Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Legacy QuickGuide on Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors

Legacy Family Tree has commissioned a series of four-page booklets on various aspects of genealogical research.  Each laminated guide contains four pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics. Legacy QuickGuides are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas.  These QuickGuides are oriented towards the online researcher - there are several pages of website links on selected subjects for the specific topic covered by the QuickGuide.

You can see the list of available Legacy QuickGuides at  They are available as laminated four-page folders ($7.95 each) or as downloadable PDF files ($2.95 each).

The Legacy QuickGuide for Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors was written by Kathryn Lake Hogan.

The Introduction to this QuickGuide says:

"After the American Revolutionary War, those who remained loyal to Britain and King George III were known as Loyalists. In 1789, the Governor-General of British North America, Lord Dorchester, granted those who adhered to the Unity of the Empire, all their children and their descendants the use of the capitals U.E. after their name. Many American and Canadian genealogists have Loyalist ancestors which can be difficult to find. The Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information to get you started including the best places to find key record groups and research strategies to implement."

The subjects included in the Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors  QuickGuide include:

*  Selected Key Dates
*  Who is a Loyalist?
*  Strategy

*  United Empire Loyalist Lists
*  Black Loyalists
*  First Nations/Aboriginal Loyalists
*  Lower Canada Loyalists
*  Upper Canada Loyalists
*  Maritime Loyalists
*  Military Records
*  Ship Passenger Lists

*  Land and Property Records
*  Maps
*  Court Records and Claims
*  Archives and Libraries
*  Organizations
*  Toolkit

*  Terminology
*  Further Reading

For the second and third page subjects, the items listed are website titles with links to the websites.  In some cases, there are shortened URLs for websites with long eddresses.

This Legacy QuickGuide is very useful for beginners and seasoned researchers alike.  The information about the different Loyalist websites, the organizations list, and the toolkit are very helpful, and the links to online resources will be useful. 
I am sure that I will use this QuickGuide to help me find records of my Loyalist ancestors in New Brunswick and Ontario.

The laminated version of this QuickGuide is very handy for researchers going to repositories or society meetings - it is light and easy to carry in a briefcase or computer case.  I much prefer the PDF version because I can save it to my computer (and laptop, tablet, and smart phone using Dropbox or another cloud service) and have it available in digital format for instantaneous usage by clicking the links provided rather than typing the links into my web browser. 

Order your copy of the  
Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors  QuickGuide (PDF or printed laminated folder) at the Legacy Family Tree Store.

Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of the PDF version of this Legacy QuickGuide on the condition that I provide a timely review of each QuickGuide provided.  Look for more in the near future!

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