Ontario People 1796-1803
by E. Keith Fitzgerald, with introduction and index by Norman K. Crowder
After the American Revolution, several thousand families came to settle in Upper Canada (today Ontario). These settlers were former members of American Loyalists regiments, discharged British and German servicemen and their families, and some civilians and refugees.
They were offered grants of 200 acres of land on condition that they take an oath of allegiance and remain loyal to the British regime. In 1796 these immigrants were required to make a statement under oath respecting their right to hold title deeds, and the resulting records are known today as the District Loyalist Rolls of 1796. These rolls have now been transcribed by Dr. E. Keith Fitzgerald who has supplemented the 4,000 entries with data from his own research, creating a rich source of information on the early inhabitants of Ontario.
261 pp., paperback, (1993) 2nd printing 1998, ISBN 0-8063-1366-8