Who Do You Think You Are? – Jason Donovan’s outback adventure

Posted by Russell James on 31 August 2010 in General

Did you watch Jason Donovan’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode last night? It revealed two sides to Britain’s colonisation of Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries, through two branches of the actor’s family. The result was an interesting glimpse into the relatively recent development of a new nation. The programme started slowly, and I… Read more

60M US School Yearbooks Now Online

Posted by on 27 August 2010 in General, Record Collections

Today we launched online 60 million U.S school and college yearbook records, which include a host of wonderfully rich information on students from high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges, and universities from almost every US state from 1875 to 1988.  This includes information on the subjects they took, school activities and even photographs!  Out of… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Alexander Armstrong’s royal romp

Posted by Russell James on 24 August 2010 in General

Alexander Armstrong’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode didn’t relate much to family history as most of us know it -  certainly, he didn’t need censuses or birth, marriage and death indexes to trace his roots. In my view, though, that didn’t matter, as the fantastic stories in his family and his enthusiasm for the search made… Read more

Family Tree Maintenance on Wednesday the 25th August at 07:01 GMT.

Posted by Web Operations on 23 August 2010 in General, Site Features, Site Status

The Ancestry.co.uk Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Wednesday for about 3 hours beginning at 07:01 AM GMT.  During this time Ancestry Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of My Canvas, the sections of the Home Page that are related to Member Trees and the sections of MyFamily.com that are related to Member Trees will… Read more

Postcard posers – August

Posted by Russell James on 23 August 2010 in General, Postcard Poser

Welcome to the first in our new monthly blog feature, Postcard posers. Every month, we’ll share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just a view of the town centre. All you have to do is tell us where and when the photo was taken. We’re… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Rupert Penry-Jones scours the Empire

Posted by Russell James on 17 August 2010 in General

I found Rupert Penry-Jones’ Who Do You Think You Are? episode last night both inspiring and thought-provoking. I have to say, I’m not sure the actor felt the same about the revelations he uncovered – although as a colleague pointed out to me this morning, it may have been the Indian heat that drained his enthusiasm. It was refreshing… Read more

It’s here – the National Probate Calendar

Posted by Russell James on 11 August 2010 in Record Collections

Our biggest release of the year officially went online this morning. The National Probate Calendar will help you uncover details of your ancestors’ wealth, social standing and even their hobbies and interests, plus point you in the direction of further family members. It’s now available for everyone to search online for the first time. We’ve… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Monty Don digs up his roots

Posted by Russell James on 10 August 2010 in General

I thoroughly enjoyed Monty Don’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode last night. Two completely separate strands both came to fascinating conclusions, with real repercussions for Monty’s life today. Monty’s 2x great-grandfather, Charles, seemed like a rather unpleasant chap, didn’t he? Perhaps one of the reasons his parishioners stayed away from his church was… Read more