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RECORDS | 14 01 2016

Police Gazettes 1812-1927

You can uncover your ancestors’ uncomfortable secrets and grisly tales in the latest addition to our criminal collections - scanned images of The Police Gazette. Produced in London by the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service, the newspaper is packed with information on wanted criminals, missing persons and army deserters.

It includes very specific details such as names and aliases, physical descriptions, where they were from, occupation, known associates and much more. It even features photographs or sketches from photographs to aid the police in capturing the scoundrels and gives you specific details of their dastardly deeds.

RECORDS | 06 01 2016

Northamptonshire Parish Records, 1532-1812

The county of Northamptonshire is the latest addition to Ancestry’s growing collection of parish records. Parish records are a superb resource to help you discover your family history before the 1800s and can even take you right back to the time of Henry VIII. And our new Northamptonshire records are no exception.

But don’t worry if your ancestors didn’t call Northamptonshire home. Our existing Parish records already cover many counties throughout the UK and our new Northamptonshire records are just the first of several new collections we’ll be releasing during 2016, so keep an eye out – there are more on the way.

RECORDS | 03 12 2015

Top 10 tips to help you this Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and there’s no better time to grow your family tree. To help you out, we’ve put together our top 10 tips for December discoveries.

We’ll give you the first tip here to get you going. Check out our Facebook page for the next 10 days for more seasonal suggestions.

Top festive tip: Over the next few weeks, you’ll probably see far more of your extended family than usual. If you have an Android, iPhone or iPad, download our free app from the Play Store or iTunes. Then you can edit your family tree, add photos and even check our records at the dinner table!

RECORDS | 23 11 2015

The real value of AncestryDNA

With one simple test Ancestry DNA can open up a whole new world of discoveries for you. Revealing your ethnic mix from the past 500-1000 years is just the start. The real value is combining this leading DNA science with Ancestry’s family history expertise to help you fast track you family search and build out your family tree.

The test itself is easy. When your DNA kit arrives you just follow the simple instructions and return a small saliva sample in the prepaid envelope. Your DNA will then be analysed against more than 700,00 genetic markers and withinabout 6-8 weeks you’ll receive an email with a link to your online results. Then you are on your way to discovering more of your one in a million story.

RECORDS | 19 11 2013

Discover the secrets of your past in our new exclusive Freemason records

Uncover the secrets of the Freemasons in our exclusive new Freemasonry Membership Registers. Reveal details such as name, profession, birth year and other personal information – so you can easily discover if there were Freemasons in your family.

These extensive and revealing records cover England 1751-1921 and Ireland 1733-1923, as well as select lodges in commonwealth regions. There are well over 2 million records to explore allowing you to uncover even more about this historically secretive order.

RECORDS | 11 11 2015

Build a picture of life on the home front

Get an insight into what life was like for family members left back home during wartime with our new exclusive records collection—WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards. Nearly 2 million people volunteered for Civil Defence duties during WWII, which ranged from Air Raid Protection wardens to first aid and fire watching. Even boys and girls between 15 and 18 years old had a role, mainly as messengers.

You can explore our new collection to find out if any of your relatives won a medal (the George Cross is the highest civilian gallantry award) and uncover detailed accounts of heroic acts by ordinary people on the home front.

RECORDS | 02 11 2015

Build your picture of those we remember

Remembrance Sunday commemorates those who served in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It is always held on the Sunday nearest to 11 November when the guns of Europe fell silent in 1918. You can commemorate family members who served their country in the armed forces - and build a vivid picture of their heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices - by uncovering fascinating details about them in more than 200 million military records from around the world.

Our extensive collections include original WWI Service and Pension records as well as WWI Medal and Award Rolls. Once you discover the unit your relative was in, our WWI War Diaries offer intimate day-by-day accounts of each unit’s involvement in the war, often including detailed views of key battles. We also have some important WWII collections including British WWII casualties and Prisoner of War records.

RECORDS | 27 10 2015

Scottish Probate Calendar

We’ve just released our most important Scottish records. If you’ve wondered whether your family came from money, and more importantly where that money went, the Scottish Probate Calendar, 1876–1936, could provide the answers.

This is a unique opportunity to discover the value of the family estate, as well as death details and names of descendants. You could even find addresses and occupations. This is essentially the Scottish version of our popular England and Wales National Probate Calendar.

RECORDS | 20 10 2015

Discover the seafarers in your past

More than 200 years ago Admiral Nelson led the British Navy against the combined French and Spanish fleets. Our service records can give you a wealth of information on the men who served, from their ranks and ships to the sort of work they undertook.

Officers and ratings were awarded pensions after 20 years. Our service records show the documents collated to work out that pension – so include details from across those two decades of service.

Plus, find out more about campaigns, locations and battles in our Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972.

RECORDS | 12 10 2015

Explore the arresting history of the suffragettes

Uncover fascinating detail about Emily Pankhurst and her sister suffragettes in our new exclusive record collection - Suffragettes Arrested 1906-1914. You can follow them through the legal system in their fight for womens’ votes, including the dates and places of their imprisonment or trial.

Plus, learn more about the suffragettes’ stories in other records from the time. They used the 1911 Census as a form of protest and you can see first hand where women refused to fill it in, deliberately spoilt it or wrote pointed messages. For an even more complete picture you can also see where they travelled through our ships’ passenger lists; or check out our wills and probate records to see what they left behind and to whom.

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