When our ancestors first arrived on the shores of America, many were filled with hope – with the promise of a new life, a new start. They were chasing what we’ve now come to call the “American Dream;” the promise of a better life in a new land. This concept, combined with poverty, war, religious discrimination, famine, and a thousand… Read more ›
Historical records offer us a unique look into the truly unforgettable events that shape our past. Records bring events to life through the individual stories of the people involved. Family tree researchers can find ancestors in countless scenarios of history including among the millions of soldiers who fought during World War I or in the boom of marriages and births… Read more ›
There are many famous names and figures amongst the Passenger Lists, from every conceivable walk of life. One man, who appears twice in the our UK Passenger Lists, was a giant of the film industry, whose surname is synonymous with both a hugely lucrative entertainment empire and a cartoon mouse. Happy birthday to the iconic film producer, director, screenwriter, voice… Read more ›
The 1911 England & Wales census also on findmypast.com gives insight into a variety of occupations that have lost significance in a modern world. The records include entertainingly ambiguous job titles, including knockers-up, snobs, chocolate dippers, devils, hokey-pokey men, and bondagers.
A feature of the Passenger Lists, from the 1920s on, is the inclusion of a last known address in the UK next to the passenger’s name.
This is of enormous use and interest for family historians – seeing where an ancestor was living before they emigrated or, indeed, went on holiday. It is also an easy way of being sure that the passenger on board is the person that you were searching for.