Manchester Parish Records – how do they appear online?

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

Authored by Clare Connolly.  Clare is one of a team of camera operators who have been working on the digitisation of the new Manchester Parish Registers, 1541-1985. We’ve just launched onsite the new Manchester Parish Records, 1541-1985. These crucial records are the result of months of work behind the scenes to digitise the original… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Fitzhenry

Posted by Emma on 31 January 2013 in General, What's in a name?

Authored by Jo Fitz-Henry.  Jo Fitz-Henry is the co-ordinator of the Fitz(-)henry One Name Study at the Guild of One Names Studies, and the Fitz(-)henry DNA Study, trying to link the various Fitz(-)henry families around the world when the paper records run out. If you have any enquiries about the surname, or the DNA study, she… Read more

Interactive Image Viewer – Coming Soon to More Collections!

Posted by Emma on 29 January 2013 in General

Last year, we launched the Interactive Image Viewer as an interactive tool to help you view and interpret information from many of the Census records available online. We’re excited to announce that the Interactive Image Viewer will now be available for several more collections in the coming weeks. Finding and understanding historical records is one… Read more

Guest Blog: Fate, Hope & Charity: a token tale.

Posted by Emma on 24 January 2013 in Exhibition, General, Guest Bloggers

Guest Blogger: Stephanie Chapman I am the Curator of Exhibitions & Displays at the Foundling Museum  in London.  My job involves looking after the wonderful collection at the Museum as well as organising the exhibition programme.  For the past six months I have been working on an exhibition which looks in detail at the collection… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? BLAKE

Posted by Emma on 24 January 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Elizabeth Kipp.  Elizabeth is retired and working on the history of her parents’ families – Blake being the first of two guest blogs.  She is a member of The Guild of One-Name Studies researching Blake since May 2011, See her website for the Blake one-name study  and her blog most days has items… Read more

Guest blog: Howes it going? by Paul Howes

Posted by Emma on 18 January 2013 in General, What's in a name?

  Authored by Paul Howes.  Paul started his One-Name Study after helping his son complete a school class project to research his family history.  Having three separate lines of Howes ancestors all from Norfolk, England, Paul was interested to break through some brick walls and see if the families tied up.  That was five years… Read more

New divorce records: A silver lining

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

It’s a family history conundrum. You don’t like to imagine your ancestors having difficult lives. But every time they hit tricky times they seem to be really well documented, and provide some of your most fascinating discoveries. This is true of Poor Law records. It’s definitely the case with criminal records. And it crops up… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? MacAlister

Posted by Emma on 7 January 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Lynn McAlister.   Lynn is a professional genealogist and has been a Macalister historian since 1997.  She researches the Macalister name worldwide as part of the Guild of One-Name Studies and maintains the blog ‘Today in Macalister History’ ( The MacAlister surname is Gaelic in origin: mac Alasdair means ‘son of Alexander’. The name… Read more

New Migration & Travel records – full of emotion

Posted by Emma on 7 January 2013 in General, Record Collections

Back at Who Do You Think You Are? Live last February, I saw a perfect example of how much someone’s family history can mean to them. A lady told me that she was struggling to find any record of her granddad before his marriage around 1930. I tried looking in the usual places – censuses,… Read more

Member Trees: Merge Duplicate People

Posted by Emma on 10 December 2012 in General

A lot of people have asked over the years how to clean up duplicates in their Ancestry Member Tree.  If you are one of the people who discovered that your mysterious distant cousin Mary was really the same person as Uncle George’s wife Mary, then you’ll be happy to learn that we have a solution that… Read more