My only brother, Dick McCown, died last Thursday morning. Dick was the instigator of our interest
in the genealogy of our McCown line. He did all of our documentary research and prepared our family tree including all of the branches through marriage. In addition, he suggested that we invest in the
FTDNA test and we split the cost. When the first 25 marker results rolled in, they were almost entirely
Irish. That was a huge surprise because then, we had thought of ourselves as being Scots. When the
37 marker results rolled in, it became apparent that we were not only Irish, but of the Ulster Sept of
Maguire, which is one of the few clans of the blood wherein all members from the chief to the lowliest laborer have the same blood.
My highest and closest match with the McGuire surname is Tom and Tom's deep subclade test results
have been received. We had hoped that his deep clade P66 would be positive, but alas, it was negative. Had it been positive, his line would probably have been closely related to ours.
There are many with Maguire blood yet to be tested and hope springs eternal and, hopefully, we look forward to that missing link.