What Does Your German Surname Say About You?

Germans have been drawn to the United Kingdom for centuries.  If you are one of the many British people with a German surname, it could well yield some interesting clues to your family history. The the most common form of German family name is occupational. It can often be identified by its ending: -er, -hauer, -macher, or man/-mann. Often a person Read More

Online Wills and Probate Records of the Rich and Famous

Fortunes of famous names, including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Sir Francis Drake, revealed Collection covers almost five centuries and comprises more than a million records Records predate civil registration, making them a valuable family history resource   You can’t take it with you. But you can sure decide who gets it when you’re gone. Read More

Eight Celebs With Royal Ancestry

After years entrancing audiences and thrilling moviegoers, a few talented actors reach such heights of fame that we consider them Hollywood royalty: George Clooney. Leonardo DiCaprio. Julia Roberts. Before them, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant. But some actors are lucky enough to rank as royalty the first time they ever stepped onto a set. Read More

The House on Mulberry Street and Clues to Irish Roots

I’ve located my maternal great-grandparents, John and Margaret Ellen (Cunningham) Haffey in Wayne County, Ohio in the 1880 census. I’m trying to locate their births in Ireland. I have their death records, but they didn’t list a specific Irish birthplace. I have found a record in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank for a John Read More

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History

We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree. 1. Assuming a family name is only spelled Read More

Down the Mine at 89: Working Life of Elderly Victorians Revealed

Analysis of historic census records reveals the majority of over-65s in Victorian England worked full-time – Ancestry Victorian census reveals farmers, miners, servants and cleaners in their eighties or nineties More than half (57 per cent) of people had to work beyond the age of 65 compared to just 10 per cent today Records also show how so-called Read More

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the Read More

New Warwickshire Parish Records

Wherever you are in the old county of Warwickshire, you’re surrounded by history – from the Cathedral in Coventry, to Rugby School, to Warwick’s Tudor houses. The region has played host to some of our most important figures – William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, while it’s said that the Gunpowder Plot was hatched in Read More

New Dorset Records – Are You Descended from Pirates?

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry today. There be pirates about, and they be thirsty for your blood. Actually, strictly speaking, we’re hoping that our pirates already share your blood. These scurvy dogs – who appear as part of nine new Dorset record collections we’re launching today – are real historical people who could Read More