Monday, 5 December 2016

Researching and Writing ....

Been doing some more research on my family tree. As I've previously posted I submitted a DNA sample via Ancestry, since then I put the rawDNA file on GEDmatch and discovered a couple of cousins!

Through them I've been able to go a little further on my tree. Still a long way to go and there are a lot of EOL (end of line) where I just can't find any information.

Still I was able to go back on my paternal line - manage to go back to my 12th Great Grandparents. They were John McLain (b.1570) but can't find out who the wife was and Robert Thirkland who was married to an Elizabeth.

It's so exciting to be able to get back that far!

The McLains were a sept of the clan MacDonald of Glencoe and this is their tartan.

Sadly on my mother's line I have run into a number of EOLs so doubt I will be able to get much further along - although maybe my DNA will match me up with some more cousins down the line.

Apart from the researching I've started a new book - another one in the vampire hunter series. Got 60k words down but then in the middle of the night I had idea for another book so this morning I quickly got down the opening chapter before I forgot it.

So 4000 words written on that! It will become book 5 in my Dark Desires series.

Funny how you can have such great ideas in the middle of the night. I've taken to having a pad and pencil on my little beside table to scribble things down. Mind you trying to make sense of scrawl written in the middle of the night without a light on is down right impossible but what it does is stir up my memory. I find I can then remember what it was easily despite being unable to read what I'd written.

As you can see it's hard to make much sense out of this but I did ... lol.

On that note I'll finish this post to go write a little more or dig a little deeper in hopes of unearthing a few family ancestor skeletons...

... that is if I can get Cali off the keyboard demanding pats .... lol

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