London City Directories: Learn more about your ancestors’ neighbours, trades and business

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 1, 2018 in Research, United Kingdom, Website

What are the London City Directories and what value can they bring to your family history research? London Metropolitan Archive’s Public Services team explain the valuable detail to this collection, and how the London City Directories can be helpful for your exploring your ancestral connections to the London area.  What are London City Directories and Read More

An Alien Act Against the Irish, The Poor Law Removal Law (Statute 8 & 9 Vict. C 117)

Posted by Kristen Hyde on May 25, 2017 in Collections, Regional, Research, United Kingdom, Website

Our latest Irish collection, Ireland, Poor Law Union Removals From England, 1859-1860, gives us a window in to what life was like as an Irish pauper living in the UK in the late 1850’s. Irish paupers were often looked upon negatively, as an unwanted expense on the local communities in which they resided across England, Read More

Tips for taking memorable family photographs

Posted by Kristen Hyde on January 3, 2017 in Website

You don’t have to be a genealogist to really appreciate a great old family photo. There’s a certain joy that comes with finding a shoebox in the attic filled with old black and white photos of people living in a world decades before us. Finding and preserving family photos is essential to telling your ancestors’ Read More

Doctor, doctor! Medical directories reveal the legacies of UK medicine

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 17, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom, Website

Spanning more than 350 years, Ancestry’s new UK Medical Registers document the careers of some of the most notable names in British medical history, including the man who discovered Penicillin, Britain’s first recognised female doctor and even a pair of suspected serial killers from the world of medicine. The six new collections, digitised from original Read More

The value of searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers (1857-1962)

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 16, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Susan Taylor, librarian in the Special Collections department of The Mitchell Library in Glasgow discusses the Glasgow Electoral Registers (1852 – 1962), now available on Ancestry.  Searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers just got a whole lot easier. Over 100 years of electoral registers (or voters rolls) from the Mitchell Library’s extensive family history collection have been Read More

Workhouse records can lead to other avenues of research

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 26, 2016 in United Kingdom, Website

This blogpost about the Medway Poor Law Union Records was written by archivist, Alison Cable. Alison is the archivist and manager of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and is responsible for taking care of all the archive collections deposited at Strood. These include the records of Medway Council, parish collections, private collections, public records such as Read More

Somerset to be bowled over by digitisation of millions of historical records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on July 14, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

A cricket legend, foreign secretary and Christmas card pioneer are among those you can find in our new Somerset collection which includes over seven million historical records containing centuries of details of Somerset residents. Digitised from original records held by the South West Heritage Trust, the collections hold details of births, deaths, marriages and school Read More

Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, 1815-1879

Posted by Bryony Partridge on June 17, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Liz Jack, author of A Rogue’s Gallery: Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, explores the youngest and oldest prisoners to be incarcerated at Gloucestershire Gaol. To explore the Gloucestershire Gaol Registers 1815-1879, head to Ancestry.co.uk. In Victorian times, there was no distinction between children and adults when it came to custodial sentences. Some children as young Read More