McKenzies of Early Maryland


Every tree grows from a single seed. For the McKenzies of Early Maryland, that seed was John MacKinzie (born 1687, died 1758), one of the first McKenzies to emigrate from Scotland and populate the shores of the Maryland colony. His six children added sturdy branches to the family tree, which in turn sprouted numerous branches the past 332 years. Although this site originally was intended to be the family genealogical web site of Michael A. McKenzie, who traces his lineage to John through his son, Gabriel (b. abt. 1715), it quickly morphed into a collaborative effort of serious McKenzie genealogists whose goal was to separate fact from fiction with respect to the family's early roots. Since then, it has evolved into an effort to capture data on ALL Maryland McKenzies who descend from John. There is no need to register for a user account. Just start by typing a name in the boxes in the lower right-hand corner and begin to explore. You might want to try variations of the "McKenzie" surname since multiple spellings have been used over the past three centuries. Please consider reading the book I have written "The McKenzies of Early Maryland", which can be accessed via the PDF or HTML link on the right hand side of this page. In addition to the history of the first two generations of the McKenzies of Early Maryland, other chapters discuss a variety of topics including whether the Maryland McKenzies descend from Collin MacKenzie (b. 1630) (they do not) (Chapter 5) and the migration of early McKenzies from the vicinity of Baltimore to Cumberland, Maryland and beyond. Currently, the McKenzies of Early Maryland genealogical database contains over 56,000 names of Maryland McKenzies (and various spelling variations) and their relations. Although the McKenzie Research Group has striven to make certain all information is correct, there is always a possibility an error may have occurred. If you would like to contribute information to this site, or correct an error in our research, please email me at You'll also want to visit Don Kagle's Ancestry site "Family Tree Project 1" which also contains information on the McKenzies of Early Maryland. Don can be reached at - Michael A. McKenzie, February 1, 2019

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Lester Franklin and
ClaraBelle McKenzie

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The McKenzies of Early Maryland
by Michael A. McKenzie

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