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

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