Past Articles

Does This Make Angelina Jolie Kate Middleton’s Fairy Godmother?

Posted on 10 June 2014 in General

Ancestry discovers Malificent star Elle Fanning is related to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton While anxiously waiting for the release of the movie Maleficent (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy, in case you haven’t heard), film buffs have discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she… Read more

King George’s Answer to the White Feather: World War I’s Silver War Badge

Posted on 16 April 2014 in General

The British Empire lost more than 700,000 service personnel in World War I, and almost three times that many were discharged because of wounds or illness that left them physically unfit for service. The service and sacrifice of more than 800,000 of these men—and women—is recognized in the collection of Silver War Badge Records, 1914–1920, now… Read more

Cecil, Bertha and Gertrude — Britain’s ‘Endangered’ Names Revealed

Posted on 10 April 2014 in General

Analysis of millions of birth records from 1905 to the present day shows some first names that are disappearing or virtually extinct.  Many of the nation’s most traditional names are at risk of dying out according to a report released today by family history website Ancestry, which reveals forenames that have virtually disappeared over the… Read more

Teachers, Window Cleaners, and Textile Workers Make the Bravest British Soldiers

Posted on 20 March 2014 in General

Analysis of 2.8 million WWI medal records uncovers the UK’s bravest occupations If you’re sharing a foxhole (or a trench) on the battlefield, who do you want in there beside you? Turns out, your child’s primary school teacher or the bloke cleaning the windows at your office might increase your odds of survival. Teachers, window… Read more

West Yorkshire house values quadruple in 100 years

Posted on 20 March 2014 in General

Historic West Yorkshire tax records reveal spike in property values over the past century. New research has revealed that property values in West Yorkshire have almost quadrupled over the past century. The findings, from Ancestry, were uncovered within the newly digitised West Yorkshire, England, Tax Valuation, 1910 Collection. These 600,000 tax valuation records detail the… Read more

A Victorian Shopping List: Moustache Grease, a Brace of Pistols, and a Pint of Blood

Posted on 20 March 2014 in General

Never mind eggs, milk and bread. The typical Victorian shopping basket might contain leeches, moustache grease, and a pint of blood. These findings from Ancestry were assembled from hundreds of retail trade directories from the Victorian era. Researchers identified the most common retailers and reconstructed our ancestors’ shopping habits—with some surprising findings. The audit of… Read more