Welcome to Clan MacFarlane Worldwide!
If you're like the rest of us you have no doubt found yourself pondering your heritage. Maybe your interest was nurtured as a child or maybe it was just discovered. Either way, we're glad your interest has led you here and we invite you to become part of our worldwide, yet tight, community. Our goals are to educate, share, and take pride in our heritage.
We are MacFarlanes of all spelling variations, McGaws, Spruells, Robbs, Millers, Websters, Weavers, Blacks and many others. Together we form a organization that's kept by the strongest of bonds... family. We answer to the call Loch Sloy, we carry the arms of our forefathers, we preserve the heritage that is so uniquely yours and ours.
It is with your support that the heritage of Clan MacFarlane will continue to thrive for another 800 years. Please join today.
12 February 2019 - This is a new addition to our Clan MacFarlane Worldwide website. We've decided that there is so much to share about CMW, our shared heritage, and more, then why not a blog? So why not?
First - what shall we call it? Well... because CMW is truly a global group, I've decided the Diaspora is appropriate. Why? Because the Scots have scattered around the globe. If you visit our CMW facebook page, you will find that we have members on our page from just about every reach of the globe. So the Diaspora reflects our differences as well as shared heritage. It is my hope that our blog will do this too.
If you research the Scottish Diaspora, and you open the Wikipedia link about the Diaspora, it lists the countries where our Scots are now concentrated: United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. However, there is also a long-standing history of Scots in Poland I happen to be of the opinion that the Scots are absolutely everywhere.
During the celebration of the 2014 Homecoming, a project was sponsored where over 300 panels were brought together from Scottish communities from around the world, to create one large beautiful tapestry exhibit. If you want to gather more information about the Diaspora, the 2014 Homecoming tapestry project, you can find it here:
http://www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org. And with that, we have our very first blog entry!
The January 2019 Loch Sloy! is now digitally available. Just click the attachment to download.
Free Access to Celtic Life for CMW Members
Thank you to Barb and John Duff, Canada, who have sent the following on to CMW voting (paying) members. Just another reason to maintain your membership with CMW, free access to Celtic Life.
To enjoy the January/February issue, use this link: https://celticlife.com/february-2019/
2019 CMW Annual Member's Meeting
Yolo County Fairgrounds
April 27 & 28
Where: Woodland, California for the Woodland Celtic Games http://woodlandcelticgames.org/
For info about Woodland see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland,_California. Also see: https://www.pinterest.com/cowparksnrec/historic-woodland/. Since the late 1960s, there has been a greater interest in preserving the town's historic buildings, and an impressive number of them have been restored for use as homes, offices, stores and museums. It is well worth a few minutes to drive a few key streets off historic main street to see these beautifully maintained homes. I can put together a map/addresses for those interested. For info about Sacramento see https://www.visitsacramento.com/things-to-do/. (there is Old Town, a refurbished gold rush-era district, a train museum, auto museum, active arts scene, wonderful restaurants, etc.)
When: April 27-28, 2019This is a medium-sized two day game.
If there are travelers that would want to come in early we could arrange a visit to the McFarland Living History Ranch in Galt, CA, http://mcfarlandranch.org/ which would be about a 45 minute drive away.
Transportation: Sacramento International Airport(It is a 16-minute drive from the Sacramento International Airport to Woodland.) Some of the hotels, listed below, have free airport shuttles.
Once you get to town, we can organize carpools, etc. No one will be left out of anything as long as you communicate your location and needs. ****
Lodging Suggestions:Please make your reservations ASAP to ensure you get a room… this is a small town and hotels fill up quickly. It would be better to make a reservation and then cancel it if necessary, then wait and not get in.
Holiday Inn Express 2070 Freeway Drive, Woodland, CA
Hampton Inn and Suites 2060 Freeway Drive, Woodland, CA
Fairfield Inn and Suites (Marriott) 2730 El Centro Road, Sacramento, CA
Best Western Shadow Inn 584 N East Street, Woodland (This is the host hotel for this Caledonian Club event… not for CMW… we are not designating a host hotel.)
There is limited RV parking at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. My instructions have been to watch the website in early January for directions for making reservations.
Weather:The average low temperatures in April are 40s to 50s, and the average high temperatures are 70s-80s… usually pleasant spring weather.
Annual Membership Meeting: will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM at the clan tent at the Game.
Saturday night dinner : as a group at the official Ceilidh on the grounds of the Games. It is about $22/person and tickets can be purchased when you purchase your entry tickets to the games online, or the day of the event. Staying onsite will allow us to stay together in a relaxed setting. If we choose, we can take a short walk to bring our food back to our spacious tent site, enjoy the music and fellowship, etc. Bring a light jacket as evenings can be cool. See http://woodlandcelticgames.org/other-events/ceilidh/.
Twigs to Trees #33 December, 2018
Twigs to Trees
Mary Helen Haines
Happy Holiday Season everyone. For this column I have tried to put together the most recent results of the Big Y testers that fall into Block 5 of the Big Y tree, RDF63. I can remember when I first joined the project with my two male cousins’ kits in 2006. At that time, we were only looking at STRs and all of the men mentioned below do match with STRs with varying degrees of closeness. There was no way to determine if they were 4th cousins or 18th cousins. That now seems eons ago; so much progress has been made since then. Today, with the Big Y test, we are able to see the development of different lineages over time and begin to figure out how far back we are all connected within a haplogroup.
I just received the Big Y results from my cousin’s kit and we discovered a new SNP associated with our line, so now we can say that all male McFarland descendants of John McFarland, born 1739 in Lancaster Co. PA, who married Mary Kinder in VA around 1763, will carry this SNP. However, until we have a tester who descends from John and Mary Montgomery McFarland’s other sons, we will not know if this SNP begins with John and Mary Kinder McF. or goes back to the parent or the grandparent. So, I am putting out the call for more male McFarlands from this lineage of Robert McFarland, born abt. 1675 in northern Ireland, married to Jennet, to do the full Big Y test when they can afford it. Or, if you carry the SNP BY3019 and do not descend from John and Mary Kinder McFarland, your Big Y test results will add to our knowledge of this line. Where and when does BY3019 begin?