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Sep. 17, 1999 Vol. III No. 17

Rick Roberts Editor's Corner
By: Rick Roberts,

Loyalist Question from Gazette Reader

Last week we received a question from Gazette reader Robert Barnes which I asked Paul Bunnell, an author of Loyalist research books to respond to. Read on to see the original question and then Paul's reply.


"This question is not just about Nova Scotia, where my wife's people came from, but about any of the Loyalist who left the States during the American Revolution. Is there a list of those who came to Canada and particularly Nova Scotia. My wife is a Rhodes and her ancestry seems to stop in NS about the time of the American Revolutionary War. We also find similar names before and after that time in Southern USA. Is there a list of Loyalist and how can I find it. Your help is appreciated. Sincerely Dr. Robert L. Barnes


"Dear Global Gazette Reader,    Ref: Rhodes Loyalist Research

Your question is a very good one. One asked many times. Most of the loyalists left from New York City starting around May 1783 to approximately 1784, with others following up to 1790. The first winter there was one of the worst on record and many loyalists died from exposure. In many cases families were only given tarps, little rope and some wood to start off their new life in the hostile northern wilderness.

A large number went back to the warmer United States during the first year or two. Others that settled in Nova Scotia moved up into the Saint John River Valley and in 1786 that territory split off from Nova Scotia and became New Brunswick. The city of Saint John (New Brunswick) located at the mouth of that river had reported nearly 10,000 people living in tents that first two years (1783-4), my ancestor being one of them.

Without knowing your wife's "Rhodes" family first names, I can only give you limited resources and opinions of where to look. For Nova Scotia, that surname shows up with several variations of spelling. (Rhodes/Roads/Rhoades)

Global Genealogy & History Bookstore carries many excellent sources to research your wife's loyalist family. There are many books out there today that are making the search for the elusive loyalist record much easier. Beside my 3 volumes of "The New Loyalist Index
    The New Loyalist Index vol. 1
    The New Loyalist Index vol. 2
    The New Loyalist Index vol. 3
Global carries listings that have Rhode/Roads/Rhoades in them. Some that do come to mind are: Always remember to search your lines backward from yourself. You may or may not be related to the people you found in the Southern USA. A direct line of research is required for accuracy, but it doesn't hurt to collect other references along the way for possible future connection.

Good Luck! Sincerely, Paul J. Bunnell, FACG, UE"


This week we started sending out confirmation packets to those who have already registered for Global Family History Fair '99. The mailing will contain your receipt, confirmation of the list of workshops that you chose, a map to the event and a site map for The Farm Museum. If you have any questions or see any discrepincies in the workshops listed on your confirmation contact Sandra (delegate co-ordinator) at 613-257-7878 from 9 to 4:30 daily (ET) or by email

Your official delegate package including name badge, meal ticket/s, agenda, site map, etc will be available for pickup when you arrive at Global Family History fair. It will be at the delegate registration desk filed under your name. A GFHF '99 staff member will be there to help you.

There are still some seats available in all of the family history workshops, so you can be assured of getting your first choices. Three of the workshops are over 70% filled up so don't leave it too long. Register early to insure that you get the workshops that you are most interested in.

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Early Virginia Religious Petitions
This latest American Memory offering from the Library of Congress (LOC), in collaboration with the University of Virginia, features images of 432 petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802. Sent from over 80 counties and cities throughout the state, the petitions discuss topics such as the separation of church and state, the rights of dissenters, the sale and division of property in the established church, and the dissolution of unpopular vestries. Users can browse the collection by geographic location or date, or search by keyword. Each image is accompanied by a very brief content description and a link to a larger JPEG image. Additional resources at the site include an essay on petitioning in eighteenth-century Virginia, a chronology of religious development in America, and a link to a previous special exhibition, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic.

Mathematics Genealogy Project
The brainchild of retired mathematics professor Harry B. Coonce, this site has the modest goal of listing information about everyone who has earned a doctorate in mathematics during the 20th century. This will allow mathematicians to trace their academic "family tree" and discover their advisor's advisor, their advisor's "siblings" at graduate school, and so on. With over 28,000 names from 380 universities and 30,000 records waiting to be organized, the database is off to a good start. Compiled from the respective universities or Dissertation Abstracts, the records include name of degree recipient, university, year in which degree was awarded, dissertation title, name of advisor (linked to a list of their other students), and a list of the degree recipient's students, if any. Users can search the database by personal name (first, middle, or last), school, or year of degree, or browse by first letter of the last name, but due to the size of the database this last option is not recommended.

Events, Conferences, Workshops & Family Reunions

New Hampshire Highland Games & Genealogy Conference.
Sep. 16-19 1999
. The 1999 Annual New Hampshire Highland Games will be held at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, New Hampshire. This is the biggest highland games in the northeast USA attracting over 50,000 visitors. Pipeband competitions, dance competitions, genealogy workshops and lectures, athletic competitions... something for everyone!. Global Genealogy & History Bookstore will be there as a vendor. For full information check the official website at or call toll free 1-800-358-7268

74th Hastie Reunion, Woodstock, Ontario
Sep. 18, 1999
The descendants of David and Margaret (Johnstone) Hastie will meet at the 74th Hastie Reunion, celebrating 145 years in Canada to be held Sep. 18, 1999 at the Lamlash Hall. A pot luck lunch at 12:30 is followed by lots of story telling, updates, and viewing family photos as well as games for the young and young at heart. Items to add to the family scrapbooks welcomed. (examples copies of birth notices, wedding write-ups, obits, pictures, our family in the news!) Stay posted regarding a memorial service at the Latona cemetery at the gravesite of our ancestors. If you require further details, please contact our secretary Donald Hastie, 519-533-0651, 1-491 Dundas St. Woodstock, On N4S 1C3 or Sandra Peppler 519-364-4149

New Brunswick Genealogical Society Meeting
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m
. INTERESTED IN GENEALOGY? SO ARE WE. The southeastern branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society invites you to the first meeting of the season, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., Wesleyan Church, 945 St. George Blvd., Moncton. Program: Stumbling Blocks, a moderated question and answer session to share research challenges. Chair: Dawn Kinnie. Refreshments to follow. Non-members and potential new members most welcome.

Irish Genealogical Conference
Sept 17 & 18, 1999
New England Historical & Genealogical Society is hosting its Fourth Annual "Irish Genealogical Conference" held at Lombardo's Conference Facility in Randolph, Massachusetts, on Sep. 17 and 18, 1999. The conference will feature nineteen lectures specifically on Irish genealogical topics, as well as three optional meals accompanied by additional lectures. Participants may register for Friday (with or without meals), Saturday (with or without meals) or both days (with or without meals). Special NEHGS and TIARA member prices are available. For more information call toll-free at 1-888-AT-NEHGS (286-3447), or locally at (617) 536-5740, ext. 202. Visit our website at or email us at

British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa Conference.
Sep. 24-26, 1999
. The 1999 Annual Fall Conference will be held Sep. 24 to Sep. 26, 1999 inclusive at the National Library of Canada, Wellington Street, Ottawa. Global Genealogy & History Bookstore will be there as a vendor. For Registration information contact BIFHSGO, PO Box 38026, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 3Y7, Canada. telephone (613)224-9868 or email:

Washington State Genealogical Society 1999 State Conference
Sep. 24-25, 1999 "Technology in Genealogy". Hosted by Echoes of the Past Archive Place: Seattle, WA. Offering you lecture, seminar and hands-on computer classes with ideas and skills using technology to facilitate and enhance your genealogy research. We are offering a format consisting of 10 lectures, 10 seminars and 10 hands-on computer classes. You have the option to attend the class, seminar or lecture of your choice and build your own schedule. The Computer Classes are hands-on, each registrant will use a computer for the class. The Education Committee’s seminars are geared towards helping genealogy societies with the operations of their groups. All are welcome to attend. The Lectures will be held in an Auditorium setting and will offer technology themes. See our website for details at Posted by Cheryl Hawley

Computer Resources for Genealogists
Sept 24 or 25, 1999
New England Historical & Genealogical Society presents "Computer Resources for Genealogists" at The Women's Educational and Industrial Union in Boston, MA. Participants may choose to attend our day-long seminar on either Sep. 24 or Sep. 25, 1999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join NEHGS to learn about how computer software, the Internet, and computer resources can enhance your search for family history. For more information call toll-free at 1-888-AT-NEHGS (286-3447), or locally at (617) 536-5740, ext. 202. Visit our website at or email us at

Norfolklore Genealogy Fair, Simcoe, Ontario.
Sep. 25, 1999
. The 1999 Annual Fall Conference will be held Sep. 25, 1999, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Global Genealogy & History Bookstore will be there as a vendor. For Information: Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe 519-426-1583.

Fall Genealogy Conference
Sept 25, 1999
Hosted by the Sandy River Valley Chapter, Farmington, ME Roberts Learning Center on the UMF Campus, Farmington, ME Sessions for the beginner, intermediate and advanced genealogist Hands on Computer Sessions - pre registration required (space limited). Vendors, Research/sharing room, Door Prizes, and Lunch available on site For further information and a registration brochure please contact: Flossie Dere: 207 645-2257 or write: Sandy River Valley Chapter, Maine Genealogical Society c/o Flossie Dere P.O. Box 342 E. Wilton, ME 04234 or or (We are not able to return phone calls.)

Family History Fair in London, England
Sep. 25-26, 1999
For seven years the Society of Genealogists has held its enormously successful Family History Fair in London. Now, it has expanded this concept and brings the Family History Experience to Britain's premier venue, the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham. 25th & 26th Sep. 10am - 6pm [4pm Sunday]. Seminars for the absolute beginner and the advanced researcher alike. And then there is the Fair itself, with family history societies, record offices and retail stands offering new and second-hand books, computer software, postcards, maps, ephemera and much more. There will be experts on hand to offer FREE help and advice on the most basic of problems as well as on the more demanding. Available for you to use FREE, will be many of the research resources available in the Society of Genealogists' Library, with lots of assistance so you make the very most of your time. Entrance 6 pounds, Car park 5 pounds. Advance tickets only 4 pounds. E-mail: Telephone: 0171 253 5235 The Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7BA

Word On The Street Book Fair- Toronto.
Sep. 26, 1999
. This year's six-block long literacy theme park takes place on Sunday, Sep. 26th, from 11am to 6pm, on Queen Street West from Simcoe Street to Spadina Avenue. Join over a quarter of a million readers and potential readers at this free and accessible event to discover (or rediscover) the thrill of great reading through the pleasures of great writing.More than 225 local and national book and magazine publishers, booksellers, literacy organizations, libraries and writers' associations exhibit an exceptional array of current and backlisted books and magazines to browse through or buy. Many booths also feature a compelling roster of author appearances, signings, activities, games, contests and more. Sample selections from some of Canada's most dynamic micro-press publications in these two areas showcasing dozens of independent publishers. Browse hundreds of titles including: comic books, literary/arts magazines, Canadiana, multilingual and cross-cultural fiction and more. Stop by and find out why Fringe Beat and Magazine Mews have become two of the most popular areas at The Word On The Street. Located on Queen Street near Peter Street. Professional writers, editors and publishers from local and national associations offer free advice and information to festival goers. Located on Queen Street near Spadina. Global Heritage Press will be there displaying and selling heritage and genealogy titles. For information contact: The Word on the Street, 24 Ryerson Ave., Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3 ph. (416) 504-7241. fax (416) 703-0826. or check out the web site at

Thursdays in October 1999
Join New England Historical & Genealogical Society for an intensive biannual course in beginning your family history. The four-part "Genealogy 101" course taught by acclaimed lecturer and genealogist Marcia Melnyk focuses on how-to methods and concentrates on using NEHGS holdings and accessing data at other repositories. The course is an excellent start for beginners in genealogy, but also offers methods for those researchers looking for ways to better organize their information and research strategies. Each session will consist of two one-hour lectures with time for individual questions. For more information call toll-free at 1-888-AT-NEHGS (286-3447), or locally at (617) 536-5740, ext. 202. Visit our website at or email us at

Boston States Migration Workshops and Genealogy Fair
October 2, 1999 atCharles River Museum of Industry, Waltham, MA Sharon Howland will provide lookup access to several bookcases in her immense collection of Washington County, ME and Charlotte county, NB records. Loyalist researcher and author Paul J Bunnell will be with us for Q&A. Speakers include; Kay Sheldon, Ronald Dale Karr, Barry Eager; Participation by the Marine Museum of Fall River, The Steamship Association of America; other features include beginners booth, individual state & province research Q&A, directions, lodging, reply forms, Wanted Posters, contacts; details available at

October 16 & 17, 1999.
This is a genealogy fair with a difference! The extensive grounds and facilities of of the Farm Museum in Milton, Ontario will be home to the first annual Global Genealogy Fair on October 16 & 17, 1999. Speakers will lecture on a variety of genealogy and heritage topics. Heritage buildings and museum displays will be open to visitors, each building manned by a knowledgeable costumed interpreter. The atmosphere of the event will be enhanced with clean crisp air and a backdrop of crimson maples covering the slopes which surround the museum. Shuttle around the grounds by horse drawn conveyance or walk at your leisure, visit a large vendor area, enjoy great food and unique presentations. Experience a Sunday morning sermon delivered in an original 19th century church by a "circuit rider", followed by a talk on researching your ancestors in early records in Upper Canada. Speakers include authorities on a wide variety of genealogy topics. Circle this date on your calendar and keep it open for a special heritage experience! Check out the Global Genealogy Fair website for the latest news on this exciting event -
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IRISH AFTERNOON in Moncton New Brunswick
Oct 16, 1999 2PM
Come and learn about your Irish heritage. The southeastern branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society in conjunction with the Canadian Irish Cultural Assoc. of New Brunswick and the N.B. Provincial Archives proudly presents a lecture "Irish Families of Southeast New Brunswick" by Linda Evans; a large display "Irish Immigration to New Brunswick 1845-1852" which was well received throughout a tour in Ireland in 1998 - presented by Denis Noel and free research kit. Join us on Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. Wesleyan Church, 945 St. George Blvd., Moncton. Non-members and potential new members most welcome.

5th Annual Irish Research Seminar, Hempstead, New York.
October 23, 1999
Hofstra University , Student Center Auditorium, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, New York. The Irish Family History Forum is pleased to feature nationally and internationally known genealogists Nora M. Hickey of Ireland and Donn Devine. They will be lecturing on both Irish and general genealogical topics. With the introduction this year of our dual-tract program, even those with other ethnic ancestry can profit from participation in this event. Additional information is available at Irish Family History Forum

October 23 & 24, 1999
Kamloops Family History Society presents BLAZING THE TRAIL a genealogical Seminar on October 23 and 24 at the Desert Gardens Community Centre 540 Seymour St., Kamloops, B.C. Featured speaker is Kenneth Aitken, of Regina, a Local and Family History Lecturer, Instructor and researcher. Cost is $50 up to Sept 30 [fee includes all sessions, lunches and refreshment breaks for two days plus handouts for all sessions] After October 1 fee is $60. There will be a surname register. For further information please contact either Pat King at 250-372-3468 or Elenore Chamberland at 250-376-3078

October 29-30, 1999
. Radisson Calgary Airport Hotel (formerly Crossroads Inn)2160 - 16 Avenue NE Calgary, Alberta. For further information: Millie Drinkwater or (403) 243-2830. Robin Nixon or (403) 289-6375

NEHGS "Research Program to Salt Lake City"
Nov. 14-21, 1999
. New England Historical & Genealogical Society.
This program brings the experience and knowledge of our research staff to The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which houses the world's largest collection of genealogical data. This program offers participants lectures on genealogical topics, personal research consultations, group meals and other exciting activities. For more information call toll-free at 1-888-AT-NEHGS (286-3447), or locally at (617) 536-5740, ext. 202. Visit our website at or email us at

New Brunswick Genealogical Society Birthday Celebration

Nov. 20, 1999
HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY - Join us in a daylong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the southeastern branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Nov. 20, at Wesleyan Church, 945 St. George Blvd. Beginning at 11:30 until 1 p.m. with a pre-reserved reception and lunch $8, contact Judi Berry Steeves, PO Box 7102, Riverview, E1B 4T8; please register before Nov. 10. Followed by open events (no admission, no reservations required): 1 p..m. marketplace book sales; 2 p.m. lecture "Writing from Your Roots: Turning Memories into Memoirs" by Burns MacMillan of Saint John; 3 p.m. cake cutting.

Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar 2000
May 12-14, 2000
. The Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting this Seminar in Ottawa, the Capital of Canada in the year 2000. Seminar 2000 is a series of 45 lecture in five consecutive streams: Migration, Resources, Beginners, Intermediate / Advanced and Tools. Friday to Sunday, May 12-14, 2000.
Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. For more information check out the official website at

ROSS Family Reunion, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
June 30 - Tuesday, July 4, 2000. 300 to 500 people are expected at the ROSS Family Reunion which will be held between Friday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 4, 2000 in Northeast Margaree, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Related families members that will be attending the ROSS FAMILY REUNION are BURTONS, CARMICHAELS, CRANTONS, HARTS, INGRAHAMS, MARPLES, PHILLIPS, TIMMONS, and many more, who are all related to these Rosses of Margaree Valley. Many of the cousins will not only find their Ross cousins but cousins from other ancestral lines as well. check out the following link for more information:

Yorkshire 2000, Sackville, N.B.
Aug 3-10, 2000
The Tantramar Heritage Trust is pleased to be the host for Yorkshire 2000, a proposed gathering of the descendants of Yorkshire settlers to the Chignecto region in the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border during the period 1772-1775. August 3-10, 2000 - Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. With events held throughout the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border area. More information:

October 14, 15, 2000
. The second annual family history fair to be held on the extensive grounds of The Farm Museum in Milton Ontario (just 20 minutes west of Toronto on Highway 401). Terrific speakers, guided tours through authentic buildings, museum access, pipe bands, costumed interpreters and lots of vendors with new and used books, research materials, maps, archival supplies, software, CDs and much more! For more information subscribe to the Global Family History Fair mailing list. Simply send a blank e-mail message to with out changing the text in the subject line, and you will be added.

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