Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Owston

Posted by Emma on 22 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Dr. James M. Owston.  Along with his distant English cousins Tim J. Owston and Roger J.Ouston, Dr. James M. Owston of the USA has been researching the Owston surname since 1978.  He has registered the surname with the Guild of One-Name Studies and also administers two Owston DNA projects.  His genealogy blog, the… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? BRAUND

Posted by Emma on 8 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Janet Few.  Janet is a community historian and an historical interpreter, specialising in the C17th. Her book on C17th social history, ‘Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs’, has recently been published. She is also the historian for the Braund Family History Society and a member of The Guild of One-Name Studies, See her website.… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? CUMBERBATCH

Posted by Emma on 1 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Bob Cumberbatch. Bob is the Education Liaison Officer of The Guild of One-Name Studies and can be reached at education@one-name.org Cumberbatch is the most frequently found variant spelling of the surname Comberbach and the Comberbach surname originated from the village of the same name in Cheshire; Comberbach is an Old English description of… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Surnames have meanings and origins.

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

Authored by Bob Cumberbatch. Bob is the Education Liaison Officer of The Guild of One-Name Studies and can be reached at education@one-name.org Surnames began being used in the 11th century and they have meanings and origins which can be grouped into four broad categories, which are: People, Places, Occupations and Nicknames. Surnames based on people… Read more

Know the ropes about our dead sea captains

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

‘Take me back to beautiful England & the grey, damp filthiness of ages, fog rolling down behind the mountains, & on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.’ Lyrics from ‘Last Living Rose’ by P J Harvey. Discovering your family history can be an exciting experience and researching one’s ancestor’s masters’ certificates is one such journey to… Read more

Careers at sea: Masters Certificates, 1855-1948

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Occupation records are some of our most popular collections. It’s not surprising really; learning about your ancestors’ careers can really help paint a picture of how they lived their lives, and what sort of people they were. That’s particularly true about our latest addition. Masters Certificates, 1850-1927 reveals more than 250,000 hardy souls who spent… Read more

New Dorset records – are you descended from pirates?

Posted by Kelly on 7 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry.co.uk today. There be pirates about, and they be thirsty for your blood. Actually, strictly speaking, we’re hoping that our pirates already share your blood. These scurvy dogs – who appear as part of nine new Dorset record collections we’re launching today – are real historical people who could… Read more

FREE Immigration and emigration records – around the world in four days!

Posted by Kelly on 23 August 2012 in General

Did you ancestors help to set up the United States? Or maybe they were among the early pioneers in Australia? Perhaps they came to Britain from exotic faraway lands, or fled persecution in Europe? Some of the most remarkable and emotional stories in your family history come from those who started new lives overseas –… Read more

“A pure craft that has remained the same over time” By Hannah Firmin, Illustrator

Posted by Kelly on 2 August 2012 in General

As a long-time illustrator, I’ve been commissioned to do a huge variety of work for books, magazines and advertising. Most recently, I was asked to create a series of images to represent parish records on Ancestry.co.uk. You may have seen them around the site, or on emails. For all my work, I use a method… Read more

Postcard Poser – July 2012

Posted by Kelly on 12 July 2012 in General

Can you solve this months Postcard Poser? – Regular readers of our blog know what to do, but for those who are new to this feature, we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK and you have to guess the location or landmark. Leave your answers in the comments below.