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Scottish Family History Lecture

September 18, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
North York Central Library, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street
North York, ON M2N
$25 ($20 for OGS members)


Lecture Title: Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis

It is often the case in family history research that our ancestors’ lives were best documented when the chips were truly down. We may have had ancestors in poverty or in debt, with mental health issues or illnesses, who were assaulted, murdered, raped, who committed suicide, engaged in insurgency, or who were punished by the state or the Kirk. No matter the crisis, a quill and ink were always in close proximity. In this talk Chris Paton explores some of the areas of ancestral hardship, to allow us to truly understand the situations that our forebears had to endure and overcome.

Chris Paton manages the British GENES Blog (covering GENealogy News and EventS) at He also runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at and tutors for the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme. In May 2013 Chris was appointed as a Director of the Scottish Archive Network.

Chris PatonChris Paton is a regular contributor to several genealogy magazines such as Family History Monthly, Discover My Past Scotland, and Irish Roots. He is also the author of a number of books, including several on Scottish records in the Unlock the Past booklet series, as well as Researching Scottish Family History and, most recently, Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis.