About Brian Gallagher

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

Past Articles

Star of stage and screen Martin Shaw is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted on September 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor Martin Shaw is the next celebrity to explore his family history on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?   Born and raised in Birmingham, the eldest of two children, Martin now lives in Norfolk. The star of over 100 films, plays and television shows, Martin is curious to discover the truth about… Read more

Mary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Star of the Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is next to delve into her ancestry on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     It turns out that baking is in Mary’s genes as she discovers that her ancestor Robert Houghton ran a bakery in Norwich. He ran the bakery for… Read more

The Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk

Posted on September 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Military Records, United Kingdom

The Ancestry.co.uk Frontline Walk Mark the 100th anniversary of World War One Cover 100kms through France and Belgium See the battlefields of the Western Front Here at Ancestry we take great pride in our work. It is our mission to help people discover, preserve, and share their family history. As the world’s largest online family… Read more

BAFTA Award-Winning Actress Sheridan Smith Searches for Her Musical Ancestry on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted on September 3, 2014 in United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

  BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith is set to explore her musical roots on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?   The episode traces the rise and fall of her great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Doubleday. A music teacher, he went on to become one of the country’s best-known banjo players of the 1880s. He entertained upper-class audiences in… Read more

The emotional rollercoaster comes to an end. It’s the last in the season of Long Lost Family!

Posted on August 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

It has been quite the emotional rollercoaster this season. We have had front row seats to some beautiful reunions. We have smiled and cried in equal measure as we shared the journeys of this season’s participants. Join Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they help people find their absent family members in the final episode of Long Lost Family. Sandra… Read more

Mrs. Brown’s Boys funnyman Brendan O’Carroll is next on Who Do You Think You Are? ( UK )

Posted on August 27, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Mrs. Brown’s Boys star, Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll is the next celebrity to get the  Who Do You Think You Are? treatment tomorrow night. Brendan now lives in Florida, but still calls Dublin home.   Brendan has heard from family members that his grandfather was shot during the Irish War of Independence in 1920. Acutely aware that… Read more

Happiness and Sadness in Equal Measure in this Week’s “Long Lost Family”

Posted on August 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Join Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they take on the challenge of uniting families in the penultimate episode in this season of Long Lost Family.                 John Farrell John Farrell is a 46-year old catering manager and Army reservist. His childhood was marked by feelings of inadequacy and… Read more

Tamzin Outhwaite Discovers a Rags to Riches Tale on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted on August 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

New Tricks actress Tamzin Outhwaite will be the next celebrity to discover her family history on  Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night. Tamzin has gained fame for playing London characters and her parents are from London’s East End. However, she is also aware that she has Italian roots.   “I do know that there is definitely an… Read more

Two stories. Two Reunions. Many Tears! There’s Only One Long Lost Family.

Posted on August 17, 2014 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

  Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell have been our expert guides through the emotional landscape of Long Lost Family, and in episode six the team succeeds again in reuniting families and healing old wounds.   Helen Salmon and Colin Deering Colin and Helen’s mother, Nellie Dixon, was a music hall performer. Nellie had Colin in… Read more

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) continues with Brian Blessed

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

  Actor and adventurer Brian Blessed is next up in the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night. He is not looking for crowns or prizes in his past, but he is looking for humanity.   “The greatest dramas are about ordinary people, ordinary relationships. That is where you learn so much,… Read more