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When you discover something big!

About 4 years ago I made an amazing discovery. I was researching my husband’s family tree and I found out that he was descended from “the” branch of Clanranald that is currently holding the Chieftainship. That, on his paternal side, … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames M

MACDONALD OF BOISDALE Where do I start? In the early 90s, I received a birth certificate of an ancestor that would change my life. John Henry Cornelius BOISDALE HENDER MOFFATT was my husband’s great grandfather. He was born in 1875 … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surname L

LEONARD LEONARD is a surname that married into our family. One of Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale’s daughters, Georgina, married John Charles Leonard on February 28th, 1862 in Liverpool. A little back history on the Macdonald family, Hugh IV was … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames – H

H as in HENDER Mary Hender was born in Warbstow, Cornwall in 1805 to Joseph Hender, a cordwainer (shoemaker) and Philadelphia Lander. The HENDER surname is a regional surname found mostly in Cornwall and some parts of Devon. This is … Continue reading

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John Henry Cornelius Boisdale Hender Moffatt

Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale’s daughter Mary Moffatt was widowed at a young age. She had 4 sons by her husband Robert Moffatt. In the 1871 UK Census you see them living as a family in Liverpool but by 1881 … Continue reading

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Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale

  So here we go. Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale was born on South Uist, in Scotland on February 2nd, 1785. His father was Alexander Macdonald III of Boisdale and his mother was Marion Maclean of Coll. His parents had … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Boisdale Connection

The family photo above is what started my quest on finding our family’s connection to the Macdonald of Boisdale clan. The young man on the right was my husband’s grandfather. This photo was taken in 1920 in what was then … Continue reading

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Why I became a genealogist

Alexander MacDonald III of Boisdale 1760-1818, my husband’s great, great, great, great grandfather. I married in 1984 and about 3 months prior to my wedding I asked my aunt to provide me with my family tree on my side of … Continue reading

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