Hunger Games Hometown Favorites – Katniss? Haymitch? Coriolanus Snow?

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 27, 2013 in Famous Faces

Originally authored by Ancestry.com We could not wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, and thought it would be fun to map out the Districts in the movie, as if Panem actually existed, across the United States. Our beloved Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) both come from… Read more

Historical Ghost Stories

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 31, 2013 in New records

Happy Halloween! We’ve been looking in our own backyard to see what ghost stories we could ‘confirm’ with the records on Ancestry.com.au. Rumour has it that the ghost of Sarah Simpson haunts the cemetery in Penrith, New South Wales, where her body rests.  Those bold enough to pay her a nocturnal visit are allegedly terrified by… Read more

A guide to old photos

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 30, 2013 in Tips and Hints

Old photos are a real family treasure. But if you’re not sure who the person is in the photo you’ve found, it can help to find out what type of photo you have. The kind of photographic process used can give you a clue as to the time frame during which the picture was taken.… 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

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