My Books

I am the author of Researching Scottish Family History, published 2010 by Family History Partnership (, Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, published 2011 by Pen and Sword - its fastest ever selling family history title - (; Kindle edition at; Discover Scottish Church Records, published 2011 by Unlock the Past ( and on ebook via, an expanded version of a talk I gave on an Australian tour arranged by the company in October 2010; Irish Family History Resources Online, again from Unlock the Past in 2011 ( and on ebook via, and written for a return trip to Australia and New Zealand in November 2011, as part of the company's second genealogy cruise themed on Irish and Scottish research.

More recently I have had three further publications see print. The Mount Stewart Murder, released by The History Press in 2012, is 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. Discover Scottish Land Records, published 2012 by Unlock the Past ( and on ebook via takes a look at one of the more complex but also exciting subjects within Scottish genealogy. Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 (22-24 FEB 2013) will see the release of my next book, a follow up book for Pen on Sword on Irish research, entitled Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, due for official release 30 APR 2013. I am also committed in 2013 to two additional titles for Unlock the Past (e-editions of all UTP titles will also be available soon).

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 (, and the follow up edition for 2013, due out imminently. 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.