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About McKenzie's in NZ Roderick & Isabellas descendants
My paternal great great great grandparents were Roderick McKenzie and Isabella McDonald. This  website details information on their children who emigrated to New Zealand (via Australia) in the  1800's, with the exception of Ann one of the younger daughters who stayed behind in Scotland to  look after Roderick. (I have her death certificate together with her fathers). My great great  grandmother Isabella McKenzie was left a widow at a relatively young age and with a number of  children.(Her husband was the somewhat elusive Colin McKenzie. After many years of searching for  Colin I paid a professional Genealogist in Scotland to track him down).  One of my gggrandmothers  (Isabella) brothers is reported to have paid for her to emigrate to New Zealand, and all her  children also emigrated.  In 1985 I spend 2 weeks in Edinburgh undertaking research and was  fortunate to get to see the beautiful hand written ledgers recording births, death and marriages  from 1855.    This site also records details of the families that the McKenzies have married into  over the years, their spouses and where known information on their spouses families.  I have  collected a lot of information from when I first started this journey in 1972 with a hand written  foolscap sheet given to me by my Uncle Jack (Alfred John), and will add this to the website  progressively.  A lot of my initial research in the 1980s was done by utilising the Church of  Latter Day Saints genealogical centre in Thornbury Melbourne and then sending off to Scotland with  a money order or postal note, and waiting 6-8 weeks for the certificate. I also obtained a number  of certificates from New Zealand during the 1980's.  It was very exciting when you received the  document as you never knew what other little gems of information the certificate would hold.  Thank  you to all those other geneologists from around the world who have helped in this journey by  sharing the information they have researched - I love putting more pieces of the jigsaw puzzle into  place.  
 There is not doubt in my mind that the McKenzie's contributed a great deal to the formation of the  colony of New Zealand in the 1800s. Hannah (nee McLennan) and Catherine McKenzie have had chapters  written about them in the North Island book called Petticoat Pioneers  It must have been a really  tough and trying environment and they would have had to overcome many challenges, but they had also  come from a very tough environment and sailed half way around the world for a better life for them  and their children. I am happy to add information you would like to share - but would prefer  information that has been verified through supporting documentation. If you feel any of my details  are incorrect I would greatly appreciate knowing.  When and where ever possible I endeavour to  verify information through documentation e.g. birth death and marriage certificates, newspaper  clippings, shipping records and census data.  As I am a great believer in sharing family history  information I am happy to email copies of documents I have on this site, a lot of which I obtained  in the 1980s'. The only courtesy requested is that you credit the original publisher/provider of  the information (not always me).  
 Hopefully by us all sharing verified information it will make the journey a bit smoother not only  now but for those who come behind us.
 Roderick McKenzie's marriage to Isabel McDonald in Scotland is supposed to be listed in Burke's  Peerage. (I have yet to see this entry. Please note that for Roderick's marriage to Isabel to be  listed in Burkes Peerage Roderick's father would have had to have the title of Sir). Roderick is  supposed to be descended from the McKenzies of Redcastle and the family tree dates back to 1150.  I  will be adding this information to the website, however, you will note that I have TBC beside a lot  of this information.  I'm still working on  verifying all this information which can be a challenge  as there are some significant gaps in the Scottish records in the 1600/1700's.  However, on the  positive side there is a lot of information that has been published on the various branches of the  McKenzie Clan over the years. Alexander McKenzie published a book in 1894 that is available in 12  parts on the internet.  One of the Earls of Cromatie also pubished a history in the 1800's that is  readily available and there is also a lot of documentation available now on the  sale/fortfeiture/and inheritance of McKenzie land that all assists in the genealogical process as  well as the Findon Tables to refer to.  Ministers of Parishes were usually well educated and  documented affairs of their parishes which provides a host of information on the lifestyle and cost  of living in the 1800's in Scotland.   DNA testing is being widely used for genealogy, through the  male line due to males having the Y chromosome.  The MacKenzie Society of Canada set up a DNA  database in 2006.

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