Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Genetics and Genealogy: what’s it all about? (Seminar)

For anyone in or around Glasgow next month (Tuesday 1st Aug, 11.00 - 12.00) I am giving this talk on DNA and genealogy.

The Genealogy Team in CLL are at the forefront of researching the use of DNA profiling in tracing ancestral connections. Genetic genealogy is now the fastest growing area within the family history and ancestral research sector with several millions of individuals now tested. This talk will explain the use of DNA testing to research your family tree and how it can help to reveal your deep ancestral origins.  It will explain the various tests and provide insight into recent findings especially with regard to Scottish clans and families.  

Sign up here: https://mycll.strath.ac.uk/View-Class/rdid/41/cr/169?portalid=0

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Living DNA - a new DNA test

An ancestry DNA test like no other, Living DNA can reveal more detail about your ancestral origins than ever before.  The test can be taken by both men and women and provides information on your family ancestry and origins.  Your DNA will be compared to 80 worldwide regions including 21 regions in the British Isles.  The proportion of DNA from each region that has been inherited will be recorded, providing evidence of the origins of your ancestors.

Do I have Scottish DNA?  How much DNA do I have from Ireland? 
Previously only a Y-DNA test, used for surname research could specifically link a male to a region or area within the British Isles at a point in time.  As women don't have a Y-chromosome they could not even take that particular test.  Living DNA's new test overcomes this hurdle by analysing a different type of DNA.  Based on data derived from the People of the British Isles Project and supplementary research your bio-geographical origins within the British Isles will be explored using DNA inherited from both your parents.

The Living DNA test - 3 tests in 1
The test will also show your mother-line ancestry and, if you are a male, your father-line ancestry as well.  DNA from the mother-line is inherited by children, both male or female from their mother. However it can only be passed to the next generation by a mother not a father.  Therefore mitochondrial DNA can be used to track the ancestral origins of the direct mother-line back into history.  Similarly, the Y-chromosome is passed by a father to his sons, who pass it to their sons.  It therefore can be used to trace the ancestral origins of the direct father-line.

No subscription
Unlike some competitors, there is no subscription to access your results and your lifetime ancestry membership means that as Living DNA research is refined, your results will be updated with more detail at no further charge.  Living DNA will put your results into context, allowing you to explore your ancestry at different points in history.

You can order your Living DNA test through this link ORDER MY LIVING DNA TEST (or click on the image below).

Friday, 29 January 2016

New map viewer compares Scottish land use in 1930s with today

The National Library of Scotland's new Land Use Viewer is a very handy utility which uses a split screen map viewer to compare 1930s land use with 2015 land use.

The viewer is a collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland, and allows 1930s Land Utilisation Survey maps to be compared to the 2015 Historic Land Use Assessment Layer (HLA).

The HLA layer has been deliberately coloured to closely match the six main categories of the 1930s Land Utilisation Survey and shows striking changes in Scotland's land use during the 20th century, including afforestation and expanding urban areas.

Checking the area near where I live the development of housing is very obvious with significant loss of farming land. The Land Use Viewer can be accessed through this link - http://maps.nls.uk/projects/landuse/

Alasdair email: alasdair@yourscottishancestry.com Professional Genealogy Research Service

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Scotland and the Flemish People conference - University of St Andrews, 16 - 17 June 2016

I'm chairing a session on the use of Y-DNA to establish the legacy of Flemish male lineages in Scottish society.  The conference runs for two days between 16 and 17 June 2016 at the University of St Andrews.

Scotland and the Flemish People
This major inter-disciplinary conference will explore the important relationship between Scotland and Flanders in the medieval and early modern periods and the influence of Flemish people and Flemish culture on Scotland through the centuries. Drawing on research by leading scholars in history, art history, archaeology, material culture and genetic genealogy, the conference will investigate such themes as the migration and settlement of Flemings in Scotland, the commercial and diplomatic relations between Flanders and Scotland, and the range of connections, from family origins to the game of golf, that are continuing testimony to their historic links.

The conference is the culmination of an innovative three-year project based at the Institute of Scottish Historical Research at the University of St Andrews under the leadership of Professor Roger Mason. This project has incorporated the research of leading scholars and local historians, as well as new doctoral research by students based in St Andrews, that explores the multi-faceted nature of the relationship between Scotland and Flanders. Some of the project’s findings, and the range of its interests and activities, can be seen on our blog, which has provided a point of contact for engagement with the public throughout the course of the project.

We are delighted to announce that keynote lectures at the conference will be given by Dr David Ditchburn, Trinity College Dublin, Professor Jan Dumolyn, University of Ghent, Professor Richard Oram, University of Stirling and Dr Joseph Morrow QC, the Lord Lyon. They will be joined by a series of expert speakers addressing the major conference themes in parallel panel sessions on a wide range of subjects, from place-names to politics and from material culture to genetic geneaolgy.
The conference will take place over two days – 16-17 June 2016 – and is open to scholars, students, and interested members of the public.

With thanks to Dr Claire Hawes, Conference Secretary.
Scotland and the Flemish People conference

Alasdair email: alasdair@yourscottishancestry.com Professional Genealogy Research Service