Find an Expert

The Scottish Genealogy Network is not an accrediting body; our focus is to provide a networking group for professional genealogists in Scotland. We are, however, often asked if any members are accepting clients. We have therefore decided to create a list of members who may be able to assist you. Genealogy is a broad subject and we all have different skills and experience levels, a link on this page should not be taken as accreditation. We recommend a full and open discussion with any genealogist you seek to employ to make sure they know your needs and are able to fulfil them before you begin.

Here is a list of our members who are currently accepting clients:

Andrew Armstrong

Andrew is a genealogist at Relatively Scottish. Andrew specialises in researching families in the south of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders and regularly visits archives there as well as Edinburgh.

Jane Barton

Jane is experienced at tracing genealogies from Scotland and the North of England. Jane regularly visits archives in Glasgow, Cumbria, Northumbria and Edinburgh. Jane is working on a website, in the meantime email our secretary for contact information for Jane.

Frances Black

Frances is a genealogist at Scottish Ancestor. Frances specialises in helping you trace your ancestors in Fife where she lives and Dumfries and Galloway where her family came from. Special interest is the "farming community".

 Jennifer Cockburn 
Whilst Jennifer researches throughout Scotland, her expertise lies in the Scottish Borders with a specific interest in the area and people of  Berwickshire and Roxburghshire. She accesses archives in Edinburgh, Hawick and Galashiels.
 Jack Davis
Jack is a genealogist at Thistle Heritage Services and specialises in the resources of the Glasgow area, West of Scotland, and Dumfries & Galloway.

Susie Douglas 

Susie is a fulltime qualified genealogist, historian and writer. She provides a professionally accredited historical research service specialising in Northumberland, Durham and the Scottish Borders. She is also the founder of #AncestryHour.

Buzzy Garden 
Buzzy is a Genealogist at Relative History and has a particular interest and knowledge of north-east Scotland as well as Edinburgh. Based in Clackmannanshire she has easy access to archives there and in Stirling. Please email our secretary for contact information for Buzzy.

Catriona Haine
Catriona is a qualified genealogist focussing on Scottish and Irish family history, with particular expertise in Scottish poor law & relief, Scottish asylums and the industrialisation of Glasgow and Lanarkshire. As well as family tree packages, Catriona offers bespoke research in family tracing, investigating brick walls, and house histories.

Jane Harris

Jane is now only available for research on Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland or Ross & Cromarty ancestry. Most of her ancestors came from the first two areas so they are a particular interest.  

 Jacqueline Hunter 

Jacqueline is a genealogist at Ancestral Research by Jacqueline. Jacqueline can help you trace your family tree using the resources of the ScotlandsPeople centre, the Mitchell Library, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Genealogy Society.

Elizabeth Irving

Elizabeth is not currently undertaking research for clients, but can photograph family gravestones, the church where your forbears worshipped, or other buildings or localities associated with them. Lanarkshire and the adjacent areas only. Please email our secretary for contact information.

Emma Jolly

Emma is a professional genealogist, historical researcher, and writer. Having lived in London for more than 20 years, she is experienced in UK and empire research. Now living in the capital of Scotland, Emma has easy access to all Edinburgh archives. Emma offers written research reports, and also online consultations.

Kate Keter
Kate is a Scottish genealogist at KMK Genealogy. Kate researches family histories for clients in all areas of Scotland and is happy to visit any archive in central Scotland.

Lorna E Kinnaird
Lorna runs Dunedin Links Genealogy in Edinburgh. Lorna works full-time as an accredited genealogist.  She specialises in brick wall dilemmas; house histories; full family history reports and charts – by utilising primary and secondary sources. She enjoys any challenge and works well with other qualified professionals within the field.

Gary Lawrie
Gary is a professional genealogist and runs Heart of Scotland Ancestry from Scotland’s historic heart,
the City of Stirling enjoying good access to archives across Central Scotland including Edinburgh and
Glasgow. Offers a range of services including tackling brick walls, record lookups and bespoke family
history packages. 

Michelle Leonard
Michelle is a full-time professional genealogist and genetic genealogist at Genes & Genealogy. She specialises in DNA detective work solving adoption, unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries. She also undertakes traditional genealogical research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, tutoring, article writing, bespoke family history books, webinars and speaking engagements. She is based in Glasgow and has access to all Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh archives. Additionally Michelle is the #ScotGenNet's social media manager and the official genetic genealogist of #AncestryHour.
Genes & Genealogy

George MacKenzie
George is the former Keeper of the Records of Scotland and as such has a lot of experience of Scottish archives. George is now the chairman of the Scottish Ancestral Tourism Group. He works to support all business in Scotland relating to ancestral tourism.

Carol McKinven
Carol is a genealogist at Scottish Kin. She has particular expertise in Scots bigamy, marriage and divorce, and the process and records of the Scottish criminal justice system. She researches across Scotland, and is able to visit archives in Edinburgh, Fife and central Scotland.

Graham and Emma Maxwell
Graham and Emma are a husband and wife genealogy team who focus their research in the south of Scotland. As well as accepting individual clients they are indexing useful records from across Scotland, which you can search on their website.

Ali Murray
Ali is a genealogist at ScotsGenie, she focuses on Fife research. Ali has been a professional researcher for over 20 years and in the last 16 years has been undertaking family history research.

Merle Palmer
Merle is a genealogist at Your Scots Past and specialises in researching ancestors from Angus, Dundee and Perthshire and is able to visit archives for you in those areas.

Chris Paton
Chris carries out Scottish and Irish research in Central Scotland and at PRONI in Belfast. Chris has written twenty Scottish and Irish genealogy themed research books, tutors genealogy courses (, and lectures internationally. Chris is currently serving on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (from 2021-2022).

Judith Russell
Judith is a Scottish genealogist and postgraduate genealogy tutor. Judith is very experienced in tracing Scottish and Irish families, and has undertaken specialist client projects on German-Scottish ancestry. Judith regularly visits archives across central Scotland and Argyll, including Glasgow's Mitchell library. Judith hasn’t got a website set up yet, in the meantime email our secretary for contact information for Judith.

Amy Thomson
Amy is a genealogist and archive researcher based in the Scottish Borders. Growing up in the Scottish Borders Amy developed a keen interest in family history from an early age. Amy's passion for family history can now help you trace your Scottish family tree. 
Michael is a professional genealogist and database developer. He specialises in Jewish family research especially in Scotland, the UK and Poland/ Europe. He also helps those discovering unexpected Jewish ethnicity in their DNA results to trace their Jewish heritage. He was awarded the OBE for his work in January 2021.

Clare Wilson
Clare runs Treehouse Genealogy and is based in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.  She is ideally situated to carry out visits to Archives in Glasgow, Edinburgh and across Central Scotland. Clare Specialises in Allied Air Force Research and is currently working on a One Place Study for New Monkland Parish, Lanarkshire.


  1. I have names and dates thanks to Family Search sponsored by the Mormon Genealogy Center. The earliest I have found as I went back through Scotland are ancestors in 243 A.D. from Norway and Sweden. If I emailed or printed and sent the trees, I would like someone to double check that I have looking at it correctly. If so, I am the 13th great granddaughter of James IV of Scotland and on both sides of my family go back to Robert the Bruce, the Plantagenet Kings Edward I and Edward III, William the Conquerer, Donald III, King of Scotland, Michael II of Alba and even before that. I knew we were descended on our Irish side from a brother of Brian Boru, first high king of Tara, but when I took the DNA tests I showed Scottish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and French that I could not identify. This recent search found dozens of Scottish ancestors as well as ones from all of these other countries. I am finding it hard to believe that I am descended from about 40 kings and queens going back 1800 years. I would like someone to double check this information and verify it for me to make sure I am reading the genealogy chart correctly. Who would be the best one of your recommendations to do that for me. Thank you so very much. I am 82 years old and find all of this very exciting but want to make sure it is true before I share it with anyone. I am certain about being the 13th great granddaughter of King James IV, but to have so much royalty in my background is mind boggling. I look forward to hearing from you as to who would be able to help me the most and an idea of what it might cost. Thank you so much. Nancy Hart Battaglia 770-998-3679 (Roswell, Georgia, USA)

  2. I am deperately trying to trace my Grandfather & his family. His name ,Parents & birth place according to his Queensland Australia Marriage & Death certificates state, Arthur Charles Campbell born in Cape Town South Africa ( no date of birth ) Parents names are Charles Bruce Campbell & Jane Thompson. I have been unsuccessful in contacting South Africa for Birth , Marriage & Death certificates. My Mother was a Campbell but was unable to assist me, but always said that we were from Scottish Heritage. I am 79 live in Queensland Australia & would love to be able to trace my family on my Mothers side. Can somebody please assist me urgently? What costs are there? Appreciate any assistance or guidance that you can provide. Regards Merv Brown