Immigration Challenges: Tracing Eastern European Jewish family to England

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 17, 2019 in Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

Tracing our immigrant ancestors is often more challenging than we might have expected. Ancestry ProGenealogist, Janette Silverman, discusses how your ancestors’ names may have changed alongside their environment. Once I asked a client what her grandparents’ names were. The clients’ parents and grandparents were long deceased, she didn’t have any siblings, and didn’t know her Read More

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: Katherine Ryan goes in search of her English heritage

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 21, 2019 in Entertainment, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Canadian-born comedian, Katherine Ryan, turns to family research in search of an ancestral connection to the country she now calls home – England. Ancestry ProGenealogist, Joe Buggy explores her journey and the resources she used along the way.  On this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Canadian comedian Catherine Ryan was determined 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

8 historic photos of Wimbledon through the years

Posted by Kristen Hyde on July 1, 2019 in United Kingdom

It’s the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Known to many as simply ‘Wimbledon’, The Championships is attended not only by the best tennis players in the world, but some of society’s most famous icons. Founded in 1877, Wimbledon takes place over two weeks in June and July every year and is Read More

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