Remembering the Anzacs

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on April 1, 2019 in Australia, Member Stories, New Zealand

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It’s the day on which we remember all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in war and on operational service past and present. To commemorate Anzac Day on April 25th, we wanted to acknowledge the brave men and women in Read More

The most amazing woman I’ve never met

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 7, 2019 in Australia

A soon-to-be-released book reveals the story of Alice Anderson, a mechanic, inventor and entrepreneur who forged new ground for women in the 1920s, then met with a mysterious end. Cassie Mercer talks to the book’s author, Loretta Smith. When Alice Anderson was found dead in her garage in 1926 it made headlines around Australia. Why? Read More

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Pioneers of Change

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on March 7, 2019 in Australia, Canada, Germany, Member Stories, United Kingdom, USA

March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the many women across the course of history whose passion and reserve brought about immense change. From the fight for suffrage on the streets of London in the early 1900s, Rosa Park’s bravery in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the women who bravely accepted new Read More

Preserving the bad fruit in our family trees

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 18, 2019 in Australia

For many Australians, stumbling across a convict in your family tree is a joyous occasion; after all, convicts put their blood, sweat and the occasional tear into building this country. However, we often gloss over the fact that many of these convicts were habitual or opportunistic criminals who found their way down under through a Read More

A death less ordinary

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 6, 2019 in Australia, Famous Faces

I have a confession to make. My interest in Australian history has never really extended to European male explorers. Yes, they performed amazing feats to understand the world in which we live but so did many others – Rose de Freycinet, for example – who are nowhere near as lorded. But I have always had Read More

10 genealogy goals for 2019

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on December 31, 2018 in Australia, Tips and Hints

Now is a great time to set your family history goals for the new year. Cassie Mercer offers a few ideas to help you get back into your research after the silly season. Want 2019 to be the year you make further headway with your family tree? Here are 10 ways to make it happen. Read More

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

Top 5 most unusual Australian occupations

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

When the First Fleet landed in 1788, the convicts were skilled in more than 80 different trades and occupations. Some of these trades were useful in starting a colony from the ground up, others not so much. Some occupations stayed in existence, but many are no longer in use. Here are 5 of the more Read More

Welcome to National Family History Month!

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on August 1, 2018 in Australia, New Zealand

Why is August to important in family history circles? It’s National Family History Month (NFHM) – an initiative by the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO)! AFFHO is organising and facilitating the initiative via the NFHM website. It is hoped that 2018 is the biggest year yet in terms of interest and number of Read More