About Brian Gallagher

Brian is the International Social Media Specialist for Ancestry, working closely with our United Kingdom, Sweden, German and Australian teams.

Past Articles

Guest list for WWI centenary events with Sir Tony Robinson

Posted on 18 August 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

We’d like to thank everyone who applied to be on the guest list for our upcoming series of centenary themed family history events featuring Sir Tony Robinson.     The deadline has now closed for the dates in Brighton, Liverpool and Chelmsford and guests have been selected at random. Those who were successful have now… Read more

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

Posted 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

Secrets of A Suffragette: How a Fleet Street Journalist Discovered All About Emily’s Secret Past

Posted on 8 March 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

David Randall is senior news writer at the Independent on Sunday, author of five books, and partner in Black Toad Books. He is also a passionate family historian and Ancestry.co.uk member. One of life’s small pleasures is discovering that a thing designed for one purpose is rather good at something completely different. As a boy,… Read more

Love Story: How far would you go to be with the one that you love?

Posted on 14 February 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Ancestry.co.uk member and AncestryUK Facebook fan Linda Wilson is a passionate family historian and been researching her ancestors for a few years. Her Valentine’s Day blog post is in memory of her great grandparents whose story tells one of great love and romance.    Sarah Govett was a country girl, born in St Dominic, Cornwall in… Read more

Bastardy Orders & Certificates in Warwickshire Quarter Session Records

Posted on 9 February 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Authored and kindly supplied by Robert Eyre, Senior Archivist at Warwickshire County Record Office. Bastardy records are a familiar class of record that can turn up in the parish chest.  They form part of the administrative records of a parish that began with the introduction of the Elizabethan Poor Law. Essentially a parish was responsible… Read more

GUEST BLOGGER: When the burden of battle becomes too much to bear

Posted on 7 February 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger, Ancestry.co.uk member and AncestryUK Facebook fan Rob Arguile is currently a student at the university of Hertfordshire, studying for a degree in Geography. He has been researching his family history since he was 17 years old and discovered a story of inspiration and sadness. This post is a tribute from Rob to his great… Read more

Victorian Christmas Traditions

Posted on 1 December 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

The Nativity of Christ has been celebrated for centuries and yet most traditional customs were of pagan origin.  There then followed a period where Christmas celebration was almost non-existent due to the condemnation of pagan customs and superstitions during the Protestant Reformation. The Puritans then abolished all public celebrations after the Civil War and Christmas… Read more

GUEST BLOGGER: The horrors suffered by horses during WWI

Posted on 7 November 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger Natasha Kleanthous is website editor at The Blue Cross animal charity. She reveals more about the role of animals in the First World War. It wasn’t just men who answered the call in 1914 to leave behind the peaceful, rural life they’d always known and enter the unknown to fight for their country.… Read more

GUEST BLOGGER: William Sexton Blake divulges his family history

Posted on 14 September 2011 in Company News, General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger William Sexton Blake, family historian and great contributor to the Ancestry.co.uk Facebook fan page, offering advice, information of value and lots of humour. My name is William Sexton Blake.  I am 52 years old. I have lived in Chester, Cheshire for 35 years. I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and my roots are… Read more

My father: a prisoner of war

Posted on 19 August 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger Midge Gillies, author of The Barbed-Wire University: The Real Lives of Prisoners of War in the Second World War I grew up knowing that my father had been a prisoner of war but it was not until his death that I began to realise that being “in the bag” was about much more… Read more