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Carleton's Loyalist Index

A Select Index to Names of Loyalists and their Associates Contained in the British Headquarters Papers, New York City 1774-1783 The Carleton Papers

The Papers

The British Headquarters Papers comprise about 30,000 manuscript pages and are available on microfilm at the National Archives of Canada. The collection of papers is referred to as the British Headquarters Papers, New York City 1774-1783 or the Carleton Papers. The records were kept by successive Commanders-in Chief of the British Army in North America during the American Revolution. They document the conduct of the war, the civil administration, and the lives, not only of the British Military, but also the civilians and loyalist soldiers who passed through New York.

The Project

The King's Name Project was a project of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. The purpose of the project was to index, selectively, names of loyalists and associated people found in the British Headquarters Papers. The project involved several researchers reading the microfilm and creating an index card, containing pertinent information, for each loyalist name. There are about 50,000 index cards available covering names from A to Z.

Importance of the Index

This index is an exceptional guide to information for anyone interested in the Loyalists (white or black), soldiers and civilian refugees, or German soldiers who passed through New York during the American Revolution. It will be especially valuable for genealogists as well as historians, ethnographers and other specialists who formerly had only a short-entry, general index to help them research. Now specific data will be easy to locate and manipulate.

Which Ancestors?

The index can be used to find ancestors who passed through New York City during the Revolution, ancestors who fled or were evacuated, ancestors sent to Canada under specific orders, ancestors who were soldiers of a British Regiment demobilized in Canada, ancestors who were soldiers of a German Regiment, "rebels" who: wrote letters to Headquarters, whose property was confiscated, or who were imprisoned.

Documentation for Carleton's Loyalist Index

Index to Carleton's Loyalist Index: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Given Names


Instructions for Searching Carleton's Loyalist Index

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