There were 15 19th-century additions to the online serials collection of Canadiana.ca on Friday.
Just as today, the almanacs offer homely advice, curiosities, astronomical information, and fanciful weather predictions. They promoted incredible patent medicines “useful in coughs and colds, curing them”, “sweating, aching, tired, tender swollen feet are cured”, “corns, chill blanes, frost bites, bunions, soft corns, ingrowinjg toenails are cured”, “cures old cases of coughs and bronchitis”, “lumbago and rheumatism is greatly relieved”, “a certain cure for cholera infantum”, Parke’s Liver Cure was advertized as “a most efficient remedy for all stomach and liver, dyspepsia, costivness, coated tongue, pimples, headache, dizziness, faintness, female weakness, general debility, chill fever, nausea, kidney trouble, malaria, palpitations of the heart, and nervous disorders.”
Today we have fake news!
You could perhaps find an ancestor mentioned in one of the annual reports or calendars. They could be in the administration, on the staff, a graduate (for a college), or, more likely, a donor. Even those who gave 50c might be included.
|Title||Publication Date||Series||URL (if online)|
|Almanack : the mystery explained||1885||8_01925||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01925|
|Annual report of the Montreal Maternity for the year ending …||1887-1900||8_01916||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01916|
|Annual report of the University Lying-in Hospital, Montreal||Eleventh; Thirteenth-Fourteenth; Sixteenth-Seventeenth; Twenty-First; Twenty-Third-Thirty-First; Thirty-Third-Thirty-Sixth; Thirty-Eighth-Forty-Second||8_01914||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01914|
|Calendar / McMaster University||1888/9 – 1900/01||8_01920||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01920|
|Calendar / Woodstock College||1887/8||8_02021||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_02021|
|Calendar of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton||1861/62; 1863/64 – 1870/71; 1872/73; 1874/75 – 1883/4||8_01919||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01919|
|Constitution, by-laws and rules of order, of the Ontario Teachers’ Association : together with the minutes of the … annual meeting …||1872||8_02455||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_02455|
|Minutes of proceedings of the General Council of Medical Education and Registration of Upper Canada||1867||8_01921||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01921|
|Pain-killer almanac & family receipt book||1867||8_01923||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01923|
|Parke & Parke’s almanac||1898||8_01917||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01917|
|Proceedings / Medico-Chirurgical Society of Montreal||1882/3; 1883/4/5; 1885/6/7; 1887/88/89; 1889/90/91; 1892/93; 1892/93/1893/94||8_01931||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01931|
|The Household almanac||1900||8_01917||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01917|
|The Household almanac||1889||8_01918||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_01918|
|The Pain-killer annual and household physician||1871||8_02433||https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_02433|