Let the journey into Sarah’s past commence

Posted by on 20 March 2012 in General, Record Collections

Avid blogger and lover-of-all-things-vintage Sarah Hurley came to us recently, letting us know that she was on the verge of starting to research her family history, using Ancestry.co.uk, and was going to document her journey into her past on her blog.  We were intrigued! We wanted to know more because, not only do we always… Read more


Posted by on 27 February 2012 in Record Collections

The Ancestry.co.uk team will be on-hand to answer your England & Wales 1911 Census-related questions LIVE on our Facebook fan page – www.facebook.com/AncestryUK – next Tuesday at 10am GMT. Whether it’s a question about how to search the latest census available to the public or advice on using them in conjunction with other historical content… Read more

Broadcasting LIVE from Who Do You Think You Are? Live to our Facebook page now

Posted by on 24 February 2012 in General, Record Collections, Site Features, Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

We’re broadcasting six presentations live from the world’s biggest genealogy show at London Olympia, to our Facebook fan page. We’d love you to join us at www.facebook.com/AncestryUK so if you’re Facebook fan then log in now.  For full details on the presentations go to our recent blog post here.

VALENTINE SPECIAL: Discovering your romantic roots

Posted by on 14 February 2012 in General, Record Collections

February – the month of romance. Some love it, others hate it, I however sit somewhere in the middle.  Personally, instead of buying into all the commercial hype and merchandise for sale in most shops, I use the day to shower my husband with the love and affection.  However, in addition to these romantic expressions… Read more

Love Story: How far would you go to be with the one that you love?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on 14 February 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Ancestry.co.uk member and AncestryUK Facebook fan Linda Wilson is a passionate family historian and been researching her ancestors for a few years. Her Valentine’s Day blog post is in memory of her great grandparents whose story tells one of great love and romance.    Sarah Govett was a country girl, born in St Dominic, Cornwall in… Read more

Bastardy Orders & Certificates in Warwickshire Quarter Session Records

Posted by Brian Gallagher on 9 February 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Authored and kindly supplied by Robert Eyre, Senior Archivist at Warwickshire County Record Office. Bastardy records are a familiar class of record that can turn up in the parish chest.  They form part of the administrative records of a parish that began with the introduction of the Elizabethan Poor Law. Essentially a parish was responsible… Read more


Posted by on 7 February 2012 in Record Collections

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, our favourite Victorian literary author, we are giving away two copies of Nick Barratt’s Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy books, signed by TV presenter and historian Tony Robinson. This Encyclopedia of Genealogy is a step-by-step guide to tracing your family history and will help you… Read more

Postcard Poser – January

Posted by Kelly on 31 January 2012 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser? It has changed use over the years but this old building still has one of the best views in town… For those who are new to this feature on our blog, every month we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could… Read more

130 Years of London Electoral Registers Released Today!

Posted by on 11 January 2012 in General, Record Collections

AUTHORED BY RUSSELL JAMES Our NEW London, England, Electoral Registers, 1835-1965, take you back through the history of Britain and London’s democratic system. More than that, they let you trace your ancestors’ movements between census years and well into the 20th century, giving you far greater precision in your timeline of their lives. Electoral registers listed… Read more

Christmas Challenges Revealed: The answers

Posted by on 26 December 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

As part of this month’s Ancestry Advent Calendar we set you a series of fun and festive challenges, asking you to track down suitably seasonal entries among our records. Thousands of you joined in, so a massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part!  We revealed the answers the day after each challenge on our Facebook page but in case… Read more