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.
In 1997, she took over from Robert M. ("Arlington Bob") McAllister as historian for the Clan McAlister of America; she later became one of two historians for the Clan MacAlister Society. She is now also Macalister historian at the Guild of Ohne-Name Studies.
McAlister currently lives near Chicago with her husband, teenaged son, and two German Shepherd dogs.