My Books

I am the author of several best selling family history and genealogy guides, on Scottish, Irish and British subject areas. These are now available worldwide from the UK, Australia and Canada. Unlock the Past titles I am the author of several titles published by Australian based firm Unlock the Past, which are now available worldwide. These are as follows:
  • 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  
  • Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records 
  • Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis
  • Irish Family History Resources Online (2nd edition) 

They can be accessed from the following retailers:

The books are also all available in ebook format (PDF):

The following titles, listed by publisher, are available worldwide from many retailers: Pen and Sword titles Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2013), £12.99 Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, 2nd edition (2014), £12.99 [NB: UK genealogy]
(E-editions also available for Kindle and ePub)
Family History Partnership Researching Scottish Family History (2010), £7.95 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)


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.