Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom, Website

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of Read More

Popular Toys in History: What Your Ancestors Played With

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 30, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, Website

Toys haven’t always been a part of childhood. It was only during the Victorian era that families began viewing play time as central to a child’s development. Paired with industrialization, that meant the invention of many new and exciting toys, with some more enduringly popular than others. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs archived on Ancestry can Read More

How AncestryDNA has added new life to my family history research

Posted by Brian Gallagher on February 17, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Finding Your Roots, United Kingdom, Website

I am privileged to work for a company that genuinely makes a difference to the lives of many thousands of people around the world. I have seen first-hand the breakthroughs, connections and family reunions that have been made possible by the records and trees available on Ancestry. Obviously, like many of you, I have used Read More

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 24, 2015 in Collections, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Research, United Kingdom, Website

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed Read More

A brief history of Halloween. Click if you dare!

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 31, 2014 in United Kingdom, Website

Halloween is here! Time to dress up and trick or treat, attend bonfires, parties and firework displays, and generally enjoy yourself. Have you ever wondered where these traditions come from? Halloween is a mixed bag of different traditions and customs influenced by diverse religions and cultures. It all began in Ireland’s Celtic past. It was at Read More

Titanic Captain among those listed as more than one million historic Liverpool crew lists are digitised by Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 24, 2014 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

We are all familiar with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. On the night of the 14th of April 1912, 1,500 people lost their lives after the liner hit an iceberg and sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The captain on that tragic voyage was Edward Smith. Smith joined the White Star Read More