Where there’s a Will….

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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

JFK’s assassination in new historical records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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

Manchester Parish Records – how do they appear online?

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 19, 2013 in Births, Content, Deaths, Marriages, United Kingdom

Authored by Clare Connolly.  Clare is one of a team of Ancestry camera operators who have been working on the digitisation of the new Manchester Parish Registers, 1541-1985. We’ve just launched onsite the new Manchester Parish Records, 1541-1985. These crucial records are the result of months of work behind the scenes to digitise the original… Read more

New UK Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1911

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 18, 2013 in Australia, Births, Content, Deaths, Marriages, New Zealand, United Kingdom

ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY ANCESTRY.CO.UK It’s a family history conundrum. You don’t like to imagine your ancestors having difficult lives. But every time they hit tricky times they seem to be really well documented, and provide some of your most fascinating discoveries. This is true of Poor Law records. It’s definitely the case with criminal records.… Read more

Haunting Historical Tales

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 30, 2012 in Australia, Content, Deaths

The New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1796 – 1942  contain over 173,000 records and provides a fascinating insight into some of the more unusual causes of deaths of many Australians in colonial times. The collection reveals that the most common causes of death were by drowning, apoplexy (or stroke) and ‘visitations… Read more

Brad’s Grave Tales – Adam Engelman

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 21, 2012 in Australia, Deaths, Grave Tales

One of the great things about researching your family tree is the stories you come across. But there are stories to be found all over the place, if you know where to look. Ancestry’s Brad has been digging around local graveyards (pardon the pun), uncovering some wonderful stories that start with a headstone in a cemetery… Just… Read more

New Lancashire Parish Records Added

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 31, 2012 in Births, Content, Deaths, Military, United Kingdom

We have added over 2.3 million Lancashire parish records to the site this week, including baptisms, marriages and burials ranging from 1538 to 1986. These records reveal the past residents of one of England’s most historic counties. What’s New – Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911 Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936 Lancashire, England, Deaths and… Read more

Update to Australia Cemetery Index 1808-2007

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 12, 2011 in Australia, Content, Deaths

The Australia Cemetery Index 1808-2007 contains tombstone transcriptions from several cemeteries in Australia. We have just added 166,929 new records to this index, bringing the collection to a total of 665,118 records. What’s New? Records have been added in the following areas – Brisbane, QLD cemeteries – 50,165 records from 1828-1998 (with images) Dubbo and… Read more