Macdonald, Dr. Ian


Macdonald, Dr. Ian

Genealogist, educator, speaker, writer

  • Individuals/Families research, Mentoring/Tutoring, Speaking, Writing
  • Surrey, UK
  • Updated 5 years ago


Chairman of the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

Genealogist; company director; business excellence specialist; information and management systems consultant; Information Engineer; zoologist.

A career long involvement with research and with preparing reports for clients.  A fascination for exploring new fields.

Particular knowledge of Scottish genealogy, especially from the north east; and, curiously, of English genealogy also from the north east.  Great familiarity with Polish genealogy, especially from the Kresy.

Considerable expertise with one-name studies. Chronicler of the Mewburns and Meaburns of Cleveland and Durham.

Tutor on the online post-graduate courses at the University of Strathclyde.

Winner of the Bruce Henderson Award for family history writing, 2009.

Other post-nominals: BSc, PhD, MSc genealogical studies, PGCE, CEng, CITP, FBCS


  • access to London archives
  • family history writing
  • one-name studies
  • online investigation
  • pedigree research


  • 1963
    BSc, Zoology at University of Edinburgh
  • 1969
    PhD, Parasitology at University of Edinburgh
  • 2008
    Post-graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies at University of Strathclyde
  • 2012
    MSc, Genealogical Studies at University of Strathclyde
  • 1969
    PGCE at Moray House College of Education


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