Malcolm, My grandfathers parents are William Aikman and Eliza Smirl.We are still reseaching the parents of this william. We feel fairly certain that there were 3 brothers that emigrated from Scotland but no proof yet. The above great grandparents have Illinois roots. What is some of the other family info you have and that will tell us if we are researching the same branch of the Aikman family. I have managed to link up with a direct connection via this site and how wonderful.