Past Articles

Help Legacy Australia. Share your Anzac ancestor’s story & Ancestry will donate $5

Posted on March 25, 2015 in Ancestry App, Australia, General Announcement, Member Stories, Military, Photographs

Ancestry is asking our lovely members and the Australian community to share their Anzac ancestor’s stories and for each photo and story shared on the Ancestry Anzac Hero Wall facebook app, Ancestry will donate $5 to Legacy Australia up to $15,000. The Ancestry Anzac Hero Wall is an app hosted on the Ancestry facebook page… Read more

Australian Imperial Force – What the average Anzac took into service with him and what he brought home

Posted on March 20, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records, Uncategorized

Guest post by Matt Smith, historian at Australian War Graves Photographic Archive For the majority of young Australian men who joined the Australian Imperial Force [AIF] during the First World War, it was their first time separated from family, a familiar world and most certainly, in battle. Many of these men would have experienced an… Read more

Member benefit. Order discounted BDM certificate transcriptions for NSW

Posted on March 19, 2015 in Australia, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Ancestry members can now order Birth, Death and Marriage certificate transcriptions for New South Wales at a discounted rate, just $17.50, from GeniCert with our friends at Marilyn Rowan transcriptions. The transcriptions can only be ordered direct via your Ancestry subscription. So you have to be logged in to your Ancestry membership to search on… Read more

Australian service records from World War I

Posted on March 16, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records, United Kingdom

Guest post from Anne-Marie Conde, National Archives of Australia WW1 Curator World War I service records (1914–1920) are a magnificent resource for family historians and anyone interested in war and its enduring impact on Australian society. These records are held by the National Archives of Australia and now on Ancestry – click here to start… Read more

Australian Imperial Force – Official Kit WWI

Posted on March 13, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records

Guest post by Matt Smith, historian at Australian War Graves Photographic Archive Family and Military Historians and Genealogists alike, will continue to trawl archive websites such as Ancestry.com on the eve of the Centenary of ANZAC Day in April 2015; and beyond. They are hoping to make sense of the enormous service commitment delivered by… Read more

Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier

Posted on February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

“He is all of them. And he is one of us.” Behind all headstones are the stories of our community, of our families, of our history and the Tomb of the Unknown soldier is no different. The man who now rests here met his death in France and for 75 years he rested under a… Read more

Family Tree Maker expert Duff Wilson touring Australia in July

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Family Tree Maker, Uncategorized

Duff Wilson, Senior Product Manager for Family Tree Maker in Provo, Utah, is touring Australia in July to share his expertise on Family Tree Maker and Ancestry. Duff will be speaking in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, so make sure you book early to secure your spot using the details below. Duff has worked for Ancestry… Read more

Don’t let mould destroy your family history

Posted on May 9, 2014 in Books, Photographs, Tips and Hints

Mould, a five letter word that causes a lot of four letter words from historians around the world. It can destroy your documents and it can make you sick. What do you do when you discover that granddad’s WW1 letters or the family Bible has mould on it? Here are some tips to help you… Read more

Discover your story. Enjoy free access to our Australian immigration records all weekend!

Posted on April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Before the age of digitised records, piecing together a family tree across generations and continents was an almost impossible task. Now thanks to Ancestry.com.au it’s all at your fingertips – bringing to life our ancestors’ adventures and stories that were once buried in archives across the globe. Ancestry.com.au offers the world’s largest online collection of… Read more

Spelling Didn’t Matter To Our Ancestors — Wild Cards to the Rescue

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Search, Site Features, Tips and Hints

Our ancestors often used a variety of spellings for their first names and surnames. You can use wildcards with the Exact filter selected to find unusual spellings of names. There are two wildcard characters: ? (question mark) : matches one character which can be anything * (asterisk) : matches 0 to N characters So if you enter… Read more