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
LINKS TO MICROFILM that is now available on line.
These are exciting times as more is coming out all the time.
Library and Archives of Canada [LAC]
Heritage Canadiana [from LAC]
- The Héritage project
is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of
Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60
million pages of primary-source documents.
- Go to the Genealogy section and start browsing.
- Upper Canada Land Books - these are just one of many record groups now available on line.
Upper Canada Sundries
- The Upper Canada Sundries
are a magnificent resource, formally called the Civil Secretary's
Correspondence, and are held at the LAC in Ottawa. On the web page,
scroll down to the Finding Aid section, and download the index files as
pdf's and ave them on your computer. They are large and take a bit of time.
- Search the index files for the date range of interest, and once you have a page number from the index, go to this pdf to find the film number you need.
- Then, to see the film, go to Heritage Canadiana, and select the Sundries that are in the Genealogy section and choose the film you wish to see. This is a direct link to the Sundries films.
- There is a partial Sundries index on line at Janice Nickerson's excellent web site and service called Upper Canada Genealogy.
The Heir & Devisee Commissions
- Second Heir & Devisee Commission 1804 - 1895. First search the index on line at the Archives of Ontario. The films are not yet on line.
Haldimand Papers, D7, at Archives of Ontario, AO
The Haldimand Papers are a
confusing record to use. The originals are held by the British Museum
from an 1857 accession. Record Group is Add[itional] MSS 21631 to 21895.
In the 1880’s, formerly PAC, now LAC in Ottawa, made a transcription
called Series “B” (volumes B-1 to B-232).
In 1962, LAC made a filming of the British holdings and they are
available in Ottawa: A-609-618; 661-671; 677-692 and 735-780 (78 reels,
folders flow continuously from reel to reel.)
the 1980’s, LAC filmed the Series “B” transcriptions - films are
H-1428-1455; 1649-1655; 1685 and 1736-1774 (not at AO) but online at Heritage Canada. Haldimand’s own index Add MSS 21888 is on A-779 at LAC or transcribed on H-1745.
Also in 1980's, World Microfilm Pub (WMP) copied the LAC films - 78 films
became 115 films because only whole folders are included on each WMP film.
The AO bought 50 WMP reels - Upper Canada focused - Catalogued as XX
followed by the WMP film numbers. AO stores these in cabinet 7: ie, WMP
reel 5 is catalogued as XX 5.
The WMP films that the AO bought are: 5; 12; 23; 29 to 33; 35 to 52; 54
to 57; 76; 78; 80 to 85; 97; 99; 102 to 105 and 109 to 114.
Film Conversion Chart
See Guylaine Pétrin's chart that converts all of these films to the Add MSS number. She has kindly allowed it to be available on this web site.
Finding Aids to Haldimand Papers
- There is a Calendar for the Haldimand Papers that runs over 2000
pages!! It was done in 1880's probably together with the transcription
and published in the Report on Public Archives of Canada, editions 1884 through to 1889. Use the links below to see the Calendar in 3 volumes. It follows the Add MSS and B volumes and
lists every document, with key names and a sentence or two about the
document. Below are the editions and what they contain. If you live
near Toronto, the Toronto Reference Library has a set but on a recent
visit the 1888 volume was missing. The Robarts Library at UofT also has
Collections Canada has a 311 page nominal (name) index available for
the Loyalist volumes which is just a small part of the whole Haldimand
Papers. Scroll down to the "Finding Aid" section and you will see a pdf
link that ends in 2411. Click on it - it is slow to upload - several
minutes. Save it on your computer for later use. The numbers beside
each name give the Series B volumes (B-105, 166, 167 and 168) and the
page number. Then go to the the Petrin chart web site to convert the B
volume to the H-#### film at Heritage Canadiana and find the
transcription of the record. The WMP
film number is also stated on the chart and some of these films are at
the AO. This same finding aid is available on film C-1475 but the pdf is easier to use.
- 1884: Vol 1 of Calendar: B-1 to B-13; Add MSS 21661 to 21673
- 1885: Vol 1: B-2-1 added as an addendum, B-14 to B-60; Add MSS 21674 to 21720
- 1886: Vol 1: B-61 to B-100; Add MSS 21721 to 21760
- Vol 2: B-101 to B-105; Add MSS 21761 to 21765
- 1887: Vol 2: B-105 to B-148; Add MSS 21765 to 21808
- 1888: Vol 2: B-149 to B-202
- Vol 3: B-201 to B-207
- 1889: Vol 3: B-207 to B-232; Add MSS 21867 to 21892
also has some WMP films with excellent descriptions. See also their
extensive collection of Loyalist material beyond just the Haldimand
Burleigh papers - on line
1842 Canada West Census
Images of the 1842 Canada West Census are available on both Familysearch.org [go from here] and the Library of Archives of Canada (LAC) web site [navigate from here]. The LAC web site has a nominal search function specific to these records.
NON MICROFILM SITES
- 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).
- Loyalist Settlements 1783-1789,
Bruce Antliff, Ontario, 1985 - this volume presents transcriptions of
the volumes that are missing from the above Report of 1904.
- Diary of Lt Henry Simmons - 1777
- Land Owners of the Mecklenburg District in 1790 - mostly loyalists, but not all are.
A sample of other sites I visit