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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.

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Spring 2018 Gazette

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Loyalist Trails

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Hello from the UELAC Conference!

Greetings from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan!

Those in period clothing at the banquet included Mayor Fraser Tolmie (front row, left) and Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Molloy (front row, second from left). Our guest speaker, “The Queen” (seated), made a very humourous presentation.

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

  • June 18: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#24, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 18: Monuments update: A new photo, expanded text and a short video have been added to the Regina Cairn page.
  • June 11: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#23, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • June 4: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#22, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#21, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 23: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in March & April, 2018.
  • May 23: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#20, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 18: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in January & February, 2018.
  • May 15: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#19, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • May 7: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#18, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 30: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#17, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 24: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#16, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Apr. 16: Issues 2018-#14 and 2018-#15 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Apr. 3: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#13, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 31: Information about Hezekiah, John and John Jr. Lyon has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Stephen McDonald for submitting information.
  • Mar. 26: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#12, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 21: Information about Jacob Glover has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Deborah Glover for submitting information.
  • Mar. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#11, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 19: Information about John George Graves has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Brian Schellenberg for submitting information.
  • Mar. 16: Information about Adam Graves has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Brian Schellenberg for submitting information.
  • Mar. 12: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#10, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 6: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#09, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Mar. 1: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#08, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 21: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#07, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 20: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in December, 2017.
  • Feb. 15: Information about Joseph Corwin and Thomas Silverthorn, Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Brooke Skelton for submitting information.
  • Feb. 14: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#06, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 13: Information about John Chisholm (Chesholm) has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Brooke Skelton for submitting information.
  • Feb. 10: Updates for the 2018 UELAC Conference.
  • Feb. 10: Information about Jacob Van Allen and John Young Sgt has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Cynthia Young and Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Feb. 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#05, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Feb. 4: Information about David Palmer Sr. has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Jan. 29: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#04, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 27: Information about Abraham Overholt Sr. and Hugh Pudsey has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin and Carol Harding for submitting information.
  • Jan. 24: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#03, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 20: Information about Christopher (Christian) Hanes (Haines?) has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Jan. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#02, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 14: Information about Robert Dove has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Carol Harding for submitting information.
  • Jan. 9: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2018-#01, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 6: Information about Frederick Fox has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Jan. 3: Loyalist Trails issues 2017-#51, 2017-#52 and 2017-#53 are now available online. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Jan. 2: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in November, 2017.
  • Jan. 1, 2018: UELAC wishes you a happy new year!
  • Dec. 30: Information about Richard Rogers has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Dec. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#50, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Dec. 16: Information about Alexander Campbell, John Robblee and Joseph Robinson has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Dec. 5: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#49, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 28: Information about John McMicking has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Dennis Wally Reid for submitting information.
  • Nov. 28: Issues 2017-#47 and 2017-#48 of Loyalist Trails are now available online. Click here for the newsletter index.
  • Nov. 15: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#46, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 14: The list of UE Certificates and Loyalist Directory have been updated according to the certificates issued in August, September and October, 2017.
  • Nov. 8: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#45, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Nov. 8: Further information about Peter McMicking has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Dennis Wally Reid for submitting information.
  • Oct. 31: Happy Halloween! The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#44, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 30: Information about Jacob Bastedo, Andrew Denike, and Boltus Harris has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Dennis Wally Reid, Joyce Deyong, and Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Oct. 25: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#43, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 23: Information about brothers Peter McMicking and Thomas McMicking has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Dennis Wally Reid for submitting information.
  • Oct. 23: Information about Cornelius Van Nostrand has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to David Crombie for submitting information.
  • Oct. 23: Information about William Walker has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Jo Ann Tuskin for submitting information.
  • Oct. 22: Information about Conrad Wert has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Earl Belisle for submitting information.
  • Oct. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#42, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 19: Information about Joshua Chandler and Barnabas Hough has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Deb Shunamon for submitting information.
  • Oct. 13: Information about Thomas Wheaton has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks to Marilyn J. Keller, Douglas B. Ayer & Todd W. Braisted for submitting information.
  • Oct. 10: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#41, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Oct. 4: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#40, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#39, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 19: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#38, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 12: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#37, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 7: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#36, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Sept. 3: Information about Matthew Benson has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 28: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#35, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 28: The History of the UELAC Branches has been updated with the Branching Out reports from the Spring 2017 issue of the Loyalist Gazette.
  • Aug. 24: The latest issue of Loyalist Trails, 2017-#34, is now available. Click here for the online newsletter index.
  • Aug. 21: Information about Reuben Lyon has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 19: Information about Joseph Oliver Lyon has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • Aug. 16: Information about Patrick Barry has been added to the Loyalist Directory.
  • 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!