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

New Dorset Records Now Online

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 27, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts, New records, United Kingdom

Originally authored by Kelly Godfrey, Ancestry.co.uk Piracy was rife off England’s south coast right up into the 18th century. Dorset’s coves, caves and sandy beaches were the perfect hiding place for buccaneers and brigands and their ill-gotten loot. That means you stand a good chance of spotting these seadogs in our three new criminal collections.… 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

Famous faces in the 1930 US Census

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 17, 2012 in Australia, Content, Famous Faces, USA

What do funny man Mel Brooks, quizmaster Bob Dyer, and Winifred Patty Christensen all have in common?  They’re all in the 1930 US Census. Many of you will be familiar with actor and producer Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky in 1926) and you can see him appearing in the 1930 US Census (shown below), living at 365… Read more

300,000 new Warwickshire records now available

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 10, 2012 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

If you have family from Warwickshire, England you may well find them in one of 300,000 new Warwickshire records we added this week. Some records in these collections pre date 1837, making them particularly useful in finding people before civil registration began. Some records actually date back to 1564 (shown in the image above). One… Read more

New Convict Collections – Just In Time for Australia Day!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on January 27, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts, New records

We have just added two key collections to the world’s largest online collection of Australian convict records. For Australians exploring convict history, the NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842 provides the ideal starting point, as all convicts on ships transported to Australia were listed in an indent. Details such as name, trial date/location, and sentence are available, with… Read more

130 Years of London Electoral Registers Released Today!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on January 12, 2012 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

AUTHORED BY RUSSELL JAMES (ANCESTRY.CO.UK) Our NEW London, England, Electoral Registers, 1835-1965, take you back through the history of Britain and London’s democratic system. More than that, they let you trace your English ancestors’ movements between census years and well into the 20th century, giving you far greater precision in your timeline of their lives. Electoral… 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 Ancestry.com.au members have discovered extraordinary military… Read more