Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

4/4/2009

April – UK Affiliate Newsletter

2009 is already bursting at the seams in the world of genealogy. After the launch of the 1911 census there is a renewed revival into researching your ancestors. February saw the UK’s largest family history event “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” and after the new series of the WDYTYA television show interest in family history is higher than ever. Life at Ancestry is equally full of activity with lots of exciting, new collections being digitised and indexed at this very moment so keep reading!

News

New Survey Research Results
Ancestry.co.uk recently commissioned a survey revealing some interesting facts about us Brits. The results revealed that half of Brits have immigrant ancestry yet few of us know about it, as well as the following facts:
Most common countries of origin are Ireland, France and Germany
Of the 30 million Brits descended from immigrants, 25 million (84 per cent) know nothing of their foreign ancestry
One in 10 Brits is of French or German descent and half of us can trace our roots outside of the UK
You might be surprised to know that the following British personalities descended from foreign immigrants:
Camilla Parker-Bowles The Duchess of Cornwall is descended from a French-Canadian carpenter named Zacharie Cloutier
Boris Johnson the Mayor of London has uncovered a wealth of immigrant blood in his family tree, including ancestors from Turkey, France and America
Helen Mirren the actress famed for her role as the Queen of England, was born Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov. Her father was from a long line of Russian noblemen.

British Army World War One Service Records
Further records were added to the British Army World War One Service and Pension Records, 1914-1920, extending the collection so that records with surnames from A-N are now online at Ancestry.co.uk. We don’t yet have a definite date when the records will be complete however I have heard that it could possibly be around July. This is exciting for everyone with surnames O to Z!

Ancestry announces partnership with Library and Archives Canada
Ancestry announced a collaborative partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) which will allow the two organisations to provide unprecedented online access to the most comprehensive collection of Canadian historical records available. As part of the agreement, Ancestry will digitise and index microfilm and original records held by LAC and make these available to Ancestry members. All of the digitised records will eventually be available free of charge to users of the LAC website.

source-April – UK Affiliate Newsletter

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