Past Articles

How Did You Arrive in Australia? Unlock Your Family Secrets

Posted on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Australia is famous for its convict beginnings, but it has never really stopped being a nation of immigrants. Since October 1945, more than 7.2 million people have migrated to the country. Australians can search 275 databases and more than 200 million records dating from 1606 to 1974 to unlock clues about how their ancestors came to… Read more

George Clooney’s Surprising Honest Family Connection

Posted on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

After researching more than three centuries of Abraham Lincoln’s family tree, Ancestry.com.au family historians have revealed a Lincoln family secret: famous actor George Clooney is related to the former president. The family bloodline for both notable figures links to Lincoln’s maternal grandmother Lucy Hanks. This common ancestor makes Clooney Lincoln’s half-first cousin five times removed. Those… Read more

Celebrity Yearbooks: The Way They Were

Posted on January 16, 2014 in Famous Faces

For better or worse, almost all of us have been immortalised in a school photograph. Our U.S. School Yearbooks collection has over 7 million images that take you back to a time that will never be forgotten. You may recognise some famous faces in these records… This Yearbook photo may be 42 years old but… Read more

Top 10 tips for family history research

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Tips and Hints

By Jeremy Palmer, Dip. Gen. Family history research can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Knowing who your ancestors were, where they lived and what they did for their living can provide a very strong sense of connection with history. Ancestor hunting is a step-by-step process based on logical thought and conclusions. To help you along that… Read more

Share your discoveries

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Australia, Content, Site Features, Tips and Hints

Did you know you can share your family history discoveries from Ancestry.com.au with your friends and family on Facebook, Google Plus or by email? When you find a record of your ancestor, simply click on the Facebook, Google Plus or email  icon (shown below). You can include a message for your friends and family to… Read more

Hunger Games Hometown Favorites – Katniss? Haymitch? Coriolanus Snow?

Posted on November 27, 2013 in Famous Faces

Originally authored by Ancestry.com We could not wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, and thought it would be fun to map out the Districts in the movie, as if Panem actually existed, across the United States. Our beloved Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) both come from… Read more

JFK’s assassination in new historical records

Posted on November 21, 2013 in Births, Content, Deaths, Famous Faces

Nearly 100 years of Texas birth and death records now available online, including key figures who investigated the death of JFK and reported on the events in the days that followed.  This week we released 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Spanning nearly a century (1890-1980), the… Read more

Historical Ghost Stories

Posted on October 31, 2013 in New records

Happy Halloween! We’ve been looking in our own backyard to see what ghost stories we could ‘confirm’ with the records on Ancestry.com.au. Rumour has it that the ghost of Sarah Simpson haunts the cemetery in Penrith, New South Wales, where her body rests.  Those bold enough to pay her a nocturnal visit are allegedly terrified by… Read more

A guide to old photos

Posted on October 30, 2013 in Tips and Hints

Old photos are a real family treasure. But if you’re not sure who the person is in the photo you’ve found, it can help to find out what type of photo you have. The kind of photographic process used can give you a clue as to the time frame during which the picture was taken.… Read more

Understanding old handwriting

Posted on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Family history is all about finding and reading documents, whether you look at scanned images on our site, or hunt for the originals in record offices. As you work your way back from recent certificates to older records, the writing on these documents can be tricky, as the words and their meanings – and even… Read more