and other genealogical data from Ontario's Methodist periodicals 1830-1900. This book provides transcribed obituaries and death notices from the two main Presbyterian periodicals published in Canada: British American Presbyterian / Canada Presbyterian, published weekly in Toronto 1872-1896 and the Presbyterian Record, published monthly in Montreal 1876-1896. Obituaries are organized alphabetically by surname, plus there is an Index of other people mentioned in obituaries, and a detailed index of places mentioned. The Index of Places which occupies 27 pages at the end of this volume. Roughly 1400 place names are listed. About two-thirds of them are Canadian, and half of the rest are from Scotland, the original home of Presbyterianism. The remainder are from England, Ireland, the U.S . and some 30 other countries. ISBN 978-1-77240-047-2 More Information
BOOKS - Notices of Births, Marriages, Conversions, Deaths & Obituaries From Methodist Newspapers 1830-1900 [Canada]
Compiled by Donald A. McKenzie
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005-2013
This series of 12 volumes contains transcriptions of births, marriages, conversions, deaths, and obituaries as they were published in Methodist Newspapers between 1830 and 1900. You can buy individual volumes or save by buying the entire 12 volume set. The alphabetical format [alphabetical by surname] of these volumes will enable you to quickly find any of your ancestors whose vital events were reported in the Canadian Methodist newspapers from 1830 to 1900. Many of the entries are from Ontario and Quebec, however there are a significant number of entries from coast to coast across Canada, including Newfoundland. Of note is that some volumes also contain vital events records for people of faiths other than Methodist. Mr McKenzie's detailed and informative introduction to this work provides the reader with all the information necessary to understand and use the material.
Now available in 3 formats: printed book, CD, or PDF download! More Information
BOOK - The Scotch-Irish. Two Volumes in One
By Charles A. Hanna.
Originally published by G. P. Putnam, New York, 1902
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006
This is the basic sourcebook on the Scotch-Irish in North America, a massive compilation of source records pertaining to the Scots who settled in the north of Ireland and their descendants in North America. The Scotch-Irish left Ulster as a result of neo-mercantilist British economic policy in the region, requirements that they pay 10% of their income to the Anglican Church, ongoing friction with their Catholic Irish neighbors, and greater economic opportunity in the New World. ISBN 1-894378-92-X
BOOK - The Sash Canada Wore - A Historical Geography of The Orange Order in Canada
By Cecil J. Houston and William J. Smith
Originally published by Universtiy of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 [CD 2011]
Significant migration of Protestant Irish to Canada in the early 19th century brought with it the establishment of the Orange Order in Canada. This work explores the role of the Orange Order in the unfolding settlement geography of Canada. Protestant Irish soldiers and emigrants, largely Ulster-born, introduced the organization into New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario within the first decade of the nineteenth century. At its zenith, he movement had a membership of as many as one in three Canadians. ISBN 978-1-894378-31-4 (Hardcover Edition) More Information
BOOK - The First Century of Methodism in Canada, 1775-1883. Two Volumes In One
By J. E. Sanderson
Originally published by William Briggs, 1908 (vol. 1) & 1910 (vol. 2)
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008 (CD 2011)
Sanderson's fine history of the early years of Methodism in Canada has served as an essential resource for more than a century. Being out of print for over one hundred years, this new edition has been pubished to provide access for today's researchers. This editon is a facsimile reprint of both of the original volumes, bound into a single book.ISBN 978-1-897446-34-8 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada (1765 - 1880)
By Rev. George H. Cornish
Originally published by Methodist Book and Publishing House, Toronto, 1881
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2001 (CD 2009)
Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada contains historical, educational and statistical information regarding the Methodist Church and specific Methodist Ministers in Canada, dating from the "Beginning of the Work" (1765) in the several provinces of the Dominion of Canada and extending to the Annual Conferences of 1880. Includes information about all of those who served as ministers and circuit riders, complete with a record of where and when they served. Cornish included listings of circuits held by ministers of the Methodist Church in Canada from 1765 to 1880. Includes: Index of Names of Ministers & Probationers; Index of The Circuits and Missions; Index to Illustrations. This book is an important resource for those interested in theology, social history, history and genealogy in early Canada ISBN 1-894378-16-4 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - Getting From Here To There, Identifying the Origins of Immigrants to Canada Revised and Expanded Edition
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2005
One of the more difficult things to do in a family history research project is to identify where your original immigrant ancestor came from. Sometimes we know the country they came from, but not the specific place within that country. In order to find records in the "old-country" it is very helpful to know which town, parish, county etc that the person came from. This book identifies a long list of potential sources in Canada, where you may find that critical piece of information. ISBN 1-897210-80-9 More Information
BOOK - Lovell's 1873 Gazetteer of British North America
By John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
Originally published by John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1998 (CD 2010)
This facsimile reprint of The volume contains over six thousand descriptions and historical facts about cities, towns and villages across Canada, as they were known in 1873. Also included is a listing of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers with their location, size and general information. A table showing the railway and steamboat routes within British North America in 1873, which will assist researchers in understanding the routes that their ancestors may have migrated over. The table lists the distance that each place in British North America is to the nearest railway station or port.ISBN 0-9682524-5-1 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars
By C. Alice Baker
Originally published by E. A. Hall & Co., Cambridge, 1897
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)
This thoughtfully written book provides the reader with the gripping history of Indian attacks in Maine; New Hampshire; and Massachusetts. Events leading up to the attacks and the attacks themselves are described in considerable detail with an emphasis on how those engagements affected specific people, especially those who were captured and removed to Canada. ISBN 1-897210-98-1 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - The Canadian Almanac of 1862
Originally published by W. C. Chewett & Co. 1862.
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003
Many family historians value a carefully compiled almanac. Almanac's assist genealogists, historians, social historians and geographers locate information and records that affected the inhabitants of the area being researched. ISBN 1-897210-98-1 More Information
BOOK - Routes to Roots: A Collection of Genealogical Columns
By Ryan Taylor
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1997
A wide range of genealogical and research topics assist family historians with their quest to uncover their roots. Included is an essay describing how to effectively use libraries for family history research and how to best utilize the skills and training of professional librarians. Routes to Routes is a compilation of newspaper articles written by renowned Canadian genealogist, Ryan Taylor. During his distinguished genealogy career, Taylor was a highly respected genealogy speaker, educator, writer, radio call-in-show genealogy expert, and regular panelist on the popular television show Ancestors in the Attic (History TV). This book is an entertaining read that shares many sound research ideas from the vast experience of Mr. Taylor. ISBN 0-9682524-0-0. More Information
BOOK - Canadian Records of Birth, Marriage and Death: A Guide
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2005
This popular guide provides a province-by-province description of where to access provincial vital records, complete with contact information including postal addresses, telephone numbers (most are toll-free), fax, email addresses and websites. The categories addressed for each province and territory include: Modern Records; Historic Records; Additional Links and Sources. Several helpful maps are included.ISBN 1894571894 More Information
BOOK - Canadian Family History in the 21st Century, Lessons, Links & ResourcesSecond Edition 2005
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
This newly updated and expanded second edition offers readers valuable lessons, links and recommended resources that will help you keep you family history research project on-track, saving time, effort and expense. The author is a popular genealogical lecturer, educator and author/co-author of more than 50 important genealogical and historical books. ISBN 1-897210-68-X More Information
BOOKS on CD ROM - Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation (1867) Vols. 1, 2, 3 and 4
By Don Whyte.
Now available on CD ROM! A unique compilation of thousands of Scottish Imigrants to Canada, taken from a wide range of primary and secondary sources. These volumes document thousands of fur traders, explorers, bankers, railway builders, politicians, farmers, teachers and journalists who came to Canada before 1867. Donald Whyte consulted numerous sources, printed and manuscript, and by extensive correspondence, gathered much information that would not otherwise have been saved for posterity. All four volumes can be purchased on a single CD ROM. A must for anyone searching for Scottish ancestors who migrated to Canada prior to 1867.
BOOK - Counting Canada, A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census
By Dave Obee
Census records are especially useful to researchers because they connect specific people to specific places on specific dates. Census also provide many valuable details about a person, their household members, and neighbours, often including dates of birth, year of immigration, nativity/race, occupation, gender, relationship to the head-of-household, education, deformities, income, and more, depending on the date of census. Agricultural census go even further, providing the researcher with a view of the vitality of the farm operation based on acreage under cultivation, and amount and type of crops harvested, livestock counts, income and more. This 224-page book covers the history of the census, offers advice for effective research and notes the potential pitfalls. The author states that Counting Canada, A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census is "the most comprehensive guide available for researchers using the Canadian census. This could be the most important book on Canadian genealogy this year". Ten maps, 100 illustrations, plenty of internet links and a comprehensive bibliography will be helpful for researchers using this book to more fully understand Canadian census record keeping and the census records themselves. More Information
BOOK - Irish Migrants in the Canadas, A New Approach, Second Edition.
By Bruce S. Elliott
Published by University of Toronto Press
Including a new preface by the author, Irish Migrants in the Canadas probes beyond the aggregate statistics of most studies of the migration process. Bruce Elliott traces the genealogies, movements, landholding strategies, and economic lives of 775 families of Irish immigrants who came to Canada between 1815 and 1855 from County Tipperary, Ireland. He follows his subjects not only from Ireland to Canada but in their subsequent movements within North America. His work has important implications for current discussions of nineteenth-century society in Ireland, Canada, and the United States. "This book is an immigration study on a scale never before attempted ... Any Canadian historian will find this publication quite remarkable. But genealogists are urged to read it and learn from it ... a brilliant legacy." reviewed in Families (the journal of the Ontario Genealogical Society) More Information
GUIDE - Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research
By Brian Mitchell
Published by Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore 2014
Designed to cover the basic elements of genealogical research in just four pages, the GPC Genealogy at a Glance series (GAAG) gives you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. Compiled by an expert, this Genealogy at a Glance guide is a distillation of the key ingredients in Scots-Irish genealogical research. It can be read at a glance and used with total confidence. In keeping with the general format, this GAAG on Scots-Irish genealogy covers the basic facts about Scots-Irish research: Topics covered include: Scots-Irish background; 17th-century Ulster planters; 18th-century emigrants; Passenger lists; Places of origin; Family names; Source records; Repositories.
ISBN 978-0-8063199-6-4 More information
BOOK - Household Counts: Canadian Households and Families in 1901
By Peter Baskerville and Eric W. Sager
Published by Toronto University Press, Toronto, 2007
Eric W. Sager and Peter Baskerville bring together an impressive array of scholars to explore the demographic context of families in Canada using the 1901 census. Split into five sections, the collection covers such topics as family demography, urban families, the young and old, family and social history, and smaller groups as well. The remarkable plasticity of family and household that Household Counts reveals is of critical importance to our understanding of nation-building in Canada. This collection not only makes an important contribution to family history, but also to the widening intellectual exploration of historical censuses.
ISBN 978-0-802038-02-9 More information
BOOK - Prisons, Asylums, and the Public: Institutional Visiting in the Nineteenth Century
By Janet Miron
Published by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, Toronto, 2011
The prisons and asylums of Canada and the United States were a popular destination for institutional tourists in the nineteenth-century. Thousands of visitors entered their walls, recording and describing the interiors, inmates, and therapeutic and reformative practices they encountered in letters, diaries, and articles. Surprisingly, the vast majority of these visitors were not members of the medical or legal elite but were ordinary people. Prisons, Asylums, and the Public argues that, rather than existing in isolation, these institutions were closely connected to the communities beyond their walls. Challenging traditional interpretations of public visiting, Janet Miron examines the implications and imperatives of visiting from the perspectives of officials, the public, and the institutionalized -- sheds new light on popular nineteenth-century attitudes towards the insane and the criminal.
ISBN 978-0-802095-13-8 More information
BOOK - Picturesque Canada: The Country As It Was And Is - 2 Volume Set
Edited by George Munro Grant
Originally published by Beldon Bros., Toronto, 1882
This edition by Hammerburg Productions, Toronto, 2008
Beyond being an extraordinary history, Picturesque Canada: The Country As It Was and Is is one of the most important examples of wood-engraved illustration that has ever been published in Canada. Hammerburg Productions has re-created this gem to a very high standard that has thrilled collectors of Canadian history and illustration. Profusely illustrated with over 500 wood engravings [reproduced in extraordinary detail], many of them full-page. The original book was illustrated under the supervision of L. R. O'Brien, first President of the Royal Canadian Academy.
ISBN 978-9784643-4-9 (2 vol. hardcover set) More information
BOOK - The Land Newly Found, Eyewitness Accounts of the Canadian Immigrant Experience
By Norman Hillmer and J.L. Granatstein
Published by Thomas Allen Publishers, Toronto, 2006
From two of Canada’s preeminent historians comes a highly original compilation of eyewitness accounts from our nation’s immigration history in the words of those who lived the experience. From war brides and home children to refugees and boat people, "The Land Newly Found" not only explores the personal stories of those who choose to make Canada their new home, but provides keen insight into the policies and political struggles of a budding multicultural nation. These eyewitness accounts are broad in scope, revealing the hardships and heartbreak, hard work and happiness of people beginning their lives anew in a foreign land.
ISBN 978-1-926797-51-9 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - Genealogy and the Law in Canada
By Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Digital records and broad access to the Internet have made it easier for genealogists to gather relevant information from distant sources and to share the information they have gathered. The law, however, remains tied to particular geographic locations. This book discusses how specific laws — access to information, personal data protection, libel, copyright, and regulation of cemeteries — apply to anyone involved in genealogical research in Canada.
ISBN 978-1-55488-452-0 (softcover) More information
ATLAS - Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Dominion of Canada. Originally published by H. Beldon and Company, 1880. This premium-quality, limited-edition reprint published 2007 by Hammerburg Productions. The Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Dominion of Canada, was originally published by H. Beldon & Company in 1880. It contains maps of all the existing provinces at the time, as well as maps of the places where early Canadians emigrated from: Europe, Asia, North and South America, United States, Oceania and The World. This county atlas consists of historical text, maps, portraits, and views. Large Format Atlas, 14" X 18.5". More Information.
BOOK - An Unstoppable Force, The Scottish Exodus to Canada
By Lucille H. Campey. This book provides the first exhaustive study of the great Scottish exodus to Canada written in modern times. Using wide-ranging sources, some previously untapped, Lucille Campey examines the driving forces behind the Scottish exodus and traces the remarkable progress of Scottish colonizers across Canada. Mythology and truth are considered side by side as their story unfolds. This book is essential reading for those who wish to understand why they came and the enormity of their achievements in Canada. More information
BOOK - Dixie and the Dominion: Canada, the Confederacy, and the War for the Union
By Adam Mayers
Dixie & the Dominion is a compelling look at how the U.S. Civil War was a shared experience that shaped the futures of both Canada and the United States. The book focuses on the last year of the war, between April of 1864 and 1865. During that 12-month period, the Confederate States sent spies and saboteurs to Canada on a secret mission. These agents struck fear along the frontier and threatened to draw Canada and Great Britain into the war.
ISBN13: 9781550024685 More information
BOOK - Naming Canada, Stories About Place Names from Canadian Geographic by Alan Rayburn. Since 1983 Alan Rayburn has been writing a popular column called `Place Names' for the Canadian Geographic. This volume brings together over sixty columns Rayburn has written; it is at the same time a fine and accurate reference for Canadian place names and a collection of colourful anecdotes. More information
BOOK - A Future Defined: Canada from 1849 to 1873. By: George Bolotenko. Intended for the general public, as well as for students, this volume reflects broadly the development of Canada, and offers the reader a large and varied sampling of archival documents used by researchers to write the history of Canada. More information
BOOK - Using Maps in Family History Research, Revised and Updated
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
his book provides insights into the use of maps for genealogical and historical research. The visual representation of the land and communities on a map can offer evidence in its own right. It is the task of the researcher to carefully evaluate every piece of the puzzle in order to identify and understand individuals, families, migration routes, and even settlement patterns. Examples used include Canada, USA, UK, world. Every family historian can benefit from this valuable booklet.
ISBN 1-894378-85-1 More information
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