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

London City Directories: Learn more about your ancestors’ neighbours, trades and business

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 1, 2018 in Research, United Kingdom, Website

What are the London City Directories and what value can they bring to your family history research? London Metropolitan Archive’s Public Services team explain the valuable detail to this collection, and how the London City Directories can be helpful for your exploring your ancestral connections to the London area.  What are London City Directories and 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

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