Double bubble, toil and trouble: Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection launches

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 31, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

The Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection, digitised from original records held by the Wellcome Library, holds the names of both women and men who were accused of witchcraft during a period of Scottish history in which persecution of supposed witches was rife. The passing of the Scottish Witchcraft Act in 1563 made witchcraft, Read More

Doctor, doctor! Medical directories reveal the legacies of UK medicine

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 17, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom, Website

Spanning more than 350 years, Ancestry’s new UK Medical Registers document the careers of some of the most notable names in British medical history, including the man who discovered Penicillin, Britain’s first recognised female doctor and even a pair of suspected serial killers from the world of medicine. The six new collections, digitised from original Read More

400 years of Oxfordshire History

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 4, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Over four million historic parish records have been digitised for the first time, offering insight into the history and people of the county of Oxfordshire. Published in conjunction with Oxfordshire Family History Society and the Oxfordshire History Centre, the Oxfordshire Parish Registers, 1538-1965 detail generations of baptisms, marriages and burials that took place in the Read More

The value of searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers (1857-1962)

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 16, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Susan Taylor, librarian in the Special Collections department of The Mitchell Library in Glasgow discusses the Glasgow Electoral Registers (1852 – 1962), now available on Ancestry.  Searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers just got a whole lot easier. Over 100 years of electoral registers (or voters rolls) from the Mitchell Library’s extensive family history collection have been Read More

Wanted! Criminals and reward systems revealed in new Irish Police Gazette records

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 22, 2016 in Collections, Ireland, Website

Our new Irish Police Gazette records from 1863-1893 give fascinating insight into the crimes, wanted criminals, reward systems and missing persons in Ireland during the Victorian era. The Ireland, Police Gazettes, 1861-1893 records are extracted from ‘Hue and Cry’, the official publication of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) which operated in Ireland from 1814-1922. ‘Hue Read More

Using WWI Registration Cards to trace your ancestors

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 19, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom

Ancestry Content Acquisition Manager, Rhona Murray talks about the value of WWI registration cards in tracing your ancestors movements during this period. Start exploring our new WWI Registration Cards for Bexley on Ancestry. The first National Registration exercise in the United Kingdom was taken during the First World War. The National Registration Act came in Read More

Finding Canadian Lovebirds in Ontario Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 9, 2016 in Canada, Collections

Analysis of historic visitor records from Niagara Falls has revealed how one of Canada’s top tourist destinations earned its reputation as the honeymoon capital of the world. Recent research shows that August is Canada’s most popular month to wed – and to celebrate the 500-year-old tradition of taking a vacation after the big day, Ancestry Read More