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

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Award Date: 16 Sept 2015

Master in Science, Genealogical Studies

Award Date: 18 Nov 2011

External positions

Director Birthlink

25 Nov 2015 → …


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


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