Barry R McCain is a writer, researcher, and speaker, living in Oxford, Mississippi. He has a degree in history from Ole Miss and has been researching his family's genealogy for nearly 40 years.  He has travelled extensively in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, and is a Gaelic speaker. He is the administrator of the Ulster Heritage DNA Project, the Scots-Irish DNA project, and the Mid Argyll Group DNA project.

His talks are on Ulster, West Highland and Scots-Irish, history and genetic genealogy. His sessions range from an hour to workshops for festivals, Highland or Irish Games, etc. His talks appeal to a wide variety of audiences with varying interests and levels of understanding. Topics include how to set up a Y-DNA project, how to analyze kinship match groups, and  historical topics.

Media and Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker Ulster American Heritage Symposium (University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia), June 2014
  • Speaker Ulster American Heritage Symposium, Omagh, County Tyrone, N Ireland, June 2012
  • BBC program Kist o Wurds Program, BBC Northern Ireland, December 2010
  • Presenter at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium, Omagh, County Tyrone, N Ireland, July 2008
  • Presenter at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium, Knoxville TN, July 2006
  • Traveller’s Way album, producer and performer, December 2005
  • With the Oak Ridge Boys, Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Oxford MS, October 2005
  • Sin É program, Dublin, Ireland, Sept 2004.
  • Music on the Old Natchez Trace,  Interpretive talks and concerts for The National Park Service, Natchez Trace Visitor’s Centre, Tupelo Mississippi, 2002-2005
  • The Country Céili Show, with Tommy Sands, October 2004
  • Samhain, A radio program on the Celtic traditions of Halloween, The Museum Matter’s Program, broadcast on WNAU, New Albany MS, October 2003.

Published work:

  • The Laggan RedshanksThe Highland Scots in West Ulster, 1569-1630; ISBN 978-0-9855876-2-8, Ulster Heritage Publishing; March 2014, author
  • Fall 2010, Treasure Each Voice, 400 years of English, Irish, and Ulster Scots from Stranorlar, co author
  • Fall 2009, The Scots-Irish, The Rest of the Story, Highlander Magazine
  • Ulster Heritage Magazine, lead writer and editor, 2008-2014
  • McCain’s Corner, monthly column, Finn Valley Voice, Ballybofey, County Donegal, Ireland, 2008
  • The Trouble With McCain, Nov/Dec 2007, The Highlander Magazine
  • The McCain DNA Project, the Electric Scotland internet magazine, 2005
  • The McCain DNA Project, The Family Tree Magazine, Feb 2004
  • The Irish McDonnells, March/April 1995 By Land By Sea Magazine.
  • The Stranger Gael, Sept/Oct 1993 The Highlander Magazine
  • The Bodachan, Nov/Dec 1993 The Highlander Magazine
  • The Gallóglaigh Jan/Feb 1994 The Highlander Magazine

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