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BOOK - Diary of Deaths recorded by Rev. John MacDonald (R.C.) 1838-1866    (Glengarry County, Ontario)
By Duncan (Darby) MacDonald U.E.
Originally published by MacDonald Research Centre, Brockville, 1989
This edition published by MacDonald Research Press, Carleton Place, Ontario 2022
(MacDonald Research Press is an imprint of Inc.)

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This book is a detailed transcription of deaths recorded in the diary of Rev. John MacDonald from 1838-1866. The records are primarily of deaths individuals in the Glengarry County area of Ontario. There are also numerous instances of recorded deaths that occurred at great distances across Ontario, into Quebec and even New York State, presumably of family members of, or people known to the residents of the Glengarry area.

This is the same Rev. John MacDonald who represented the Roman Catholic church in the Perth military settlement in Lanark County from about 1816 to the early 1830s.

The content of the book is organized alphabetically by the surname of the deceased, then by their given name. That method precludes the need for an Index of the deceased. However, there is a detailed Index of other people who are mentioned in the book. That means that researchers should check both the alphbetically organized death records, and the 'Index of others' to be sure that you catch every instance of a mention of persons of interest.

This book and its companion volume (The BREVITY) were out of print for decades. GHP has republished them in both printed and pdf download formats.

Contents include:
  • About the author
  • Table of Contents
  • Father John MacDonald [biographical]
  • Highland Society List
  • Introduction
  • Exhibit A
  • Exhibit B
  • Exhibit C
  • Exhibit D
  • Exhibit E
  • Exhibit F
  • Entries - transcriptions of death records (214 pages of alphabetically listed deaths and details of each)
  • Index of Other Names. This is an Index of persons other than the deceased, who are mentioned in the book. The deceased persons' data is organized aphabetically within the book, so is not indexed. Also note that in the first section of the Index of Other Names, there are surnames within boxed brackets [ ]. Those surnames were added by the author insofar as he knew the surnames due to his research but they were not included in the original diary. The main Index of Other Names begins on the second page. Click to browse Index of Other Names

NOTE 1: There is a companion volume:
Four years after The Diary of Deaths was published, Duncan McDonald created and released the companion volume, The BREVITY of Father John MacDonald - Tythes, Masses, and Notes 1838-1866 which contains extractions of information of genealogical importance from the same diary. The Brevity includes more information about some people who appear in The Diary of Deaths as well as a wide range of different kinds of information concerning many others in the congregation.

NOTE 2: About print quality: acquired MacDonald Research Centre after the passing of its founder and primary transcriber/compiler, Duncan MacDonald. We are pleased to make his books available under the new MacDonald Research imprint. Each book has been reprinted as it was prepared by Mr. MacDonald, without corrections or additions. Modern technology helped us reproduce the original work in as-good-as, or better quality as that which was originally published. Much of MacDonald's original work was created on a typewriter. His well-worn "masters" were made on a photocopier. We've cleaned them up as much as possible without re-keying all of the content resulting in books that are useful and complete, but of a print quality that reflects the technology of the time in which they were originally published.

260 pages
8.5 X 11"
Originally published by MacDonald Research Centre, Brockville, 1989
Original ISBN 0-921133-12-x (cerlox bound)
This edition published by MacDonald Research press, Carleton Place, Ontario 2022
ISBN 978-1-77240-199-8 (printed edition)
(MacDonald Research Press is an imprint of Inc.)

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