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

Famous faces in the 1930 US Census

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 17, 2012 in Australia, Content, Famous Faces, USA

What do funny man Mel Brooks, quizmaster Bob Dyer, and Winifred Patty Christensen all have in common?  They’re all in the 1930 US Census. Many of you will be familiar with actor and producer Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky in 1926) and you can see him appearing in the 1930 US Census (shown below), living at 365… Read more

US Consular Reports of Marriages 1910-49

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on April 4, 2011 in Content, Marriages, USA

Elaine Strang (of Michigan) and Frederick Donaldson (of Ohio) were married on 27 July 1916 by Reverend Lewis Hodous, authorized to join the couple by the laws of the state of Ohio. So why did the marriage take place in Foochow, China? Documenting the marriage of an American citizen (or citizens) overseas fell to US… Read more

250,000 New African American Records to mark Black History Month in the US

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 21, 2011 in Content, New records, USA

In honour of Black History Month in the US, Ancestry recently launched more than 250,000 new historical records documenting early African American family history. The new collections span more than a century and contain important details about the lives of African Americans who bravely fought in the US Civil War, document the transportation of slaves… Read more