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Burke’s Family Records
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Featured Collection
ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME   |   
20 million New Zealand records now online
In a world-first, more than 20 million family history records that cover 140 years of New Zealand’s early history from 1842 to 1981 are now available online.

The six major historical collections are now available exclusively on Ancestry.com.au:

The collections have been digitised and individual records fully-indexed and, depending on the record type, can be searched by a combination of name, gender, district, province and electoral year.

Together, they form part of the larger Anne Bromell Collection, named after the woman who spent more than 20 years scouring the shelves of New Zealand’s archives, libraries and bookshops. During this time, Mrs Bromell converted some of the country’s most important genealogical works to microfilm.

The collections will be of enormous interest to those with early New Zealand roots, and as history shows that antipodeans have a long history of moving back and forth between New Zealand and Australia, they will also be relevant to many Australians.

Given that 80% of New Zealanders claim UK ancestry, Brits will also have a keen interest in discovering New Zealand ancestors… and maybe even their living descendants.

And as Ancestry.com.au also hosts more than 800 million UK records, for the first time New Zealanders will have the opportunity to seamlessly trace their Brit ancestors from early New Zealand records back through even earlier UK records.

The Anne Brommell Collection is available to UK Heritage Plus and World Heritage members.

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NEW ANCESTRY APP   |   
Take your family tree with you everywhere you go

Our updated Ancestry app for iPhone®, iPod® Touch or iPad® gives you an even better way to take your Ancestry.com.au family tree with you.

Now you can see your entire tree - not just names - in a more intuitive way. With this helpful mobile tree tool, you can see all the family trees you’ve already created on Ancestry.com.au. Just download the free app from the iTunes store to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, log in to your Ancestry.com.au account and choose a family tree.
 

Whether you’re a seasoned family history expert or just getting started with genealogy, this new app can help you grow your Ancestry.com.au family tree wherever and whenever you make discoveries. Using the app, you’ll be able to access your tree and edit information, upload photos, add a note - even add a long-lost family member. Plus, you can see shared trees and view records and source citations on the go.

You can browse names in your tree or search for a specific person. Click on a relative to view, then edit or add vital information, immediate family members, life events, notes or new ancestors. You can even take photos of your relatives, historical documents, keepsakes, antiques, buildings and more with your iPhone and upload them directly to your tree. Now when you’re on the go, your family tree – and all your family history – goes with you.

NEW COLLECTION   |   
Burke's Family Records
Author Ashworth P. Burke is the son of Sir Bernard Burke who published many works regarding British genealogy with his father, John Burke Esquire.

Sir Bernard and Ashworth co-wrote the Peerage and Baronetage and the Landed Gentry about ancestral lineages of English, Scottish, and Welsh nobility and gentry.

Burke's Family Records is meant to supplement the Peerage and Baronetage and there are several additional genealogical works compiled by the Burke family.
 
Some of these are available on Ancestry.com.au and include Burke's Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary, Vol 2, Burke's American Families with British Ancestry and Burke's Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Burke's Family Records record the genealogy of the junior houses of British nobility. The "cadets" or younger sons of a noble family did not usually receive inherited lands or titles and their descendants were often overlooked by lineage records of the peerage (titled British nobles). Details of family origins, surnames, events, and locations are recorded for about 300 British cadet lines; some are accompanied by coats of arms but only for those families for which clear official authority was forthcoming. There is also, at the beginning of the work, an index of pedigrees and alliances.

Community News
SPECIAL EVENT   |   
National Archives of Australia: 'Shake Your Family Tree'
To encourage more Australians to unearth personal treasures, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) is once again hosting a 'Shake Your Family Tree' day in each of their capital city offices on Friday February 25 between 9am and 4.30pm.

The National Archives has information in their vast collection about many Australian families - possibly your own.
 
Each capital city office will offer a range of activities including talks, preservation workshops, demonstrations and introductory research training. With expert family historians on hand, visitors will learn how to locate treasures such as letters, photographs, service records, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records, copyright registrations and other government records.

A highlight of this year's open day is the launch of the National Archives' new book Keeping Family Treasures, which gives tips on how to preserve your family's heritage while taking a peek at what other Australians treasure.

FAMILY HISTORY TOUR   |   
Canberra Research Opportunity
As you may be aware, Canberra is home to a treasure trove of family history records. While few make the journey to the nation’s capital for family history research purposes, there is now a great opportunity to explore the wonderful resources in Canberra under the tutelage of a professional researcher.

Customised Heritage Tours is running a fantastic tour of Canberra that will take in the Australian War Memorial, the National Library and The National Archives of Australia, plus some hidden secrets.
 
Hosted by Megan Gibson - one of the researchers for the Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? - the tour includes exclusive overview presentations at each location as well as some time to undertake your own research.

The tour runs from March 30 to April 2, and places are limited so you must book before Tuesday 15 March. Find out more details on the Customised Heritage Tours website.

We want your ancestor's story
If you're one of our many Ancestry.com.au members who've got a great family story to tell and would be willing to share it, we'd like to hear from you.
Send us a brief account, in 150-200 words, of the ancestor you discovered and their personal story.
 
Send us your ancestor's full name and all key vital dates available - birth, marriage (when, where and to whom), children, occupation, etc.
 
Include any historical records you've found through your search - birth, marriage, military records, etc.
 
Along with any additional mementos you've discovered along the way - photos, medals, awards, etc.
 
And lastly, don't forget to include your name, where you are from and your contact details including your phone number and email address.

Please email your story to mystory@ancestry.com.au

As an Ancestry member your privacy is always our first concern, therefore please be assured that even if you do respond to this email, nothing further will be done with the information you provide without your prior approval.

We look forward to hearing your story.

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