Wednesday, April 15, 2020


On Thursday, April 16th, the Canadian Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society is hosting their monthly meeting via webinar. This month's topic is Researching Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and Western Metis Ancestors, presented by Christine Woodcock.

Scotland has had a long history with the Hudson's Bay Company. Beginning in about 1702, men from Orkney began being recruited by the Hudson's Bay Company to work in their settlement at York Factory. Many of these men had families with the Cree women. In addition, the Montreal-based rival fur trading company, The North West Company, founded by Scotsmen, often “wintered” in York Factory and also coupled with the Cree women. This coupling of European men with Cree women created the Metis Nation in Canada. In this presentation we will look at available records for the men who worked for the HBC as well as for Western Metis (those from the Red River area)  ancestral research.

The webinar will be at 7 pm Central
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