Journey of Discovery – NSW/ACT Family History Conference, 11-13 September 2015

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on July 6, 2015 in Australia, Society Directory, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

When: 11-13 September 2015 Venue: 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie NSW – click to view on Google Maps. Web: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nswpmfhs There’s always more to learn when it comes to family history and the 2015 Fair and Conference will be held over three exciting days in Panthers Auditorium, Port Macquarie The FREE Family History Fair is… Read more

Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales by Tanya Evans

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 30, 2015 in Australia, Books, Ireland, Tips and Hints, United Kingdom

Guest blog by historian Tanya Evans Family historians accept that their research is a journey, often enjoyed over the course of many years, sometimes across a lifetime. My book Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales explores why the life stories of some men and women in the past come to… Read more

National Family History Month 2015

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 17, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event since August 2006 when it was celebrated during the first week of August. Due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM was increased to the whole month of August from 2013. For individuals… Read more

Help! Why can’t I find my ancestor’s surname?

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on May 5, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Guest blog by historian Carol Baxter; www.carolbaxter.com If you were researching the surname Staff, would it occur to you to look for Huff? At the Australasian Genealogical Congress in March 2015, an attendee mentioned the surname Staff. The expectation seemed to be that there weren’t too many ways in which this surname could be spelt… Read more

Update to Australian Electoral Rolls collection. Over 30 million new records!

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on April 2, 2015 in Australia, New records, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Great news, we’re always trying to improve our collections and we’ve updated the Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980! We’ve added 61,953 new images and 30,953,567 new records, so this collection now has 1,465,956 images and 100,540,723 records! So, what’s in the update? About 70% of the electoral rolls in this collection were previously transcribed. In this… Read more

Member benefit. Order discounted BDM certificate transcriptions for NSW

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 19, 2015 in Australia, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Ancestry members can now order Birth, Death and Marriage certificate transcriptions for New South Wales at a discounted rate, just $17.50, from GeniCert with our friends at Marilyn Rowan transcriptions. The transcriptions can only be ordered direct via your Ancestry subscription. So you have to be logged in to your Ancestry membership to search on… Read more

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