Win tickets to WDYTYA?Live 2014

Posted by Emma on 3 February 2014 in General

For your chance to win tickets for WDYTYA?Live 2014 keep an eye on our Twitter page @AncestryUK Terms and conditions of the WDYTYA Live 2014 Twitter prize draw (the “Promotion”) 1. By entering the Promotion, you accept these terms and conditions, therefore, please read them carefully. 2. The Promoter of the Promotion is… Read more

Top 20 Search Tips

Posted by Emma on 10 December 2013 in General

Use our suggestions to track down missing ancestors and get more from your searches. 1. Focused searching Searching all our records at once is extremely powerful, but it can give you too many search results. Consider searching categories, such as census or military records. Or if you know where and when you’re looking for… Read more

Family tree of ‘Family Man’ musician revealed

Posted by Emma on 3 December 2013 in General

We’ve been digging… Mick Fleetwood isn’t the first member of his family to achieve fortune, fame and critical acclaim. Mick is not only related to British royalty, but his 4x great grandmother was Anne Catley – one of the most sought after entertainers of 18th century London. Born in Tower Hill in 1745, Catley was… Read more

The Criminal Line-up

Posted by Emma on 21 October 2013 in General

Working at, one of my favourite parts of the job is uncovering some of the more unusual and – to our modern sensibilities – sometimes amusing stories from the records. And there’s nothing quite like criminal records when it comes to crazy stories and interesting mug shots. With that in mind, I wanted to… Read more

Sir Tony could be coming to an archive near you!

Posted by Emma on 2 October 2013 in General

Every year at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, actor, TV presenter, historian and spokesperson Sir Tony Robinson presents his top tips and fascinating thoughts on family history. It’s always a packed out crowd and a sure-fire highlight for thousands of visitors. But not everyone can make it down to London for the… Read more

Birmingham parish and criminal records now online

Posted by Emma on 20 September 2013 in General

If you would like to trace your ancestors and expand on your family tree as far back as 1538, then parish records are a way forward for your family history research. Most people start their research with BMD certificates, census records and slowly work their way to other alternative sources from the 16th and 17th… Read more

Are you descended from pirates?

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

Abandon all hope, ye who enter today. There be pirates about, as it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, yarrhhhh! Could the scurvy dogs who appear as part of our Dorset record collection be your relatives? Piracy was rife off England’s south coast right up into the 18th Century.   Dorset’s coves, caves and… Read more

Exodus – Movement of the People

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

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

A Message from Scott Sorensen – Chief Technology Officer

Posted by Emma on 2 September 2013 in General

We understand the recent site issues have caused disruptions in service to you, our loyal customers. Given that a number of members have asked for more details about the problems we’ve been experiencing recently, I wanted to write a note to all our members to give you an update. First, let me emphasize that we… Read more