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About the UELAC

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians through knowledge of the past, in particular the history of the United Empire Loyalists and their contribution to the development of Canada.

The United Empire Loyalists were generally those who had been settled in the thirteen colonies at the outbreak of the American Revolution, who remained loyal to and took up the Royal Standard, and who settled in what is now Canada at the end of the war. For more about the Loyalists, read “History of the Loyalists.”

In addition to perhaps one Canadian in ten having a Loyalist ancestor, many others of Loyalist descent live elsewhere – in the United States, in commonwealth countries such as Australia and New Zealand, and scattered around the world. The subjects in the menu to the left reflect the activities of many members of the Association, the branches, and the Association itself.

Activities of the UELAC are guided by six key directives stated in its Mission Statement.

Events and Projects

UELAC: What's New

  • Dec. 17: Information about Loyalists Thomas Merritt, Archibald McLean, Jesse Pawling, and Charles Depue (Depew) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 16: Information about Loyalists Alan MacDonald and Daniel Dunham has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 15: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#50, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Dec. 15: Information about Loyalist Barent Martling (Mailing) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 12: Information about Loyalists James Humphrey and Peter Miller (Mueller) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 10: Information about Loyalists Christopher Harrison, John Trumpour, Richard Cartwright, and Peter Ruttan, Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 9: Information about Loyalists Joseph Winter and John Wood has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 8: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#49, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Dec. 8: The Loyalist Directory and list of UEL certificates issued hav been updated with the information from certificates issued in November 2014.
  • Dec. 5: Information about Loyalists James Stewart, Sr., Ithiel Towner and William Ruttan has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 3: 2014 Dorchester Award recipient Fred H. Hayward is now featured on the Honours and Recognition page.
  • Dec. 3: Information about Loyalist Charles Barnhart (Barnhardt) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 1: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#48, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Dec. 1: Grand River Branch's Long Point Settlement: Loyalists and Their Sons and Daughters is now featured in Loyalist Projects.
  • Dec. 1: Information about Loyalist Benjamin Collins (Collings) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 28: Information about Loyalist William A. Rombough (Rambach) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 27: Information about Loyalists John Brouse, John Holmes, John Adam Pabst (Papst) and Rudolph Pabst (Papst) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 25: Information about Loyalists Jacob Schmidt, Sr. and Peter Day, Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 25: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#47, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 24: Information about Loyalists John Cairnes (Carnes) and Jacob Silliker has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 21: Information about Loyalist Christopher John Hanes has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 21: Loyalist Park and Admiral Digby Well in Digby, Nova Scotia, are now featured in Loyalist Monuments.
  • Nov. 20: The list of Loyalist Certificates issued since December 2012 is now online – and will be updated with new certificates going forward.
  • Nov. 19: Information about Loyalists John & Thomas Porter and Andrew Denike has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 19: The Sarah Kast McGinness Memorial (Bath, Ontario) is now featured in Loyalist Monuments.
  • Nov. 18: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#46, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 17: The Loyalist Directory has been updated with the information from certificates issued through the end of October 2014.
  • Nov. 17: Information about Loyalists Hezekiah Willcox and Benjamin Wood has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 14: Information about Loyalist Elizabeth Woodward has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 13: Information about Loyalists Caleb Wood and Elisha Phillips (Philips) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 11: Information about Loyalist John Sharp (Sharpe), Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 10: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#45, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 10: Branching Out reports updated to Spring 2014 at History of the UELAC.
  • Nov. 10: Information about Loyalist John Wesley Gavel, Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 8: Information about Loyalist Timothy Ruggles has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 7: Information about Loyalist John Phillips [2] has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#44, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 27: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#43, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 21: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#42, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 14: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#41, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 8: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#40, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 6: More information about Loyalists Roelof Ostrom, Joseph Ebbett, Michael Hawkins, Catherine Gerow, Henry Wanamaker, Richard Wanamaker, Hannah James, Benjamin James, Sarah Whitney, and the Appleby family (James Sr. & Jr., John, Benjamin, Peter, Henry, and more) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Oct. 5: The Loyalist Directory has been updated with the information from certificates issued through the end of September 2014.
  • Oct. 5: More information about Loyalist Jonathan Williams has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Oct. 3: More information about Loyalist Isaac Vollick (Volich, Van Valkenburg) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 30: More information about Loyalists Christopher John Hanes and William Melick (Melich/Moelich) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 30: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#39, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 29: More information about Loyalist John McDougall has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 25: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#38, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 25: More information about Loyalists Widow Sutherland and John Green has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 24: Loyalist names from the Muster Roll at Gulliver's Hole, S. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo, have been added to the Loyalist Directory from “Supplement to the History of the County of Annapolis” by A.W. Savary
  • Sept. 23: More information about Loyalist Caleb Wood has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 22: More information about Loyalists Stephen Fountain and John Day has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 18: More information about Loyalist Robert Merritt has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 17: Issues 2014-#35, 2014-#36 and 2014-#37 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Sept. 17: More information about Loyalist John Green has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 16: More information about Loyalists Abraham DeForest, Marcus Snyder, and Johann (Jacob) Powley has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 15: More information about Loyalists Benjamin Becraft and Col. James Moody has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 11: More information about Loyalists William Stuart, James Stinson, and John McAlpine (Macalpine) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 9: More information about Loyalists Ezekiel Younglove and John Golding has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 8: More information about Loyalists William Tyler, William Judd, Shadrach Stephens, and William Kennedy has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 7: Information about Loyalists Isaiah Cain and Jacob Carns has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 5: More information about Loyalist Leonard Slipp (Schloepp) has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Sept. 2: More information about Loyalists Col. James Moody, John and Henry Bulyea, and John Gordon has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2014-#34, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 29: More information about Loyalists Johan Jost (John Joseph) Petrie, Sr. and his son Joseph Petrie Jr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 28: More information about Loyalist James Jackson has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 27: More information about Loyalist Joseph Orser has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 24: More information about Loyalist Isaac Horton has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 22: More information about Loyalist Peter Stover has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 20: More information about Loyalist Obadiah Tompkins has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug 17: More information about Loyalist Nicholas Barnhart has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 13: Issues 2014-#31 and 2014-#32 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.