Explore “Cogsworth” Actor Ian McKellen’s Family History of Watch Makers

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 17, 2017 in Entertainment

Ian McKellen, an Oscar nominated actor known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchise, portrays Cogsworth in Disney’s new live-action film Beauty and the Beast. Similar to his time-keeping character, McKellen’s grand-uncle, Samuel Dunseith McKellen was a watch manufacturer. Samuel McKellen started his own watch manufacturing business in 1861. Read More

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 23, 2015 in Entertainment, Who Do You Think You Are?

A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure. Read More

Celebrities Face the Reality of Victorian Life. Episode three of 24 Hours in The Past airs Tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 12, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Entertainment, United Kingdom

  The celebrities are quickly discovering that working in Victorian Britain is not for the faint of heart. Their third 24 hours finds them facing the grueling inequality of the factories that were the powerhouses of the industrial revolution.     Amidst the bottle kilns of the Staffordshire potteries, it’s not just the machinery that’s Read More