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

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

Great Gatsby Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on May 22, 2013 in Australia, Famous Faces

We’ve been doing some research into the 2013 character of the hotly anticipated film, The Great Gatsby. Through some careful digging it appears that life, or family history in this case, imitates art for some of the lead characters. Leonardo DiCaprio’s (Gatsby) great grandfather went from a street sweeper in 1900 (shown in the 1900 U.S.… Read more

Bookmarking Ancestry.com.au

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 1, 2013 in Australia, New Zealand, Site Features

We know many of you visit Ancestry.com.au frequently. To make it even quicker to get to our site, you can add Ancestry to your browser “favourites” so you can access the site in just one click. Adding websites to your Favourites list in your browser is easy. Simply follow the steps below for the browser… Read more

Ask Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 30, 2013 in Australia, General Announcement, New Zealand, Tips and Hints

Do you have a burning question for Ancestry.com.au? Perhaps you’ve hit a brick wall with your research and are not sure what to do next? Ancestry’s Brad Argent will be answering your questions in a new family history Podcast. Simply submit your questions on our Facebook Wall, through our Sticky Notes blog or by emailing… 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