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

Exploring mental illness in the Fife and Kinross District Asylum General Registers of Lunatics, 1866 – 1935

Posted by Kristen Hyde on December 14, 2017 in Collections, Research, Scotland, United Kingdom

During the mid to late 19th Century, Fife became an area of aggregation for lunatics in Scotland. The word lunatic originates from the Latin word of ‘luna’ meaning moon. There was a belief that the changes in the cycle of the moon caused periodic or intermittent insanity, affecting people’s cognitive behaviour. The Victorians identified two Read More

4 key tips for interviewing your relatives

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 17, 2017 in Research, United Kingdom

Sharing your family’s legacy is so important for strengthening family bonds and reliving traditions that will make memories for every generation. It can be particularly valuable if you’re just starting out in your family history journey, or are trying to break through a brick wall. Take the time to sit down with your living relatives 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

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

The couple that said ‘I do’ to family history

Posted by Kristen Hyde on May 22, 2017 in In The Community, Ireland, Research, United Kingdom

Sometimes your family history research can take you on an unexpectedly romantic journey. This was the case for Marc Orton and Robin Snyder Orton from Virginia, USA. Three years ago, the couple began researching their family history, uncovering a number of interesting discoveries including a lineage tracing back to England’s Midlands. For their 40th wedding 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