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Recent content by johnmckayiv

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    Mac vs. Mc spelling in Scotland

    Thank you for that. I didn’t realize I had any replies here (I used to receive email notifications when I had something to see). I can’t say I understood all of Ewan’s essay, but clearly Mac vs Mc spelling is insignificant in Scotland. Back when I thought I was Irish I made a point of looking in...
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    Mac vs. Mc spelling in Scotland

    I’m wondering if anyone can tell me if there is a reason why a Scottish family (McKay) in the 19th century might have the Mc spelling as opposed to the Mac spelling. I read once somewhere - I forget where - that this signified a person having taken the King’s oath, possibly related to military...
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    Scotland living conditions: 1850’s

    Thanks to you both. I found the moveable map on Scotlandsplaces very helpful. I could zoom in on Inchstelly (I assume as it looks today), and go east to Ardgye / Ardgay, where my ancestor worked at a later time, before emigrating. I have seen photos of Inchstelly - I think from the same...
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    Scotland living conditions: 1850’s

    Hello. I have traced my family from the States back to Scotland, specifically Alves, Moray. I am trying to understand what sort of home a farm worker would have lived in back around the 1850’s. Not expecting many, if any, are still standing, I’m hoping to track down a historical photo or two, or...
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    John McKay, born 1851

    SP seems not to like my credit card, so I’ll have to figure something out. In the meantime i discovered a free Census search. I was able to get much of the McKay info that SP has. John McKay is indeed missing from the 1871 Census, as well as everyone else from the family. So maybe they all...
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    John McKay, born 1851

    Thanks to you both. I think I misunderstood the mention of Margaret COBBAN yesterday (my yesterday anyway). I thought it was a possible Mother #2, but now see it as clarifying Margaret’s maiden name. The April 1849 birth date would make John 24 when he was married, not the 23 listed on his...
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    John McKay, born 1851

    Thank you so much, Steve. The 1851 birth year comes from the 1881 Canada Census, but I know those are often estimated. He is listed as 23 in his marriage record from 1873. With the help of a magnifying glass I have just found a marriage date of, I think, June 19. So, if I’ve done this correctly...
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    John McKay, born 1851

    Hello. I am looking for a John McKay, who I have traced from the States, back to Canada (married there in 1873), and back to Scotland - locality unknown, year of emigration unknown. His birth year is reportedly 1851, parents William and Margaret. The 1861 Census seemed like a good place to...
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