Past Articles

Who Do You Think You Are? New Australian Series Coming Soon

Posted on March 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Great news for fans of hit TV drama Who Do You Think You Are? The show returns for a fourth series in March as six more Australian celebrities trace their family tree, uncovering secrets and stories from the past. Shaun Micallef, Kerry O’Brien, Melissa George, Vince Colosimo, John Wood and Michael O’Loughlin travel to all… Read more

All Hints Page – New Ways to View Your Hints

Posted on February 24, 2012 in Australia, New Zealand, Site Features

One of the best things about having an online family tree is taking advantage of Hints that could lead you to new facts about your ancestors. Now we’ve made it even easier to see all your hints with our new All Hints page. You can find hints that have been generated in the last… Read more

Anzac Stories – Was Your Ancestor a Military Hero?

Posted on February 24, 2012 in Australia, Content, Military, New Zealand

Was your ancestor a military hero? We are on the look-out for stories from our members in time for Anzac Day.  If you have traced your family history and discovered a military hero, we want to hear from you. Have you discovered an Anzac in your family’s story? Perhaps you have uncovered their service and… Read more

Memories of the Darwin Bombing

Posted on February 17, 2012 in Australia, Military

  From Brad Argent, Content Director at February 19th marks the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Darwin in 1942.  I asked my nan, Nita (shown in the photo above), what she remembered of the day. At the time of the bombing – just two days after her 23rd birthday – she was pregnant with my… Read more

Famous faces in the 1930 US Census

Posted on February 17, 2012 in Australia, Content, Famous Faces, USA

What do funny man Mel Brooks, quizmaster Bob Dyer, and Winifred Patty Christensen all have in common?  They’re all in the 1930 US Census. Many of you will be familiar with actor and producer Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky in 1926) and you can see him appearing in the 1930 US Census (shown below), living at 365… Read more

300,000 new Warwickshire records now available

Posted on February 10, 2012 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

If you have family from Warwickshire, England you may well find them in one of 300,000 new Warwickshire records we added this week. Some records in these collections pre date 1837, making them particularly useful in finding people before civil registration began. Some records actually date back to 1564 (shown in the image above). One… Read more

Image Viewer Updates – Print Current View Now Available

Posted on January 27, 2012 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY JIM MOSHER (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback on the Beta Image Viewer on the blog, via the message boards, through the survey, and directly via email ( We appreciate the input – both positive and negative – and have used it to further improve the viewer. Today,… Read more

New Convict Collections – Just In Time for Australia Day!

Posted on January 27, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts, New records

We have just added two key collections to the world’s largest online collection of Australian convict records. For Australians exploring convict history, the NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842 provides the ideal starting point, as all convicts on ships transported to Australia were listed in an indent. Details such as name, trial date/location, and sentence are available, with… Read more

130 Years of London Electoral Registers Released Today!

Posted on January 12, 2012 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

AUTHORED BY RUSSELL JAMES (ANCESTRY.CO.UK) Our NEW London, England, Electoral Registers, 1835-1965, take you back through the history of Britain and London’s democratic system. More than that, they let you trace your English ancestors’ movements between census years and well into the 20th century, giving you far greater precision in your timeline of their lives. Electoral… Read more

Family Questions

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Australia

Talking to your oldest living relative is always a great way to add to your family history research. Print these fun family-oriented questions and sit down with your loved ones to hear their responses. Brace yourself; their response might surprise you – so don’t forget your pen and paper! You can then add the answers into your… Read more