Past Articles

Preserving the bad fruit in our family trees

Posted by Web Operations 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 Web Operations 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

Launch of new DNA regions in Ireland

Posted by Web Operations on January 11, 2019 in AncestryDNA, Ireland

When we launched Ancestry’s detailed genetic regions in March last year, we knew it was a major step in the journey for us to empower customer journeys of self-discovery. Back then, we were proud to have the granularity in our database to be able to detect 13 distinct genetic regions in Ireland, helping tell the Read More

When the war was over

Posted by Web Operations 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

5 unusually named Australian occupations

Posted by Web Operations 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 Web Operations 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