Highlights from the International Family History Symposium

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 19, 2017 in AncestryDNA

The International Family History symposium was a year in the making. Both of us have long explored the intersection between family history and public history (further reading here). We worked closely with Ancestry – who were generous sponsors and enabled some terrific work to be done. We were able to bring brilliant scholars from around Read More

The new full English breakfast is a toast to our heritage

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 29, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Breakfast is not just the most important meal of the day. It’s also the best. And why wouldn’t it be when it involves sitting down to the packed plate we like to call the full English breakfast. With one billion ‘full Englishes’ consumed each year, the breakfast is a much-loved national staple. But how English Read More

Going global: exploring the changing face of international family history

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 1, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, Jerome de Groot, explores the cultural perceptions of family history ahead of hosting the International Family History Workshop in Manchester (21-22 September). Family history is exploding all around the globe. It is an activity that is developing and expanding. Individuals and groups undertake genealogy across borders, as participants Read More

The DNA-inspired patterns of designer, Pearl Ivy

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 31, 2017 in AncestryDNA

London-based graphic designer and illustrator, Pearl Ivy never expected her AncestryDNA results to be the catalyst that unlocked her design block. She told us more about her experience, and how she used her unique ethnic roots as inspiration for her new collection. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Pearl Ivy, I’m a Read More

The DNA Village: An unexpected French twist

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 22, 2017 in AncestryDNA

We gave AncestryDNA tests to the residents of Bledington, Gloucestershire to explore the ethnic origins of a single concentrated community. What we discovered within this traditional English village was a community whose combined DNA results were rich in diversity, and more surprising than they thought possible. This is on of their stories. Camilla Bowditch Now Read More

The DNA Village: Steve Tyack’s unexpected exotic roots

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 17, 2017 in AncestryDNA

How English is the typical English village? We DNA tested the residents from the town of Bledington, Gloucestershire in a landmark DNA study that aimed to explore the ethnic origins of a community in a concentrated area. Along with learning more about their ancestral heritage, some of the villagers also discovered they were more closely Read More

The DNA Village: A surprise for Sylvia Reeves

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 16, 2017 in AncestryDNA

We gave AncestryDNA tests to the residents of Bledington in Gloucestershire, in a landmark study that tested the DNA of a community of people in a concentrated area. The residents of Bledington thought they’d just be your average Brits, but what we uncovered was a community rich in diversity who were a lot more connected Read More

The DNA Village: AncestryDNA results offer new perspectives

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 14, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Tucked into the county of Gloucestershire, you’ll find Bledington. The village of Bledington won the community category of the 2004 Calor Gloucestershire Village of The Year competition and is famous for its traditional Victorian maypole. Yep, between the lush surrounds and the cute local pub – Bledington is about as British as it gets. But Read More