Find famous names and family members in the Bristol Parish Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 6, 2019 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Regional, Research, United Kingdom

Parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are one of the main staples of the family historian. Anyone tracing their family tree back further than civil registration and the census in England will almost certainly look at these sources. Indeed, many of you will have spent hours scrolling through microfilms of registers in the pursuit Read More

WDYTYA: Exploring the Grenadian and Jamaican roots of Naomie Harris

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 1, 2019 in Collections, Entertainment, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Naomie Harris confronts the complexity of her Grenadian and Jamaican roots in her emotional episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Ancestry ProGenealogist, Joanna Cicely Fennell, revisits Naomie’s story and offers her tips for exploring Caribbean ancestry. This latest episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featured British actress Naomie Harris, best known Read More

75 years on: Ancestry remembers the Normandy Landings with a special D-Day collection

Posted by Kristen Hyde on June 5, 2019 in Collections, Research, United Kingdom

June 6th 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the pivotal moment in WWII that began the liberation of German-occupied France and paved the way for the Allied victory and the end of the war. Also known as the Normandy Landings and codenamed Operation Neptune, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history, with soldiers Read More

WWI Pension Ledgers: Exploring the role of Merchant seamen in WWI

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 4, 2018 in Collections, Research, United Kingdom

David Tattersfield, trustee from The Western Front Association, introduces the WWI Pension Ledgers to Ancestry, and explains the specific value of the Merchant Marine Cards by way of two key events from WWI history.  Most British First World War historians focus their attention on the battles fought by the British and Commonwealth Armies in France Read More

The diverse working world in the East India Company and India Office registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on February 19, 2018 in Collections, United Kingdom

For 200 years, the East India Company was the leading trade operation for exotic goods like cotton, silk, indigo, salt, tea and opium. Was your ancestor a ‘factor’ helping negotiate sales with local European merchants? Or did they serve in the company’s huge private army? Caroline Kimbell, from the Senate House Library discusses the history Read More