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Genealogy without borders
An ancestral story can be compiled from many different sources, each of which can fundamentally change the very sense of family that we have.

In this talk, genealogist Chris Paton examines how a person’s whole family story may not be exclusively confined to the country within which he or she was raised.

As family historians we can be tempted to try to tell the stories of our ancestors solely from the resources in the areas where they once lived, overlooking an important part of our ancestral stories which is plight of those family members who left our shores.

As part of a wider worldwide diaspora, Chris will show how these emigrants can often provide further clues to the family stories back home, often with records that may plug the missing gaps for research with family members back home. Along the way they can change the very sense of who our families once were, and as a consequence, our very own sense of identity.

Chris will use examples from Irish and Scottish sources to explain how he has been able to redefine his family narrative, by spreading the net further and wider.

Sep 21, 2022 06:30 PM in London

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Chris Paton
Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer based in Ayrshire, Scotland, where he runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk. As well as contributing to many of the UK’s best known family history magazines, he also writes for his own Scottish GENES news blog at www.scottishgenes.blogspot.com, and regularly gives talks to family history societies across the UK and worldwide. His recent Pen and Sword publications include 'Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet', 'Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records', 'Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd edition)', 'Sharing Your Family History Online', and 'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records'.