Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

My Dedicated Blog

Lately I have been busy with my non-blogging life, getting my gardens planted, getting our boat finished and getting a new deck built. I’m just about caught up now so I hope to have more time for blogging now. I have a number of blogs, My Favourites Place, my homepage general blog, Creation and Recreation, my hobbies blog, and a few genealogy blogs.

Ancestral Notes is my main general genealogy blog, where I do most of my blogging, but I also have a blog dedicated to my Loyalist research, United Empire Loyalists Re-United, where I have two blogs. There is one for general loyalist history, individual loyalists and research sources I have another one for my husband and my specific loyalist families where I share information and sources.

I have been posting more on my loyalist blog recently since I am doing more research in that area for my certification. I will be duplicating some of my past posts from Ancestral Notes about my loyalist families on my dedicated blog as well. If you are interested in the Loyalist era or in my certification research process and progress stop by and add UEL Re-United to your blog reading list.

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Follow Friday – Kindred Footprints

The excitement is mounting for my summer vacation this year and Sharon, from Kindred Footprints has written a couple of posts about her weekend in the Niagara region which only made my anticipation grow. She shares some beautiful photographs of some of the historic sites the area in her posts. I am looking forward to going to the Niagara Falls Museum again. Last time I was at Fort George it was pouring rain so I couldn’t take any pictures, hopefully the weather will be more co-operative this year.

I am looking forward to going to the Haynes cemetery as well, there may be some connection with my Haines ancestors who settled in Grantham township too. I will also be going to the Arent Bradt cemetery as well as attending the renaming of the Steele cemetery to the Aaron Doan cemetery. 
Thanks, Sharon!

Weekend In Niagara – Saturday
Weekend In Niagara – Sunday

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Surname Saturday – Holden, Barr

Political unrest in America has had a profound effect on my family history, from my Loyalist ancestors who came to Upper Canada after the Revolutionary War to my American-born ancestors who crossed the border just prior to the American Civil War.

The Holden and Barr families came to the Sandwich area of Essex County, Ontario between 1860, where they appear in the Wayne County, Indiana census and March 4th, 1863, when my second great-grandmother, Rosetta Holden O’Neil was born in Sandwich, her older sister, Viola Holden O’Neil was born in Wayne County, Indiana in 1861. Their father, Thomas, was the second of eleven children and was married to Sarah Elizabeth Stonecipher in 1860, after the census, as he was still living at home when the census was taken in 1860.

Thomas’ parents were immigrants, James Holden was born in Bolton, England about 1804 and his wife, Elizabeth Barr, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland about 1815. They were in Indiana by 1837 when their oldest son was born. I don’t know if they were married before they immigrated or after they came to the U.S.


  • James Holden born in England about 1804.
  • Elizabeth Barr born in Ayrshire, Scotland about 1815.
  • James Holden married Elizabeth Barr in ? about 1836.
  • Thomas Holden was born in Richmond Indiana in 1839.
  • James Holden family in Wayne County, Indiana in 1840, 1850 and 1860 census.
  • Thomas Holden married Sarah Stonecipher in 1860.
  • First child, Viola, born in Wayne County, Indiana in 1861.
  • Second child, Rosetta, born in Sandwich, Essex County, Ontario in 1863.
  • Two more children, Frank and Albert, born in Sandwich, Essex County, Ontario.
  • Rosetta Holden married Wm. James O’Neil in Sandwich, Ontario.
  • Charles O’Neil born in 1881.
  • Charles O’Neil married Mary Queen, daughter of Robert Queen and Sarah Stevenson
  • Orville Neil was born Sept. 30, 1910.
  • Orville Neil married Ruby Fairbairn, daughter of Jessie Doan and Robert Fairbairn about 1930.
  • Marian Neil was born Nov.30, 1936.(my mother).
  • Marian Neil married Earl Hines in 1957.(my father)

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You Don’t Have To Be Canadian To Be A Certified U.E.

I am applying for my U.E. certification this week, and with Kathryn Lake‘s help, I will have my certificate in September, she is our branch genealogist. I was going to wait until after my visit to Brock University and The Friends Of The Loyalist Collection in July, but I am sure I have enough sources to prove my loyalist ancestry from Joseph Haines Sr. U.E.L. and his son, Nathaniel Haines U.E.L.. Anything I find when I go to the Niagara region in the summer will be for my research. I am going to get more information about my Doan ancestors while I’m there as well as information about my husband’s family in case he wants to get his certification in the future. His 4th great-grandfather, Myndert Bradt U.E.L. fought with Butler’s Rangers in the Revolutionary War and the Lincoln Militia in the War of 1812. I’d like to find out what battle he died in.

The United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada was created to unite all of the different Loyalist organizations in the country almost a century ago. With the emigration of the descendants of United Empire Loyalists to all corners of the earth, and the growing interest in genealogy I am sure that as people discover their loyalist ancestry there will be a rise in the membership of the UELAC and increased certification around the world. If you don’t live in Canada, you can join the branch closest to where your loyalist ancestors settled and you will receive the branch newsletters and the Loyalist Gazette. You can submit articles to share about your ancestors to the branch newsletter, the UELAC weekly e-newsletter, Loyalist Trails, and the Loyalist Gazette magazine. You can subscribe to the Loyalist Trails and Loyalist Gazette worldwide without membership in the UELAC.

The UELAC came into being with a Federal Charter, passed by Parliament on May 27th, 1914.

The one hundred and thirty years since the Treaty of Separation had seen the growth of a nation, from sea to sea, and a great scattering of the Loyalists descendants. The length and breadth of the new country made it difficult to unite the Loyalist descendants in the common cause of keeping the Loyalist history alive and telling it to their countrymen and to the world. In 1913, the various provincial societies met in Toronto to discuss their future. Col. George A.S. Ryerson strongly advised the delegates that the best solution rested in uniting local and provincial societies into a Dominion of Canada association.

The Purpose of the Association as specified under the Charter was stated:

  1. to unite together irrespective of creed or political party the descendants of those families who during the American War 1775 to 1783 sacrificed their homes in retaining their loyalty to the British Crown, and to perpetuate their spirit of loyalty to the Empire.
  2. to preserve the history and traditions of that important epoch in Canadian history by rescuing from oblivion the history and traditions of the Loyalist families before it is too late.
  3. to collect together in a suitable place the portraits, relics and documents relating to the United Empire Loyalists which are now scattered throughout the Dominion.
  4. to publish a historical and genealogical journal, or annual transactions.

Any one in the world can become a member of the UELAC, and any descendant of a United Empire Loyalist, regardless of where they are living, can apply for U.E. certification.

For those who believe they have Loyalist ancestry, you have the option of proving that ancestry. Once a member, work with the Branch genealogist to verify that your ancestor was a Loyalist and collect the genealogical proofs between yourself and that Loyalist. The genealogist will provide direction and guidance. However, being a volunteer like the rest of us, the branch genealogist generally is not free to do the research. You can then submit a certificate application form, available from the branch genealogist, with proofs and a fee to our Dominion Genealogist for review. If all is in order, you will receive a certificate attesting to your Loyalist ancestry.
We have members in several countries, with most of those outside Canada residing in the USA. Some of these members have proved their Loyalist ancestry; others have joined because of an interest in all aspects of the Revolutionary War/Loyalist era. It is intriguing that quite a number of members both in Canada and in other countries have proven ancestors who were Loyalists and others who were Patriots. We can’t do anything about the ancestors we have inherited, so why not celebrate them all.

Maybe next year I’ll apply for certification with the DAR!

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SNGF – My Matrilineal Line

Hey genealogy buffs – it’s Saturday Night again — time for more Genealogy Fun from Randy at Genea-musings!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your matrilineal line – your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Note or status line on Facebook.

Here is my matrilineal line:

  1. me – Earline Hines Bradt
  2. Marion Neil Hines
  3. Ruby Fairbairn Neil Allison
  4. Jessie Doan Fairbairn
  5. Mary Elizabeth Robbins Doan
  6. Catherine Pattison Robbins
  7. Catherine Rinker Pattison
  8. Lamarain Schultz Rinker

I haven’t had my mitochondrial DNA tested.

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