Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Married. No Preacher Required

Posted by Lisa Arnold on June 1, 2014 in Collections

A Quaker marriage usually took place under the care of the bride’s meeting (congregation), either in the meeting house or in her home. There was no clergyman marrying the couple; rather, they offered themselves in marriage and made promises to each other, under the care of the meeting. The marriage certificate was hand-lettered on large… Read more

Watt Geniuses – Historical Electrical Engineering Records from Institution of Engineering and Technology

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 30, 2014 in Collections, United Kingdom

More than 170,000 electrical engineer records are published online today – shedding light on some of history’s ‘brightest sparks’. Digitised by Ancestry the UK Electrical Engineer Records 1871-1930* includes members of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) across the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The IET was originally founded in 1871 as the… Read more

Quaker Calendars & Dates: In Just Two Days, Tomorrow Will be Yesterday

Posted by Lisa Arnold on May 22, 2014 in Collections

There is no doubt about it: Quaker dating in letters and meeting minutes is confusing! When you begin researching Quaker records, you may be tempted to “correct” the dates that you find. You would not be alone in thinking this way. Let’s take a look at the reasoning behind the Quaker calendar and dating practices… Read more

Fancy a Pint at the Cod Smack? Historic Surrey Pub Names Published Online

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 15, 2014 in Collections

Thousands of historic records pertaining to Surrey pubs have been published online for the first time – revealing the weird and wonderful names of some of Britain’s oldest ‘boozers’. More than 65,000 Victorian victualler records included in the newly digitised collection Weird and wonderful pub names include the Leopard, Red Lettuce and Cod Smack Lambeth… Read more

Let Me Call Thee Sweetheart

Posted by Lisa Arnold on April 30, 2014 in Collections

Is he a “thee” or a “you”? Our early Quaker ancestors often used peculiar words when speaking to each other. In many languages, there is a familiar or informal form for the second-person pronoun “you” in English. For Quakers, this familiarity was expressed by using “thee” or “thou” in place of “you.” It came to… Read more

Tattoos, Pigeon Theft and Financial Fraud: Introducing The West Yorkshire Collection

Posted by Ancestry.com on April 30, 2014 in Collections

Thousands of 19th century child criminal records have been published online for the first time – shedding light on the delinquent and destitute children of Victorian Britain. The West Yorkshire Collection (1779-1914) details the crimes of thousands of boys admitted to Calder Farm Reformatory, East Moor Community Home School and The Shadwell Children’s Center. More than… Read more

New Quaker Records Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends”

Posted by Ancestry.com on April 28, 2014 in Collections

We just released 11.5 million new records documenting one of the most prominent groups in American history, the “Religious Society of Friends,” more commonly known as Quakers. Spanning over 300 years (late 1600s – late 1900s), the collection includes birth, marriage, death, disownment, and memorial records, sourced from the Quaker’s monthly meeting minutes. About The Quakers… Read more

Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2014 in Collections, Research

Pennsylvania research just got easier, thanks to the release of Pennsylvania, Death Certificates 1906-1924. This collection contains more than 2.4 million records and has images of the actual death certificates. Statewide registration of births and deaths began on 1 January 1906. This collection of death certificates currently runs through the end of 1924 (later records… Read more

Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Posted by Juliana Szucs on April 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Content, Juliana's Corner, Research, Social Media, Stories

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

Paying Taxes… Or Not

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 15, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

They say that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Genealogists are used to dealing with records surrounding an ancestor’s death, but what about taxes? Tax Basics Tax records in many locations date back earlier than vital records. They’re great for our research because they tend to be kept on a regular… Read more