Last night’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC1 featuring Brendan O’Carroll took on a more unusual format. The star and creator of the hit comedy show ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ had requested the programme to specifically look into the history of his grandfather Peter O’Carroll and his tragic murder in Dublin in 1920.
The programme was able to assist Brendan in his search to find the perpetrator of the murder nearly one hundred years ago. Discovering the fact that his family was under surveillance by the security services we find how law and order was administered under British rule at the time.
Brendan’s grandfather was murdered by a particularly ruthless intelligence officer, Major Jocelyn Lee Hardy in his quest to find out the whereabouts of Peter’s sons, known IRA supporters.
What did you think of last night’s show, did you prefer the format of just looking at one ancestor or do you prefer the more usual ‘Who Do You Think You Are? ‘style? Let us know.
If you’d like to find out more about Brendan O’Carroll and his family history, TheGenealogist has a comprehensive history of him in their Featured Articles.
The excellent series of Who Do You Think You Are? continued last night looking into the family history of actress Tamzin Outhwaite.
Concentrating on her Italian ancestry, the programme showed a fascinating tale of Adelmo Santi and his journey from Braga in Italy to join the Italian community who had settled in Glasgow in 1913. After being called back to Italy for war service in the First World War, Adelmo returns to Scotland in the 1920s with his wife and small son.
He then strives to set up and develop an ice cream business, moving to Fishburn in County Durham and despite hardships and becoming interned with his son on the Isle of Man in the Second World War as an ‘enemy alien’, Adelmo makes a success of his business and becomes ‘the richest man in Fishburn’ according to local folklore.
Tamzin made a widely travelled and emotional journey looking into her maternal ancestry and it made for a good and interesting programme. What do you think? Did you enjoy the programme?
After a great episode last week featuring Brian Blessed, this Thursday ‘s ‘Who Do You Think You Are? programme features former Eastenders actress and now star of BBC drama ‘New Trick’s – Tamzin Outhwaite and her family history story.
Tamzin’s mother, Anna, had Italian ancestry from the Santi and Gonnella families and the programme looks in-depth at their experiences moving from Italy to Britain and their hardwork and perseverence in building a life and a successful ice-cream business which gave them wealth. They endured poverty and then internment on the Isle of Man as ‘enemy aliens’ in the Second World War but overcame these difficulties to build a life for their families in the UK.
I came across the following helpful explanation of the relationships that occur in our family tree. For the less experienced genealogists, it’s a quick helpful guide into knowing who is related to whom in your family tree, particularly invaluable as your family tree grows in size as you develop your research.
The You Tube channel provided by CGP Grey offers a number of explanations on all sorts of questions. The video below explains the links in our family history and how to summarise your family tree.
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The second episode of the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? continues tonight with actor and director, Brian Blessed. Brian was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of a socialist miner.
However, the programme traces his roots back to Jabez Blessed in the early 1800s. Born in London and orphaned at an early age, then separated from his siblings, Jabez earns money begging and performing acrobatic tricks around Covent Garden. He appears to have a confident and determined personality as he works his way up to become a fairly successful glass and china salesman.
Over 117,000 ‘Military Medals’ were awarded in the First World War for ‘acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire’. These records are now available to view online complete with an image of the actual Medal Card and a link to the official government publication of the time. It’s a unique, comprehensive set of records available only onTheGenealogist.co.uk.
The Military Medal was the equivalent to the Military Cross (MC) which was awarded to commissioned officers. The Military Medal ranked below the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), which was also awarded to non-commissioned members of the Army but was still a very prestigious award to be honoured with.
The Military Medal was awarded to ‘Non Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks’ for showing exceptional courage in battle. It was also awarded for those that risked their lives trying to save others, often in extreme danger. The Medal Records on TheGenealogist show people from a wide range of backgrounds and social classes, including a number of young women from very privileged families who chose to drive ambulances and rescue the wounded in the mud of battle.
The role of ‘stretcher bearer’ was one of the most dangerous jobs of the time and the records show many women bridged social constraints of the time to risk life and limb to help rescue and bring in soldiers wounded in battle.
If you’d like to find out more, TheGenealogist has full details of the new medal record release including some fascinating case studies on the brave recipients of the Military Medal.
What did you think of the first episode of the new series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ featuring Julie Walters last night? With the series celebrating its tenth anniversary, the first episode got off to a strong start with a look at the Irish ancestors of Julie Walters and their struggles to get fairer rents and conditions for Irish tenant farmers, as part of the Irish National Land League, in what was known at the time as the ‘Land War’. If you’d like to read a bit more, TheGenealogist.co.uk has put together a special feature looking further at Julie’s ancestry.
To view the special feature, visit TheGenealogist website. Hopefully the rest of the series will be just as good!
This Saturday the 9th August, it’s the Midlands Family History Fair at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club. The Fair is open from 10am to 4pm and entrance is only £3 per person. As well as numerous stalls to browse, there’s a number of free talks in the Hindlip Suite including the popular ‘Breaking Down Brick Walls in your Family History Research’ from Mark Bayley of TheGenealogist and a talk on the Women’s Voluntary Aid Detachments in World War 1 from Paul Handford and also the Secret Army- British Resistance Organisations 1938-45 from Malcolm Atkin.
There’s a special offer on TheGenealogist and free goodie bags for the first 100 visitors to the TheGenealogist stand as show sponsor.
It promises to be a great fair. Will you be going?
The ever-popular genealogy show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ which embarks upon its 10th series tomorrow night, has a special show tonight on BBC1 looking back at the high points from past series.
In this special one-off show, the outstanding moments from the previous series are shown again, featuring the likes of Boris Johnson, Jeremy Paxman, showing humour and tragedy and even moments where celebrities find links to royalty.
The series has produced so many remarkable moments, showing the surprises and shocks that can be discovered in the quest to find out more about your ancestors. The one-off special is on BBC1 tonight at 10.35pm. Will you be watching tonight?