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

Top Five Queen Elizabeth II Facts and Top Tips for Tracing Your Royal Ancestry

Posted on September 9, 2015 in Research, United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain’s longest reigning monarch today – having been on the throne for 63 years, seven months and two days, equalling the record held by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.      Top Five Queen Elizabeth II Facts   The Queen will have plenty of people to celebrate the milestone with; Our… Read more

Amazing Stories of Bravery and Tragedy from Occupied Jersey 1940-1945

Posted on July 16, 2015 in Stories, United Kingdom

The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two cover the years 1940-1945. This collection will be of enormous benefit to anyone who is eager to learn more about their Jersey family history. As part of a major digitisation project, the Jersey Archive has uploaded images of its entire collection of registration cards from the occupation… Read more

The Final Episode of Long Lost Family Airs Tonight at 9pm on ITV. (UK)

Posted on July 8, 2015 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Davina McCall, Nicky Campbell and all the Long Lost Family team have taken us on a very emotional journey over the last five weeks. Tonight’s episode is the last in the series. Tonight we meet Alley Lofthouse, who has always known that she was adopted. The circumstances of her adoption are unlike any other case we… Read more

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