Colonial CD Books

New Zealand Historical & Genealogical Copy Services & Products

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About Colonial CD Books

Colonial CD Books has been operating for about fourteen years and we have a large collection of old and rare books mainly about New Zealand’s history and the people who took part in the creation of New Zealand’s History.
Because of the expense and because the books I have collected are rare out of print and not readily available anymore, I began scanning, digitising and making these digital versions of the books I have collected available to help others with their Historical and Genealogical research.
These old books are very interesting, mainly written by people who were there, at the time the events took place. Early books such as these are not what we, today, would call politically correct and are not filled with modern analogies. The information these books contain is so valuable and it would be terrible if it was lost. But books are only made of paper and suffer from the wear and tear. Many become fragile and not up to day to day use. So rather than loose this valuable resource I have made copies.

CD Books

After scanning the books the images are converted to PDF and burnt to CD’s. These files are fully searchable, which cuts down the time of researching subject matter.

Facsimile Books

(A facsimile (from Latin fac simile ('make alike'), a spelling that remained in currency until the late 19th century) is a copy or reproduction of an old book, manuscript, map, art print, or other item of historical value that is as true to the original source as possible. These books are exact copies of the original books except for the covers.)
After making CD Books for years I found there are still a lot of people who prefer the real thing, after all it’s a bit difficult to take a Cd to bed to read. So I purchased the equipment to print and bind books. The scanned images are edited page by page and the marks of age are removed.  The pages are then printed and bound with a perfect binding machine. This machine uses hot glue to bind the pages. All of the books have soft card covers and are gloss coated.

Genealogy Products

The products we have on offer are charts, family trees, notebooks and workbooks to help with the display of your genealogical data. How many of us have spent years working on our family history, only to have it sit in files on our computer. What is the point of all your hard work if no one gets to see it.  We also have some colourful children’s genealogy books that make family history look like fun.

Wises Index to Every Place in New Zealand, 1912 Online Edition

This is a copy of the 1912 Edition of Wises New Zealand Index, it is a great asset for finding those out of the way places, and because it is such an early edition also gives some insight into the modes of transport, the size of the populated areas of New Zealand. This edition has been done with OCR and will contain some mistakes that the scanner was unable to read correctly due to age marks on the pages.