Books by Chris Paton

Tracing Your Family History on the Internet


Discover Scottish Church Records


Researching Scottish Family History



 

Articles

The following are selected items from various scribblings I have produced over the years!


Articles – selected items

 

The Ulster Scots – 1999, available at www.scotlandsgreateststory.bravehost.com/ulsterscots.html

Ceann-Suidhe nan Staitean Ceilteach – Cothrom issue 26, 2000 (750 words) {written in Gaelic - "President of the United States" - about Andrew Jackson}

The Rail Disaster that Unleashed Hidden Demons – The Herald, Oct 1st 2000 (900 words)  [The Ladbroke Grove Disaster and the Cold War]

Remembered… John Paton – Your Family Tree 39: The Battle of the Somme 90th anniversary supplement, Jul 2006 (200 words)

Trapped in Brussels – Your Family Tree 40, Aug 2006 (2300 words)

Murdered with an Axe – Your Family Tree 43, Autumn 2006 (2100 words)

Medicine Man – Practical Family History 105, Sep 2006 (600 words)

The Weavers of Perth in 1837Tay Valley FHS Journal, 2007

Opinion: Give Their Mortal Remains Back to Their Families – Your Family Tree 46, Jan 2007 (750 words)

The Ruhleben Story – Practical Family History 109, Jan 2007 (1400 words)

Available at http://www.family-tree.co.uk/ffhsmembers/PFH_APR2007_taster.pdf

My Father, the Russians and the Nuclear Sub Disaster That Never Was – The Herald, Apr 4th 2007 (1400 words)

How to Become a Volunteer Indexer – Your Family Tree 51, Spring 2007 (2200 words)  Available at www.genealogyreviews.co.uk/yftSpr07_indexer.htm

Stolen Lives – The Scotsman, Sat June 16 2007 (1900 words)

Opinion: Genealogy is Becoming more Relevant than History – Your Family Tree 54, Aug 2007 (700 words)

The Remarkable Dr. Henderson – Your Family Tree 55, Sep 2007 (2200 words)

Sir Sidney Smith – Body Snatcher – Master Detective, Oct 2007 (1900 words)

Absolute Beginners… Trace Your Family’s Genes – Your Family Tree 56, Oct 2007 (2200 words)

Killing Off my Ancestors – Practical Family History 118, Oct 2007 (1700 words)

Which Genealogy Course? Part One: Beginners – Practical Family History 121, Jan 2008 (1500 words)

Find Your Relatives Using Your DNA – Your Family Tree 59, Jan 2008 (3300 words) 

Which Genealogy Course? Part Two: At a Distance - Practical Family History 122, Feb 2008 (1500 words)

Absolute beginners…Build Your Family Tree – Your Family Tree 60, Feb 2008 (2900 words)

Which Genealogy Course? Part Three: Academic Study – Practical Family History 123, Mar 2008 (1500 words)

Census Returns – Your Family Tree 61, Mar 2008 (2600 words)

Opinion: Irish Online Records are too Expensive – Your Family Tree 61, Mar 2008 (700 words)

K9 Kids: Join the Club – Dogs Monthly, Apr 2008 (1500 words)

Get Started with Birth Certificates – Your Family Tree 62, Apr 2008 (2600 words)

Prisoner of the Germans – Your Family Tree 62, Apr 2008 (2300 words)

Scottish wills – Your Family Tree 62, Apr 2008 (200 words)

Get Started with Marriage Certificates – Your Family Tree 63, Spring 2008 (2700 words)

Glimpse Inside New ScotlandsPeople Centre – Practical Family History 125, May 2008 (1400 words)

A Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy – Largs and North Ayrshire FHS Journal, Spring 2008

Get Started with Death Certificates – Your Family Tree 64, May 2008 (2700 words)

The Hopetoun Quarry Murders – Practical Family History 126, June 2008 (1600 words)

Get Started with Parish Registers - Your Family Tree 65, June 2008 (2700 words)

Get Started with Gravestone Inscriptions - Your Family Tree 66, July 2008 (2700 words)

Terror on Easter Tuesday - Your Family Tree 66, July 2008 (2300 words - re: the Belfast Blitz of 1941)

Opinion: The Internet is More Use to Genealogy than TV - Your Family Tree 67, August 2008 (700 words on the eventual demise of family history programming on television)

Get Started with Election Records - Your Family Tree 68, Sept 2008 (2700 words)

My Ancestor was a Ghost Hunter! - Family History Monthly issue 162, November 2008 (1400 words)

Get Started with the Latter Day Saints - Your Family Tree 70, Nov 2008 (2300 words)

Book Review: An Unstoppable Force - Family History Monthly 163, Nov 2008 (150 words)

Opinion: Ireland is Finally on Board the Ancestral Bandwagon - Your Family Tree 71, Dec 2008 (700 words)

Looking Online: Finding Irish Ancestors on the Internet - Your Family Tree 71, Dec 2008 (2600 words)

The ScotlandsPeople Centre - Family History Monthly 164, Christmas 2008 (2000 words)

Researching Medical Records - Family History Monthly 164, Christmas 2008 (3100 words)

Why Social History Matters - Practical Family History 133, Dec 2008 (1900 words)

Get Started with Wills - Your Family Tree 72, Jan 2009 (2600 words)

Scottish House History - Practical Family History 134, Feb 2009 (1900 words)

Get Started with Directories - Your Family Tree 74 Mar 2009 (2600 words)

Scottish Civilian Prisoners of War - Discover my Past Scotland 4, Mar 2009 (1300 words)
Search the 1911 Census - Practical Family History 136, Mar 2009 (1600 words)

Lost Villages of Britain - Practical Family History 136, Mar 2009 (1900 words)
Opinion: You Should Always Look for Evidence - Your Family Tree 74 Mar 2009 (700 words)

The Scottish Cemetery in Kolkata - Discover my Past Scotland 5, April 2009 (1250 words)

He Joined the IRA - Family History Monthly 168, April 2009 (1600 words)

Getting to Grips with the 1911 Census - Family History Monthly 168, April 2009 (3500 words)

A New Life in Australia - Your Family Tree 75 April 2009 (2200 words)

The Doomed Rebellion - Your Family Tree 75 April 2009 (2600 words)

Perth's King James VI Hospital - Family Tree Magazine April 2009 (2100 words)

The Irish Fight for Independence - Your Family Tree 76 Spring 2009 (2600 words)

It's Show Time! Who Do You Think You Are? Live - Practical Family History 138 Spring 2009 (1000 words)

Opinion: Newspapers Should be More Accessible - Your Family Tree 77 May 2009 (800 words)

Get Started with Scottish Research (The ScotlandsPeople Centre) - Your Family Tree 77 May 2009 (2600 words)

Trace Your 'Boring' Ancestors - Practical Family History 139 May 2009 (1650 words)

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009 - Discover my Past Scotland 6, May 2009 (1250 words)

Buried Treasures: Death Records Special - Your Family Tree 78 June 2009 (4700 words)

Looking Online: Use Social Networking Sites - Your Family Tree 78 June 2009 (2200 words)

How Can They Help?: Guild of One-Name Studies - Family History Monthly 170 June 2009 (2800 words)

Researching Your Scottish Ancestors Online - Discover my Past Scotland 7, June 2009 (1300 words)

Guardians of the Woods - Discover my Past Scotland 8, July 2009 (1250 words)

Scottish Family History Societies - Discover my Past Scotland 8, Aug 2009 (1300 words)

On a Mission from God - Your Family Tree 79, July 2009 (2100 words)

The 1911 Census: What's Next? - Practical Family History 141, July 2009 (1900 words) 

Get Started with the Parish Chest - Your Family Tree 80, August 2009 (2500 words)

ScotlandsPeople: Find Your Past - Discover my Past Scotland 9, The Gathering Special (1200 words)

The Mitchell Library - Discover my Past Scotland 10, August 2009 (1360 words)

Trace Fractured Families - Practical Family History 142, August 2009 (1900 words)

Neglected Sources: Gazettes Online - Family History Monthly 173, September 2009 (2100 words)

The Greatest Plague in History - Your Family Tree 81, September 2009 (2650 words)

Scottish Land Records - Your Family Tree 81, September 2009 (3100 words)

Looking Online: Welsh Records - Your Family Tree 81, September 2009 (2500 words)

The Fencibles: Scotland's Home Guard - Discover my Past Scotland 11, September 2009 (1350 words) [written as Ernest Graham]

Getting Started with Scottish Research - Discover my Past Scotland 11, September 2009 (1250 words)

The Scottish Church from 1560 - Sep 2007 (1500 words) - uploaded Aug 2009 at www.scotlandsgreateststory.bravehost.com/scottishkirk.html

Find Your Family Tree - for Free: Expert Advice - Windows: the Official Magazine 34, September 2009 (300 words)

Choose a Family Tree Programme - Practical Family History 143, September 2009 (1500 words)

Looking Online: Track Down Your Nonconformists - Your Family Tree 82, October 2009 (1700 words) 

University Challenge - Discover my Past Scotland 12, October 2009 (1350 words)

Search Smarter with Parish Records - Your Family Tree 83, November 2009 (4600 words)

Opinion: Scotland is Prepared for the Future - Your Family Tree 83, November 2009 (400 words)

Friendly Forums - Discover my Past Scotland 13, November 2009 (1400 words)

Communists at the Creamery - Your Family Tree 84, December 2009 (2400 words)

Tracing the Caledonian Irish - Irish Roots 72, December 2009 (1400 words)

Clans and Tartans - Your Family Tree 84, December 2009 (3000 words)

Looking Online: Find and Use Old Maps - Your Family Tree 84, December 2009 (2500 words)

Explore Electric Scotland - Discover my Past Scotland 14, December 2009 (1400 words)

The Ruhleben Scots - Scottish Memories, January 2010 (600 words)

Looking Online: Immigrations Resources - Your Family Tree 85, January 2010 (2500 words)

Villages of the Dammed - Discover my Past England 2, January 2010 (1400 words)

Scottish Death Records - Discover my Past Scotland 16, February 2010 (1400 words) 

Looking Online: Help Make records Accessible to All - Your Family Tree 86, February 2010 (2500 words)

In Search of Missionaries - Discover my Past England 4, February 2010 (1400 words)

Get Started with Census Websites - Your Family Tree 87, March 2010 (2100 words)

Ghost Hunting in Inveraray - Scottish Memories, March 2010 (450 words)

Scottish Church Records - Practical Family History 149, March 2010 (1700 words)

Where in Ireland? - Discover my Past Scotland 17, March 2010 (1400 words) 

King James VI Hospital - Discover my Past Scotland 17, March 2010 (1400 words)

Looking Online: Find Your Ancestors' Marriages - Your Family Tree 87, March 2010 (2600 words)

The Sheffield Flood DisasterDiscover my Past England 5, March 2010 (1400 words)

Scottish Business Records - Discover my Past Scotland 18, April 2010 (1400 words)

Keep Your Research Accurate - Your Family Tree 89, April 2010 (4100 words)

Looking Online: Scottish Records - Your Family Tree 89, April 2010 (2500 words)Who Do You Think You Are Live 2010 - Discover my Past Scotland 19, May 2010 (1300 words)

Research Routes: Glasgow - Your Family Tree 90, May 2010 (2500 words)

Looking Online: Find Difficult Deaths - Your Family Tree 90, May 2010 (2500 words)

Kiss my Airs: The Weavers of Perth - Scottish Memories, May 2010 (800 words)

Ghostbusters in Inveraray - Discover my Past Scotland 20, June 2010 (1300 words)

In My Opinion: Genealogists Need to Look to the Future - Your Family Tree 91, June 2010 (360 words)

Parish Registers; Wills; Migration records - Your Family Tree 91, June 2010 [Ancestry supplement] (4000 words)

Looking Online: Find Republic of Ireland Records - Your Family Tree 91, June 2010 (2660 words)

Research Scottish Heraldry - Discover my Past Scotland 21, July 2010 (1300 words)

Looking Online: Find Northern Ireland Records - Your Family Tree 92, July 2010 (2500 words)

Beyond the Church of Scotland - Discover my Past Scotland 22, August 2010 (1300 words)

Wills: The Definitive GuideYour Family Tree 93, August 2010 (4600 words)

Research Routes: County Antrim - Your Family Tree 93, August 2010 (2550 words)

Get the Blogging Bug! - Discover my Past Scotland 23, September 2010 (1000 words)

Chris Paton Shares His Experience of Using the UK 1939 National Register - Irish Roots 75, 2010 Third Quarter (1250 words)

The Parish Chest - Discover my Past England 12, October 2010 (1300 words)

Where Did They Serve? Your Family's Finest Hour - Your Family Tree 95, October 2010 (3500 words)

A Helping Hand: the Mormons and Scottish Genealogy - Discover my Past Scotland 25, November 2010 (1300 words)

Military Research Online - Discover my Past England 13, November 2010 (1300 words)

Research Routes: Lanarkshire - Your Family Tree 96, November 2010 (2550 words)

Family History: a Decade of Progress - Discover my Past Scotland 26, December 2010 (1300 words)

How to Find Marriages Online - Discover my Past England 14, December 2010 (1300 words)

Inside ScotlandsPeople - Your Family Tree 97, December 2010 (1800 words)

Home from Home: Orphanages - Your Family Tree 97, December 2010 (2500 words)

Social Networking - Discover my Past England 15, January 2011 (1300 words)

Quick Tip: Contemporary Landscapes - Your Family Tree 98, January 2011 (130 words)

Unlocking Aussie Roots - Family History Monthly 192, February 2011 (600 words)

A Brave Battle Against Death - Your Family Tree 100, March 2011 (2000 words)

 

 

 

Regular Monthly Columns:

 

Genealogy News - Family Tree, from issue February 2011 (2000 words)

Online: Internet News - Family History Monthly, from June 2010 (1200 words)

Online: Website Review - Family History Monthly, from June 2010 (650 words)

Newsround - Discover my Past Scotland, from issue 3, Feb 09

Your Family Library - Discover my Past Scotland, from issue 3, Feb 09

Your Family Library - Discover my Past England, from issue 1,Nov 09

Gene Genies - Discover my Past England, from issue 1, Nov 09

Beyond the Border - Discover my Past England, from issue 1, Nov 09

 

Previously:

Genealogy Today with Chris Paton - Practical Family History, monthly column from issue 131, Oct 2008 - December 2010 (2000 words) (when ceased publication)

Internet News - Ancestors magazine: monthly column from issue 75-94, Nov 2008 (1200 words) - May 2010 (when ceased publication)

 

 

Q&As:

 

I also answer Q&As for Your Family Tree (and previously Practical Family History) magazine, as well as for the Ask the Experts section of Ancestry.co.uk's monthly newsletter.

 

 

Blogs:

 

Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) - www.ScottishAncestry.blogspot.com from December 2007

Chris Paton: Walking in Eternity - www.walkingineternity.blogspot.com from November 2010