Ancestry.com.au November 2010
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The Ancestry.com.au Team
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NEW: 1911 England & Wales Census
 We're excited to announce that an agreement has been reached between Ancestry.com, Inc., in collaboration with TheGenalogist.co.uk, and The National Archives in the UK to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census.

Ancestry and TheGenealogist.co.uk will work together to transcribe the 1911 Census, creating a searchable database which enables users to type in a name and go directly to the full-colour digital image of the actual census document, handwritten in their ancestor's home nearly a century ago.

The 1911 England and Wales Census is the largest and most recent census available to the public. Taken on the night of Sunday 2nd April 1911, the count included all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels, and it also attempted to make an approximate count of the homeless.

The complete set of 1911 Census records will go live on Ancestry.com.au by county, starting in late 2010 and completing in 2011. A crucial step for many in tracing their ancestry, this vital resource will benefit family historians everywhere and has been one of the most eagerly awaited record sets amongst Ancestry subscribers.

We're also happy to say the 1911 Census records will be part of our entry-level UK Heritage Package, with no additional charges to access these new records.
NEW: NSW Registers of Coroners' Inquests 1796-1942
 We're excited to announce the launch of the New South Wales Registers of Coroners Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries 1796-1942.

Coroners were responsible for inquiring into any unnatural or sudden deaths in their jurisdiction. They also investigated deaths when a body was unidentified, a cause of death was uncertain, or the deceased was in the care of the state.

As well, coroners could investigate fires that caused destruction of property. Magistrates could take depositions about circumstances of death in more remote areas where no coroner was available.

Available online for the first time, this collection contains some 173,250 records and, depending on the date and the form used for the inquest, these records may include:

  • name of deceased
  • age and birthplace
  • estimated date and place of death
  • date and location of inquest
  • verdict of inquest (probably cause of death)
  • name of the coroner or magistrate
  • name of doctor
  • occupation of deceased
  • personal property belonging to deceased
The NSW Registers of Coroners' Inquests is available to UK Heritage Plus and World Heritage members. If you're currently a UK Heritage member, this could be a great time to upgrade your membership. Or, if you're not an Ancestry.com.au member, there's never been a better time to join.

Learn more about the NSW Registers of Coroners' Inquests 1796-1942
NEW: Queensland Government Gazettes 1903-1910
This collection contains 11 volumes of the Queensland Government Gazette, a periodical generally published weekly by the government which served as the official means of communication from the government to the general public. Queensland Government Gazettes contains a vast amount of historical and genealogical information.

Examples of the type of things that could be mentioned in a publication include:
  • Official government notices such as appointments and proclamations
  • Acts, regulations, and other legal notices
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Deceased estates
  • Dissolution and registration of businesses
  • Insolvents
  • Notices or rewards for lost or stolen property
  • Land transactions (including crown land leases)
  • Unclaimed letters and property
  • Court notices
  • Police auctions
Because of the variety of events and notifications included in these publications, many ordinary people (not just government officials) are mentioned. The Gazettes can be used to place individuals in a specific time and location, as well as place people and communities in historical context.

Click here to explore Queensland Government Gazettes 1903-1910
UPDATED: Ancestry Search using Birth, Death
and other Life Events
 Over the course of this year, you may have noticed we have been making incremental changes to our new search forms in response to comments and suggestions from Ancestry users. We've added name and place filters and changed the way you could do searches that included family members.

Now, you'll find we've modified the search forms just a bit to make entering information just a bit easier with the "Add an Event" option. With this option, you will be able to quickly add event options, such as "Marriage" or "Arrival" to help refine your search results.

For the times when you're not sure how the event was listed, you can select "Any Event" and enter a date or location and we will look for any event that is about the person you are searching for.

Happy Searching!

Ancestry World Archives Project: We need your help
 The Ancestry World Archives Project (AWAP) is a collaborative effort that has allowed thousands of people around the world to help preserve history that would otherwise be lost.

Would you like to give back to the genealogy community? Help families discover more of their stories and share them with future generations?

AWAP lets anyone from the genealogy community help bring historical record collections to the public. Contributors become the first to see new collections as they type in information that creates searchable record indexes.

We need your help to key the following projects:
  • New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
  • New South Wales, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
  • New South Wales, Australia, Returns of the Colony (Blue Books), 1822-1857
  • New Zealand City & Area Directories, 1866-1955
  • And many more...
Click here to learn more about the Ancestry World Archives Project
or to get keying
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.

  1. Send us a brief account, in 150-200 words, of the ancestor you discovered and their personal story.
  2. Send us your ancestor's full name and all key vital dates available - birth, marriage (when, where and to whom), children, occupation, etc.
  3. Include any historical records you've found through your search - birth, marriage, military records, etc.
  4. Along with any additional mementos you've discovered along the way - photos, medals, awards, etc.
  5. 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 brief outline or story to mystory@ancestry.com.au (or paste this address into an e-mail).

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.

The Ancestry.com.au Team

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