Family tree of ‘Family Man’ musician revealed

Posted by Emma on 3 December 2013 in General

We’ve been digging… Mick Fleetwood isn’t the first member of his family to achieve fortune, fame and critical acclaim. Mick is not only related to British royalty, but his 4x great grandmother was Anne Catley – one of the most sought after entertainers of 18th century London. Born in Tower Hill in 1745, Catley was… Read more

The Criminal Line-up

Posted by Emma on 21 October 2013 in General

Working at, one of my favourite parts of the job is uncovering some of the more unusual and – to our modern sensibilities – sometimes amusing stories from the records. And there’s nothing quite like criminal records when it comes to crazy stories and interesting mug shots. With that in mind, I wanted to… Read more

Sir Tony could be coming to an archive near you!

Posted by Emma on 2 October 2013 in General

Every year at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, actor, TV presenter, historian and spokesperson Sir Tony Robinson presents his top tips and fascinating thoughts on family history. It’s always a packed out crowd and a sure-fire highlight for thousands of visitors. But not everyone can make it down to London for the… Read more

Birmingham parish and criminal records now online

Posted by Emma on 20 September 2013 in General

If you would like to trace your ancestors and expand on your family tree as far back as 1538, then parish records are a way forward for your family history research. Most people start their research with BMD certificates, census records and slowly work their way to other alternative sources from the 16th and 17th… Read more

Are you descended from pirates?

Posted by Emma on 16 September 2013 in General, Record Collections

Abandon all hope, ye who enter today. There be pirates about, as it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, yarrhhhh! Could the scurvy dogs who appear as part of our Dorset record collection be your relatives? Piracy was rife off England’s south coast right up into the 18th Century.   Dorset’s coves, caves and… Read more

Exodus – Movement of the People

Posted by Emma on 16 September 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers

This September sponsored the Exodus conference (the story of migration from, to and within the British Isles). Polly Rubery attended the event on behalf of below is an account of her experience… There were, for the most part, two streams of talks, and I really wished that I could be at both. Fortunately… Read more

A Message from Scott Sorensen – Chief Technology Officer

Posted by Emma on 2 September 2013 in General

We understand the recent site issues have caused disruptions in service to you, our loyal customers. Given that a number of members have asked for more details about the problems we’ve been experiencing recently, I wanted to write a note to all our members to give you an update. First, let me emphasize that we… Read more

Ten common research mistakes.

Posted by Emma on 23 August 2013 in General

Everyone makes mistakes! And a mistake while you’re researching your family just helps you move up that genealogy learning curve. Here are ten of the most common mistakes we all make to help prevent as many as possible in your journey of discovery. 1. Forgetting to record information on family history forms Organisation is key… Read more

Guest Blog: Civil Engineer Records are now live.

Posted by Emma on 10 June 2013 in General

If you discover a civil engineer amongst your ancestors, prepare to embark on a voyage of discovery. Coined in the 1770s by John Smeaton, the term ‘civil engineer’ was used to differentiate from military engineers. In 1818, the ICE was founded primarily as a way for young engineers to meet and discuss engineering at a… Read more

Guest Blog – Mechanical Engineer Records go live.

Posted by Emma on 6 June 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

At the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, we aim to improve the world through engineering. Our membership has reflected the advances in technology and living standards since the start of the industrial revolution.  The brilliant engineering feats of our members since we formed in 1847 have helped engineer and shape the world we live in today.… Read more