Lynn C. McAlister is a dual US-Canadian citizen who has lived in England, Switzerland, and Scotland in addition to North America. She received her MA in Scottish History from the University of Aberdeen in 1993, her dissertation focusing on Scottish emigration to the Canadian frontier, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. She works as a reference librarian and professional genealogist.
Lynn has been researching the Macalisters since 1997, when she was appointed clan historian for the Clan McAlister of America. She is also one of the historians for the Clan MacAlister Society in North America and studies Macalisters (of all spellings and origins) all over the world with the Guild of One-Name Studies.