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

Who Do You Think You Are? Catch Up – Ashley Judd

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 23, 2011 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

In this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Ashley Judd learned how her ancestors fought for their beliefs. Ashley used family trees and records from England to discover she descends from a famous Mayflower passenger who stood up for religious freedom. She searched military records on the Ancestry website (shown below) to find a great-great-great- grandfather… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap – Gwyneth Paltrow

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 15, 2011 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

In last night’s season premier of Who Do You Think You Are? actress Gwyneth Paltrow searched for the true stories of her ancestors. Passenger lists helped her prove a family line from Barbados. Censuses and other records revealed the many challenges her great-grandmother faced. And Jewish family history records helped her make a surprising and… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Is Back!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 12, 2011 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

We have good news for fans of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? The second US series begins this Wednesday on Channel 9. Over the coming weeks, some of the biggest stars in the US will trace their family tree and make discoveries about their ancestors. The celebrities in this series include… Read more

Search 200 million travel and immigration records free!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 30, 2011 in Australia, Content, Famous Faces

It’s Free Access Week at Ancestry.com.au!  From 29 August – 6 September 2011, we are giving you free access to all our immigration and travel databases from around the world.  You can search 329 databases and more than 122 million records from the mid-1500s to mid-1990s to unlock the clues to your ancestor’s immigration. If… Read more

Australian Immigration Collection Launch

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on July 14, 2011 in Australia, Content, Famous Faces, New records

We are very excited to announce the launch our new Australian Immigration Collection, 1788 – 1923, the largest online collection of historic Australian immigration records in existence. The new collection documents the names and journeys of more than 14.5 million people who travelled to Australia between 1788 and 1923 in search of a new life.… Read more

Entrance Books for the Vernon and the Sobraon 1867-1911

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 3, 2011 in Australia, Famous Faces, New records

This collection contains records for destitute children and vagrants that were sent to the Vernon and Sobraon, between 1867 and 1911. The Vernon and Sobraon were ships that served as all-boy public industrial schools and reformatories. The Vernon was replaced by the Sobraon in 1892 and both were moored in Sydney Harbour during their use… Read more

Oh What a Knight – 17th century honours list now online

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 11, 2011 in Content, Famous Faces

Now available on Ancestry.com.au is the Catalogue of Knights 1660-1760, revealing the 17th and 18th century British heroes who were made Knights of the Realm in recognition of their service to the crown. The records, which feature the names of almost 1,300 knights, also include the date of knighthood, death date, age at death, birthplace… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Georgie Parker

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 31, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Coming from a family of strong females, Georgie Parker’s journey into her ancestry reveals the true strength and courage shown by the women on both sides of her family. Georgie’s quest starts with her mother Rosemary’s family. As a little girl, Georgie was particularly close to her maternal grandmother Grace. While Grace was very bright… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Paul Mercurio

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 24, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Actor, dancer and TV chef Paul Mercurio goes on a quest to uncover his past and discovers a story of mafia violence, murky political patronage and innocents caught in the crossfire. The second of four children, Paul grew up never really knowing his father, Gus Mercurio, who left when Paul was five. In seeking a… Read more