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

Win tickets to WDYTYA?Live 2014

Posted by Emma on 3 February 2014 in General

For your chance to win tickets for WDYTYA?Live 2014 keep an eye on our Twitter page @AncestryUK Terms and conditions of the Ancestry.co.uk WDYTYA Live 2014 Twitter prize draw (the “Promotion”) 1. By entering the Promotion, you accept these terms and conditions, therefore, please read them carefully. 2. The Promoter of the Promotion is Ancestry.com… Read more