Column: Organising and Searching for Mic Names

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Organising and Searching for Mic Names

Snippet: Atlantic Canada has its share of what many of us call Mic names. One need only flip through the telephone book to find pages upon pages of surnames beginning with Mac and Mc. The different prefixes can make finding the correct Mic name time consuming if the first guess is incorrect. Searching both the Mac and the Mc sections has become second nature as we look up names such as McKenna and MacQueen.

Finding the right surname in large databases can be equally difficult. Again, this often this involves searching with both, Mac and Mc. In some instances, only the M is needed since individuals in history also used it, such as M’donald for McDonald. Before a search even begins, the uncertainty of prefixes provides three options. Add alternate spellings for the ending (Donnel, Donell, Donnell) and searching one database for one surname becomes a mammoth task.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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