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Graham Holton


  • United Kingdom

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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) a member of (APG) Association of Professional Genealogists and 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 course Genetic genealogy: an introduction

Contributor to the MOOC Genealogy: researching your family tree

Recently supervised MSc students

Cleary, John. (2017) What is the value of ancient DNA to historical and genealogical research?

McCormick, Michael W. (2017) What is the value of school records for genealogical research in the United States? A case study of school registers in Baltimore City, late 19th century.

Simms, Gemma. (2017) What was the effect of medical family history on admissions to mental hospitals in the early 20th century? A case study of the patients of the Croydon Mental Hospital, 1903-1913.

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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Family History Arts & Humanities
Ancestry Arts & Humanities
Ancestors Arts & Humanities
Documentary Sources Arts & Humanities
Medieval Period Arts & Humanities
Genealogy Arts & Humanities
Testing Arts & Humanities
Descent Arts & Humanities

Projects 2013 2013

Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project

Macdonald, A. & Holton, G.

2/09/13 → …

Project: Non-funded projectResearch

Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project

Holton, G.

Project: Non-funded projectResearch

Research Output 1997 2015

Battle of Bannockburn family history project

Holton, G., 2015, In : Scottish Genealogist. LXII, 2, p. 65-71 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DNA testing and the Stewarts

Holton, G., 2015, 24, 4, p. 298-303 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle