George Clooney’s Surprising Honest Family Connection

Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

After researching more than three centuries of Abraham Lincoln’s family tree, Ancestry 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 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 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 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

New Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Great news for fans of the hit TV show Who Do You Think You Are? The new Australian series starts on SBS One on Tuesday 2nd April at 7.30pm. Celebrities in this series include actress Asher Keddie, actors Michael Caton, Lex Marionos and Don Harry, TV personality Rove Mc Manus and actress Susie Porter. In the first… Read more

Ancestry Newsletter Archive

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

  December Monthly Newsletter Recently Updated Collections | Australian & UK Updates Not only do we continually add new content, we also constantly update our existing content. Parish records are a wonderful source of information on births, marriages and deaths before 1837 (when Civil Registration began). Have a look at our updated Dorset and Liverpool… Read more

Social Media

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

  Keep up-to-date with the latest news from on our Facebook page, Twitter feed or through our blogs. We share member stories, tips on researching your family tree, and details of new records being added to the website. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with us — you can ask us questions… Read more

Video Tutorials

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

  Find the latest video tutorials to help you with your research: 1) Researching Irish Ancestors: Click here 2) Researching British Ancestors: Click here 3) Researching Military Ancestors: Click here    

Researching Immigrant Ancestors

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

  Ancestry Brad Argent gives you tips and hints on researching your Immigrant Ancestors on Watch now: Researching Immigrant Ancestors  

Using Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

  Ancestry Brad Argent gives you tips and hints on researching Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes from Watch now: Reasearching Birth, Marrige & Death Indexes    

How to get the most out of Searching the Records

Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Refine Search: Easily add information or remove it from your search – no more scrolling to the bottom of the page Categories: Narrow your search by new, better organized content categories and subcategories Matching Person: Get the best matches possible from family trees on Ancestry Record Preview: Hover over a search result to preview more detailed information without having… Read more