1911 Census – millions more searchable records

Posted by on 8 December 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Good news today for millions of you tracing your ancestors in many of Britain’s most populated counties. We’ve completed the second part of our 1911 Census  transcriptions, so records covering London, Lancashire, Yorkshire and 17 other crucial counties are now fully searchable! We’ve now transcribed more than half of the 35 million records that make… Read more

Advent Calendar Challenge – Day 1 answer

Posted by Lilian Lee on 2 December 2011 in Record Collections

Yesterday we launched the Ancestry Advent Calendar and challenged you to find out, by searching our 1891 Census, what the name of Mary Christmas’s eldest son who had left home by 1901 was. The answer was JOHN. How did you get on with our festive challenge?

NEW London records – Freemen of the City

Posted by Russell James on 29 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

When it comes to family history, London is definitely a special case. To have a realistic chance of finding ancestors in most other parts of the UK, you need to have some sort of local connection. With the capital, though, it’s worth anybody searching the records – because so many people owned businesses or second… Read more

Family Tree Maker: New Chart Options in 2012

Posted by Charlene Chen on 23 November 2011 in Record Collections

AUTHORED BY TANA L. PEDERSEN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Over the years, we have received requests to include some charting features that were available in Family Tree Maker 2006/version 16. In Family Tree Maker 2012 we’re brought back two of them: direct-line descendant charts and generation labels. Direct-line Descendant Charts In recent versions of Family Tree Maker,… Read more

Nurses and the wounded in The First World War

Posted by on 13 November 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

William Spencer is the principal military specialist at The National Archives where he has worked since 1993. He served in the Fleet Air Arm for 13 years, including active service with 848 Squadron in the South Atlantic, and holds an MA from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. Although there were a… Read more

FREE World War I records

Posted by on 10 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

  World War I touched every family. If you’re not aware of any relatives who served in the War, that simply means you probably haven’t found them yet. To commemorate Remembrance Weekend, we’re giving everyone the chance to discover their family’s role in the Great War. We’ve made our Service Records, Pension Records and Medal… Read more

NEW World War I records – Badges of honour

Posted by on 8 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

Today, we’ve added more than 880,000 records to what is already the largest online World War I archive.  During the War, arguably the worst thing a man could be accused of was cowardice. Women were encouraged to patrol the streets, berating any young males who weren’t in military uniform and presenting them with symbolic white… Read more

Honour your family’s heroes and help raise money for the Royal British Legion

Posted by Kelly on 3 November 2011 in Record Collections

Remembrance Day is a time to honour the heroes in your family, and pay tribute to the brave soldiers, sailors and pilots who have died in the line of duty since World War I.  Now you can share your tributes to these courageous men and women with your family and friends, through our Remembrance Facebook… Read more

Postcard Poser – October

Posted by Kelly on 31 October 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser?  A sleepy village on a river, it could be anywhere! But I’m sure our astute blog readers and Facebook fans will still get it. For those who are new to this feature on our blog, every month we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in… Read more

1911 Census – start searching!

Posted by Russell James on 27 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

  Good news this week for everyone in Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, plus the millions all over the UK with roots in those areas. We’ve completed the first part of our 1911 Census transcriptions – and you’re the ones to benefit. Right now, everyone can search for ancestors in Wales and the… Read more