1911 England & Wales Census Summary Books Now Online at Ancestry.co.uk

Posted by on 9 December 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that today we launched the first part of the England and Wales 1911 Census, in the form of the Summary Books.  For those of you who may not have caught the first announcement, we reached an agreement last October with The National Archives to acquire and publish… Read more

Dulce et decorum est…

Posted by Dan Jones on 10 November 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

November and the run up to Remembrance Sunday is always a time for reflection.  This is particularly so at Ancestry as we try to make records available at this time of year, which help people connect to their ancestors’ military history.  Notable releases over the last few years have been the definitive UK World War… Read more

Our Biggest Announcement of the year (Part 2)

Posted by Dan Jones on 5 November 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

In August we launched our biggest collection of the Year – the UK National Probate Calendar – online for the first time ever.  Here at ‘Ancestry Towers’ we were understandably excited and, ahead of the formal announcement (and careful to keep the exact record collection being launched a secret), we first relayed news about ‘our… Read more

New at Ancestry…

Posted by Russell James on 18 June 2010 in Company News, General

Sorry, I don’t bring news of another exciting record collection. Instead, I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Russell James, and I’m in the midst of my second week working for Ancestry. Some of you may have come across my name before, and indeed I’ve probably spoken to many of you. My previous job… Read more

Got a Swede in your family tree?

Posted by on 16 June 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Exciting news for Ancestry members with Swedish heritage – Ancestry.com Inc, parent company of Ancestry.co.uk, has just announced that it has agreed to acquire Genline.se, the leading Swedish genealogy website. We hope that the deal will complete sometime next month and we will then let you know how Ancestry members will be able to access… Read more

Reporting live from Nova Scotia!

Posted by Dan Jones on 11 June 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

This week I’m at the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  When I attend international events such as this, I’m always struck by the enthusiasm and passion for historical records and research, which seems to unite both archivists and researchers the world over. At this conference, Ancestry launched a new… Read more

Religious Freedom, Anti-slavery & Workers’ Rights – London Non Conformist Registers Now Online

Posted by on 26 May 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

We’re delighted to announce that Non Conformist Registers, 1694-1921 are now online for the first time ever.  These records from the London Metropolitan Archives detail over 224,000 Londoners who refused to conform to the doctrine of the established Anglican Church including Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists and Quakers. The records span over 225 years and include… Read more

Any Ancestry.co.uk members discovered non conformist ancestors? If so – please help us!

Posted by on 24 May 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

If you have discovered that your ancestors were amongst the 200,000 plus non conformists recorded as having lived in Britain between 1694 and 1921, we would urgently love to hear your story, and if you’re willing, share it with a national journalist currently writing a piece on the subject. Our deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday the… Read more

Electric family tree hits Mad Hatters Parade

Posted by on 14 May 2010 in Company News, General

Ancestry member Vera Bromage recently got in touch with me to request our Ancestry.co.uk logo, which she wanted to feature on her fancy dress costume for the Tour de Presteigne – an event described as ‘ The UK’s largest electric bike exhibition’. Vera was taking part in the Mad Hatters Parade and to celebrate her… Read more

Who Do You Think You ‘Ooo-argh’?

Posted by on 29 April 2010 in Company News

Cameron, Clegg and Brown farming roots revealed Whilst Clegg, Cameron and Brown won’t be ‘counting their chickens’ just yet, that’s exactly what their ancestors were doing 140 years ago: they were all farmers working just a few hundred miles apart. Cameron’s 3x great-grandfather, William Cameron, is listed in 1851 census as a farmer in Invernesshire,… Read more