Past Articles

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

Ancestry and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online

Posted on September 20, 2013 in New records

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, recently announced an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the… Read more

Gather ’Round the Table: Get the Conversation Going with Global Commenting

Posted on September 20, 2013 in Site Features

We’ve all done it. Sat around the kitchen table up to our elbows in old black-and-white photos, glasses perched on the end of our nose, asking, “Now, who’s this?” With new commenting features for Ancestry.com.au online trees, the kitchen table just got a whole lot bigger. The idea behind the latest changes to commenting is… Read more

Ancestry iOS App Gets a Whole New Look and Feel With Some Great New Features

Posted on September 20, 2013 in Ancestry App

We are excited to announce our latest update to the FREE Ancestry iOS app for the iPad and iPhone. This update brings a bright new look that feels right at home on Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system. Now you can easily add your living relatives to your tree using Facebook, read through your ancestors’… Read more

Surnames in your family tree

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Australia

This week we asked our Facebook community what surnames appear in their family tree and here’s what they told us… With 36% of Aussies claiming English ancestry, it is not surprising that the most popular surnames are English, with Smith being no.1, followed by  Williams, White and Jones. Walker, Clark, Brown, Martin and Taylor are also… Read more

Australian Electoral Rolls

Posted on September 6, 2013 in Australia, Content

With the Election just one day away, we’ve been delving into our Australian Voter Lists and uncovering some historical facts… Did you know… In the 1840s only property owners were eligible to vote. Wealthy landowners were allowed up to 4 votes each. By 1858, most men were eligible to vote but  paupers, prisoners, policemen, and military members,… Read more

Introducing Shoebox From Ancestry – A Scanner in Your Pocket

Posted on September 6, 2013 in Ancestry App

We’re excited to introduce Shoebox from Ancestry – a mobile scanner that allows you to upload photos directly to your family tree on Ancestry.com.au. There has never been a simpler, faster, and more beautiful way to scan your old photos. Shoebox puts a powerful photo-scanner in your pocket. Just take a picture of an old… Read more

Interview with Dr Appleby – Archaeologist who helped find Richard III

Posted on September 3, 2013 in Australia

The Ancestry.com.au team were honoured to meet the British archaeologist who helped unearth the remains of King Richard III from a Leicester car park. Dr. Appleby’s team recently solved the 500-year-old mystery of King Richard III’s final resting place — they found and identified his remains in the ruins of a Greyfriars church, buried beneath… Read more

Your Family History Journey

Posted on September 2, 2013 in Australia

Last week we asked our Facebook community to “Describe your family history journey in 3 words” and here’s what they said… We got lots of wonderful responses which encapsulate the genealogy journey – An addictive adventure Fascinating, remarkable and life changing Mysterious, revealing, intriguing Addictive, interesting, fun Eye-opening, fascinating, hilarious frustrating, enlightening, rewarding Enlightening, uplifting… Read more