I am the author of several best selling family history and genealogy guides, on Scottish, Irish and British subject areas. These include:

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records 

Sharing Your Family History Online

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records 

Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet 

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: 2nd edition

History Press  
The Mount Stewart Murder: A Re-Examination of the UK's Oldest Unsolved Murder Case (2012), £14.99 (E-editions also available for Kindle and ePub) (The true account of the murder of my three times great grandmother in Perthshire in 1866, the UK's longest unsolved murder case by a modern police force)

Unlock the Past titles I am the author of several titles published by Australian based firm Unlock the Past. These are as follows:
  • A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy
  • A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-23
  • British and Irish Newspapers
  • Discover Irish Land Records
  • Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition)
  • Discover Scottish Land Records (2nd edition) 
  • Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records 
  • Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis
  • Irish Family History Resources Online (2nd edition) 
For further details please visit

Also available:

Family History Partnership  

Researching Scottish Family History (2010), £7.95  


Elsewhere I have contributed articles to the Family and Local History Handbooks 12-14 and the Irish Family and Local History Handbooks 1 & 2 (, as well as History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand ( Two scripts written by me for programmes I directed for the 2003 BBC Scotland series The Sword and the Cross were adapted for publication in an uncredited book, The Sword and the Cross: Four Turbulent Episodes in the History of Christian Scotland, from Saint Andrews Press.


  1. Hi Chris,

    I've just finished your book on Church & State records, and both enjoyed reading it, and was very impressed with its contents. Howvever 2 minor items jumped out at me:
    1. p.53 "6 pecks of meat" should surely be "6 peckes of MEAL"
    2. p.114 last paragraph "land was held from the seventh century" almost certainly should be 9th century (when the vikings landed) or later (when Norway was de facto ruler - I'm not sure of this date.

    cheers, Jean Mackenzie