Don’t let mould destroy your family history

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on May 9, 2014 in Books, Photographs, Tips and Hints

Mould, a five letter word that causes a lot of four letter words from historians around the world. It can destroy your documents and it can make you sick. What do you do when you discover that granddad’s WW1 letters or the family Bible has mould on it? Here are some tips to help you… 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

Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 5, 2014 in Tips and Hints

You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come. What is the best way to save and preserve your images? I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at Ancestry, and she… Read more

Top Tips for Searching Marriage Records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 4, 2014 in Australia, Content, Marriages, New Zealand, Tips and Hints

Vital records—records of births, marriage, and death—are the basic building blocks of family history research as they contain lots of information for your family tree. Marriage records can reveal religion and other details like age and place of birth, occupation, residences, and parents’ names. We’ve put together our top search tips to help you make… Read more

Top 10 tips for family history research

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 14, 2014 in Tips and Hints

By Jeremy Palmer, Dip. Gen. Family history research can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Knowing who your ancestors were, where they lived and what they did for their living can provide a very strong sense of connection with history. Ancestor hunting is a step-by-step process based on logical thought and conclusions. To help you along that… Read more

Share your discoveries

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 14, 2014 in Australia, Content, Site Features, Tips and Hints

Did you know you can share your family history discoveries from Ancestry.com.au with your friends and family on Facebook, Google Plus or by email? When you find a record of your ancestor, simply click on the Facebook, Google Plus or email  icon (shown below). You can include a message for your friends and family to… Read more

A guide to old photos

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 30, 2013 in Tips and Hints

Old photos are a real family treasure. But if you’re not sure who the person is in the photo you’ve found, it can help to find out what type of photo you have. The kind of photographic process used can give you a clue as to the time frame during which the picture was taken.… Read more

Ten common research mistakes

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 20, 2013 in Australia, Tips and Hints

Everyone makes mistakes! And a mistake while you’re researching your family just helps you move up that genealogy learning curve. Here are ten of the most common mistakes we all make in our journey of discovery and how to avoid them. 1. Forgetting to record information on family history forms Organisation is key when researching… Read more

Ask Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 30, 2013 in Australia, General Announcement, New Zealand, Tips and Hints

Do you have a burning question for Ancestry.com.au? Perhaps you’ve hit a brick wall with your research and are not sure what to do next? Ancestry’s Brad Argent will be answering your questions in a new family history Podcast. Simply submit your questions on our Facebook Wall, through our Sticky Notes blog or by emailing… Read more

Preserving Family Photos

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 16, 2012 in Tips and Hints

Shoebox or album? Most of us are guilty of putting our family’s most treasured heirlooms – photographs – in one or the other. But did you realise that you may be shortening the life of those photos by storing them that way? The following guidelines will help ensure your family’s photographic history remains intact for tomorrow.… Read more