McCord Name Study

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Surnames/tags: McCord MacChord M'Corde
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The goal of this project is to share genealogical McCord research discoveries preferably with known, verifiable sources. Yet, we are handicapped by the loss of public records for McCords both in the USA & the UK, prior to the 1800's. Hence, drawing a direct family line to ancestors across the Atlantic is near impossible. But there is hope! New genetic testing technologies has entered the realm.

I am Kathleen McCord and have been researching McCords, in the USA, the UK and elsewhere since 1999. I also am co-administrator for the McCord Ydna Project on Family Tree DNA.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help with sharing the research data that we already know. I have listed a lot of documents to upload and after you read them, questions and commentary is encouraged.

McCords have a long and very interesting history. One to be proud of.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

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Some of the surname variants to McCord, are McHorrard, M'herarde, M'Horrad and others. I was so excited to find that a record exists for a Nigel M'herarde in the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, Index A, # 613 that Nigel was granted lands by Robert the Bruce in 1318. The land was called Skaith (pronounced "Sky" in Gaelic) and was (and still is today) near Newton Stewart, Scotland. This is the oldest record we have so far and the lands bequeathed by King Bruce are referred to as "McCord ancestral lands". It would be interesting to do further research on the relationship between Robert the Bruce and our McCord clan.
posted 13 May 2016 by Kathleen McCord   [thank Kathleen]
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For WikiTree members, I am in the midst of moving, selling my business, looking for a home and will be unable to participate with WikiTree for some months. I am not abandoning this work yet, just taking some leave. Hope to be back again, as soon as I have internet access again.
posted by Kathleen McCord
Interesting chart showing ancestral relationships in SW Scotland. Many surnames involved here along with two McCords, one whose ancestors are from South Ayrshire and one, possibly, with ancestors from Dumfries; [PDF]R-S660/S659 Southwest and West of Scotland - Yimg File format:Adobe PDF R-S660/S659 Southwest and West of Scotland. S660/S659 (DF105). A223. DF85 (S675). FGC4133. (Tynron, Nithsdale). A224-5. A5614-15. A822-3. FGC35551/ ...

posted by Kathleen McCord
Please check out the McCord Ydna Project on Family Tree dna; Join us!

posted by Kathleen McCord
If you are a member of Facebook, please check out the "Clan McCord" page. Great group information located on the "discussions" page and many good research documents located in "FILES" on this page. McCords from all over the world are contributing. Join in!
posted by Kathleen McCord
As there are few, rare public records for the surname McCord before the late 1700's, it seems essential for all male McCords to help provide Ydna testing in order to enable drawing a historical line to our ancestors in Scotland and No. Ireland. FamilyTreedna has a MCCORD YDNA PROJECT that has been able to find several members with origins in Ayrshire, Scotland via dna matches. Please join this group and help us find the rest! thank you.
posted by Kathleen McCord
The McCord surname, and all the variants of the name, has records in the Lowland, Uplands of SW Scotland dating back to 1318. From one record we can find that McCords had an alliance with Robert the Bruce who had granted lands to a McCord. Does anyone know more about this alliance?
posted by Kathleen McCord
Hi! It sounds like you'd benefit from a one name study. Have you checked out our One Name Studies Project: One Name Studies Project? They have a great FAQ page here: and the current leaders are Doug Lockwood and Alison Andrus: They'd be wonderful to talk with about your study.Thanks for starting it!
posted by Abby (Brown) Glann