Rookwood Cemetery: Mapping the dead

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 17, 2019 in Australia, Deaths

For anyone with ancestors from Sydney, Rookwood General Cemetery may hold clues vital to your family research. Why? Because it’s the largest cemetery from the Victorian era still in operation in the world, with more than one million burials spread across its 200 hectares. Its vast landscaped gardens have become the last resting place for Read More

Famous names in the Bristol Parish Registers

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 9, 2019 in Births, Content, Deaths, Famous Faces, Marriages, United Kingdom

Parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are one of the main staples of the family historian. Anyone tracing their family tree back further than civil registration and the census in England will almost certainly look at these sources. Indeed, many of you will have spent hours scrolling through microfilms of registers in the pursuit Read More

Murder she wrote

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2019 in Australia, Books, Deaths

Family historians know the value of a good murder. A death and some intrigue in colonial Australia often left a great paper trail in the records, one that can reveal all sorts of details when you know where to look. Historian Catie Gilchrist, from the University of Sydney is one such person. Catie has always Read More

Member benefit. Order discounted BDM certificate transcriptions for NSW

Posted by Web Operations on March 19, 2015 in Australia, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Tips and Hints, Uncategorized

Ancestry members can now order Birth, Death and Marriage certificate transcriptions for New South Wales at a discounted rate, just $17.50, from GeniCert with our friends at Marilyn Rowan transcriptions. The transcriptions can only be ordered direct via your Ancestry subscription. So you have to be logged in to your Ancestry membership to search on Read More

Where there’s a Will….

Posted by Web Operations on February 5, 2014 in Content, Deaths

We recently added over a million probate records to Ancestry.com.au, featuring the last will and testament of some of histories most famous names including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Sir Francis Drake. The most comprehensive UK collection of its kind available to view online, The England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills 1384-1858 covers Read More

Manchester Parish Records – how do they appear online?

Posted by Web Operations on February 19, 2013 in Births, Content, Deaths, Marriages, United Kingdom

Authored by Clare Connolly.  Clare is one of a team of Ancestry camera operators who have been working on the digitisation of the new Manchester Parish Registers, 1541-1985. We’ve just launched onsite the new Manchester Parish Records, 1541-1985. These crucial records are the result of months of work behind the scenes to digitise the original Read More

New UK Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1911

Posted by Web Operations on January 18, 2013 in Australia, Births, Content, Deaths, Marriages, New Zealand, United Kingdom

ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY ANCESTRY.CO.UK It’s a family history conundrum. You don’t like to imagine your ancestors having difficult lives. But every time they hit tricky times they seem to be really well documented, and provide some of your most fascinating discoveries. This is true of Poor Law records. It’s definitely the case with criminal records. Read More

Haunting Historical Tales

Posted by Web Operations on October 30, 2012 in Australia, Content, Deaths

The New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1796 – 1942  contain over 173,000 records and provides a fascinating insight into some of the more unusual causes of deaths of many Australians in colonial times. The collection reveals that the most common causes of death were by drowning, apoplexy (or stroke) and ‘visitations Read More