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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 2020 Conference
Eyes on the Heart of the Continent
June 24-28, in Winnipeg
2020 AGM: Eyes on the Heart of the Continent (June 24 - 28, 2020)
Hosted by Manitoba Branch
 

New In The Catalogue:
UELAC stickers!
UELAC Promotions catalogue – Loyalist stickers
See more promotional Loyalist items.
 

Loyalist Trails

Loyalist Trails weekly e-newsletter

Weekly Loyalist e-newsletter
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Hello from the 2019 UELAC Conference!

Greetings from Ottawa–Gatineau, Ontario!

Although several people wear their period clothing for several of the events over the course of the conference, everyone who has brought such an outfit wears it for the Saturday gala banquet. Sylvia Powers, Sir Guy Carleton Branch, seated at left, was the Conference Chair; seated third from the left is Mary Steinhoff, Manitoba Branch, Co-chair for the 2020 Conference in Winnipeg. Mary holds the Loyalist flag which – as is customary – had just been presented to her by Sylvia.

Loyalist Sites: Shelburne, NS

In 1784, with the arrival of a second wave of Loyalists, Shelburne was briefly the fourth largest city in North America – after New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston.

UELAC: What's New

  • Feb. 7: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2020-#05, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 31: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2020-#04, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 20: The website is back online. Sorry about the downtime. The online Loyalist Trails newsletter has been updated to the latest issue, 2020-#03.
  • Jan. 12: Information about Nicholas Phillips and Jacob Phillips has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Bruce Pitts who contributed "My Phillips Family Story"
  • Jan. 1: Happy new year from the UELAC!
  • Dec. 17: Issues 2019-#49 and 2019-#50 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Dec. 3: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#48, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Dec. 1: Information about Joseph Doan and Joseph Doan II has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin for contributing new information.
  • Nov. 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#47, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 21: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#46, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 14: Information about John Jones and Conrad Van Dusen has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin for contributing new information.
  • Nov. 12: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#45, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 8: Information about Daniel Burritt and William Griffis has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting new information, and to Jennifer Lynn Moon Labelle and Michael William Broad for previous contributions.
  • Nov. 4: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#44, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 31: Happy Halloween! Information about Sgt. Peter Collier and Walter Sutherland has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin for contributing new information from Gov. Simcoe Branch records.
  • Oct. 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#43, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 25: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#42, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 24: Information about Martin Alguire has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin for contributing information.
  • Oct. 15: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#41, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 13: Happy Thanksgiving from the UELAC!
  • Oct. 11: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#40, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 9: Information about Isaac Davis has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas for contributing, and to Jaime Hayes for submitting information previously.
  • Sept. 30: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#39, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 27: Information about Silas Lewis has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas for contributing, and to Jaime Hayes for submitting information previously.
  • Sept. 24: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#38, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 20: Information about Peter Savage has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas for contributing.
  • Sept. 16: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#37, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 13: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#36, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 12: Information about John Edward Savage (son of Edward Savage) has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas for contributing.
  • Sept. 5: Information about Edward Savage has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas for contributing.
  • Sept. 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#35, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#34, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#33, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 19: Information about John “the younger” Savage has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas for contributing.
  • Aug. 13: Information about Capt. John Savage has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Linda Mazrimas and Jaime Hayes for contributing.
  • Aug. 12: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#32, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#31, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 31: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#30, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#29, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 15: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#28, is now available. (In addition, a missing article on John Moores has been added to issue 2019-#27.) Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 8: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#27, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 2: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#26, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • July 1: Happy Canada Day, on behalf of the UELAC!
  • June 27: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#25, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 18: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#24, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 11: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#23, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 4: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#22, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#21, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 24: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#20, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 21: We are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Scholarship Challenge! “40 Days of Giving” starts now and ends July 1, 2019.
  • May 16: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#19, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#18, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 3: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#17, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 22: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#16, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 18: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#15, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 8: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#14, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 2: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#13, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 27: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#12, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 20: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#11, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 12: The online Loyalist Trails newsletter has been updated to the latest issue, 2019-10.
  • Mar. 11: The online Loyalist Trails newsletter has been updated with a new issue, 2019-08.
  • Feb. 22: Issues 2019-#06 and 2019-#07 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Feb. 17: Information about Alexander McDonald has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Fran Rose for contributing.
  • Feb. 4: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#05, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 1: Information about Daniel Lightheart has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Lynn McAlister for contributing.
  • Jan. 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#04, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 22: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2019-#03, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 15: Issues 2019-#01 and 2019-#02 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Jan. 4: Issues 2018-#49, 2018-#50, 2018-#51, and 2018-#52 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.