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Personal Statement

Graham has been involved in one way or another with genealogy and family history for most of his life. After long experience as a librarian, his involvement in the field of teaching family history began as a tutor of evening classes at the University of Strathclyde. He has been a tutor on the University’s Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical Studies since it commenced in 2007 and is now Principal Tutor. He is author of Discover your Scottish ancestry (2nd ed. 2009), editor of Tracing your ancestors using DNA (2019), a member of (APG) Association of Professional Genealogists, the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy and an Affiliate member of ASGRA (Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives).

Academic / Professional qualifications


Teaching Interests

Principal Tutor in the Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme.

Lead Tutor for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.

Tutoring and development of teaching materials for the PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc.

Tutor for the Open Studies courses Genetic genealogy: an introduction and Understanding autosomal DNA testing for genealogy.

Contributor to the MOOC Genealogy: researching your family tree

Recently supervised MSc students

Coyle, Victoria. (2019) Cotton textile workers in Bolton, 1861-1865, in what way can Poor Law records further an understanding of the Cotton Famine? A genealogical and socio-economic study.

House, Laura. (2019) What are the limitations of Y and autosomal DNA when applied to the investigation of surname changes?

McDermott, Michelle. (2019) A genealogical study of Aston Martin: the Bamford & Martin years 1913-1925. Are business records a valuable resource for the genealogist?


Areas of PhD supervision

Supervision can be offered as follows:

  • Genetic genealogy
  • Medieval and early modern genealogy
  • Social mobility
  • Any other genealogical topics for the English speaking world would be considered


Research Interests

The use of genetic genealogy, utilising documentary sources and DNA testing, to research medieval and early modern descents.


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