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I’m not related to D. W. Smith—Why should I look at his records?

When:
May 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
2018-05-23T20:00:00-04:00
2018-05-23T20:15:00-04:00
Where:
UELAC Toronto Branch office
40 Scollard St
Toronto, ON M5R 3S1
Canada
Cost:
No charge. Visitors are welcome.
I’m not related to D. W. Smith—Why should I look at his records? @ UELAC Toronto Branch office | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

MONTHLY MEETING OF THE TORONTO BRANCH OF THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS’ ASSOCIATION

David William Smith was Deputy Surveyor General and then Surveyor General for Upper Canada from 1792 to 1804, and before that clerk to the Hesse District Land Board. If your ancestor acquired (or attempted to acquire) land during this period, the correspondence almost certainly passed through D.W. Smith’s hands. When he left Upper Canada for England in 1802, Smith took a great quantity of documentation about land grants with him. Many years later those documents were brought back to the Toronto Public Library’s collection and include military papers from Smith’s service at Fort Niagara. This lecture will concentrate on the genealogical information about early Upper Canadians found in these papers.

For a taste of the treasures in the D.W. Smith papers, see these blog posts:

A Toronto farm, 1799–1800

A tale of two Isaac Gilberts

Dear Diddles: Eliza Mathews writes to her friend Ann Smith

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