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BOOK - History of Prince Edward Island (1875)
By Duncan Campbell
Originally published by Bremner bros., Charlottetown, 1875
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2002, 2005
This rare early history of Prince Edward Island has been reprinted by Global Heritage Press and includes a new index by Patricia Arnold.
224 pages + pages of original advertisements; orginally published in 1875; this reprint published in 2003; new index from Global Heritage Press; 6" X 9"; hardcover. ISBN 1-894378-66-0 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The Arrival Of The First Scottish Catholic Emigrants In Prince Edward Island, And After
By "The Committee"
Originally published by The Journal Publishing Co. Ltd., Summerside, 1922
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005 (CD 2010)
The book provides a detailed account of emigration of Scottish Catholics to Prince Edward Island, their settlement in the new land, and the establishment of a vibrant community. Everyone with an interest in the history, families and settlement of Prince Edward Island will find this a fascinating peek into the migration of one religious group and how that relates to the overall settlement and history of the island. ISBN 1-897210-74-4 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The Early History of the Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island
By Rev. John C. MacMillan
Originally published by L'Evénement Printing Co., Quebec, 1905
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2007
The Early History of the Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island provides an insider's account of the early Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island, Canada. However, the book also serves a wider audience -- those with an interest in P.E.I. history. The first seven chapters deal primarily with discovery, settlement, population increases, war, inbound migration, land division, Highland immigration, etc.. The remaining chapters focus on people and events as they relate to the establishment and development of Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island. ISBN 97-1-89746-16-4 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The French Régime in Prince Edward Island (1720-1758)
By D. C. Harvey
Originally published by Yale University Press, New Haven, 1926
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006
The author provides an authoritive history of Prince Edward Island during the thirty eight years of the French régime (1720-1758).
From settlement to expulsion, the reader explores the experiences of the inhabitants and learns how the politics of the time affected those French families who chose to settle on Île Saint-Jean. ISBN 1-897210-93-0 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The Acadians Before 1755
By Régis Brun
First edition published by Régis Brun, Moncton, 2005
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2012
What was Acadie before 1755? This book answers the question by looking at five specific regions of early Acadie: Port-Royal, the Minas Basin and Cobeguit, all of which became part of Nova Scotia at the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713; Île Royale, which remained a French possession in 1713 but became British, under the name Cape Breton, in 1763, and Chipoudie, on the Petcoudiac River, in what came to be called New Acadie by historians, and officially became New Brunswick in 1784.
ISBN 978-1-926797-55-7 (softcover) More information
BOOK - Historic Charlottetown, Images of our Past
By Julie V Watson
Published by Nimbus Publishing, Halifax
Proudly known as the "birthplace of Canada," Charlottetown has been a provincial capital since 1765. The town owes its distinguished history not only to the well-known role it played in Canadian Confederation, but also for its development as the commercial centre and chief port of Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Historic CharLottetown brings history to life through historical black and white images and descriptions of the town's steady development up to the end of the Second World War. Award-winning author Julie Watson describes the careful town plan that resulted in Charlottetown's grand public squares; the continual struggle to maintain crucial transportation links to the mainland; the rich cultural life that led to the town's connection with two of the nation's best-loved artistic figures, L. M. Montgomery and Robert Harris; and of course, Charlottetown's role as host of the first discussions on Canadian union in 1864. Charlottetown is truly one of the nation's historic provincial capitals.
ISBN 1-55109-599-8 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Historic Summerside 1900-1970
By Ian Lawrence
Published by Nimbus Publishing, Halifax
Historic Summerside looks at the many roles the Prince County capital has taken on since its incarnation as a mercantile and service centre in the early 1900s-from becoming the world headquarters of the lucrative silver fox industry to its transformation into a military town with a world-class air force base. Besides well-known businesspeople and community leaders like R.T. Holman and Wanda Wyatt, Summerside residents have left an indelible mark on the history of the province-and the country-through their passion for sport, heritage, and culture. Brilliant photographs from the Read and Sears studio archives, as well as from individual and family collections, illustrate the highs and lows of this town's fascinating and dynamic history.
ISBN 1-55109-385-53 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Those Splendid Girls, The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War
By Katherine Dewar
Published by University of Prince Edward Island, Island Studies Press, 2014
In their day, the many Island women who served as nurses in WWI didn't see themselves as heroic. But 100 years later, and knowing better the horrors they endured in that war, this book salutes the courage of all Canadian nurses who served and redresses a century-old wrong: the absence in the historical narratives of Prince Edward Island -- and of Canada -- of the contribution of nurses to the First World War. At war's end, many Island nurses were unwilling to swap their wartime autonomy and authority for housework or poorly paid nursing positions on P.E.I.; instead they took up senior positions in nursing schools and in hospital administration, most often in the "Boston States" and in California, and through these, they achieved lasting contributions to the profession of nursing in North America in the 20th century. A valuable resource for genealogists. ISBN 978-0-9190130-80-3 More information
BOOK - Booze: A Social Account of Prohibition on Prince Edward Island, 1878-1948
By J Clinton Morrison
Published by Cresent Isle Publishers, Summerside, June 2013
Stories and songs of the time of prohibition have become a permanent part of PEI culture and folklore. This book chronicles the true story of alcohol on Prince Edward Island, its place historically in Island culture, the rise and fall of temperance and abstinence movements, and the impact of prohibition.
ISBN 978-0-9809110-8-4 (softcover) More information
BOOK - Century of Farewells, A Biographical Dictionary of Prince Edward Island Immigrants, 1800-1900 - 2 Vol Set
By J. Clinton Morrison
Every family history researcher with ties to Prince Edward Island is going to want to have a copy of this two volume set. The author, an award winning history and genealogy writer, has compiled an alphabetically organized (by surname) collection of information about immigrants to Prince Edward Island between 1800 and 1900. Volume One begins with a section that provides historical context for the researcher. However, the bulk of the bulk of the material is biographical information about specific immigrants including the sources where the information was found. The author includes parts of several old maps to illustrate the locations of specific individuals.
ISBN 978-0-9809110-6-0 More information
BOOK - A Very Fine Class of Immigrants. Prince Edward Islands Scottish Pioneers. 1770-1850
By L. H. Campey
A Very Fine Class of Immigrants is essential reading for individuals wishing to trace family links or deepen their understanding of how and why the Island came to acquire its distinctive Scottish communities, by accessing, for the first time, by using underused and unused sources like Lloyd's List and the Lloyd's Shipping Register. Previous studies of early Scottish emigration to the New World have tended to concentrate on the miseries of evictions and the destruction of old communities. In this groundbreaking study of the influx of Scots to Prince Edward Island, the widley held assumption that emigration was solely a flight from poverty is challenged. By uncovering previously unreported ship crossings, as well as a wide range of manuscripts and underused sources such as customs records and newspaper shipping reports, the book provides the most comprehensive account to date of the influx of Scots to the island. More information
BOOK - Planters, Paupers, and Pioneers: English Settlers in Atlantic Canada
By Lucille H. Campey
Lucille Campey studies evidence of early English settlement in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. Beginning with the Planters and Loyalists of English descent who arrived from the United States in the second half of the 18th century, she goes on to consider the growing influx directly from England after 1815 and ends with the assisted emigration schemes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including those that involved destitute children. Detailed information relating to ship crossings and settlement locations is distilled to provide new insights on how, why, and when the four Atlantic provinces came to acquire their English settlers. What attracted them? Was the rapid industrialization taking place in England a major push factor? How did trade links influence settlement locations?
ISBN 978-1-55488-748-4 (Softcover) More Information
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