1. Jim Ambuske

    Great post, great project! I, too, wish to see them digitized and transcribed. These were important sources for my diss and will likely play a larger role in my book. Thanks for writing this piece.

    • Hey Jim,

      Thank you so much for the response! Hoping to get the Virginia side of the project running in the next few years. I’ve spoken with folks at BNA about it and they said they would be willing to negotiate for a project. I know that is LVA’s biggest concern since BNA is the original owner. It would definitely be a worthwhile project for the US, Canada, and Britain. Congrats on the impending book!


      • Jim Ambuske

        Terrific news. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in moving the digitization project forward.

  2. You might look into the terms under which they were digitized for Ancestry, and if those digital images might be popping up somewhere else in time. The state archives where I work allowed Ancestry to digitize some historic records in return for receiving copies of the digital images, which we agreed not to publish for I believe five years.

    • Hi Larry,

      Thank you so much for the information! I really hope Ancestry didn’t get an embargo on those documents. I would really like to get a project going on them soon. At least for the Virginia portion. I will e-mail BNA to see!


  3. Thank you for this post. I’ve been working on a brick wall loyalist ancestor about whom I can find nothing, no matter where I look. I do not subscribe to Ancestry.com (and prefer not to), so finding other resources is important to me. I’d be completely on board with helping transcribe digitized documents for a project such as this, if one existed!

    • Hi Wendy,

      Feel free to e-mail me some of the info on your brick wall. I have access to Ancestry on Fridays and Saturdays and I’d be happy to do a quick check to see if anything pops up under his/her name. And I really need this project to get going. Hoping to start doing some contacting in the next week.


      • Thanks, Steph!

        I did try the Loyalist Claims when I was at the library last week, but to no avail. It doesn’t help that I don’t know the first names of my loyalists. 😉 But I suspect it could be Samuel Goodwin, who was in Captain Luce’s Armed Boatmen (per the Library & Archives of Canada website).

        One day, I will find out! I am determined. It might also help that I’ve had my ex-husband’s (he’s the descendant) DNA test expanded to autosomal. Maybe some Goodwin matches will come along. 🙂


  4. I agree with your opinion that the quicker your loyalist friends jump on this project, the sooner all historians of British North America and the Atlantic World will benefit from one of the most fascinating collections from the time period.

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