Family Tree Maker expert Duff Wilson touring Australia in July

Posted by Ancestry.com.au 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

Ancestry.au 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

Discover your story. Enjoy free access to our Australian immigration records all weekend!

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Before the age of digitised records, piecing together a family tree across generations and continents was an almost impossible task. Now thanks to Ancestry.com.au it’s all at your fingertips – bringing to life our ancestors’ adventures and stories that were once buried in archives across the globe. Ancestry.com.au offers the world’s largest online collection of… Read more

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted by wexon on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Surnames have meanings and origins

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Authored by Bob Cumberbatch. Bob is the Education Liaison Officer of The Guild of One-Name Studies and can be reached at education@one-name.org. Surnames began being used in the 11th century and they have meanings and origins which can be grouped into four broad categories, which are: People, Places, Occupations and Nicknames. Surnames based on people… Read more

Top 20 Search Tips

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Use our suggestions to track down missing ancestors and get more from your Ancestry.com.au searches. 1. Focused searching Searching all our records at once is extremely powerful, but it can give you too many search results. Consider searching categories, such as census or military records. Or if you know where and when you’re looking for… Read more

How Did You Arrive in Australia? Unlock Your Family Secrets

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Australia is famous for its convict beginnings, but it has never really stopped being a nation of immigrants. Since October 1945, more than 7.2 million people have migrated to the country. Australians can search 275 databases and more than 200 million records dating from 1606 to 1974 to unlock clues about how their ancestors came to… Read more

George Clooney’s Surprising Honest Family Connection

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

After researching more than three centuries of Abraham Lincoln’s family tree, Ancestry.com.au family historians have revealed a Lincoln family secret: famous actor George Clooney is related to the former president. The family bloodline for both notable figures links to Lincoln’s maternal grandmother Lucy Hanks. This common ancestor makes Clooney Lincoln’s half-first cousin five times removed. Those… Read more

Understanding old handwriting

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Family history is all about finding and reading documents, whether you look at scanned images on our site, or hunt for the originals in record offices. As you work your way back from recent certificates to older records, the writing on these documents can be tricky, as the words and their meanings – and even… Read more

Facebook Live Q&A – British Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Discover your UK heritage this Queen’s Birthday long weekend with FREE* access to over 257 million British records on Ancestry.com.au. To help you make the most of this free access period, Ancestry’s Brad Argent will be online on Monday 10 June 2013, 12-1 pm AEST to answer your questions on British ancestry via Facebook. So… Read more