Today’s Association has a number of classes of membership, but Regular Membership, with voting rights in the Association, is restricted to members who can prove they have a Loyalist ancestor who meets the following criteria:
- Either male or female, as of 19 April 1775, a resident of the American colonies, and joined the Royal Standard prior to the Treaty of Separation of 1783, or otherwise demonstrated loyalty to the Crown, and settled in territory remaining under the rule of the Crown; or
- a soldier who served in an American Loyalist Regiment and was disbanded in Canada; or
- a member of the Six Nations of either the Grand River or the Bay of Quinte Reserve who is descended from one whose migration was similar to that of other Loyalists.
Membership confers no special status in Canadian society, but many members use the post-nominal letters “UE” after their name, in consequence of Lord Dorchester’s Order in Council in 1789, conferring recognition of the service of the Loyalists in defense of “The Unity of Empire.”
Members of the Association must be a member of a branch and there are branches of the Association in every province of Canada, except Newfoundland. While many join a branch which is local, there is no rule as to which branch a member must belong.
To join the Association as a Regular Member, one must provide documentary proof of descent from a Loyalist. Many individuals come to the Association with very complete genealogies, but others are just starting their family research. Each branch has a genealogist who will offer advice and assistance, but they do not undertake to do the whole task – that is the prospective member’s task. In some cases, the documentation is fairly simple if relatives have already established their descent. In any event, the research provides an exceptional opportunity for a family to establish and celebrate its past.
To join as an Associate Member, please fill out the Associate Member Application.
To renew an existing membership, please fill out the Membership Renewal Form.
For further information, please contact our membership secretary Beverley Corsini UE, or the Dominion Office.