Past Articles

Remembrance Sunday – a national event

Posted on 14 November 2010 in General

At 11am today, the nation will come together to remember those in the Armed Forces who have given so much for their country. Events all over the country will commemorate heroes past and present as we mark Remembrance Sunday. The national Remembrance service is the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. Two minutes’ silence at 11am will… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Matthew Broderick’s family heroes

Posted on 4 October 2010 in General

 The USA is among the most patriotic of the world’s nations. With that in mind, it’s perhaps surprising that the American Who Do You Think You Are? has taken so long to bring us a celebrity with a war veteran relative. Matthew Broderick’s programme last night made up for the delay, by providing not one… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Lisa Kudrow’s distressing tale

Posted on 20 September 2010 in General

 There are some annoying elements to the American episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? – the celebrities’ apparent need to respond to every piece of information with “wow” is top of my list. Nonetheless, they have provided us with some fascinating stories. Lisa Kudrow‘s episode last night was another of those. We’ve seen… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Alan Cumming’s difficult journey

Posted on 14 September 2010 in General

Who Do You Think You Are? series seven drew to a close last night, and what a way to bow out. Alan Cumming’s episode was certainly one of the most moving I’ve seen. I have to say, though, the main emotion I took from it was shock. The entire hour focused on a single person –… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Hugh Quarshie’s a tribal chief!

Posted on 7 September 2010 in General

The penultimate episode of Who Do You Think You Are? series seven was undoubtedly my favourite so far. It had all the ingredients I look for – real family history research, fascinating social history, and a likeable celebrity in Hugh Quarshie. Uncle Jimmy’s birthday party was a great way to kick off the episode. As… Read more

Occupation records – How did your ancestors spend their 9 to 5?

Posted on 3 September 2010 in Record Collections

Were your ancestors wealthy doctors and dentists? Or did they scratch out a living as labourers and servants? Perhaps they helped to kick-start the Industrial Revolution, working on our nation’s railways? Whether we like it or not, our jobs play a huge part in our lives, and it was the same for our ancestors. If… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Jason Donovan’s outback adventure

Posted on 31 August 2010 in General

Did you watch Jason Donovan’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode last night? It revealed two sides to Britain’s colonisation of Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries, through two branches of the actor’s family. The result was an interesting glimpse into the relatively recent development of a new nation. The programme started slowly, and I… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Alexander Armstrong’s royal romp

Posted on 24 August 2010 in General

Alexander Armstrong’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode didn’t relate much to family history as most of us know it –  certainly, he didn’t need censuses or birth, marriage and death indexes to trace his roots. In my view, though, that didn’t matter, as the fantastic stories in his family and his enthusiasm for the search made… Read more

Postcard posers – August

Posted on 23 August 2010 in General, Postcard Poser

Welcome to the first in our new monthly blog feature, Postcard posers. Every month, we’ll share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just a view of the town centre. All you have to do is tell us where and when the photo was taken. We’re… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Rupert Penry-Jones scours the Empire

Posted on 17 August 2010 in General

I found Rupert Penry-Jones’ Who Do You Think You Are? episode last night both inspiring and thought-provoking. I have to say, I’m not sure the actor felt the same about the revelations he uncovered – although as a colleague pointed out to me this morning, it may have been the Indian heat that drained his enthusiasm. It was refreshing… Read more