Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on December 10, 2012 in Australia, Family Trees, Famous Faces, New Zealand

If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’. New research from Ancestry reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees, there are several more unusual choices the young Read More

New NZ Collections

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on November 1, 2012 in Content, New Zealand

New on the site this week are New Zealand Local Histories with indexes ranging from 1840 to 1950. The  Cyclopedia of New Zealand, 1897-1906 provides information about the colonization of New Zealand with details on businesses, residents and professions in the provinces. New Zealand Index, 1899, 1908, 1915 and 1939 are four books which contain detailed information Read More

Remembering our Heroes Past

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand 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

WANTED! Descendants of John Penn, New Zealand’s mystery WW1 soldier

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 11, 2011 in New Zealand

To mark Armistice Day today, the anniversary of WWI’s end, we are on the hunt for descendants of a WWI soldier whose autographed photo was found tucked away in an antique shop in Cambridge, New Zealand. From today until midnight Sunday 13 November, we are giving free access to select military records so that Kiwis can find out whether they are Read More

New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on February 10, 2011 in New records, New Zealand

As you may be aware, we recently released more than 20 million images of New Zealand Historical Records in the Anne Brommell Collection. New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981 contains millions of records collected over a period of more than 125 years. The rolls were compiled during general and provincial election years and include the names Read More