Experts at Glasgow Caledonian University are in the process of setting up a unique service that will team up traditional family search services with genetic profiling technology. The centre, which will be launched next year, will help people from around the world trace their Scottish roots and then offer the option of verifying blood relatives through DNA testing. The team also aims to carry out research that will eventually build up a genetic map of the clans of Scotland, allowing people to look into their Celtic ancestry.
Dr. John Gow, director for forensic investigation at Caledonian, said that it was hoped the service would boost Scottish tourism. "It means that people with Scottish ancestors from around the world will be able to come to Scotland and trace their records, and - if they wish - we can make up their DNA profile for them," he said.
"We will be able to tell Mr. Campbell from New York if he is related to Mr. Campbell in Dunoon. We want to promote Glasgow Caledonian University as a centre for Scottish genealogy worldwide."
You can read more about this effort in the Sunday Herald web site at http://www.sundayherald.com/58759