Past Articles

Leonie’s Story – Finding a Biological Family Online

Posted on November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Our members have lots of great family stories to share and we love hearing about the discoveries you make on our site. One such member is Leonie who you may have seen on the Kerri-Anne show a few weeks ago. Leonie discovered that she was adopted at age 21 after running away from home to… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap – Vanessa Williams

Posted on November 4, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

 This week on Who Do You Think You Are? actress Vanessa Williams used military records, obituaries, and a census record from Ancestry (shown below) to find the amazing stories of ancestors who helped break down barriers and forge new ground in history. 5 Steps to Preserving Family Photos Vanessa was presented with photos of her… Read more

4 Million New UK Parish Records Now Online

Posted on October 26, 2011 in Australia, Content

We have just added 4 million historic UK parish records online,  enabling family historians to delve further back in their British history than ever before. The new records feature baptisms, marriages and burials, which took place in Dorset and Warwickshire between 1511 and 1997, and have been added to what is now the largest collection of… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap – Steve Buscemi

Posted on October 21, 2011 in Australia, Who Do You Think You Are?

This week on Who Do You Think You Are? actor Steve Buscemi went searching for compelling characters in his family history. His journey began with an 1880 U.S. Census record (shown below) and led him to a distant cousin through an Ancestry family tree. It then took many twists and turns as he revealed his… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap – Rosie O’Donnell

Posted on October 14, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

This week on Who Do You Think You Are? Rosie O’Donnell embarked on an emotional journey as she traced her late mother’s roots.  She used census and vital records from Ancestry (shown below), as well as obituaries and church records to reveal her family’s Irish hometown and discover the tragedies and triumphs they faced both there and in… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Catch Up – Lionel Richie

Posted on October 6, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

In this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? R&B superstar Lionel Richie set off to learn about the “giants” in his family – ancestors whose actions helped him succeed. His journey began when he found his great-grandfather’s name on a Social Security application. Using marriage records, city directories, a diary and a… Read more

Android Beta Testers Needed

Posted on October 4, 2011 in Ancestry App

We’ve been working hard on an Android version of the Ancestry mobile app, and we’re looking for Android users to help us test an early beta version. If you are interested in being a beta tester, regularly use an Android phone or tablet, and are an Ancestry.com.au subscriber, please click here to take a short… Read more

The Untold Story of Charles Snodgrass Ryan

Posted on October 4, 2011 in Australia

You may have seen Ancestry’s Brad Argent on the Kerri-Anne show last week with Peter Harvey telling the story of Charles Snodgrass Ryan. Here is some more information on the Gallipoli hero. . Charles Snodgrass Ryan was born on the 20th of September 1853 at Longwood, about 100 miles north of Melbourne, in the fledgling… Read more

Scurvy, Seasickness and Scorpion Bites: Royal Navy Medical Journals

Posted on September 30, 2011 in Australia, Convicts, New records

We have just launched two new historical record collections which offer a peek into daily life aboard Australia-bound English convict ships. These collections are journals that were penned by ships’ medical officers, who were required to keep a record of all patients, treatments and outcomes during a sea voyage. UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1815-17… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are Recap – Kim Cattrall

Posted on September 29, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

This week on Who Do You Think You Are? Actress Kim Cattrall started with just a name and a newspaper clipping, which led her to a marriage record that helped her solve a 70-year-old family mystery about her missing grandfather. Three steps to finding an ancestor you know very little about: Step 1: Talk to… Read more