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

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

An Education: learning about London’s School Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on July 24, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s Senior Content Manager, Miriam Silverman takes us through the new London school records from the London Metropolitan Archives. These two collections include admissions and discharges in mainstream schools that took place during the First World War, as well as an entirely new database of Pauper children’s registers, shedding an insight into the lives of a Read More

The poignancy of researching your military ancestors

Posted by Kristen Hyde on July 21, 2017 in Collections, Research, United Kingdom

Ancestry Progenealogists‘ Simon Pearce, explores some of Ancestry’s key collections for researching the military careers of your ancestors.  The armed forces were incredibly diligent at keeping records of those who dedicated their time and careers to military service. As such, military records can be incredibly beneficial when researching the lives of your ancestors; not only Read More

Retiring from The Ripper: exploring 80 years of London police pensions

Posted by Kristen Hyde on June 29, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Did your ancestors walk the beat and help keep the peace in London? You could find them in our Metropolitan Police Pension Registers, 1852-1932 collection, digitised from original records held by The National Archives. The collection consists of registers of pensions awarded to Metropolitan Police officers who retired or resigned from the force between 1852 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

Family, fame and infamy in the Wiltshire Parish Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on May 19, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre identifies some of the famous names you can see in the Wiltshire Parish Registers. Over three hundred Wiltshire parish registers, dating back to 1538, have been digitised by Ancestry working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, a service funded by Wiltshire Council Read More