About Brian Gallagher

Brian is the International Social Media Specialist for Ancestry, working closely with our United Kingdom, Sweden and Australian teams.

Past Articles

WWI Honour Roll – Guest post by Archivist Karyn Stuckey from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Posted on November 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers, In The Community, Military Records, Research, United Kingdom

Authored by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers   After the guns had fallen silent, thoughts turned to how to honour the dead. Faced with the dilemma of how to commemorate the dead, many organisations created Honour Rolls or memorials. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers created an ornate board, recording the names… Read more

Why do we wear the poppy?

Posted on November 15, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records, Stories, United Kingdom

 The Ancestry team at the Tower of London Remembrance Day has passed and many of you observed a moment of silence to honour the memory of those that sacrificed so much so that we would know peace. Memorials and monuments were attended in vast numbers. The crowds that gathered to remember were bonded in collective appreciation… Read more

A brief history of Halloween. Click if you dare!

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom

Halloween is here! Time to dress up and trick or treat, attend bonfires, parties and firework displays, and generally enjoy yourself. Have you ever wondered where these traditions come from? Halloween is a mixed bag of different traditions and customs influenced by diverse religions and cultures. It all began in Ireland’s Celtic past. It was at… Read more

Titanic Captain among those listed as more than one million historic Liverpool crew lists are digitised by Ancestry

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, United Kingdom

We are all familiar with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. On the night of the 14th of April 1912, 1,500 people lost their lives after the liner hit an iceberg and sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The captain on that tragic voyage was Edward Smith. Smith joined the White Star… Read more

Beyond Records. Adding Colour to Your Tree.

Posted on October 12, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Finding Your Roots, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

I was visiting an old friend recently who I had not seen in some years. We talked about our lives and our jobs and all that had happened since we had last met. She was very interested to hear about Ancestry and immediately began to tell me about her father. Her father passed away in… Read more

Branch Out Comes to the UK. Enter to Win the Ultimate Family History Package!

Posted on October 9, 2014 in Contest, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

We know you love your family history research. We also know how challenging it can be to break through brick walls, locate a missing ancestor or prove a family connection you have long suspected. Have you ever imagined yourself on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? While we can’t get you a… Read more

’60s icon Twiggy is next to explore her roots on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s the 100th episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC1. Next to explore her family history is 1960s icon Twiggy.     Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is a famous model, actor, and designer. Growing up in London, Twiggy had a happy childhood but knew very little about her… Read more

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History

Posted on October 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree. 1. Assuming a family name is only spelled… Read more

World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted on October 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

World famous comedian Billy Connolly is the next star to go on his family history journey on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?       ‘The Big Yin’ is famous for his Scottish wit and has entertained audiences for many years with stories of his life in Scotland. Having endured a tough childhood… Read more

The Dreaded Brick Wall. What to do next?

Posted on September 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

The Dreaded Brick Wall   How can I get past a brick wall? When you run across a brick wall in your research, what do you do? You may be tempted to send your laptop on an expedition out of the first floor window, and who could blame you? A brick wall can be incredibly frustrating.… Read more