Friday, 15 July 2016

To Whonnock, B.C. From Trondhjemski, Norway

Fraser Valley, B.C.
PA-037618 Library and Archives Canada
Many small communities in British Columbia have hidden treasure chests of genealogical information! Whonnock is one such place, and on my research journey for archival information in the Fraser Valley, I came across this truly hidden gem!

Whonnock is the Halkomelem (First Nations/Indian) name for the humpback or pink salmon. (Wikipedia reference accessed: 09 Jul 2016) The first settler was Robert Robertson from Scotland, who married a native woman and they made Whonnock their home in 1861 (more information about the Robertsons' below). After the route opened to the west coast, more settlers joined them in the late 1880s, with a strong representation of Norwegians.

There is quite a lot of information provided on this website, and it appears Fred Braches is the driving force behind of all of this work. I must say that it's very well organized and researched! Fred also writes a blog alongside the site. Trondhjemski is mentioned in Appendix No. 8, p.50 'The Trondheim Congregation' as "most of the members came from this area in Norway".
[accessed: 09 Jul 2016]
Whonnock Notes - journal of the historical association, all of which are available for free (PDFs) on the website.

Transcripts from the Fraser Valley Record (1908-1912) : News about Whonnock in the Mission newspaper - 1st issue of the Whonnock Notes, Winter 1996.

Cemeteries in Whonnock
The history of Whonnock's cemeteries. Includes cemetery records and transcriptions of the grave markers. 2nd issue of the Whonnock Notes, Spring 1997.
See Also:

The Trondheim Congregation : Our Norwegian settlers’ minutes of the Lutheran Church in Whonnock. Some of the family names in this publication: MATHISON, KNUDTSON, LEE, NILSEN, MATISEN, BORGE, FLETCHER, ENGEN, ANDERSEN, HEGERT.

Robert ROBERTSON and Tselatsetenate : Whonnock’s Scottish first settler and his family (Robertson and his native wife first settled in the area in 1861 and lived there for 25 years, far from 'civilized communities'.)
This work is amazing! Both of these publications were compiled by Eleanore Dempster.
Why did I find this interesting? For a time, my family lived west of this community in the Lower Mainland. As I am one quarter Norwegian, it's struck a chord with me to see where other Norwegian families settled in B.C. Although it has a small population, one history enthusiast has written so much! Well done to all who are preserving the history of Whonnock.

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