GUEST BLOGGER: My ancestor risked his life for horses

Posted by on 5 January 2012 in Company News, General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger Andrew Mills is a passionate family historian and Ancestry.co.uk member who discovered this great war story of bravery in his past. My paternal grandfather’s elder brother Bertie Sidney Mills was born during the second quarter of 1874 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Although his father’s occupation was, according to census returns, a clerk of engineers, Sidney… 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

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

Version 3 of our app for iPhone, iPad and iPod is here!

Posted by Charlene Chen on 29 November 2011 in Company News, Site Features

AUTHORED BY KENDALL HULET (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Wouldn’t it be great to be able to view and merge Ancestry.co.uk’s “shaky leaf” record hints into your family tree directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod?  We thought so, too. Today, we announced the availability of an enhanced version 3 of our iPhone, iPad and iPod app, Ancestry, that… Read more

FREE* today – 1920 USA Census

Posted by on 5 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, Company News, General, Record Collections

It’s day five of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1920 United States Federal Census, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. The 1920 US Census is one of the largest collections on our site, with over 100 million names included. It’s also among… Read more

FREE* today – German WWI records

Posted by on 4 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, Company News, General, Record Collections

Are you making the most of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections countdown? Remember, there are now four free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. Even if you have no German roots, these… Read more

GUEST BLOGGER: William Sexton Blake divulges his family history

Posted by on 14 September 2011 in Company News, General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger William Sexton Blake, family historian and great contributor to the Ancestry.co.uk Facebook fan page, offering advice, information of value and lots of humour. My name is William Sexton Blake.  I am 52 years old. I have lived in Chester, Cheshire for 35 years. I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and my roots are… 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

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

Going to the Yorkshire Family History Fair?

Posted by Russell James on 22 June 2011 in Company News, General

This weekend, I’ll be driving up to York for the Yorkshire Family History Fair. This annual event is one of the biggest dates in the family history calendar, and I’m really looking forward to meeting our members from the north of the country, and hearing about your latest discoveries. At the Ancestry.co.uk Stand, our team will… Read more