Past Articles

Life lessons at the School of DNA

Posted by Kristen Hyde on June 13, 2017 in AncestryDNA

When you’re a kid you think your parents know everything, but how much do they really know about their own story? This is what we set out to discover with the help of the pupils and parents from east London’s Southwold Primary School. We asked the kids where they thought their parents were from and Read More

Understanding the basics of AncestryDNA

Posted by Kristen Hyde on June 8, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Our DNA network is now over four million people strong. That means four million people from around the world have sent us a tube of their saliva and in return, have learnt about the hidden truths within their DNA. But what are these ‘hidden truths’? What do you actually get when you take an AncestryDNA Read More

When Ancestry met Cherry

Posted by Kristen Hyde on June 2, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Cherry Healey isn’t afraid of a challenge. In her documentary work with the BBC, she’s explored everything from the psychology of sales tricks to how to make a cracking cup of tea. And she’s no stranger to getting introspective. Her book, ‘Letters to my Fanny’ is a candid anthology of confessions, exploring what it’s like Read More

Your identity: the result that really matters

Posted by Kristen Hyde on June 1, 2017 in AncestryDNA

We’re always being asked who we are. Labour or Conservative? Brexiter or Remainer? United or City? Our identities are the subject of constant questioning and investigation. One scan of social media reveals dozens of links inviting us to learn more about ourselves. “Which history-making Queen are you?” or “Jedi vs Sith: which is your personality 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

Family, fame and infamy in the Wiltshire Parish Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on May 19, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre identifies some of the famous names you can see in the Wiltshire Parish Registers. Over three hundred Wiltshire parish registers, dating back to 1538, have been digitised by Ancestry working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, a service funded by Wiltshire Council Read More