The newspaper archive is my favourite because I have actors in my family tree. The only way to find them is to search the newspapers for reviews and then go through all the possible variations of the surnames they might be using in the area given for the dates. I have found so much about them simply through this archive.
Family lore has it that George was so heavily in debt by 1870 that he and his entire family fled England and headed toward Galveston, Texas…they would go on to achieve a level of success they probably never imagined possible when they stepped on the boat for Galveston
The actor's great grandfather abandoned his wife and child in England and fled down under
Since I knew I had an ancestor from Lincolnshire, England, I searched through the marriages to find his marriage to Anna Stevenson. They were my 8th great grandparents… William and his wife are said to be buried in the Founder's Cemetery called Wequetequock Cemetery in Stonington, New London County, Connecticut. There is a monument erected there for the four founders of Stonington. I am descended from all four men.
I finally knocked down one of those pesky brick walls thanks to Findmypast's tree hints!
The first few steps can be tricky, but persevere and researching your family history could be one of the most rewarding things you ever do
I have been researching my family history for twenty-odd years and I thought I knew everything about my immediate family. Imagine my surprise when the 1911 census became available and it listed a hitherto-unknown sister to my father
What started out as a search for my great-grandparents' marriage record turned into a stunning revelation
I'm always astonished at the sort of information I can get from records. Now I have details of both Alfred and Alice's fathers to take my tree even further back. A final quick search told me that Alfred Millar was actually born about 4 miles from where I live now in North London - the story comes full circle!