Friday, 11 August 2017

Partition: Legacy of the Line (including use of DNA testing)

Throughout August the BBC is marking the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, bringing to life the personal stories behind this historic event.

I watched the BBC documentary My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 (part 1) last week.  It was a moving and at times disturbing story of how communities and were torn apart and families uprooted from their ancestral lands.

This coming Sunday (13 August) at 9pm BBC 2 Scotland will be broadcasting, Partition: Legacy of the Line

It follows Sanjeev Kohli and Aasmah Mir whose families settled in Scotland after 1947.  They explore the stories of individuals caught up in these momentous events, beginning with their own fathers who lived on opposite sides of the line of Partition in the Punjab.

The preview text for the programme highlights, 'As one of the strongest themes to emerge is that of difference, Sanjeev and Aasmah decide to take a DNA test to see just how genetically different they are from one another.'
Information about the programme can be found here

The DNA testing was undertaken with LivingDNA a British company.  The test can be ordered through this link: Order Living DNA test

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.  

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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 -

Alasdair email: Professional Genealogy Research Service