Real James Bond Found Hiding in an Archive

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 8, 2014 in Famous Faces

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, has been uncovered in a very un-Bondlike location: an online archive. The record (shown above) was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection, which details medals earned by more than 4.8 million WWI… 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 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

Ancestry Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

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

We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com.au. These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish… Read more

Love going the distance

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 12, 2014 in Member Stories

When Minnesota-born Frank Osborn volunteered to join the US army in 1941, he expected to be discharged by the following January – he wasn’t. Instead he found the love of his life on the other side of the globe. At an officer graduation party at the School of Arts in Brisbane, Frank, then 24 years… Read more

Where there’s a Will….

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 5, 2014 in Content, Deaths

We recently added over a million probate records to Ancestry.com.au, featuring the last will and testament of some of histories most famous names including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Sir Francis Drake. The most comprehensive UK collection of its kind available to view online, The England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills 1384-1858 covers… 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

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 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