Victorian Census Thought Lost Forever Recovered Using ‘CSI’ Technology

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 30, 2010 in Content, New records

In the first ever census restoration project of its kind, Ancestry.com.au recently launched water-damaged parts of the England and Wales 1851 Census, previously thought to be irretrievable. More than 17,000 pages from the 1851 Census were damaged when the building housing the Manchester 1851 Census manuscripts was flooded in the late 19th century. These pages,… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Magda Szubanski

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski wants to better understand how world events have shaped her family. Tracing the lives of two ancestors, she discovers how both were forced to make grim choices and suffered the devastating consequences of war. Magda was born to Polish father Zbigniew Szubanski and Scottish mother Margaret McCarthy. The family emigrated… Read more

New Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?®

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?® returns for a third series as six more Australian celebrities trace their family tree, uncovering secrets and stories from the past. Magda Szubanski, Rod Marsh, Tina Arena, Shane Bourne, Paul Mercurio and Georgie Parker take a journey through their ancestry in this fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and… Read more

My Place in History: Bring history to life in the classroom

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 23, 2010 in Family Trees, My Place in History

My Place in History is a free web-based program produced by Ancestry.com. It is designed to teach students about the concepts of change and diversity – of backgrounds, in family structures, and the many economic, political and social circumstances in both our distant and more recent history that have contributed to who we are today… Read more

Queensland Government Gazettes 1903-1910

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 18, 2010 in Content, New records

This collection contains 11 volumes of the Queensland Government Gazette, a periodical generally published weekly by the government which served as the official means of communication from the government to the general public. Queensland Government Gazettes contains a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. Examples of the type of things that could be mentioned… Read more

What is deltiology?

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 15, 2010 in Content, New records

It is the collection and study of picture postcards. And deltiologists and genealogists alike have something to be excited about as we expand our collection of historic postcards. Postcards got their start in about 1870, and as the new century began, they were all the rage. In fact, for the fiscal year ending in June… Read more

Ancestry acquires the 1911 England and Wales Census

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

We’re excited to announce that an agreement has been reached between Ancestry.com, Inc., in collaboration with TheGenalogist.co.uk, and The National Archives in the UK to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census. Ancestry and TheGenealogist.co.uk will work together to transcribe the 1911 Census, creating a searchable database which enables users to type… Read more