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Godfrey/Geoffry MACDONALD - Lookup request
« on: Thursday 11 January 18 20:37 GMT (UK) »
Hello All,

I'm trying to find the ancestry of my g-g-g-g-g-grandfather Godfrey/Geoffry MacDonald. He was born c.1763 and died sometime between 1851-1855, since he is listed on the census of 1851 but no death certificate can be found on Scotland's People. He also appears on the census of 1841. He was married to a woman named Catherine MacPherson who was born c.1777. According to one of his descendants, Bishop Roddy Wright, the family can "be traced back to the Clan Ranald, back to the Middle Ages". He was one of the last kelp makers in Uist and lived around Torlum.

His son Archibald married a woman named Christina Monk and emigrated to Canada. Their descendants are well known, and published a detailed tree on Mundia a few years ago. I am descended through his son Alexander born c.1807 and who died in 1886.

Any help would be much appreciated. The issue of going further back in time seems impenetrable but I am sure there must be Clan records somewhere.

A final point is that I noticed he has been conflated with the 8th Baron MacDonald who shares the same name and roughly the same date of birth. I think this must be an error on Mundia?

Best,

amac1210

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Re: Godfrey/Geoffry MACDONALD - Lookup request
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 14 January 18 21:38 GMT (UK) »
Hi, amac1210:

The Internet Archive can be a great source for books about local and family history; have you checked it re. your MacDonalds?

https://archive.org/

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Re: Godfrey/Geoffry MACDONALD - Lookup request
« Reply #2 on: Monday 15 January 18 19:14 GMT (UK) »
amac1210

http://www.clandonald.com They have the crofter records of Uist which will help you identify which croft was rented to your ancestors and other info. 

https://www.scotweb.co.uk/info/category/product-information/clans-family-history/clan-family-histories/  This will give some background.

http://thepeerage.com lists who the family was and where they were born. 

Uist records are few and far between you, will find very little beyond the dates you have.  If others claim they have these records you want them to send you the proof. 

There are a lot of MacDonald records with Ardkenneth RC Church more I think than with the Establlished Church (pre 1855)

Cemeteries - http://www.hallancemeterysouthuist.co.uk and https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2536931

HTH