Monday, 1 November 2010

Walking in Eternity

Hello all, I'm Chris Paton, a genealogist and writer residing in Ayrshire on the western Scottish coast. Some of you may know of me from the Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) blog at, where in the last three years I have been doing my best to provide free access to many stories involving events, developments and resources concerning or affecting those researching Scottish ancestors. That project continues, as does my research service at, where I merrily chase after the stories of the dead for the thrill of the living! I also write books and magazine articles, give talks, cook really hot chillis, raise two kids, obey my wife and fight with my family for control of the TV remote...

This new blog is basically an area where I can let my hair down and discuss unusual research finds, interesting developments, share the odd opinion or two (or three or four!), vent at the world, listen intently and in moments of creative blankness, stare intently at the screen and wait for my inner voices to torment me. In other word it's a bitsa site - bitsa this and bitsa that. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with it, other than use it as an additional spot to occasionally blether on genealogical and other subjects from time to time.

Tom Baker once came out with a great quote in an old Doctor Who story from the Seventies: "I'm a Time Lord, I walk in eternity". I often thought that would make a great credential for a genealogist really. So this is me, nabbing Tom Baker's line but in a slightly less bohemian way, walking back into eternity and frequently into times gone by (and into the odd Victorian lamp post or brickwall), and occasionally popping by the modern world for a quick cuppa.

Let's see what happens...! :)



  1. Hi Chris, Sounds like you had a great time in Australia for the Unlock the Past Roadshow. Hope we can see you in New Zealand sometime?