Kristen Hyde

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

Keeping it secret: revealing the secrets in your family history

Posted by Kristen Hyde on December 15, 2017 in Australia, Guest Bloggers, Research

Ashley Barnwell, Ashworth Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, explores the ethics of keeping family secrets hidden. At the International Family History Workshop in Manchester 2017, I presented my research on Australian family secrets. As a sociologist, I am interested in the connections between the small events of everyday life and the large events of Read More

Exploring mental illness in the Fife and Kinross District Asylum General Registers of Lunatics, 1866 – 1935

Posted by Kristen Hyde on December 14, 2017 in Collections, Research, Scotland, United Kingdom

During the mid to late 19th Century, Fife became an area of aggregation for lunatics in Scotland. The word lunatic originates from the Latin word of ‘luna’ meaning moon. There was a belief that the changes in the cycle of the moon caused periodic or intermittent insanity, affecting people’s cognitive behaviour. The Victorians identified two Read More

45 thoughts I had watching The Secrets In My Family: Episode 3 

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 21, 2017 in AncestryDNA, Entertainment, The Secrets In My Family

After last week’s episode of The Secrets In My Family, I didn’t think my heart could cope with any more disappointments or shock revelations. Thankfully, Episode 3 is bursting to the brim with some good news stories. Here are 45 thoughts I had while watching this week’s episode. 1. Another week! Another episode of family Read More

Exploring the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 15, 2017 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

Graham Thompson, Archives Assistant at the Royal Museums Greenwich, talks about the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital and the role it played in London during the 1800-1900s.  The Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital at Greenwich was the main clinical site of the Seamen’s Hospital Society (now Seafarer’s Hospital Society) and a major part of its patient records came to Read More

61 thoughts I had while watching The Secrets In My Family: Episode 1

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 7, 2017 in AncestryDNA, Entertainment, The Secrets In My Family

If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed when watching ‘find my family’ style programmes, it’s that you’ll experience A LOT of feelings. And the ‘The Secrets In My Family’ did not fail to deliver in this regard. From touch-and-go searches to teary reunions, the episode was packed with emotional highs and low. Focusing mainly on fatherhood, Read More