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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Nick Thorne uses the Newspaper and Magazines collection to better understand conditions in World War I
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 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.
Green fingers run in the family for the presenter of the Chelsea Flower Show
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 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.
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.
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 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...
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 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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