Kristen Hyde

Kristen is Ancestry's Social Media Manager for the United Kingdom.

Highlights from the International Family History Symposium

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 19, 2017 in AncestryDNA

The International Family History symposium was a year in the making. Both of us have long explored the intersection between family history and public history (further reading here). We worked closely with Ancestry – who were generous sponsors and enabled some terrific work to be done. We were able to bring brilliant scholars from around Read More

4 key tips for interviewing your relatives

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 17, 2017 in Research, United Kingdom

Sharing your family’s legacy is so important for strengthening family bonds and reliving traditions that will make memories for every generation. It can be particularly valuable if you’re just starting out in your family history journey, or are trying to break through a brick wall. Take the time to sit down with your living relatives Read More

500 years of history in the Derbyshire Parish Records

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 9, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Derbyshire county – home to the Peak District, the world’s oldest football club, and the literary backdrop of Jane Austen’s romantic novel, Pride and Prejudice. But did your ancestors also call this corner of England home? Let’s take a closer look at the Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriage and Burials (1538-1812) which detail Read More

The new full English breakfast is a toast to our heritage

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 29, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Breakfast is not just the most important meal of the day. It’s also the best. And why wouldn’t it be when it involves sitting down to the packed plate we like to call the full English breakfast. With one billion ‘full Englishes’ consumed each year, the breakfast is a much-loved national staple. But how English Read More

Going global: exploring the changing face of international family history

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 1, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, Jerome de Groot, explores the cultural perceptions of family history ahead of hosting the International Family History Workshop in Manchester (21-22 September). Family history is exploding all around the globe. It is an activity that is developing and expanding. Individuals and groups undertake genealogy across borders, as participants Read More

The DNA-inspired patterns of designer, Pearl Ivy

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 31, 2017 in AncestryDNA

London-based graphic designer and illustrator, Pearl Ivy never expected her AncestryDNA results to be the catalyst that unlocked her design block. She told us more about her experience, and how she used her unique ethnic roots as inspiration for her new collection. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Pearl Ivy, I’m a Read More

Poachers, perpetrators and pigeons: a look at the Bedfordshire Petty Sessions

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 25, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Kathryn Faulkner is an archivist at Bedfordshire Archives. From 2011-2013 she worked on the Paths to Crime project which extensively catalogued the Quarter Sessions records for Bedfordshire from 1831-1900. Here, Kathryn introduces another set of court records – Bedfordshire Petty Sessions – and shows how they can help build a picture of family life. Court Read More