This American Family is the story of the McCallums of Des Planes, Illinois. From our paternal roots on the Island of Mull, in the Scotland of the 1780's, and Our Maternal roots in the Vosges Mountains, of Alsace-Lorraine of the 1860''s.
It charts our journey through the Americas, both in Canada and the United States, as farmers, loggers, craftsmen and railroad men, in Ontario, Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota, Chicago, Michigan, and finally to Des Planes, Illinois.
It is the history of an ordinary extraordinary American Family.
IJJ Thomson has been published in the UK, USA and the Republic of Korea. He has lived and worked as an Engineer in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. These travels have left him with a deep love of storytelling, social and industrial anthropology and world myths and folktales. His adult fairytale ‘The Making of Man’ was one of the 15 finalists from 17,500 entries in a 2003 Channel 4 National Literary competition and led to his appearance on UK national television as a guest on the Richard and Judy show (C4), while his book ‘Big brother, Little Sister’ was a standard text in the Integrated Arts Curriculum within the Canadian Universities Teacher Training programme. His work incorporating graphics and story has been exhibited by the University of Dundee, and has been broadcast on BBC Children’s Television. He is also an active family historian. researching, writing, and producing, family histories in book form for the Scots American Community.