Sunday, June 17, 2007

Clan MacMillan Society of Texas Followup

As I reported earlier, I became a Charter Member of the Clan MacMillan Society of Texas. I also attended the inaugural Gathering held in Austin and met a few of my "cousins." We had a great time and I have to say, there wasn't a single one who could be considered a turnoff. They were all very pleasant and just as eager as me to learn as much as they can about their family tree. Naturally, we all questioned each other as quickly as we could. It was fun talking to them. In fact, it was almost like a family reunion.

Chief George McMillan of Finlaystone, Scotland, the leader of all MacMillans (any of 200 various spellings) worldwide was there. Not only was he a storehouse of information but he was genuinely warm and personable, charming and delighted to help kick off the Texas chapter of Clan MacMillan.

Chief George McMillan

He and I hit it off early, probably because he looks remarkably like my Dad. They could easily pass for brothers, if not twins. Even certain mannerisms were the same. I suppose it could be a coincidence but I'm thinking there is a connection somewhere back a few hundred years. He invited us to Finlaystone Castle if we are ever in Scotland. We hope to take him up on the offer.

One of the topics we discussed at length at the Gathering is how important it is to identify which family tree you belong. One of the best and fastest methods is to make use of DNA Genealogy testing. Naturally I wanted good information as fast as possible so I sent away for the 67 Marker Kit. The goal is to match as many of my markers to others in the extensive database. It's doubtful that I would ever make a perfect 67 match but the more matches there are the closer I am to confirming my family tree. I will have the results in a few weeks.

In addition to doing the DNA test, I also authorized my data to be shared over the Internet so that McMillins (any spelling) around the world can see if I'm that missing link they have been searching for. Of course I will be doing the same with their data. This is going to be very interesting to say the least.

Meanwhile, I spoke to my uncle, Charlie McMillin, and learned that he has done some genealogy research over the years and he will be sending the data to me. The only thing he could tell me over the telephone is that my Great Grandfather, Mike McMillin, and his wife, Hulda Ann Finlay, came to America from Ireland via New York, to escape the potato famine in the mid 1800's. How they ended up in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana is a mystery at this time but the data may shed some light on what happened between New York and Louisiana.

I also registered with the Genealogy Forum, an on-line genealogy search and discussion forum for those seeking and sharing information. I've already posted an inquiry for any information about the McMillins of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. You can check out the McMillin Family Genealogy Forum at: The first thing you will notice is that there are a lot of us searching for information. Hopefully, someone will see my message and come forward with important information.

So, there you are. The wheels are 'a turning and hopefully will produce some information in the very near future.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Clan MacMillan Society Of Texas

Last year I discovered that the McMillin name originated in Scotland, not Ireland like I had been told all my life. It was a pleasant surprise, not because I don't wish to be of Irish heritage, but because it makes my life more complete. I posted my findings in my Blog: and I thought that was the end of it.

But recently I got a card in the mail asking if I would like to become a Charter Member of the Clan MacMillan Society of Texas, a newly formed group for McMillins (any spelling) in Texas. Why heck yes I wanted to join such a group. These people are my relatives, no matter how far removed from my life and my history.

I sent in my fees and this coming Tuesday, June 12, 2007, we're meeting at the home of one of the organizers. Already a number of McMillins (various spellings) have signed up and will be there. Just as important, Chief George McMillan from Finlaystone, Scotland will be there to kick off the first Gathering of the Clan MacMillan Society of Texas. What an honor, not to mention what fun it will be to meet distant relatives I may have never met except for the Internet and the Clan MacMillan Society of Texas organizers.

As I said before, "... it may not make me rich but it sure makes me proud to be a McMillin."

If you want to check out the Clan MacMillan Society of Texas website, go to:

Stay tuned for pictures and updates. This is one group I am going to thoroughly enjoy.