Due to the forced name changes during the Proscription, more MacGregors face a problem tracing their genealogy than many other clans. Take heart – there are a few things you CAN do. Just one of the following suggestions might offer up something you’d not previously considered.
- Have you looked at not just your branch of your family, but at the entire family?
- Have you looked for previously unknown family members? (Do you know about every member of the family you see on census records, for example?)
- Have you analyzed your family’s neighbors?
- Have you read the local history of the areas in which your family lived?
- Have you read regional history of the areas in which your family lived?
- Have you looked at the geography of where your family lived?
- Have you considered economics?
- Have you looked at the migration trails near where your family settled?
- Have you considered chain migration?
- Have you looked at boundary changes?
- Have you traced the person’s life as far as you can?
- Have you started with the most recent events and moved backwards?
Here are some informative articles and websites that may assist your research.
- Parish Records
- MacGregor of MacGregor Papers
List of those who signed the “Acknowledgement of the Chief of Clan Gregor” – 1822
- McGregor and McKerchar/McKercher Connections
by Annie McGregor Stadden
- Common MacGregor First Names
Expecting a wee MacGregor? Find an historical MacGregor name for your bairn.
- Clan Gregor Centre Archive (History and Genealogy) contents at the National Library of Scotland. (You have to view the items in each collection in person.)
- Find a Grave
- Scotland’s People
Scotland’s People is the official online source of parish register, civil registration and census records for Scotland. With birth, death and marriage information from 1553 to 1952 and census information from 1881, 1891 and 1901, the database contains almost 37 million names making it one of the world’s largest resources of genealogical information. It is a subscription site.