Monday, 27 October 2014

Enter if you Dare!!





Tidying up the workbench in the dirt-floored basement of a two hundred year old house and you feel ancient eyes watching you. 

Camping and fishing with buddies in the woods when you get a strong feeling you have to go home. You arrive to find your wife has been in a car accident.

You wake up suddenly in the night thinking of someone you haven't seen in years. The next morning you get a phone call telling you that person died in the night.




Believe them or not, you hear of these instances all the time.  When my grandfather died my Mom and I went to tell my grandmother. When we got there, before we could say anything, Granny said "Herbie's gone!" We told her yes, he had died in the night. Granny said "I woke up in the night and there was a little girl in pigtails at the end of my bed.  She said 'Don't worry about Herbie, we'll take care of him'.  I thought it might have been a dream."  

Ghosts, witches, graveyards and magik have all become part of modern day Halloween.




And costumes! I loved dressing up. Twice I put together a costume for a Halloween event and no one knew who I was.  Once I was a Chinese gentleman with a floor length gold and blue coat with about a hundred buttons down the front, a pantyhose pigtail and coffee grinds beard. The other time I made a half mask with papier-mâché painted white, a top hat from black cardboard, I wore black pants, white shirt and "the" red-lined waterproof black cape my Mom made me when I was about 15, and I was Erik from Phantom of the Opera. It was hilarious watching friends try to figure out who I was.

 When my kids were young I always made their costumes and my sister would take them out trick-or-treating. I liked to stay home and greet the kids at my door, and see all the imaginative costumes.  I got between 150-200 kids from 4:30 with the little ones to after 9:00 with the older "kids". I loved it!  I was disappointed when I moved away and only got 5-6 trick-or-treaters. My new neighbours tell me we get about 20 here.


To get you in the spirit of Halloween let's delve into the world of witches, heretics, martyrs, ghosts, magik and the occult. (Use any of the keywords in these titles to find other books).






Relevant Links:

The Discovery of Witches (Pamphlet)

Records of the Spanish Inquisition

The Salem Witch Trials

The Wonders of the Invisible World 

More Wonders of the Invisible World

Malleus Maleficarum (1486) : Manual on hunting and punishing witches - translated

The Witches of Warboys - 1593

Heresy Files: The records of Hussite Trials in fifteenth century Poland

The "Two Worlds" portrait of spiritual mediums, workers, and celebrities : with brief biographical sketches - Manchester 1897

Runes - Alphabet of Mystery

Write your name in Runes (PBS)

The Book of Halloween

John Hus, the Martyr of Bohemia

List of people burned as heretics

Joan of Arc

List of people burned for witchcraft (Wikipedia)

Irish Jack O'Lantern

Old English social life as told by the parish register (including superstitions) - 1898

Account of the tryals of several witches lately executed in New England : 1862

A Compleat History of Magick, Sorcery and Witchcraft - 1715

The origin of the werewolf superstition 1909

The occult sciences : sketches of the traditions and superstitions of past times, and the Marvels of the present day - 1855

La magie et l'astrologie dans l'antiquité et au moyen âge : ou, Étudesur les superstitions païennes qui se sont perpétuées jusqu'à nos jours – 1868

Phantoms of the deep, or: legends and superstitions of the sea and of sailors - 1903

New England spiritualists' association - list of officers - 1854

Workers in the vineyard: the progress of spiritualism, biographical sketches - US 1896

The Book of Forbidden Knowledge c1900

Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes: Sciences des mages. -hermétique. - astrologie, - kabbale. - Franc-maçonnerie, - médecin ancienne. - aberrations de tout order, - curiosités, - mesmérisme. - sorcellerie. - singularites. sources bibliographiques et documentaires sur ces sujets, etc – 1912

List of famous ghosts of the world (Wikipedia)

Halloween (Wikipedia) - History, costuming, games, food, haunted attractions, etc

The Witches' Dream Book and Fortune Teller 1885

The Discoverie of Witchcraft : wherein the lewde dealings of witches and witchmongers is notablie detected... howbeit verie necessarie to be knowne: 1584

Second sight secrets and mechanical magic  1905

Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Island of Scotland: 1902

Highland Superstitions : Druids, Fairies, Witchcraft, Second-sight, Halloween - 1901

Second sight explained - 1880

The Other World; or, Glimpses of the Supernatural. Being facts, records, and traditions relating to dreams, omens, miraculous occurences, apparitions, wraiths, warnings, second-sight, witchcraft, necromancy, etc - 1875

Book of Riddles and 500 Home Amusements: Incl games, magic, second-sight, etc: 1863

Costume Ball, Mount Royal Hotel, Montreal 1924 (McCord Museum Photos) 


Historical Costume Reception and Ball, Château Ramezay, Montreal 1898

Photos of costumed party-goers 1800's McCord Museum

Les simulachres et histoirees faces de la mort, autant elegamment pourtraictes, que artificiellement imagines: Lyon 1538 



Sunday, 26 October 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Irish Names and a two-fer!



Like many, I have hard-to-find ancestors whose children immigrated from Ireland. I have a story handed down that my 3x great grandmother was catholic, from a wealthy family and in love with a man who was protestant and they were forbidden to see each other. So they did what any hot-blooded young couple would do, they eloped!  I don't know if they married in Ireland or somewhere in the UK, on a ship, or in Canada, but they first show up in records when they had their first child, my 2x great grandfather in 1840 in Quebec.

I have other ancestors from Ireland that are maybe not as interesting, but just as hard to find.

The other day I came across this interesting book:






Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland: for the guidance of registration officers and the public in searching the indexes of births, deaths, and marriages

It gives variations of spelling, names from English to Irish, abbreviations or nicknames, etc, then pages of Surnames with variants.
 
You get about half way through the book and find it is two books for the price of one!  The Second half is titled "Authorship and Publication: a concise guide for authors; including the law of copyright" - it is also quite interesting, with info on everything from titles, choice of paper and size of type to bookbinding, publishing and copyright.
 
Hopefully this book will help you in your quest to find those elusive Irish ancestors, and give you some sage advice when it comes time to publish your genealogical findings.
 
 

Monday, 20 October 2014

All Aboard!





The railways played a major role in our history, as did the people who worked for them.

I always loved going on the train. Growing up we lived outside the city and once a year at Christmas time my mother would take us kids on the Canadian Pacific Lakeshore  commuter train into Montreal's Windsor Station. From there we would walk up the hill to Ste. Catherine Street to see the magical Christmas window displays in the major department stores. Then of course to visit Santa, ride on the Toyville Train, and do our own shopping at the Red Basket Shop in Eaton's Department Store. In 1957 my parents took us on the Canadian Pacific train from Montreal to Alberta where my Mom's cousin had a ranch. That was quite an adventure for my 7 year old self and my brothers.

One day skipping school, my friend and I walked from the high school to the bus station, hopped on the train and stayed one car ahead of the conductor to the next stop where we got off to walk to her house.



As a young adult working in the city I took the train every morning  for the hour+ ride into the city. Sometimes on the way home I would get off the train at Montreal West and walk to my grandmother's house, a short walk from the station. We would visit for a while then I would get a later train home. The car interiors were certainly not like today.  The seats were plush blue upholstery that were very comfortable, and brass accents throughout the cars. Some people reclined the back of their seat and slept for the duration, others took this time to read the morning papers or catch up on work. If you wanted to socialize the backs of the seats switched sides so two seats could be facing each other. There were washrooms at each end of the cars. At that time I didn't know, nor think about it, but my paternal great grandfather, who I never met, once worked for the company that made those cars.  He worked his way up to yardmaster at Canada Car, which became Canadian Car and Foundry with a merge in 1911. There is a photo of the Canadian Car & Foundry shop taken in 2003 here.

In 1910 my maternal great grandfather worked 56 hours a week as a brass finisher for the Canadian National Railway to earn $557 for the year. His son (my grandfather's brother) Alexander, being a young man of 20, having no family and perhaps not as experienced, worked the same 56 hours as a brass finisher to earn $365 that year. My grandfather started working for the railroad when he came home from the war. He was a master steamfitter for Canadian National Railway. I have a couple of other ancestors who worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad.... and a scandalous 2x great uncle that was engineer foreman for the Grand Rapides & Indiana Railway at Cheboygan, Michigan. 

My husbands maternal grandparents immigrated to Canada from Galicia, Austria, with the promise of free land in Canada's West.  On May 19, 1900 the family of 8 left Hamburg on the steamship Arcadia and arrived at the old Pier 2 in Halifax on June 2nd. From there, with their fellow immigrants, they boarded the waiting train and travelled across the country to Winnipeg, Manitoba.... to a new life.




One time when my husband and I were coming back from the east, we stopped on our way home at Craigellachie near Revelstoke, BC where the "Last Spike" was hammered home, completing Canadian Pacific’s trans-continental railway. If you are out that way it is well worth the stop.

If there are no surviving records of employees of the railroads, there are lots of magazines, souvenir albums and pamphlets that could tell the story of your railway employee ancestors, and perhaps mention their name.


Relevant Links:

Grand Trunk Railway employees' annual pic-nic to Campbellford (Ont)  1883

BiAnnual Reports of Railroad Commissioner, names of officers - US

The Canadian Pacific Railway Employee Sketches

The Delaware and Hudson Railroad Bulletin (several issues 1929-1938)

The Frisco Railroad employees' magazine 1925 (01 & 02)

Illinois Central Railroad employees' magazine 1914-1922

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employees' magazine (Vol 1-7)

Souvenir Album; Home for the Aged and Disabled Railroad Employees - US 1911

International official souvenir; Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America 1902

Illustrated souvenir, tourist guide and time table of the Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway Company - Ontario 1909

Grand Trunk Pacific (directors, info, map, etc) 1911

Grand Trunk Railway System 1896-1907

Grand Trunk Railway general passenger time table - 1880

Train Collection at Library Archives Canada

Train Collection at LAC 2 - (newer link)

Railway Employees (Employees Provident Fund - Canada) - LAC

Chinese workers of the Canadian Pacific Railway - LAC

National Archives UK - Railway workers

Traveller's Guide to the Railways of England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, France and Germany 1843

Railway Times - London (Gazette and News - several volumes)

Disturnell's railway and steamship guide - fares, maps,  hotels, etc - 1854

Chicago Railway Equipment Company ; souvenir album 1893-1908

A souvenir of the "Overland limited train" 1897

Utah Central Railroad jubilee; souvenir program 1870

Cheshire Archives Railways Staff Database - 17 staff registers of 4 railway companies

Railroad Souvenir Books (Trove) - Australia

Nominal Roll of the First Railway section (AIF) - NSW, AU

The Great Eastern Railway Society - UK

Caledonia Railway Association

The Erie Railroad Archives

Illinois Central Railroad Records

List of Shareholders ; Grand Trunk Railroad of Canada 1875

The Railway Purchasing Agent's Directory, containing directions where to purchase every article used in constructing and operating railways, also, a list of railways, with name and address of officials in charge of purchasing departments - US 1900

Summer vacation tours ; 1905 (throughout US to Canada w/prices)

A souvenir, trans-continental excursion of railroad agents (w/names list) US 1870

From Canadian Pacific Railway; Souvenir illustrating the insignia of the Canadian Army, is a simple tribute to the Canadian soldiers - 1918

The Canadian Pacific Railway: Manitoba, the Canadian northwest, testimony of actual settlers 1885

Records of the National General Ticket Agents Association - 1885-1878

US Railroad Employee Retirement Claim Records

British and Irish Fallen Railway Men of the First World War

Central Pacific Railway Company Chinese Employee Payroll, 1865

Listing of Railway Workers in Nova Scotia






Sunday, 19 October 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Automobile Registration



I came across something this week that reminded me of the first car I drove. 
But let's start back a few years.....


My paternal grandfather was a travelling salesman and owned a 1928 Buick Sedan. Every summer he packed up the car with gear and took the family camping in Maine.

My Dad always had old used cars and worked on them himself in the driveway. Before the war he had an old Ford Roadster, and I found the registration card among his papers.


Dad was living at his parents' place after the war, and was fixing another old car of his on the driveway - Mom was on the ground under the car taking bolts out of the oil pan, all smeared with oil, when his parents drove up... and that was how they met her.  

My Dad used to let us sit on his knee and "drive" the car when we were little, but when I was turning 16 and ready to get my license I wanted to learn to drive from someone who would be more patient with me. I signed up for the driving lessons that were being given at the Lakeshore YMCA . The instructor picked up three of us in his special vehicle that had a passenger side brake. He even had us drive into the city at traffic hour! I got my license first try.

At that time the car I was allowed to drive was my Mom's - a second hand early 60's beige coloured Studebaker Gran Turismo, that had been owned by the president of a company.  I loved that car, it wasn't huge like a lot of cars of that time and it felt sporty.  At 16 I also loved that when I pulled in at a gas station the young attendants always asked to look under my hood. My friends and I got summer jobs at the new mall that year, and I drove us all to and from work. My Dad wanted me to be able to change a flat tire, so he made me take off all four and put them back on again, jumping on the jack handle to make sure the lug nuts were all tight. My parents were away when we had our first snowfall that year, so Dad had a friend come over and help me to practice winter driving. In later years I was the go-to person when any of my friends had to go to the city or out in a snow storm.

France was the first country to introduce the license plate in 1893. The first in North America were made in Massachusetts in 1903.  Following are links to some US Automobile Registration books, with owners name and residence.  Some say the kind of vehicle. 
Perhaps you can check with your department of motor vehicles to see if there are old vehicle registration or permit books that have survived.

The first link is the booklet I found that started me thinking of my first car.
On this list, the first name is that of Mr Fank D Kemp of Springfield Massachusetts, who had a 1925 Paige with the license plate number 88.


New England auto list and tourist ; containing complete list of all automobiles including dealers' and commercial cars also motor cycles registered in New England

California Automobile Registration 1914-1916

California Automobile Registration (1917 and 1921)

California Registration of motor vehicles and names of licensed chauffeurs

List of registered motor vehicles - Connecticut - to 1920

Vehicle registration history and info for different countries (Wikipedia)





Thursday, 16 October 2014

WWI Service Records




LAC (Library and Archives Canada) has just announced  in their Blog that they have now uploaded the first batch of WWI CEF Service records to their website.

You can access these records at the LAC website, Soldiers of the First World War.


 

"As of today, 76,330 files are available online. Regular uploads of about 5,000 files will take place every two weeks. All digitized files are searchable by name, regimental number and rank. We will inform you as more digitized files are added to the database."


Monday, 13 October 2014

The Photographic Album





My Dad, Thomas Ray Edward Seale, was a Lieutenant in the Canadian Artillery during WWII. We have a book titled "History of the Fifteenth Canadian Field Regiment; Royal Canadian Artillery 1941-1945" in which they not only mention his name several times, but there is a photo of him in Holland (this book not yet digitized). There are also photos of other soldiers throughout the book. It is one of many books about WWII available in libraries and the archives. My grandfather is also mentioned in a book about his WWI battalion, but there are no pictures.



So I wondered if there were other books or albums with photos on the internet and I came across a photograph album made for Frances Pleasants, who taught wounded soldiers at the Army Hospital in Germantown, PA during the Civil War. It contains photos of her and some of her soldier patients.




I found a few albums of war time, and some of prominent people, and I also noted a couple of specialty albums. You can find many albums of photographs of towns or specific events, but I focused on albums that contained photos of various people, and families.

My parents were antique dealers for several years and at times they bought all the contents of a house that was going to be sold. Often there were old photo albums.  They were a very popular item in the 70's and I wonder what happened to the photos that were in them. You can find photo albums in flea markets, antique shops and on ebay.

At Internet Archive you can search using keywords: album, photograph, photographic (add record), photographer, pictorial, etc. If you use keywords "family photo", "family album" and variations you will get many results. Another good keyword is "souvenir" with the name of the town or event. Also many albums on Trove.


Relevant Links:


Photograph album of Frances Pleasants - Civil War photos of her and soldier patients.

Photographic Record and Souvenir of the Canadian Grenadier Guards Overseas Battalion "Eighty Seventh" 1916

Grönbecks Album from Stockholm Sweden - some date stamped late 1800's

Czech Album of Politicians - Ceské album Poitikove

First portrait albums owned by Walter Deane, chiefly contains portraits of botanists and other naturalists.

Second portrait album owned by Walter Deane

Photograph album; Geikie family (Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist 1882

Album "Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and their Mothers" - 1915

Photographs of Indians Selected from the Collection in the Possession of the US Geological Survey of the Territories - 1876 (read description at bottom)

Photo Album and Family Bible of the William Janney and Sarah B Wilson family of Fulton County, Illinois and Phelps County, Nebraska

A James Baker Williams family album - 1949 Connecticut

The Cantrell family: a biographical album and history of the descendants of Zebulon Cantrell : covering the period from 1700 to 1898 (Illinois)

Ellington 1918 - Flight Training Texas

Compilation of portraits of distinguished men and women of the time, etched by Adolphe Lalauze, with their words of praise for the tonic Vin Mariani

Michigan Volunteers of "98: a Complete Photographic Record - 1898

A photographic record of the 101st US Field Artillery, 1917 : Col John H Sherburne commanding officer 1918

Photographic reproductions of the men from Granville County, NC - WWI 1920

History of the Great Northwest and its men of progress: w/portraits - 1901

Royal photograph gallery : placing on home exhibition, photographs of the majestic and imposing in nature ... to which is added portraits of the world's most famous people.

The History of Worcester and its People - 1919

Portraits and autographs, an album for the people - UK 1891

History of Dunklin County, MO 1845-1895 ; with an album of its people and homes

Souvenir Autograph album; Chicago Grand Opera Co

Illustrated souvenir of the Winnipeg Theater, season 1906-1907

Souvenir Portrait album of member, Ancient and honorable artillery -  Mass 1903

Souvenir of the Canadian discharge depot; a memento of the last rest camp England 1918

Souvenir Program book Silver Anniversary Jubilee 1913-1938 - Avenel Fire Co - NJ

Souvenir pictorial history of Local Union no 104 - San Francisco 1910

Nobel men of the West, including members of the US Supreme Court, prominent lawyers and business men in the Western states.

Preston Industrial Co-op; Memento of the Guild Merchant - 1902

Order of Woodmen of the World Convention: Souvenir of Niagara Falls 1916

The evolution of photography: with a chronological record of discoveries, inventions, etc.. contributions to photographic literature, and personal reminiscences extending over forty years. 1890

Family Albums (AU)

Kosmopolitan Klub Album (AU)



Sunday, 12 October 2014

Serendipity Sunday - NOAA: Search and Rescue


The other day I happened upon an OpenSource file from 2007 of NOAA employees.





In 2005 my husband left with a friend in his 40' Ketch to sail to Hawaii. He purchased as much safety equipment as he thought necessary before leaving. One thing he bought was an EPIRB. This is an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon used to alert search and rescue services in case of emergency. Before leaving on an offshore voyage, you register the EPIRB with NOAA, the National and Oceanic Atmosphere Administration through their Cospas-Sarsat Program. You can get a device for air and land satellite tracking also. You can see from their website that there are many instances where you would want a registered satellite beacon with you.

"The Cospas-Sarsat Program is an international organization that provides space-based relay of distress signals, or alerts, from emergency beacons that use the 406 megahertz (MHz) frequency.  Cospas-Sarsat provides the alerts to search and rescue (SAR) authorities internationally.
The governments of Canada, France, Russia and the United States (the Parties) have signed an agreement to provide for the long-term operation of the system and to support the objectives of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concerning search and rescue."

If historical ships had these there would have been more lives saved and less ships lost.
Thank heaven my husband didn't need to activate his beacon, but I felt better knowing he had it out in the middle of the Pacific ocean, with that stormy weather they encountered.

In the link below you can download the excel file I found that lists all the employees of NOAA as of Dec 2007, with their names, job titles, salary, hire date and pay grade. It was found at Internet Archive here.

There are lists of historical shipwrecks in my article of 29 May 2014: Shipwrecks 


Relevant Links:



 


 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Trade Promotions






I remember as a kid our yearly calendar usually came from a local business, just as some still do today.  I remember one that had a little thermometer embedded down one side. One way a company would advertise was to print a calendar or diary, or to send seasonal greetings to their customers. 



Another way to advertise was to sponsor a convention or national meeting and have souvenir books printed for participants. These would typically have local advertising and information, plus names or sometimes photos of the company holding the convention.

Some companies tried to foster a sense of family with their employees by holding annual picnics. I had never been to a company picnic, but a company I once worked for in Quebec had a family day at a "cabane à sucre", or sugar shack, in the spring, and we had a great time. I did go to a church picnic a couple of times.  My grandmother's church held their spring picnic on the island where we lived. There was lots of food, games and entertainment. My Grampa was up for participating in all the races and games with us.




Use keywords: souvenir, employees, greeting, and name of business if you know it. Also, don't forget company magazines.        

Relevant Links:


The Grand Trunk Railway employees annual pic-nic to Campbellford, ON 1883



















Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thank You!





Yesterday's article was Post #100! 

When I started posting April 30th I wasn't really sure if I could keep coming up with things to write about, and surely wasn't expecting to have readers from all over the world! But drawing from my own family history, some ideas begat more ideas and here we are 100 posts later and I still have ideas on the back burner. Thank goodness, eh?

These are the top 3 posts to date:

The most talked about and highest ranking post was "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" from August 18th.

A close second was "More Than BMD" from August 11th.

Third was "Guilds and Apprenticeships" from May 31st.

I really enjoyed writing the War series posted every day during the first week of June leading up to D-Day, but my favourite has to be the Mother's Day post, "Who's your Momma?" as I paid homage to my female ancestors.

I'd really like to thank you all for your interest and for taking this journey with me as we find more than birth, marriage and death records, and strive to add character and life to our ancestors' stories.

Dianne

Monday, 6 October 2014

Trade Directories








When I started doing genealogy online I didn't expect to find so much of interest.  As far as I knew my ancestors were farmers. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have ancestors with a variety of interesting occupations. There are carpenters, goldsmiths, wrights, steamfitters, hat makers, pub owners, tailors ... the list goes on.

Before there was internet and 411 apps we used to look up a business in the yellow pages. If you lived in a big city the yellow pages had a separate book, and a fat heavy one at that. But the idea of the yellow pages goes way back.  I found a book by J M Cowper in which he compiled "a list of Intrants" - a list of persons permitted to trade in the city of Canterbury from 1392-1592. Another I found was a London merchant directory from 1677.

Every merchant may not necessarily be listed.  Besides city, state or country merchant and business directories, often a trade would have it's own directories or lists. 



Even if your ancestor was not a merchant in town, the directories will tell you the kinds of businesses there were, giving the probable main employment for the population, plus the train and shipping schedules, perhaps what their neighbours did, etc.
  
At Internet Archives search using keywords: [trade] + directory, + list, + merchants, etc   


Relevant Links:


Directory of the hat, cap and fur trades, United States and Canada - 1880

An alphabetical list of merchants, traders and housekeepers residing in Montreal 1820

Intrants: A list of persons admitted to live and trade within the city of Canterbury, on payment of an annual fine, from 1392-1592

The Little London directory of 1677 ; list of merchants and bankers

The Roll of Freemen of the city of Canterbury from AD 1392-1800

The lumberman's directory and reference book of the United States and Canada - 1891

Irish Flax Growers - 1796

The Irish linen trade hand-book and directory - 1876

Guinness Brewery at St James's Gate in Dublin from 1759 to present (Employee records)

Kelly's Directory of the Leather Trades - UK 1880

Collegium - International Society of Leather Trade Chemists

American carriage and wagon and accessory trades directory : including manufacturers and dealers in automobiles - 1903

Edinburgh and South of Scotland Trades' Directory - 1900

Fogerty's directory of the jewelry and kindred trades in the United States - 1877

Pacific Coast Trade Directory - United States and Canada - 1880

Delmar's new, revised and complete classified trades directory and mercantile manual of Mexico, Central America and the West India Islands - 1889

American Book Trade directory - 1912

Phillips' paper trade directory of the World - 1923

Illustrated directory of Kansas oil Men - 1918

The Grocers' hand-book and directory - 1883

Directory of Food & Fur Breeders of America - 1919

The Canada Trade Directory - 1851

The White Directory of manufacturers of furniture and kindred goods of the United States, British Provinces, and Mexico 1901 

List of notaries whose notarial records are deposited in the archives of Montreal 1847

The law list; being a list of the judges and officers of the courts of justice: UK 1841

A list of the wardens, assistants and livery, of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1907

National Confectioners' Association; Souvenir of the Hub - 1894

Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland (various)

The Canadian legal directory ; a guide to the Bench and Bar of the Dominion 1878

Men-at-the-bar; A biographical list, Members of Various Inns of Court; UK 1885

Lovell's Canadian Commercial Compendium (Law) 1909

Commercial Directory of Manila 1901

Commercial Directory of Latin America - 1892

Fowler's Paisley commercial directory 1839

Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners; 1860-1910

Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners Report w/members 1907

Plumbers, gas and steam fitters journal of United States and Canada - Jan 1919

The old merchants of New York City (several volumes)

Biographies of successful Philadelphia merchants 1864

The Edinburgh and Leith Directory to July 1800; private gentlemen, merchants, traders

Jones Merchant and Trader Directory of Glasgow 1789

New York City Record - Government Employees name, position and salary - 1886

Polk's Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory - 1863 +

A list of early American Silversmiths and their marks - 1917

Canada Post Offices, with the names of the Postmasters - 1871-1872

USA Post Offices, with names of Postmasters

List of originators of fruits and vegetables in the US: with addresses and names of specialties - 1891

The Bankers' Directory and list of bank attorneys: USA (1879,1891,1916)

Leading Insurance men of the British Empire 1892

The Lawyer List (International) - several years 1900's

The Haciendas of Mexico : a list of plantations and principal farms in the Republic of Mexico together with the names and post office addressees of their owners  1886

A list of the names of the members of the United Company of Merchants of England, trading to the East-Indies, who appear qualified to vote at their general courts - 1815

The Quebec directory for 1822 : containing an alphabetical list of themerchants, traders and house keepers, &c. within the city


Paper Mill  Directory of the World 1883

Paper Mill  Directory of England, Scotland and Ireland 1871

Chemical Directory - list of Chemists and Druggists in England and Wales 1852

Heaton's Commercial Handbook of Canada