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Alasdair F Macdonald


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Alasdair is a  Teaching Fellow and Lead Tutor in the department of Genealogical Studies within the Centre for Lifelong Learning.  He has been involved in family history research for over 30 years and has a particular interest in the Scottish Highlands.  He completed his MSc on Scottish baronies.  He was previously employed for many years within the defense and aerospace industry.

His research interests focus on the use of DNA in genealogical research.  He is currently researching the origin and linkage of male lineages in the British Isles using Y-chromosomal DNA.  He also specializes in Scottish land records and palaeography.  Alasdair is one of the administrator of the Scottish DNA Project and the Flemish in Scotland DNA Project.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Alasdair is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching Interests

  • Genetic genealogy
  • Lineage research
  • Medieval and early modern genealogy
  • Scottish Clans and Families
  • Other genealogical topics for the English speaking world would be considered

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science

External positions

Director Birthlink

25 Nov 2015 → …


  • Genealogy
  • Family history
  • DNA for genealogy
  • History
  • Genetic genealogy
  • Research methodology

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Declaration Arts & Humanities

Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 2019 2019

Understanding your DNA results

Holton, G. & Macdonald, A., 15 Feb 2019, BBC Who do you think you are?, 148, p. 26-29 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Was your ancestor a signatory of the Declaration of Arbroath?

Holton, G. S. & Macdonald, A. F., 30 Nov 2019, History Scotland, Nov - Dec 2019, p. 54-55 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Invited talk

Exploring your Scottish genealogy using Y-DNA

Alasdair F Macdonald (Speaker)
26 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk