Past Articles

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 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

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 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