Books by Chris Paton

Tracing Your Family History on the Internet

Discover Scottish Church Records

Researching Scottish Family History


Writing and Talks


In addition to my research services I am also a prolific contributor to many family history and local history publications, with well over three hundred articles published by March 2012, as well as newspapers and other media. I am a regular articles and columns contributor to several titles including Your Family Tree, Your Family History, Family Tree, Irish Roots and History Scotland, and have also previously contributed regular columns and articles to several other family history titles in the past no longer with us, including Ancestors, Practical Family HistoryFamily History Monthly, Discover my Past England and Discover my Past Scotland.   

I have also written several books on family history subjects, including Researching Scottish Family History (2010, Family History Partnership), Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2011, Pen and Sword), Discover Scottish Church Records (2011, Unlock the Past), Irish Family History Resources Online (2011, Unlock the Past) and Discover Scottish Land Records (2012, Unlock the Past). Another title out this year is The Mount Stewart Murder (History Press, 2012), looking at the murder of my three times great grandmother in Perthshire in 1866, and I am currently working on a new Irish online resources handbook, as a follow up to Tracing Your Family History on the Internet.

Additional book projects I have contributed to include The Sword and the Cross: Four Turbulent Episodes in the History of Christian Scotland (2003, St Andrews Press), a tie in book based on a series I directed for BBC Scotland; The Family and Local History Handbook volumes 11-13 (Robert Blatchford Publishing); The Irish Family and Local History Handbook (Robert Blatchford Publishing); and History and Genealogy 2011 Australia and New Zealand, as well as the forthcoming 2012 edition (Unlock the Past) 

Web projects

I maintain two blogs, Walking in Eternity at, with occasional posts on all and any matters to do with family history research, and British GENES (British GEnealogy News and EventS) at www.BritishGENES.blogspot.coma daily guide to genealogical news and events happening across the British Isles. Other social media platforms I run include the British GENES Facebook page at and the Scotland's Greatest Story Facebook page at I can be found on Twitter via @chrismpaton

Web based family history projects which I run include The Ruhleben Story at, recalling the tales of 5500 British civilian prisoners of war interned in Germany throughout the First World War, and The Handloom Weavers of Perth site at, recalling one of the trades of my ancestors from Perth, Scotland.


I am a regular speaker at family history societies and rotary clubs across Scotland, on a range of topics from Scottish land records and DNA, to Irish genealogical resources online and First World War Civilian Prisoners of War in Germany. 

I have also spoken internationally in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, including a four city tour of Australia in October 2010 (Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) and a two venue event hosted by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Canada, in June 2011, where I gave five talks over two days. In November and December 2011 I was the main Scottish speaker on the Unlock the Past Scottish/Irish themed genealogical cruise of New Zealand and Australia, where I gave a total of 27 presentation across 3 weeks to both those on the cruise and many local family history societies whilst on shore stops, including major presentation events in Auckland and Sydney. In September 2012 I will be giving seven lectures at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa conference in Ontario, Canada.