Are you descended from pirates?

Posted by Emma on 16 September 2013 in General, Record Collections

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry.co.uk today. There be pirates about, as it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, yarrhhhh! Could the scurvy dogs who appear as part of our Dorset record collection be your relatives? Piracy was rife off England’s south coast right up into the 18th Century.   Dorset’s coves, caves and… Read more

Guest Blog – Mechanical Engineer Records go live.

Posted by Emma on 6 June 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

At the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, we aim to improve the world through engineering. Our membership has reflected the advances in technology and living standards since the start of the industrial revolution.  The brilliant engineering feats of our members since we formed in 1847 have helped engineer and shape the world we live in today.… Read more

Manchester Parish Records – how do they appear online?

Posted by Emma on 6 February 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Authored by Clare Connolly.  Clare is one of a team of Ancestry.co.uk camera operators who have been working on the digitisation of the new Manchester Parish Registers, 1541-1985. We’ve just launched onsite the new Manchester Parish Records, 1541-1985. These crucial records are the result of months of work behind the scenes to digitise the original… Read more

New divorce records: A silver lining

Posted by Emma on 16 January 2013 in General, Record Collections

It’s a family history conundrum. You don’t like to imagine your ancestors having difficult lives. But every time they hit tricky times they seem to be really well documented, and provide some of your most fascinating discoveries. This is true of Poor Law records. It’s definitely the case with criminal records. And it crops up… Read more

New Migration & Travel records – full of emotion

Posted by Emma on 7 January 2013 in General, Record Collections

Back at Who Do You Think You Are? Live last February, I saw a perfect example of how much someone’s family history can mean to them. A lady told me that she was struggling to find any record of her granddad before his marriage around 1930. I tried looking in the usual places – censuses,… Read more

New records – Printers, gamekeepers and boat owners in Warwickshire

Posted by Emma on 28 October 2012 in General, Record Collections

Authored by Russell James. Most of  you will have noticed that we released a new record collection this week: Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Session Records, 1662-1866. I immediately took a special interest in this collection, as not only did I grow up in the Warwickshire town of Rugby, but generations of my mother’s family also… Read more

Know the ropes about our dead sea captains

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

‘Take me back to beautiful England & the grey, damp filthiness of ages, fog rolling down behind the mountains, & on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.’ Lyrics from ‘Last Living Rose’ by P J Harvey. Discovering your family history can be an exciting experience and researching one’s ancestor’s masters’ certificates is one such journey to… Read more

Careers at sea: Masters Certificates, 1855-1948

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Occupation records are some of our most popular collections. It’s not surprising really; learning about your ancestors’ careers can really help paint a picture of how they lived their lives, and what sort of people they were. That’s particularly true about our latest addition. Masters Certificates, 1850-1927 reveals more than 250,000 hardy souls who spent… Read more

New Dorset records – are you descended from pirates?

Posted by Kelly on 7 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry.co.uk today. There be pirates about, and they be thirsty for your blood. Actually, strictly speaking, we’re hoping that our pirates already share your blood. These scurvy dogs – who appear as part of nine new Dorset record collections we’re launching today – are real historical people who could… Read more

“God Himself couldn’t sink this ship”

Posted by Russell James 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