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

Long-Lost Sisters United After 60 Years Apart

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 30, 2014 in Stories

Long-lost sisters Carol and Amy went most of their lives never knowing of one another until their passion for genealogy brought them together in 2013. Veteran genealogist Carol Moss was adopted 60 years ago and only last year decided to research her birth mother’s history. In doing so, Carol discovered an abundance of photos attached to… Read more

Short Film ‘Nan’ Explores the Beautiful Lifelong Friendship Between Grandma and Grandson

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 22, 2014 in In The Community, Stories, United Kingdom

We all have roles to play in our lives. We all start as children. Some of us go on to become parents, and later hope to become grandparents. How often do grandchildren stop to ponder the meaning of their bond with their grandmother or grandfather? Writer and director Luke Taylor recognized the unique relationship between… Read more

Long Lost Family continues to change lives and move us to tears

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 14, 2014 in In The Community, Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

  Last Monday saw the return of the BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family. Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell reunited families who had been separated for most of their lives, in what was a very emotional first episode of the new season.     Episode two features more emotional stories of heartbreak, separation and… Read more

Francis B. Griffin Imparts The Secret To a Long Life: “You Need To Relax”

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 27, 2014 in In The Community, Stories

When it comes to family, we all reserve a special place in our hearts for our grandparents. The bond between grandparent and grandchild is unique – in us they see the future and in them we can learn about the past.  How can we share the wisdom and experience they have to impart? What can… Read more