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

10 ways to get kids involved in history these school holidays

Posted by Kristen Hyde on February 22, 2019 in Australia, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

With all the resources at our fingertips, there’s never been a better time to get your kids loving history, says Cassie Mercer, Australian family history editor and author*. These hands-on activities will inspire them to learn more about their family – past and present. Half-term holidays are here, and during this time, there are lots Read More

Keeping it secret: revealing the secrets in your family history

Posted by Kristen Hyde on December 15, 2017 in Australia, Guest Bloggers, Research

Ashley Barnwell, Ashworth Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, explores the ethics of keeping family secrets hidden. At the International Family History Workshop in Manchester 2017, I presented my research on Australian family secrets. As a sociologist, I am interested in the connections between the small events of everyday life and the large events of Read More

New staff registers explore the heart of Transport for London

Posted by Kristen Hyde on February 28, 2017 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Research, United Kingdom

Transport for London (TfL) may have only been in existence since 2000, but it is actually the latest incarnation of an organisation that dates back to the establishment of the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) in 1856. The types of public transport offered by the company have continued to evolve, encompassing walking and cycling through Read More

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

Exploring the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s new database, Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936, is a fantastic resource that can help you to discover whether your Caledonian ancestors left estate behind after they passed away. If so, it will allow you to identify which court granted ‘confirmation’ (the Scottish equivalent of ‘probate’), the names of any Read More

Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection Read More