I had heard rumours of my great grandad being involved in some kind of fraud and it was only when searching through Findmypast's newspaper archives that I found out the whole story…He was hard up and the article gives me so much information about his life and times!
When Andrew Tatham started his search for all of the men in a World War 1 photograph, he had no idea it would lead to an exhibition and sell-out book
I'm not sure how I feel about being a descendant of King Henry I of England, I suppose it depends on what kind of person he was. You've helped me get excited to learn so much more. Not just about King Henry, Samuel and my other Appleton ancestors, but about the many other lines of my family.
Through Findmypast I found a private letter from Lieutenant H.V Throssell to his commanding officer commending the efforts of my great uncle. He spoke about my great uncle for years after the war as he toured Australia recalling the moments resulting in his Victoria Cross award. It fills me with pride to know that one of Australia's bravest men commends my ancestor for his bravery!
When the enumerator arrived to do the first census in my life, my Dad explained it all, then started talking about his family and grandparents. He got more interested and it started my passion for genealogy.
I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am, and that with so little effort, I have validated their existence. 'Gran's Twins' are no longer a family story but real human beings with real names, birth dates and sadly death dates
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