Rookwood Cemetery: Mapping the dead

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 17, 2019 in 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

Where there’s a Will….

Posted by Web Operations on February 5, 2014 in 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

Haunting Historical Tales

Posted by Web Operations on October 30, 2012 in 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

Update to Australia Cemetery Index 1808-2007

Posted by Web Operations on August 12, 2011 in Deaths

The Australia Cemetery Index 1808-2007 contains tombstone transcriptions from several cemeteries in Australia. We have just added 166,929 new records to this index, bringing the collection to a total of 665,118 records. What’s New? Records have been added in the following areas – Brisbane, QLD cemeteries – 50,165 records from 1828-1998 (with images) Dubbo and Read More