Past Articles

World War I sacrifices at sea

Posted on 8 April 2011 in General, Record Collections

When I think about World War I, I picture trench warfare on the Western Front. I don’t think I’m alone in that – memories of the conflict tend to focus on the sacrifices of the Army in France and Belgium. The actions of our Navy – equally courageous and vital to the War effort –… Read more

FREE census access – today only!

Posted on 27 March 2011 in General, Record Collections

Today is the day! Don’t forget to log in to to use all our UK census indexes, from England, Wales and Scotland, completely FREE. If you’ve just started tracing your family tree, this is your chance to kick-start your search for names and dates. And if you’ve already uncovered several generations, see if you can… Read more

Irish records – a history unlocked

Posted on 14 March 2011 in General, Record Collections

We took a trip over the Irish Sea this morning, and released a raft of new records that will help people all over the world to uncover their Irish roots. Our four new collections date from the 19th century, providing a detailed view of life before and during the Great Famine. This tragedy brought about mass… Read more

Advocating Ancestry at Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Posted on 12 March 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

“My mother always said we were related to a mayor of Cape Town in the 1930s, can we find out more about him?” It’s a slightly exotic enquiry from my first visitor at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, and it yields some colourful snippets. Within about 10 minutes, we’ve tracked the… Read more

1911 – your monthly update

Posted on 24 February 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

As we told you last month, we’re going to use this blog to keep you informed of our progress with the 1911 Census, as we work towards having it all online in 2011. This is your second monthly update. Over the past four weeks, we’ve been collecting together the scanned images of the Census pages,… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Spike Lee’s slave roots

Posted on 23 February 2011 in General, Record Collections

Last night’s episode from the American Who Do You Think You Are? series was both emotive and inspiring. Film director Spike Lee delved into his slave roots to uncover stories of hardship, toil, but most of all courage. Slavery is a topic we don’t hear much about in this country. In the context of a… Read more

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on 14 February 2011 in General, Record Collections

I hope you’ve all had your fair share of cards, flowers and chocolates today. Unfortunately, my wife left the house almost before I’d opened my eyes this morning. I’ll have to spoil her when she gets back this evening! If you fancy injecting a bit of love and affection into your family history research, I… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Live – the Big Match!

Posted on 11 February 2011 in Company News, General

Just now, our office feels like a sports team’s changing room before a big match – hot with anticipation and excitement. That’s because we’re just two weeks away from the FA Cup Final of the family history world – Who Do You Think You Are? Live! This year’s event is shaping up to be the… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 – fight the January blues

Posted on 14 January 2011 in General

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011, London Olympia, 25-27 February. Find out more People often talk about feeling down in January, after the festive period is over and there’s nothing to look forward to. Fortunately, anyone who’s interested in family history doesn’t have that problem. We’re already little more than a month away from Who… Read more

It’s Christmas!

Posted on 1 December 2010 in General, Site Features

Well, nearly… Advent has arrived, and to celebrate we’ve set up a very special area of the site. We’ve provided you with your very own Ancestry Advent Calendar. Just like an ordinary advent calendar, this has 25 windows, and you can open one every day in the run-up to Christmas. However, you won’t find pieces… Read more