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[edit] Who I Am

My nom de plume is Loretta Lynn Layman, but Ann is my middle name and Lynn my maiden name. I am blessed to be one of eleven children of remarkable parents named Milton Omer Lynn and Mary Elizabeth Keever Freeman. I am as American as I am Irish as I am Scottish as I am English as I am Flemish. My blood also carries a smidgen of Welsh and Dutch and a hefty dose of German. To a certain degree, my family's history has made me what I am.

My historical interests are rooted primarily in our sojourn in Scotland and, thus, in Scottish history generally. ("Braveheart" was great entertainment but highly fictionalized.) I spent little time in college but have studied a few hundred Scottish historical writings of the 18th-19th centuries and nearly as many 12th-19th century document extracts at the National Archives of Scotland. Having worked for nearly 30 years as a legal administrative assistant, I understand the importance of citing credible sources and constructing a good argument (not the cat-and-dog kind of row but an analytical presentation of one's views). Since my Lynn ancestors also lived for a time in Ulster, that Irish province also places high on my list of interests.

Finally, I also am actively pursuing the DNA evidence for my family's origins and serve as administrator of a Lynn surname project at Family Tree DNA. Please feel free to contact me at

[edit] What I've Written


  1. "Henry and Hannah (Bryan) McDaniel and the McDonalds, Bryans, and Lincolns", The House of Lynn, Carroll Valley, PA (2005)
  2. "Lynneage - The Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster", The House of Lynn, Carroll Valley, PA (2010)


  1. "Barony of Lynn", The Scottish Genealogist, Vol. LVII No. 1, Edinburgh (March 2010), pp. 16-22


  1. Lincoln Myths and Rumors
  2. Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland
  3. Lynns of Northwest Ulster (Counties Londonderry, Donegal, and Tyrone)
  4. Lynns in the Y-DNA Haplogroup R-U198
  5. Widney/Woodney Family of Ulster
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