About Brian Gallagher

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

Past Articles

How AncestryDNA has added new life to my family history research

Posted on February 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA, Finding Your Roots, Stories, United Kingdom

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

AncestryDNA Now Available in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Posted on January 29, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research, United Kingdom

  We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland! We sold our first DNA kit in the U.S. in 2012, and since then, more than 700,000 people have used AncestryDNA to discover more about their family history. Now you can too. Why choose AncestryDNA? AncestryDNA… Read more

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted on January 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed… Read more

Mary Christmas, Belle Ringer & Miss L. Toe – Festive names found on Ancestry.

Posted on December 27, 2014 in Cool Finds, Stories, United Kingdom

  We have all discovered interesting names and stories in the course of our family history research. Some more unusual than others. Researchers here at Ancestry took a look through our collections to see if they could find some festive names. Mary Christmas from South Carolina and Mrs. Belle Ringer of West Virginia are just… Read more

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