Dictionary of National Biography (UK) Volumes 1-20 and 22

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 12, 2011 in Content, United Kingdom

The Dictionary of National Biography began in 1882 as an ambitious project spearheaded by George Murray Smith to produce a biographical dictionary of prominent British and Irish figures from the earliest of times up to 1900. The efforts of hundreds of contributors resulted in a 22 volume alphabetical series containing thousands of biographies. This collection… Read more

Fame and scandal amongst a century of ‘runaway weddings’

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 14, 2011 in Content, Marriages, United Kingdom

On this Valentine’s Day, we revisit the Gretna Green Marriage Registers 1795-1895, a fascinating collection which details the weddings of more than half of all Brits who crossed the Scottish border to marry without their parents’ consent. The collection, also referred to as the ‘Lang Registers’ , contains the marriage records of Gretna Green’s most… Read more