Bringing family history to life
Renowned actor Sir Ian McKellen explores his roots in the sixth episode of Who Do You Think You Are? series 13. What else do we know about the Lord of the Rings star?
News and research guides relating to Sir Ian McKellen's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast on Wednesday 25 January 2017
Plus: East India Company files revealed; Findmypast releases Methodist records; New additions to the British Newspaper Archive; Plymouth History Centre work begins
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