by Graham S Holton [1]


Genetic genealogy, combining the use of documentary evidence with DNA test results, holds the potential to reveal previously unknown medieval descents for those with little documentary evidence of their ancestry. The work undertaken as part of the Battle of Bannockburn and the Declaration of Arbroath Family History Projects has developed methodologies to advance studies of this nature which are described in this article. Covering various aspects of the process including ethical issues, the role of documentary evidence and appropriate types of DNA testing, the article includes several case studies. The article argues that genetic genealogy can provide a gateway to medieval genealogy for the masses.

Foundations (2020) 12: 2–15       © Copyright FMG and the author

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