Past Articles

Who Do You Think You Are? – Alan Carr tracks a deserter

Posted on 15 September 2011 in General

I found Alan Carr’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode intriguing – I was constantly unsure what direction his tale was going to take. We started by exploring his northern mining roots. His grandfather Wilf Carr had all the promise to be a top footballer for Newcastle United only to be struck down by… Read more

Another Easter treat…

Posted on 22 April 2011 in General, Record Collections

To further celebrate the forthcoming nuptials of Kate and Wills – and to offer all of you an Easter treat – we’re making ALL our Canadian marriage records FREE from 22nd to 30th April. From today until 30th April you can access not only all the England and Wales Marriage Indexes but also ALL Canadian… Read more

1911 – Your monthly update

Posted on 30 March 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Hopefully you remembered to complete your census form on Sunday? The 2011 Census dominated the headlines over the weekend – apparently over one million households completed their returns online, showing just how much life has changed over the past century. We were hoping to have some news of our own to share with you –… Read more

Member Story – “My great-grandmother ran off with a lodger”

Posted on 22 March 2011 in Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Posted on behalf of Mike Sheldon, Leicester I found out my grandfather was the product of an illicit affair and eventual bigamous marriage. This led me to some incredible discoveries further back in my family tree. I knew my great-grandmother, Eliza, became a mother at 16 and married at 17. However, when I found her… Read more

Updated…Ask the Experts

Posted on 17 February 2011 in Record Collections

In this month’s issue of Updated our resident Ask the Experts answered some puzzling conundrums including a missing 3 x great grandfather and a clue on how to track down a soldier who looked to have left the army but appears in our WWI Medal Rolls. If you have a question you would like us… Read more

Has British folklore doomed our summer?

Posted on 16 July 2010 in General

I felt a sense of apprehension yesterday when I looked out of the office window to see the sheets of rain hitting the Thames. Not only did I wonder where such rain had come from, but I remembered the old British folklore of Saint Swithun’s day. Sitting at work, I had a vivid recollection of… Read more

The history of the WAG

Posted on 14 June 2010 in General

As England fans eagerly anticipated the kick-off of England vs. USA in the World Cup on Saturday and the rest of us sat back to enjoy (or dread) the football world’s jewel in the crown, I started to think about how footballers and more importantly their wives and girlfriends (WAGs), dominated our media and grabbed… Read more