Centre for Lifelong Learning

Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA. 

Graham Holton, lead Tutor on the MSc Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme has edited a recently published book 'Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA. A Guide For Family Historians'. The  contributors to the book all have a close connection with the University‚Äôs Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme, with input from Alasdair Macdonald the Lead Tutor for the Diploma level, John Cleary and Michelle Leonard, both MSc alumni and Iain McDonald, currently an Honorary Research Fellow with the Programme.

DNA research is one of the most important and rapidly advancing areas in modern science and the practical use of DNA testing in genealogy is one of its most exciting applications. Yet there is no recent British publication in this field. That is why this accessible, wide-ranging introduction is so valuable. The book offers a clear and practical way into the subject, explaining the scientific discoveries and techniques and illustrating with case studies how it can be used by genealogists to gain an insight into their ancestry.

The subject is complex and perhaps difficult for traditional genealogists to understand but, with the aid of this book, novices who are keen to take advantage of it will be able to interpret test results and use them to help answer genealogical questions which cannot be answered by documentary evidence alone. It will also appeal to those with some experience in the field because it places the practical application of genetic genealogy within a wider context, highlighting its role as a genealogical tool and suggesting how it can be made more effective.

The University of Strathclyde is the only university to offer short, accredited courses in genealogy. Courses run for 8 weeks. Topics include Family History Research: An Introduction, Genealogy: A Beginners Guide and Autosomal DNA Testing for Genealogy: A Beginners Guide. 

Visit our online brochure to learn more about the variety of Genealogy short courses offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning. 

 The book can be purchased from Pen and Sword Books.