MyHeritage Meets Chris Paton

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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.

These days he’s also well known as the brains behind Scottish Genealogy News and Events, a blog showcasing news and updates on Scottish ancestral research. SGNE is one of the most in-depth UK blogs, and certainly one of the most frequently updated. In 2009 it had 708 entries, which averages at nearly two per day.

Chris also gave us a peek at his book, Researching Scottish Family History. The book is something of a Bible for learning about Scottish ancestral research, and from a read it seemed to offer advice on everything from heraldry and tartans to DNA research. For anyone getting started in a journey to uncover Scottish roots, it’s a very handy companion.

So thanks for dropping by, Chris. And forgive us for shamelessly showcasing this page of your book.

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A page of Chris’s new book

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  • Sheila McFarlane


    August 31, 2019

    Hi Chris
    We might be related
    Sheila. McFarlane (new Paton)