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Ancestry.com. Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: American Loyalist Claims, 1776–1835. AO 12–13. The National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew, Surrey, England.

About Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835

Historical Background

Following the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), also known as the American War of Independence, British commissioners were appointed to examine claims of losses sustained by those loyal to the British crown or "Loyalists" during and following the war. Records in this database relate to Loyalist claims and cases heard by the American Loyalist Claims Commission.

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These documents include books of evidence and memorials given by witnesses, accounts of losses (which can provide detail about places and possessions), evidence of claims, correspondence, indentures, and other documents collected over the course of these examinations.

Documents may mention names, residences (place and year), accounts of battles, estimates of losses, references to other documents presented in support of claims, power of attorney, and other details giving an account of both the Loyalist’s claims and life in America before and during the Revolutionary War.

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