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With Lizzie Yarnold’s gold medal in the skeleton and Jenny Jones’ bronze medal in slope style snowboarding, Sochi 2014 has seen the nation’s best performance at the Winter Olympics in 78 years.


There is no better excuse than Valentine’s Day to start exploring our Marriage records. They are an invaluable tool when it comes to uncovering details about the lives of your ancestors.


This month marks the 200th anniversary of the last Thames Ice Fair.  Held on the frozen waters of the River Thames between late January and late February, they occurred every year when the ice was thick enough. The first fair was held in 1608 and was so successful they were held year the river froze until 1814.


Heartfelt poems from bereaved WW1 families


Published in Genes News on 3 Dec 2013 11:14 : wwi world war one ww1 in memoriam poems genes reunited : 0 comments : 1801 views

Touching tributes written by families for their loved ones killed during WW1 have revealed the devastating impact the war had on family life in Britain and the importance of religion for people.


Touching tributes written by families for their loved ones killed during WW1 have revealed the devastating impact the war had on family life in Britain and the importance of religion for people.


What the symbols on coats of arms, family crests and seals mean


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 7 Nov 2013 12:53 : 2 comments : 24518 views

Family crests and coats of arms - does your family have one? Genes Reunited reveals the meanings behind the signs of heraldry. What do they represent? What’s the difference between a coat of arms and family crest? And what does a lion on a red background represent?


What do your ancestors' war medals mean?


WW1 soldiers in a rush to get to the church on time


Published in Genes News on 28 Oct 2013 12:38 : 10 comments : 9330 views

The loneliness felt amongst the men on the front line and the women left behind during WW1 encouraged relationships to start via letters, with many couples getting engaged despite never meeting face to face. 


Grave Secrets - What graveyard statues reveal about your ancestors


Published in Genes News on 8 Oct 2013 11:26 : 12 comments : 17401 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 : 6775 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.