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Article Published July 20, 2002 - Updated 09 April 2010

BOOK REVIEW - History of the County of Annapolis (Nova Scotia)
By Paul Milner, Book Reviewer, Federation of Genealogical Societies (US)

Hardcover edition
History of the
County of Annapolis

Hardcover edition
Supplement to
the History of the
County of Annapolis
Title: History of the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia Including Old Port Royal & Acadia.
Author: By W. A. Calnek
Published: 1897 by W. Briggs, Toronto
Reprint: 1999 by Global Heritage Press, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Details: 660 pp., Illustrations, map, hardcover or softcover

Title: Supplement to the History of the County of Annapolis, Correcting and Supplying Omissions in the Original Volume.
Author: A. W. Savory
Published: 1913 by W. Briggs, Toronto
Reprint: 2001 by Global Heritage Press, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Details: 142 pp., Illustrations, maps, hardcover

For Annapolis, Nova Scotia researchers these books should be treated as a pair and bought together. Mr. Calnek's history was edited, published after his death and later found to contain numerous errors in the genealogical and biographical memoirs section. His history contains 322detailed pages covering: exploration and settlement by the French; conquest and occupation by the British; and struggles with and expulsion of the Acadians. For events after 1755 each township is discussed separately with good coverage of the Loyalist settlements, local government, churches and buildings. The book concludes with 328 pages of genealogical and biographical memoirs which must be treated with caution. The details of public careers and services gathered from the journals of the Legislature and public records in Halifax are accurate. The details of family history and private lives are known to contain errors.

The correction of errors is the primary purpose of Savary's supplement.

The supplement also provides additional notes on some aspects of local history. The detailed maps and the local muster rolls in the appendices are valuable additions. Indexes mention only the principle people so finding your ancestor may involve a lot of reading. But their story is a fascinating one and well worth the effort.

    Source: This book review was originally published in the Federation of Genealogical Societies' FGS Forum, Summer 2002, Volume 14, Number 2, page 31-32. It is reprinted here with the permission.

    Contributor: Paul Milner is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author. He is the book review editor for the FGS FORUM and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Society of Genealogists (London), and several English family History Societies.
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