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History of the County of Middlesex, Ontario, 1899, Part A

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History of the County of Middlesex, Ontario, 1899, Part A. (1899) At about the turn of the 19th century there was a flurry of books, written on commission, to record the biographies of some of the wealthier families in a particular area.

Indeed this is one of them, but the approximately 460 biographies occupy only about a third of the book. The other two thirds of the book provides so much information on the history and make up of the Middlesex County it'll be impossible to do it full credit in this short description. Only by reading it will you realize the scale of this work. The author went out of his way to mention the names of people living in the area if they had left any sort of record of their activities. There are even transcriptions of some of the early parish registers giving the records of marriages from about 1833 through about 1839 (depending on the church.) Each township and each city has its own paragraph describing how it originated and how it was organized. There are copies of early accounts showing the civil income and expenditure. The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians, and to cooperate with local libraries, museums and record offices in providing money to renovate old books in their collection, and to donate books to their collections, where they will be preserved for future generations.

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