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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

Scholars Wanted

Loyalist Plaque Grave Marker

Applications are being accepted for 2018 UEL Scholarships
Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Loyalist Plaque or Grave Marker

Loyalist Plaque Grave Marker

Details, Eligibility & Ordering

Happy Canada Day!

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada has a special “Canada 150” message – watch the video below:

UELAC: What's New

  • Aug. 14: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#33, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 10: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#32, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 8: Information about Patrick Barry has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 8: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in July, 2017.
  • July 31: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#31, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#30, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 19: Issues 2017-#28 and 2017-#29 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • July 17: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in June, 2017.
  • July 4: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#27, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 1: Happy Canada Day from the UELAC!
  • June 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#26, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#25, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 15: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in May, 2017.
  • June 13: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#24, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 12: The next issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#23, has been posted online. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 30: Information about William Brisbin has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • May 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#22, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#21, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 23: Information about Reuben Mills has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • May 23: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in April, 2017.
  • May 18: Information about James Kelsey, UE, has been added to the page on Loyalists and the War of 1812.
  • May 18: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#20, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 9: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#19, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 8: Information about Loyalist Asahel Ward has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • May 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#18, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 24: Issues 2017-#16 and 2017-#17 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Apr. 17: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in March, 2017.
  • Apr. 10: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#15, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 7: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#14, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 3: The History of the UELAC Branches has been updated with the Branching Out reports from the Fall 2016 issue of the Loyalist Gazette.
  • Mar. 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#13, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 22: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in February, 2017.
  • Mar. 21: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#12, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 14: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#11, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 7: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#10, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#09, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 21: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in January, 2017.
  • Feb. 21: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#08, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 15: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#07, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 8: Issues 2017-#05 and 2017-#06 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Feb. 7: The next issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#04, is now available online. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 31: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in November and December, 2016.
  • Jan. 17: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#03, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 12: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#02, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 6: The online Loyalist Trails newsletter has been updated to the latest issue, 2017-01.
  • Dec. 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#49, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#48, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 28: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in October, 2016.
  • Nov. 28: Information about Loyalists John Emons, Conrad Frederick and Martin Rush, Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 25: Issues 2016-#46 and 2016-#47 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Nov. 24: Information about Loyalist Barnabas Hart has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 14: Information about Loyalist Jacob Seaman has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Nov. 9: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#45, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 3: A Loyalist Cemetery Plaquing Project by Hamilton Branch has successfully marked eleven cemeteries between 2009 and 2015. Read about the project including a list of the cemeteries and the Loyalist buried there.
  • Nov. 2: Information about Loyalist Charles Richards has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Oct. 31: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#44, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 24: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#43, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 24: Information about Loyalist Francis Redden has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Oct. 18: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#42, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 17: The History of the UELAC Branches has been updated with the 2016 Branching Out reports from the Loyalist Gazette.
  • Oct. 17: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in September, 2016.
  • Oct. 14: Harvey J. McFarland has been added to Bay of Quinte Branch's “Loyal Americans Hall of Honour
  • Oct. 12: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#41, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 12: Information about Loyalist Jonathan Jones has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Oct. 11: Information about Loyalist John Lyon has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Oct. 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#40, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 30: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in August, 2016.
  • Sept. 30: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#39, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 22: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#38, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 16: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#37, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#36, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#35, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 23: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#34, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 20: Information about Loyalists William Pickering and Sir John Johnson has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 17: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#33, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 11: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#32, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 10: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in July, 2016.
  • Aug. 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#31, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 3: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in June, 2016.
  • July 25: Issues 2016-#29 and 2016-#30 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • July 11: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#28, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#27, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#26, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 22: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in March, April & May, 2016.
  • June 21: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#25, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 16: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#24, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 10: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#23, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 1: Check out the new website by Calgary Branch. Congratulations!
  • May 31: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#22, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#21, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 16: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#20, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 9: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#19, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 3: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#18, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#17, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 22: Information about Loyalists Cpl. Frederick Andrew Schram and Pvt. Frederick Schram has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Apr. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#16, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 15: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in January & February, 2016.
  • Apr. 13: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#15, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2016-#14, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.