The certificate itself is lovely. The UELAC crest and seal adorn each certificate that states:
This is to certify that _________ Has provided acceptable documentation proving descent from ____________ A United Empire Loyalist.
Each certificate is signed by the UELAC President and Secretary.
Oh, it wasn't that I didn't want a certificate, because I most certainly did. And, I did have have a Loyalist ancestor. Proving John Ryckman of Barton Township was a Loyalist wasn't the problem. The problem was his grandson, William Ryckman. I had to provide sufficient evidence that William was the son of Albert Ryckman. He was the ancestor that was preventing me from getting my UEL certificate. For a long time, I didn't have sufficient evidence.
Fast forward to this past spring. I finished all the other applications I had been working on, and welcomed our new branch genealogist to the position. I had one last thing to do. Yep, that's right. The time had come for me to apply for my certificate, and the certificates of my grandmother, my aunt and my children. I gathered all the evidence I could find, and wrote my proof argument that William was the son of Albert. I completed the applications, with the documents, and sent the package to Dominion Office.
Then, I waited...
Guess what arrived in the mail today?
|UELAC certificate for Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE. Copyright 2013.|
Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, 2013.