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May 8, 2021

FInding a Loyalist Ancestor

Have you discovered you have a Loyalist ancestor? A Loyalist is any person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt). During the American Revolution in what was to become the United States of America, a Loyalist (also called UEL - United Empire Loyalist) was anyone who remained loyal to the King of England. They were called Tories in their own country but Loyalists elsewhere. Most fled to Canada and helped settle that country, particularly Ontario and Nova Scotia

Guide to Finding a Loyalist Ancestor in Upper Canada (Ontario) is available in paperback or as an e-book on and on

Here are some Loyalist resources to help you in your hunt: 

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Nancy said...

ancestor, born 1713 New York State, parents part of 1710 Palatine migration. Johannes Barnhardt died in 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga at the age of 66. Many of his sons were Loyalist soldiers who would end up in Canada. He died in service during the American Revolution would he be considered a Loyalist? How would I find his death certificate?
Thanks Nancy

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if you are a descendant of Timothy McGinnis and his wife Sarah Kast McGinnis. I am a direct descendant of them.
M. Anne Sterling

Anonymous said...

My husband is a descendant of Johannes Barnhardt so would be interested in communicating with Nancy.