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  • 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.
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Five ways to break down the family search brick wall


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 25 Sep 2013 14:58 : 2 comments : 1923 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 : 2880 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 : 946 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 : 13 comments : 2320 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 : 1112 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 : 2971 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.


Sinister history of popular sayings revealed in old newspapers


Published in Genes News on 12 Aug 2013 09:18 : 2 comments : 3227 views

The origins of some of the every-day phrases we use are more sinister than you would imagine, according to the family history website Genes Reunited. Researchers have shed some light on the dark history behind some of the nation’s favourite sayings, proving that their origins are rooted in the lives of our ancestors.


My family history - by guest blogger Gerald Dickens


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 31 Jul 2013 16:33 : 6 comments : 1282 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 : 5501 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.