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Immigration Frustration: Malcolm Macleod 1854
-- For immigration searches: Is it even possible to gather enough info to cross-check/validate a passenger list if the Malcolm that I locate is indeed my relative?
-- How limited is my search since I only have internet access? I am currently living in Germany. I don't have the first clue if I could even order these "indexes" or even if they would send any to Germany.
Any tips clues would be wonderful! Help! Thank you.
Ol' Myrt just called the (FHC)Family History Center Support line, and verified that you can INDEED order in any microfilm or microfiche in the Family History Library Catalog through your local LDS Family History Center in Germany, unless of course it has a designated restricted status, limiting access to patrons of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. To locate the address of a FHC near you, go to: http://www.FamilySearch.org This means that if the Ancestry.com database you are using was derived from a record group on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake, you can order the original document if the scanned image isn't available online.
Assuming you wish to look at a passenger list to see if the town of origin is listed, though there is perhaps a less time-consuming alternative. But since your ancestor hailed from Scotland, you are in luck! Scotland is one country that has developed a partnership with a website http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ to provide a country-wide index to official records including:
This is also a fee-based website, but I think itís a wise investment for anyone with Scottish ancestry. From this you should be able to search Isle of Skye for the name and estimated birth date, and work through the indexes at this government website. Family historians make the jump to local church records for time periods when the public vital records weren't kept. Fortunately this website understands the importance of the Old Parish registers. This would be true when searching for evidence of Malcolm MACLEOD's birth circa 1849.
FOR FURTHER READING: These are available at: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp
There are lots of alternatives, but hopefully this info will help you on your way.
Happy family tree climbing!