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

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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

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

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au 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

Australian service records from World War I

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com 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

Kris Williams: WWII – American Servicemen in Australia

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au. 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 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

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 Ancestry.com.au 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