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Y Chromosome DNA In Genetic Genealogy; Jan 2018

01/20/2018 15:38:16 PM

the castle of Iníon Dubh, where I first located the trail of my McCain familyY Chromosome DNA In Genetic Genealogy This is a brief introduction on Genetic Genealogy using the Y chromosome. The Y chromosome (Y-DNA) is passed from father to ...

Genetic Genealogy When No Paternal Relative Is Available

01/13/2018 17:42:37 PM

Genetic Genealogy When No Paternal Relative Is Available County MeathIn genetic genealogy surname studies we use the Y chromosome in our DNA tests.  This chromosome is only passed from father to son and this is why this test is used in surname ...

The Mountains

01/06/2018 21:51:57 PM

when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains. Robertson Jeffers

Old Christmas January 6 2018

01/06/2018 14:06:19 PM

The Old Christmas on January 6  Do you remember the Old Christmas, back when Christmas came on January 6?  Old Christmas is not the Twelfth Night or Epiphany.  It is Christmas Day as reckoned on the Julian calendar.   In 1752 the English ...

Book Review: Brings The Lightning

01/05/2018 13:16:11 PM

The Lookout, by Remington  Brings The Lightning by Peter GrantReview by Barry R McCain, Oxford Mississippi.Brings The Lighning is treat for readers of historical fiction.  The book is set in the chaotic time after the War Between the States.  ...

Finding the McCains: Kindle Edition

12/16/2017 18:36:54 PM

A few photographs from the Kindle version of Finding the McCains. Ian McKean & Ivan Knox, two of my Donegal cousinsstanding in from of Ian's impressive home near PorthallFinding the McCains: A Scots Irish OdysseyKindle Edition  $9.99 available ...

Christmas Sale... Finding the McCains!!! & New Book News

12/16/2017 12:50:12 PM

Finding the McCains A Christmas Sale! The story of an Irish family that left for the New World in 1718 and one descendant who returned to Ireland reunited the family after three centuries of separation.  A biography, a history, a travelogue, ...

Big White Beard, Christmas 2017

11/29/2017 11:53:24 AM

Continuing to recover from the stroke.  Almost, two full months into the recovery now.  I have started writing again.  I am working in Gaelic language again.  I am doing hill hikes in the trails in Oxford... and last night late, walked the ...

The Big White Beard

11/21/2017 18:21:17 PM

The Big White BeardToday I had the first visit to the neurologist since the strokes.  That is, the first visit since I left the hospital.  The doctor had examined me in early October while I was in the ICU at the hospital in Memphis.  At ...

Duke James Hamilton and his Red Beard

11/14/2017 13:09:00 PM

The Hamiltons of Abercorn are a well known and quite famous family.  They had estates in northern Tyrone and east Donegal and have had them for ages.  I descend from Hance Hamilton, to whom I discovered via DNA test results was a Abercorn ...

One Month Out From Stroke

11/09/2017 15:17:37 PM

post stroke, slightly shorter beard, and the ole brain at 80% or so...It has been one month, one week, and several days since my stroke.  Actually, I had two strokes and the ‘big’ one was on 30 September. What does one do for one month ...

My Stroke Update

10/24/2017 13:45:20 PM

Two Strokes, an Update.   Sort of old news now, but as many will know, I had two strokes. The first one came on 28 September.  I just thought I felt bad, took some ibuprofen and rested.  This was a great mistake of course.  Then, late on ...

Fairies and the Old Faith

07/19/2017 00:33:31 AM

Walking up to the summit of LoughcrewThis photo taken on the same day as we had the strange experience at Loughcrew in County Meath, at Slieve na Callí, which is the main hill at the site. It is the abode of Béara, who is a Bean Sí (fairy ...

Why 'McCain's Corner?'

07/01/2017 13:42:21 PM

McKane's CornerThe story of why and how I call my blog McCain’s Corner goes back to the McCains that stayed in Ireland, in Donegal, when my branch of the family migrated to Colonial America.  I had, from my childhood, been fascinated with ...

John Wayne, Scots-Irish Icon

05/26/2017 13:47:20 PM

In one interview in the early 1950's John Wayne described himself as 'just a Scotch-Irish little boy.' John Wayne, or as he was known before his fame, Marion Morrison, was born in Winterset, Iowa. His family emigrated from County Antrim, ...

The Gaelic Wise Woman of Claddagh 1913

05/21/2017 13:18:17 PM

This is the oldest colour photo of an Irish 'wise woman' and was taken in 1913.  The woman's anglicised name is Nan (Anne) O'Toole.  She was born in Claddagh, west Galway town in 1877. She was a native 'healer, what we would call a 'granny ...


05/21/2017 12:52:23 PM

Irish actor Dave Swift in Redshank attire circa late 1500sThe text below is a chapter from my book 'The Laggan Redshanks, The Highland Scots in West Ulster, 1569-1630.'  It is the very interesting tale of a migration of Highland Scots from ...

Irish & Scots Female Ancestor Names in Primary Sources

04/12/2017 14:48:13 PM

Irish & Scots Female Ancestor Names in Primary Sources As you progress with your genetic genealogy research you will eventually reach a point where records were not written in modern English.   The records are often in Gaelic or written ...

13 Jan 2017

01/13/2017 11:36:37 AM

Autosomal DNA Test in Irish genetic genealogy

10/09/2016 14:02:00 PM

Y-DNA test When No Paternal Relative Is Available II

Irish and Scots Female Ancestor Names

10/09/2016 13:47:00 PM

Irish & Scots Female Ancestor Names in Primary Sources As you progress with your genetic genealogy research you will eventually reach a point where records were not written in modern English.

Family Tree DNA Summer Sale!

08/05/2016 12:46:00 PM

Family Tree DNA is holding their excellent Summer Sale.

1 August... Lughnasa

08/01/2016 11:22:00 AM

Lughnasa is a Celtic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, on 1 August, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. ...

Ozark Mountains lore and history

06/27/2016 12:42:00 PM

A highly recommended book by Joshua Heston, of Branson, Missouri.

Viking, a profession for many Gaels

04/30/2016 13:24:00 PM

Gaelic Lord and warrior circa 1000 AD

DNA Test Sale with Family Tree

04/23/2016 14:58:00 PM

Barry R McCain with Ian McKean and Ivan Knox, two of his Irish cousins located using DNA testingFor a very short time, until midnight of 26 April, Family Tree DNA is running a significant sale on their testing.

An Irish Christmas Present, Finding the McCains

12/15/2015 12:28:00 PM

Mongavlin Castle, Donegal, IrelandA wonderful read that covers 40 years of travel in Ireland; it includes stories and insights into the relationship between Diaspora and Homeland and reconnecting with one’s cultural roots; it tells the history ...

Irish & Scots Female Ancestor Names in Primary Sources

11/29/2015 12:30:00 PM

As you progress with your genetic genealogy research you will eventually reach a point where records were not written in modern English.

The Scots-Irish: Scots Irish Surnames

11/12/2015 22:52:00 PM

The Scots-Irish: Scots Irish Surnames: Below is a list of families participating in the Scots-Irish DNA Project as of November 2015.

The Scots-Irish: William McIntosh Jr 1778-1825

10/26/2015 12:52:00 PM

The Scots-Irish: William McIntosh Jr 1778-1825: McIntosh and Menawa Real history is always more complex and multilayered than the history told by the modern media and even in most basic ...

Iníon Dubh

10/18/2015 11:04:00 AM

Iníon Dubh (said, Nee-an

BBC Ulster, the Kist o' Wurds program

09/27/2015 11:49:00 AM

Barry R McCain on the Thacker Mt Trail(Update.... a Rugby match on BBC is running long, our program rescheduled for

Celtic Life Internation Magazine

09/09/2015 12:26:00 PM

A note to one and all; there is a review of my new book Finding the McCains in the October 2015 edition of Celtic Life magazine. This magazine is the premier magazine for those of Celtic ancestry around the world. I encourage you all to ...

Highlanders in West Ulster, 1569-1630

09/04/2015 13:48:00 PM

In the sixteenth century Scottish Highlanders settled in the Laggan district of east Donegal. They were called Redshanks. Their story is told in the book The Laggan Redshanks.

Billy the Kid Update

09/01/2015 09:48:00 AM

This post in connection to my others on Billy the Kid.


08/20/2015 11:16:00 AM

Epigenetics is the study, in the field of genetics, of cellular and physiological phenotypic trait variations that are caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affect how cells read genes instead of being ...

SNP Testing, Summer Sale from Family Tree DNA... Only $79

08/02/2015 12:18:00 PM

Some good news from Family Tree DNA regarding SNP testing.

Anglicized Surnames; the many forms of John

07/25/2015 13:57:00 PM

Knowing the Gaelic form of our surnames is a very

An Ruaille Buaille

07/24/2015 11:27:00 AM

an tábhairneTagann an pótaire seo isteach sa tábhairne agus labhraíonn sé le fear an tí.

Mo Shinsir Gaeil

07/23/2015 12:02:00 PM

an scríobhnoir i nDún na nGallBhí suim agamsa i mo shinsir Gaeil nuair a bhí mé thart ar 12 blain d'aois, nuair a bhí mé ag léamh leabhar faoi stair.

The Second Sight among the Scots Irish

07/17/2015 13:18:00 PM

Sarah Pearl Tweedy circa 1905The phenomenon of Second sight has fascinated me for many years.

Summer Sale on Finding the McCains, a Scots Irish Odyssey

07/14/2015 12:29:00 PM

The good folks at Amazon are doing a Summer Sale on my new book for the stellar price of US $14.96.

Billy the Kid Was a Gaelic Speaker

07/13/2015 11:51:00 AM

Yesterday my brother sent me an interesting magazine article on Billy the Kid.

Summer Sale on Finding the McCains, a Scots Irish Odyssey

07/07/2015 14:36:00 PM

Y-DNA test When No Paternal Relative Is Available II

07/04/2015 13:59:00 PM

This post will again address genetic genealogy for Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish, when no male relative is available to DNA test.

Genetic Genealogy for Irish and Scots

06/25/2015 13:14:00 PM

My recent book Finding the McCains, a Scots-Irish Odyssey has garnered

The Scots-Irish DNA Project

06/25/2015 10:54:00 AM

Here is a link to the Scots-Irish DNA Project which has information on the project and links to both the 'Join' page and the 'Results' page.

Scots-Irish Surnames; a list of families in the Scots-Irish DNA Project

06/24/2015 15:35:00 PM

The Scots-Irish DNA Project now has 761 participating families.

Autosomal DNA Test Sale

06/20/2015 12:07:00 PM

Increasing Use of SNPs in Genetic Genealogy

06/14/2015 15:36:00 PM

This update will address the growing importance of SNP testing in genetic genealogy.

Mid Argyll Kinship Group

06/03/2015 17:19:00 PM

Mid Argyll circa 1570 (c) Ulster Heritage 2015Several years ago Y chromosome DNA results revealed that a large group of families from mid Argyll share the same paternal ancestry.

Dr William Roulston's review of 'Finding the McCains.'

05/26/2015 23:06:00 PM

“In writing this book, Barry McCain has done a great service not only to those interested in the McCain ancestry, but to everyone fascinated by the millennia-old connections between Scotland and Ireland. In this volume he demonstrates the ...

Gaelic Female Ancestor Names pre 1600 in Genetic Genealogy

05/17/2015 20:13:00 PM

As you progress with your genetic genealogy research you will eventually reach a point where records were not written in modern English.

Iníon Dubh, Scottish Princess

05/09/2015 17:39:00 PM

model and photographer Niamh O'Rourke and actor, archaeologist, Dave Swift portray Iníon Dubh and Redshank in a recent Irish photo shoot.

Finding the McCains On Facebook

05/06/2015 15:38:00 PM

For you Facebook users, please take a moment an "like" our page:

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: British origins (Leslie et al. 2015)

05/04/2015 21:59:00 PM

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: British origins (Leslie et al. 2015): The long-awaited paper on the People of the British Isles has just appeared in Nature. I will update this entry with more information. UP...

The Mid Argyll MacAlpins, a DNA study

05/02/2015 15:34:00 PM

The Mid Argyll MacAlpins Kilmichael Glassary Parish, Mid ArgyllThe Mid Argyll Kinship DNA Project is a genetic genealogy research project on a group of families that share the same paternal ancestry, primarily from the parish of Kilmichael ...

Finding the McCains On Sale This Week

04/29/2015 20:52:00 PM

Amazon has put Finding the McCains on sale for the next few days, so this is a very good time to purchase.

Ulster Heritage Magazine: Catholic Parish Records to go Online In July

04/29/2015 20:22:00 PM

Ulster Heritage Magazine: Catholic Parish Records to go Online In July: Launch date for Catholic Parish Register Digitisation Project announced On 8th July 2015 the NLI will make its collection of Catholic ...

DNA Match Group & Derbhfine Names

04/25/2015 12:29:00 PM

If your Y-DNA match group has developed a strong geographic pattern this will allow you to research the primary sources of that location.

Cornbread, Scots-Irish Foodways

04/21/2015 14:16:00 PM

In the 18th Century when many thousands of Ulster's sons and daughters came to New World to settle on the frontier, they brought with them their folkways, music, etc., and also their foods and methods of food preparation. Many of the cooking ...

Dr Rankin Sherling on 'Finding the McCains'

04/11/2015 16:45:00 PM

"This is a unique piece of work.

Ulster Heritage Publishing

04/10/2015 13:03:00 PM

The Southern Cracker

04/09/2015 12:50:00 PM

The Cracker Cracker CattleWhat is the etymology of the term Cracker?

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish DNA Project

04/09/2015 12:17:00 PM

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish DNA Project: The Scots-Irish DNA project is open to male Scots-Irish to assist their families' genetically genealogy and family history research.

Y-DNA test When No Paternal Relative Is Available

04/03/2015 10:40:00 AM

Y-DNA test When No Paternal Relative Is AvailableA frequent issue in genetic genealogy is the problem of Y chromosome DNA testing when there is no male relative available.

Memphis Scottish Society News

04/02/2015 10:19:00 AM

I will be speaking and doing book signings at the Memphis Scottish Society on 13 April.

Thacker Mt trail vid 1 April 2015

04/01/2015 17:21:00 PM

Irish and Scottish Clan Surnames

03/30/2015 10:38:00 AM

Clan Surnames

Genetic Genealogy of Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish

03/29/2015 13:20:00 PM

There are several firms that do DNA testing for individuals and groups doing genealogical research as well as research concerning ethnicity and genetic characteristics.

Barry R McCain on the JT Show

03/18/2015 00:27:00 AM

I was interviewed today by JT from the JT show on Mississippi Supertalk.

Finding the McCains Press Release

03/16/2015 14:20:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Barry R McCain: 662 202 6615 Email:

St Patrick Day Gifts

03/06/2015 14:23:00 PM

As a writer I can say I have only had good service from the omnipotent Amazon.

Snow Day in Oxford, Mississippi

02/27/2015 16:56:00 PM

Oxford had one of its rare snows; I post the short video by Scot Burton, that records the events with scenes from the Ole Miss campus and Oxford.

Finding the McCains

02/26/2015 10:07:00 AM

The Scots-Irish: Scottish historian Tim Clarkson

09/29/2014 10:46:00 AM

The Scots-Irish: Scottish historian Tim Clarkson: This blog is primarily about the Scots-Irish in the New World from Colonial times to the present.

DNA Genetic Genealogy Sale

09/01/2014 11:16:00 AM

All the DNA projects I administer and assist with, use Family Tree DNA labs in Houston, Texas.

2004, The McCains, Green Grow the Rushes O

08/08/2014 14:24:00 PM

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish Art Work of David Wright

06/25/2014 10:01:00 AM

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish Art Work of David Wright: Before the Long Hunt by David Wright Tennessean David Wright is a gifted and brilliant artist. Fortunately for us he often select Scots...

John McCain and the Taoiseach

06/20/2014 19:03:00 PM

Above is a photo of cousin John with Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who served in office from 26 June 1997

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish Books

05/24/2014 15:05:00 PM

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish Books: Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish. A history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900, by William Roulston (USD $ 12.95) Format Ebook.

McCain... IRA Man? Nay...

05/19/2014 12:29:00 PM

In 1984 having a Gaelic surname could cause travel complications.

Meeting Muhammad Ali

05/19/2014 11:40:00 AM

Muhammad Ali September 1984One day I met Muhammad Ali.

Francis McKane and the Lisbon Maru

05/12/2014 23:18:00 PM

As mentioned earlier, both Senator McCain’s father and grandfather, and my own father, served in the Pacific Theater in WW II.

The Past Tempts Us, the Present Confuses Us

05/09/2014 14:26:00 PM

The past tempts us, the present confuses us, the future frightens us, and our lives slip away moment by moment, lost in the vast terrible in-between.

Elfenwanderer By Fidus

04/29/2014 19:43:00 PM

A work by one of my favourite artist, the German Fidus.

I Present the Indigo Bunting

04/29/2014 15:30:00 PM

An Indigo Bunting showed up at my bird feeder today.

Elizabeth Spencer

04/02/2014 15:11:00 PM

Elizabeth SpencerI had the pleasure of talking with Elizabeth Spencer in February.

The Laggan Redshanks

03/22/2014 13:23:00 PM

ruins of Mongavlin Castle where Iníon Dubh livedIn the sixteenth century Scottish Highlanders settled in the Laggan district of east Donegal. They were called Redshanks.

Scotland Anno Domini 570

01/27/2014 15:17:00 PM

In the map above pay attention to Strathclyde, the upper part around Loch Lomond.... that is where the DNA suggests, our McCains originated.

Genetic Genealogy for Highland Scots

01/13/2014 15:52:00 PM

The photo above is an example of what can be accomplished through genetic genealogy.

Paradigm Shift

01/01/2014 23:07:00 PM

Southern Black Bear

11/01/2013 13:44:00 PM

The First Americans

10/29/2013 15:18:00 PM

The topic of which people settled the Americans is a little outside my field, but I do like to read the latest research on the subject.

Scottish Surnames

10/22/2013 14:55:00 PM

Scottish SurnamesIn the 12th century surnames began to be used in Scotland.

Ol' Blue Eyes and his Boy

10/02/2013 11:48:00 AM

Mia Farrow was and still is shockingly beautiful. I read today that she has hinted that the chairman of the board, Ol' Blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, is her son's real father.

Rainbow Warriors or Rainbow Wusses?

10/02/2013 11:26:00 AM

The news, when read correctly, is a steady source of high humour. Case in point, the Greenpeace so called 'warriors' now jailed by the Russians.

Corney Creek Five

09/20/2013 11:11:00 AM

A very select group, one member there is spirit only; the four pictured are the survivors.

The Corney Creek Philisopher

09/06/2013 16:04:00 PM

I was fortunate enough last weekend to enjoy the with and wisdom of Robbie Warner, also known as the Corney Creek

The McCains and Robertsons

05/11/2013 17:03:00 PM

Phil, Barry, Conar, JasePeople saw this photo on my face book page and sent me emails asking about the particulars.