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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > Mar - Apr 2019 > DNA – a help or hindrance in building your family tree?

DNA – a help or hindrance in building your family tree?

Did you receive a DNA test kit for Christmas? Ken Nisbet has some words to the wise if you are hoping to use the DNA results to expand your family tree

DNA is all the rage nowadays, with the major commercial websites, Ancestry (ancestry.co.uk), FindMyPast (findmypast.co.uk) and MyHeritage (myheritage.com) among those offering tests and encouraging people to get their DNA done. But how useful is this to our family history research? After all, DNA on its own is not going to give you names, dates, places, occupations and all the information that goes to make up your family history.

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About History Scotland

The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of the latest research news and in-depth reads from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology. Highlights include: 'The Stewart Queens of Scotland: Margaret of Denmark. New research on the life of Margaret, who reigned alongside James III of Scots Scottish coastal history: a wide-ranging overview of Scotland’s coastline over the centuries A guide to Agricola’s campaign in Scotland Curator review of the new Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery at National Museum of Scotland Underwater archaeology at Loch Tay New excavations at the prison of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, history of art series and lots more…​