About Emma

Emma Pulman is a Social Media and digital Marketing Executive for Ancestry.co.uk. Based in Ancestry's London office in Hammersmith, Emma regularly tweets and posts on Ancestry's Facebook page.

Past Articles

Guest blog: Howes it going? by Paul Howes

Posted on 18 January 2013 in General, What's in a name?

  Authored by Paul Howes.  Paul started his One-Name Study after helping his son complete a school class project to research his family history.  Having three separate lines of Howes ancestors all from Norfolk, England, Paul was interested to break through some brick walls and see if the families tied up.  That was five years… Read more

New divorce records: A silver lining

Posted on 16 January 2013 in General, Record Collections

It’s a family history conundrum. You don’t like to imagine your ancestors having difficult lives. But every time they hit tricky times they seem to be really well documented, and provide some of your most fascinating discoveries. This is true of Poor Law records. It’s definitely the case with criminal records. And it crops up… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? MacAlister

Posted on 7 January 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Lynn McAlister.   Lynn is a professional genealogist and has been a Macalister historian since 1997.  She researches the Macalister name worldwide as part of the Guild of One-Name Studies and maintains the blog ‘Today in Macalister History’ (www.macalister-history.blogspot.com). The MacAlister surname is Gaelic in origin: mac Alasdair means ‘son of Alexander’. The name… Read more

New Migration & Travel records – full of emotion

Posted on 7 January 2013 in General, Record Collections

Back at Who Do You Think You Are? Live last February, I saw a perfect example of how much someone’s family history can mean to them. A lady told me that she was struggling to find any record of her granddad before his marriage around 1930. I tried looking in the usual places – censuses,… Read more

Member Trees: Merge Duplicate People

Posted on 10 December 2012 in General

A lot of people have asked over the years how to clean up duplicates in their Ancestry Member Tree.  If you are one of the people who discovered that your mysterious distant cousin Mary was really the same person as Uncle George’s wife Mary, then you’ll be happy to learn that we have a solution that… Read more

Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted on 6 December 2012 in General

If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’. New research from Ancestry.co.uk, the UK’s favourite family history website, reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees, there… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Pepler or Peplow?

Posted on 6 December 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Marie Byatt. Marie was born and raised in the Midwest, USA and has taught in Australia  and England. She started her family research in the 1970s and became serious in 2002 when she started her One-Name Study and became a volunteer at a LDS family history center. She is a member of the Southern Indiana… Read more

Ancestry Advent Calendar

Posted on 4 December 2012 in Advent

Forget your little candles or pieces of chocolate. If you’re interested in tracing your ancestors there’s only one way to count down to the festive season, and that’s by having some family history fun with the Ancestry Advent Calendar. Visit the Calendar every day until 24th December for a series of exciting treats. Each window… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Cavers

Posted on 19 November 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Vivienne Dunstan.  Vivienne is an independent academic historian, a long-time genealogist since the age of twelve too many decades ago, and a former computer scientist. She comes originally from Hawick, near where Cavers originates, and is a Cavers descendant. CAVERS Cavers is a surname that originates historically from Cavers parish near the town of Hawick in… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a Name? Hardisty: a persistent surname

Posted on 12 November 2012 in General, What's in a name?

Authored by Howard Mathieson. Howard is a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and maintains the surnameorigins.ca mapping website. He can be reached at maps@surnameorigins.ca Hardisty: a persistent surname The Hardisty surname is derived from an English place name. From A Dictionary of Surnames (Hanks and Hodges), we learn that Hardisty “is a habitation name… Read more