Janet (Johnston) MacDonald
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Janet (Johnston) MacDonald

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Janet L. MacDonald formerly Johnston
Born 1950s.
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2018 | Last significant change: 4 Jul 2022
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Janet (Johnston) MacDonald has Irish ancestors.
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Janet (Johnston) MacDonald has Scottish Ancestors.

Through genealogy I have learned that I have both Scottish and Irish roots along with Old French/English (which explains my being a Francophile🇫🇷) and there's even a little Dutch thrown in there.

I began researching the Johnston/Miller/Taber/Hoxie lineage after my grandmother's death in 1980. I inherited one of her trunks which was filled with old photographs, notebooks written in her hand and sheets and sheets of lists. My grandmother was a list maker and kept detailed records of family birthdays, dates of marriage and to whom and dates of death. Harriet Taber Miller Johnston was our family's first genealogist.

That information was coupled with that obtained from census records, birth and death notices and cemetery burial records collected in conjunction with a dear friend, Linda Shaw of Fort Fairfield Maine. Who, surprisingly enough, turned out to be a relative herself as everyone who originated in Fort Fairfield is related it would seem. 😎

I married my husband in 1998 and began researching his family tree shortly thereafter. The MacDonald lineage is most interesting due to several MacDonald family members generously providing their own life stories. Those individuals and I conversed for years by telephone, the US Postal Service and in person over a cup of coffee as I diligently took notes while they spoke. Most notably was Edgar Neil MacDonald who told me the MacDonald family history as he remembered his childhood, his brothers, his father and grandfather.

Another MacDonald relative, Anna Roessler MacDonald, wife of Robert Bruce MacDonald was instrumental in documenting their lives together in Ledyard, CT. She kept a detailed record of family lineage on a large piece of paper on the kitchen wall for years. In 1999 she lovingly shared that information with me to be included in the MacDonald family tree.

I also sent out family questionnaires to all the MacDonald family members and have stacks of paper documentation of their responses in my home file cabinet.

In 2005 I complied all of that information in written form on a Family Tree Maker format and in 2006 printed it out for distribution to other family members. Edgar Neil MacDonald was very proud of the project. That initial tree has continued over the last thirteen years through much the same research. A project that was and continues to be a collaboration of many.

Initially the MacDonald family lineage was downloaded to Wikitree by Donald Delagrange, a cousin from my husband's maternal Perkins/Clarke side. My husband's mother and Donald's mother were sisters. Mr. Delagrange has been the family genealogist on the Perkins/Clarke/Bishop lineage for decades and is a generous Wikitree member. In May of 2019 when I became a member of Wikitree, I expanded that information to what it is today. Donald and I share the profiles as co-managers.

It has been such a joy to include that information on Wikitree and I cherish the connections I have made as our family history began to connect with others. I find it very fulfilling. I have worked diligently to include, update and connect individuals both related to me and not at all with children, parents and grandparents, updating birth and death records here on Wikitree as well as FindAGrave and Familysearch. My efforts will help ease the search of those who come looking for their ancestors in the future.

I've drug my husband through every cemetery we could find in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine where family members are buried to photograph their headstones and visit their last resting place.

The search continues!

In the event of my untimely death I leave control of all of the Robert John MacDonald family lineage profiles to my co-manager Donald Delagrange.

I leave control of the Hoxie, Miller, Johnston, Green entries in family lineage to sisters Deidre Johnston and Lisa Johnston Sutherland.


A detailed biography from Janet Johnston MacDonald 2019.


In 1973 I was 17 years old, a young woman who wore hip-huggers and peasant blouses with long braids. A young woman in her senior year of high school who protested for a woman's right to have an abortion on demand.

Never in my lifetime did I ever think I would see Roe vs. Wade overturned. Today, June 24, 2022 is a very sad day in history. 51 years older now but still that young woman in hip-huggers in heart, I will speak out about a woman's right to choose, the right to an abortion, the right to reproductive health of my choosing and the privacy which surrounds my body my choice.

For anyone who is reading this my advice is VOTE ... In November 2022, 2024 and beyond. Put individuals in Congress who will codify this tragic decision.

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posted by Steven Harris
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Janet, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Janet!

In July 2019, you made 1000+ (actually, over 2300!) contributions to our Shared Tree! I commend for your time and effort. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Janet!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Janet,

Glad to hear you are feeding your hubby now (wink). I figured we weren't the only ones with tons of rain, it SO doesn't feel like summer.

If you ever want help with 'profile bling' just let me know. I know some find it cluttered but I love to have color and life in it!


posted by Mindy Silva
Hi Janet!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello again Janet,

I see that you have joined the rest of us in being hooked on WikiTree (smile). I hope that you continue to enjoy it here, and wish you all the best in your research!


posted by Mindy Silva
Hi Janet

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Have the New Member How-To pages been helpful or left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help just click on my name you'll be transferred to my profile where you can post a message or send me a private message.

Mindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by Mindy Silva
Hi Janet, Thank you for the comment and for joining WikiTree!

You might also be Interested in the Canadian_History Canadian History Project, adding the tag Canadian_History will help you get updates about activity for that project.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

David ~ WikiTree Pre-1700 Greeter, Mentor

posted by David Selman

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