I am the author of Researching Scottish Family History, published 2010 by Family History Partnership (, Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, published 2011 by Pen and Sword (, and Discover Scottish Church Records, published 2011 by Unlock the Past (, an expanded version of a talk I gave on an Australian  tour arranged by the company in October 2010.  I am currently working on my next project, The Mount Stewart Murder, to be published by History Press, Dec 2011, the true account of the murder of my three times great grandmother in Perthshire in 1866, the UK's longest unsolved murder case by a modern police force.

I have also contributed articles to the Family and Local History Handbook 12 and the Family and Local History Handbook 13 (, as well as History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand ( whilst scripts written by me for two programmes on which I directed for the 2003 BBC Scotland series The Sword and the Cross were adapted for publication in an uncredited book, The Sword and the Cross: Four Turbulent Episodes in the History of Christian Scotland, from Saint Andrews Press.

Reviews for Researching Scottish Family History

"Researching Scottish Family History is a welcome new title from The Family History Partnership. Author Chris Paton... lives and breathes the advice here, with his enthusiasm apparent in the animated tone. At under £8 this is excellent value... A friendly and informative guide for beginners" - Your Family Tree, May 2010 (issue 90)

"As the author concludes... 'Family History is about self-discovery, and about having fun', and his enthusiasm for the subject is apparent in every one of the book's 120 pages. Whereas so many 'how to' guides to family history can be turgid in their content and approach, Paton's relaxed manner is a breath of fresh air, and should reassure any novice to Scottish research.... If you are just starting out on a quest to uncover more about your Scottish roots, this book will make the process that bit less daunting." - Family History Monthly, July 2010

"If you have just discovered a Scottish connection in your family tree, then Chris Paton's new book, designed as a beginner's guide, is the one for you. This well illustrated, accessible book not only outlines the basic, perhaps more familiar, sources needed for tracing your Scottish ancestors but also suggests other ways that anyone new to the subject may not have discovered. " - Family Tree Monthly, May 2010

"In this conside introductory Scottish research guide, regular DMPS writer Chris Paton successfully covers the absolute basics of Caledonian research, exploring the many sets of records found both online and hidden away deep within the nation's many archives and private collections." - Discover my Past Scotland, May 2010

"As Chris points out in his introduction, '...If you believe the tourist hype, we would all be connected to a clan somewhere... but the truth doesn't always match the romantic dream. Every family history is different and the research paths we need to take will vary enormously'. Chris describes these paths most efficiently" - Practical Family History, May 2010

"An easy read and very user friendly" - Parish Chest, Apr 2010

"Chris Paton describes his book as a beginner's guide and has managed to pack in a good deal of information interspersed with numerous tips, written with a genuine enthusiasm for the subject...This book does what it sets out to do - to provide a good introduction to Scottish research at a reasonable price, with a wealth of references to find out more. It has whetted my appetite to find out more" - Journal of One Name Studies July 2010