The McGregor & Mills Families

For the past year my puter has been dying a slow death, many crashes, some lost data... and has been useless for the task of updating this web site. Well, with a lot of work on my computer, I now have 2 new internal drives (Primary & Backup), Windows has been restored, along with 101 programs; much of the backup data has been recovered and we are slowly getting back “At-IT”, BUT too many aches & pains still plague this old body. I suffer from a bad neck and we both frequent a chiropractor as often as the pocketbook allows.
Too much genealogy = too much computer time = stiff neck & headaches.
Winter is upon us, in-B-twix storms...

The Aim of Our Project.
The aim of our tree is to search the ancestors of Jo-Anne & myself, and our children's families; and the descendants of those ancestors, including their spouse & their families. This is our "Primary Tree"

Surnames
Mills, McGregor (McGhiel/McYeil), Eby, Haraldson, Hauber, Adams, Ames, Andrews, Avery, Bailey, Ball, Baker, Beacon, Bell, Berk, Benmore, Betts, Blessing, Bricker, Brown, Browning, Brubacher, Cameron, Chapman, Collins, Cummings, Dale, Deacon, Downer, Durrell, Farrer, Foster, Fraser, French, Fretter, Gater, Gannon, Goehler, Goodman, Gould, Hall/Hyall, Hawton, Hayler, Hays, Heather, Hedger, Hembling, Hilton, Hunter, Jewett, Johnston, Jones, Katon, Kebble, Kinnaird, Lamont, Latty, Lester, Lyon, MacLaughlin, MacLean, MacMillan, Madgwick, Mansfield, Maple, McKee, Mitchell, Mohan, Molaskey, Moon, Morley, Nagel, Navin, Ostrander, Page, Perkins, Pullen, Rae, Ramsey, Rutter, Sawbridge, Sealis, Short, Sievewright, Simmonds, Sinclair, Sleeman, Smith, Snow, Stack, Statton, Stewart, Sweetzer,Taylor,Thompson, Thomson, Tibbetts, Tompkins, Tomsett, Towne, Wallis, Warn, White, Wicket, Wilson, Winchester, Winnicott, Witton, & then some.

Our Brick Walls
John Mills who was married to Elizabeth Hays (2nd great grandparents), came from Ireland, we believe about 1840. We have no record of immigration, nor birth document, to establish where he exactly came from, when or where he was born.
Peter McGhiel & Janet Lamont (3rd great grandparents of Jo-Anne), came from the Isle of Mull in Scotland, immigrating in 1842. They went by McGhiel in Scotland, but reverted to McGregor in Canada. If you know a little of the McGregor history, then you would know that the King of England banished the name McGregor. The Isle of Mull was not a normal place for McGregor's to live, and with the name banished, we do not know where to look further.
This has lead us to DNA.

DNA
In March 2012, we submitted our DNA for genealogical research. We are still learning....Duh. The good news is that I have confirmed thru DNA (1): that I have a 2nd cousin, once removed, with common ancestors: John Mills & Elizabeth Hays, my 2nd great grandparents; and (2): that I have a 4th cousin, once removed, with common ancestors Thomas Madgwick & Elizabeth Ball, my fourth great grandparents. And More.........
For Jo-Anne, there is a confirmed fourth cousin, with common ancestors Peter McGhiel & Janet Lamont.
There are hundreds of 2nd, 3rd & 4th cousins showing up for both of us, but we have yet to establish a common distant ancestor for any of them. Hopefully we can bust down a brick wall or two some day.
DNA Testing isn't cheap, and depending on how far you want to explore, it can be quite expensive, but REwarding....
Who would have guessed, an estimated 2.8% of my DNA is from Neanderthals.

BEYOND OUR TREE

Contacts
Thru our various contacts, we have been given tree's that link to our's, but are mainly outside of our primary tree, and we have included that data into our tree, for the benefit of those contacts. This results in some people being shown, who are not related to us.

Cemetery Projects
There are some cemetery projects online, where people can contribute to "Online Cemeteries". We have photographed Annan, Leith & Vanwyck Cemeteries, but have yet to name each photo, add the appropriate ones to our tree, and upload them all to the Online Cemeteries. This is all too time consuming, and virtually none of the work shows up on this web-page.

Ancestry & Other Genealogy Sites
Genealogy has become very popular and places like Ancestry & My Heritage seem to be working overtime to compile databases and add many new features. Searching on the internet has produced an abundance of data.. I sometimes wish that there were 2-3-4 or 5 of me to keep up. One for data entry, as I am not a typist; another for research, and one to keep the web site updated, digitize newspaper articles, etc., check & reply to email and so on.
In addition to this tree, we post a tree on the Ancestry.ca site, for those who can access it; We have dropped My Heritage, as there is just not enough time to keep up with both, let alone one site.. Coming sometime soon, Ancestry & RootsMagic will become interlinked.. sort of like the green leaf's you may have seen on TV, but better.

Costs
Too darn much. The website, and subscriptions to Ancestry, My Heritage and so on costs over $500 a year. Add Hi-Speed internet & LD Phone...it adds up.

The Blaw... Blaw... Blaw
Now for the mind numbing stuff I put at the bottom of the page:

Genealogy Software
We use RootsMagic as our primary data keeper. It is from the RootsMagic program that I generate this web page, which is then uploaded to this site. Later in 2017, Ancestry will be linked to RootsMagic, however, at this time I don't know how it will function, or if it will update my web page in Ancestry.

GEDCOM.
It is quite easy to import & export a gedcom, the common DATA File, with ANY genealogy program; SO... if you are into genealogy???

Would You like to Dabble in Genealogy
Are you interested in dabbling in genealogy... like to try out a free genealogy program, then search RootsMagic Essentials, download, Install & Enjoy.

Email
If you email us, please give us lots of time to answer. Sometimes genealogy takes a back burner to life, and sometimes research is required before even a preliminary answer can be given. I will get to them in due time. I hope you understand the magnitude of this project and my poor typing abilities.
While we welcome new contacts, we also have a need to know who we are communicating with. That is why we ask for names, addresses and phone numbers. Our asking for your name, address & phone number is no less than what I provide on the bottom of this page. If you have concerns and would like a phone call from us, we have unlimited Canada wide long-distance.

Naming People
All women are listed with their "Maiden Name". Where a surname is not known, I use the "*" behind the known spouse's surname, for the unknown person's surname. While this does not follow any genealogy protocol, it does make working with so many names a bit easier.
Given names are shown as: Margaret "Jo-Anne" McGregor, where Jo-Anne is the "common" given name; and a (nickname) is shown as: David (Knobby) Mills.

Marriage
There is only "ONE" fact for individuals in genealogy software that is used to link 2 people together, that being the "Marriage Fact". The Marriage Fact has to cover marriages, common law relationships, and to show parents of a child even if no marriage ceremony has taken place. If a person is showing with more than one spouse, but no divorce, it likely indicates that one was common-law or no divorce record for a marriage is know by us.
Where a child has resulted from a relationship, the father, if known will be listed as a spouse to the mother, even though denial of a relationship existed. To be fair to the child, the mother & father have to be shown, and the marriage fact is the only way to do that. The software, although extremely flexible, does have limitations.

Family Group Sheet
If you are wanting to submit info on your family, contact us and we can offer a PDF copy of a "Family Group Sheet" that will make it easier to see what info we are looking for and to fill in the blanks, as none of us has all the data at our finger tips. While we request dates and places for all of life's major events, rest assured that we do not post any of this info on this website for living people. The FGS is in PDF form, prints out on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

Documents
We are looking for copies of old family photo's, certificates, documents etc.. If you have a photo and can identify those in the photo, we would like to have a (digital) copy. We can post photo's of family members who have passed. Documents and Certificates provide proof to a persons life. The database in our RootsMagic Program has some 3450 photos, mostly of documents, records & grave markers which do not show on the website.

Till next update..... Cheers Dave & Jo

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Created 11 February 2017 with RootsMagic Genealogy Software