Kris Williams: WWII – American Servicemen in Australia

Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Australia, Content, Military, USA

The Japanese military attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, thrust the United States into WWII. It wasn’t long after that, Australia and New Zealand found themselves also under threat of Japanese attacks. While the majority of Australia’s soldiers fought alongside the British Royal Army against the Germans in the… Read more

Real James Bond Uncovered in Historic Archive

Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Content, Famous Faces, Military

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, has been uncovered in an online archive available at The record (shown above) was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection, which details the medal entitlement of more than 4.8 million… Read more

New Lancashire Parish Records Added

Posted by 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

Anzac Stories – Was Your Ancestor a Military Hero?

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 24, 2012 in Australia, Content, Military, New Zealand

Was your ancestor a military hero? We are on the look-out for stories from our members in time for Anzac Day.  If you have traced your family history and discovered a military hero, we want to hear from you. Have you discovered an Anzac in your family’s story? Perhaps you have uncovered their service and… Read more

Memories of the Darwin Bombing

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 17, 2012 in Australia, Military

  From Brad Argent, Content Director at February 19th marks the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Darwin in 1942.  I asked my nan, Nita (shown in the photo above), what she remembered of the day. At the time of the bombing – just two days after her 23rd birthday – she was pregnant with my… Read more

Remembering our Heroes Past

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 11, 2011 in Australia, Military, New Zealand

In honour of Remembrance Day, we are giving free access to select military records from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.   The collections will be free to search from 11-13 November, allowing Australians and New Zealanders the opportunity to discover information about their ancestors who served during the Great War. Many members have discovered extraordinary military… Read more

New Zealand military collections now available online

Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Content, Military

We’ve just added nine military collections – almost half a million records – to the Anne Bromell collection of New Zealand historical records. These new collections are outlined below: New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls 1914-1918 New Zealand sent almost 10 percent of its population overseas to do battle on World War I’s killing fields… Read more