Researching U.S. Merchant Marines

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 16, 2015 in Collections

People researching members of the U.S. Merchant Marine have to be creative with their searching, as the records aren’t as plentiful as they are for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Recently, that search became a little easier for those who are researching in the early 20th century. U.S., Merchant Marine Read More

Second World War Home Front Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on November 12, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb. The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection Read More

Keeping Tabs On Suffragettes: The Official Watchlist

Posted by Rebecca Simpson on October 30, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

To coincide with the recent nationwide release of the film ‘Suffragette’, the official watch list containing details of over 1,300 suffragette arrests has been published online by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. Digitised from the original record held at The National Archives in Kew, the online collection available on Ancestry – England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 – Read More

What Happened to the Family Fortune? Historic Scottish Probate Records Now Online!

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 29, 2015 in Collections, United Kingdom

Two centuries worth of historic probate records have been published online, revealing the final fortunes of over 650,000 Scots. The Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories) 1876-1936 records were originally held at the AK Bell Library, Perth, and includes an index and images relating to the annually published probate records filed in Scotland over a period Read More

Ancestry Mexico Launches with More than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2015 in Collections, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of Read More

Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on September 30, 2015 in Collections, Research

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Myth and misunderstanding surround World War II records access and reconstruction due to the 1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighty percent of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) were lost in the fire. Do not worry though Read More

New Collection: UK Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy (1824-1910)

Posted by Bryony Partridge on September 14, 2015 in Collections, United Kingdom

More than 340,000 historic Merchant Navy apprentice records have been published online for the first time – shedding light on life at sea during the 19th and 20th centuries. Historic records detail apprentices and their masters in the Merchant Navy  Collection features famous ships such as the RMS Britannia and the Cutty Sark, which can Read More