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

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au 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 Ancestry.com.au on February 1, 2011 in AWAP, Content, New records

Now available on Ancestry.com.au, 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 Ancestry.com.au 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

New South Wales Gaol Description and Entrance Books 1818-1930

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 13, 2010 in Content, New records

We’re excited to announce the launch of New South Wales Gaol Description and Entrance Books 1818-1930. Just in time for Christmas, this collection reveals details of more than 25,000 prisoners from New South Wales prisons, many of which have now closed and are being used as museums or schools. The collection also contains an estimated… Read more

1911 Census Summary Books now online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 10, 2010 in Content, New records

We’re pleased to announce Ancestry.com.au has now launched the Enumerator Summary Books – the first set of records from the recently-acquired 1911 England and Wales Census. In case you missed our earlier blog post, Ancestry.com, Inc, parent company of Ancestry.com.au, reached an agreement last October with The National Archives to acquire and publish online the… Read more

Victorian Census Thought Lost Forever Recovered Using ‘CSI’ Technology

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 30, 2010 in Content, New records

In the first ever census restoration project of its kind, Ancestry.com.au recently launched water-damaged parts of the England and Wales 1851 Census, previously thought to be irretrievable. More than 17,000 pages from the 1851 Census were damaged when the building housing the Manchester 1851 Census manuscripts was flooded in the late 19th century. These pages,… Read more

Queensland Government Gazettes 1903-1910

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 18, 2010 in Content, New records

This collection contains 11 volumes of the Queensland Government Gazette, a periodical generally published weekly by the government which served as the official means of communication from the government to the general public. Queensland Government Gazettes contains a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. Examples of the type of things that could be mentioned… Read more

What is deltiology?

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 15, 2010 in Content, New records

It is the collection and study of picture postcards. And deltiologists and genealogists alike have something to be excited about as we expand our collection of historic postcards. Postcards got their start in about 1870, and as the new century began, they were all the rage. In fact, for the fiscal year ending in June… Read more