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

Unlock your family secrets this Christmas

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on December 18, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts

Over 1.8 million NSW crime and law records now available on Ancestry.com.au We recently added the New South Wales Police Gazettes 1854-1930 collection and 120,000 new records to the New South Wales, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 collection. These collections offer a window into the lives of people on both sides of the law, from lists of police officers,… Read more

Guide to Convict Records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 30, 2012 in Convicts

The founding of Australia as a penal colony for the transportation of convicts from Britain is of course well known. The First Fleet arrived in New South Wales on 26th January 1788 and over the following 80 years approximately 160,000 convicts were transported to various locations in the country to serve their sentence. In the… Read more

Who would name their daughter Halloween? Just check the records.

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 1, 2012 in Content

Originally authored by Paul Rawlins, Ancestry.com Who would name their daughter Halloween? According to the 1920 (and 1930) U.S. census, that would be John and Ollie Hildebrand of Freeborn Township, Missouri, for one — or two. In case you think maybe the enumerator got it wrong — twice — it’s right there on Halloween’s marriage… Read more

New NZ Collections

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 1, 2012 in Content, New Zealand

New on the site this week are New Zealand Local Histories with indexes ranging from 1840 to 1950. The  Cyclopedia of New Zealand, 1897-1906 provides information about the colonization of New Zealand with details on businesses, residents and professions in the provinces. New Zealand Index, 1899, 1908, 1915 and 1939 are four books which contain detailed information… 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