Real James Bond Found Hiding in an Archive

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 8, 2014 in Famous Faces

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, has been uncovered in a very un-Bondlike location: an online archive. The record (shown above) was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection, which details medals earned by more than 4.8 million WWI… Read more

Celebrity Yearbooks: The Way They Were

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 16, 2014 in Famous Faces

For better or worse, almost all of us have been immortalised in a school photograph. Our U.S. School Yearbooks collection has over 7 million images that take you back to a time that will never be forgotten. You may recognise some famous faces in these records… This Yearbook photo may be 42 years old but… Read more

Hunger Games Hometown Favorites – Katniss? Haymitch? Coriolanus Snow?

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 27, 2013 in Famous Faces

Originally authored by Ancestry.com We could not wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, and thought it would be fun to map out the Districts in the movie, as if Panem actually existed, across the United States. Our beloved Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) both come from… Read more

JFK’s assassination in new historical records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 21, 2013 in Births, Content, Deaths, Famous Faces

Nearly 100 years of Texas birth and death records now available online, including key figures who investigated the death of JFK and reported on the events in the days that followed.  This week we released 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Spanning nearly a century (1890-1980), the… 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

Royal Prince to inspire 1400 extra Georges

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 25, 2013 in Births, Famous Faces

George is set to be the fourth most popular baby name of 2014 in the UK, with an additional 1,400 predicted to be born next year compared with 2013. If Australia continues its trend of taking baby name inspiration from the UK Royals, there could be a sharp rise in the popularity of George locally.… 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

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

Real James Bond Uncovered in Historic Archive

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 23, 2012 in Content, Famous Faces, Military

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, has been uncovered in an online archive available at Ancestry.com.au. The record (shown above) was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection, which details the medal entitlement of more than 4.8 million… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? UK Series 7 Repeats Now Showing

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on May 2, 2012 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Good news for fans of Who Do You Think You Are? SBS One is running repeats of the UK series 7 episodes from Tuesday 8th May. In the first episode, British TV personality Bruce Forsyth receives a letter from an American woman who claims to be related to Bruce through his great-grandfather, Joseph Forsyth Johnson.… Read more