As we are making use of the free Google site
search engine the first few links can go to general Google
sites. Usually at the top it will say "ads by Google" and have a
very faint background around them. After those few links you
will then get to our own resources.
On looking for a Mac name.
In my case I am a McIntyre but there are also MacIntyre and
M'Intyre so to search for all variables you can search for
M?Intyre where the ? will pick up ac, c, and '.
Two word or more searches. Let
us say you were looking for Fort William. Doing a search
for that will of course find Fort William but it will also find
any pages with both Fort and William. So to get more focused
results you can put your search with in quotes ( "") meaning if
you searched for "Fort William" it will only give results for
Fort William and not Fort or William.
Searching for a name.
Quite often you find yourself searching for a particular
spelling of a name Spelling of names can be a nightmare as
so often spellings changed for many reasons. The person you are
looking for might have been a Gaelic speaker and so when they
pronounced their name on entering the USA the clerk there would
often have spelt it as it sounded and thus got it wrong.
Many people weren't able to read and write and so they wouldn't
have known that their name was spelled incorrectly. Our advice
is thus to try alternative spellings. Say the name out loud and
see if you can't find any alternative ways to spell the name.
It's amazing how often this will find some previously hidden
information. For example I remember talking to one person who
had been searching for years for the "Scots American Land
Company" and had found nothing. It was only when someone
suggested looking for the "Scotch American Land Company" that he
hit pay dirt!
Alternative spellings of a family name.
Quite often names are spelled differently and if you were to
check out our clan pages you often find listed on the clan page
alternative spellings of a name. We don't claim any particular
accuracy here but these are spellings that have been used.
So you may wish to check the appropriate clan page to note the
different possible spellings of your name and then incorporate
that into your searches. Another source for names is "The
Surnames of Scotland" by George F. Black. Often this publication
will reveal other spellings. And one I use myself from time to
time is "Tartan for Me" by Philip D. Smith. And so when doing
genealogy research do check for any alternative spellings and
then use our search engine to see what you might find. An
example of this is if you take the name Durie then by looking at
the book Surnames of Scotland under that entry you will also
find mentioned Durry, Dury, Doray, Dure, Durye, Dovary and Duray
Exclude pdf files in the results by
adding -filetype:pdf to your search term. e.g. Remains of
Nithsdale and Galloway song -filetype:pdf
All pdf files on the site are linked to from a normal web page
and at the very least the basic page will provide further
information on the pdf book. Problem is that if you do a
standard search you often get a link directly to the pdf file so
you don't get the background information on the book. This
is thus a way to find the basic web page.