Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Loyalist Trails: Loyalist Blogs And Websites

The United Empire Loyalist Assn. of Canada is encouraging Canadians to learn more about the men and women who made this country what it is today. Ontario might well have been just another state if it weren’t for the bravery of the United Empire Loyalists who fought in the Revolutionary War, and their descendants, who in the War of 1812, protected what their parents and grandparents had suffered so much to achieve in their new country.

I was reading my weekly newsletter from the UELAC, Loyalist Trails, April 25/10, and the article The Tech Side: Publishing your Research – Websites and Blogs, by Wayne Scott particularly interested me. Since I am interested in the Loyalists, and blogging, I am hoping that this article will get more people with Loyalist heritage blogging about their research about their ancestors and the sacrifices they made. He starts the article with the pros and cons of having your family history published in a book or ebook format as opposed to having a website or blog:

Publishing a hard copy of your research can be quite gratifying, however, there are limitations to this form of publishing. Once information is committed to paper, it requires a re-write to edit or add new information, whereas with publishing electronically, information can be amended quickly. However, the process of updating pdf copies at download sites, or in the hands of relatives, is not instantaneous. Websites and blogs (web logs) can be a viable alternative.

The author then goes on to tell readers the advantages of having a website or blog and he suggests visiting Cindi’s List for information about setting up a free site or blog . He also points out the advantages and disadvantages of having a free site vs a paid site. Wayne Scott winds up his article with advice on setting up a blog and a few of the different blogging platforms. I am hoping that more than a few of the “Loyalist Trails” readers will be encouraged to start their own blogs and share their own Loyalist family history.

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I Am Sooo Going!!!

I just read my email and my Loyalist Trails came yesterday. There was an article in it about the 2010 Olympics and loyalist heritage. The article mentions an article in the Bicentennial Branch Newsletter by Ted Steele about the Doan family and some famous and infamous relations.

I was surprised to read the next article:

Doan Reunion and Aaron Doan UE Heritage Designation
The Port Colborne Heritage Committee will be honoring the name of Aaron Doan UE with a Heritage Designation and name change from Steele Cemetery to Doan Cemetery on Saturday July 10, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m. The Cemetery is located @ 2146 Second Concession Road, in the City of Port Colborne. This cemetery, which contains the family burial site, is on the original Crown Grant to Aaron Doan UE.
Doan descendants will be celebrating a family reunion on Sunday July 11, 2010 @ Bethel Community Centre, 2703 Chippawa Road, Port Colborne, Ontario. Family history information starting @ 10 a.m. with a pot luck lunch @ 12.00 noon.
If you need further information on the Doan Reunion or Cemetery Designation contact Jerry Fisher UE at 905-892-5477 email:

It just so happens that we’ll be in the neighbourhood, we’re going camping in the Kawarthas for two weeks and we’ll be coming home that weekend, we’ll be within fifty miles of Port Colborne so I plan on attending the reunion. I’m hoping my cousin Judy will go too, she lives up there. It will be great to meet all of the family north of Essex County and share our family history.

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Ancestral Notes by Earline Hines Bradt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.

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