In the wee hours of the morning, last Monday morning, I got up because of heart burn and a jaw ache. I suspected that this was not desirable and that is the way it turned out. I live 25 miles from the closest hospital, and after a test, they confirmed that I had a heart attack and sent me by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto where there is a a very skillful group of heart specialists. I received excellent medical treatment and returned home last night. The next few months will require the usual careful diet, excercise and even not climbing the stairs to my computer, bedroom and other facilities on the second story of the house more than about twice a day.
This is stated so you will know why I haven't yet replied to mail and emails received during the period. But enough about me and back to the blog.
For those who would like to view the results of the work of William Roulston and the Ulster Historical Society to date and as it is in progress, trying to find a connection between my surname and the Maguires. This is the way to cut through the morass of other forms of McCown in combination with Maguire as a most likely means of finding my family line. Since they also have been given five other families to locate who lived in the same general neighborhood and match me at 62/67 markers, and includes four McGuires and Patrick MacAuley, this appears to be a first step in findingthe patterns to follow. Even thow none of the findings to date may be in my ancestry, I find them interesting.
Thanks to Peter Gurry for letting me know that he is viewing the pictures of our trip and thanks to the fair Coane for sending me a copy of her most recent update to her book on the history of the Coane family. It turns out that her family having an O'Neill connection in the male line doesn't necessarly mean that there isn't ulstimately a connection between our families. Barry McCain says that some of the royal O'Neills don't have the Niall of the Nine Hostages haplogroup,
R1b1b2a1b5g but rather the more common R1b1b2a1b5. Thanks also to Debbie Wheeler who writes that she will become a follower of the blog. Debbie is a McNeill and because of her 61/67 match we are interested in knowing if this represents a combination of both McNeill and Maguire. Thanks to all of you who follow the blog
and those who comment on the blog.