While clans are based on bonds of loyalty rather than bloodlines, genealogy grows ever more important as generations move farther from ancient homelands. Knowing relationships to distinguished clan members enhances interest and understanding of history plus strengthen bonds to others located far away. With these thoughts in mind, the Clan MacLaren Society of North America (CMSNA) continues to devote time and energy into genealogy.

Our goals:
  • Compile and maintain the best, most complete dataset of our Clan and Sept families.
  • Enable CMSNA members to contribute information.
  • Supplement research through links to the Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project.
  • Preserve this data and supporting materials.
  • Provide aid to CMSNA members in their own genealogical research.
To better address these goals, CMSNA has established a website devoted to sharing our compiled genealogy research with members at (Access to the data is restricted; login credentials - username and password - are consistent with those for this site.) The site contains the research completed by Banks and James H. McLaurin (published in 44 issues of McLaren Quarterly from 1969 through 1979 and more), the research of Bob McLaren, longtime Genealogist for Clan MacLaren, (through early 2011) along with member applications and submissions. This has been supplemented with additional research from the current Genealogist. Work is now focused on incorporating what has been recovered of Bob McLaren's work from subsequent years along with printed material that has not yet been entered into the digital archives.

Member submissions are, and will continue to be, welcome and encouraged. GEDCOM (ANSI 5.5) files are preferred but other formats can be accepted. Readily-processed file formats include:
  • Family Origins (version 4 and later)
  • Family Tree Maker (version 2014 and earlier)
  • Legacy Family Tree
  • PAF (Personal Ancestral File)
  • Rootsmagic (version 7.7 and earlier)
  • TMG (The Master Genealogist)
For more information on how to submit, contact the CMSNA Genealogist via the link on the
CMSNA member area webpage (near the bottom under "CMSNA contacts for CMSNA members" after login) or the link on the genealogy website.

Disclaimer: CMSNA collects and archives DNA and family tree information to enhance knowledge and understanding of Clan MacLaren around the world. Members may request advice for where best to locate resources to conduct their own family research, but individual genealogy research services are not available.

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