Postcard Poser – June 2012

Posted by Kelly on 20 June 2012 in General

Since the last Postcard Poser was a little too easy for some of you, we’ve slightly dialled up the level of difficulty. Can you guess the location of this Postcard Poser? Regular readers of our blog know the drill but for those who are new to this feature, we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere… Read more

New Dorset records – are you descended from pirates?

Posted by Kelly on 14 June 2012 in General

Abandon all hope, ye who enter 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

Best of British

Posted by Kelly on 1 June 2012 in General

“We may be a small country but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that!” I won’t reveal the great orator who uttered those words – we’ll see who’s the first to get it right in… Read more

Another Postcard Poser!

Posted by Kelly on 31 May 2012 in General

Can you guess the location of this Postcard Poser? The building in the picture below was built in the late 15th Century and it has seen many historic events over the years. In 1648 it played a very important role during one of the towns most important historical events. The building remains to this day… Read more

1911 UK Census on the Interactive Image Viewer

Posted by Charlene Chen on 18 May 2012 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY LAURA DANSBURY (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) In January, we began testing a new version of our image viewer to improve consistency and reliability for many different types of browsers, with a cleaner look and interactive features. It is a Flash based experience that provides tools to help you get the most out of census documents. … Read more

The Postcard Poser is back! – May 2012

Posted by jmorrice on 15 May 2012 in General

Can you guess the location of this Postcard poser? The picture below dates from around 1902 and the building remains to this day but has latterly changed its use. For those who are new to this feature on our blog,  we share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could be a particular property, a… Read more

Introducing Hint Notifications and Preferences

Posted by Kelly on 9 May 2012 in General

Ever wonder if there are new hints you haven’t seen hiding in your family tree? Now it’s easy to see when they come your way— we’ve just released a feature to notify you when new hints are waiting. You may have noticed when you last visited that the menu bar in the top-right corner… Read more

Live Facebook chat with National Army Museum curators

Posted by Kelly on 8 May 2012 in General

We’re very excited to be sponsoring War Hero In My Family on Channel 5. In the second episode of the series, former politician Ann Widdecombe, and motoring journalist Quentin Willson both uncover the Heroes in their family. Tune in to channel 5 from 8pm tonight. It’s all very well these celebrities having experts on hand… Read more

War Hero in my Family

Posted by Russell James on 1 May 2012 in General

A new family history TV programme is running on Tuesday nights at 8pm on Channel 5. War Hero in my Family puts a new spin on the idea of celebrities tracing their trees, as famous names discover the emotive stories of their relatives in World War II. TV host Chris Tarrant, politician Ann Widdecombe and… Read more

New Irish records

Posted by Russell James on 22 April 2012 in General

Last month we celebrated St Patrick’s Day by releasing two brand new collections of Irish records. We’ve also made some of our older collections from Ireland far more useful – which adds up to great news for anyone with roots on the Emerald Isle. Our first new release contains over 200,000 pages from the Belfast Newsletter, created over… Read more