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Hudson Bay Company Records Part 2

The Biographical Information Sheets contain more personal information on HBC the the year the contract was signed and for how long, the trading posts the employee worked at, residence when the contract was signed and other information such as wife and children. Some of them include birth or baptismal dates or marriage date and place. The Company Contract Index contains information on some employees who signed contracts with the company. They include information such as the date the contract was signed, how long it was for, and the trading posts the employee worked at. Not all the employee contracts are included in this database.

Servant Contract for Hugh Linklater

In my previous post on the online post journals, I mentioned Hugh Linklater. His name in the Contract Index tells us that in 1824, he signed a three-year contract as a mechanic with the company. His annual salary was 22 pounds sterling. He signed his contract in Sandwick, Orkney Islands, Scotland. There are several Linklaters from the Orkney Island who worked for the company. It would be interesting to research their relationships. Were the more recent ones influenced to work for the company by the those who were hired first. Although Hugh appears in the contract index, he does not have a biographical sheet. Another Linklater,  Andrew, has a biographical sheet and appears in the contract index.

Biographical Sheet for Andrew Linklater
Servant contract for Andrew Linklater

The Post Maps and Ships’ Histories are what you would expect them to be; a map with the Hudson Bay Company posts located on them. Using the map, you can locate what area of Canada the trading post was in. The map shows the vastness of the Hudson Bay Company’s territory and in fact of Canada. Travel by freighter and light canoe was the mode of transportation for many years.  The logistics of getting the furs to Montreal and then Britain are fascinating.  Furs and supplies were relayed from one point to another. Canoes from the far west would travel to a certain point, drop off furs and load up supplies then return home. The furs they dropped off would then be shuttled to the next drop off point.

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