ADDRESS TO HISTORIANS
I began work on this book in January 1976 after entering into a contract with the Municipality of Langley. At that time I began interviewing the descendants of the pioneers. In doing these interviews, most of which were taped, several problems began to crop up. One serious problem, especially in the beginning, was knowing what material was relevant. In going over these tapes months later I realized that much of what was taped, although valuable information, would not be included in this book. It also became apparent that I had failed to ask obvious questions--such as tracing the family tree of the interviewee--in the initial tape recordings. By mid-summer all my interviews began by clearly establishing the relationship between those interviewed and those that were being discussed. Since those interviewed were usually direct descendants of the pioneers I decided to include a bibliography in my book making reference to these tapes. This ultimately resulted in my including a family tree in the book for many of those I have interviewed.
The original taped conversations are now in the possession of the Langley Centennial Museum at Fort Langley. Copies of these tapes are being made by the Aural history Programme of the British Columbia Provincial Archives in Victoria. They will be available to researchers. In instances where several were interviewed at once, a master subject has been chosen.
Researchers and reader can check my personal bibliography and then see if a family tree has been done for those interviewed. The family trees, in most instances, are not complete, but include only these subjects which are discussed in the book. When possible the family trees will give complete names of the pioneers, their births and deaths, when they married, and those children that are mentioned in the book.
In some instances subjects will be included in the bibliography which were not taped. All my rough notes and correspondence with sources have been left with the Langley Centennial Museum. I am very much aware that many pioneer families are not included in this book. This is indeed unfortunate as all families have (230) interesting memoirs to tell. I can only hope that the descendants of these pioneers will leave these stories with the Langley Centennial Museum to be included in a future book on Langley. My book is one of several that has been written about the municipality. There will be others.
After doing an interview I always asked if they had any old photographs which might be suitable for inclusion in this book. I would explain that I had my camera with me and that I could copy their priceless photographs without taking them away with me. This was usually done using a 135mm lens and a set of close up filters. My equipment also included a yellow filter and a tripod. The photographs were always copies outdoors using existing light.
At the back of this book are maps of the Municipality of Langley showing the 400 or so lots and quarter sections. In most instances these maps show the year and to whom a crown grant was issued. They also show when properties changed hands until after 1900.
All title searches were done in the Land Registry Office in New Westminster. I did not begin doing these searches until after I had conducted most of my interviews. This is indeed unfortunate as they should have been the first stage of my project. Since these land searches were sometimes extremely lengthy time did not permit as thorough an investigation as was sometimes desired. As a result the maps are only 80-90% accurate.
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