Niagara Peninsula Branch – Janet Hodgkins: Is there a Loyalist in your family tree

Date(s) - 16/09/2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Niagara Peninsula became home to thousands of United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution. Who exactly were the United Empire Loyalists?

If you imagine a Loyalist to be a toffee-nosed snob wearing a powdered wig and a monocle, fleeing the new American republic in his carriage while clutching his monogrammed family silver, you couldn’t be more wrong.  Imagine instead weary refugees struggling to find a new life in the aftermath of a civil war.

If you have ancestors who have lived in Niagara for about six generations, you may well have Loyalist ancestry.

In this presentation Janet Hodgkins, UE will use examples from her own family tree and genealogical research to explain who the Loyalists were. She will outline the procedure to apply for your Loyalist certificate.

Janet Hodgkins, UE belongs to the Colonel John Butler (Niagara) Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, where she holds the positions of Director and Programme Chair.  She is proud to be descended from seven proven United Empire Loyalists.

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