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A Soldiers Christmas 17th December 2014

As this year marks the centenary of the First World War we take a look at how Christmas was celebrated, not just in the truces in no-man’s land, but elsewhere as well.

Casualty Lists reveal if your ancestor was Injured, Killed or Missing in Action 16th December 2014

TheGenealogist has released over 800,000 records to their growing military collection, including 574,666 Killed in Action records, 226,214 unique Missing in Action records, and 13,967 other records.

The Hidden Treasures of Gravestones 1st December 2014

I get quite excited when I see a churchyard or cemetery. To me it is a fabulous repository of genealogical information, all of which is just waiting to be revealed. I'd like to share with you some of the gems of interesting information that I discovered from taking part in TheGenealogist's Headstone project. It has really opened up my eyes to what can be learnt from these sometimes fascinating memorials.

The Rise of the Legendary Desert Rat 30th October 2014

Find soldiers and army nurses that had come to the notice of their superior officers for an act of gallantry or meritorious action, with a new release of over 81,000 records of people Mentioned in Dispatches.

Twiggy 9th October 2014

A fashion icon and model from the 1960s, Lesley Lawson forged a career as a fashion designer and still promotes clothing ranges. She has a family history filled with colourful characters, leading lives as eventful as her own has been!

Billy Connolly 2nd October 2014

Born in Glasgow in 1942, Billy was originally a welder in the shipyards in Glasgow but gave it up to become a folk singer in the late 1960s. Despite his established Scottish and Irish connections, he has a direct family link to India in a tumultuous time of the British Empire.

World War One Newspapers - How our ancestors kept up to date with news in The War 26th September 2014

From the famous battles, the spiralling casualty rates, the increasing use of photography and the use of 'gallows humour' by the troops at the front, The First World War saw a great change in the way news was reported.

Territorial Army Soldiers 25th September 2014

A new release of over 51,000 records from TheGenealogist looks at the Territorial Army soldiers who served with distinction in Britain's army of reservists.

Reggie Yates 24th September 2014

Television and radio presenter Reggie Yates looks into his father’s ancestry which he knows very little about. It reveals a tale of complicated relationships in the Ghana goldrush of the early 20th Century.

Martin Shaw 17th September 2014

From a mysterious grandfather who disappeared, to the hard working ancestors of the ever expanding industries of the Midlands - the family history of Martin Shaw.

Mary Berry 11th September 2014

Mary Berry is one of Britain's most popular TV cooks. She has worked as a food writer since the 1960s and her role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off on BBC Television has made her a familiar face on national television.

Sheridan Smith 3rd September 2014

BAFTA Award winning actress,singer and dancer Sheridan Smith finds that her musical talents have continued through the generations. We discover the life of her great-great grandfather who was also very musical.

Was your ancestor wounded in the First World War? 2nd September 2014

From future prime ministers and war poets, to the friends and colleagues in the Pals Battalions, the most comprehensive collection of First World War Casualty Records has been released online by TheGenealogist.

World War One Medal Rolls and Distinguished Conduct Medals 28th August 2014

Records of thousands of more First World War heroes are now available online at TheGenealogist. An analysis of new Distinguished Conduct Medal records uncovers stories of heroism and exceptional bravery from ordinary soldiers.

Brendan O'Carroll 28th August 2014

The star of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' discovers truth about his grandfather's murder in the Irish War of Independence in the 1920s.

Tamzin Outhwaite 20th August 2014

Former Eastenders actress Tamzin Outhwaite discovers true East End roots, and finds out more about her Italian ancestry, and the hardships they endured.

Brian Blessed 13th August 2014

We look at the story of legendary actor Brian Blessed who was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire to parents William Blessed and Hilda Wall.

Julie Walters 6th August 2014

We look at the story of award winning actress Julie Walters. She has a very dramatic Irish ancestry and a story of a tragic loss in the First World War.

The Harrods Employees who went to War 24th June 2014

From working at London's finest department store to making the ultimate sacrifice for their Country: TheGenealogist looks at the Harrods employees who fought and died in the Great War.

World War One Prisoners of War 23rd May 2014

Prisoners of War are often forgotten in Great War commemorations but many thousands of British and Commonwealth troops suffered the dreadful hardships of captivity, some for almost the full duration of the war. You can now search over 80,000 records at TheGenealogist.

When Drama Meets Reality 17th April 2014

The new BBC drama series The Crimson Field, which forms part of their World War One Centenary Season, explores life from a nurse’s viewpoint through the horrors of the First World War. The high profile, talented cast have surprising connections to the actual war itself.

The Traditions of a Joyous Easter 17th April 2014

We take a look at the traditions of Easter, such as the giving of Easter Eggs, the Easter Bunny and the Easter Lily.

Trace your San Francisco Ancestors 2nd April 2014

TheGenealogist looks at life before and after the major earthquake of 1906 with the launch of new records and images of San Francisco from 1887 to 1906.

International Headstone Image Database 4th March 2014

Following the success of the War Memorials Project, leading family history website TheGenealogist has embarked upon a project to help preserve the invaluable family history information that can be found on gravestones.

Take your family history discoveries with you wherever you go 4th March 2014

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! 2014 saw the official launch of the new TreeView Mobile app from TheGenealogist. The highly regarded TreeView online family tree builder can now be viewed, updated and taken to family gatherings on a phone and tablet too. Also, you’ll still be able to access your family tree and saved details on your mobile device with the TreeView app, even when you don’t have a connection to the internet!

The National Collection of Tithe Records 4th March 2014

The Tithe Records provide a unique view into our ancestral heritage by providing details of ownership and occupancy of land throughout England and Wales, revealing a wealth of information about people, places and landmarks in the Victorian era. These pre-census records can allow you to further your research at the click of a button.

The Traditions of St Valentine's Day 14th February 2014

As we approach St Valentine’s Day, the firmly established traditions of this romantic day show no sign of declining in popularity, as the day has become a massive commercial industry worldwide. In the UK, we spend over £500 million on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts. It’s all a far cry from the earliest surviving love poem in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, dating from around 3500BC!

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 1st February 2014

We’re now counting down the days to Who Do You Think You Are? Live and it promises to be another great show at Olympia, London, continuing its reputation as the premier genealogy event for all family historians worldwide. The celebrity guests have all been announced and the major exhibitors are all confirmed.

TheGenealogist reflects on a busy 2013 of great new developments 1st February 2014

It was a busy year for TheGenealogist in 2013, with over 100 million records added and other major transcription projects reaching completion. With more satisfied subscribers keen to delve further into their family history, TheGenealogist rose to the challenge!

Will Records: revealing details about your family's wealth 6th January 2014

With the amount of documents and records available when researching your family history, it is easy to dismiss those family documents that may contain so much valuable information. One of those key documents often forgotten about is the 'Will' record of an ancestor. With Will records available to access from 1384, there's a large selection to view.

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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