We’ve just added over 3.6 million new records to our Irish Dog Licence Registers. To help you understand why these resources are so unique we took an in-depth look at one of them… At the end of March 1866 Mary Phelan went to the courthouse in Mountrath, County Laois, Queen’s County as it was known then. She had to get… Read more ›
In this special guest post, family historian and workhouse expert Peter Higginbotham explores the fascinating stories revealed in Findmypast’s workhouse records. Can you find your Irish ancestors in British workhouse records? Discovering an ancestor in a workhouse Coming across an ancestor who was in a workhouse is something that happens to many people when they start delving into their family history.… Read more ›
In February 1915, Private James Brown of the Cheshire Regiment had a near death experience the like of which has been seen countless times since in Hollywood movies. In the village of Neuve Eglise, his battalion under intense fire, Private Brown was thrown from his feet by a shell blast. His life was saved by a small metal tin he… Read more ›
We noticed, when we were transcribing the service and pension records that now comprise our British Army Service Records 1914-1920 collection, that tucked away in some men’s service records were what appeared to be random lists of men. In some cases one of the names on the list was the man whose file we were looking at, but in many… Read more ›
The writers and historians here at Findmypast are always coming across fascinating stories and historical treasures – which are too good not to share. In our regular column, Jim’s Gems, we look at the curious discoveries of Findmypast writer Jim Shaughnessy. This week: the awful recipes our ancestors seemingly lapped up eagerly. The Way We Ate Then It’s no secret… Read more ›
Today we remember all those who died in the line of duty. The bravery and sacrifice of all of those who have been involved in conflict will not be forgotten. This infographic reveals some of the incredible heroism of First World War Victoria Cross winners.
On Halloween, it seems only natural that the topic of cemeteries should arise. While this season brings out tales of ghosts, witches, and other superstitions within graveyards, genealogists are all too familiar with the benefits of visiting cemeteries for further research. On a recent weekend I found myself traipsing across New England on a quest to locate the graves of… Read more ›
This week marks the anniversary of one of Ireland’s most infamous murders and a story of sex, betrayal and intrigue. On Findmypast you can see the crumbs left by the murderer himself, read what the papers at the time said about him. You can touch the story. William Bourke Kirwan was an artist. By the time he married Maria Louisa… Read more ›