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

Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted by Emma on 6 December 2012 in General

If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’. New research from, the UK’s favourite family history website, reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees, there… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Pepler or Peplow?

Posted by Emma on 6 December 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Marie Byatt. Marie was born and raised in the Midwest, USA and has taught in Australia  and England. She started her family research in the 1970s and became serious in 2002 when she started her One-Name Study and became a volunteer at a LDS family history center. She is a member of the Southern Indiana… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Cavers

Posted by Emma on 19 November 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Vivienne Dunstan.  Vivienne is an independent academic historian, a long-time genealogist since the age of twelve too many decades ago, and a former computer scientist. She comes originally from Hawick, near where Cavers originates, and is a Cavers descendant. CAVERS Cavers is a surname that originates historically from Cavers parish near the town of Hawick in… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a Name? Hardisty: a persistent surname

Posted by Emma on 12 November 2012 in General, What's in a name?

Authored by Howard Mathieson. Howard is a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and maintains the mapping website. He can be reached at Hardisty: a persistent surname The Hardisty surname is derived from an English place name. From A Dictionary of Surnames (Hanks and Hodges), we learn that Hardisty “is a habitation name… Read more

FREE* ACCESS: WWI Records, 9th-12th November

Posted by Emma on 9 November 2012 in General

For Remembrance Weekend, we feel that everyone should have the chance to discover the war heroes in their family. That’s why we’ve made our most popular military records free* for everyone to use, from 9th-12th November. The free* collections are our World War I Service, Pension and Medal Index Cards. These are especially useful for… Read more

5 new ways to trace your military ancestors

Posted by Emma on 7 November 2012 in General

5 new ways to trace your military ancestors We’re giving you 5 new ways to trace your military ancestors this Remembrance Weekend. We’ve added thousands of new records covering both World Wars, and stretching right back into the 19th century. The largest new release is Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1945. If you have relatives who fell… Read more

Guest Blog: Save Your Precious Photographs.

Posted by Emma on 2 November 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

Authored by Richard Haines. Richard provides a photograph restoration service called Photographs Forever. When researching our family trees we often find old photographs that we treasure, whether they are old family photographs passed on from previous generations or complete family photograph albums.  These are probably the most important possessions that we have to relive our precious… Read more

New records – Printers, gamekeepers and boat owners in Warwickshire

Posted by Emma on 28 October 2012 in General, Record Collections

Authored by Russell James. Most of  you will have noticed that we released a new record collection this week: Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Session Records, 1662-1866. I immediately took a special interest in this collection, as not only did I grow up in the Warwickshire town of Rugby, but generations of my mother’s family also… Read more

Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Sessions Records – Hair Powder Certificates

Posted by Emma on 24 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

Authored by Rob Eyre.  Rob has more than 20 years experience working with the public in archive repositories and has been a Senior Archivist at the Warwickshire County Record Office since 2005. Hair Powder Certificates One of the more obscure sources of information for family historians focussing on the 18th century are the returns of… Read more