Postcard Poser – September

Posted by Kelly on 15 September 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser?  This one is really tricky as it’s just a regular street, albeit in one of the UK’s major city districts. 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

The Ancestry Academy is opening its doors…

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 12 September 2011 in Record Collections

It’s that time of year, the summer’s drawing to an end, and you’ve probably packed the children or grandchildren off to school for another year. But we’re keen to make sure that it’s not just the little ones heading back to the classroom. In our quest to make sure you get the most from your… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? – Emilia Fox’s journey from the stage to steam engines

Posted by Kelly on 8 September 2011 in General, Record Collections

A major life event that inpires many to start tracing their family history is having a baby, as was the case for eight-month pregnant English actress Emilia Fox. Knowing she came from a a family of actors, Emilia’s journey starts out on the trail of her paternal grandfather Robin Fox, a successful theatre agent, who… Read more

Channel 4 wants to hear from you!

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 2 September 2011 in Record Collections

As scary as this might be we are already thinking about Christmas here, and it’s not just us its Channel 4 too! Channel 4 are looking for families of all shapes and sizes to take part in a brand new family entertainment series. This exciting new series is all about bringing families together and observing… Read more

If a house could tell a story… A day at Ham House

Posted by on 31 August 2011 in Company News, Record Collections

Last week the Ancestry.co.uk team went to Ham House in Richmond to volunteer our services and help preserve the beautiful 17th century house for a day. The volunteering took shape in a number of guises – removing tree suckers from lime trees, polishing brass pots and pans, and re-potting seedlings. Built in 1620 for Sir… Read more

FREE Immigration and emigration records – around the world in five days!

Posted by Kelly on 30 August 2011 in Record Collections

Did you ancestors help to set up the United States? Or maybe they were among the early pioneers in Australia? Perhaps they came to Britain from exotic faraway lands, or fled persecution in Europe? Some of the most remarkable and emotional stories in your family history come from those who started new lives overseas –… Read more

Lord Sebastian Coe’s Jamaica journey through time on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by on 25 August 2011 in General, Record Collections

Last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? was perhaps my favourite yet. Rich in controversy and discovery, Sebastian Coe’s ancestral voyage took him from London to sunny Jamaica, and finally New York.  The programme started with the chair of the London 2012 organising committee and former Olympic champion finding out that his… Read more

NEW Apprentice Records Now Online

Posted by on 24 August 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Another week and yet another new collection of occupations records!  And this time we’re going even further back in time, to the start of the 18th century, to catch your ancestors right at the start of their careers. Apprentice Books, 1710-1811, explores a practice that has its roots even earlier, in the time of Elizabeth… Read more

Postcard Posers – August

Posted by Kelly on 12 August 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser?  I think this one could be guessed in record time! 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 be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just a… Read more

Who do you think you are is back!

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 5 August 2011 in Record Collections

If like me you’ve been hooked on family history as a result of the BBC’s fantastic Who Do You Think You Are? series, you’ll be delighted to know that series eight starts on Wednesday 10th August at 9pm. I can’t quite believe we’re in series eight already, but like previous years, this year’s line-up looks… Read more