Past Articles

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

Real James Bond Found Hiding in an Archive

Posted on March 8, 2014 in Famous Faces

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, has been uncovered in a very un-Bondlike location: an online archive. The record (shown above) was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection, which details medals earned by more than 4.8 million WWI… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Surnames have meanings and origins

Posted on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Authored by Bob Cumberbatch. Bob is the Education Liaison Officer of The Guild of One-Name Studies and can be reached at education@one-name.org. Surnames began being used in the 11th century and they have meanings and origins which can be grouped into four broad categories, which are: People, Places, Occupations and Nicknames. Surnames based on people… Read more

Top 20 Search Tips

Posted on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Use our suggestions to track down missing ancestors and get more from your Ancestry.com.au searches. 1. Focused searching Searching all our records at once is extremely powerful, but it can give you too many search results. Consider searching categories, such as census or military records. Or if you know where and when you’re looking for… Read more

Ancestry Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

Posted on February 17, 2014 in Content

We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com.au. These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish… Read more

Love going the distance

Posted on February 12, 2014 in Member Stories

When Minnesota-born Frank Osborn volunteered to join the US army in 1941, he expected to be discharged by the following January – he wasn’t. Instead he found the love of his life on the other side of the globe. At an officer graduation party at the School of Arts in Brisbane, Frank, then 24 years… Read more

Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!

Posted on February 5, 2014 in Tips and Hints

You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come. What is the best way to save and preserve your images? I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at Ancestry, and she… Read more

Where there’s a Will….

Posted on February 5, 2014 in Content, Deaths

We recently added over a million probate records to Ancestry.com.au, featuring the last will and testament of some of histories most famous names including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Sir Francis Drake. The most comprehensive UK collection of its kind available to view online, The England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills 1384-1858 covers… Read more

Top Tips for Searching Marriage Records

Posted on February 4, 2014 in Australia, Content, Marriages, New Zealand, Tips and Hints

Vital records—records of births, marriage, and death—are the basic building blocks of family history research as they contain lots of information for your family tree. Marriage records can reveal religion and other details like age and place of birth, occupation, residences, and parents’ names. We’ve put together our top search tips to help you make… Read more