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Welcome to the new Genes Reunited blog!

  • We regularly add blogs covering a variety of topics. You can add your own comments at the bottom.
  • The Genes Reunited Team will be writing blogs and keeping you up to date with changes happening on the site.
  • In the future we hope to have guest bloggers that will be able to give you tips and advice as to how to trace your family history.
  • The blogs will have various privacy settings, so that you can choose who you share your blog with.

“Honest John”, the original fox in the box


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 6 Sep 2013 09:08 : 2 comments : 624 views

Johnny “Allgood” Goodall, the Lionel Messi of his day, rose to fame as a centre forward for England during the first Football League in 1888. He became Watford's first manager in 1903 and played cricket in the County Championship for Derbyshire in 1895 and 1896, being one of 19 players to achieve the Derbyshire Double of playing cricket for Derbyshire and football for Derby County. 


Chicken Tikka Masala - recipe


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 19 Aug 2013 10:26 : 1 comment : 409 views

Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - serves 4 


Family Likeness - by guest blogger Caitlin Davies


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 15 Aug 2013 09:14 : 3 comments : 1324 views

During World War Two thousands of children in the UK were born to American GI fathers. As those children became adults, many have only one thing on their mind, how to find their unknown dads.


My family history - by guest blogger Gerald Dickens


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 31 Jul 2013 16:33 : 6 comments : 1092 views

I had a great great grandfather, who died 143 years ago. There’s nothing unusual in that, of course. Everybody had great great grandfathers. However, my great great grandfather was Charles Dickens and therefore I am able to find out all there is to know about him with a few clicks on a computer keyboard, and I feel so fortunate to be able to build a complete picture of who he was, where he lived, how he was received and perceived. Whilst learning about Charles Dickens I can see traces of him throughout the current Dickens clan, many of whom are involved in the world of communication. We have writers, actors, journalists, musicians, marketing experts and restaurant owners among our numbers.


Game of Thrones star Kit Harington's noble blood


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 26 Jul 2013 14:41 : tv : 0 comments : 2448 views

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington's family tree bears a great resemblance to the life of his on-screen character Jon Snow. It is littered with heroes, royals and military greats! Like his fictional counterpart, Kit has noble blood, as his paternal great-grandfather sir Richard Harington was 12th baronet and High Sheriff of Herefordshire and served as a judge in Bengal, while his great-uncle Kenneth Harington married the queen's cousin, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon.


We can't believe that it was the start of the tenth series of Who Do You Think You Are? Last night. Ten series, and still each episode is individual and interesting. The series began with the story of Una Stubbs and her family. A popular actress and entertainer, like many of us starting out in family history she knew nothing of one side of her family.


Long Lost Family series 3 - epsiode 5


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 19 Jul 2013 08:41 : 0 comments : 465 views

It’s been a brilliant series so far and episode 5 of Long Lost Family was no exception. This week we saw the stories of twins Gail and Juliet looking for their twin brothers. We also saw Robert who was looking for the mother who disappeared from his life when he was just a toddler.


Long Lost Family – Series 3 Episode 1 & 2


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 27 Jun 2013 17:10 : 0 comments : 895 views

Last week the third series of Long Lost Family returned to our screens and what an emotional start it was! If you have never watched the show before, Long Lost Family traces and reunites divided family members.  The show is hosted by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell and sponsored by Genes Reunited.


115 year old family recipe winner!


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 25 Jun 2013 09:12 : 0 comments : 395 views

And the winning recipe is ... Fillet of Sole a La Pagons (Serves 4)


Researching before 1837 - by our guest blogger David Annal


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 7 Jun 2013 17:23 : 1 comment : 3877 views

As we follow our roots further and further back into the past we will inevitably reach a point where we lose the support of our safety net and are forced to continue our quest without the familiar, reassuring assistance of birth, marriage and death certificates and census returns.