A MACKENZIE FAMILY HISTORY: SITE NEWS

  • This site was placed on-line in May 2005. The intention is to enable family access. I have used considerable draft-quality data (which I am now further researching and editing) to enable sizing to quantify the number of pages. Much of the factual data tables contain yet-incomplete detail. By its size and nature the data will remain incomplete and continuously edited and updated.

  • In early 2009 I ceased working on the site and its genealogical database. I then began to migrate to our new home in Canada. By circumstance my Windows-based computer died and I decided to replace it with a Mac: migrating my data was not so easy. In 2012 I began to see just how difficult this was as my FTM-based data lost much its cohesion to FTMM (the company product for Mac use). Most of my name links are now off and many names have become twisted, perhaps now known by a given name in lieu of a surname, or even showing part of a title as a surname. Having waded through the joys of moving and reintroduction to famliy, I am finally re-engaged in trying to improve both my website and database. I expect sorting things out will take some time.
  • I have created a bibliography of many of those Internet sources, which may be found at appropriate points in my texts, or databases. I hope to ease access and ensure proper credit to the authors of those various sites.

  • I have divided my bibliography into subject areas. Readers will note that I have accessed many unusual sources. The explanation relates to my own disjointed stay in Europe and America, distant from most English-language Canadian sources.

  • I have incorporated Irish genealogy. That is significant, because old Irish names are VERY confusing, but the O'Neill's are apparently Sir William Johnson's direct forebears. (The putative O'Neill line goes back some thousands of years. Sadly many ancient families indulged in liberal 'ancestor-adoption' to further their own claims to nobility.)

  • I have encorporated Sir Alexander Mackenzie's History of the Mackenzies and have thereby included most historical Mackenzies.

  • I have taken the main genealogical database back into Middle Eastern and Asian historical figures, and I have extended my historical sketches to include additional areas of history extending to China, Egypt, Persia, and Greece. My genealogical search appears to have been truncated at about 150 generations.

  • Although I have relied upon secondary sources many original historical sources are well known. My secondary sources for Egyptian genealogy are all dependant upon earlier pharonic records. These records included other nations' records, Egyptian stone and papyrus details, an historical document known as the Judicial Papyrus of Turin, and the chronology of the Greco-Egyptian historian of c300 BC, Manetho, who wrote the Aegyptiaca (History of Egypt).

  • Basic genealogical family research seems largely documented, although a few areas remain to be explored. (No genealogical research is ever expected to be complete.) I have decided to reflect names in their native spellings - consistent with the Latin alphabet. (I have used familiar names in historical sketches.) I have translated most titles into the relevant historical language - often different to the individual's nationality. I have tried not to translate all geographical names too far away from a basic English spelling. These changes were necessitated by my use of non-English sources.

  • I have spent months editing a database that I had thought completed and accurate: I am still finding errors. My approach is to seek the widest range of sources and to give more weight to more credible sources to try to resolve disagreements. I note that an explosion of internet-accessible data has become available.

  • I decided to reflect names in native spellings - consistent with the Latin alphabet - because internet research is increasingly multilingual. I have also translated most titles into the relevant language - often different to the individual's nationality. I have tried not to translate geographical names too far away from a basic English spelling - a challenge for Celtic names.

  • I have revised the European military Orders of Battle for their North American-deployed forces. These are extensive, complex, and often rely on obscure sources: they are quite difficult and took some time to complete. I have completed a large database of European forts (in the Americas) and expanded colonial European histories to include European commanders and military units.

  • My son Colin has collaborated with Google to create an additional on-line search capability. Goggle has 'inventoried' the entire site to create an ability to find any internal data you might seek.

  • The substantive 50MB genealogical database is not hosted at the same site as this web data. (My son Jamie hosts the genealogical database on his own private server.) All names have now been encorporated into a GEDCOM-related database by my son Colin. Colin has introduced a relational database to overcome access problems.

  • Jamie has also migrated the database to a larger and more powerful server in March 2009: database queries should now be processed faster.
  • My son Colin has created a series of relationship tools (thus creating an additional 3GB database) and these tools are accessible on line via this site. Users may access a genealogy Help page and find any direct relationship display between any two database names; an ancestor's display (limited to five generations); and a descendants display similar to the ancestors. The direct relationship calculator displays the names of intervening relatives from the most direct line (there may be many other linkages).

  • The site design and graphics have been refined to include drop-down menus and a professional look by my sons Ian and Colin.
  • Comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcome.
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