Sarah More

Expert Author

Sarah More has a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in History plus one year of post-graduate work. She is the first woman in mother�s immediate family to graduate from university having graduated debt free with English Honors and Oral and Written French.

She has over twenty years of experience in genealogical research. She works as a free-lance researcher for the St. Lawrence County, New York Courthouse, the Daughters of 1812, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Library and Archives Canada having recently completed a War of 1812 resource guide for Library and Archives Canada.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and a first generation member of the Daughters of 1812 (officer), Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of American Colonists. Sarah is a dual American/Canadian citizen. Her mother�s family, through the Bowes-Lyon family, has lived in Lanark County, Ontario for 200 years.

She is the author of :

  • Monarchy: The Canadian Way (Brochure for the Monarchist League of Canada, Ottawa Branch, 2010).
  • St. Lawrence 50th Anniversary Upcoming Celebrations (Press release for the Seaway50 Committee, 2009).
  • Keepsake Picture Postmark (Press release for the Seaway50 Committee, 2009).
  • Beacon50 Celebration (Press release for the Seaway50 Committee, 2009).
  • (Translated) La population des forts fran�ais d'Am�rique (XVIIIe si�cle): Fort St. Frederic (2008).
  • (Transcribed) Histoire des grandes familles fran�aises du Canada; ou, Aper�u sur le chevalier Benoist et quelques familles contemporaines (2008).
  • Monk�s Ancestor A Pioneer in Canada�s Fight Against Slavery (Ogdensburg Journal, 2007).
  • Real American Heroes (Waddington Recorder, 2005)
  • Auld Acquaintance: Supplement to A Family Record of Pioneer Scottish Families in Lanark County, (1996).

Favorite Genealogy Quote

�Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.� Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)

What are your specific genealogical interests?

Sarah is an expert on the War of 1812 and also specializes in British/Canadian Monarchy, Loyalist, and Revolutionary War history in Ontario, Quebec, and New York.

What got you into genealogy?

Sarah�s father, being a world-renowned historian and former Ph.D. college history professor, spent many years tracing their family history. Re-enacting the famous battles of the War of 1812 and Revolutionary War also inspired Sarah to better understand the national histories of America, Britain and Canada.

Most surprising genealogical find:

Discovering a compassionate and courageous young man, an American Revolutionary War soldier, who so respected the strength and moral integrity of a Loyalist who was imprisoned for the sake of his conscience, cared for and protected the prisoner�s young, vulnerable family throughout the war and eventually became his son-in-law.

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

A carpet weaver from Glasgow, Scotland, who loved his family and for whom he laboured so diligently, was commissioned by the Jackson Administration to weave and lay a carpet in the White House which he thought was a tremendous honour for an immigrant. Some years later, the weaver�s descendants repulsed enticements of Royal titles from a visitor from Scotland due to a plaid sash that was somehow supposed to connect them to Royalty. The sash, said to be a �court sash,� bore a remarkable resemblance to the Stewart hunting tartan.

Powderham Castle tells the tale of Bonnie Lady Jean Stuart, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Bute. She met her future husband, William Courtenay, Captain of the King�s Guards, while Courtenay was searching for Bonnie Prince Charlie in her bedroom following the Battle of Culloden. Lady Jean preserved the Prince�s tartan cloak after it had been left in haste where she had sheltered him.

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