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  1. Hi Lorna,
    I’m a McGeady from Donegal. The surname McGeady was anglicised from the Gaelic surname in 1635, the earliest record of the name I can find. I read that the McAdies were a sept of the Ferguson Clan and the Ferguson Clan sent mercenaries Gallowglass and Redshanks to help the Irish in their battles with the English. I just wonder if there were McAdies or Mac Adaidh that came and stayed. It sounds plausible that the name McAdaidh could have been anglicised as McGeady. I have done my DNA through my heritage. Is there any way of checking through that?

    • Hi Denis
      The names certainly sound as if they could have morphed from one to the other.
      As you have tested at MyHeritage, yes, there is sort of a way to do a preliminary check.
      Use the free upload of your MyHeritage DNA file to FamilyTreeDNA.
      FTDNA is in the process of working through such uploads, and their own FamilyFinder tests and assigning haplogroups to provide an (early) position for the tester on the tree of mankind.
      My particular McAdie family tested to date is down from I-M253 at I-S6274.
      For the project results to set this into context head over to
      https://discover.familytreedna.com/groups/mcadie/tree?subgroups=33505
      You would be welcome to join the project once you have uploaded.
      https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/mcadie/about
      With that preliminary assignment of a haplogroup, which will not necessarily be quick, you’ll know at least if you are haplogroup I or not.
      BUT you can also, as a direct male line McGeady, simply add a yDNA test to your account.
      Entry level is y37.
      The gold standard, which gives you a position on the discover tree above, is BigY – save your pennies though 🙂
      Sales come along every so often. You can always test to the highest level you can justify to yourself and upgrade as /when you can without having to resupply a new sample.

      On the descendant tree from genetic Adam, I-S6274 fits down here:
      https://www.familytreedna.com/public/y-dna-haplotree/I;name=I-S6274
      Additional testers welcome to refine that a lot!

      Thank you for your interest
      Lorna

  2. We lived in Australia for 27 years now we are back in Alloa, Scotland. I correspond yearly with a friend in Oz and he sent me a picture which he said was part of a large album of family photos. He thought it was of James Henderson, Blacksmith and i did a search and your article came up with a picture that looks like the same couple. However he thought that James was norn in Alloa in 1803 and his wife was Anne which is different too. Ive sent him a copy of your article so perhaps he will get in touch as he is interested in genealogy. The picture he sent me looks like the same couple only when they were younger.

  3. Hi Lorna,

    My great-great-grandfather was PC Francis Sinton. I have a great photo of him in his later years and also have his police medals. I am happy to send you a copy of the picture if you are interested.

  4. Hi, I’m in New Zealand and Catherine Sinton (http://familytree.lornahen.com/p14219.htm) is my Great Great Grandmother. She must have been a brave lady to set out for New Zealand on her own.

    Her daughter Emma, married my Great Grandfather, Charles William Iggo. I have strong suspicions about how a Catherine, as a spinster came to have four children by un-named men in two countries over a span of 19 years. She is listed as a servant on the emigration records and house servants were often at the mercy of the man of the house in colonial times…

    My Great Grandmother Emma Sinton Carter (as she went by in later life) was adopted by the Carters. He and his wife were well-to-do, but childless, and left everything to Emma.

    What I’m contacting you about is where the photo of Catherine was sourced from? Was if obtained from descendants of her daughter Constance Clifton (nee Sinton) here in New Zealand? If so, could I have contact details? I’d like to find out more if I can.

    Happy to give more details on Emma Sinton Carter (including date of death and photographs) if wanted.

    I found the website from a search on Catherine Sinton’s name.

  5. Hi Lorna My name is Nona my gran was Jessie Mcewan Dob 1882 Dod 1960,one of her sister’s was Jane (Jeanie) McEwan who I believe is your ancestor.
    I have been researching their tree for a few years now and recently found info on sister Helen and brother Thomas , I’d been looking for info for a while, if this is the same family connection I can give you the info

    • Hi Nona
      Good to hear from you.
      I will send you an email, but in the meantime…
      We have to go back a bit further to our common ancestors
      This is me on WikiTree, a great free collaborative family tree
      https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Henderson-2297/5
      Follow back up the Henderson line until you reach Archibald, switch to his wife Margaret McEwan and Back one more to James McEwan and wife Margaret Fisher.

      Also take a look at http://lornahen.com/RootsWeb/up/index.htm
      Clicking on the little chart symbol next to any person page will allow you to navigate around a family, up or down the generations.

      Lorna

      • My mother was Agnes Paterson McGhie second youngest of John McGhie/Jessie McGhie (McEwan), Other siblings Thomas McGhie Dob 6-4-1905 ..John McGhie 1-1-1907 may have been stillborn or only lived a few hours.
        Mary Ann McGhie 1-1-1908, John McGhie 23-6-1909,James McGhie 13-7-1911,Alexander McGhie 17-5-1913, Agnes Paterson McGhie 15-3-1918, David Harvey McGhie 22-4-1919.

        I have quite a few copies of Certificates if any are of interest to you. I had a look at your Wiki Tree and found some info I didn’t have thank you.

        Nona xx

  6. Hello,

    I found your site after a google search for “Henry Beaumont Welsh” my great great grandfather.

    David Welsh
    Melbourne Australia

  7. I am researching a completely different person by the name of Maynard. I found a reference to him associated with an insolvent estate of a James McAdie of Terang. But this means that James would have been dead in 1861.
    Thought you may be interested – Victorian Gov Gazette Gazette 185, Date: Tuesday, December 24th 1861 page 2487.

  8. My Y-DNA is very, very close to the Y-DNA for James Wight (R-BY176503). I look forward to significant improvements in knowledge about where these lines parted ways (and where their ancestral mutations emerged), but I’m not holding my breath!

    • I can see that there are 6 variants listed for that branch you share with the descendant of James Wight (marr. Margaret Houd at Bowden in 1712), R-BY176503 and 5 others.
      So if they all turn out to be part of the haplotree downstream another tester has opportunity to split this lot into at least 2 branches.
      The neighbouring branch, R-BY176632, doesn’t appear in your, nor the descendant of James’ BigY matches, so we are talking quite a way back.
      Over on yFull I can see that you haven’t uploaded to there as YF15171 is still way up at R-P312 awaiting a match.

      I’m not sure if the vcf file alone will enable a branch to form, albeit potentially higher than your current terminal SNP, or that requires the full BAM file, but it’s worth a try. The one-off cost will cover both an initial vcf upload and any subsequent upload of the BAM.
      https://www.yfull.com/tree/R-P312/
      I do find the time ESTIMATES interesting.
      Let me know if you do that upload.
      One day I’ll find another candidate down from James – they’re not in plentiful supply.

  9. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that Magnus Mowat was my Grand Uncle. We visited him quite often as children with my Granny Donaldina Dunnet nee Mowat. Affectionately known as Dolly.