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RECORDS | 21 07 2016

Over 4 million Norfolk parish records now available

Extensive parish records from the county of Norfolk are the latest addition to our ever-increasing parish database. There are over 4 million records to explore and they reveal the long history of immigration to the area since the time of Henry VIII. Over the centuries large groups of Flemish, Walloon, Dutch, Huguenot and Italian settlers have been attracted to the area and their multi-cultural influence can still be seen in the trades and architecture of the region. It was Flemish settlers who introduced canary breeding and exporting to the city of Norwich in the 1600s and the bird is still reflected in the emblem, colours and nickname of Norwich City Football Club.

RECORDS | 15 06 2016

New Gloucestershire prison records

More than 12 million records from the county of Gloucestershire are now available to explore including the county’s detailed Prison Records 1791-1914, which give an intriguing insight into 19th century crime and punishment. They comprise a comprehensive series of prisoner calendars, registers and conviction books. There are even thousands of photos that were passed around the help local policemen recognise habitual offenders.

Our other new Gloucestershire records include annual Electoral Registers 1832-1974 and the Gloucestershire Land Tax Records, 1713-1833.

RECORDS | 31 05 2016

Were your family at the Battle of Jutland?

Look into family members who took part in the Battle of Jutland, plus uncover their full service history with our extensive naval records. Your ideal first stop is the Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1853-1928, which include birthdate, birthplace, vessels served on and dates of service. From there you can dive into our numerous other WW1 Navy records, such as the medal and award rolls, or explore our wider WW1 records covering all Britain’s armed forces.

RECORDS | 28 05 2016

New Fold3 collections

Fold3 has released four new sets of British and Commonwealth military records to add to their extensive collections. Available through our All Access membership, the latest additions feature the British Army Recipients of the Military Medal, 1914-1920, which lists men and women who received the medal for acts of bravery during World War I, with details such as of name, rank, regimental number and death date.

The other new collections are the British Jewry Book of Honour, which records the contribution made by the 50,000 Jews who served during World War I; Airmen Who Died in the Great War, 1914-1918; and the 181,000 records of the Royal Air Force Muster Roll, 1918.

RECORDS | 17 05 2016

Are you more European than you think?

Everyone’s talking about Europe at the moment – but maybe you’re more European than you think? Find out, with one simple DNA test. AncestryDNA can trace both maternal and paternal lines to give you your entire genetic make-up at a glance online.

Just order your kit, return your sample and your DNA will be analysed at more than 700,000 genetic markers. We’ve recently made AncestryDNA 20% cheaper – so there has never been a better time to take the test.

RECORDS | 07 04 2016

Your chance to solve your family mystery on TV

Do you suspect you may have a secret sibling? Do you want to be reunited with a family member? Or is there a family mystery you want to get to the bottom of? Then TV production house Boundless (part of the FremantleMedia group) are keen to help.

The maker of documentaries like An Hour to Save Your Life (BBC Two), Grand Designs (Channel 4) and The Apprentice (BBC One), Boundless are working with us to create a new family history TV show - and they are looking to recruit real people, with family mysteries they want to uncover, to take part. Whether secrets and lies or divorces and distance are to blame, the series will follow and help people to uncover the truth of their family history, find the answers they seek or trace family members - a sibling, parent, cousin or even a child - they have never met.

If you’d like to be involved – they’d love to hear from you. Just send your story to FamilySecrets@boundlessproductions.tv or call 0207 691 639 and you could solve your family mystery on television!

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RECORDS | 05 04 2016

Overseas BMD records

Explore three new collections of birth, marriage and death registers and discover fascinating details of family members who lived, served or travelled abroad. Together the records span more than 200 years – covering the time when the British Empire was at its height - and will help you locate people missing from the civil Birth, Marriage and Death indexes.

RECORDS | 22 03 2016

Easter Rising records

The 1916 Easter Rising heralded the birth of modern Ireland. To commemorate its centenary and to help you find out if anyone from your family was involved, we’re releasing records specific to the event. They include Court Martial records of the leaders and civilian sympathisers; British intelligence profiles of those suspected of being disloyal to the Crown, and even a letter from Padraig Pearse to his mother, sent just days before his execution.

RECORDS | 16 03 2016

Yorkshire Probates, 1521-1858

Get a fascinating insight into the lifestyle and wealth of your Yorkshire ancestors, with these new probate records covering more than three centuries from 1521 to 1858. The collection includes wills, letters of administration and inventories, which together reveal an intimate record of life in the county - including household goods, farm and business stock, and debts as well as family and social relationships.

RECORDS | 29 02 2016

10 million new Irish Catholic parish records

March 2016 is a big month for Ireland because in addition to St Patrick’s Day it’s also the centenary of the Easter Rising. To commemorate the event that gave birth to modern Ireland and to help you piece together a more accurate picture of your Irish family history, we’re adding 10 million Catholic parish records to our database today.

Covering more than 1,000 parishes and stretching back to the 17th century, these new records are the single most important register of Irish family history prior to the 1901 census.

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