When the war was over

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 6, 2018 in Australia, Military

One hundred years ago, the Great War ended after four years of death and destruction. Cassie Mercer speaks with author Professor Peter Stanley to understand more about what Australian troops were doing in those last few years of the war. The Great War left an indelible mark on thousands of Australian families. Men and women Read More

Our colonial convict ladies

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on June 14, 2018 in Australia, Convicts, Uncategorized

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Parramatta Female Factory, a vital part of our convict heritage. Cassie Mercer looks at the work being done to save and promote the precinct. When Governor Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the Parramatta Female Factory in July 1818, little did he know how important its role Read More

New records from New Zealand’s archives show the true ANZAC spirit

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on April 20, 2018 in Content, Military, New records, New Zealand

By Cassie Mercer and Mark Webster Gallipoli was a marker in the growth of Antipodean national identity for New Zealand as well as Australia. In New Zealand, it’s said that everyone with Kiwi connections for three generations has a line to a soldier at Gallipoli. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark had relatives there. Actor Russell Read More

Victoria Asylum records now available on Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 28, 2018 in Australia, Content

Was an ancestor of yours admitted to an asylum? Or perhaps a paper trail has gone cold and you’re not sure where else to look? Ancestry’s latest dataset could help. When James Watson walked into the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Ballarat, in November 1897, there was nothing about his behaviour to cause alarm or remark. The Read More

Remembering Passchendaele

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on October 3, 2017 in Australia, Member Stories, Military, New Zealand

For family historian Geoff Oliver, the centenary of World War One prompted him to start discovering more about a military ancestor. What he uncovered led him to remember the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele with special significance. From France to Cootamundra, NSW, 30 October 1917: I regret very much to inform you of the Read More

Tips for Searching Marriage Records

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 19, 2017 in Australia, Marriages, New Zealand, Tips and Hints

Vital records – records of births, marriages and deaths – are the basic building blocks of family history research as they contain lots of information for your family tree. Marriage records can help genealogists to establish the religious affiliations of their ancestors and can reveal other details such as age and place of birth, occupation, residences and parents’ Read More