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

Australian Electoral Rolls

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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

Royal Prince to inspire 1400 extra Georges

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 25, 2013 in Births, Famous Faces

George is set to be the fourth most popular baby name of 2014 in the UK, with an additional 1,400 predicted to be born next year compared with 2013. If Australia continues its trend of taking baby name inspiration from the UK Royals, there could be a sharp rise in the popularity of George locally.… Read more

The tragic first Lions tour 1888

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 28, 2013 in Australia, Content, New Zealand, United Kingdom

In the spring of 1888, the first Lions tour made its way to Australia, fronted by Robert Lionel Seddon. Born in Salford, Manchester in 1860 to Robert and Ann Seddon (nee Lever), he grew up with four brothers – James, Edwin, Herbert and Arthur, and two sisters – Sarah and Annie. They are shown here… Read more

UK Engineer Records Added

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 6, 2013 in Australia, Content, New Zealand, United Kingdom

New on the site this week are over 96,000 occupation records from the UK. The UK, Mechanical Engineer Records, 1870-1931 contain documents relating to membership in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1870–1930. They include details such as age, birth date, birth place, education, apprentice details and work experience details. Similarly, the UK, Civil Engineer Records, 1820-1930 detail records of… 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

Interactive Image Viewer – Coming Soon to More Collections!

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 29, 2013 in Content, Site Features

ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY ANCESTRY.COM Last year, we launched the Interactive Image Viewer as an interactive tool to help you view and interpret information from many of the Census records available online. We’re excited to announce that the Interactive Image Viewer will now be available for several more collections in the coming weeks. Finding and understanding… Read more

The Tale of James Walsh, Irish Convict

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 25, 2013 in Australia, Content, Convicts

The density of the convict collections now available on Ancestry.com.au allow those researching their convict forbears to paint a vivid picture, not just of the convicts themselves, but also of their journey and their experiences in the fledgling colony of New South Wales. James Walsh was a 26 year old shoemaker when he arrived in… 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

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