Past Articles

Roll up, roll up! For all the fun of the fair!

Posted on 20 February 2013 in WDYTYA? LIVE 2013

Who Do You Think You Are? Live will soon be upon us (22nd – 24thFebruary) and as always, there are lots of exciting and interesting things to see and do this year, so we wanted to let you know what we’ve got happening at the show then you can plan you day. So, grab your candy… Read more

The origins of wedding traditions

Posted on 26 April 2011 in Record Collections

With the inescapable theme of weddings continuing this week, I thought I would do some research into common wedding traditions and where they originate from. Most are familiar with the old rhyme of  “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” but few are aware of the end line “a silver sixpence in her… Read more

Marriage Indexes free to search, 21-30 April 2011

Posted on 21 April 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

You may be aware that there’s a wedding taking place next week on the 29th April. It seems like the whole world is looking forward to Kate and William’s happy day. At the same time, we’re giving you the chance to look back – at equally memorable occasions in your own family’s past. For nine days, from the… Read more

FREE census access – technical problems resolved- plus extension until the end of the day on Monday.

Posted on 27 March 2011 in Record Collections

Firstly I’d like to say that we’re very sorry for the difficulties some people have had this morning trying to access the free indexes. I’m pleased to say that we have now resolved the technical issues which caused this. This was a result of problems with some of our servers (although not all), which explains why some… Read more

Postcard Posers – March

Posted on 17 March 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s special St Patrick’s Day Irish postcard poser? For those who are new to this feature on our blog, every month we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK, or in this case in Ireland. It could be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just… Read more

The story of The Foundling Hospital in 18th Century London

Posted on 10 March 2011 in General

I recently visited the fascinating Threads of Feeling exhibition at The Foundling Museum near Russell Square in London. The museum provides an absorbing insight into 18th century London and tells of the work of the Foundling Hospital, which took in children whose parents could not support them or who were abandoned, from 1739 through to the… Read more

Read all about it this weekend (family history that is)!

Posted on 18 February 2011 in General

Those of you newer to family history may like to pick up The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph this weekend for their free copy of Trace Your Family History, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide (on Saturday) and DVD (on Sunday), which have been produced in association with Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. The guide… Read more

The History of the Most Famous Awards Ceremony

Posted on 25 January 2011 in General

With the release of the Oscar® nominations today I thought it might be interesting to find out something about the history of the Academy Awards®. So off I went to Wikipedia and the official Academy Awards® site to find out more. The first Academy Awards® was held on the 16th May 1929, there were 15 awards… Read more

Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve – the history of Remembrance

Posted on 11 November 2010 in General, Guest Bloggers

By Alisha Chapman, The Royal British Legion Whilst most people are aware of The Royal British Legion, fewer know the fascinating stories that make up our history and shape what we do today.  As a charity, we are often asked what the significance of the poppy is to Remembrance and how the Two Minute Silence came… Read more

Why my Great Grandfather George was one of the WWI heroes

Posted on 8 November 2010 in General

Search and view British Army Service and Pension records and Medal Index Rolls FREE until midnight GMT on 14th November. I have always known quite a bit about my Grandfathers’ service in WWII but I always assumed that none of my Great Grandfathers had fought in WWI as I had never been told anything about… Read more