Storyteller, Historiographer, Family Researcher
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Plant and Gardening Books

The Natural Gardener

All AboutThe Natural Gardener Birds, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies: Invite them into your garden

(2018) Lynn Michael-John Associates, $18.50 + $6 postage

Find out how to let Mother Nature look after your garden, and how you can help her do it!

EEEKKK!!! Bugs in my garden? Yes! There are two kinds of bugs: Good bugs and Bad bugs. The good bugs need something to eat, so its ok to have bad bugs.

Birds, too like to eat bugs, especially in the spring when they are feeding hatchlings. The bugs give them the energy they need to find food for the babies, and the bugs give the babies the protein they need to grow big and strong like Mommy and Daddy birds.

Bees are our special friends and helpers, so grow plants that attract them. Without bees our gardens would not be pollinated and we’d have no fruit or vegetables without them.

Butterflies, too help pollinate our gardens, and they look so lovely flitting from flower to flower! Learn how to identify some of our most populous species and how to grow what they like.

Learn how to invite all of these creatures into your garden!

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Companion Planting

(2018) Lynn Michael-John Associates, $18 + $6 postage

A comprehensive listing of what plants like to be planted together for optimum health, and what plants do not like one another and will likely kill one another if planted to closely together. Also tells which plants deter  or attract a variety of bugs, etc. A good gardening companion.

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Identifying Heritage Apples Across Ontario

(Lynn Michael-John Associates $25 + $6 postage

Ever wondered what variety those “wild apples” are that you go and find every fall? Well now you can! Listed county by county (alphabetically) then township by township, you will easily be able to identify most wild apples you find. The book features 77 varieties in full colour at the back of the book.

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Edible Wild Plants

(January 2019) Lynn Michael-John Associates  $18 + $6 postage

     Treat yourself to some natural foods – cattails, wild ginger, dandelion fritters  – mother nature has supplied us with tasty treats – why not make a burdock pie? Find out how!

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Medicinal Wild Plants

Coming in March, 2019  Lynn Michael-John Associates  $18 + $5 postage

Look after your health the natural way using wild plants. Treat the common cold, stop coughs, fix loose bowels, ease arthritis, keep your hair bright, treat sores on your pets, treat sunburn and much, much more!

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Dyeing With Wild Plants

Dyeing With Wild PlantsComing in March 2019 Lynn Michael-John Associates  $18 + $5 postage

Commercial dyes are harsh, once you’ve seen the colours that mother nature gives us with plants like hyssop, walnut leaf, day lily, and many more. 36 plants are described in this book, with instructions on how to dye yarn or cloth. You won’t believe the colours you can get!

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Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Devon and Cornwall Ancestors, A Sourcebook for Family Researchers (Revised Edition)

(2017 – revised edition) Lynn Michael-John Associates, $15

Paperback: 82 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0969878988

This book is still available in limited quantities and describes ho

w to locate information in Devon and Cornwall about people and life in those English Counties in bygone times.  Includes street addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses where available.


Clarington’s Home Children

(2017) Lynn Michael-John Associates, $25

The stories of 38 Home Children who were sent to the two townships, Darlington and Clarke (now the Municipality of Clarington in Durham Region). There were nearly 700 Home Children sent here between the years 1869 and 1949 – read all about them in this new book!


WW1 Nursing Sisters of Old Durham County

(2014) Lynn Michael-John Associates, $30

The story of 36 WW1 Nursing Sisters from the old county – who they were, where and when they served and what they did after the war. Includes photos of each nurse when available, photos of the field hospitals where they worked in France, Greece, Egypt and England. For those who love local history, this volume is one to keep!


The Churches of Old Durham County

(2014) Lynn Michael-John Associates, $40

At one time there were over 230 churches in the six townships of the old county, now today there are just over 70. What became of those ‘lost’ churches? Why did they close? Where did the congregations go?

This 322 page book covers the history of our churches from the time of the early settlers up to today (2013). If you have an interest in the community in which you live, or you have deep roots in Old Durham, this book will appeal to you.


Currently out of print

The Lowlands of Scotland, A Resource book for Family Researchers

(2012) Lynn Michael-John Associates (out of print)

Postal addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites for archives, libraries, museums, family history societies and other helpful places, for each of the 16 counties of the Lowlands and Borders of Scotland that family researchers can use to further their research. A must-have, especially for those researching the Ulster-Scots connections.

The Ulster Sourcebook, for family researchers

(2011) Lynn Michael-John Associates (out of print)

This genealogy helper takes you through all 9 Northern Ireland/Ulster Counties and gives you postal addresses, e-mail addresses and web addresses for resources for family research. Includes such resources as: libraries, museums, archives, family history and genealogical societies, and websites that offer databases (census, bmd’s, links to other resources).
A must-have for people seeking ancestors in Northern Ireland or Ulster: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry/Londonderry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone



Service in Three Centuries

(2008) Lynn Michael-John Associates (Out of print)

The story of the military service of Bowmanville people from the Napoleonic Wars through to the UN and Peacekeepers of today. Includes chapters: Pre 1900, WW1 (with a section on the nursing sisters who worked at the front lines), WW2, Korea, UN and Peacekeeping Forces. A must read for people with roots in the towns of Bowmanville.


The Damascus Road

(2005) Lynn Michael-John Associates (Out of print)

The Damascus Road is the story of the Bible Christian ministers who served in Canadaand the US between 1831 and 1884.

There is a short biography of each minister, where information was available.  Includes archival photos of most of them and a complete list of the circuits on which they served, by year.

Much of this material comes from their own diaries, journals and letters – their stories told in their own words!

Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference

(2005) Lynn Michael-John Associates (Out of print)

This is the story of where the Bible Christians settled and where they built their chapels – Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba, and three US States – Ohio, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Altogether there are over 200 chapels accounted for, with a brief history of each one.  Some of that history might include who gave the land for the chapel, and who the firstboard of trustees were.
This book is laid out according to the county, then the circuit, then the chapel.
Also given for each circuit are the names of the ministers who served each one and theiryears of service.

A Corner for the Preacher

(2005) Lynn Michael-John Associates

This book looks at the founding of the Bible Christian Branch of the Methodist Church. Who were the people who embraced it? We look at the places they lived, and why conditions existed that caused them to emigrate. We follow them to the ports of departure, and take a look at some of the ships that carried them to their new homes. We accompany them on their often perilous journey across the North Atlantic, and we find them again in the places they settled. Their stories are the stories of ALL who came to our shores, and these stories are told in their own words using their diaries, journals, letters home, and the obituaries written about them by their ministers in years to come.

Irish, Orange and Proud, A Brief History of Cavan Township

(1999) Lynn Michael-John Associates

The story of the settlement and growth of Cavan Township, former Durham County.

The Durham County Companion

(1998) Lynn Michael-John Associates

A book of lists for all six townships of the former Durham County – includes transcriptions of the 1861 Tremaine’s map, and the 1878 Belden’s map; militia lists; post office lists, and others. Thousands of names for family researchers. First edition still available.

The Durham County Companion, Second Edition All the same valuable lists, but the indexes are now in the township books.

The Trail Through The Bush, A Brief History of Manvers Township

(1998) Lynn Michael-John Associates

The story of the settlement and growth of Manvers Township, former Durham County.

Built on Faith and Fortitude, A Brief History of Hope Township

(1997) Lynn Michael-John Associates

A brief history of Hope Township from the first settlers in about 1792 to about 1900.

Hope Township was the eastern-most township along the lakeshore in the former Durham County. It was an early area of settlement in south central Ontario and was an important port at an early date.

The brief history of this township has been sold out for many years, but has been re-published as a Second Revised Edition.

Along the Gravel Road, A Brief History of Cartwright Township

(1996) Lynn Michael-John Associates

From The Oak Plain to the Lakefront, A Brief History of Clarke Township

(1995) Lynn Michael-John Associates

A brief history of Clarke Township from the time of the first settlers in 1796 to about 1900.

Clarke Township has a very  interesting past. Every other decade or so during the 19th century, the seat of power in the township seemed to rotate to another community, as each put on a growth spurt, and, for a time, outpaced the other villages in the township with its industry and or population.  Although the communities of Clarke Township were never very large, they certainly added to the history of the former Durham County, with both the creativity of the people and their struggles to be in the forefront of Ontario society AND leave their mark in it!

The First 200 Years, A Brief History of Darlington Township

(1994) Lynn Michael-John Associates, Second Edition

The First 200 Years is the story of Darlington Township in the former Durham County, Ontario, Canada. The township’s first settlers came in 1794 – the Conant’s, the Burk’s and the Trull’s.  They were not loyalist families, but they did not like the tactics of their countrymen during their revolution and when they saw a chance to get out, they came to Ontario, where Governor Simcoe was offering free land to any and all settlers, if they would come and be loyal to the Crown. Published for the occasion of the bi-centenary of the township.