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Photo taken at the Leeds West Yorkshire Archives in the fall of 2013. My wife's Simpson line were tenant land holders and are present in the Idle manor records of the 17th & 18th C. This was my first experience handling parchment.
A little bio: Born in Trenton, Ontario, now retired, and interested in family roots and history for many years. Now I have the time to indulge my interest.

My direct Quinte ancestral surnames are: Saylor, Meyers, Vandewater, Hubbs, Clapp, Yager, White, Marsh, Dings, Vanalstine, Millar, VanKleek, Haviland, Jones.

Happy to hear from you.

Randy Saylor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Speaking dates:
I have had the pleasure of being invited to speak a few times. My talks usually focus on these "Hard to find" old documents that tell their engaging stories.
  • 16 Sep 2006 - The Cronk Fonds - Canadian Friends Historical Association annual gathering, Picton, ON
  • 23 Sep 2006 - Who is William White? - White & Allied Families Celebration, Cobourg, ON
  • 18 Nov 2006 - The Quakers of West Lake - Quinte Branch, OGS Annual General Meeting, Trenton, ON
  • 24 Feb 2007 - Quaker Records of Early Upper Canada - OGS Genealogy in Toronto Workshop
  • 17 Oct 2007 - Quakers and the Loyalists - Toronto Branch, UEL Assoc., Toronto
  • 15 Mar 2008 - The Quakers of Prince Edward County - 7th Town Historical Society, Ameliasburgh, ON
  • 28-29 Mar 2008 - Gene-O-Rama 2008 - Ottawa Branch, OGS
    • Quakers of Upper Canada 
    • Joys of Creating Your Own Web Site - Banquet speech
  • 16 Jan 2010 - The Migrations of our Pioneer Ancestors - Quinte Branch OGS, Trenton, ON
  • 28 Mar 2011 - Why not make your own web site? - Toronto Branch, OGS
  • 11 May 2011 - Finding your Quaker Ancestors in York Region - York Region Branch, OGS
  • 21 Nov 2015 - The recent discovery of Capt. John W. Meyers Account Book - Quinte Branch, OGS
  • 18 Nov 2017 - The relationship between Loyalists and Quakers - Sir Guy Carleton Branch, UEL Assoc, Ottawa. Below are the sources used and these will be posted here till mid December.
    • Canadian Friends Hist Assoc (CFHA) web site. Informative newsletters and the annual Journal and many transcribed minute books.
    • A History of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada, Arthur Dorland, 1927, revised 1968.
    • Quakers in the Colonial Northeast, Arthur J. Worrall, 1980
    • Quaker Crosscurrents. Three hundred years of the Friends in the New York Yearly Meetings, editors; Chris Densmore et al, Syracuse University Press, 1995
    • Samuel Moore’s Notable Sons, Bob Moore, CQHJ, V75, 74
    • The Loyalist Quaker Settlement, Pennfield, New Brunswick, 1783, Sandra Fuller, CQHJ, V74, 62
    • New Light on Philip Dorland: Prodigal Son to Patriarch, Gord Thompson, CQHJ, V79, 45

    • Philip Dorland and the Clark family on my web site - google Randy Saylor. Top link.

    • Timothy Rogers Journal, ed. Densmore and Schrauwers, CFHA, 2000, on line at CFHA

    • Population of Religious Society of Friends in Upper Canada, 1824, online at Quaker Archives

    • Friends in the Niagara Peninsula 1786-1802, Richard MacMaster, on line at Quaker archives. 

    • The Trail of the Black Walnut, G. Elmore Reaman, 1957

    • Swarthmore College; Friends Historical Library

For those interested, these are excellent free programs that I use.

  • Often I put pages here that are works in progress.
    • None right now.