Finding treasure in digitized books

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MILFORD I love books, especially local history and genealogy books. Although I own several dozen, I am constantly looking to add to my collection.

But regardless of how many books I buy, I can never own every Atlantic Canada genealogy and history book. Space, money and availability wont permit it.

Often, I borrow from the library, but they dont have every published book either. Family, fellow researchers, museums and archives are also good sources. This week, I discovered another.

Our Roots, Canadas Local Histories (http://www.ourroots.ca/) is an on-line library of Canadian history books. Although limited by copyright, availability and funding, the library is well stocked. Thousands of English and French titles are available.

MILFORD I love books, especially local history and genealogy books. Although I own several dozen, I am constantly looking to add to my collection.

But regardless of how many books I buy, I can never own every Atlantic Canada genealogy and history book. Space, money and availability wont permit it.

Often, I borrow from the library, but they dont have every published book either. Family, fellow researchers, museums and archives are also good sources. This week, I discovered another.

Our Roots, Canadas Local Histories (http://www.ourroots.ca/) is an on-line library of Canadian history books. Although limited by copyright, availability and funding, the library is well stocked. Thousands of English and French titles are available.

The website states, Our Roots provides universal access to unique materials concerning the cultural and social heritage of our nation. Written by Canadians, for Canadians, these local histories represent this nations history from the perspective of those who helped shape it.

Each book listed on the website has been digitized. In other words, every page of each book has been scanned or photographed. You can read these pages and print them if necessary.

Finding a particular book is easy. There is a search engine on the front page or you can select the advanced search engine or browse by title, author or subject.

If you are looking for a particular book, see if it is available by performing a title or author search. If you are looking for every book available for a particular location or subject, select browse by subject.

Narrow the search by choosing the first letter of a key word.

For example, under G, there are Genealogists, Genealogy and Genealogy Handbooks, manuals, etc.

There are 31 Nova Scotia categories under the letter N. Among the subjects are genealogy, history, immigration, colonization, biography and church history.

Entering Nova Scotia into the key word search engine produces 101 results.

Searches can be narrowed by selecting a year or a span between two years.

Browsing with the key word Amherst, I found A History of the Amherst Baptist Church, to which is appended historical notes of the town of Amherst by David Allen Steele (Amherst, NS, 1895) and two other titles.

An interesting book discussing families of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is The Chignecto Isthmus and its First Settlers by Howard Trueman (W. Briggs, Toronto, ON, 1902).

Initial conceived to preserve the Trueman family history, the book also contains information on the New England immigrants 1755-1770, Yorkshire immigrants, first settlers of Cumberland and families connected in marriage with first and second generations of Truemans (Wells, Black, Wood, Purdy, McLeod, Avard, Dixon).

Once on the viewing screen of the digitized book, you have three image sizes to choose from. From here, you can also navigate the pages and chapters from a drop-down menu.



Researchers File

Who were William Coch-ran parents? William was born c.1763 and died at Taylor Village, Westmorland County, NB after 1851. He married Margaret Wallace on February 17, 1785 at Horton, NS. They had three children in NS and six in NB. Contact: Lukas Huisman, 169, 53431 Range Road 221, Ardrossan, AB T8E 2K8; email: yms@albertacom.com



Diana Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer living in Milford, NS.

Submit genealogy queries to RR#1 Milford, Hants County, NS B0N 1Y0; email (subject: Roots to the Past): tibert@ns.sympatico.ca

Organizations: Roots, Amherst Baptist Church

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia, Amherst NB 53431 Range Road Milford New Brunswick Toronto, ON New England Yorkshire Taylor Village Westmorland County Ardrossan Hants County

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