What are Parish Records?

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 29, 2010 in Content

Parish records are a great source of birth, marriage and death information and are at the cornerstone of research going back in time. In 1837, civil registration began and all births, marriages and deaths had to be recorded by law. Before 1837, the only vital records that were universally kept were parish records of the… Read more

The lives of inmates on board Victorian ‘prison ships’ revealed online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 20, 2010 in Content

Ancestry.com.au is excited to announce the launch of Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books 1802-1849 – the incarceration records of almost 200,000 convicts who were imprisoned on giant floating jails known as prison hulks. These records will be of use to family and social historians, and anyone with an interest in the UK penal system.… Read more

World War II Heroes Recorded as “Missing in Action” Revealed Online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 8, 2010 in Content

In a world-first, Ancestry.com.au has launched the Andrews Newspaper Index Cards 1790-1976, which includes the names of many British World War II soldiers reported as “missing in action” during the 1940s. The 335,000 original newspaper clippings now online span almost 200 years and are a vital means of finding information not captured in other historical… Read more

Celebrity US Yearbooks now online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 1, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

In a world-first, Ancestry.com.au recently launched the largest collection of US school and college yearbooks available online, revealing school photographs of today’s superstars. The yearbooks of Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Nicolas Cage and Jay Leno all feature online detailing information on their classes, school activities and interesting photographs – including Sandra… Read more