Records from the Jersey Archive in the Channel Islands go online for the first time.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 22, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

  We are very excited to bring you two new collections as part of our web search initiative. The Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments collection covering the years 1663-1948 and The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two covering the years 1940-1945. Both these collections will be of enormous benefit to… Read more

How Corsets Evolved in 1800s-1900s Women’s Fashion

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 21, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

We are fast approaching the summer season, which means shorts, ,and sandals. But you may not know that no matter the season, some of our female ancestors had to wear tightly laced corsets, numerous petticoats, hoops, and later bustles, all before modern air conditioning. Can you imagine? I’m reminded of the scene in Gone With the… Read more

Where’s William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 20, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Ancestry.com Genealogist I have been researching my husband’s family and have hit a roadblock. His great-great-great grandfather, William Weikert, came to America from Germany and settled in a community about 30 miles from us. I know he was born September 1817. I have a copy of his… Read more

Who will survive the Victorian Workhouse? The final episode of 24 Hours in The Past airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 19, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, United Kingdom

The final and most challenging episode yet of 24 Hours in The Past sees six celebrities destitute and penniless in Victorian Britain. With no break since they were sacked from the potteries, they now have no food or shelter. In Victorian Britain that meant only one thing – the workhouse. They are stripped of their… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (Q-Z)

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used. We’ve all seen at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you throw in the towel on that ancestor who has been eluding you, consider that… Read more

How AncestryDNA added new life to my family history research. AncestryDNA – Coming Soon to Australia.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 15, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Australia

I am privileged to work for a company that genuinely makes a difference to the lives of many thousands of people around the world. I have seen first-hand the breakthroughs, connections and family reunions that have been made possible by the records and trees available on Ancestry. Obviously, like many of you, I have used… Read more

Newly digitised collection details the haunted drinking-holes of West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 14, 2015 in Collections, Content, Research, United Kingdom

The West Yorkshire Alehouse Licences Collection have been digitised for the first time and are exclusive to Ancestry   More than 75,000 historic alehouse records included in this newly digitised collection  Haunted boozers include The Fleece Inn in Elland – home to a headless horseman named Old Leathery Coit Other weird and wonderful pub names… Read more

Preserving the Past: Old Family Photo Albums

Posted by Denise May Levenick on May 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Guest Post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Before the digital photo book there was the Real Photo Album. You’re holding an “antique” if you inherited an old photo album with soft black paper and a hand-tied string binding. The prints might have been artfully arranged and placed on the page with paper photo… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (L-P)

Posted by Jessica Murray on May 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Ever been head down in family history research only to discover a new name in historical documents that makes you scratch your head? It happens to all of us. Before you start down another long research path to find this *new* ancestor, consider that many of our ancestors were known by nicknames which were common… Read more

Celebrities Face the Reality of Victorian Life. Episode three of 24 Hours in The Past airs Tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 12, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom

  The celebrities are quickly discovering that working in Victorian Britain is not for the faint of heart. Their third 24 hours finds them facing the grueling inequality of the factories that were the powerhouses of the industrial revolution.     Amidst the bottle kilns of the Staffordshire potteries, it’s not just the machinery that’s… Read more