Seeking the Origins of the McDonald/MacDonald/MacDonell in Canada

This page will cover the posts concerned with the search for the origins of my family the McDonell/MacDonald and McDonald’s who came to Canada in the late 1700’s.

Blogs are not the best for doing searches and can be confusing.  As the author I sort of know what is going on.  I have made copies of my posts and put them into a Word.doc so I can search it and I have a Table of Contents of the posts making it easier for me to find things.

There are three ways to search this blog:
  1.  Use the Archive Box on the right side of the blog and find the month and year and click and it will give you a listing of posts written during that time.  So if you use the dates below you can find the post you are looking for and see it in sequence.  Blogs go from past dates to present so they are backwards from a book.
  2. Use the Search box on the right of this blog to search using key words like a person’s name, the location, topics like Mayflower etc.
  3. Seek out the Categories which I have tried to organize by surname, cemeteries, locations and subjects.  The list is auto alphabetical within the grouping, so you need to scroll looking for what you want.  There is a number next to the category telling you approximately how many posts that the category.  It may not find all references to the keyword you are using, although I strive to be careful and diligent.
  4. Blogs are backwards from a book, so the oldest posts are the first. So you could technically go back to the beginning and go forward through the blog.  I strive to do the genealogy in a chronological manner but not always for this is also a story about their lives and family connections make it very complicated. When I start writing about a family, I do a summary post of the family of a specific couple listing their children and then try to follow it with more detailed posts about the children and their families if it works within the concept of the blog.  If you see revisiting in the title it means I have found new information or am going back to that person or couple and adding more detail.


Seeking the Origins of my McDonald, McDonell, MacDonald family!

Page – Trips to Canada 2012 and 2014 a Table of Contents of those posts written about my visits.

Page – Can DNA Help me Find my Family

General Topics

  1. Our Surname MacDonald, February 6. 2010
  2. Clan Donald, February 8, 2010
  3. Our MacDonald Family Tartan, February 12, 2010
  4. The McDonald Children in Scottish Dress, February 17, 2010

Archibald McDonell’s side of the Family:

  1. Archibald McDonell Establishes Himself in Chichester, October 20, 2010
  2. Archibald McDonell as Farmer – 1861, October 29, 2010
  3. Archibald McDonell’s Land, December 23, 2010
  4. Letters Patent: Archibald McDonell in Chichester, January 29, 2015
  5. Archie and Mary McDonell in 1871, May 23, 2011
  6. Archibald McDonell’s Land Transactions in Chichester 1872 and 1877, March 12, 2015
  7. McDonell Family in 1881, June 2, 2011
  8. Archibld McDonell sells his land in Chichester 1901, March 19, 2015
  9. Glengarry in Ontario, Canada – Origins of Archibald McDonell? July 8, 2011
  10. Archie Visits Glengarry County? January 19, 2012
  11. Nellie’s Charts – Her Father Archie McDonell’s Family, June 17, 2011
  12. A Mystery Roy Macdonnell? June 30, 2011
  13. A Discovery: Archie’s Brother John McDonell living next door in Sheen? March 31, 2012
  14. John McDonald of Sheenboro and Land Transactions 1867, March 19, 2015
  15. Archibald McDonald Dies Peacefully in His Sleep! September 8, 2010

Mary McDonell’s side of the Family:

  1. Grandmother Mary McDonell, April 3, 2010
  2. Mary McDonell, Archie’s Future Bride 1861, November 1, 2010
  3. McDonell and McDonell Marriage, December 03, 2010
  4. Nellie’s Charts – Her Mother Mary McDonell’s Family, July 21, 2011
  5. Mary McDonell Passes, September 19, 2010

Mary’s Parents: 

  1. Nellie’s Charts – Her Mother Mary McDonell’s Family, July 21, 2011
  2. Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson’s Family, August 5, 2011
  3. Revisiting: Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson, April 12, 2012
  4. Alexander John and Ellen McPherson a possible marriage! June 17, 2014
  5. The Alexander & Ellen Lineage vs. the Angus and Janet Lineage, November 6, 2014
  6. Alexander John MacDonell & Ellen McPherson Lineage, December 12, 2014
  7. Letters Patent: Alexander John McDonald, February 12, 2015
  8. Land Transactions involving Alexander J. McDonell of Chichester 1874 to 1884, April 2, 2015
  9. The Legal Representative of the Late Angus J. McDonald, February 5, 2015 – A husband of Jennette C. a daughter of this couple.

Alexander and Ellen’s son Ronald (Ranald) and his connection to the Lundie MacDonells.

  1. Ronald and Janet McDonell Family, September 29, 2011
  2. Revisiting Ronald (Ranald) and Janet McDonell – The Lundie Family Connection. August 26, 2014.
  3. Update on Janet McDonell and her life after Ronald, August 31, 2014

John Mor MacDonell and Flora, Janet’s parents:

  1. John Mor MacDonell husband to Flora McLlellan, November 13, 2014
  2. St.-Alexandre Des Chenaux RC Cemetery…Clarendon Twp. November 21, 2014
  3. Ottawa Lumber Kings – Alexander & Janet (Young) McDonell, December 6, 2014
  4. Letters Patent: Alexander McDonell, Bristol Township, Pontiac Co. Febuary 19, 2015.
  5. Letters Patent: John McDonald, Calumet Island, February 26, 2015

Getting as far back as possible in the Pontiac County of Quebec along the Upper Ottawa River:

  1. A 1848 Group Land Petition from Waltham, Sheen, Mansfield and Chichester, July 10, 2014
  2. Revisiting the Waltham, Sheen, Mansfield & Chichester 1848 Petition, December 18, 2014
  3. Valuation of Sheen & Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec, January 8, 2015


  1. Genealogical Research in Koochiching County, March 16, 2010 – The State of Minnesota
  2. Records of the St. Alphonsus Church, March 20, 2010 – Now part of the Drouin Collection on-line at Ancestry, Family Search and more.
  3. Sources to use for Untangling McDonell, MacDonald, MacDonell & McDonald Families, September 2, 2014 – A Discussion of the Charts of Duncan Darby MacDonald.

An Attempt at trying to learn how to do Genealogy in Quebec and trips I have taken. 

  1. Land Petitions for Pontiac County: a Brief How To! January 22, 2015
  2. Quebec Notaries – Sigh! March 5, 2015
  3. Trips to Canada 2012 and 2014 – PAGE at the top of this Blog

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