Sir Tony marks WWI centenary with a series of exclusive family history events.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on 7 August 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

  We are excited to announce that actor, author, historian and Ancestry.co.uk spokesperson Sir Tony Robinson will be hosting a series of exclusive family history events to mark the WWI centenary.   Sharing his fascinating perspective on history, Tony will be visiting local archives in Liverpool, Essex, Newcastle upon Tyne and East Sussex (full event… Read more

Does This Make Angelina Jolie Kate Middleton’s Fairy Godmother?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on 10 June 2014 in General

Ancestry.co.uk discovers Malificent star Elle Fanning is related to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton While anxiously waiting for the release of the movie Maleficent (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy, in case you haven’t heard), film buffs Ancestry.ca have discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she… Read more

What Can Your Surname Tell You?

Posted by wexon on 9 June 2014 in What's in a name?

At least for purposes of research, just about every genealogist rues the ancestor whose last name is common, and therefore hard to trace, and rejoices in their ancestors with more unusual names. While an unusual surname undeniably can make genealogical research easier, it doesn’t corner the market on interesting and informative origins. In Western Europe,… Read more

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted by wexon on 20 March 2014 in General

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the… Read more

West Yorkshire house values quadruple in 100 years

Posted by Paul Rawlins on 20 March 2014 in General

Historic West Yorkshire tax records reveal spike in property values over the past century. New research has revealed that property values in West Yorkshire have almost quadrupled over the past century. The findings, from Ancestry.co.uk, were uncovered within the newly digitised West Yorkshire, England, Tax Valuation, 1910 Collection. These 600,000 tax valuation records detail the… Read more

A Victorian Shopping List: Moustache Grease, a Brace of Pistols, and a Pint of Blood

Posted by Paul Rawlins on 20 March 2014 in General

Never mind eggs, milk and bread. The typical Victorian shopping basket might contain leeches, moustache grease, and a pint of blood. These findings from Ancestry.co.uk were assembled from hundreds of retail trade directories from the Victorian era. Researchers identified the most common retailers and reconstructed our ancestors’ shopping habits—with some surprising findings. The audit of… Read more