Posted by on 15 July 2010 in Record Collections

A colleague told me an amazing statistic today. Apparently 1 in 3 people in Britain has a link to Australia in their family. I know that British people played a huge part in populating the former colony through the 19th and 20th centuries. Even so, I thought this was astounding – it just shows how easily your roots can spread to unexpected places!

The reason we were discussing roots ‘down under’ is that we’ve just launched our new Australian birth, marriage and death indexes. These work much like their British counterparts, letting you quickly and easily track down details of your ancestors’ vital events.

The really exciting thing with this collection is that it includes records from all the different Australian states – the first time vital events from around the country have been collated together like this. This means you can search through almsot 15 million records going back to the first settlement of Australia in 1788.

Seeing as 1 in 3 of us are likely to find an ancestor in this collection, it’s well worth a look. Let me know how you get on in the comments below.

4 Comments

Nina 

Bit of a tease telling us we can search these records without telling us that we have to have a Worldwide membership

15 July 2010 at 8:52 pm
Geniaus 

An amazing statistic. Please shre the source. I’ sure 1 in 3 Aussies have British roots but1 in 3 Brits with Aussue roots sounds incredible

16 July 2010 at 12:48 am
Ian 

Searching the combined Australian BMD index shows no matches for a surname. You can only see the matches by searching the individual B, M & D indexes.

23 July 2010 at 2:33 pm
Rosemary Briggs 

Of course a great many people in this country have links to Australia! Statistics dont mean a lot to me, but I am one of them. I have a link to one of the founders of Adelaide. One of my ancestors married his son, founded a dynasty and a town in South Australia. It is with great pride that our family continues to maintain that link today with our cousins in Australia after 5 or 6 generations.

23 July 2010 at 10:37 pm