Member Spotlight UK & Ireland: Mysteries solved and relatives discovered using Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

Many of us have been fortunate to know our grandparents. For those of us that did not, we often learn about their lives from our own parents. What if you never knew your grandparents and your parents had never known them either? With his first child on the way, Danny McClure wanted to learn more… Read more

How AncestryDNA has added new life to my family history research

Posted by Brian Gallagher on February 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA, Finding Your Roots, Stories, United Kingdom

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

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed… Read more

Mary Christmas, Belle Ringer & Miss L. Toe – Festive names found on Ancestry.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on December 27, 2014 in Cool Finds, Stories, United Kingdom

  We have all discovered interesting names and stories in the course of our family history research. Some more unusual than others. Researchers here at Ancestry took a look through our collections to see if they could find some festive names. Mary Christmas from South Carolina and Mrs. Belle Ringer of West Virginia are just… Read more

Why do we wear the poppy?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 15, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records, Stories, United Kingdom

 The Ancestry team at the Tower of London Remembrance Day has passed and many of you observed a moment of silence to honour the memory of those that sacrificed so much so that we would know peace. Memorials and monuments were attended in vast numbers. The crowds that gathered to remember were bonded in collective appreciation… Read more

Beyond Records. Adding Colour to Your Tree.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 12, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Finding Your Roots, In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

I was visiting an old friend recently who I had not seen in some years. We talked about our lives and our jobs and all that had happened since we had last met. She was very interested to hear about Ancestry and immediately began to tell me about her father. Her father passed away in… Read more

’60s icon Twiggy is next to explore her roots on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s the 100th episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC1. Next to explore her family history is 1960s icon Twiggy.     Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is a famous model, actor, and designer. Growing up in London, Twiggy had a happy childhood but knew very little about her… Read more

World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

World famous comedian Billy Connolly is the next star to go on his family history journey on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?       ‘The Big Yin’ is famous for his Scottish wit and has entertained audiences for many years with stories of his life in Scotland. Having endured a tough childhood… Read more

From London to Ghana with Reggie Yates on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Stories, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates is the next celebrity to share their family history journey with us on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     Growing up in London Reggie was conscious of the bustling nature of a city with a diverse immigrant population. Both of Reggie’s parents are from Ghana… Read more

Two searches, one family! Get ready for another episode of Long Lost Family

Posted by Brian Gallagher on August 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

The inspiring stories on Long Lost Family have brought us to tears on more than one occasion, as Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell worked tirelessly to reunite long separated families. In episode four we will witness a first for the Long Lost Family team. Inge Dart Growing up in Kenya, Inge’s life was overshadowed by her domineering mother.… Read more