Top Tips for Searching Marriage Records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 4, 2014 in Australia, Content, Marriages, New Zealand, Tips and Hints

Vital records—records of births, marriage, and death—are the basic building blocks of family history research as they contain lots of information for your family tree. Marriage records can reveal religion and other details like age and place of birth, occupation, residences, and parents’ names. We’ve put together our top search tips to help you make… Read more

Share your discoveries

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 14, 2014 in Australia, Content, Site Features, Tips and Hints

Did you know you can share your family history discoveries from Ancestry.com.au with your friends and family on Facebook, Google Plus or by email? When you find a record of your ancestor, simply click on the Facebook, Google Plus or email  icon (shown below). You can include a message for your friends and family to… Read more

Surnames in your family tree

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 12, 2013 in Australia

This week we asked our Facebook community what surnames appear in their family tree and here’s what they told us… With 36% of Aussies claiming English ancestry, it is not surprising that the most popular surnames are English, with Smith being no.1, followed by  Williams, White and Jones. Walker, Clark, Brown, Martin and Taylor are also… 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

Interview with Dr Appleby – Archaeologist who helped find Richard III

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 3, 2013 in Australia

The Ancestry.com.au team were honoured to meet the British archaeologist who helped unearth the remains of King Richard III from a Leicester car park. Dr. Appleby’s team recently solved the 500-year-old mystery of King Richard III’s final resting place — they found and identified his remains in the ruins of a Greyfriars church, buried beneath… Read more

Your Family History Journey

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 2, 2013 in Australia

Last week we asked our Facebook community to “Describe your family history journey in 3 words” and here’s what they said… We got lots of wonderful responses which encapsulate the genealogy journey – An addictive adventure Fascinating, remarkable and life changing Mysterious, revealing, intriguing Addictive, interesting, fun Eye-opening, fascinating, hilarious frustrating, enlightening, rewarding Enlightening, uplifting… Read more

A Nation of Immigrants

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 29, 2013 in Australia, Famous Faces

With the immigration debate at the top of the agenda this election, would Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott’s past deem them eligible to live in Australia by current immigration standards? No matter where your affections lie – there are some interesting and thought-provoking tales of origins that could make either Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott… Read more

Ten common research mistakes

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 20, 2013 in Australia, Tips and Hints

Everyone makes mistakes! And a mistake while you’re researching your family just helps you move up that genealogy learning curve. Here are ten of the most common mistakes we all make in our journey of discovery and how to avoid them. 1. Forgetting to record information on family history forms Organisation is key when researching… 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

My Offline Find

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 25, 2013 in Australia

From Brad Argent, Content Director, Ancestry.com.au The internet is a great way to get started on your family history, and nothing beats digging up the evidence of your ancestors from the comfort of your own home.  However the past is huge and there is much of it that will never grace the pages of the… Read more