One of our favourite moments from the recent WDYTYA? Live show, was when the image of an ancestor suddenly appeared at the top of the search results page.
A lady called Marion asked us if we could do a search on the BNA for her gg-grandfather, James Clarke.
So we entered ‘james clarke’ into the Phrase Search box on the Advanced Search page and, ‘Eureka!, there was a sketch (from ‘The Graphic’ newspaper of 1888)of Marion’s gg-grandfather sitting at the top of 67,000 search results.
It’s a wonderful feeling when you find an image of an ancestor in the Archive, as well as a story.