With the UK General Election only a week away, people are really starting to size up the Prime Ministerial candidates. We’ve seen endless discussion on their policies, personalities, expenses, and even interactions with the public, but so far relatively little has been said about their genealogy. This post aims to help fill that gap.
We’ve researched the background of the three major party leaders – Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, and David Cameron. While there’s a lot more information out there than we could possibly fit into a single article, this post should give you a good overview of where the candidates come from. As you’ll see, there are some extraordinary connections among the candidates' roots.
At the recent Who Do You Think You Are conference, MyHeritage had the opportunity to meet Chris Paton - one of the UK's leading family history researchers. Chris hails from Largs, Ayrshire, and is a prominent genealogical researcher with a specialism in Scottish ancestry.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the conference, Chris told us a bit about his background and what he's doing in genealogy today. His career has seen him direct BBC history documentaries and contribute to genealogy publications such as Practical Family History and Your Family Tree.