Revolutionary War Loyalist Records

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An estimated one-third of the people of the American colonies remained loyal to Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. As many as 50,000 fled their homes and moved to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and England. Records of these individuals include name lists, muster rolls, and histories. Many filed claims and petitions to the British government for compensation for losses of real and personal property.

Loyalist Records[edit | edit source]

To find records of Loyalists do a  Subject Searchin the FamilySearch Catalog for:

American Loyalists
United Empire Loyalists

Or, do a search at Place Search in the FamilySearch Catalog for:

Place where ancestor lived
On the Topic List, choose:
Other subject headings which look feasible

See the Wiki articles for the states and provinces where your Loyalist ancestor lived. The outlines often list published works concerning Loyalists of that state.

Write to:
- The National Archives of Canada (395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A ON3)
- The Archives of Ontario (77 Grenville Street, Queens Park, Toronto, ON, Canada M7A 2R9)

• An excellent guide to information on Loyalists is A Bibliography of Loyalist Source Material in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. (FHL book 973 F23bL.)

  • A website (still under construction) that gives loyalist land petitions, postwar settlements, muster rolls, documents about regiments, and muster rolls can be found at

Information from: Family History Library Consultants. Q & A, LAD Database, RELEASE 4.1, Jan. 2004 MJM.

The On-line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies site has a few of the Order Books on their site. Presumably all of the regiments kept Order Books however not all have been found.

British Colonies Loyal to Britain[edit | edit source]

Several other British colonies existed on the North American continent, but remained loyal to the King. They were: Upper Canada (now Ontario) Lower Canada (now Quebec) Nova Scotia (which included present-day New Brunswick) Rupert's Land (Hudson Bay drainage basin) East Florida West Florida (captured by Spain (ally of the United States) in 1781)

Many Loyalists migrated from the thirteen colonies and settled in Canadian colonies during and after the Revolution, or in British (later Spanish) Florida, or Jamaica.

Other Nations Involved in the Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Many people of different nationalities were involved in the Revolutionary War. The following sources may be helpful:

Ethnic Group Source FHL Call Number
English A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and Their Records (1640-WWI) In Search of the "Forlorn Hope" (regiments and where stationed) BRITISH 942 M2kj (2 vols.)
French List of French soldiers: Les Combattants Français de la Guerre Américaine, 1778-1783 (has names) INTL 944 M2cf (Ref & reg stacks)
US Q 944 M2cf (High Density)
Hessians Index: Hessische Truppen im Amerikanischen Unabhängigkeitskrieg (HETRINA)...(has names, birthdates, places, etc.)
US book 943 M2mg, 6 vol.
v. 1-2, US Film 1320516 Items 6-7
v. 3-5, US Film 1320542 Items 5-6

For more information also see: