Genealogical Tip: - Finding the Grandchild of the Loyalist
Suggested sources to search when attempting to connect the grandchild of the Loyalist to his or her parents (the daughter or son of the UE Loyalist)
A. Census – if the DUE or SUE died after 1851 look at all censuses prior to the death to see if the child and DUE/SUE are living together. The Canadian Census Records are available online at Ancestry.ca and most public libraries offer computer access to the site.
B. Wills – Did the DUE/SUE leave a Will naming children or did the Loyalist leave a Will naming the grandchild/grandchildren?
Archives Ontario has created an excellent guide to the information available at the Archives of Ontario.
Check the website http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx Select “Tracing Your Family History” and click “The Records” on the drop down list at the left. Scroll down to “Estate Files” and click on the pdf “How to find a Will” an excellent guide.
Begin your search in the year the person died and then move forward in time, often a will was probated or an estate administered years after the death.
Many branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society have indexed early Wills in their area so check the Branch Publications List in the area(s) where the family lived.
C. Land Registry Records and Abstracts –You must know the county, township, concession and lot number of the land that the DUE/SUE lived on or was granted to search the land records.
Archives Ontario has created guides available on the Archives of Ontario website:
Go to http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx select “Tracing Your Family History”
and in the list at the left click “The Records”, several groups of records are listed.
Under “Land Records” you will find links to guides for:
a. Crown Records - Select “Crown Land Records Introduction”, the amount of available information is incredible and guide #205 “How to Use the Ontario Land Record Index ca.1780-ca.1920 in Word & PDF is excellent. Guide #215 “From Grant to Patent: A Guide to Early Land Settlement Records ca. 1790 to ca. 1850” in Word & PDF is very useful. In addition to information about accessing the Crown Grants it will help you access the Upper Canada Sundries and the Township Papers.
b. Second Heir & Devisee - the online index database of 5184 Case Files plus the guide is available through this link.
c. Land Registry Records - guide #231 “Finding Land Registration Records” is very useful and lists all Registry Offices in Ontario.
D. Family Bibles – If you are fortunate and find the child of an SUE/DUE listed in a family bible, look at the publication date, if that date is after the entries took place and/or if the entries are all in the same handwriting they were probably entered by one person at a later date and therefore might be inaccurate.
E. Other Family Members - if you know the name of a brother or sister of the person that you are researching, you might be able to find a record that connects that sister or brother to their parents. If you find such a record try to locate an additional record that connects the brother or sister to the person that you are researching that would provide proof for the connection to the parent.
Be sure to check all library and archival collections in the area(s) that you are researching.