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Battle of Waterloo, 200th anniversary
200 years ago, Napoleon suffered his final defeat at Waterloo. Over 25,000 British troops fought in the battle and we’re releasing new records to help you find your ancestors who were there.
The British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817, cover the years of the Napoleonic Wars, including the Battle of Waterloo, and contains such details as rank, pay, regiment, start date, and more. Along with our existing Waterloo Medal Roll collection, these records are a great resource to not only find your family connection to a pivotal moment in Europe’s history, but to follow the story of your military ancestors through the years.
Surrey Mental Hospital Admissions, 1867-1900
Sometimes your family history search can tell a much more unique story than simply where your ancestors were born or when they got married. Surrey was home to more asylums and institutions for the mentally ill and disabled than any other county in England, with thousands of residents and inmates from all over the nation. The Surrey Mental Hospital Admissions, 1867-1900 can provide a wealth of details about the patients of several area hospitals and asylums.
Or, if your ancestors weren’t in one of Surrey’s many hospitals, you can see if perhaps they instead ran afoul of the law in the Surrey Calendar of Prisoners, 1848-1902. These records can tell you information such as the crime committed, verdict, name of the accuser, and other scandalous details.
West Yorkshire Occupation Records, 1627-1962
Did your ancestors ever serve as an apprentice to a master? Did your local West Yorkshire haunt exist hundreds of years ago, and was it actually haunted? Find the answers in our new West Yorkshire Occupation Records, which include around 45,000 Occupation Records, 7,000 Apprenticeship Records and more than 76,000 Alehouse Licences.
These three collections, spanning four centuries, are a great place to pin down key relationships and build out your tree. If your ancestor served as an apprentice, for example, you could find the names of their masters and parents in Apprenticeship Records. Discover whether your ancestors worked for carpet or cotton manufacturers in Occupation Records, right down to their favourite boozer in our Alehouse Licences. For non-locals, these collections offer the perfect opportunity to find out more about the rich heritage and history of West Yorkshire.
WWI War Diaries
Find out exactly what your relatives experienced during World War I, with two new collections of detailed War Diaries. These collections are extra special as they include daily reports on operations from the Western Front and the Gallipoli Campaign. You can find out where your ancestors were and what they were doing at particular periods during the war.
The level of detail varies depending on who was filling in each diary - but at times you can read what the weather was like and how morale was holding up. You'll even find hour-by-hour accounts of some of WWI's largest battles, from the soldiers' point-of-view.
Bexley Parish Records, 1558-1985
Drawn a blank in our London parish records when looking for your ancestors? Try these new parish records from the borough of Bexley. These baptism, marriage and burial records span five centuries, and are a great place to pin down key life events for your tree.
This collection is extra comprehensive as it includes cemetery registers as well as burial records. That means you can find people who were buried in both church and civil cemeteries.
Royal Navy Registers, 1900-1928
It’s rare to have a collection of records with so many fascinating details of our seafaring servicemen pre-World War I. With 390,000 records, our Royal Navy Registers provide a unique opportunity to get closer to your relatives who served in the UK Royal Navy.
In addition to all the crucial personal information, such as birthdate, birthplace, vessels served on, and dates of service, the records also include occupation in service and reasons for discharge. But take a closer look and you’ll find the seaman’s physical description, including age, height, hair and eye colour, and even complexion. Most fascinating, though, are the descriptions of wounds, scars and marks, which let you paint a complete picture of what your relative might have looked like.
Gloucestershire Parish Records, 1538-1988
Now you can piece together vital information with more than 3 million records from parishes across Gloucestershire — from the Forest of Dean to the Cotswolds.
This new collection contains baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538, three centuries before civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. Discover your ancestors’ important life events and the fascinating context in which they took place.
AncestryDNA available now
Embrace the latest advances in technology to discover more about your family story. AncestryDNA will help you discover who your ancestors were, where they lived, and how you connect with their descendants today around the globe.
One easy-to-use test allows you to connect to a database of more than 700,000 people, giving you an insight into your ethnic mix and linking you to distant relatives you never knew you had.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929
Were your relatives involved in the Boer War or World War I? Now you can discover fascinating details surrounding our country’s soldiers with the Army Registers of Effects, 1901-1929. With this update we’ve added more than 900,000 new records to our significant military collections.
These records tell you what the relatives of soldiers who were killed received from the UK Government. Discover invaluable context about their next of kin and death in service, helping you take your family story back another generation.
AncestryDNA Coming Soon
We’re delighted to announce that AncestryDNA is coming soon. AncestryDNA is where science meets your family history and using some of the latest technology, an AncestryDNA test can connect you to people and places associated with your family like never before.
Discover who your ancestors were, where they lived, and how you connect with their descendants today around the globe. Get insight into your ethnic mix and connect to distant relatives you never knew you had. Determine your next research steps and more.