So, if you look very close at the map you will see where the MacRae Clan originates from. Or one of the places at any rate. Look right above MacLeod.
The reason I bring this up is that I have some new and interesting news to add to my ancestry. Up to now, it’s been awhile since anything new has come along.
My Uncle Lee, recently did some very advanced yDNA testing for a study that a man named Martin Halliren (spelling?) is doing on the MacRaes that descend from Christopher MacRae the constable of Eilean Donan Castle in the 16th century in Scotland.
Well, surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, it turns out we do descend from one of three of the lines that originate with said Christopher. This is very exciting to know but in addition, we may at some point be able to find which line of the three we belong to. The test was only positive for descent from Christopher.
I thought I would share this good news with you.
I also have a microfilm waiting for me at the LDS center here which may shed some light on the other side of my family, the Urquharts. Wish me luck.