Some Canadian History

Transcriptions from journals and records in the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.

I try to be accurate but I make mistakes. All question marks are mine. They didn't care about punctuation so if something doesn't make sense, change a period or comma, then maybe it'll be clear. But maybe not.....

A note written in the York Factory Accounts book dated 1792-93.
" Your Honors will please to Observe that ever since this Draught Book was begun to be wrot that I have always been in a state of Intoxication which prevented me from being so Correct as I could wish. g d."
George Donald?
1M675 B.239/d/100

Currently working on Brandon House Journal 1817-18 here but very, very slowly.

Here are 3 short lists, of furs traded at York Factory 1788, the value of some trading goods in Made Beaver and the values of various furs in Made Beaver in 1788 at York Factory.

Transcribed journal entries organized by Fort and Date

Big Fall 1802-03 here

Blood River 1794-95 here

Brandon House July 1793 to May 1819, 1823 here

Buckingham House Nov. 1792 to August 1799 here

Carlton House (Sask.) 1795-98, Nov. 1814 to August 1822 here

Carlton House (Assiniboine) 1796-97 here

Cat Lake 1788-89 here

Churchill Factory 1791 - 1804 here

Cumberland House Mar. 1779 to June 1823 here

Eastmain 1790 91 92 93 by Jen Kolthammer here

Edmonton Aug. 1795 to July 1816 here

Great Whale River 1815-16 here

Henley House Aug. 1798 to June 1802, 1808, 1809, 1812, 1813, 1814 here

Hudson House Oct. 1779 to Sept. 1780, 1782, 1786 here

Ile-a-la-Crosse Aug. 1805 to Mar. 1806, June 1810 to June 1811 here

Nipawi 1794-1795 here

Oxford House 1798-1799 here

Severn 1786, Sept. 1788 to Nov. 1791, 1796, 1804 here

South Branch House 1794 here

Sturgeon Lake July 1779 to May 1780, Mar. 1831 to April 1837 here

Swan River 1790, 1792, 1793, 1795, 1816, 1817 here

Fort Victoria May 1846 to May 1850 by Graham Brazier et al, scholarized by the University of Victoria. Transcription at the highest level.

York Factory - Sept. 1783 to May 1819 here and a little correspondence from York Factory 1793 - 1798 here

James Peter Whitford and Magnus Spence - Ancestors, the reason I started this.

Lists of HBC names, and More lists of HBC names and Native names.

Stories and Misc.
  Things posted before 2012

Dated stuff
  Things posted beginning 2012 - The latest being   Mad Donald   Donald Mackay's Brandon House Journal 1793-94 And I have finally finished George Sutherland's Sturgeon Lake Journal from 1779-80  here
Finished Peter Fidlers Journal at Ile a la Crosse 1810-1811. here

A Journey up the North River by Philip Turnor 1792

Carlton House 1815-16 not complete here

Carlton House 1817 not complete here

A report on Carlton House 1818-1819 and a little correspondence from Carlton House 1816 here

Some of the entries mentioning women are here

Spring breakup at York Factory 1788 here

Some leftover bits here

A tornado in Ontario in 1779
Aug, 7 1779 ..."stayed several days a mending our canoe. I cannot help remarking that Exactly at noon we had a Whirle wind on the opposite shore not above 800 yds from us. it first made a Terrible noise in the Woods then it all of a suden it got into the Water it made a noise like a clap of thunder making the Water flye from it like a perpendicular fall. it then run against the currant making the water fly from it like fogg. it then vanished about 300 yds up the river. it raged with such violence that it struck us all deaf for the space of a half an hour, there was none in the company that Ever saw the like before."...
George Sutherland Reel 1M144 B.211/a/1

Reel Number
  This is some of the above organized into the microfilm reels they came from. I intend to update it eventually....

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