Postcard Poser – October

Posted by Kelly on 31 October 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser?  A sleepy village on a river, it could be anywhere! But I’m sure our astute blog readers and Facebook fans will still get it. For those who are new to this feature on our blog, every month we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in… Read more

1911 Census – start searching!

Posted by Russell James on 27 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

  Good news this week for everyone in Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, plus the millions all over the UK with roots in those areas. We’ve completed the first part of our 1911 Census transcriptions – and you’re the ones to benefit. Right now, everyone can search for ancestors in Wales and the… Read more

Test yourself and take the Parish Challenge!

Posted by on 24 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Parish records are surrogate birth, marriage and death records, and constitute one of the cornerstones of family history research.  Following the launch of our additional 3.9 million parish records from Warwickshire and Dorset last week, we have formulated five questions testing your knowledge about parish records.  To help us review your answers we’re teaming up with UK… Read more

NEW Warwickshire parish records

Posted by Russell James on 24 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Wherever you are in the old county of Warwickshire, you’re surrounded by history – from the Cathedral in Coventry, to Rugby School, to Warwick’s Tudor houses. The region has played host to some of our most important figures – William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, while it’s said that the Gunpowder Plot was hatched in… Read more

Parish fun for all to celebrate 3.9 million new Parish records!

Posted by on 20 October 2011 in Record Collections

To celebrate today’s launch of more than 3.9 million Parish records from Warwickshire and Dorset, we’ve lined up a number of exciting things for you over the coming week, including the chance to win will receive a National Trust voucher for two cream teas, the chance to interact with Historian and TV presenter Tony Robinson… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2012 is here!

Posted by on 18 October 2011 in Family Tree Maker, General has launched an improved and expanded version of the world’s No. 1-selling family history software Family Tree Maker® 2012. With its new TreeSync™ capabilities, Family Tree Maker 2012 enables family history enthusiasts to sync their desktop family trees and their online trees at With TreeSync now you can access and update your tree… Read more

FREE* today – American Obituaries

Posted by Lilian Lee on 15 October 2011 in Record Collections

Our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown reaches its climax today. As a final treat, we’ve made our United States Obituary Collection, completely free for everyone to use. Remember, this is a one-day-only offer, so get in quick! The US Obituary Collection is an ever-expanding resource collated from hundreds of online newspapers. Every day, we… Read more

BBC One wants to hear from you!

Posted by on 14 October 2011 in Record Collections

Would you and your family like to follow in your ancestors’ footsteps in a unique living history experience? BBC One’s hit living history series Turn Back Time is back! Last year we sent shopkeepers back in time on the British High Street. This year we’re looking at family life through the ages and we’re on… Read more

FREE* today – 1901 England Census

Posted by Lilian Lee on 14 October 2011 in Record Collections

  It’s the penultimate day of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1901 England Census , completely free for everyone to use. It’ll only stay that way until tomorrow, so don’t miss your chance. The 1901 Census provides a snapshot of Britain at the turn of the century, showing entire… Read more

Tracey Emin – the bad girl of British art

Posted by Gavin Bonthron on 13 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Tracey Emin, the 48-year-old British artist has always courted controversy and, in her own words, was anxious that she might come from “the most loving, simple, ordinary, lovely suburban family that anyone could ever want to come from”. If we’re honest this was always going to be unlikely. Already armed with a good knowledge of… Read more