If a house could tell a story… A day at Ham House

Posted by on 31 August 2011 in Company News, Record Collections

Last week the Ancestry.co.uk team went to Ham House in Richmond to volunteer our services and help preserve the beautiful 17th century house for a day. The volunteering took shape in a number of guises – removing tree suckers from lime trees, polishing brass pots and pans, and re-potting seedlings. Built in 1620 for Sir… Read more

NEW Apprentice Records Now Online

Posted by on 24 August 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Another week and yet another new collection of occupations records!  And this time we’re going even further back in time, to the start of the 18th century, to catch your ancestors right at the start of their careers. Apprentice Books, 1710-1811, explores a practice that has its roots even earlier, in the time of Elizabeth… Read more

My father: a prisoner of war

Posted by on 19 August 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger Midge Gillies, author of The Barbed-Wire University: The Real Lives of Prisoners of War in the Second World War I grew up knowing that my father had been a prisoner of war but it was not until his death that I began to realise that being “in the bag” was about much more… Read more

Postcard Posers – August

Posted by Kelly on 12 August 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser?  I think this one could be guessed in record time! 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… Read more

Who do you think you are is back!

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 5 August 2011 in Record Collections

If like me you’ve been hooked on family history as a result of the BBC’s fantastic Who Do You Think You Are? series, you’ll be delighted to know that series eight starts on Wednesday 10th August at 9pm. I can’t quite believe we’re in series eight already, but like previous years, this year’s line-up looks… Read more