Melissa McKay
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Melissa McKay

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Melissa L. McKay aka Tippett
Born 1940s.
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Melissa McKay has Scottish Ancestors.
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Melissa McKay is a member of Clan MacKay.
Melissa is a member of Portal World-the Netherlands
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen' during the 2020 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to ' previously unsourced profiles.
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon.
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon.
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 31 previously unsourced profiles. Team total of 2006
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and added 16 connections.Team total of 912
Melissa McKay is participating with Flying Dutchmen during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 226 suggestions.Team total of 5086
Melissa McKay participated with Mighty Maple Leaves during the 2019 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading 84 items to profiles. Team total of 451
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 122 previously unsourced profiles. Team total of 1552
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.Team total of 4.815
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 193 previously unsourced profiles. Team total of 1710
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2017 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 18 suggestions.Team total of 196
Melissa McKay participated with Flying Dutchmen during the 2016 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 72 previously unsourced profiles. Team total of 617
Melissa McKay participated in London, Ontario History.
Melissa McKay is a Project Member of the Main and all subprojects of the Military and War Project.

I am the project co-ordinator for the Portal World-The Netherlands Project a sub-project of the Netherlands Project

Our Goal is to create a Portal or place for members from all over the World with 'Dutch Roots', or without the 'Roots' but interested in the Netherlands, where they can find everything that's helpful, fun or interesting, related to the Netherlands, assistance with Dutch Archives, translations of standard record texts, explanations of how to work on Dutch Profiles; and of course everything else you would like to see added, or would like to add yourself, here or at one of the Portal Country pages.

I am also working on a free space to provide sources and information for the MacKay/McKay Family Study. [1]


I was born in London, Ontario, Canada to Stewart McKay (McKay/Bannister) and Mary Oram (Oram/Wood).

Married twice, I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

I have 2 University degrees (B.Sc. and a B.Ed.) as well as Accounting, Work Management and Work Measurement certificates.

Starting as a Bank trainee, I worked my way up to a Senior Manager position. I retired in 2002 and now live in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.


Europe 100%
Melissa McKay is 57% English and Scottish.
Melissa McKay is 15% Irish.
Great Britain and Scotland 57%
Ireland 15%
Europe East 14%
Europe West 6%
Scandinavia 6%
Iberian Peninsula 1%
Finland/Northwest Russia < 1%


My Family Tree begins with four (4) surnames and expands from there:

  1. McKay - My father's Father. The MacKay name in Gaelic is Macaoidh (son of Hugh). It derives from the pre 10th century Old Gaelic name MacAodh, with the prefix "Mac" indicating "son of", plus the personal name "Aodh" meaning "fire". It was originally the name of an early pagan god. MacKay can also be spelt McKay, McKee, MacKee, Makee, and Makey.

    The Mackays are believed to descend from the ancient tribes that existed in Scotland called the Picts. However the name is also found from ancient times in Holland where the Mackays became noted for their many branches in the region. Each house acquiring a status and influence that was envied by the princess of the region. The name Mackay is also found in Ireland from ancient times when several tribes from the northern area of Ireland, which was once part of one of the ancient Scottish kingdoms known as Dál Riata, moved across the sea to Scotland.

    Around 710A.D. a tribe known as the C'nel Lorne left Ireland to land in what is now known as Argyll in Scotland.This tribe is believed to be the progenitors of Clann MacAoidh. The C'nel Lorne are descended from Aedh, grandson of the Irish king N'iall. The Mac Kay clan was originally known as the clan Morgan and the clan Aoidh. The MacKays descend from the Royal House of MacEth.

    Although the exact origin of the Clan Mackay is unknown it is generally accepted that they belonged to the early Celtic population of Scotland, although, from their proximity to the Norse immigrants, it is not at all improbable that latterly the two races became largely blended.

    The most popular and accepted theory as to the origins of the chieftenship of the Clan Mackay, is that the chief was descended from the Pictish Royal House of MacEth. It is said that his clansmen were originally from Ireland, following two brothers deported after battle loss for the kingship in 335 A.D. They settled in Moray but were dispersed principally north to the Strathnaver region by order of King Malcolm IV of Scotland in 1160 who defeated Malcolm MacEth, Earl of Ross whose daughter Gormflaith married the Norse Harold, Earl of Caithness. Their son was called MacHeth who was raised to the chieftenship of his Clan Mackay in 1250.

    The Morgan name has always been an integral part of Mackay since the 13th Century and there is some argument which name came first - Morgan or Mackay. The 2nd Chief, Iye Mhor had a brother Morgan and another brother, Martin from whom come Septs Mackie, McKie, McKee, etc. Iye Mhor married the daughter of Bishop of Caithness and was given large tracts of lands around Durness. Other chiefs followed - Donald, Iye (again), Donald, (both murdered by Nicholas of Sutherland), Angus and finally Farquhar, son of murdered Iye (the third) who was King Robert II's physician and obtained lands of Melness, Hope and other Strathnaver properties. Angus Dhu (the black) 1380-1429 married Elizabeth, sister to Donald, Lord of the Isles. There is thus royal blood in the veins of Mackays. In 1415, Donald chartered lands of Strathnaver to Angus Dhu and his son Neil. In 14th C and 15th C many Septs appeared - Bain (from Gaelic "ban" - white or fair), descended from Neil, brother of Angus 6th Chief of the Mackays. He also provides the Neilson branch and thru his son, the Septs of Paul, Polson, Paulson, etc. and MacPhail with various spellings.

    MacKay country was the district of Strathnaver in northwest Scotland.The MacKays were seated there from very ancient times, some saying well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. The MacKay land was the most remote in Scotland and extended from Cape Wrath at the north coast to Caithness border.

    The tragic Highland Clearances began in 1782 and continued through the mid 1800's forcibly evicting the Highlanders from their lands.Forced into destitution and in the midst of a cholera epidemic members of the MacKay Clan emigrated to Canada in 1800's. [2] [3]
  2. Bannister - My father's Mother. The last name Bannister derived from the Old Norman French 'banestre', itself a development based upon a conjoining of the Gallic 'benna' and the Greek 'kanastron', the surname is a metonymic job description of a 'maker of baskets'. The carpentry term 'bannister' as meaning a protective rail for a stairway was not recorded before the 17th Century, much too late to give rise to a surname.

    The name development and recording of the surname includes An Banyster, christened at St. Pancras Church, Soper Lane, London on July 18th 1559, Annes Bannester recorded at St. Giles, Cripplegate on July 16th 1606, Annis Banister, who married Thomas Cowlay on 31st January 1561 at St. Margarets, London and Henric Bannister who married Eufamia Hoyle at Elland Church, Yorkshire on November 25th, 1583. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Turstan Banastre, which was dated 1153, in the English Feudal Name Register, during the reign of King Stephen, known as Stephen of Blois, 1135 - 1154.[1]

    Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

    There is a lot of Bannister information available. The basis of my and some other Bannister researchers is a book called The Bannister Family. If your interested in Bannister history it is a great read and only 28 pages. Many members of my Bannister family immigrated from England in the 19th century to mainly Ontario, Canada but the family members are now spread out throughout Canada and the USA, although the highest concentrations seem to be in Ontario and California.
  3. Oram - My mother's Father. Much of the Oram family roots, including my grandfathers, are in various parishes in Sussex England. Immigrated from Kent, UK in 1912. This unusual and interesting name is of Old Norse origin, and is mainly found recorded in the north of England, in particular the areas of the heaviest settlement of Scandinavian invaders. The modern surname derives from the Old Norse personal name "Ormr", in Old Danish and Old Swedish "Orm", which was originally a nickname meaning "snake, serpent" or "dragon". The Olde English pre 7th Century equivalent "wyrm", originally had the same range of meanings. Pre 7th Century Anglo-Saxon, and Norse baptismal names were usually distinctive compounds whose elements were often associated with the Gods of Fire, Water and War, or composed of disparate elements. The personal name was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Orm" in Yorkshire, and in 1175 as "Orum" in Derbyshire. In the modern idiom the surname can be found recorded as Orme(s), Oram, Orum and Orrom [2]
  4. Wood - My mother's Mother. Immigrated from Kent, UK in 1912. This famous and popular English and Scottish surname is of pre 7th century Olde English origins. Recorded in several forms including Wood, Woode, Woodd, Wod, Wode and the locational Woods and Woodes, it derives from the word "wudu" meaning a forest or wood. It was originally given either as a topographical name for one who was resident by a wood, or who in the case of the plural Woods related to a person who was both resident in the wood and who obtained his livelihood from the wood, probably as a forester. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century and appears in a great variety of records during that century. [3]


Below are four lists of cemeteries where a family member is buried. This will change as more cemeteries are added to family profiles.


Below are two lists of Churches where a family member was Christened or Married. This will change as more Churches are added to family profiles.


  1. * MacKay and McKay Study
  2. * History of the house and clan of Mackay
  3. * The Book Of MacKay
  • First-hand information. Entered by Melissa McKay at registration.

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Hi Melissa,

Thank you for all the work that you have done for the Scotland Project. As you have not responded to our recent check in messages I presume that you wish to leave the project.

If you'd like to re-join us in the future, you can do so by replying to our current G2G Welcome post which is linked from the project page at

All the best Sheena

Hi Melissa,

It is once again time for our annual Scotland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

•If you would like to continue as a project member •If you are happy with your current teams or would you like to join a different team •How much time per month (on average) you spend working on Scottish profiles •Anything you’d like the Scotland Project to do more of in the future

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you are no longer able to participate in the Scotland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

On behalf of the Scotland Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve Scottish profiles!

Sheena - Scotland Project Membership Coordinator

Hi Melissa! I haven't heard back from you about our Scotland Project check-in this year. I hope you are well and look forward to hearing from you soon.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello Melissa!

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's "Year of Connections" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello Melissa,

The 6th Source-a-Thon will take place from the 1st of October till the 4th of October. This Thon is all about adding accurate sources to unsourced profiles and improving the accuracy of WikiTree. We really hope you will join us at our Team The Flying Dutchmen. Registering is open now HERE (registration ends Wednesday the 29th). More info at our Team page HERE or at our G2G-S-a-Th-Chat.

Hope to see you!

Michel, Astrid, and Colleen

posted by Colleen Jousma
Hi/Hoi Melissa!

We hebben je deze keer echt nodig! Als je tijd hebt, help dan alsjeblieft.

WT organiseert dit jaar wekelijkse challenges onder de naam: “Year of Accuracy” We hebben er al veel aan gewerkt maar volgende week wordt een bijzondere.

Of je het nu leuk vindt of niet, we hebben deze week jouw hulp nodig om te laten zien waartoe wij als DRP in staat zijn - vanaf woensdag 9 juni en het is gedurende een week erna, start waarschijnlijk laat voor ons Nederlanders (na middernacht) - de uitdaging is om bakstenen muren neer te halen voor de Nederlandse genealoog Yvette Hoitink.

Ze deed geweldig onderzoek naar haar familie. Deze uitdaging gaat over laten zien dat het beter kan!

We hebben natuurlijk al DRP-leden die meedoen aan de challenge, maar de meeste deelnemers zijn Amerikanen. Ze hebben hulp nodig bij vertalingen, het vinden van betrouwbare bronnen, Nederlandse naamgevingsconventies (omdat we vóór 1811 in profielen zullen duiken en waarschijnlijk patroniemen moeten gebruiken en nooit tussennamen) en het toevoegen van biografieën. We zijn er zeker van dat buitenlanders hulp nodig hebben. En leer veel door deze uitdaging, maar ze hebben wat hulp van ons nodig.

Alsjeblieft, je hulp wordt zeer op prijs gesteld.

Om mee te doen: Schrijf je in HIER.

We really need you this time! If you have time, please help.

WT is organizing weekly challenges this year under the name: “Year of Accuracy” We worked on many before but next week will be special.

If you like it or not, we need your help this week just to show what we as DRP are capable of - starting on Wednesday the 9th of June and it is during a week after, starts probably late for us Dutch (after midnight) - the challenge is to bring down brick walls for Dutch genealogist Yvette Hoitink.

She did great research on her family. This challenge is about showing we can do better!

We have, of course, already DRP members joining the challenge, but most participants are Americans. They will need help on translations, finding reliable sources, Dutch Naming Conventions (as we will dive into profiles before 1811 and probably need to use patronymics and never use Middle Names) and adding biographies. We are sure foreigners need help. And learn lots because of this challenge but they need some help from us.

Please, your help is much appreciated.

To join: Subscribe HERE.


Eef, Bea en/and Astrid.

En na een geweldige Clean-a-Thon ben je natuurlijk ook van harte welkom bij de Bevrijdingsdag of Liberation Day Challenge 2021 die van 4 mei 2021, (20.02 uur) tot en met 10 mei 2021 (20:02 uur) gehouden zal worden !

De G2G is gestart Je kunt, als je mee wilt doen, je naam nu al toevoegen aan de deelnemerslijst

Hi Melissa!

For a great start of the spring this year we will have a Spring Clean-a-Thon again. The fun starts Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT) make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

Hope to see you soon, Bea & Astrid :)
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Thanks for being awesome Melissa!

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Source-a-Thon 2020

team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

The 5th! Source-a-Thon will take place from the 2nd of October till the 5th of October. We really hope you will join us at our Team The Flying Dutchmen. Registering is open now HERE. More info at our Team page HERE or at our G2G-S-a-Th-Chat.

Hope to see you!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hello, Melissa!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. We are proud of your efforts.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
I know......... first the Cl-a-Th now a DRP challenge. But it is our 5th Liberation Day challenge. Just to celebrate freedom and remember those that made us to live in FREEDOM! Join us please!
Hi there, Melissa!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks for being awesome Melissa !

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Clean-a-Thon 2020

team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
The fourth Spring Clean-a-Thon is coming! The cleaning will start on Friday, April 24, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 27, at 8 AM (EDT).

Please join us at Team Flying Dutchmen after registering HERE.

And please feel welcome to join us in the mean time at cleaning up a Dutch Roots Gedcom we work on together for the next weeks.

Hope to see you soon!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hello Melissa,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Hi Melissa!

I hope you have some time and energy to join us at the upcoming DRP challenge. We like to have you as particpant. The challenge is besides adding profiles about fun and getting to know each other better. The challenge lasts from the 30th of December to the 6th of January. It is not important if you can not be around every day. Any add is welcome. And we like to jump together at WT into the New Year! HERE you find more info. Already wishing you a Happy New Year! Bea, Margreet and Astrid

Congratulations Melissa !
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