Barry’s GenBlog Favorites: Fur Trade Family History

Posted on Aug 21, 2012

I am not a genealogist as much as I am a writer and a family historian -- the centre of the spider web of the Anderson-Seton family, in a sense.  My great grandfather was Alexander Caulfield Anderson and I have written his biography to be published in the fall of 2011.  The blog was to support the publication of the book -- but when I write about the men who A.C. Anderson knew, I almost always get an email from a descendent of that person.

And so I share the information I have, and receive information from the descendent, and it all adds to my knowledge of the persons who worked with Anderson in the fur trade.  But I am a fourth or fifth generation fur trade descendent, and right now I am talking about my 3x great grandfather who was a voyageur in the employee of David Thompson.  Fur trade genealogy is different than any other type of genealogy, and so I am speaking to my readers about archival research, primary and secondary information, and obscure subjects such as these.  Its a temporary departure from the purpose of the blog, but one of interest to some who are descended from the fur trade engages and the employees of the North West Company to 1821.

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Written By: Nancy Anderson
Blog Category: Personal Research

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