Saturday, 2 March 2019

Hudson’s Bay Company Archives records going online

The Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (HBCA), part of the Archives of Manitoba, is digitizing over 1000 reels of microfilm copies of pre-1870 trading post records.

The project, for post records created between 1670 and 1870, includes journals, accounts and district reports.

HBCA archivist Bronwen Quarry is quoted as saying there's information about what’s happening at the post, who’s arriving and who’s leaving and, goods being traded. "People use them to look at animal population, weather conditions and weather patterns.” Genealogists are major clients.

Read more and see a video at Province digitizing centuries-old trading post records to mark Manitoba 150.

Comment:  Credit should also be given to the previous work of putting the original material on microfilm which is much more labour-intensive than microfilm digitization.

10 comments:

intownfm.wordpress.com said...

This is exciting. The records of my forefathers. The fur traders.

intownfm.wordpress.com said...

I'm so pleased the HBC Archives will be displayed on line and easy to research. The fur trade records and other information is important to my family since we were the early fur traders in this country.

Randall Osczevski said...

I hope no jobs will be lost as a result.

Nathan Paul Prince said...

Fingers crossed they will make Fort McLeod (McLeod Lake, BC) journals available... there's quite a lot of back history info I've been looking for lately that having them online would make my life so much easier in researching

Paulette said...

Looking to find the real history of my Cousin George Drouillard.

Kathy Anagnostou said...

I'm really looking forward to this, and excited to see! My Grandfather was a surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company.

michael fines said...

Would be nice to see the journal comments from around the James Bay District of which I was a part of in the early 1970's.

testblog said...

This is awesome! I have multiple ancestors from the Orkney Islands who worked for the Hudson's Bay Company. Steersmen, oarsmen, and Linguists/translators. Looking forward to learning more about these folks.

Unknown said...

Looking for ANY info on Joseph Auger who clerked for the NWC in Manitoba in the 1790's. Hopefully the HBC records will include the NWC records as they absorbed the company...

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