Past Articles

The devastating impact of WWI on UK towns

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 13, 2016 in Website

Each Remembrance Day, we pause to remember the signing of the armistice that ended the First World War. As we reflect on the sacrifices made by those in service, we also pause to remember the toll WWI had on families and communities throughout Britain. Across the UK, approximately 700,000 British soldiers died during the First Read More

WWI and the personal battle of Edgar Mellin

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 10, 2016 in Regional, United Kingdom

What was the sentiment among naturalised or second generation Germans living in Britain following the outbreak of World War I? AncestryProGenealogist, Simon Pearce, tells the story of one soldier who enlisted to serve against his homeland.  At the outbreak of the World War I in August 1914 there was a rush of enthusiasm across Great Read More

Preserving a World War II Service Member’s Lifestory on Ancestry Member Trees

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 9, 2016 in In The Community

I attended the Ancestry.com breakfast at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at the end of August this year. One of the speakers told attendees that Ancestry is passionate about saving the stories of an individual and family. The company continually looks for ways to preserve the stories for generations to come through their online Read More

Preserving A Town’s Military History

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 8, 2016 in In The Community

This week I shared some tips on preserving your veteran’s military history on your Ancestry Member Tree. Today I’d like to share some ways to help you preserve your community’s military history. Many genealogists are involved in their local genealogy or historical organizations. These groups often work on projects to preserve local history, write books Read More

For gallant and distinguished conduct: remembering Nurse Constance Cundell

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 4, 2016 in Regional, Research, United Kingdom

AncestryProGenealogist, Simon Pearce, reflects on the contributions of those who served and returned from the war by telling the story of Nurse Constance Cundell, awarded for gallant and distinguished conduct in her field. 2016 marks the halfway point in the First World War centenary commemorations and is one hundred years on from a lively year Read More

DNA + Family Tree = Additional Opportunities

Posted by Anna Swayne on October 31, 2016 in AncestryDNA, Website

Having a small, medium, or large tree attached to your test will help you get the most from your AncestryDNA experience. Whether you started your DNA journey to find out where in the world you came from, or to find a new cousin, attaching a family tree gives you added power when it comes to making Read More

Double bubble, toil and trouble: Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection launches

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 31, 2016 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

The Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection, digitised from original records held by the Wellcome Library, holds the names of both women and men who were accused of witchcraft during a period of Scottish history in which persecution of supposed witches was rife. The passing of the Scottish Witchcraft Act in 1563 made witchcraft, Read More