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!
It took a few seconds for it to sink in that I had never seen this information before and that I now knew for sure who my 4th great grandparents were...
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.
BBC newsreader and Crimewatch presenter, Sophie Raworth, received the Who Do You Think You Are? treatment. Here's our take on the final episode of a fantastic series of telly
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.
An emotional roller coaster of family history awaited the actor when he appeared on BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?