Past Articles

The First Census held Australia: November 1828

Posted on August 5, 2016 in Australia

With Australia’s next census fast approaching we thought it might be worth revisiting the first census held in Australia way back in November 1828. Prior to 1828 the colony’s population was originally counted through musters however these only focused on parts of the total population. Musters excluded military personnel, and free settlers could not be… Read more

Testimonial Submission Agreement

Posted on March 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thank you for your interest in submitting a story for our new Ancestry commercial. We always appreciate your enthusiasm and excitement for family history research and our products. We hope that your stories can help other members benefit from all that Ancestry has to offer. By sending us your submission, you must agree to the… Read more

Journey of Discovery – NSW/ACT Family History Conference, 11-13 September 2015

Posted on July 6, 2015 in Australia, Society Directory, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

When: 11-13 September 2015 Venue: 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie NSW – click to view on Google Maps. Web: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nswpmfhs There’s always more to learn when it comes to family history and the 2015 Fair and Conference will be held over three exciting days in Panthers Auditorium, Port Macquarie The FREE Family History Fair is… Read more

In Time and Place – Queensland State Conference, 3-4 October 2015

Posted on June 30, 2015 in Australia

When: 3 – 4 October 2015 Venue: Riverglenn, 70 Kate St, Indooroopilly – click to view on Google Maps. Web: itap.historyqueensland.org.au You are invited to Queensland’s first local, family and social history conference Organised by History Queensland, Genealogical Society of Queensland and Queensland Family History Society. Free Conference Registration for regional delegates Thanks to the… Read more

Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales by Tanya Evans

Posted on June 30, 2015 in Australia, Books, Ireland, Tips and Hints, United Kingdom

Guest blog by historian Tanya Evans Family historians accept that their research is a journey, often enjoyed over the course of many years, sometimes across a lifetime. My book Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales explores why the life stories of some men and women in the past come to… Read more

National Family History Month 2015

Posted on June 17, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event since August 2006 when it was celebrated during the first week of August. Due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM was increased to the whole month of August from 2013. For individuals… Read more

Help! Why can’t I find my ancestor’s surname?

Posted on May 5, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Guest blog by historian Carol Baxter; www.carolbaxter.com If you were researching the surname Staff, would it occur to you to look for Huff? At the Australasian Genealogical Congress in March 2015, an attendee mentioned the surname Staff. The expectation seemed to be that there weren’t too many ways in which this surname could be spelt… Read more

Collection launch. Spirits of Gallipoli project and AIF Burials At Gallipoli, 1915 explained

Posted on April 13, 2015 in Australia, Deaths, Military

Guest post by Kim Phillips, the historian behind Spirits of Gallipoli In November 2000 when I first walked the beach at Anzac Cove, I had little idea of the effect that visit would have on me, or the journey it would take me on. There is an aura at Anzac, a ‘spirit’. Those who have… Read more

Update to London Workhouse Records, 1659-1930. Over 3.7 million new records!

Posted on April 9, 2015 in Index, New records, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

Great news, we’re always trying to improve our collections and we’ve updated the London Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1659-1930! We’ve added 303,179 new images [56%] and 3,771,083 [54%] new records, so this collection now has 542,642 images and 7,035,609 records! So, what’s in the update? We’ve added newly indexed workhouse admission and discharge records… Read more

Update to Australian Electoral Rolls collection. Over 30 million new records!

Posted on April 2, 2015 in Australia, New records, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Great news, we’re always trying to improve our collections and we’ve updated the Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980! We’ve added 61,953 new images and 30,953,567 new records, so this collection now has 1,465,956 images and 100,540,723 records! So, what’s in the update? About 70% of the electoral rolls in this collection were previously transcribed. In this… Read more