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

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

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.

Land tax records, 1725-1936

Posted by Kelly on 28 June 2012 in General

Over the past 10 years of working at LMA I have lost count of the number of times that I have been asked ‘What do you have that will help me find somebody’s address prior to the 1841 census?’ If they have already exhausted parish records and directories I would often refer people to the… Read more

My criminal past – Written By: Andrew Lott

Posted by Kelly on 27 June 2012 in General

Ancestry.co.uk has just put the Middlesex Convict Transportation Contracts online for the first time, to help you trace the villains and rascals in your family. I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you about my own history with these fascinating records. Back in the summer of 2001 I began my career at London… Read more