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

Posted by 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: 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

National Family History Month 2015

Posted by 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 on May 5, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Guest blog by historian Carol Baxter; 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 London Workhouse Records, 1659-1930. Over 3.7 million new records!

Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Index, New records, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

Great news, we’re always trying to improve our collections and we’ve updated the London Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1659-1930! We’ve added 303,179 new images [56%] and 3,771,083 [54%] new records, so this collection now has 542,642 images and 7,035,609 records! So, what’s in the update? We’ve added newly indexed workhouse admission and discharge records… Read more

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

Posted by 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

Australian Imperial Force – What the average Anzac took into service with him and what he brought home

Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Australia, Military, New records, Uncategorized

Guest post by Matt Smith, historian at Australian War Graves Photographic Archive For the majority of young Australian men who joined the Australian Imperial Force [AIF] during the First World War, it was their first time separated from family, a familiar world and most certainly, in battle. Many of these men would have experienced an… Read more

Member benefit. Order discounted BDM certificate transcriptions for NSW

Posted by 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

Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier

Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

“He is all of them. And he is one of us.” Behind all headstones are the stories of our community, of our families, of our history and the Tomb of the Unknown soldier is no different. The man who now rests here met his death in France and for 75 years he rested under a… Read more

Family Tree Maker expert Duff Wilson touring Australia in July

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Family Tree Maker, Uncategorized

Duff Wilson, Senior Product Manager for Family Tree Maker in Provo, Utah, is touring Australia in July to share his expertise on Family Tree Maker and Ancestry. Duff will be speaking in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, so make sure you book early to secure your spot using the details below. Duff has worked for Ancestry… Read more Discovers Princess Kate and Jane Austen Are Related

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kate Middleton shares traits in common with Austen heroines—and a distant relative with Austen herself. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So said Jane Austen in her famous novel Pride and Prejudice. And now, as the royal couple… Read more