Hudson's Bay Company Archives.
If you haven't contacted them yet,
do. Offer all the info you have about your ancestor
and be patient. Fees for copies are modest (I'm on
a fixed income and I could afford'em). And, if you
have genealogical information on your descendant, the
Archive would be interested in a copy to put in his/their
file(s), to be shared with any other descendants who
might contact them. Genealogical information should
be hard copy (aka printed out) and include your
information sources. See their website at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/index.html.
One of their holdings is Microfiche
Report Series 340, Fort Langley: An overview of the
Operations of a Diversified Fur Trade Post 1848 to 1858
and the Physical Context in 1858 by J. Morton,
that contains a number of biographies on the
employees. I do not know is if there's an index of
whose biographies are in there. I do know my great
great Grandfather Etienne Pepin is in there through a
reference given in The Fort Langley
Journals. From my copy of Etienne's
biography, I see his is preceded by that of a man by the
last name of Taylor, and followed by that of John Bell
and Joseph Maayo, Coopers.
Fort Langley Journals 1827-30
by Morag Maclachalan, UBC Press 1998
ISBN 0-7748-0664-8 (hardcover) ; 0-7748-0665-6 (paperback)
If you are a descendant of any of these men, it's
well worth the read. Check out your local library, and if they
don't have it -- or if after reading it your decide you just
have to have a copy of your own -- it can be ordered through the
link to Amazon.com. (And
yes, if you order thorough the link on the right, Lisa does receive
a small percentage of each sale.)
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Langley 1827-1927 A Century of Settlement
by Denys Nelson
issued by the
Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver
This is a small pamphlet rather than a
book and will be tough to find as it is out of print. The Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver,
British Columbia has a single copy up on the
seventh floor in Special Collections. Like Morag MacLachlan's book, it gives some good information about the fort and its
Check out the Special Collections at the Vancouver Public
Library, visit the library's website at http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca, or order it from Amazon.com
of the Bay, The
Company of Adventurers that Seized a Continent
|by Peter C. Newman
It's a history of the Hudson's Bay Company,
from its founding three centuries ago to the present day. It gives a good feel for the
type of men attracted to the Hudson's Bay company.
Emblazoned on the front and back cover are the words
"Now a CTV, History TV, PBS documentary
The URL on the back of the book comes back "404 site not found",
but after a bit of diligent searching, I finally found it at http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/.
Lisa owns this book
Children of the Fur
Trade: Forgotten Métis of the Pacific Northwest
by John C Jackson.
Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana,
ISBN: 0-87842-329-X (cloth) ISBN:
From the back of the book:
Children of the Fur Trade is a distinctive look at a
forgotten people. At a time when all Americas
are concerned about issues of cultural complexity and
diversity, Jackson's book reminds us that those
questions have been part of our history for a very
long time. Children of the Fur Trade takes
readers into a lost world, a place where Native
American and European lives crossed to form a new
people and a new culture. Jackson helps us
recover a vital part of Northwest history, and
American history for that matter. Using many
kinds of sources, Jackson gives readers a vivid and
memorable portrait of Métis life at the western edge
of North America. Graced with many maps and illustrations, this is a book sure to interest and
inform both the scholar and the general reader.
Lisa note: For
those of you with roots in the fur trade of the
Northwest, this would be a good addition to your home
Lisa owns this book
by Grace Lee Nute Illustrations
by Carl W. Bertsch
Originally published in 1931,
is the authorative account of this unique and
colorful class of men whose exploits, speech,
terminology, songs, customs, and dress comprise an
enduring and romantic legacy.
the definitive work . . . on the French-Canadians
who manned the great canoes of the fur trade from
Montreal to the Pacific and the far
" . . . a
fascinating and important contribution to the . .
. field of frontier history."
Grace Lee Nute,
formerly a member of the Minnesota Historical
Society's staff and of the history faculty of Hamline
University in St. Paul, is perhaps best known for her
many publications on various aspects of the fur
trade, exploration, and the northern Minnesota land
of voyageurs. Among them are the companion
volumes The Voyaguer's Highway
and Rainy River Country, also published by the MHS Press.
Cover: Frances A.
Hopkins, "Canoe Shooting the Rapids,"
detail (oil, c. 1879--collections of the Picture
Division, Public Archives Canada, Ottawa, C-2774)
This book gives you a
good feel for why men became Voyageurs, through their
deeds as recorded in person anecdotes and through the
writings of those who traveled with them.
Lisa owns this book
|The West Beyond
the West : A History of British
| by Jean Barman.
Says the back of the book:
Jean Barman is a
professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the
University of British Columbia, and is the author of Growing
up British in British Columbia: Boys in Private School.
She is co-editor of the journal BC
Studies and of a number of books,
most recently Children, Teachers and
Schools in the History of British Columbia
and First Nations Education in
Canada; The Circle Unfolds. The
first edition of The West beyond the
West, published in 1991, won the
Canadian Historical Association's regional history
And in Lisa's
personal opinion, it's a pretty darn good read.
Lisa owns this book