About Kelly Godfrey

Kelly Godfrey is Senior Manager, Digital Marketing for Ancestry.co.uk. Based in Ancestry's London office in Hammersmith, Kelly regularly tweets and posts on Ancestry's Facebook page as well as here on the blog.

Past Articles

New Dorset records – are you descended from pirates?

Posted on 7 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry.co.uk today. There be pirates about, and they be thirsty for your blood. Actually, strictly speaking, we’re hoping that our pirates already share your blood. These scurvy dogs – who appear as part of nine new Dorset record collections we’re launching today – are real historical people who could… Read more

FREE Immigration and emigration records – around the world in four days!

Posted on 23 August 2012 in General

Did you ancestors help to set up the United States? Or maybe they were among the early pioneers in Australia? Perhaps they came to Britain from exotic faraway lands, or fled persecution in Europe? Some of the most remarkable and emotional stories in your family history come from those who started new lives overseas –… Read more

“A pure craft that has remained the same over time” By Hannah Firmin, Illustrator

Posted on 2 August 2012 in General

As a long-time illustrator, I’ve been commissioned to do a huge variety of work for books, magazines and advertising. Most recently, I was asked to create a series of images to represent parish records on Ancestry.co.uk. You may have seen them around the site, or on emails. For all my work, I use a method… Read more

Postcard Poser – July 2012

Posted on 12 July 2012 in General

Can you solve this months Postcard Poser? – Regular readers of our blog know what to do, but for those who are new to this feature, we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK and you have to guess the location or landmark. Leave your answers in the comments below.

Land tax records, 1725-1936

Posted on 28 June 2012 in General

Over the past 10 years of working at LMA I have lost count of the number of times that I have been asked ‘What do you have that will help me find somebody’s address prior to the 1841 census?’ If they have already exhausted parish records and directories I would often refer people to the… Read more

My criminal past – Written By: Andrew Lott

Posted on 27 June 2012 in General

Ancestry.co.uk has just put the Middlesex Convict Transportation Contracts online for the first time, to help you trace the villains and rascals in your family. I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you about my own history with these fascinating records. Back in the summer of 2001 I began my career at London… Read more

Postcard Poser – June 2012

Posted on 20 June 2012 in General

Since the last Postcard Poser was a little too easy for some of you, we’ve slightly dialled up the level of difficulty. Can you guess the location of this Postcard Poser? Regular readers of our blog know the drill but for those who are new to this feature, we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere… Read more

New Dorset records – are you descended from pirates?

Posted on 14 June 2012 in General

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry.co.uk today. There be pirates about, and they be thirsty for your blood. Actually, strictly speaking, we’re hoping that our pirates already share your blood. These scurvy dogs – who appear as part of nine new Dorset record collections we’re launching today – are real historical people who could… Read more

Best of British

Posted on 1 June 2012 in General

“We may be a small country but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that!” I won’t reveal the great orator who uttered those words – we’ll see who’s the first to get it right in… Read more

Another Postcard Poser!

Posted on 31 May 2012 in General

Can you guess the location of this Postcard Poser? The building in the picture below was built in the late 15th Century and it has seen many historic events over the years. In 1648 it played a very important role during one of the towns most important historical events. The building remains to this day… Read more