Past Articles

War Hero in my Family

Posted on 1 May 2012 in General

A new family history TV programme is running on Tuesday nights at 8pm on Channel 5. War Hero in my Family puts a new spin on the idea of celebrities tracing their trees, as famous names discover the emotive stories of their relatives in World War II. TV host Chris Tarrant, politician Ann Widdecombe and… Read more

New Irish records

Posted on 22 April 2012 in General

Last month we celebrated St Patrick’s Day by releasing two brand new collections of Irish records. We’ve also made some of our older collections from Ireland far more useful – which adds up to great news for anyone with roots on the Emerald Isle. Our first new release contains over 200,000 pages from the Belfast Newsletter, created over… Read more

“God Himself couldn’t sink this ship”

Posted on 20 April 2012 in General, Record Collections

The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the best-known events in British history. Indeed, the disaster has become so shrouded in myth and legend that it’s easy to forget that it directly affected over 2,000 real people. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the accident, we’ve released five new record collections that reveal… Read more

NEW London records – Freemen of the City

Posted on 29 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

When it comes to family history, London is definitely a special case. To have a realistic chance of finding ancestors in most other parts of the UK, you need to have some sort of local connection. With the capital, though, it’s worth anybody searching the records – because so many people owned businesses or second… Read more

1911 Census – start searching!

Posted on 27 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

  Good news this week for everyone in Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, plus the millions all over the UK with roots in those areas. We’ve completed the first part of our 1911 Census transcriptions – and you’re the ones to benefit. Right now, everyone can search for ancestors in Wales and the… Read more

NEW Warwickshire parish records

Posted on 24 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Wherever you are in the old county of Warwickshire, you’re surrounded by history – from the Cathedral in Coventry, to Rugby School, to Warwick’s Tudor houses. The region has played host to some of our most important figures – William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, while it’s said that the Gunpowder Plot was hatched in… Read more

FREE* today – Irish landowners

Posted on 2 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections

It’s day two of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.  Griffiths Valuation is the most important set of records for uncovering your ancestors’ lives in 19th-century Ireland. It reveals around a million people who either… Read more

FREE* today – USA death records

Posted on 1 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections

Today marks the start of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown. To kick things off, we’ve made our US Social Security Death Index completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. In the States, just about everybody has a social security number. Our index provides the name, birth and… Read more

15 days – 15 FREE* collections!

Posted on 30 September 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re giving you free access to some of our most popular collections from around the world. Better yet, we’re helping you make the most of them with a series of quick tutorials. All you need is a spare 15 minutes every day! From October 1st-15th, we’re making another top collection free… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Larry Lamb uncovers the truth

Posted on 1 September 2011 in General

Part of the joy of family history is discovering family secrets – and then learning the truth behind them. For Eastenders actor Larry Lamb, the secret was closer to home than most, as he found out his mother was adopted. His search for his biological family made for fascinating viewing. Lamb was actually lucky, as recent… Read more