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

4 Million New UK Parish Records Now Online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on October 26, 2011 in Australia, Content

We have just added 4 million historic UK parish records online,  enabling family historians to delve further back in their British history than ever before. The new records feature baptisms, marriages and burials, which took place in Dorset and Warwickshire between 1511 and 1997, and have been added to what is now the largest collection of… Read more

Scurvy, Seasickness and Scorpion Bites: Royal Navy Medical Journals

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 30, 2011 in Australia, Convicts, New records

We have just launched two new historical record collections which offer a peek into daily life aboard Australia-bound English convict ships. These collections are journals that were penned by ships’ medical officers, who were required to keep a record of all patients, treatments and outcomes during a sea voyage. UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1815-17… Read more

New Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 26, 2011 in Australia, Content, Ireland, New records

We have good news for our members who have Irish ancestors!  We have just released millions of new Irish vital records, making it easier to trace your family history on the Emerald Isle. You’ll find new Irish Catholic parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries including Catholic Parish Baptisms, 1742-1881, Catholic Parish Marriages and Banns, 1742-1884 and Catholic… Read more

British Occupation Records

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 8, 2011 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

Butcher, baker or candlestick maker? What your ancestor did to make a living is an important part of their history and your family tree. You can discover your ancestors’ occupations with our new occupation records from Britain. You can examine your ancestors’ work in more detail and see how it affected the rest of their… Read more