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

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