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

Manchester Parish Records – how do they appear online?

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 19, 2013 in Births, Content, Deaths, Marriages, United Kingdom

Authored by Clare Connolly.  Clare is one of a team of Ancestry camera operators who have been working on the digitisation of the new Manchester Parish Registers, 1541-1985. We’ve just launched onsite the new Manchester Parish Records, 1541-1985. These crucial records are the result of months of work behind the scenes to digitise the original… 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

New UK Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1911

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 18, 2013 in Australia, Births, Content, Deaths, Marriages, New Zealand, United Kingdom

ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY ANCESTRY.CO.UK It’s a family history conundrum. You don’t like to imagine your ancestors having difficult lives. But every time they hit tricky times they seem to be really well documented, and provide some of your most fascinating discoveries. This is true of Poor Law records. It’s definitely the case with criminal records.… Read more

Kris Williams: WWII – American Servicemen in Australia

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 9, 2013 in Australia, Content, Military, USA

The Japanese military attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, thrust the United States into WWII. It wasn’t long after that, Australia and New Zealand found themselves also under threat of Japanese attacks. While the majority of Australia’s soldiers fought alongside the British Royal Army against the Germans in the… Read more

Ancestry app for Android is among Google’s Best of the Best of 2012

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 7, 2013 in Ancestry App, Australia, New Zealand

ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY AARON ORR, ANCESTRY.COM Every year Google reviews thousands of apps and selects their top picks—we’re pleased to share that our Ancestry app for Android is one of Google’s top picks of 2012! A recent update to the Ancestry app for Android introduced hints so members can make new family discoveries from the… Read more

Unlock your family secrets this Christmas

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on December 18, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts

Over 1.8 million NSW crime and law records now available on Ancestry.com.au We recently added the New South Wales Police Gazettes 1854-1930 collection and 120,000 new records to the New South Wales, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 collection. These collections offer a window into the lives of people on both sides of the law, from lists of police officers,… Read more