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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.
Lunacy Registers and Warrants, 1846-1912
Search these new Lunacy Records to discover what life was like for those in lunatic asylums and hospitals between 1846 and 1912. The records are packed with detail about patients and criminal lunatics – the most notorious being Aaron Kozminski, the alleged Jack the Ripper.
The Patients’ Admission Registers note the name of the patient, the hospital or asylum, and the date of admission and discharge (or death). Meanwhile the related Criminal Warrant and Entry Books reveal the departure from prison and arrival at asylums of convicted criminals judged insane.
WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
As part of our Remembrance Day commemorations, we’ve just added these WWI Service Medal & Award Rolls. These rolls are particularly helpful because they include not only a soldier's last unit, but often previous units as well.
The records also show people who have lost their medals. You’ll see thousands of crossed-out entries, with comments like ‘medals forfeited’ or ‘no medal'. One of the more controversial entries is Private Percy Toplis, who found notoriety after murdering a taxi driver.
Wigan Parish Records, 1580-1979
We’ve just added parish records from the historic town of Wigan, 1580-1979. Wigan has a long and important heritage, with a large population even before the Industrial Revolution, because of its coal mines and cotton mills.
These valuable collections contain thousands of Church of England baptism, burial and marriage records. If you've been struggling to find your family in other perts of old Lancashire, make sure you try here.