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Why You Won't Follow In Ancestors' Footsteps

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Ever wondered how more years you've got on the clock? Well, unlike your ancestors, there are many diseases and health problems with which you simply w...

The Happy Gene

Elaine Benton | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

It would be very easy to slip into depression and wallow in self pity, bringing everyone down, but I absolutely refuse to let Parkinson's get the upper hand. I find it far more worthwhile to remain cheery, which keeps me going; boosting my family's morale and all those around me.

December Is 'Main Month To Conceive'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The most popular time of the year for conceiving children has changed from the spring in Victorian times to December, according to research. A stud...

A Weird History of Xmas, Part III - Bizarre British Traditions!

Greg Jenner | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home
Greg Jenner

In the 17th Century, the Christmas Mince Pies (yes, more meat...) were famous for having a little baby Jesus on the crust, which sounds rather nice, but was a horrifying act of blasphemous cannibalism in the eyes of Oliver Cromwell. It should be said, Olly was not a miserabilist most of the time, but he did feel Christmas was meant to be a period of holy reverence. Accordingly, he did away with it all, and even ordered the confiscation of Christmas dinners from people's tables. Strangely, attending church was also prohibited on Jesus' birthday, which seems a bit weird, even by his standards.

Ways To Find Out If You're Related To Nobility

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

After a fairytale royal wedding in 2011 and this year's heartwarming news that Kate and Wills' are expecting a future heir to the throne, interest in ...

'This Is The Message Of Christmas'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.12.2012 | Home

Ah Christmas. Turkey, presents, baby Jesus and the inevitable good-natured family squabble over the last potato. While everybody has a slightly di...

Party Like Your Ancestors This Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Can you imagine what Christmas might be like without television, copious amounts of booze and an Xbox? If not, then it might be time to put away t...

What is it About the Cornish and Genealogy?

Scott Phillips | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

am blessed to have some very clear national histories in my family tree. My maternal grandfather and grandmother both came from Bohemia and I have traced my Bohemian (now Czech Republic) ancestry in these branches back to the 1600s so far.

Sitting Pretty: The 10 Best Artistic Family Portraits

The Huffington Post UK | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 07.12.2012 | Home

Family portraits are few people's idea of fun, and judging by the expressions on the faces of the familial sitters in these group paintings, that's al...

Family Tree: Military And Occupation Records

Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

If you have found your relatives, these detailed records will have told you their addresses, their birthplaces – and their jobs. These findings will...

What Happened to My Grandfather After the Titanic Sank

Christopher Ward | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Christopher Ward

My grandfather Jock Hume was a violinist in the Titanic's band, playing until the ship went down. He was 21. At 2:20 am, the last lifeboats long since gone, he joined 1,500 men, women and children in the sea, using his violin case for extra buoyancy. Half an hour later they were all dead from hypothermia.