SCOTTISH GENEALOGIST SPECIALISING IN ORCADIAN FAMILY HISTORY
Jo was appointed as the genealogist for a huge medical research project run by Edinburgh University. The family tree research alone took almost 3 years and involved tracing the ancestry of more than 2000 living individuals who had family connections to the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Our Scots carried out the research into the genealogical paper trail and the University gathered the DNA samples, analysed them and contributed vital health checks to the people of Orkney.
Shetland historically used a particularly interesting system of patronymics which is not found anywhere else in Scotland. Over the span of this challenging and interesting project, Jo gained invaluable experience of Orcadian and Shetland surnames and how they evolved over the centuries and familiarity with local place names, migration patterns and changes in common local occupations. Some of these family histories went back in time for more than ten generations before the paper trail ceased to exist.
Having gathered this vast experience over such a long period, she is in a good position to assist you with tracing your Orkney and Shetland ancestors.
ABOUT THE ORKNEY AND SHETLAND GENEALOGY RESEARCH PROJECT
Dr Wilson was leading a genetic study of Multiple Sclerosis in Orkney and Shetland using genome-wide data and genetic history using also the Y chromosome.
As part of this Population Health Science Study, Jo was contracted by the University of Edinburgh to research the family histories of many living people having their ancestral origins in Orkney and Shetland.