Thursday, April 3, 2014

Follow Friday - An accumulation of my weekly research - 10

It is a long time since my last "Follow Friday- An Accumulation of my weekly research" post.  However, I have been spending many hours focusing on the story of my greatgreat grandfather Donald McDonald. So today I would like to share some of my research discoveries. 

I discovered Donald McDonald's obituary at the end of last year in TROVE.  The article confirmed the family stories that he had immigrated from Canada, and added the additional information that prior to coming to Australia, he had spent some time in the goldfields in California.

As outlined in my previous post the article also provided some other clues to his life before arriving in Australia, ie. That he was from Glengarry, Ontario and his family had a link with the Hudson Bay Company. I was very keen to research these clues further, but to my dismay found that researching in a new country was not as easy as I thought it would be ie, lack of knowledge of the social and political history, geography, new languages, unfamiliar with archives, birth, death and marriage records etc.  I recognised this as “Genealogical Culture Shock” and wrote about this on my blog on the Worldwide Genelogical Collaboration last month.

Following on from this blog – which looks at some ways that you can overcome this brick wall or genealogical culture shock, I have been reading, collecting resources, identifying relevant history books, linking with genealogical societies, and searching facebook, pinterest and blogs by others who are linked to or researching in this area of Canada.  For my Follow Friday Post – I would like to share with you some of the Resources I have found. 
Do you know of other research resources for this area? It would be great if you could share them as well!!


Clan Donald by Donald J. McDonald
The Scots in Canada by J.M. Bumstead

Glengarry Archives:
Library and Archives Canada:
Hudson Bay Company Archives,

Genealogical and Historical Societies

Glen Garry Historical Society:

Web sites
RootsWeb, Glengarry County GenWatch:
Clan McDonald Southern Ontario:
Clan Donald Canada Incorporated:
Canadian Headstones Project,


Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Library,
Toronto Public Library,




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