Exodus – Movement of the People

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

This September Ancestry.co.uk sponsored the Exodus conference (the story of migration from, to and within the British Isles). Polly Rubery attended the event on behalf of Ancestry.co.uk 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

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

A token gives up its secrets

Posted by Emma on 17 April 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers

I have been exploring the records of the Foundling Hospital since the 1980s – and still enjoy every minute of the time I spend on them. Recent work on tokens that parents left at the Hospital with their babies as identifiers 250 years ago shows that the system in place was a simple one and… Read more

The Results….Easter Weekend

Posted by Emma on 3 April 2013 in Ancestry Advocates, General, Guest Bloggers

Last weekend,  I wrote about looking for a character in my tree that I was struggling with. I spent some much-needed time over the Bank Holiday researching him. As a reminder this is what I knew of him. Alexander Cumberbatche paid to become a Freeman of the City of Bristol on 17th May 1618. He… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? ARROWSMITH

Posted by Emma on 14 February 2013 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by David Spencer.  David started research in to his family tree over 10 years ago and after collecting lots of names he decided to start looking to the Surnames it contained when he was thinking about what to give his parents for Christmas so he came up with the idea of a book of… Read more

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 Ancestry.co.uk 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: 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: 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’ (www.macalister-history.blogspot.com). The MacAlister surname is Gaelic in origin: mac Alasdair means ‘son of Alexander’. The name… 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