The First World Memory Project Collection Now Available In Search

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 16, 2011 in Australia, AWAP, New records, Search

AUTHORED BY CRISTA COWAN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Three months ago, Ancestry and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched the World Memory Project. Since that time almost 2000 community contributors have indexed over 395,000 records across 15 different record collections. These records contain information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution. We are proud to announce… 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

1911 UK Census images now online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on June 3, 2011 in New records

AUTHORED BY RUSSELL JAMES (FROM ANCESTRY.CO.UK) We’re pleased to announce that we’ve completed the first stage of our 1911 UK Census release. Any of our members can log in to the site right now, and browse the scanned record images from all over England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.  If you’ve… Read more

New South Wales Depasturing Licenses 1837-1851

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Australia, New records

This is a collection of depasturing licenses for individual farmers, from the government of New South Wales, between 1837 and 1851. These licenses permitted settlers to graze stock on Crown lands. They also allowed grazing to happen “beyond the limits of location” (meaning the 19 counties that included Sydney and the settled area surrounding it),… Read more

Entrance Books for the Vernon and the Sobraon 1867-1911

Posted by 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

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

Posted by 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

New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981

Posted by on February 10, 2011 in New records, New Zealand

As you may be aware, we recently released more than 20 million images of New Zealand Historical Records in the Anne Brommell Collection. New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981 contains millions of records collected over a period of more than 125 years. The rolls were compiled during general and provincial election years and include the names… Read more

20 million historical New Zealand records now available online

Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Content, New records

In a world-first, New Zealanders now have access to more than 20 million family history records that cover 140 years of New Zealand’s early history from 1842 to 1981. The six major historical collections – the New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981, Canterbury Provincial Rolls 1868-1874, Jury Lists 1842-1862, Māori Voter and Electoral Rolls 1908 &… Read more

A few home truths – historic property prices revealed

Posted by on February 1, 2011 in AWAP, Content, New records

Now available on, the London Land Tax Valuations 1910 reveals the historic values of some of the city’s most famous streets and landmarks from just over a century ago. These valuations were originally compiled in 1910 from across the UK as part of David Lloyd George’s 1910 Finance Act, later known as the ‘Domesday… Read more

Early convict butts reveal ‘license to play’ for well-performing prisoners

Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Content, Convicts, New records

We recently launched online for the first time the more than 42,000 Australian convict records in the NSW Tickets of Leave Butts 1824-1867. The collection includes Registers of Tickets of Leave 1824-1827, which offers prisoner details in ledger format, and Ticket of Leave Butts 1827-1867. The butts were essentially copies of the ‘Tickets’ given to… Read more