New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Shane Bourne

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 17, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

With a history of absent fathers on both sides of the Bourne family, actor and comedian Shane Bourne embarks on a search for the missing man in his family tree, his paternal grandfather A.P. Freeman. Shane’s journey to find out more about A.P. Freeman, starts with a visit from his brother Dannie, who has collected… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Rod Marsh

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 3, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Knowing very little about his family history and intrigued by the mystery of his father’s adoption, Australian cricketing icon Rod Marsh embarks on a journey to discover his roots. Rod’s father, Ken, never knew who his biological parents were or the circumstances around his adoption. Armed with an old birth certificate from his Aunt Amy,… Read more

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Magda Szubanski

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski wants to better understand how world events have shaped her family. Tracing the lives of two ancestors, she discovers how both were forced to make grim choices and suffered the devastating consequences of war. Magda was born to Polish father Zbigniew Szubanski and Scottish mother Margaret McCarthy. The family emigrated… Read more

New Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?®

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?® returns for a third series as six more Australian celebrities trace their family tree, uncovering secrets and stories from the past. Magda Szubanski, Rod Marsh, Tina Arena, Shane Bourne, Paul Mercurio and Georgie Parker take a journey through their ancestry in this fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and… Read more

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we will remember them.

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 11, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

On Remembrance Day, we commemorate the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany and the end of the First World War.  As we pay our respects to those who sacrificed for their country, we are reminded of the importance of not forgetting those who gave so much and preserving their stories for future… Read more

Alcatraz Prisoner Index 1934-1963

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on October 25, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces, New records

The Birdman of Alcatraz, Robert Stroud, is just one of the infamous inmates on “The Rock” that you’ll be able to find in our new collection, Alcatraz Prisoner Index 1934–1963. Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay is perhaps most well-known for its now-abandoned prison, but it was also once home to a fort and is… Read more

Celebrity US Yearbooks now online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 1, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

In a world-first, Ancestry.com.au recently launched the largest collection of US school and college yearbooks available online, revealing school photographs of today’s superstars. The yearbooks of Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Nicolas Cage and Jay Leno all feature online detailing information on their classes, school activities and interesting photographs – including Sandra… Read more

Records reveal little-known ‘early Schindler’ who saved thousands from Nazi threat

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 23, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

Varian Fry and many of the thousands of anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees he helped save from Nazi persecution during the Second World War have been revealed in historical records on Ancestry.com.au. August 2010 marks 70 years since Fry first arrived in Marseille to help Jewish refugees and others escape the Nazis following Germany’s occupation of… Read more

Who inherited the $34.7 billion? Past family fortunes revealed online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 12, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

In a world-first, Ancestry.com.au has launched the England and Wales National Probate Calendar 1861-1941 – an index to more than six million wills proven across the 19th and 20th centuries, including the wills of more than 4,500 people who died in Australia. With more than 45% of Australians having first generation UK heritage and many… Read more

Ancestry discovers ‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson’s vampire past

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on June 25, 2010 in Famous Faces

Royalty and vampires may sound like characters from the Twilight Saga – but they’re actually what you find once you bite into Robert Pattinson’s past. We’ve discovered Pattinson – who stars as America’s favorite vampire Edward Cullen in the hit Twilight Saga movie series – is related to Vlad III Dracula, the basis for the… Read more