How to get the most out of Searching the Records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Refine Search: Easily add information or remove it from your search – no more scrolling to the bottom of the page Categories: Narrow your search by new, better organized content categories and subcategories Matching Person: Get the best matches possible from family trees on Ancestry Record Preview: Hover over a search result to preview more detailed information without having… Read more

Guide to Convict Records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 30, 2012 in Convicts

The founding of Australia as a penal colony for the transportation of convicts from Britain is of course well known. The First Fleet arrived in New South Wales on 26th January 1788 and over the following 80 years approximately 160,000 convicts were transported to various locations in the country to serve their sentence. In the… Read more

Researching your female ancestors

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Everybody has a mother. But sometimes it gets tricky chasing mums and great-grandmas through the family tree, particularly if Great-Grandma is hiding squarely behind a married name. Don’t give up. When you’re faced with the tough task of tracing an elusive female back through history, it pays to be persistent, particularly because you’ll find plenty… Read more

Adding Ancestry to your Interest List on Facebook

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 30, 2012 in Australia

If you are one of our 10,000 friends on Facebook, you may be aware that due to changes to the website, Facebook no longer shows every Ancestry.com.au page post to all likers of our page. Ensure you don’t miss out on any news by adding Ancestry to your interest list. Simply visit the Ancestry.com.au Facebook… Read more

Preserving Family Photos

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 16, 2012 in Tips and Hints

Shoebox or album? Most of us are guilty of putting our family’s most treasured heirlooms – photographs – in one or the other. But did you realise that you may be shortening the life of those photos by storing them that way? The following guidelines will help ensure your family’s photographic history remains intact for tomorrow.… Read more

Who would name their daughter Halloween? Just check the records.

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 1, 2012 in Content

Originally authored by Paul Rawlins, Ancestry.com Who would name their daughter Halloween? According to the 1920 (and 1930) U.S. census, that would be John and Ollie Hildebrand of Freeborn Township, Missouri, for one — or two. In case you think maybe the enumerator got it wrong — twice — it’s right there on Halloween’s marriage… Read more

New NZ Collections

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 1, 2012 in Content, New Zealand

New on the site this week are New Zealand Local Histories with indexes ranging from 1840 to 1950. The  Cyclopedia of New Zealand, 1897-1906 provides information about the colonization of New Zealand with details on businesses, residents and professions in the provinces. New Zealand Index, 1899, 1908, 1915 and 1939 are four books which contain detailed information… Read more