Past Articles

The Ancestry Academy is opening its doors…

Posted on 12 September 2011 in Record Collections

It’s that time of year, the summer’s drawing to an end, and you’ve probably packed the children or grandchildren off to school for another year. But we’re keen to make sure that it’s not just the little ones heading back to the classroom. In our quest to make sure you get the most from your… Read more

Channel 4 wants to hear from you!

Posted on 2 September 2011 in Record Collections

As scary as this might be we are already thinking about Christmas here, and it’s not just us its Channel 4 too! Channel 4 are looking for families of all shapes and sizes to take part in a brand new family entertainment series. This exciting new series is all about bringing families together and observing… Read more

Help find the missing heroes of World War I

Posted on 8 August 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

The Royal Aero Club needs your help! It’s looking for photographs of World War I pilots, to complete its impressive archive. It has details of around 200 early flyers whose pictures are missing – perhaps you could take a look and see if you recognise any of the names? In the early days of the… Read more

Who do you think you are is back!

Posted on 5 August 2011 in Record Collections

If like me you’ve been hooked on family history as a result of the BBC’s fantastic Who Do You Think You Are? series, you’ll be delighted to know that series eight starts on Wednesday 10th August at 9pm. I can’t quite believe we’re in series eight already, but like previous years, this year’s line-up looks… Read more

In this month’s Updated…Ask the experts.

Posted on 9 June 2011 in General, Record Collections

In this month’s issue of Updated our resident Ask the Experts answer another missing persons puzzler and how to track down an untraceable Irish soldier. If you have a question you would like us to answer then send us your questions now* *Terms and Conditions apply: I understand that by sending questions to ‘Ask the… Read more

Trace your West Country roots with the latest Dorset Parish records!

Posted on 4 June 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Luke Mouland, Kith & Kin Research Wednesday marked the launch of the new Dorset Records Collections at, providing a wealth of vital information to those attempting to trace their West Country roots, with over four hundred years’ worth of records being made searchable online. Whilst these records offer an undoubtedly important snapshot into… Read more

Announcement – New Dorset Parish Record & Dorset Wills and Probate Records Released

Posted on 1 June 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Luke Mouland, Kith & Kin Research The team at Ancestry are excited to announce the release of two major record collections, which will prove a vital resource to those researching their Dorset forebears. Today, the Dorset Parish Records, 1813-2001 and Dorset Wills and Probate Records, 1565-1858 have been launched online for the first time,… Read more

Updated…Ask the Experts

Posted on 12 April 2011 in General, Record Collections, Site Features

In this month’s issue of Updated one of our resident Ask the Experts Chris Paton answers some puzzling questions. Chris Paton is an expert in English, Scottish and Irish family and runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service. This month he solves a puzzling census mystery and explains how a missing maiden name can be… Read more