Temporary Site Problem with Search Functionality

Posted by Web Operations on 30 June 2011 in Site Status

We are experiencing some temporary site problems with our search functionality. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Our development and web operations teams are working on the problem and we will have it resolved as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience. UPDATE AS OF JULY 1, 2011 AT 12:00 AM BST… Read more

NEW London wills!

Posted by Russell James on 30 June 2011 in General, Record Collections

We have more new records to tell you about today – London Wills and Probate, 1525-1858. Wills are among the most personal of all the millions of records on our site. They’re often written in your ancestors’ own hand, and they reveal truly intimate details of their lives. You’ll discover things like how much money… Read more

Uncovering the Georgian Army

Posted by Kelly on 28 June 2011 in Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Guest blog post from Dr Kevin Linch, University of Leeds “Dear Wife and Child, This comes with my kind love to you hoping that these lines will find you in good health …” So starts a letter from William Birchall, a soldier, to his wife Sarah written in 1798 during the war against Revolutionary France.… Read more

NEW West Yorkshire Parish Records

Posted by Russell James on 22 June 2011 in General, Record Collections

  Today sees the launch of the new West Yorkshire parish collection at Ancestry.co.uk. Parish records are a key resource for anyone wishing to trace their ancestors prior to the introduction of civil registration in 1837 and can help bridge important gaps in our ancestry. They are a mine of information for the family historian… Read more

Going to the Yorkshire Family History Fair?

Posted by Russell James on 22 June 2011 in Company News, General

This weekend, I’ll be driving up to York for the Yorkshire Family History Fair. This annual event is one of the biggest dates in the family history calendar, and I’m really looking forward to meeting our members from the north of the country, and hearing about your latest discoveries. At the Ancestry.co.uk Stand, our team will… Read more

Postcard Posers – June

Posted by Kelly on 9 June 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser? For those who are new to this feature on our blog, every month we 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… Read more

Trace your West Country roots with the latest Dorset Parish records!

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 4 June 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Luke Mouland, Kith & Kin Research Wednesday marked the launch of the new Dorset Records Collections at Ancestry.co.uk, providing a wealth of vital information to those attempting to trace their West Country roots, with over four hundred years’ worth of records being made searchable online. Whilst these records offer an undoubtedly important snapshot into… Read more

Announcement – New Dorset Parish Record & Dorset Wills and Probate Records Released

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 1 June 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Luke Mouland, Kith & Kin Research The team at Ancestry are excited to announce the release of two major record collections, which will prove a vital resource to those researching their Dorset forebears. Today, the Dorset Parish Records, 1813-2001 and Dorset Wills and Probate Records, 1565-1858 have been launched online for the first time,… Read more