New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Rod Marsh

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on December 3, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Knowing very little about his family history and intrigued by the mystery of his father’s adoption, Australian cricketing icon Rod Marsh embarks on a journey to discover his roots. Rod’s father, Ken, never knew who his biological parents were or the circumstances around his adoption. Armed with an old birth certificate from his Aunt Amy, Read More

New Australian Who Do You Think You Are?®: Magda Szubanski

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski wants to better understand how world events have shaped her family. Tracing the lives of two ancestors, she discovers how both were forced to make grim choices and suffered the devastating consequences of war. Magda was born to Polish father Zbigniew Szubanski and Scottish mother Margaret McCarthy. The family emigrated Read More

New Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?®

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2010 in Famous Faces, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?® returns for a third series as six more Australian celebrities trace their family tree, uncovering secrets and stories from the past. Magda Szubanski, Rod Marsh, Tina Arena, Shane Bourne, Paul Mercurio and Georgie Parker take a journey through their ancestry in this fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and Read More

Celebrity US Yearbooks now online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on September 1, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

In a world-first, Ancestry.com.au recently launched the largest collection of US school and college yearbooks available online, revealing school photographs of today’s superstars. The yearbooks of Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Nicolas Cage and Jay Leno all feature online detailing information on their classes, school activities and interesting photographs – including Sandra Read More

Records reveal little-known ‘early Schindler’ who saved thousands from Nazi threat

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 23, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

Varian Fry and many of the thousands of anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees he helped save from Nazi persecution during the Second World War have been revealed in historical records on Ancestry.com.au. August 2010 marks 70 years since Fry first arrived in Marseille to help Jewish refugees and others escape the Nazis following Germany’s occupation of Read More

Who inherited the $34.7 billion? Past family fortunes revealed online

Posted by Ancestry Australia and New Zealand on August 12, 2010 in Content, Famous Faces

In a world-first, Ancestry.com.au has launched the England and Wales National Probate Calendar 1861-1941 – an index to more than six million wills proven across the 19th and 20th centuries, including the wills of more than 4,500 people who died in Australia. With more than 45% of Australians having first generation UK heritage and many Read More