This blog contains a lot of information, some of which might be of interest to fur trade researchers.
However, some of this information was place on the blog a long time ago, and new followers who might want to know more will have some trouble finding the old information.
So here is an index of some of the more important articles, written up to three years ago, that appear on this blog:
Saturday, June 6, 2009, First posting
Saturday, June 13, 2009, Trade Blotter
Saturday, June 13, 2009, Anderson's Tree
Sunday, June 21, 2009, The early fur-traders' Carp
Thursday, July 16, 2009, The Anderson-Seton family
Saturday, July 18, 2009, Elton Alexander Anderson, 1907-1975 (to whom my book is dedicated)
Sunday, July 19, 2009, The HBCo. brigade trails in British Columbia
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, General Sir James Outram, A.C. Anderson's heroic cousin
Saturday, July 25, 2009, Rhododendron Flats and the California Rhododendron
(actual title: Following Alexander Caulfield Anderson around British Columbia, part 2)
Sunday, August 9, 2009, Native Bridges in the Fraser Canyon
Sunday, August 9, 2009, Salish Wool Dogs (actual title: Following Anderson around British Columbia, part 5)
Sunday, August 9, 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Seton
Saturday, August 29, 2009, A short chronology of the fur trade in the New Caledonia district
Sunday, August 30, 2009, Sam Black
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, The Collins Telegraph Trail
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, Constable Henry Anderson, B.C. Police
Monday, November 23, 2009, Betsy Birnie, wife of Alexander Caulfield Anderson
Saturday, November 28, 2009, John McIntosh, HBC
Sunday, December 6, 2009, The Smell of Furs
Sunday, December 13, 2009, Anderson's Reindeer, the Caribou
Sunday, December 27, 2009, Christmas in a fur trade fort
Sunday, December 27, 2009, Joseph Louis Rondeau, NWC and HBC
Sunday, January 3, 2010, Robert Birnie
Sunday, February 7, 2010, Flintlock Guns and Percussion Guns
Saturday, April 3, 2010, [Botanist] David Douglas in New Caledonia
Saturday, April 3, 2010, Shoes in the Fur Trade
Sunday, May 9, 2010, John Stuart and Alexander Caulfield Anderson
Sunday, May 16, 2010, Alexander Caulfield Anderson and James Birnie
Sunday, May 30, 2010, French-Canadians in Anderson's New Caledonia.
It was this blog posting which almost turned the blog from a history blog into a genealogical one, as many descendants of these men hit on this page. It was written before Bruce McIntyre Watson's book, Lives Lived, was published. I should actually re-write this blog posting with the new information contained in that book, so that the information is corrected.
Sunday, June 6, 2010, Pere John Nobili, James Birnie, and Alexander Anderson
Monday, June 14, 2010, Time and the Fur Trade in British Columbia (obviously I have forgotten I had written this in an earlier post, see: August 29, 2009 posting)
Sunday, July 4, 2010, The Okanagan chief, Tsilaxitsa
Sunday, July 4, 2010, The Similkameen chief, Blackeye
Thursday, July 8, 2010, Jean Baptiste Vautrin, as he appears in the Fort Alexandria journals
Sunday, July 11, 2010, Jean Baptiste Lolo's descendants at Fort Alexandria
Sunday, August 8, 2010, Selixt-asposem
Sunday, August 8, 2010, The Fur-traders' Great Okanagan Lake
Sunday, August 22, 2010, Alexander's sister, Margaret Anderson [Margaret Tappan]
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, Joseph Allard, Fort Alexandria employee
At this point the blog has become recognized as a genealogical blog -- which is fine with me. However, though I know a lot about my massive family tree I do not consider myself a genealogist, and would rather know the stories about the persons in my tree, or in the fur trade that Anderson worked in, than continually add names and know nothing of the people.
I also know that people who research their ancestors in the various fur trade records have to do a lot of reading to sort out tiny bits of information from those records, and I am happy to help. I learn a lot about those people from their descendants, and will be in touch with a number of my contacts for this next book, which I have begun researching.
Monday, September 6, 2010, Lolo, or Leolo, of Thompson's River post
Sunday, September 12, 2010, Eliza Charlotte Anderson [later of Fielding, New Zealand]
Sunday, September 12, 2010, The "Eliza Anderson" [ship]
Sunday, September 12, 2010, James R. Beattie [later of Fielding, New Zealand]
Friday, October 29, 2010, A short history of Fort Okanogan
Monday, November 8, 2010, Grande Coulee
Saturday, December 18, 2010, Christmas in the Fur Trade
Monday, December 27, 2010, Chief Nkwala and his extended family
Tuesday, Decemder 28, 2010, Pelka'mulox and Nkwala
Saturday, January 8, 2011, The Sasquatch story
Sunday, February 6, 2011, David Thompson and the Sasquatch
Sunday, February 13, 2011, David Thompson's men
Monday, February 21, 2100, The Search for Beaulieu
Thursday, February 24, 2011, Some resources for locating North West Company employees
Saturday, March 5, 2011, Joseph Rondeau and Josephine Beaulieu (see also: December 27, 2009, posting)
Sunday, March 20, 2100, The early French fur trade
At this point in time I have posted quite a few items re: research into the early fur trade of the North West Company and my search [so far unsuccessful] for Beaulieu. If you are interested in French Canadian genealogy you might want to peruse this section of my blog, and add resources I have not listed if you know of more.
Sunday, July 24, 2100, "Marineau" at Fort Alexandria
Sunday, August 14, 2011, Potatoes at Fort Alexandria
Saturday, September 3, 2011, Section A of the Hudson's Bay Company records
Sunday, September 4, 2011, Jacob Ballenden
Sunday, September 11, 2011, Alexander Caulfield Anderson at Fort Colvile
Sunday, September 11, 2011, Fort Colvile men, 1848-1852
Saturday, September 24, 2011, More Fort Colvile men, 1848-1852
Sunday, October 2, 2011, Native Potatoes and other Native foods
Sunday, October 9, 2011, Fort Colvile
Sunday, October 23, 2011, Important Announcement for Leonard/Lenniard descendants
Saturday, November 12, 2011, Governor George Simpson's son, George Stewart Simpson
Sunday, November 13, 2011, More on George Simpson, the Governor's son
Saturday, November 19, 2011, Heritage House author's Celebration
Saturday, November 26, 2011, First Speech, Victoria Historical Society
Saturday, December 3, 2011, Blackeye the Similkameen
Monday, December 12, 2011, Native fishermen at Fort Colvile
Friday, December 16, 2011, Angus McDonald
Sunday, December 18, 2011, A little more on the Stuwi'x people of the Nicola Valley
Saturday, January 28, 2012, The Speech at Hope, British Columbia
Saturday, February 4, 2012, "Killing Fish by Explosion"
Sunday, February 12, 2012, Alexander Caulfield Anderson's maps
Saturday, February 18, 2012, The Salmon in the fur trader's New Caledonia
I have not been able to consistently keeping posting blogs every week for the last year, and I think this trend will continue.
I still have lots to say, and lots of images to show -- but blog postings can take a long time to write, and they are cutting into other work that I have to do.
I have two speeches to write and one to put onto power-point [not a difficult task any longer].
I have an article to write for the Okanagan Historical Journal and hope to get that done, and it means entirely new research.
I also have to plan future power point talks for next year, and find new subjects to speak of.
I think that for some people a talk on the Native fisheries might be interesting and certainly Anderson wrote enough about that subject -- illustrating the power point talk might be a problem, though.
If any of you have other subjects that might be of interest to you, as a historian or member of a historical group, please let me know.
I will try to post often enough to keep you interested, but I do have work to do.
Thank you to my loyal followers, many of whom have contacted me to scold me for my lack of romanticism, to give me new information on persons I have mentioned, to tell me about adventures and discoveries they have made that led to the potato posts, in particular, and that will lead to new posts in the future [I owe you some pictures and will get them to you].
Thank you for the people who have helped me discover more about Blackeye, the Similkameen, and I appreciate any additional help I can get on this interesting Native chief, as he and his son will be major characters in my next planned book.
As will the fabulous Tsilaxitsa, one of my favorite characters in the current book.
We will keep in touch.