Ontario Ancestors Conference 2022 The Ontario Genealogical Society Virtual Conference 2022, June 24 – 26, Ottawa
The Ontario Genealogical Society Virtual Conference 2022, June 24 – 26, Ottawa

June 25 – 10:00 AM – Stream B – Loyalist History through Early Ontario Cemeteries

Summary 

Historical and genealogical research with regard to loyalist heritage cemeteries in Ontario, with several examples of those interred in Eastern Ontario 

Outline 

  • Background on the Loyalists and the early settlement of Ontario, highlighting their migration from the Thirteen Colonies to Canada 
  • Importance of early cemeteries as places of memory and tangible heritage 
  • Types of primary sources used in cemetery research (land, military, financial, religious records) and methodologies employed 
  • Common pitfalls (misidentification of same-named individuals, erroneous information on tombstones, etc.) 
  • Six specific examples of loyalist burials in Eastern Ontario, giving ample attention to loyalist women