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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.

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Grave Secrets - What graveyard statues reveal about your ancestors

Published in Genes News on 8 Oct 2013 11:26 : 12 comments : 15696 views

“Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;

How to Write a Letter to a Long Lost Relative

Published in Genes News on 4 Oct 2013 14:37 : 8 comments : 3056 views

At Genes Reunited we know searching for missing family members is one of the most emotional journeys a person will ever take. If you’re on this site reading this the chances are you’ve been on a rollercoaster ride of research. This is all done in the hopes that your future will include this newfound relative. Then you do and there’s a sense of triumph for finding them coupled with the feeling of fear; because finding them is only part of the journey. 

WW1 girls just wanted to have fun

Published in Genes News on 30 Sep 2013 08:36 : 0 comments : 1297 views

With their men away fighting on the front line women of Britain enjoyed a new found freedom during WW1 and filled public houses, causing moral outrage and calls for the Government to keep them at home, researchers have found. 

Five ways to break down the family search brick wall

Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 25 Sep 2013 14:58 : 2 comments : 1136 views

Don't despair if you come across a brick wall. Read our five top tips on Genes Reunited on how to overcome your obstacles in your family history search on.

Downton Abbey - Dame Maggie Smith's ancestors also had domestic help

Published in Genes News on 23 Sep 2013 12:24 : 1 comment : 918 views

With the much anticipated fourth series of Downton Abbey starting last night, we’ve delved into the family history of Dame Maggie Smith who plays the Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham and discovered it wasn’t just the Countess who had servants in her household.

Recipe cards found at the back of the kitchen draw. Scrawled on scraps of paper found in aprons. Old cookbooks with scribbled notes in the margin. At some point most of us have come across these culinary gems. These are more than just recipes. They are links with our past and our connections to special events in the lives of our ancestors . 

“Honest John”, the original fox in the box

Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 6 Sep 2013 09:08 : 2 comments : 632 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. 

New message boards for the Genes Community

Published in Genes News on 19 Aug 2013 10:44 : 8 comments : 1284 views

Hi everyone today we have launched two new message boards. 

Chicken Tikka Masala - recipe

Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 19 Aug 2013 10:26 : 1 comment : 410 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 : 1330 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.