Books & Talks


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

Unlock the Past titles

The following titles have been published by Adelaide based firm Unlock the Past, and can now be purchased worldwide:

A Beginner’s Guide to British and Irish Genealogy
Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis
Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition)
Discover Scottish Land Records (2nd edition)
Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records
Irish Family History Resources Online (2nd edition)
British and Irish Newspapers
Discover Irish Land Records
A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923

The books can be purchased from the following retailers:

My History (UK)
Gould Genealogy (Australia)
Beehive Books (NZ)
Global Genealogy (Canada)
Maia’s Books (US)

The books are also available in ebook format (PDF) from Gen-ebooks at

Additional titles:

The following titles are available from other publishers

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (Pen & Sword)
Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, 2nd edition (Pen & Sword)
Researching Scottish Family History (Family History Partnership)
The Mount Stewart Murder: A Re-Examination of the UK’s Oldest Unsolved Murder Case (History Press)


In addition to speaking in Scotland and across the UK, I have also regularly given talks over the last few years at venues worldwide, including trips to Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Portugal. My talks are predominantly on Scottish and Irish based themes. For a list, see


For more information on subject matter and speaking rates, please contact me at enquiry @