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

Two sisters kept and two brothers given away. Heart breaking stories on tonight’s Long Lost Family.

Posted on July 1, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

It’s the penultimate episode of Long Lost Family tonight and it promises to be an emotional one. The Long Lost Family team feature the stories of two sisters who were kept while their brothers were given up for adoption, a family split by the decision to give up a child fifty years ago, and a… Read more

From Liverpool to Johannesburg tonight on Long Lost Family. (UK)

Posted on June 24, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

Last week we witnessed emotional scenes as the Long Lost Family team took on the task of searching for a missing sibling and this week is no different. Christine Chesham is desperately searching for her sister in the hope of discovering the truth behind a family tragedy. Christine had always known that she was adopted, but it… Read more

Ireland and New Zealand feature in tonight’s episode of Long Lost Family. (UK)

Posted on June 17, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

It is Long Lost Family time again. Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell travel the world to reunite separated families. This week the Long Lost Family team features two stories which explore the feelings of abandonment. Peter Gunn has struggled to come to terms with the decision his mother made to give him up for adoption. Adopted at just… Read more

Time for tea and tissues as we travel from Scotland to Croatia in tonight’s episode of ‘Long Lost Family’.

Posted on June 10, 2015 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

  Episode two of Long Lost Family features two heart-breaking stories of missed opportunities — a mother who, having given up her daughter for fostering, had the chance to have her back again, but chose for her daughter’s sake to give her up for a second time; and a man searching for the father who has… Read more

Over 11,000 Historic Surrey Mental Hospital Admission Records Published on Ancestry

Posted on June 4, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

   Records detail thousands of people placed in Surrey mental health institutions over a 33-year period Children as young as four and adults up to age 93 are listed in the collection Collection is key for people looking to find out more about the circumstances surrounding ancestors with mental health diagnoses     Over 11,000 historic… Read more

Long Lost Family returns to UK television tonight at 9pm on ITV.

Posted on June 3, 2015 in Celebrity, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

  Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall return to our screens tonight in the new season of the award winning show Long Lost Family. Across six new episodes, Davina and Nicky bring family members together who have been separated for most of their lives. Some have spent years desperately trying to track down their loved ones… Read more

AncestryDNA is Now Available in Australia and New Zealand

Posted on May 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Australia

We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in Australia and New Zealand! We sold our first DNA kit in the U.S. in 2012, and since then, hundreds of thousands of people in the US and the UK & Ireland have used AncestryDNA to discover more about their family history. Now you can too.… Read more

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

Posted 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

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

Posted 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

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

Posted 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