Chris Paton

Chris Paton, BA (Hons), HND, PgDip (Genealogical Studies)

Northern Irish born Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer based in Ayrshire, where he runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at As well as contributing to the UK’s best known family history magazines, Chris also writes for his own Scottish GENES news blog at, and regularly gives talks to family history societies across the UK and worldwide. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, and teaches Scottish and Irish courses for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd.

Chris is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the North of Ireland Family History Society, and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society, as well as the PRONI stakeholder forum, which meets quarterly. His most recent Pen and Sword publications include Tracing Your Belfast Ancestors, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd edition), Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records, Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, and Sharing Your Family History Online.


Friday Workshop: Sharing Your Family History Online

Saturday Breakfast Plenary: Reimagining Genealogy

Saturday Enhanced Presentation: What’s New and Exciting in Scottish Family History

Sunday Panel: British Isles Panel Discussion

Sunday Enhanced Presentation: What’s New and Exciting in Irish Family History