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.

Fri 6 December 2024

at Hisense Stadium 
(West Adelaide Football Club)
Address 57 Milner Road, Richmond SA

COST – $95
pre-book by 21 November 2024 to be in the draw for several hundred $$$ in prizes.

BOOKING – booking form to come
click here to buy tickets – [link to come]

REFUND POLICY – early booking is safe. If your circumstances change between your booking and the event, preventing you from attending, we will refund your booking fee in full – as long as you let us know by the day before the event.


This program is provisional – subject to change

FRIDAY 6 December 2024
10.30am – registration and exhibition
10.55am – welcome and introduction
11.00am – What is Ireland? Understanding the Lay of the LandC. Paton
12.00noon – Introduction to County Research in EnglandM. Bennett
12.50pm – lunch break and exhibition
1.50pm – The Godly Commonwealth: Discover Scottish church recordsC. Paton
2.40pm – Probate: Where there is a WillM. Bennett
3.30pm – break and exhibition
4.00pm – Finding the Irish in British RecordsC. Paton
5.00pm – close


Food & Drink

  • This is not included in the conference cost. The venue has a bar and bistro with options to suit your preferences and budget.

Location and access

  • Hisense Stadium (West Adelaide Football Club)
    Address 57 Milner Road, Richmond SA. Car parking is available at the venue. Nearest bus stop (South Road) – 600 metre walk.


Genealogy ebooks
Genealogy SA
Gould Genealogy & History
Unlock the Past publications


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.