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United Empire Loyalist Team

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The United Empire Loyalist Team is part of the Canada Project

Leader Contact: Amy Gilpin

Team Leader: Mags Gaulden

Members: Barry Sweetman | Neil Brown | Barbara Richards | Jonathan Mills | Lorraine (Burley) Nagle



The mission of the team is to add and improve profiles of early and significant United Empire Loyalists. Team members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, and removing incorrect information.


The ongoing tasks of this team are to:

1. Identify United Empire Loyalist's Profiles and their descendants and then add:
a. Project Sticker : Add '''{{United Empire Loyalist|status=Proven}}''' to profiles or follow this link to copy and paste the template to your profiles: Template:United_Empire_Loyalist
b. Project Protect or PPP : Request from any Leader that project protection be added to the lowest numbered profile with the correct LNAB (Last Name At Birth) for profiles of Notables or profiles with extreme editing/merging issues. For more explanation see:About Project Protection
c. Merge Duplicates : In the case of duplicate profiles, merge duplicate profiles directly into the PPP'd profile. For more explanation of merges see:Merging PPPd Profiles OR Merging Procedure and Why on G2G.
2. Contribute to team Resource Pages: If you come across a related resource for a the Canadian History or related sub project, please add this to the appropriate Resource Page.
3. Profile Improvement: Add biographical information with documented sources in accordance with the Styles and Standards Policy of WikiTree.
  1. Reworking existing Bio's as some have complete cut and paste bios.
  2. Update existing links with Alt Text to identify where the link goes.
  3. Update information lists or urls into citations.
4. Categories: Add appropriate categories to profiles to link the individual. If a person lived in a particular area, fought in a battle, was part of a military group, is buried in a cemetery, etc. For more information or help see the sub topic below, contact a member in the Categorization Project, or check out Categorization questions in G2G.

Team Sticker

Sample usage:

{{United Empire Loyalist
| status = Expunged
| date = 23 May 1783

UEL Badge
... ... is a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: Undated

United Empire Loyalist

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.[1]

Any individual who supports the aims and purposes of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada and who indicates a desire to be associated with, and to participate in, the activities of UELAC.may become a member of the UELAC.[2]

Members have the option of proving their Loyalist ancestor through the Certificate application process.

The post nominals UEL are used for proven Loyalists.

The post nominals UE are used for descendants of the Loyalist ancestor.

These post nominals do not confer any special status.


Definition of a Loyalist

(aka Loyalist Ancestor):

  • Either male or female, as of 19 April 1775, a resident of the American colonies, and joined the Royal Standard prior to the Treaty of Separation of 1783, or otherwise demonstrated loyalty to the Crown, and settled in territory remaining under the rule of the Crown; or
  • A soldier who served in an American Loyalist Regiment and was disbanded in Canada; or
  • A member of the Six Nations of either the Grand River or the Bay of Quinte Reserve who is descended from one whose migration was similar to that of other Loyalists. [3]

Notable United Empire Loyalists

# Name Project Protected Photograph Profile Manager
1 Solomon Jones UE Yes No M.Gaulden
2 Peter Van Alstine UE yes No M.Gaulden
1 [[|]] yes/no yes/no [[|]]


Useful WikiTree Pages

Revolutionary Units

Outside Links

St. Ours
St. Johns
Machiche (Yamachiche)
Nouvelle Beauce.
Billets with families in Pointe Claire, Lachine and Montreal
Mowhak Help


Loyalist History

  • Davis, A.R. The Old Loyalist: A Story of United Empire Loyalist Descendants in Canada. Toronto: William Briggs, 1908. Archive.org
  • Tasker, Lawrence Hermon. The United Empire Loyalist Settlement at Long Point, Lake Erie.. Toronto: William Briggs, 1900. Archive.org
  • United Empire Loyalist Centennial Committee. The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884; The celebrations at Adolphustown, Toronto and Niagara, with an appendix, containing a copy of the U. E. list preserved in the Crown Lands Department at Toronto. Toronto: Rose, 1885. Archive.org

Loyalist Genealogies

  • Chadwick, Edward Marion. Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada. Vol 1. Toronto: Rolph & Smith, 1895. Archive.org
  • Chadwick, Edward Marion. Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada. Vol 2. Toronto: Rolph & Smith, 1895. Archive.org


Books not specifically about Loyalists but cover many Loyalists such as local histories of the places they resettled.

  • Pioneer life on the Bay of Quinte, including genealogies of old families and biographical sketches of representative citizens. Toronto: Rolph & Clark, [n.d.]. Openlibrary.org
  • Wikitree Freespace Profile: Loyalists *under construction*

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Is there an easy way to display a list of all people tagged as UE in order to use the relationship finder, such as is done in the Featured Connections list?
Start here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:United_Empire_Loyalists

I recognize you're probably looking for a grid with your personally associated connections, but there are +1,500 profiles today and the list is not exhaustive; so it only represents those profiles that have been created so far. If I were you, someone interested in UEL, I would compare the people on my watchlist to the UEL profiles list and see if there is any overlap. If you find a soldier or one of their children and want help developing their profile, please let us know.

posted by Judi Stutz
edited by Judi Stutz
Judi gave you the best place, there's a button to find relationships on the category page, top right.
posted by Danielle Liard
edited by Danielle Liard
Good Morning. My family descends from 2 Loyalists. Please send along information as to how they can be listed here. Thx. Bob
posted by Robert Robblee
In general, you get a Loyalist added by building out your ancestors on WIkiTree to connect to your ancestor taking care not to create duplicates. Once your ancestor's profile exists on WikiTree, you can add the sticker as described above. The ancestor's biography should also indicate the supporting documentation for being considered a Loyalist. Are they listed as proven in the UELAC (United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada)? If so, that would count as evidence. Who are your Loyalists? They may already be on WikiTree.
posted by Doug McCallum UE
Thinking about participating in this project. It is not clear what the date on the team sticker refers to, i.e.:
UEL Badge
... ... is a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Expunged
Date: 23 May 1783

Is this intended to be the date they enlisted in a Loyalist regiment, the date they disbanded, the date they submitted a Memorial for compensation, or some other date? This should be clarified.

posted by Andrew Payzant
I am interested in joining this project. Can anyone give me more information on how to get involved?

I have a number of United Empire Loyalists in my direct lineage.

posted by Matthew Evans
Free access The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the UEL 1784 - 1884 http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.02561
posted by Gaelynn Wall
Free access The Loyalists of Old Nova Scotia http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_04049_9
posted by Gaelynn Wall
Free book on Canadiana.org http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.65716 for Servos & Whitmore families, Jarvis Letters, Robert Land by Niagara Historical Society
posted by Gaelynn Wall