Mr. Duncan Darby MacDonald of the MacDonald Research centre in Brockville was the author of many books on Glengarry, Stormont and other counties in the Eastern area of Ontario.
Around 1999 and 2000, I emailed the MacDonald Research Centre about my family surname of MacDonald/McDonald/Macdonell and told Mr. MacDonald about the family and the births of my grandparents and their children in Chichester and Allumette area of the Upper Ottawa River. I do not have a copy of the email anymore. He growled at me, if you can growl in an email. I tried several times to communicate but failed and backed off. I was very new back then to genealogy and that is not the case now. I know a lot more about my family.
Mr. MacDonald passed away about 2006 and I have learned from an obituary notice that he was known as “Old Crusty.” It is a very nice obituary for him at the Loyalist website: http://www.uelac.org/Loyalist-Trails/2006/Loyalist-Trails-2006.php?issue=200647 You will have to scroll to the bottom.
You really cannot do any research on Glengarry County, Ontario without running into Mr. MacDonald’s works. I have seen them under Duncan Darby MacDonald, Darby MacDonald, William Harold MacDonald and other variations. He is probably better known for his church registers which you can find just about everywhere.
Here are two possible options using “Duncan MacDonald”
http://globalgenealogy.com/cgi-bin/htsearch This gave me 50 hits. Now Global Genealogy has taken over his estate where his publications are concerned so they can sell them.
With the use of “Darby MacDonald” or “Duncan Darby MacDonald” in their search engine you get 25 hits.
Here is a list at the Family History Library there are 4 under Duncan Darby MacDonald and 56 under MacDonald, Duncan W. (Duncan William Harold) 1933.
The Toronto Public Library you get 137 hits on Duncan MacDonald, and 86 on Darby MacDonald. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=Duncan+MacDonald Most of these titles are at the North York Branch in their Canadiana room on the 6th floor.
The Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, Ont. – Cornwall Room and I get 16 hits on Duncan MacDonald and 11 on his full name. The Cornwall Room hours are limited so you need to check with the librarian about the days and times.
The Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County Library has 32 of his titles and they can be in different branches so you need to check their website.
The Ottawa Public Library has 27 of Mr. MacDonald’s titles. They have their history room with restricted hours so check before you go.
Why am I telling you all this? I am telling you this so if you need to find a copy to consult you have an idea of where to look and how to look for his titles. I probably will be revisiting his books on my next trip to Ontario and Quebec this Fall. Now these books are not the originals and you really need to go to the church records if you can and seek sources to support the charts.
Now he is not the only one, Alex Fraser is another who has compiled and written a lot of books you may want to consult: http://www.glengarrycounty.com/awfrrbks.html
You can do the same with Alex’s titles and name as I did with Mr. MacDonald. I believe the Lancaster Library in Lancaster, Ontario has a nice collection.
I actually used both Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Fraser’s books to design my visits to the various cemeteries on my Touring Glengarry posts on this blog. I was pretty thorough but missed a few of the very small cemeteries.
In this post I want to concentrate on the genealogical charts Mr. MacDonald created. Truly they are a labor of love and dedication on his part. I have tried to decipher them and have not been very successful. Here is a summary of what I know.
There are several Volumes to the genealogical charts: They all have at the top this beginning: Scotland’s Migrations to North America. Early Settlers to Upper Canada (Eastern Ontario) Stormont & Glengarry, by Duncan Darby MacDonald. They all have a table of contents.
These were found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:
1. A collection of genealogical charts, part I – covered only the MacDonell Families of “Leek,” “Cullachie,” and Abercalder,” as well as “Greenfield.” Long out of print and updated in 3rd edition of Part – IV, see below. FHL#929.271 M145m pt 1. On 3 Fiche FHL#6049681 It is under the title of: The MacDonalds or MacDonells of Glengarry: and other genealogies in the Family Search Catalog and it says a digital version is available but it is not letting me view it. I don’t have sufficient rights?
2. A collection of genealogical charts, part II, 1991 covers families in an around Cornwall, and St. Andrews (Stormont County), and a large section on MacDonell/MacDonald family. FHL#971.376 D2 Book form only.
3. A collection of genealogical charts, part III, 1992 – Genealogies of families primarily from the counties of Stormont and Glengarry, Ontario. FHL#971.37 D2m. Additional descriptive information indicates this covers the families of Newington, Osnbruck and Cornwall with very few Scottish connections. Also on FHL#1697932 Item 2.
4. **A collection of genealogical charts Part-IV, 3rd Edition, ISBN O-921133-39-1. Much of the earlier work done by Daniel F. McDonald of Bristol, Conn and other members of his family at Bridgend (Stone Villa) Lancaster. A second edition was published in 1988 and the 3rd in 1993. FHL#971.37 D2, book only.
5. A collection of genealogical charts, part V was updated in a 2nd edition in 1989 and covers the families of MacMillan. It is under The MacMillan’s: and other genealogies, FHL#929.271 M228 This one also says a digital version is available but when I click I get, not sufficient rights? Also on microfilm FHL# 169771 Item 17.
Neil McGillis suggested I look at Duncan’s chart No. 13 page 724 sheet 3 we have the Lundie MacDonells. So I consulted my collection of Mr. MacDonald’s charts and found I did not have this chart #13, which turns out to be about 15 pages of charts starting on page 721 and going through to 735. You will find these charts in Part -IV.
I shared about this specific chart in the post I wrote on August 26, 2014 titled: Revisiting: Ronald (Ranald) and Janet McDonell – The Lundie Family Connection.
The Janet who married Ronald is part of the Lundie Family through her father and mother John and Flora McDonell. They appear on the chart.
I took it a step further and I found a copy of this book Part IV at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in October 0f 2013 and there on Chart 13, sheet 5, page 73A are the names of my great grandparents Archibald and Mary McDonell, who I have posted about a great deal in this blog. Sigh…all these years and there it was…
I had wondered why my Kennedy cousin who gave me a copy of his chart when we had dinner on their outside street porch at D’Arcy Mcgee’s in Ottawa was so odd. Well, as I gazed on this chart by Mr. MacDonald, I saw it was similar.
The 14 pages I copied have a lot more in them and it is pretty amazing. I am so glad I traveled both sides of the Upper Ottawa River back in 2012. As I study Mr. MacDonald’s pages I have plenty to share in future posts.
Unfortunately, my grand Aunt Nellie’s chart on her mother Mary’s side does not agree with Mr. MacDonald’s and he has Mary’s parents as Angus and Janet rather than Alexander John MacDonell and Ellen McPherson.
Mr. MacDonald writes in his books comments like he placed in his Part IV, 3rd Edition at the beginning.
“There will be errors and omissions and we look to other researchers and family members to bring these to my attention so that the records we leave for future generations will be correct.”
Apparently it was not meant to be for Duncan and me to connect. However, I have met other researchers like Mr. McGillis and am so grateful to you all for going before me. Thanks. It is not easy to untangle McD’s heritage in Ontario, Canada.