How wonderful to hear from you. I am also in touch with David Aikman (grandson of percival aikman) as you have probably picked up from the message board.
My aunt (Ann), who I talked to this morning, is so excited that another cousin has been "found". She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne - relatively close to Hexham (where many Aikmans are buried).
I have quite alot of information on the Aikmans, back to 1770 in Edinburgh - John Aikman and Julia Snodgrass. I have all our information on Family History Maker, so I would be happy to email you the relevant bits if you are interested.
Have you been able to get back further than John and Julia, I hope so, because we are totally stuck!! If I can work out the time difference between UK and you, I will try to phone your father.