About Beacon Genealogy’s Alexander McDonald

Alexander has a longstanding passion for bringing history to life and fleshing out parish and census records. He takes great pleasure in discovering how clients’ families span the globe.

His professional qualifications include:
MA (Hons.) in History – University of Edinburgh and a post-graduate diploma in Information and Library Science – University of Strathclyde.

Completion of the Scottish Handwriting Course jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and National Records of Scotland means that he can readily decipher ancient records and parish registers.

Alexander is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society and also of the West Lothian Family History Society.

Presently, Alexander is working on transcription projects of 18th – 20th Century documents at the BP Archive at the Museum of the Scottish Shale Industry at Almond Valley, West Lothian, and with the Milles Wills Project (late 15th century English wills & testaments from the Canterbury probate court).