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

Posted by 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 by 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

Help Legacy Australia. Share your Anzac ancestor’s story & Ancestry will donate $5

Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Ancestry App, Australia, General Announcement, Member Stories, Military, Photographs

Ancestry is asking our lovely members and the Australian community to share their Anzac ancestor’s stories and for each photo and story shared on the Ancestry Anzac Hero Wall facebook app, Ancestry will donate $5 to Legacy Australia up to $15,000. The Ancestry Anzac Hero Wall is an app hosted on the Ancestry facebook page… Read more

Australian Imperial Force – What the average Anzac took into service with him and what he brought home

Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records, Uncategorized

Guest post by Matt Smith, historian at Australian War Graves Photographic Archive For the majority of young Australian men who joined the Australian Imperial Force [AIF] during the First World War, it was their first time separated from family, a familiar world and most certainly, in battle. Many of these men would have experienced an… Read more

Member benefit. Order discounted BDM certificate transcriptions for NSW

Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Australia, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Ancestry members can now order Birth, Death and Marriage certificate transcriptions for New South Wales at a discounted rate, just $17.50, from GeniCert with our friends at Marilyn Rowan transcriptions. The transcriptions can only be ordered direct via your Ancestry subscription. So you have to be logged in to your Ancestry membership to search on… Read more

Australian service records from World War I

Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records, United Kingdom

Guest post from Anne-Marie Conde, National Archives of Australia WW1 Curator World War I service records (1914–1920) are a magnificent resource for family historians and anyone interested in war and its enduring impact on Australian society. These records are held by the National Archives of Australia and now on Ancestry – click here to start… Read more

Australian Imperial Force – Official Kit WWI

Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records

Guest post by Matt Smith, historian at Australian War Graves Photographic Archive Family and Military Historians and Genealogists alike, will continue to trawl archive websites such as on the eve of the Centenary of ANZAC Day in April 2015; and beyond. They are hoping to make sense of the enormous service commitment delivered by… Read more

Don’t let mould destroy your family history

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Books, Photographs, Tips and Hints

Mould, a five letter word that causes a lot of four letter words from historians around the world. It can destroy your documents and it can make you sick. What do you do when you discover that granddad’s WW1 letters or the family Bible has mould on it? Here are some tips to help you… Read more

Ancestry Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

Posted by 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 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

Where there’s a Will….

Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Content, Deaths

We recently added over a million probate records to, 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