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This Royal decision changed a family tree for 80 years
In 1936, the King did something almost unheard of. He abdicated and changed the face of the British Royal Family forever. After her father unexpectedly became king, our current Queen Elizabeth II suddenly found herself next in line to the throne.
So what did your relatives do around the same time that may have affected your own family tree?
Our extensive historical records can show you:
- Build your family tree with birth, marriage and death records
- See the wealth and status of your family with our National Probate Calendar
- Look for relatives who fled trouble within our passenger lists
- Check if prior scandals affected your ancestors with our older Divorce Records
Are there really witches in your family tree?
Can you find witches in your family's past? It sounds ridiculous, but back in the 17th century, people really believed that sorceresses were living among them.
The truth is more serious. Hundreds of women - and some men - were accused of witchcraft and persecuted for their perceived crimes.
With our new records, you can discover the names of those suspected of 'cavorting with the Devil' and find out exactly where they came from.
Does your DNA reflect the outcome of historic British battles?
Harold versus William. Saxons versus Normans. Northern versus Western Europe.
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 and other clashes in the region have shaped the genetic makeup of people living in the UK today. But what was the result when it comes to your DNA? Are you more Northern than Western European?
AncestryDNA will tell you.
With a simple test, you can better understand your European ancestry, some of which may have been affected by the Norman Conquest 950 years ago. See how this and other wars could have influenced your genetic makeup and whether Harold or William’s exploits played any role in defining who you are today.
1 million new medical records
If your ancestor was a member of the medical profession, there’s a good chance you’ll find their details in our exciting new collection.
We’re releasing more than 100 years of medical records, covering 1 million professionals. Search our six unique registers and you’ll find more than just UK doctors and nurses.
You might discover an ancestor who worked on the sub-Continent between 1615-1930. Or even those on the Masseuse and Physiotherapy Registry who were involved in anything from Medical Electricity to Medical Gymnastics.
Find your family in Oxfordshire
From Banbury to Bicester and Woodstock to Waterstock, our new Oxfordshire parish records cover the entire county right back to Tudor times.
Whether your ancestors were drawn here by the famous university or to work the farmland, you can search 2 million baptisms, marriages and burials up to the mid-20th Century.
This Oxfordshire collection adds yet another important county to our growing number of parish records from around the country.
Historical photos from all over the UK
Now you can take a historical tour of the UK in even more detail. We've added 300,000 new images to our City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005.
See for yourself what life was like in your ancestors’ home towns. Find out what has changed in the place you were born. And even spot local landmarks that stood the test of time as everything (and everyone) around them changed.
Whether it’s your first time searching our photos or you’re returning to see what’s new, this is a rare chance to catch a true-to-life glimpse of the past.
The Great Fire of London - 350 years on
The Great Fire of London affected rich and poor. Some 70,000 inhabitants of the City of London were forced to flee their homes. Was your relative one of them?
To commemorate 350 years since the Fire, you can search our London records. Whether your ancestor was well off or hard up, you can trace their lives through our London parish, workhouses and Poor Law records.
WWII Merchant Seamen Deaths
Over 50,000 merchant seamen lost their lives during and just after WWII. You can now search these extensive records to discover more information on family members who perished providing vital support to Britain and her allies.
You will find more than just the names and addresses of relatives. These unusually detailed records also include the ship they were on and the place, date and cause of death.
National Probate Calendar extended by 6 million records
Our National Probate Calendar has been updated with more than 6 million records covering the period from 1973-1995. An essential resource for tracing even your recent ancestors’ wills the calendar is an index to all probate cases in England and Wales since January 1858, when the 1857 Probate Act took effect. It provides information on where and when someone died, as well as the value of his or her estate.
Although the Calendar doesn’t include the actual wills themselves, you can use the details provided to order copies from the Principal Probate Registry or any district probate registry.
New nursing records 1891 to 1968
Three major new collections of nursing records could show you whether your relatives helped save lives. With over 70 years of information available, you can now search for ancestors who were nurses between 1891 and 1968.
With names, addresses and enrolment dates from nurses registered with the Royal College of Nursing you can easily follow new branches of your family tree. And there is more to discover. If your relative was registered with the Queen’s Nursing Institute you could open up valuable new lines of enquiry, including the place where your ancestor was educated.