Pick a Janet, Jane, or Jean

sassy jane genealogy pick a janet jane or jeanIt’s time to play Pick a Janet, Jane, or Jean. I took the plunge and signed up at ScotlandsPeople, the “official government source of genealogical data for Scotland” yesterday. I was waiting for a clear-headed moment (they come so rarely) because I knew that ScotlandsPeople charges not only to download documents, but also to see search results.

But a blog post is fine motivation, and I decided I’d waited long enough to find Janet McFayden (McFadden, McFadgeon, McFadyen?). I know from research on my own flourishing Scots line that Jane, Jean, and Janet get used interchangeably.

The results are a bit disappointing, although I win a bet with myself for yet more variant spellings of the surname. Her birthdate of 5 Feb 1828 was pretty consistent in other records, but there’s no one in her county on that date. Line 9 is the closest match for location and lines 6 and 8 are closest for (baptism) date. I’m inclined to go with line 9, Jean McFadzen because other family members are in that county and no one has turned up in Argyll or Wigtown.

The search was structured for all female births in 1828 in any county for surname McFadyen (using Soundex) and first name starting with a J. (James and John snuck in there anyway.)

But work on my husband’s gg-grandmother Janet Jane Jean McFayden (McFadgeon McFadyen McFadzen) will continue.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

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