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MacIsaac History

Title: MacIsaac History
Posted by: Charles MacIsaac on 28-05-2008

Discussion: Would appreciate any direction or assistance in locating any information on Jain MacIsaac and Anna MacCormick who were married in South Uist in 1804 (my Great- Great Grandparents) . Their birthdates and any other info associated with them or their children half of whom were born in South Uist before emmigrating to Leitches Creek, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia around 1830.
Our Family History is sparce at best and am trying to piece together some information to pass on.
Thanks in advance for any direction or assistance.
Chuck MacIsaac

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Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 23-04-2010

Post is old but will add what I've dug up as it may be of help to others.

John (Iain) MacIsaac & Ann MacCormick

Kids I could find:-

Angus b Jun 1823 Kildonan, S/Uist – baptism 24 Jun 1823

Marion b Mar 1824 Bornish, S/U - baptised 21 Mar 1824

Christian b Mar 1826 Garry Bhailteas, S/U - baptised 20 Mar 1826

Anne Marie.

Posted by: Archie Mackay on 03-06-2008

Hi Chuck,

Do you know of the website ? It's the official goverment genealogy site. The government didn't begin keeping an official Civil Registry until 1855, however. I would guess that they would be RC if born/married in South Uist. The Births/Deaths/Marriages records pre-1855 were kept by the church but as far as I know they go back to about the 1820s - the oldest being, I think, Bornish RC Church. Prior to that you're into the realm of oral tradition.

There's also a genealogist called Bill Lawson, who's spent the past 40 years documenting the genealogy of the islands. He concentrated initially (and quite rightly so) on the oral record and documented many of the islands in his Croft Histories. They may well be your best bet. He has a genealogy research company called Co Leis Thu? (who do you belong to?) and details are at You have to pay for his services but many of his Croft Histories, including South Uist townships have been published.

There's also an archiving project on the go at the moment that is archiving the records of South Uist Estates. They hope that the archive will be digitally documented and made available in the future to anyone researching family history. But that may be a couple of years away yet.

Hope that helps,

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