Real James Bond Uncovered in Historic Archive

Posted by Web Operations on October 23, 2012 in Content, Famous Faces, Military

Sidney Reilly, the secret agent widely believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s legendary character James Bond, has been uncovered in an online archive available at Ancestry.com.au. The record (shown above) was found in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 collection, which details the medal entitlement of more than 4.8 million Read More

New Lancashire Parish Records Added

Posted by Web Operations on July 31, 2012 in Births, Content, Deaths, Military, United Kingdom

We have added over 2.3 million Lancashire parish records to the site this week, including baptisms, marriages and burials ranging from 1538 to 1986. These records reveal the past residents of one of England’s most historic counties. What’s New – Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911 Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936 Lancashire, England, Deaths and Read More

Memories of the Darwin Bombing

Posted by Web Operations on February 17, 2012 in Australia, Military

  From Brad Argent, Content Director at Ancestry.com.au February 19th marks the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Darwin in 1942.  I asked my nan, Nita (shown in the photo above), what she remembered of the day. At the time of the bombing – just two days after her 23rd birthday – she was pregnant with my Read More

Remembering our Heroes Past

Posted by Web Operations on November 11, 2011 in Australia, Military, New Zealand

In honour of Remembrance Day, we are giving free access to select military records from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.   The collections will be free to search from 11-13 November, allowing Australians and New Zealanders the opportunity to discover information about their ancestors who served during the Great War. Many Ancestry.com.au members have discovered extraordinary military Read More

New Zealand military collections now available online

Posted by Web Operations on April 21, 2011 in Content, Military

We’ve just added nine military collections – almost half a million records – to the Anne Bromell collection of New Zealand historical records. These new collections are outlined below: New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls 1914-1918 New Zealand sent almost 10 percent of its population overseas to do battle on World War I’s killing fields Read More