I have just joined Wiki-tree and it looks like a great place to add my family tree. I'm a software engineer so although I have not been researching family history for long, I have been working logically for over 30 years :-) I understand the importance of facts, references and logical connections. I've looked at the intro videos, and read the intro texts, so have a basic understanding of how wiki tree works. My first question is:
(1) what is the best way to put what I have done in Ancestry into Wikitree? I have over 1000 people in Ancestry. Is this going to take a long time? An annoying thing with Ancestry is there are a lot of poorly researched family trees, and people just copy them, adding to the errors.
My second question is:
(2) I have an interesting family mystery - a change of name from MacPhail to Morrison, at Lochbroom, Ross-shire, Scotland. Maybe other people know of similar stories? Has anybody heard of an entire family changing their surname? I have numerous theories, and read a number of articles on Alias's. Was it due to persecution? Was it to gain favour with someone? Did they not like the name? This is a small fact when one individual is involved, but it becomes a big mystery when eight (or more) people are involved. Maybe some of these questions can be answered through DNA? I have a public tree on Ancestry at https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/tree/165771259/family/pedigree?cfpid=192221902669
which shows a Hugh MacPhail (1745) (Kirk officer at Lochbroom) and his six children, all baptised MacPhail. Up to 1811 a further six grandchildren are born probably all baptised MacPhail. Then, from 1815 onwards all of the above 12 people (and other decendants) are named Morrison in all census and death records. A particularly interesting record is one for Roderick MacPhail which states on his 1819 marriage record he is named "Morrison Alias McPhail". I have a lot of records for all of this family including death records showing parents names - linking them to Hugh Morrison/McPhail - Church officer, and birth locations all link them to the eight McPhail birth records. It would be great to solve this mystery.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.