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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

Getting to know you: residents of English country village make unexpected connections with AncestryDNA

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 11, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Landmark study by AncestryDNA reveals the diverse ethnicity and unexpected connections between residents of a Gloucestershire village. Tucked away in the Cotswold county of Gloucestershire, England you’ll find the village of Bledington. Home to a small community of villagers, Bledington is about as quintessentially English you can get. The village still retains its Victorian maypole Read More

When long lost family leads to newfound friends

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 8, 2017 in AncestryDNA

How Kate’s curiosity about her heritage led to the discovery of long lost family in the USA. When Kate McNeill decided to take an AncestryDNA test, it wasn’t with the intention of finding a long lost family member or solving a family secret. She was simply a bit curious about what she could find out Read More

An Education: learning about London’s School Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on July 24, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s Senior Content Manager, Miriam Silverman takes us through the new London school records from the London Metropolitan Archives. These two collections include admissions and discharges in mainstream schools that took place during the First World War, as well as an entirely new database of Pauper children’s registers, shedding an insight into the lives of a 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