"This really has put a new twist on who I think I am"...
...the closing remarks from dancer and Strictly judge, Craig Revel Horwood as he concluded his journey into his past on celebrity genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? If you saw the episode you'll understand exactly what he was referring to - along the way, Craig discovered criminal ancestors, successful business impresarios and a true wow moment when it was revealed there's even a champion dancer on his family tree.
The Bad Apples
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately when it comes to genealogy), most families have a black sheep and Craig's was no different. His relative was transported to Australia for theft and you'll find him listed in our unique UK crime records.
While the stories held in crime records might shock and appal, from a family history perspective, their depth in detail make them must-haves.
From next of kin information to physical descriptions and even mugshots, with crime resources, you'll uncover facts about family members you won't get anywhere else.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
Horwood's entire WDYTYA? episode was based in his native Australia where he uncovered a rags to riches story in the shape of his mining ancestors. His family arrived in Victoria in the hope of finding their fortune during the Gold Rush. Initially, those plans went awry and they even filed for bankruptcy at one point. However, they managed to turn their luck around and went on to create a lucrative mining empire in Craig's hometown of Ballarat.
As you'll see from our vast Australian records collection, we've got everything you need for building a similar story of your own ancestors' exploits down under.
Have you ever wondered if you share personality traits and life choices with one of your ancestors? This is exactly what Craig discovered when he traced a dancing champion through his grandmother's lineage.
A Guide: How to Find Famous Family
Much to the Strictly Come Dancing star's amazement, his relative, Harry Macklin Shaw was the clog-dancing champion of New South Wales and entertained crowds across the state. Checking census records is one of the quickest ways to see if your ancestor's occupation resonates with what you do today. Luckily for you, we've got over 995 million of them on the site.
Considering all the jaw-dropping revelations throughout his experience, we imagine if Craig Revel Horwood could sum up how he felt about his family history journey it would go a little something like this: