Past Articles

61 thoughts I had while watching The Secrets In My Family: Episode 1

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 7, 2017 in AncestryDNA, Entertainment, The Secrets In My Family

If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed when watching ‘find my family’ style programmes, it’s that you’ll experience A LOT of feelings. And the ‘The Secrets In My Family’ did not fail to deliver in this regard. From touch-and-go searches to teary reunions, the episode was packed with emotional highs and low. Focusing mainly on fatherhood, Read More

Fife Criminal Registers reveal mugshots of Scotland’s historic criminals 

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 1, 2017 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

From baby-faced thieves to seasoned swindlers, Fife criminals were captured in more ways than one in the Fife Criminal Registers. The new collection, spanning from 1910-1931 collection, includes 900 records and more than a thousand historic images of criminals convicted in Fireshire. Men, women and children charged with criminal offences were recorded in registers, providing Read More

Coming soon to the W Channel: The Secrets In My Family

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 26, 2017 in AncestryDNA, Entertainment, The Secrets In My Family

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt being in the family history business, it’s that every family has its secrets. Secrets which are acknowledged but never discussed. Secrets which leave siblings estranged or parents alienated. Secrets which leave people feeling abandoned and lost. But while secrets can divide families, solving these mysteries can bring families back Read More

Breathe: the inspiring story of Robin Cavendish

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 24, 2017 in Entertainment

One of the greatest joys in family history research is learning about an ancestor whose life was truly inspirational. From decorated family members who dedicated their lives to military service, through to single parents and hard-working educators, we’re all descended from fascinating people who showed gumption and defiance in the lives they led. So we Read More

Highlights from the International Family History Symposium

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 19, 2017 in AncestryDNA

The International Family History symposium was a year in the making. Both of us have long explored the intersection between family history and public history (further reading here). We worked closely with Ancestry – who were generous sponsors and enabled some terrific work to be done. We were able to bring brilliant scholars from around 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