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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.

It’s always wonderful to hear back from our members about the marvellous discoveries they’ve made using Genes Reunited. Derek Cawser’s story is a fabulous inspiration for those who’ve believed they lost a part of their family forever, and a great example of family ties overcoming time and distance.


Happy St Patrick's Day


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 16 Mar 2015 16:16 : st patricks day st patrick ireland irish tradition 17th march saint : 2 comments : 456 views

In the last 315 years, up to 10 million people have left their homes in Ireland to start a new life overseas. Thanks to this diaspora the festival day of Ireland’s foremost patron saint, St Patrick, is now a global celebration enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.


Exploring our millions of records is a fascinating way of tracing your family history generations into the past. Where records and transcripts can often fall short, however, is providing the historical context the gives you a feel for the world in which your ancestors lived. 


This December marks the 100th anniversary of the famous 1914 Christmas truce, when British, French and German troops disobeyed orders and met in no man’s land to exchange gifts and other gestures of seasonal good will.  


At 05.10 on the morning of November 11th 1918, a German delegation led by Matthias Erzberger signed the terms of the Armistice under the watchful eyes of British and French officials.  


Every month, Genes Reunited chooses a family photo sent in by our customers to be examined by dress-historian, portrait specialist and photo detective Jayne Shrimpton. This month’s family photo was a lovely image of a group of very smartly dressed Victorian young ladies on a hill walking trip in the Lake District.