Ten common research mistakes.

Posted by Emma on 23 August 2013 in General

Everyone makes mistakes! And a mistake while you’re researching your family just helps you move up that genealogy learning curve. Here are ten of the most common mistakes we all make to help prevent as many as possible in your journey of discovery. 1. Forgetting to record information on family history forms Organisation is key… Read more

Guest Blog: Civil Engineer Records are now live.

Posted by Emma on 10 June 2013 in General

If you discover a civil engineer amongst your ancestors, prepare to embark on a voyage of discovery. Coined in the 1770s by John Smeaton, the term ‘civil engineer’ was used to differentiate from military engineers. In 1818, the ICE was founded primarily as a way for young engineers to meet and discuss engineering at a… Read more

Surrey Parish Records 1538-1987 – now online

Posted by Emma on 30 May 2013 in General

Surrey Parish Records 1538-1987 – now online The recently released Surrey Parish Records, 1538-1987 are the latest addition to our extensive family of UK parish registers. They include more than 2 million new records of baptisms, marriages and burials from the county. These records have been digitised in association with Surrey County Council’s Surrey History… Read more

Exploring your family’s past has never been easier

Posted by Emma on 4 May 2013 in General

We’ve been running our ‘Boxes’ TV ads for a while now. I’m sure most of you have seen them – with the animated vines and leaves, and the iconic Ancestry box. One of the key phrases in these ads is ‘Exploring your family’s past has never been easier’. I’ve always been delighted that this line… 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

Easter Weekend – The LONG weekend is coming. What will you find?

Posted by Emma on 30 March 2013 in General

The long Easter weekend is coming. A four-day weekend can be a precious opportunity to get things done. Traditionally it coincides with the start of the DIY season and bringing our gardens back under control. Do spare a little time for your family history research though. This weekend you can enjoy free access to the… Read more

Discover your family’s memories

Posted by Emma on 29 March 2013 in General

Free access – 1911 & 1901 Census Records – All Bank Holiday weekend! Many of my earliest memories centre around my grandparents. I remember their enormous conservatory, the ancient grandfather clock that woke me up every time I stayed over, and especially their unruly pack of long-haired dachshunds. But despite all the time I spent… Read more