James Irvine has been an amateur genealogist since the 1950s. Brought up in Ulster, his genealogical research has focused on his Scottish paternal ancestry. Since retiring in Surrey in 2000 from a career in the shipping industry he has written, edited and published several books including Trace Your Orkney Ancestors. He co-founded the Clan Irwin Surname DNA Study in 2005 and has written for the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, lectured on YDNA in Cheltenham, Glasgow, Dublin and Houston, and attended WDYTYA Live since 2012.