Chris, thank you so much for your hard work.  I am just so impressed with all that you accomplished in your limited time, and just astounded at the information you collected for us, and very, very grateful to you.

LadonnaWebb, Colarado


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 Tickner, England

Research Fees, Terms and Conditions

 I charge at a rate of £10 per half hour's research, with a one hour minimum at £20.

In addition, I charge for any expenses incurred, such as the cost of an access pass for the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh at £15 , and travel (usually £25 to Edinburgh, £10 to Glasgow). All records are transcribed, though copies of records can be purchased, which will be charged at the rate demanded by the archive holding them.

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 and travel costs, and if the visit is to the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the access pass cost will also be asked for in advance. I will accept Sterling based cheques (payable to C. Paton), but no research will be carried out until the deposit cheque has been banked and has first cleared in my account. Upon completion of the task, the balance will be invoiced via PayPal, along with a small fee to cover any PayPal transactions (or again you can pay by Sterling based cheque if desired). On subsequent visits, no further deposit will be required.


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.


Occasionally a search may generate a negative result - the information desired may not be available as hoped, or the physical condition of the documents may make it difficult or impossible to obtain the desired information, but I still need to charge for my effort to make that search. In the event of a negative return, the research process carried out will be detailed and the work will still be invoiced for. Bear in mind that a negative research may in some instances be a positive development - not finding somebody at a place expected may mean he or she was not actually there, which may throw up new avenues of exploration.


Finally, I would be grateful for all payments to be settled within a month of the date of invoice.


Please e-mail me for a free estimate for your genealogical needs at