|Records of the Bay of Quinte|
|No book is more widely known by
Quinte researchers than the Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte
(PLBQ), published in 1904.|
The other book that I love is the History of the Settlement of Upper
Canada with Special Reference to the Bay of Quinte by William Canniff,
1869. Canniff wrote 3 books, all found at Our Roots.
Both books contain errors but their positive value overshadows any
criticism. They are rich in genealogical information and stories of
emigration, pioneering challenges and the politics of the day. A great
help in imagining life at that time.
PLBQ was a subscription book. Individuals paid to have their family
story and lineage entered in the book and someone in the family
collected the information and wrote the section. This accounts for the
errors in lineage and the sometimes inflated stories. Especially common
is the claim of "loyalist" to settlers who by official standards do not
meet the criteria.
below are searchable online at either Our Roots
or Google Books
and sometimes at both sites. You must create a free id and login to Our Roots.
Two other books that I have found very helpful in understanding the social norms and tensions in early Upper Canada.
- 'Union is Strength': W.L. Mackenzie, The Children of Peace, and the Emergence of Joint Stock Democracy in Upper Canada, Albert Schrauwers, Univ. of Toronto press, 2009, p. 144
- Plunder, Profit, and Paroles, A Social History of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada, George Sheppard, McGill, Queen's Univ. Press, 1994
SOME OF MY FAVORITE WEB SITES
Library and Archives of Canada [LAC]
Archives of Ontario
- Loyalist Institute - Todd Braisted
Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
- Rolls of the Provincial (Loyalist) Corps, Canadian Command, American Revolutionary Period, Mary Beacock Fryer and Lt. Col. Wm A. Smy, Dundurn Press, 1981
"The Rose List" or more formally: 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, 1885, Rose Pub
old UEL List - 1885 - another form of the "Rose List".
- The Archives of Ontario Loyalist finding aid.
- Loyalist Claims for Losses: The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives For the Province
of Ontario, Subtitle: United Empire Loyalists, Enquiry into the
Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty, Evidence in the Canadian
Claims, 1904, Alexander Fraser. It is online at Internet Archive. Click on these links for Part 1 (pages 1 to 704) and Part 2 (pages 705 to 1436, including the index.) If these links don't work then try this page
and click on Volume 2, parts 1 and part 2 (two separate volumes).
- Diary of Lt Henry Simmons - 1777
Other sites I visit