Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

2/6/2008

A surname like Macdonald can complicate your research

OMIGOD. I am on a journey into the past and it’s a challenge — much like looking for a needle in a haystack, if you’ll pardon the cliché.

Like many other Canadians, I have begun a search for my ancestors. The challenge? Macdonald. Mcdonald. On both sides of the family, there are M(a)cdonalds. They came from Scotland, arriving in Nova Scotia many years ago — some on the Hector in 1773, others later, in the 19th century, during the Highland clearances — and settled in Cape Breton. I know my father’s family settled at Catalone and my mother’s family at North Sydney. for more click here

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