Books by Chris Paton
Published in Australia by Unlock the Past (MAY 16th 2011)
Available from Gould Genealogy at AU $19.50
Whether you are looking for tales of ministers carried into the air by Scotland's fairy folk, the fire and thunder of John Knox, a detailed explanation of the online offerings of the Scotlands People website, or the treasures waiting in the National Records of Scotland, this is the definitive research guide to help anyone with Caledonian connections.
Tracing Your Family History on the Internet
Published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd (Feb 28th 2011)
"This is an invaluable and up-to-date handbook."
Federation of Family History Societies
"This book provides links to a staggering number of genealogical websites, and there is sure to be something here for everyone."
Who Do You Think You Are magazine
"Chris takes us on a whistle stop tour of the internet, pausing only to advise the less wary on how to avoid the pitfalls... a perfect introduction for web-going family historians"
Family Tree magazine
Researching Scottish Family History
Published by Family History Partnership
The book starts with a basic chapter in getting started, detailing how to get the best out of talking to your relatives, ways and means to record your research and more. The second chapter continues with a guide to the institutional lay of the land, and the records repositories in both
The next five chapters provide detailed coverage of the basic statutory, parish, census and confirmation documents used within Scottish research, as well as an in depth look at the role of the LDS church in Scottish research. The remainder of the book deals with the unique records connected to Scottish land holdings, occupational research records (including for Scots in the armed forces), the relevance and methods of
Filled with handy tips throughout, the book also provides many useful contextual asides on various aspects of Scottish history relevant to your ancestral pursuit. Completing the book are handy appendices listing the contact details of all Scottish based county archives, family history societies and comainn eachdraidh, making this an absolute essential for your personal genealogical library.
"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)
Coming Soon in 2011
The Mount Stewart Murder
By Chris Paton (History Press)
The Sword and the Cross: Four Turbulent Episodes in the History of the Christian Church – St. Andrews Press 2003 (with Matt Barrett and Ann Muir, all uncredited, copyright BBC) ISBN 0 7152 0809 8
Based on the scripts of a four part TV series for BBC Scotland for which I wrote and directed - Programme 2: Knox (with Anne Muir) and Programme 4: The Godly Commonwealth.
The Family and Local History Handbook 12 (3 articles) - Robert Blatchford Publishing Ltd, 2009 www.genealogical.co.uk
i) Weave Truth with Trust (The Handloom Weavers of Perth)
ii) The Mount Stewart Murder
iii) The Ruhleben Prison Camp 1914-1918
The Family and Local History Handbook 13 (2 articles) - Robert Blatchford
Publishing Ltd, 2011 www.genealogical.co.uk
i) Scottish Land Records
ii) Social Networking and Genealogy
History and Genealogy Handbook 2011 (2 articles) - Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au)
i) Getting Started with Scottish Ancestry
ii) Researching Scottish Death Records