Ancestry.com.au December 2010
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In this month's newsletter we look at the following:

1911 England and Wales Census Summary Books
New South Wales Gaol Description and Entrance
  Books 1818-1930
Site Features: New Tree Viewer
Help us decide what's next on Ancestry.com.au
More ways to connect with Ancestry.com.au
Point of interest: Sarah's Key
We want your ancestor's story

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.

The Ancestry.com.au Team

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1911 England and Wales Census Summary Books
 As the first part of our project to bring you the 1911 Census, we've completed the enumerators' summary books for the entire country.

These let you take a walk through your ancestors' neighbourhoods, and provide a taste of what you can expect as we put the full records online.

The summary books tell you the name of the head of each household and the number of people recorded in each house - so you can see where your family was living, and work out if there are likely to be any new members.

You can also see the type of property your relatives were living in, examine the route the enumerator took around the nearby area - often with a map included - and get statistics about the local population.

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New South Wales Gaol Description and Entrance Books 1818-1930

 We're excited to announce the latest addition to the UK Heritage Plus package: New South Wales Gaol Description and Entrance Books 1818-1930.

This collection contains gaol description and entrance books from prisons in New South Wales that are two different, but similar, records.

The first set of records was kept at the Sydney and Darlinghurst prisons and was kept before the New South Wales government required it. The Sydney Gaol held prisoners until 1841 when they were transferred to the new gaol at Darlinghurst. The Sydney and Darlinghurst gaols have records that stretch from 1830-1850.

The other series of description books started after a proclamation in the New South Wales Government Gazette in 1867 required the description books be kept for incoming and outgoing prisoners. This collection contains books from 11 different prisons or gaols in New South Wales. The descriptions are individual records for each prisoner with pictures and personal information used as a detailed prisoner file.

Included are records from:

Albury (1876-1929) Darlinghurst (1869-1914)
Armidale (1894-1915) Deniliquin (1895-1929)
Bathurst (1874-1930) Dubbo (1889-1920)
Berrima (1883-1888) Goulburn (1884-1930)
Biloela (1885-1906) Trial Bay (1892-1901)
Broken Hill (1904-1929)  

The first set of records from Sydney and Darlinghurst isn't as detailed and may not contain a photograph, but will have most important pieces of information.

The records may contain:

Number Religion
Name and any aliases Standard of education
Date portrait was taken Height
Native place Entrance and exit weight
Birth year Hair and eye color
Ship and year of arrival Marks or special features
Trade or occupation Trial information and details of previous convictions

Learn more about the New South Wales Gaol Description and Entrance Books 1818-1930
SITE FEATURES: New Tree Viewer

 Over the last year we've been working on a better way to let you view your Ancestry.com.au member tree.

We've built this new tree viewer based on feedback from members, extensive user testing and hours of development and design.

We focused on finding ways to let you view more of your tree at once and hope that seeing more of your relatives in the new family view will help you see new family lines to start researching.

You can check out the new tree viewer by going to your Ancestry.com.au member tree and by clicking on a link in a blue banner at the top of the tree viewer or you can access it here.

The first thing you'll notice is the "What's new" feature. You can move your cursor over the headings to see pop-up boxes highlighting some of the new changes. You can dismiss this at any time by clicking the 'x' to the right.

Here is a quick list of some of the features of the New Tree Viewer:

More Generations in the Pedigree View
Drag Your Tree Around the Screen
Larger Display Area
Improvements to the header and tool bar
Mini Person Card
New Family View

Learn more about the New Tree Viewer

Help us decide what's next on ancestry.com.au

 We're always searching the world for new and exciting historical records that can help you discover more of your family story on Ancestry.com.au.

We're already trying to decide which records will be top priority in 2011 - and we could really use your help with that.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to tell us what collections matter most to you by completing the Ancestry.com annual survey. Your answers will have a direct impact on the future of Ancestry.com.au.

Thanks for helping us make Ancestry.com.au a better resource for you.

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More ways to connect with Ancestry.com.au
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Point of interest: Sarah's Key

 Recently we were lucky enough to catch a preview of the new Kristin Scott Thomas movie - Sarah's Key.

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Tatiania De Rosnay, it is a moving tale of a woman's journey through history, showcasing the emotional ups and downs and ethical dilemmas familiar to many of us.

Julia (Kristin Scott Thomas), a journalist, is writing an article on the extraction of Jews from Paris (by the French, not the Germans).

She discovers her French husband's inherited Paris apartment, their new home, was once occupied by a Jewish family, the Starzynskis, who were evicted as part of this Gallic ethnic cleansing process.

She becomes obsessed with locating Sarah, the daughter, and with understanding her in-laws role in the Starzynskis' eviction. So begins a process of research and questioning - something we can all relate to as family historians.

The cinematography is gorgeous and the support cast are superb. If you're looking for something to inspire you to dig a little deeper these holidays, then Sarah's Key is just the ticket.

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 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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