Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on December 10, 2012 in Australia, Family Trees, Famous Faces, New Zealand

If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’. New research from Ancestry reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees, there are several more unusual choices the young… Read more

Adding Ancestry to your Interest List on Facebook

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 30, 2012 in Australia

If you are one of our 10,000 friends on Facebook, you may be aware that due to changes to the website, Facebook no longer shows every Ancestry.com.au page post to all likers of our page. Ensure you don’t miss out on any news by adding Ancestry to your interest list. Simply visit the Ancestry.com.au Facebook… Read more

Haunting Historical Tales

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 30, 2012 in Australia, Content, Deaths

The New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1796 – 1942  contain over 173,000 records and provides a fascinating insight into some of the more unusual causes of deaths of many Australians in colonial times. The collection reveals that the most common causes of death were by drowning, apoplexy (or stroke) and ‘visitations… Read more

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

Sharing Your Family History Discoveries

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 13, 2012 in Australia

Did you know you can share your family history discoveries from Ancestry with your friends and family on Facebook? When you find a record of your ancestor, simply click on the Facebook icon beside “Share” (shown below). You can include a message for your friends and family to tell them what you have found -… Read more

Kris Williams: The Parkes Observatory

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 20, 2012 in Australia

GUEST POST FROM KRIS WILLIAMS July 20, 1969 six hundred million people worldwide sat glued to their televisions watching as Neil Armstrong emerged from Apollo 11. Making his way down the ladder, Armstrong’s feet finally made contact with the moon’s surface. What followed were his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant… Read more

Brad’s Grave Tales – The Burnetts

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 19, 2012 in Australia, 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… It… Read more

Ancestry reaches 2 million subscribers

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 5, 2012 in Australia, General Announcement

Ancestry.com, our parent company and the world’s largest online family history resource, has added its two-millionth subscriber. The milestone was reached when Yvonne Ocheltree, from Tennessee, USA, signed up to solve a family mystery about the secret identity of her maternal great-grandfather who was born in Victorian England. To mark this milestone Ancestry.com has given Ms Ocheltree… 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

Brad’s Grave Tales – Helen and Kate Graham

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 26, 2012 in Australia, 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… I… Read more