Past Articles

Military communications

Posted on 12 November 2010 in General, Record Collections

On Tuesday I spent a morning at a London studio doing what our PR team call a ‘Radio Day’;  which essentially involves doing lots of different radio interviews on different stations back to back The subject of the interviews was the release that day of our military medals collections that I blogged about here earlier… Read more

Dulce et decorum est…

Posted on 10 November 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

November and the run up to Remembrance Sunday is always a time for reflection.  This is particularly so at Ancestry as we try to make records available at this time of year, which help people connect to their ancestors’ military history.  Notable releases over the last few years have been the definitive UK World War… Read more

Our Biggest Announcement of the year (Part 2)

Posted on 5 November 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

In August we launched our biggest collection of the Year – the UK National Probate Calendar – online for the first time ever.  Here at ‘Ancestry Towers’ we were understandably excited and, ahead of the formal announcement (and careful to keep the exact record collection being launched a secret), we first relayed news about ‘our… Read more

NEW prison records at

Posted on 15 September 2010 in General, Record Collections

This week we’re releasing more fascinating criminal and prison records on  The Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books and the Licenses of Parole for Female Convicts are very different record sets, but both represent a vivid snapshot into the criminal justice system of the 19th century. This is a great opportunity to see if… Read more

Reporting live from Nova Scotia!

Posted on 11 June 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

This week I’m at the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  When I attend international events such as this, I’m always struck by the enthusiasm and passion for historical records and research, which seems to unite both archivists and researchers the world over. At this conference, Ancestry launched a new… Read more

Is this the World’s longest document?

Posted on 26 April 2010 in General, Record Collections

As the guy who is responsible for finding records which will be of interest to our members and putting them online, I confess I get to visit some fantastic archives and see many great historical manuscripts.  A trip to Ireland last week however, introduced me to what I think might be the most unusual historical… Read more