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

Top 20 Search Tips

Posted by Emma on 10 December 2013 in General

Use our suggestions to track down missing ancestors and get more from your Ancestry.co.uk searches. 1. Focused searching Searching all our records at once is extremely powerful, but it can give you too many search results. Consider searching categories, such as census or military records. Or if you know where and when you’re looking for… Read more

Family tree of ‘Family Man’ musician revealed

Posted by Emma on 3 December 2013 in General

We’ve been digging… Mick Fleetwood isn’t the first member of his family to achieve fortune, fame and critical acclaim. Mick is not only related to British royalty, but his 4x great grandmother was Anne Catley – one of the most sought after entertainers of 18th century London. Born in Tower Hill in 1745, Catley was… Read more