WWI and the personal battle of Edgar Mellin

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 10, 2016 in Regional, United Kingdom

What was the sentiment among naturalised or second generation Germans living in Britain following the outbreak of World War I? AncestryProGenealogist, Simon Pearce, tells the story of one soldier who enlisted to serve against his homeland.  At the outbreak of the World War I in August 1914 there was a rush of enthusiasm across Great Read More

For gallant and distinguished conduct: remembering Nurse Constance Cundell

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 4, 2016 in Regional, Research, United Kingdom

AncestryProGenealogist, Simon Pearce, reflects on the contributions of those who served and returned from the war by telling the story of Nurse Constance Cundell, awarded for gallant and distinguished conduct in her field. 2016 marks the halfway point in the First World War centenary commemorations and is one hundred years on from a lively year Read More

Double bubble, toil and trouble: Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection launches

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 31, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

The Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection, digitised from original records held by the Wellcome Library, holds the names of both women and men who were accused of witchcraft during a period of Scottish history in which persecution of supposed witches was rife. The passing of the Scottish Witchcraft Act in 1563 made witchcraft, Read More

Doctor, doctor! Medical directories reveal the legacies of UK medicine

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 17, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom, Website

Spanning more than 350 years, Ancestry’s new UK Medical Registers document the careers of some of the most notable names in British medical history, including the man who discovered Penicillin, Britain’s first recognised female doctor and even a pair of suspected serial killers from the world of medicine. The six new collections, digitised from original Read More

400 years of Oxfordshire History

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 4, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Over four million historic parish records have been digitised for the first time, offering insight into the history and people of the county of Oxfordshire. Published in conjunction with Oxfordshire Family History Society and the Oxfordshire History Centre, the Oxfordshire Parish Registers, 1538-1965 detail generations of baptisms, marriages and burials that took place in the Read More