Are you descended from a suffragette?


04 June 2013
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We’re partnering with leading people-find website to find and reunite the descendants of the women’s rights m

We’re partnering with leading people-find website to find and reunite the descendants of the women’s rights movement.

Emily Wilding Davison – does that name ring a bell? The chances are that you heard about her at school – the person who felt so strongly that women should be allowed to vote, that she threw herself under the King’s horse on Derby Day, 4 June 1913, to bring attention to her cause. Davison died on 8 June 1913.

Now, a century on, we remember our suffragette ancestors and their fight for equal voting rights. But their names aren’t just names in history books. They’re real people who lived, fought, and sometimes even died for their cause, on British soil only a hundred years ago. And what’s more they are our not-so-distant ancestors. You may not be able to find these militant members of your family tree in the 1911 Census – as many suffragettes decided not to have their names recorded – but if you can track down a suffragette ancestor we’d love to hear...

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Simply send us the details of the suffragette on your family tree, and we’ll enter you to a draw, with three winners picked at random – each of which will win £50 in credits.  Entries can be posted on our Facebook page, or via the form below. Please get your entries in by 11 June 2013 – when the competition closes.

And if you’d like to find out a bit more about the history of the suffragettes, pick up a copy of the June issue of Family Tree, out now in WH Smiths, leading supermarkets and all good newsagents, or you can download the issue as a digital edition right now – visit, the App StoreGoogle Play or Amazon Appstore.

The search tools and records on are extremely valuable for helping you to trace relatives, particularly from more recent times. Finding long-lost cousins can really help to fill out details on your family tree, and perhaps they may know about a suffragette ancestor you’ve never heard of. will bridge the gaps by supplying access to 700 million public UK records. The award-winning online directory is keen to hear from any suffragette descendants who wish to get back together. Anyone wishing to share a reunion story should email [email protected].