Friday, 17 June 2011

The Canadian Bookman

Just added to the Internet Archives texts are volumes 4-5, December 1921- December 1923, of the   Canadian Authors Association monthly publication The Canadian Bookman.

The Canadian Bookman had the aim, first to deal with all subjects of current interest in the Canadian literary sphere. and second, when dealing with other subjects, to sound concerning them a characteristically Canadian voice. It took on increasing concern for the book trade as well as literary matters.

You will find numerous mentions and even photographs of Canadian authors and luminaries in The Canadian Bookman, but are unlikely to find ordinary folk unless in the published lists of new members and associate members. 

Genealogy is mentioned twice:

"Captain C. E. Lart. who is the author of the article, "Eye-Witnesses' Accounts of the British Repulse of Ticonderoga," in the December Canadian Historical Review, is doing a great deal of important research work in Canadian history and genealogy in the British Museum and also in France...."

A January 1823 article on Caughnawaga, opposite Montreal on the south side of the St. Lawrence, noted that ," .. unwearied delving work in the field of genealogy left by the Abbe Joseph Gillaunie Forbes, who spent fifteen years at the settlement before becoming Bishop of Joliette in 1913. This missionary found that Eunice Williams, one of the Deerficld captives of 1704, has left a posterity of one hundred descendants living in Caughnawaga: that the young boy Silas Rice, who was captured at Marlboro, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1703 and had married into the tribe, had a living posterity in the year 1900 of over thirteen hundred descendants, and that Jacob Hill and John Stacey, the two boys taken near Albany in 1755 and adopted by the tribe, had become the ancestors of fifteen hundred of its members."

748 pages of The Canadian Bookman are now online at http://www.archive.org/details/canadianbookman45cana

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