Research Guide to Loyalist Ancestors: A Directory to Archives, Manuscripts, and Published Sourcesby Paul J. Bunnell. Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Pl., Suite 300, Bowie, MD 20716. Copyright 1990. 146 pp. $17 Visa/MasterCard/Checks/Money Orders accepted. $4.00 p&h.
This book is designed to guide you to Loyalist sources in depositories found in Canada, USA and other countries. For each province, state or other country addresses are provided for institutions having Loyalist collections, often with a brief description of the local collection. The detail provided varies greatly. For example, when discussing the parish register collection of the National Archives of Canada individual film numbers are provided. In contrast, the collection of the LDS Family History Library in Utah is listed under New Hampshire.
The organization of the book is eclectic. The provinces and states are in no apparent order; therefore, you constantly need to refer to the table of contents to find a particular geographic area. There is no index. The author is a professional researcher, yet you find his address at the bottom of page 71. Major collections and bibliographic resources are included for each geographic area, but the organization leaves this reviewer with a sense that other collections or resources may have been omitted. This is a useful entry into Loyalist records but don't stop here in the search for the information you are seeking.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.1, 1997