If you are looking to hire someone to do some work on your family tree, I highly recommend @ChrisMPaton who finished a great report for me!

Colin MacDonald, Greenock


Just a wee note to thank you so much for all of your hard work on our behalf in connecting my husband to the 18th Century poet James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd. We had always suspected there was a link but could never get through our brick wall. Thank you so much.

JanetMcQueen, Clackmannan


Hi Chris, I just can't thank you enough for all the wonderful work you have done on the Rose Family. I am absolutely delighted!!  You so obviously know just where to find everything and it is a pleasure to read.

Bronwen TicknerEngland



The package arrived on Christmas Eve and was a great hit with my nephews who are interested in their forbears. They were fascinated when I handed them the folder and said, “this is your family tree on your Playfair side, and you're in it!”  Two hours later and all I'd heard was “look, we were here, and we were there, and I didn't know....?!” – it was great!

Susan Playfair, CairoEgypt



Thanks for everything so far.  I've enjoyed hearing from you.  Your reports are intelligent and informative – a rare combination today when most people seem to have forgotten how to write!

 Carol FritzAlabamaUSA






Professional Research

 I can research your tree back in a way suited to your needs. For example, I can research the tree back one generation at a time to include all ancestors, or on particular lines as suggested by yourself.  A typical report will consist of: 


RESEARCH REPORT containing every record that has been transcribed, with its relevant source number noted should you require to order a copy of the original at any stage in the future. Observations will be made along the way where appropriate, and an explanation of how any problems were addressed and overcome will be provided so that you can follow the exact research process as it happened.

Copies of an ANCESTRAL TREE from the primary individual and DESCENDANCY TREES from every one of the most distant ancestors found. These will be provided in both a book format, displayed over several pages, and as a single tree PDF file. The birth, marriage and death records will be displayed for each individual, and occupations where known.

COPIES of any records asked for, and a back up CD containing all research.




Research Fees, Terms and Conditions



  • I charge at a rate of £12 per half hour's research, with a one hour minimum at £24.
  • In addition, I charge for any expenses incurred, such as the cost of an access pass for the Glasgow Genealogy Centre or the ScotlandsPeople Centre (Edinburgh) at £15, and travel. All records are transcribed, though copies of records can be purchased, which will be charged at the rate demanded by the archive holding them. Time will also be added for the typing up of the research report, and any analysis required of records found to tease out the relevant story.
  • At each stage of the research I will consult you in advance to notify you of what the basic costs are likely to be. 
  • In advance of the first day's research a deposit is asked for via PayPal, to cover the first hour's research, travel costs, and any potential access pass costs. Sterling based cheques are also accepted. The balance will be invoiced for upon completion.
  • The research I do will only successfully get underway if the initial information supplied by you as the client is as detailed as possible and accurate. If any information has been incorrectly supplied, I cannot be held liable for any failure that that may entail as a consequence and will still need to charge for time and effort. 
  • Genealogical research is not an exact science. I will endeavour to give a best evaluation of the likelihood of success in advance - I will not carry out any work if I deem it likely to be unsuccessful. The only exception will be with documents that you may have identified yourself and have asked me specifically to look-up, on the clear understanding that the information you seek may or may not be contained within those documents. 


Please visit the Contact page to request a free evaluation of what your request might entail