Half of all Brits have immigrant ancestors

David Cameron is no exception

26th February 2010: Half of all Brits have immigrant ancestors.

Conservative leader David Cameron is no exception. Going by the information available on family history website, Cameron’s great-great-grandfather is included in the huge list of names.

So its time for Brits, opposing immigration, to start exploring where they may really have come from! And with more historical immigration records now online, its going to be easier than ever before.

National Archives migrant specialist Roger Kershaw says the collections highlight the growing diversity of cultures, languages and skills prevalent in 19th century Britain – a time shaped by great industrial expansion and optimism.

The professions ranged from composers, writers and artists to industrialists, politicians and royalty and it’s their contribution we still see reflected in our cosmopolitan society today.

Migrants can click and trace their roots


Chicken Yassa, from Senegal