About Brian Gallagher

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

Past Articles

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

Painful Memories and Warm Embraces in Episode Five of Long Lost Family.

Posted on August 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Last week’s episode of Long Lost Family was probably the most emotional yet. But it doesn’t stop there. This week Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell worked tirelessly to reunite more long-separated families. In episode five we’ll witness two reunions that are healing the pain of the past. Sheila Thomas and Jacqui Denton Growing up in London, Sheila was… Read more

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) opens with Julie Walters

Posted on August 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actress Julie Walters kicks off the new season of  Who Do You Think You Are  tonight. She is hoping to find some skeletons in her closet and the show does not disappoint. In researching her Irish ancestry she makes several discoveries. Her great grandfather Anthony Clarke was one of the early founders of The Land League. It was… Read more

Two searches, one family! Get ready for another episode of Long Lost Family

Posted on August 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

The inspiring stories on Long Lost Family have brought us to tears on more than one occasion, as Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell worked tirelessly to reunite long separated families. In episode four we will witness a first for the Long Lost Family team. Inge Dart Growing up in Kenya, Inge’s life was overshadowed by her domineering mother.… Read more

Second chances and emotional reunions in the next “Long Lost Family”

Posted on July 24, 2014 in In The Community, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

With the new season of Long Lost Family now in full swing and tissue sales at an all-time high, Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell continue to give us front row seats at some beautiful family reunions. In episode three we hear the stories of Richard Cue and Tania Bartlett. While both stories are different they… Read more