Posted by on 19 February 2013 in General

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…


With Who Do You Think You Are? Live coming up from 22 February, it was time last week for the Ancestry Advocates to receive our latest briefing. The Advocates are a group of volunteers who help visitors to the stand at the show to smash through their brickwalls.

The Advocates arrived for our briefing by staff and the room was buzzing with conversation and excitement as newer members were welcomed and returning members reacquainted ourselves with each-other as we tucked into a glorious lunch. We are always so warmly welcomed by Aimee from Marketing, and the rest of the team.

We were welcomed by Jonathan, the MD – congratulations by the way, he shared that Who Do You Think You Are? Live! is the biggest family history show in the world and received 12,500 visitors last year, see here for a review:

We were walked through the major groupings of records, some old, some new and some borrowed and given a taster of what is coming. Russell showed us how groups of records had been assembled into major categories to help us to find the people we are looking for in a more targeted way.

For instance, the screenshot above is the Military records portal page. It contains all the records available to help you find your military ancestors. I recognised “Master & Mates Certificates” as being drawn from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich where the Guild of One-Name Studies Maritime Records seminar was held.

What is borrowed? are syndicating and federating searches from other genealogical collections.

In the above screenshot you can see what has been recently added. At the top of the list is “Web: Burial Index”. You can now run federated searches across certain other databases from within You get the transcriptions in your search results, and then visit the original website for the full record.

So what was blue? Guild members have been sharing their research into the origins and meanings of their surnames in a series of “What’s in a Name?” guest blogs on Ancestry. These have proved to be very popular with readers, with authors and with Thank you to Emma for the positive feedback and encouragement and thank you to the Guild authors for sharing their research.

The buzz and excitement in anticipation of the show has been building for some time now. We Advocates are getting our own blog to share our experiences. Just one day to go!

If you can’t make it to the show, you can watch it from the comfort of your home:

Bob Cumberbatch is researching every Cumberbatch from any time, any place or anywhere with the Guild of One Name Studies. He is a Committee member of the Guild and is its Education Liaison Officer, he is a member of the Society of Genealogists and a guest blogger for Ancestry. He is passionate about his Caribbean and Italian ancestry; his wife has Irish ancestry, his daughter-in-law, Claire, has Welsh ancestry all of which makes his family history research “interesting”; Oh, and he is an Ancestry Advocate.

About Emma

Emma Pulman is a Social Media and digital Marketing Executive for Based in Ancestry's London office in Hammersmith, Emma regularly tweets and posts on Ancestry's Facebook page.

1 Comment

David Spencer 

This was a great day and it was nice to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

It was very informative and enlightening.

I am really looking forward to the show.

21 February 2013 at 11:21 am