Two sisters kept and two brothers given away. Heart breaking stories on tonight’s Long Lost Family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 1, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

It’s the penultimate episode of Long Lost Family tonight and it promises to be an emotional one. The Long Lost Family team feature the stories of two sisters who were kept while their brothers were given up for adoption, a family split by the decision to give up a child fifty years ago, and a… Read more

From Liverpool to Johannesburg tonight on Long Lost Family. (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 24, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

Last week we witnessed emotional scenes as the Long Lost Family team took on the task of searching for a missing sibling and this week is no different. Christine Chesham is desperately searching for her sister in the hope of discovering the truth behind a family tragedy. Christine had always known that she was adopted, but it… Read more

Ireland and New Zealand feature in tonight’s episode of Long Lost Family. (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 17, 2015 in Long Lost Family, Stories, United Kingdom

It is Long Lost Family time again. Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell travel the world to reunite separated families. This week the Long Lost Family team features two stories which explore the feelings of abandonment. Peter Gunn has struggled to come to terms with the decision his mother made to give him up for adoption. Adopted at just… Read more

Celebrities Face the Reality of Victorian Life. Episode three of 24 Hours in The Past airs Tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 12, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom

  The celebrities are quickly discovering that working in Victorian Britain is not for the faint of heart. Their third 24 hours finds them facing the grueling inequality of the factories that were the powerhouses of the industrial revolution.     Amidst the bottle kilns of the Staffordshire potteries, it’s not just the machinery that’s… Read more

1945 – 2015. The 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 8, 2015 in Military Records, Stories, United Kingdom

Today is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. On May 8th 1945 World War Two officially ended in Europe. On the 30th April 1945, Adolf Hitler took his own life and a week later German General Jodl and Grand Admiral Doenitz had signed an unconditional surrender on Monday May 7th at… 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 Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, 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

Celebrities face the reality of Victorian life. 24 Hours in The Past Starts tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on April 28, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Celebrity, Stories, United Kingdom

It is probably fair to say that as family historians we appreciate more than most the hardships that our ancestors endured to survive. We follow the paper trail, we read the documents and we try to imagine what life was like for our Victorian ancestors. I dare say some of us have even shed a… Read more

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