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Your Scottish Ancestry values its customers and strives at all times to deliver a professional, reliable and transparent service. These terms and Conditions set out our working practices and policies which aim to protect both customer and us.


1.1  Your access to and use of yourscottishancestry ("the Website") is subject exclusively to these Terms and Conditions. You will not use the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms and Conditions.

1.2  By using the Website you are fully accepting the terms, conditions and disclaimers contained in this notice. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions you must immediately stop using the Website.

1.3  References on this Website to yourscottishancestry (referred to as "we/our/us”) mean Alasdair Macdonald and include genealogical activities owned, managed or run by Alasdair Macdonald.



The contents of the Website do not constitute advice and should not be relied upon in making or refraining from making, any decision.



yourscottishancestry reserves the right to:

3.1  change or remove (temporarily or permanently) the Website or any part of it without notice and you confirm that yourscottishancestry shall not be liable to you for any such change or removal; and

3.2  change these Terms and Conditions at any time, and your continued use of the Website following any changes shall be deemed to be your acceptance of such change.

3.3  if we decide to change our Terms and Conditions, we will update the modification date at the foot of these Terms and Conditions.



To provide increased value to our customers the Website may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by others and access at your sole discretion. Any link to other websites is not an endorsement of such websites and you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.



5.1  All copyright, trade marks and all other intellectual property rights in the Website and its content (including without limitation the Website design, text, graphics and all software and source codes connected with the Website) are owned by or licensed to yourscottishancestry or otherwise used by yourscottishancestry as permitted by law.

5.2  In accessing the Website you agree that you will access the content solely for your personal, non-commercial use. None of the content may be downloaded, copied, reproduced, transmitted, stored, sold or distributed without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. This excludes the downloading, copying and/or printing of pages of the Website for personal, non-commercial home use only.

5.3  The Client becomes the owner of the commissioned report in its physical form.  However, it remains the copyright of Your Scottish Ancestry, and the Client must obtain the express written permission from Your Scottish Ancestry to publish any part of the report in any format, printed or electronic.  The Client may make a small number of personal copies of the copyrighted report, but you agree that you will not otherwise publish or make multiple copies of the report without written permission.  You further agree that if you make limited distribution of any anything that includes my research, in whole or in part, you will report it accurately and credit the source.  All attributions, document footers and copyright statements must be retained in any copy made.  The Client should also be aware that the copies of any documents or other materials supplied with the report may be subject to third-party copyright and should not be reproduced or sold on in any way without the express written permission of the copyright holder.  We will be happy to help the Client seek such copyright.


6.1  The Website is provided on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

6.2  To the extent permitted by law, yourscottishancestry will not be liable for any indirect or

consequential loss or damage whatever (including without limitation loss of business, opportunity, data, profits) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website.

6.3  yourscottishancestry makes no warranty that the functionality of the Website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that the Website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or anything else which may be harmful or destructive.

6.4  Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall be construed so as to exclude or limit the liability of yourscottishancestry for death or personal injury as a result of the negligence of yourscottishancestry or that of its employees or agents.



7.1  Use of the Website is also governed by our Privacy and Cookies Policy which is incorporated into these terms and conditions. To view the Privacy and Cookies Policy, please click on the link above.

7.2  The Website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are created by a web server and stored on your computer when you visit a website. The Website uses cookies for the following purposes: remember what is in clients' shopping basket; remember how far clients' are through an order; remember log-in details.

Further details of cookies are included in our Privacy and Cookies Policy. By accepting these terms and conditions, you are giving consent to yourscottishancestry to place cookies on your computer. Please read the information contained in the Privacy and Cookies Policy prior to acceptance.

If you wish to opt-out of our placing cookies on your computer, please adjust your internet browser’s settings to restrict cookies as detailed in your internet browser’s help menu. You may also wish to delete cookies which have already been placed. For instructions on how to do this, please consult your internet browser’s help menu.



You agree to indemnify and hold yourscottishancestry and its employees and agents harmless from and against all liabilities, legal fees, damages, losses, costs and other expenses in relation to any claims or actions brought against yourscottishancestry arising out of any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions or other liabilities arising out of your use of this Website.



If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason by any court of competent jurisdiction then such Term or Condition shall be severed and the remaining Terms and Conditions shall survive and remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.



These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.


The results of your DNA test may show that people who you thought were relatives, may in fact not be biologically related to you. You may also discover relatives or branches of your family tree that you were not aware of.

Your test results and raw data may potentially have implications for others who are related to you, but unlike you they did not chose to take a DNA test and have this information available to them.

You should view the decision to take a DNA test, and to receive information about your genetic makeup as permanent. Also be aware that genetic science is a relatively new field that is developing quickly. This means that what you can learn from your genetic information in the future is likely to increase significantly, and potentially in ways that we cannot currently predict. It also means that the results of your DNA test are not fixed, but are likely to evolve, and to become more precise over time as further research is carried out.


These Terms and Conditions were last modified on 13 January 2019.