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The 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

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.

From Lisa Peppan
The Fort Langley Journals 1827-30
edited 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  (And yes, if you order thorough the link on the right, Lisa does receive a small percentage of each sale.)



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Fort Langley 1827-1927 A Century of Settlement

by Denys Nelson
issued by the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver BC, 1927.

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 people.

Check out the Special Collections at the Vancouver Public Library, visit the library's website at, or order it from

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Empire of the Bay, The Company of Adventurers that Seized a Continent
by Peter C. Newman
ISBN  0-14-027488-x.

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 series."

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

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Children of the Fur Trade: Forgotten Métis of the Pacific Northwest
by John C Jackson.  Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 1995.
ISBN: 0-87842-329-X (cloth) ISBN: 0-87842-339-7 (paperback)

From the back of the book:

John Jackson's 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.

---James P. Ronda
H.G. Barnard Professor of
Western American History
The University of Tulsa

Lisa note: For those of you with roots in the fur trade of the Northwest, this would be a good addition to your home library.

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The Voyageur
by Grace Lee Nute Illustrations by Carl W. Bertsch
ISBN: 0-87351-213-8

Originally published in 1931, The Voyageur 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.

"This is the definitive work . . . on the French-Canadians who manned the great canoes of the fur trade from Montreal to the Pacific and the far northwest."
--The Beaver

" . . . 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.

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The West Beyond the West : A History of British Columbia
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 prize.

And in Lisa's personal opinion, it's a pretty darn good read.

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From Joanne Peterson

The Fall 1999 BC Historical News

has a couple of articles by Morag as well as some by Wayne Suttles (Coast Salish in the Journals), Keith Carlson (Natives in the Fur Trade), Jean Barman (Family Life at Fort Langley), Bruce Watson, Jean Murray Cole (Archibald McDonald's Fort Langley Letters), and Yvonne Klan (The Apprenticeship of James Murray Yale).

There was a symposium called 'Fur Trade Days on the Lower Fraser' at the Vancouver Museum and Fort Langley last year!  I wrote to ask to buy a book, but was told that the only place with more copies (that they know of) is at the fort!  So I sent an e-mail, but haven't heard back as yet.

In Jean Barman's article, there is a full page chart of all the men who worked at the fort for more than 2 years, giving their years, number of children, total years, etc.  Another chart has information on Narcisse Fallardeau.  Another chart (Bruce) lists Etienne settling in the Langley area with a question mark.  All in all, it's worth looking for!

 The Fraser Valley - A History
by John A Cherrington
ISBN - 1-55017-068-6
ISSN - 0066 - 4707 (BC Museum Publication)

Reference to Basil Brousseau: Simon Pierre's (son of Peter Pierre) oldest sister married HBC employee Basil Brousseau who settled as a farmer at Langley Prairie. Later 2 of their daughters married whites, Victor Twist and George Moody. Simon's father spent part of his boyhood on is brother-in-law's farm. - included a reference to Simon or Pierre's (which?) youngest daughter having the second site (is this Sarah or?)

KANAKA - The Untold Story of Hawaiian Pioneers in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest
by Tom Koppel
ISBN 1-55110-295-1


Legend of Langley
by Wellwood R. Johnson
call number NW 971.1l J71
Langley: Langley Centennial Committee 1958
By Morag Maclachlan

The Founding of Fort Langley
E. Blanche Norcorss, ed.

The Company on the Coast
Nanaimo: Nanaimo Hist. Soc., 1983 NW 971H - C737

By Jamie Morton

Fort Langley: An overview of the Operations of a Diversified Fur Trade Post 1848 to 1858 and the Physical Context in 1858
Canadian parks Service, microfiche report series no. 340

Fort Langley Site History, Microfiche Df-23

Over a Barrel - Coopers of Fort Langley, pg. 32-33 in Canadian Collection, vol 20 # 6 (Nov/85) NW-745.105 C212 v. 20 

The Langley Story, Illustrated
By Donald E. Waite
Maple Ridge BC - Don Waite Publishing 1977

There are other books out there pertaining to Fort Langley, many of which can be found at amazon dot com.  Below is a search box, linked to Amazon, for your convenience.
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The Children of Fort Langley Fort Steilacoom
Métis Organizations Fort Laronde Site
Métis Resource Centre, Inc. Fort Nisqually
Hudson's Bay company Posts Fort McMurray Timeline
Fur Trade Forts and colonies Fort William
HBCA Cartographic Records Fort Simpson
Links to Trade Forts in SW U.S. Fur Trade Routes and Forts in U.S.
Or go to and do a UTNetCAT-Online Catalog search for fur trade routes and forts in u.s.
Fort Langley books at Amazon dot Com

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