Early Loyalist Roots of the Lower Hudson River Valley and New York

April 20: 

Brian Laurie-Beaumont had a forty year career in heritage facility development planning across Canada. The focus on heritage preservation and his formal education as an historian made genealogy a natural outlet for his inquisitive nature – and a fondness for challenging detective work.

He is a member of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.

Brian’s Beaumont family were settlers of Durham County, Ontario in the late 1850’s, coming from Yorkshire to farm. However his wife Deirdre Hollis Laurie has very deep Loyalist roots in New England and New York, her maternal line (Hollis/Hambly of Napanee) being among the first settlers of Lennox and Addington County: Huffman, Parke, Garrison, and Salisbury, among others.

Previously, Brian gave a presentation at the Great Canadian Genealogical Conference in Halifax on his wife’s New England Planter and Loyalist roots in Nova Scotia which took in her ancestry from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. This time he will focus on her Ontario Loyalist ancestors from the lower Hudson Valley and New York City.

The presentation will include sources for records, confusion between Dutch and English names, intersecting history and genealogy, historical sites remaining from the pre-revolution period connected to our Loyalist ancestors where one can walk where they walked.

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