I had heard rumours of my great grandad being involved in some kind of fraud and it was only when searching through Findmypast's newspaper archives that I found out the whole story…He was hard up and the article gives me so much information about his life and times!
It took a few seconds for it to sink in that I had never seen this information before and that I now knew for sure who my 4th great grandparents were...
When Andrew Tatham started his search for all of the men in a World War 1 photograph, he had no idea it would lead to an exhibition and sell out book
Through Findmypast I found a private letter from Lieutenant H.V Throssell to his commanding officer commending the efforts of my great uncle. He spoke about my great uncle for years after the war as he toured Australia recalling the moments resulting in his Victoria Cross award. It fills me with pride to know that one of Australia's bravest men commends my ancestor for his bravery!
The newspaper archive is my favourite because I have actors in my family tree. The only way to find them is to search the newspapers for reviews and then go through all the possible variations of the surnames they might be using in the area given for the dates. I have found so much about them simply through this archive.
An emotional roller coaster of family history awaited the actor when he appeared on BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? as he discovered a rogue one in his family tree
Funny man Greg Davies explored his Welsh roots and reflected on the nature of father/son relationships when he received the WDYTYA? treatment. Here's how he went about it