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

Ancestry Guest Blogger Kate Lloyd: Finding my real mother…

Posted on 18 May 2011 in Guest Bloggers, Site Features

By Kate Lloyd, Ancestry.co.uk member All my life my mother refused to talk about her family except to say that she had a twin sister, tall brothers and had been an orphan. On going through her documents after she died I found no birth certificate and so I sent off for it from the Public… Read more

The history of the census

Posted on 25 March 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Ian White from the Census Team at the Office for National StatisticsThe census records in England and Wales, available for family history research, go back to 1841 – though the history of the census goes back much further than that. The concept of the census was first proposed in 1753, but was regarded then with… Read more

Census unplugged: how census looks on the inside

Posted on 9 March 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

By Helen Fisher, the 2011 Census Digital Marketing Team Content Editor  When I first came to work for the census back in 2009, my knowledge of it was limited.  All I knew was that it was about a big form that everyone had to fill in, was taken once every ten years and helped the… Read more