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

Posted by 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

New NZ Collections

Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Content, New Zealand

New on the site this week are New Zealand Local Histories with indexes ranging from 1840 to 1950. The  Cyclopedia of New Zealand, 1897-1906 provides information about the colonization of New Zealand with details on businesses, residents and professions in the provinces. New Zealand Index, 1899, 1908, 1915 and 1939 are four books which contain detailed information… Read more

All Hints Page – New Ways to View Your Hints

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 24, 2012 in Australia, New Zealand, Site Features

One of the best things about having an online family tree is taking advantage of Hints that could lead you to new facts about your ancestors. Now we’ve made it even easier to see all your hints with our new All Hints page. You can find hints that have been generated in the last… Read more

Anzac Stories – Was Your Ancestor a Military Hero?

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 24, 2012 in Australia, Content, Military, New Zealand

Was your ancestor a military hero? We are on the look-out for stories from our members in time for Anzac Day.  If you have traced your family history and discovered a military hero, we want to hear from you. Have you discovered an Anzac in your family’s story? Perhaps you have uncovered their service and… 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 members have discovered extraordinary military… Read more

WANTED! Descendants of John Penn, New Zealand’s mystery WW1 soldier

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 11, 2011 in New Zealand

To mark Armistice Day today, the anniversary of WWI’s end, we are on the hunt for descendants of a WWI soldier whose autographed photo was found tucked away in an antique shop in Cambridge, New Zealand. From today until midnight Sunday 13 November, we are giving free access to select military records so that Kiwis can find out whether they are… Read more

Customer Service Update – Now you can call us on weekends.

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on June 6, 2011 in Australia, General Announcement, New Zealand

We want to help you discover more about your family’s past. So we’re increasing the hours our expert advisers are available to take your calls. Our helpline will now be open 7 days a week. We’ve also recently extended the hours we’re available during the week, so now we will be on-hand to help with… Read more

New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981

Posted by on February 10, 2011 in New records, New Zealand

As you may be aware, we recently released more than 20 million images of New Zealand Historical Records in the Anne Brommell Collection. New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981 contains millions of records collected over a period of more than 125 years. The rolls were compiled during general and provincial election years and include the names… Read more