Chris Paton & Mia Bennett down under

Scotland, Ireland, England & DNA


Take your research further with leading experts Chris Paton and Mia Bennett, featured speakers on our 18th Unlock the Past cruise (Southern Australia) in December 2024.

Land seminars with Chris and Mia

Sydney – 2 days Thu 28 - Fri 29 November 2024 – Sydney details and booking
at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde

Adelaide – 1 day Fri 6 December 2024 – Adelaide details and booking
at Hisense Stadium (West Adelaide Football Club), 57 Milner Road, Richmond SA

Brisbane – 2 days Thu 12 - Fri 13 December 2024 – Brisbane details and booking
at Geebung RSL Club, Corner Newman Road & Collings Street, Geebung


Chris Paton (Scotland) – Scottish & Irish expert

Originally from Northern Ireland, Chris Paton is a Scottish based professional genealogist, running the Scotland’s Greatest Story ancestral research service (

Chris has lectured extensively across Britain, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A regular contributor to several UK based family history publications, and author of many books and guides, he also writes the daily Scottish GENES (Genealogy News and Events) blog at, and edits the monthly eNews publication for members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (

A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies, Chris has also tutored for the University of Strathclyde’s postgraduate genealogical studies program (, and teaches online Scottish and Irish genealogy courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (

Laphroaig and Connemara are his whiskies of choice!


Mia Bennett (England)

Mia has researched her family history for over 25 years and is a professional genealogist specialising in solving family history mysteries using DNA.

She is an Associate of AGRA and is studying at the IHGS. She gives talks and runs workshops internationally. She has a strong connection with the Society of Genealogists in London having been a trustee.

With two Unlock the Past cruises and several trips to events around the world, she loves to meet others who share her passion.

Her website features blogs about her family as well as a gradually expanding ‘Information’ page.

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