Amazing Stories of Bravery and Tragedy from Occupied Jersey 1940-1945

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 16, 2015 in Stories, United Kingdom

The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two cover the years 1940-1945. This collection will be of enormous benefit to anyone who is eager to learn more about their Jersey family history. As part of a major digitisation project, the Jersey Archive has uploaded images of its entire collection of registration cards from the occupation… Read more

The Final Episode of Long Lost Family Airs Tonight at 9pm on ITV. (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 8, 2015 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Davina McCall, Nicky Campbell and all the Long Lost Family team have taken us on a very emotional journey over the last five weeks. Tonight’s episode is the last in the series. Tonight we meet Alley Lofthouse, who has always known that she was adopted. The circumstances of her adoption are unlike any other case we… Read more

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

AncestryDNA – The Viking in the room

Posted by Mike Mulligan on June 23, 2015 in AncestryDNA, United Kingdom

At genealogy conferences I’ve spoken about AncestryDNA genetic ethnicity estimates. When the topic of Scandinavian ethnicity comes up, there tends to be an elephant in the room, or more accurately a Viking. At some point I invariably get asked by someone if having Scandinavian genetic ethnicity in their estimate means they are descended from Vikings.… 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

Time for tea and tissues as we travel from Scotland to Croatia in tonight’s episode of ‘Long Lost Family’.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 10, 2015 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

  Episode two of Long Lost Family features two heart-breaking stories of missed opportunities — a mother who, having given up her daughter for fostering, had the chance to have her back again, but chose for her daughter’s sake to give her up for a second time; and a man searching for the father who has… Read more

Over 11,000 Historic Surrey Mental Hospital Admission Records Published on Ancestry

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 4, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

   Records detail thousands of people placed in Surrey mental health institutions over a 33-year period Children as young as four and adults up to age 93 are listed in the collection Collection is key for people looking to find out more about the circumstances surrounding ancestors with mental health diagnoses     Over 11,000 historic… Read more

Long Lost Family returns to UK television tonight at 9pm on ITV.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 3, 2015 in Celebrity, Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

  Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall return to our screens tonight in the new season of the award winning show Long Lost Family. Across six new episodes, Davina and Nicky bring family members together who have been separated for most of their lives. Some have spent years desperately trying to track down their loved ones… Read more

Records from the Jersey Archive in the Channel Islands go online for the first time.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 22, 2015 in Collections, Content, United Kingdom

  We are very excited to bring you two new collections as part of our web search initiative. The Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments collection covering the years 1663-1948 and The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two covering the years 1940-1945. Both these collections will be of enormous benefit to… Read more