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TheGenealogist 2017 Releases 21st December 2017

We look at the exciting new releases from TheGenealogist this year - including Parish Records, Tithe Maps, Military Records, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey, the British in India collection, and much more!

New release of Sussex parish records reveals... 21st December 2017

In the West Sussex parish of Petworth sits Petworth House. This late 17th-century Grade I listed country house now occupies where previously had stood the Petworth manor house of the Percy family, the Earls of Northumberland. The Earl of Egremont was reputed to have sired more than forty illegitimate children, including those by a favoured mistress called Elizabeth Ilive, whom he would eventually marry at Petworth.

Passenger lists from the 1930s record the voyages of our ancestors 7th December 2017

A search of the BT27 outgoing passenger lists released on TheGenealogist discovers the United Kingdom's delegation to the Ottawa Conference travelling on the Empress of Britain as she sailed from Southampton to Quebec on 13th July 1932.

1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey 21st November 2017

Nick Thorne explores the unique online collection of Land Tax records and maps revealing Edwardian occupiers and owners of property - as well as some long lost streets!

War Memorials that reveal WW1 heroes 9th November 2017

As Armistice Day approaches and the nation remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, many of us may be drawn to seek out the names of our ancestors on the war memorials across this country and further afield. These monuments can be found in the streets of towns and villages and inside and outside places of work, not to mention those at churches and other institutions. For a family history researcher that perhaps now lives far away from where their ancestor has been commemorated, being able to see the monument online at TheGenealogist is a great way of being able to see the recognition of our servicemen ancestors on war memorials across the world.

Kit Harington plays his ancestor in BBC's New Epic Drama, Gunpowder 26th October 2017

Kit Harington, the actor so well known for playing the part of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has exploded back onto our TV screens on Saturday nights playing the part of Gunpowder Plot conspirator Robert Catesby. The story that has captivated many is that the real life character that he is playing is a distant relative of his. Bearing in mind that Robert Catesby was aiming to commit regicide by assassinating King James I, it is quite fascinating to see that on the other side of his family tree, Kit Harington can trace his line back up to the King.

The 1851, 1861 & 1871 Worldwide Army Index 12th October 2017

The Worldwide Army Indexes collection is an invaluable source for family history research, especially where papers have not survived; men who were not pensioned prior to 1882 will generally have none. Note: Each index has a dedicated description of content to help with searches.

Ruby Wax 28th September 2017

Comedian, actress and author Ruby Wax has lived in London with her husband for some years, but was born and raised an only child in the United States of America. Her parents were Edmund Wachs and Berta née Goldmann and they left Vienna, Austria in the 1930s as the clouds of World War Two were gathering.

New Sussex Parish Records Reveal a Grisly End 15th September 2017

This latest release reveals stories of torture and murder at the hands of smugglers and the divisions between Catholics and Protestants in the historic county of Sussex.

Lisa Hammond 6th September 2017

Lisa Hammond was born on 2 June 1983 in Chichester, West Sussex and is best known for her portrayal of the sharp-tongued market stall holder Donna Yates in the BBC’s EastEnders.. Notwithstanding her birth in Sussex she considers herself to be a Londoner through and through saying that she loves the city and hates the country.

Noel Clarke 30th August 2017

While Noel knows his father, he has little knowledge about his dad's ancestry other than, like his mother, he had originally come from Trinidad in the Caribbean. "I don't have a lot of connections and roots, so I definitely feel like there's something missing. I want my kids to know about their bloodline."

Criminal Records discover black sheep ancestors 22nd August 2017

Look for miscreant ancestors and discover more about what happened to those that came up against the law in times past, whether they were a victim, convicted of a crime or found not guilty.

Fearne Cotton 22nd August 2017

From Evan Meredith, the coalminer who endured prison for his anti-war views and who became a chemist, and William Gilmour, who strived to improve his lot in the world, Fearne is pleased that her family story has found the work ethic and drive that she hoped to discover.

Lulu 17th August 2017

To begin her family history quest Lulu starts by getting together with her brother Billy and her son Jordon to review what they already know of their family history. She is keen to research her mother Elizabeth's background and crucially try to discover why her mother - the middle child of seven - was the one who seemed to have been singled out to be given up by her parents and raised by another family.

Searching Nottinghamshire Parish Records 10th August 2017

Amongst the notable Nottinghamshire people are the infamous Lord Byron and his brilliant mathematician daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace. Both are buried in the parish of Hucknal Torkard. As well as nobility, in this collection we also come across the baptism of Amos Hind. He was famous for playing First Class Cricket for the neighbouring county of Derbyshire between 1876 and 1877. Amos died aged 82 in 1931.

Turn family history into a rewarding hobby 10th August 2017

If you love your family history, why not get more involved in your hobby by volunteering for a project that helps you and fellow family historians by preserving the information before it crumbles away. There are a variety of projects that will be of interest for those of us who like to get out and about to photograph in the fresh air; and there are others that will appeal to people who enjoy transcribing historical details from home.

Emma Willis 2nd August 2017

Emma's quest to find her roots confirmed that she has a longstanding link to her home city of Birmingham. What surprised her was that she also had Irish roots, some of whom she was happy to celebrate - while one she was extremely uncomfortable with.

Adil Ray 27th July 2017

In his edition of the well loved genealogy TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, Adil is keen to find out more about his mixed Asian and African heritage. He already knows that his maternal grandparents were married in British East Africa and he wants to find out more about their lives and how they got there.

1921 UK Census substitute 27th July 2017

Finding where our ancestors lived in the years after the 1911 census can be a challenge. It requires us to turn to alternative records, and some of the best for this purpose are the Trade, Residential and Telephone Directories. Using TheGenealogist's Master Search to look for householders in these directories returns us many names from that time - some of whom are still famous today.

Clare Balding 18th July 2017

Clare Victoria Balding OBE was born on 29 January 1971 to the internationally respected horse trainer Ian Balding and his wife Emma Hastings-Bass. Clare's maternal family comes from a well-documented aristocratic lineage, being descended from the Earls of Derby, and horse training is heavily represented in her genes from both sides of her family.

Craig Revel Horwood 13th July 2017

Craig Revel Horwood discovers that his roots trace back to England from Australia in the second episode of the latest Who Do You Think You Are? Like many Australians he finds that he has convict ancestry; but he also discovers other forebears who migrated from the U.K. to seek their fortune in Australia.

Charles Dance 6th July 2017

Born as Walter Charles Dance to Walter Dance and Eleanor Perks in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire in 1946, his father was to die just three years later. Charles has always believed that his dad had been in his early fifties when he died - but now that has been called into question.

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 14 28th June 2017

The BBC has announced the return of its ever popular genealogy television series Who Do You Think You Are? which traces the family history of celebrities - and the great news is that we don’t have long to wait! The well loved family history programme will return to BBC1 on Thursday 6th July at 9pm and then air in two five-episode blocks.

Yorkshire Tithe Maps 15th June 2017

To coincide with the York Family History Fair in June, TheGenealogist has added the colour tithe maps that encompass the City of York to its National Tithe Records collection and detailed directories covering both early and later records.

Passenger Lists reveal Ancestral Voyages 24th May 2017

Records that chart our ancestors' international journeys can be really useful for building the stories of their lives. The documents can help explain where an ancestor has gone when we can’t find them in the records at home, and it is certainly not just the top echelons of society that appear in passenger lists. In the past all sorts of people booked passages on ships for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they were emigrating for a better life or travelling abroad on business?

The Sphere Newspaper 12th May 2017

Nick Thorne uses the Newspaper and Magazines collection to better understand conditions in World War I

Electoral Registers and Voting lists 27th April 2017

As democracy swings into action again in June, it is worth considering how not many of our ancestors would ever have been given the chance to elect a government of their own choice

The British in India Collection 4th April 2017

The British left their mark on the Indian subcontinent in all sorts of ways - not the least of which are the graves of those who never made it back to Britain and are buried in its cemeteries, or are commemorated on war memorials and can still be found there to this day.

Sophie Raworth 28th February 2017

Green fingers run in the family for the presenter of the Chelsea Flower Show

Police Letter Books 24th February 2017

The latest release of Police Letter Books for Hampshire is an eclectic mix of details of promotions and removals of officers (postings from one place to another), as well as recording such things as additional pay and a number of disciplinary matters that were handed out to the policemen of the Hampshire County Constabulary.

Sunetra Sarker 21st February 2017

Sunetra is now keen to research further into the Indian heritage that she had overlooked until recently. Her mother, Bisakha, had often told Sunetra anecdotes about one of their relatives, the respected lawyer and novelist, Dr Naresh Sengupta – or, as he was known to Sunetra's family: Dadu.

Warwick Davis 15th February 2017

Frederick Durban, his maternal great great grandfather, worked for the General Post Office in Kent and a search of census records and marriage certificates reveals some curious entries that raise various questions for trying to draw up Warwick's family tree.

The Fat Man of Maldon 6th February 2017

We are all aware that parish records will give us those all important dates and names for our ancestors - but in some cases they can also reveal interesting stories as well.

Greg Davies 31st January 2017

Greg is able to establish that there's a mystery surrounding the identity of his paternal grandmother Edith's father. Research discovers that her father was not the man that Edith's mother, Elizabeth, had actually married...

Sir Ian McKellen 20th January 2017

Famous British actor Sir Ian Murray McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire on the 25 May, 1939. He has a mixture of Northern Irish and Scottish forbears on his father's side while his mother, Margery, is of English ancestry.

The Navy and Army Illustrated 13th January 2017

The Genealogist is adding a fascinating and copiously illustrated resource to its Newspapers and Magazine collections that will give researchers the ability to search for names of possible ancestors mentioned in articles, plus a huge amount of terrific background reports on everyday life in the Royal Navy and Army.

Every year the popular BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? brings us a host of new and exciting stories. We have taken a look at each celebrity as they journey into their family history, and you can read about their discoveries in our articles.


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