Exploring the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations

Posted by Chris Paton on November 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ancestry’s new database, Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936, is a fantastic resource that can help you to discover whether your Caledonian ancestors left estate behind after they passed away. If so, it will allow you to identify which court granted ‘confirmation’ (the Scottish equivalent of ‘probate’), the names of any Read More

Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection Read More

Keeping Tabs On Suffragettes: The Official Watchlist

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on October 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

To coincide with the recent nationwide release of the film ‘Suffragette’, the official watch list containing details of over 1,300 suffragette arrests has been published online by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. Digitised from the original record held at The National Archives in Kew, the online collection available on Ancestry – England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 – Read More

Archives Month: Searching by Context

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 23, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, Mexico, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel. Hundreds of thousands of records and manuscripts in their original form are housed in archives throughout the country. Archives, as used in this post, refers to unique, unpublished records of government, organizations, businesses or other institutions. CONTEXT So, how do you go about identifying a collection of Read More

Make Your Family History Survive the Test of Time

Posted by Denise May Levenick on October 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator If genealogists share one common research goal, it’s to insure that the ancestral relationships and stories they’ve learned are passed on to future generations. And with each passing birthday, dedicated researchers may become more worried about the future of their genealogical legacy. Not Read More

Family Traditions and Memories from the Kitchen

Posted by Jocelyn Delk Adams on September 12, 2015 in Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Jocelyn Delk-Adams, author of “Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories” published by Agate Surrey. Each recipe in my family is like a piece of fabric. When sewn together, they become a quilt of sorts, woven with a myriad of memories. The beginning thread of this quilt is my maternal Read More

How the sinking of The Lusitania & the battlefields of WWI took an immeasurable toll on one Irish family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 7, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Research, United Kingdom

Authored by Richard Coplen and originally published in the Westmeath Examiner May 5th 2015. The Doyles: A Mullingar family fractured by the First World War The First World War was more destructive than any other war had ever been. It was the first genuinely global conflict, fought not just on the fields of France and Flanders, Read More