In the last few years there has been an explosion of DNA testing for genealogical purposes and if you are a family history researcher like me, then you will have either already taken a DNA test yourself or at least considered the possibility of taking one. But are you fully aware of the potential risks … Continue reading DNA Kits – Should They Come With a Warning?
Blackstone Reaches $4.7 Billion Deal to Buy Ancestry.com
Blackstone Group Inc. acquired a majority stake in Ancestry.com Inc., the business known for family history research and DNA testing. The deal is valued at $4.7 billion, Blackstone said in a statement Wednesday. It’s the first acquisition by Blackstone’s largest ever private equity fund. Silver Lake and Singaporean sovereign-wealth fund GIC Pte have been the … Continue reading Blackstone Reaches $4.7 Billion Deal to Buy Ancestry.com
#52Ancestors ‘Middle’ and How to Clutch at Straws
Welcome to week 26 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks. This weeks prompt is 'Middle' and my first thought was the most unusual middle name on my tree, that of my great-grandmother Marguerite 'Longland' Lukes. Now you … Continue reading #52Ancestors ‘Middle’ and How to Clutch at Straws
My DNA Breakthrough and Looking for a Needle in a Haystack
For those of you that follow me online, you will have no doubt seen the post I made on Father's Day, about the amazing DNA breakthrough that I made on my Family Tree, to say that I was excited is the biggest understatement of the year!!! To give you some background, after I started researching … Continue reading My DNA Breakthrough and Looking for a Needle in a Haystack
RootsTechLondon Round Up
Wow, where did those three days go!! A bit like when you were a child looking forward to Christmas, the build up and expectation are enormous and it takes forever to arrive, then before you know it, wham its gone! Can you believe it's a week ago? So firstly can I say a huge massive … Continue reading RootsTechLondon Round Up
#RootsTechLondon Are you ready?
With a little over two weeks to go until Roots Tech London, are you fully prepared and organised for this wonderful show? If not why not follow some of my easy tips and ideas, that will hopefully help you enjoy your "show" experience that little bit more. The key thing with an event like this … Continue reading #RootsTechLondon Are you ready?
The Life and Times of Emily Dodd Butterworth
So we have reached the final instalment of my series of blogs telling the stories of my eight Great-Grandparents. My final story tells the life of my Great-Grandmother, Emily Dodd Butterworth. Emily was born 22nd July 1870 at 51, Oxford Street, Whitechapel, London and she was born out of wedlock. Her Mother was Emily Butterworth … Continue reading The Life and Times of Emily Dodd Butterworth
The Life and Times of William Tom Wootton
This is the seventh in my series of eight blogs telling the life stories of my eight great-grandparents, next up is the wonderfully talented William Tom Wootton. (Picture of William Tom Wootton from Cousin Eleanor) William Tom Wootton was born on 28th May 1863 to Thomas Wootton and Nicolina Elizabeth Wootton nee Stampa, he was their … Continue reading The Life and Times of William Tom Wootton
The Life and Times of Caroline Rosina Keyes
This is the sixth in my series of blogs, writing the biographies and life stories of my eight Great-Grandparents, next up is Caroline Rosina Keyes (Granny Chiddicks). (St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, Grays, from my collection) Caroline Rosina Keyes was born 9th September 1875, she was the first child of Joseph Keyes and Elizabeth … Continue reading The Life and Times of Caroline Rosina Keyes
Walk My Past
If you are a regular Twitter user, you might have caught site of a truly wonderful new Genealogy Community called Walk My Past. The site and online community is run by owner Abbie and has quickly built up a great online following and a growing list of Genies and followers. Like the best ideas, this … Continue reading Walk My Past