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

Ancestry and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online

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

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, recently announced an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the… Read more

Surnames in your family tree

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 12, 2013 in Australia

This week we asked our Facebook community what surnames appear in their family tree and here’s what they told us… With 36% of Aussies claiming English ancestry, it is not surprising that the most popular surnames are English, with Smith being no.1, followed by  Williams, White and Jones. Walker, Clark, Brown, Martin and Taylor are also… Read more

Australian Electoral Rolls

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 6, 2013 in Australia, Content

With the Election just one day away, we’ve been delving into our Australian Voter Lists and uncovering some historical facts… Did you know… In the 1840s only property owners were eligible to vote. Wealthy landowners were allowed up to 4 votes each. By 1858, most men were eligible to vote but  paupers, prisoners, policemen, and military members,… Read more

Your Family History Journey

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on September 2, 2013 in Australia

Last week we asked our Facebook community to “Describe your family history journey in 3 words” and here’s what they said… We got lots of wonderful responses which encapsulate the genealogy journey – An addictive adventure Fascinating, remarkable and life changing Mysterious, revealing, intriguing Addictive, interesting, fun Eye-opening, fascinating, hilarious frustrating, enlightening, rewarding Enlightening, uplifting… Read more

A Nation of Immigrants

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 29, 2013 in Australia, Famous Faces

With the immigration debate at the top of the agenda this election, would Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott’s past deem them eligible to live in Australia by current immigration standards? No matter where your affections lie – there are some interesting and thought-provoking tales of origins that could make either Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott… Read more