100 years on: Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe & the Battle of Jutland

Posted by Bryony Partridge on May 31, 2016 in Family Trees, Military Records, United Kingdom

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, ProGenealogist Joanna Cicely Fennell, M.A.G.I., explores the family roots of its commander, Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe. John Rushworth Jellicoe was born in Southampton on 5 December 1859. He was the second son of Merchant Navy captain, John Henry Jellicoe, and his wife, Lucy Henrietta Keel. The… Read more

7 #AncestryAdvice tips for researching your ancestors

Posted by Bryony Partridge on May 10, 2016 in United Kingdom

What tip would you share with a researcher who’s just started their family history journey? We posed this question to our UK Twitter community recently and were overwhelmed with helpful responses – everything from who and how to research, to buying your self nice stationery for all those notes you’ll be taking. Here are 7… Read more

Florence Foster Jenkins – the story of NYC’s unlikely singing socialite

Posted by Bryony Partridge on May 6, 2016 in Celebrity, Content, United Kingdom

 “Some may say that I couldn’t sing, but no one can say that I didn’t sing.” When you think of famous opera singers, Florence Foster Jenkins might not be the first to jump to mind. However, this 1940s New York City socialite had a notable impact on NYC’s musical culture despite the fact she had… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive,… Read more

Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of… Read more

Largest Collection of Irish Catholic Parish Records Launched Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Australia, Canada, Collections, Ireland, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online. This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around the world… Read more

Planning a Research Trip to Ireland

Posted by Lesley Anderson on December 21, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Research, United Kingdom

When I first started researching my family genealogy, I wanted to fly over to the UK and visit where my people lived, look in cemeteries for tombstones and go to the churches to look in the registers. All normal things to want to do, but boy was I wrong! Before you jump on a plane, you… Read more

All Members Now Moving to the New Ancestry

Posted by Kendall Hulet on December 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Over a year ago, based on extensive research into our members’ wants and needs, we set out to build a better website that reinvents the way Ancestry helps you discover and tell your family story. On December 15, we will complete the final transition worldwide to the new Ancestry site. Since introducing the new site… Read more

The New Ancestry: December 11th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 11, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered the upcoming features and this week we introduced several important enhancements to the Person Page, Facts view and media experience in the new Ancestry. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end… Read more

More Information on Family Tree Maker Desktop Software

Posted by Kendall Hulet on December 9, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family Tree Maker, United Kingdom

Following the last Family Tree Maker desktop software announcement, we’ve seen your outpouring of comments, questions and the concerns you have raised. I’ve read through many of your comments personally, and I want you to know that we truly value you as customers and your feedback. Here are three key things I’d like to re-assure… Read more