Help find the missing heroes of World War I

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 8 August 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

The Royal Aero Club needs your help! It’s looking for photographs of World War I pilots, to complete its impressive archive. It has details of around 200 early flyers whose pictures are missing – perhaps you could take a look and see if you recognise any of the names? In the early days of the… Read more

The story behind Weston’s Family History Fair

Posted by on 20 July 2011 in Guest Bloggers

By Bob Steed, Treasurer of the South West Area Group of Family History Societies’ Fair  The South West Family History Fair recently took place at the Winter Gardens in Weston super Mare, Somerset. This Fair is held every two years and started in 1997.  So why Weston? Why bother to organise such an event?  Is it… Read more

Uncovering the Georgian Army

Posted by Kelly on 28 June 2011 in Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Guest blog post from Dr Kevin Linch, University of Leeds “Dear Wife and Child, This comes with my kind love to you hoping that these lines will find you in good health …” So starts a letter from William Birchall, a soldier, to his wife Sarah written in 1798 during the war against Revolutionary France.… Read more

Trace your West Country roots with the latest Dorset Parish records!

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 4 June 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Luke Mouland, Kith & Kin Research Wednesday marked the launch of the new Dorset Records Collections at, providing a wealth of vital information to those attempting to trace their West Country roots, with over four hundred years’ worth of records being made searchable online. Whilst these records offer an undoubtedly important snapshot into… Read more

Announcement – New Dorset Parish Record & Dorset Wills and Probate Records Released

Posted by Aimee McIntosh on 1 June 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Luke Mouland, Kith & Kin Research The team at Ancestry are excited to announce the release of two major record collections, which will prove a vital resource to those researching their Dorset forebears. Today, the Dorset Parish Records, 1813-2001 and Dorset Wills and Probate Records, 1565-1858 have been launched online for the first time,… Read more

Ancestry Guest Blogger Kate Lloyd: Finding my real mother…

Posted by on 18 May 2011 in Guest Bloggers, Site Features

By Kate Lloyd, member All my life my mother refused to talk about her family except to say that she had a twin sister, tall brothers and had been an orphan. On going through her documents after she died I found no birth certificate and so I sent off for it from the Public… Read more

The history of the census

Posted by on 25 March 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Ian White from the Census Team at the Office for National StatisticsThe census records in England and Wales, available for family history research, go back to 1841 – though the history of the census goes back much further than that. The concept of the census was first proposed in 1753, but was regarded then with… Read more

Member Story – “My great-grandmother ran off with a lodger”

Posted by Susan Moncur on 22 March 2011 in Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

Posted on behalf of Mike Sheldon, Leicester I found out my grandfather was the product of an illicit affair and eventual bigamous marriage. This led me to some incredible discoveries further back in my family tree. I knew my great-grandmother, Eliza, became a mother at 16 and married at 17. However, when I found her… Read more

Advocating Ancestry at Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Posted by Russell James on 12 March 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

“My mother always said we were related to a mayor of Cape Town in the 1930s, can we find out more about him?” It’s a slightly exotic enquiry from my first visitor at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, and it yields some colourful snippets. Within about 10 minutes, we’ve tracked the… Read more

Census unplugged: how census looks on the inside

Posted by on 9 March 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

By Helen Fisher, the 2011 Census Digital Marketing Team Content Editor  When I first came to work for the census back in 2009, my knowledge of it was limited.  All I knew was that it was about a big form that everyone had to fill in, was taken once every ten years and helped the… Read more