Historical Ghost Stories

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 31, 2013 in New records

Happy Halloween! We’ve been looking in our own backyard to see what ghost stories we could ‘confirm’ with the records on Ancestry.com.au. Rumour has it that the ghost of Sarah Simpson haunts the cemetery in Penrith, New South Wales, where her body rests.  Those bold enough to pay her a nocturnal visit are allegedly terrified by… Read more

Ancestry and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 20, 2013 in New records

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, recently announced an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the… Read more

New Dorset Records Now Online

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 27, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts, New records, United Kingdom

Originally authored by Kelly Godfrey, Ancestry.co.uk Piracy was rife off England’s south coast right up into the 18th century. Dorset’s coves, caves and sandy beaches were the perfect hiding place for buccaneers and brigands and their ill-gotten loot. That means you stand a good chance of spotting these seadogs in our three new criminal collections.… Read more

300,000 new Warwickshire records now available

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on February 10, 2012 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

If you have family from Warwickshire, England you may well find them in one of 300,000 new Warwickshire records we added this week. Some records in these collections pre date 1837, making them particularly useful in finding people before civil registration began. Some records actually date back to 1564 (shown in the image above). One… Read more

New Convict Collections – Just In Time for Australia Day!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on January 27, 2012 in Australia, Content, Convicts, New records

We have just added two key collections to the world’s largest online collection of Australian convict records. For Australians exploring convict history, the NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842 provides the ideal starting point, as all convicts on ships transported to Australia were listed in an indent. Details such as name, trial date/location, and sentence are available, with… Read more

130 Years of London Electoral Registers Released Today!

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on January 12, 2012 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

AUTHORED BY RUSSELL JAMES (ANCESTRY.CO.UK) Our NEW London, England, Electoral Registers, 1835-1965, take you back through the history of Britain and London’s democratic system. More than that, they let you trace your English ancestors’ movements between census years and well into the 20th century, giving you far greater precision in your timeline of their lives. Electoral… Read more

1911 Census – millions more searchable records

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 9, 2011 in Australia, New records

  We have just completed the second part of our 1911 England and Wales Census  transcriptions with records covering London, Lancashire, Yorkshire and 17 other counties now fully searchable. Last month we released searchable records for Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. With this latest addition, we have concentrated on England’s busiest areas to help… Read more

Scurvy, Seasickness and Scorpion Bites: Royal Navy Medical Journals

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 30, 2011 in Australia, Convicts, New records

We have just launched two new historical record collections which offer a peek into daily life aboard Australia-bound English convict ships. These collections are journals that were penned by ships’ medical officers, who were required to keep a record of all patients, treatments and outcomes during a sea voyage. UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1815-17… Read more

New Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 26, 2011 in Australia, Content, Ireland, New records

We have good news for our members who have Irish ancestors!  We have just released millions of new Irish vital records, making it easier to trace your family history on the Emerald Isle. You’ll find new Irish Catholic parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries including Catholic Parish Baptisms, 1742-1881, Catholic Parish Marriages and Banns, 1742-1884 and Catholic… Read more

British Occupation Records

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 8, 2011 in Australia, Content, New records, United Kingdom

Butcher, baker or candlestick maker? What your ancestor did to make a living is an important part of their history and your family tree. You can discover your ancestors’ occupations with our new occupation records from Britain. You can examine your ancestors’ work in more detail and see how it affected the rest of their… Read more