3 key family history records from Daniel Radcliffe’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

By Guest, 19 July 2019 - 11:48am

Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist Sara Khan explains how she uncovered the secrets of Daniel Radcliffe’s family tree

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The 1926 marriage certificate for Daniel Radcliffe's 2x great uncle Alfred Gershon in Vancouver, Canada

The star of the Harry Potter films has an interesting heritage.

His father is from the Protestant community in Northern Ireland, while his mother was born in South Africa of Jewish background.

Daniel learned about both sides of his family in his episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

 

1. Marriage registration

We were able to locate the 1926 marriage of Olive Durnam and Alfred Gershon, son of Daniel’s maternal great great grandfather Louis Gershon, on FamilySearch. This free site has millions of records from all over the world including Vancouver, Canada, where Alfred and Olive got married.

 

2. Trade directories

Trade directories list people by occupation in different locations. Many of these can now be found on the main genealogical websites. For example, a London trade directory on Ancestry from 1900 lists Louis Gershon’s diamond business in Hatton Garden.

Find out more about trade directories with our guide

 

3. 1911 Irish census

We used Irish census records to trace the paternal side of Daniel’s family. These can be searched and viewed for free on the National Archives of Ireland’s website, where were able to locate Daniel’s great grandmother Florence McDowell living as an eight-year-old with her parents and her four siblings in Banbridge, Co. Down.

 

 

 

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