Monday, March 16, 2015

Finding the McCains Press Release


Contact: Barry R McCain: 662 202 6615


Barry R McCain tells of his long search to find his family in Ireland

Oxford, MS, 16 March 2015-----Mississippi author Barry R McCain grew up with stories of his McCain family and old tales of their life in Ireland and Scotland. Senator John McCain and his cousin, novelist Elizabeth Spencer, both include a short history of the McCain family in their respective memoirs Faith of our Fathers and Landscapes of the Heart.  Their history is a romantic tale of Highland Scots who supported Mary Queen of Scots and who fled to Ireland after her downfall in 1568.  Barry R McCain was the family member who decided to find the McCains in Ireland and discover their real history.  The search for the McCains became a mystery story with clues, false turns, many adventures, and then ultimate success through Y chromosome DNA testing.  In 2008, the McCains were reunited with their family that remained in Ireland, after 289 years of separation.  Mr. McCain’s new book, Finding the McCains, tells this remarkable story.

The author drew from his many experiences of the forty years he spent traveling to Ireland and the UK and presents a biography of this well-known Canadian and American family.  His book is part memoir, part history, and explores the relationship between Diaspora and homeland.  Finding the McCains is also an excellent genetic genealogy how-to guide for people of Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Barry R McCain is a writer living in Oxford, Mississippi.  He has a degree in history from Ole Miss and is the author of The Laggan Redshanks, The Highland Scots in West Ulster 1569-1630.  McCain is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact


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