What Can Your Surname Tell You?

Posted by wexon on June 10, 2014 in Search

At least for purposes of research, just about every genealogist rues the ancestor whose last name is common, and therefore hard to trace, and rejoices in their ancestors with more unusual names. While an unusual surname undeniably can make genealogical research easier, it doesn’t corner the market on interesting and informative origins. In Western Europe,… Read more

Spelling Didn’t Matter To Our Ancestors — Wild Cards to the Rescue

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 20, 2014 in Search, Site Features, Tips and Hints

Our ancestors often used a variety of spellings for their first names and surnames. You can use wildcards with the Exact filter selected to find unusual spellings of names. There are two wildcard characters: ? (question mark) : matches one character which can be anything * (asterisk) : matches 0 to N characters So if you enter… Read more

Default Search Settings

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 3, 2012 in Search

With over 10 billion records on the site, utilizing our search options can help you find your ancestors quickly and easily. When you use the default settings in our search form (like the one shown below), we look through every name we have recorded in our more than 29,000 data collections, and pull out any… Read more

Tips on Finding Your Migrant Ancestor

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 31, 2011 in Australia, Content, Search

Originally authored by Jeremy Palmer, Dip. Gen. Edited by 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 on Ancestry.com.au. Here are some tips on finding your migrant ancestor. Speak to your relatives As with many aspects of family… Read more

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

Tips on Searching the new Australian Immigration Collection

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on July 19, 2011 in Australia, Content, Search

As you may know, we launched our new Australian Immigration Collection last week. These records document 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. But how do you get the most out of this collection? It all comes down… Read more

Announcing – New Web Search

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on May 19, 2011 in Content, Search, Site Features, Uncategorized

Authored by Brian Edwards, Ancestry.com Last October we launched Ancestry Labs to test a few new ideas, and we’d like to thank all those members who contributed a lot of great feedback and discussion around these.  Today we’re excited to announce the introduction of one of the ideas, Web Search, into the main Ancestry.com.au search.… Read more

Tips for discovering your royal ancestors

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on April 14, 2011 in Search

If you’re trying to find royal or noble connections in your family tree, check out our handy hints below: 1. Explore surnames: cross-reference surnames in your family tree with those found in Burke’s Commoners and Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland as this group, mostly descended from royalty or the aristocracy, is when the… Read more

Ancestry Search: Improvements to Basic Search

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 17, 2011 in Search, Site Features

Why have we changed the search form? Over the past year, we have been working with a wide range of Ancestry members, from some of our most experienced members to relative newcomers. We’ve had a lot of help (including over 10,000 responses to the preview we published in April). Based on this feedback, we’ve been… Read more

Ancestry Search: Searching using Birth, Death and other Life Events

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 19, 2010 in Search, Site Features

Over the course of this year, we have been making incremental changes to our new search forms in response to your comments and suggestions. We’ve added name and place filters and changed the way you could do searches that included family members. You’ll find we’ve modified the search forms just a bit to make entering… Read more