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.