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The Irish Collection
In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, Ancestry.com.au recently launched The Irish Collection - the definitive online collection of 19th century historical Irish records. This collection will make it easier for the nearly one in ten Australians of Irish descent to explore their heritage.

In total, there are now more than 35 million historical Irish records on Ancestry.com.au,
including two million comprehensive new and upgraded records from the critical periods prior to and following the Irish Potato Famine (1845-1852), the single most significant event to drive 19th century global Irish diaspora.
Amongst the collections is the Ireland Tithe Applotment Books 1824-1837, featuring more than 600,000 Irish land tax records which are a crucial addition to The Irish Collection as they cover all of pre-famine Ireland, creating a snapshot of Irish life prior to mass emigration.

Griffith's Valuation of Ireland 1848-1864 now features more than 2.5 million names and addresses in land tax records of people living in Ireland in the mid-19th century. They are especially valuable as a substitute for 19th century censuses of Ireland, most of which were destroyed during the Civil War.

Crucially, this collection covers the years of the famine, which plunged Ireland into crisis and resulted in more than one million Irish dying and a further million emigrating, marking the start of Ireland's depopulation throughout the remainder of the 19th century.

The Lawrence Collection of Photographs 1870-1910 features more than 20,000 photographs of Irish people and scenes taken between 1870 and 1910. Lawrence himself was an amateur photographer and entrepreneur who saw the potential of selling photographic portraits and landscapes.
Also now online is the Ordnance Survey Maps 1824-1846 - almost 2,000 historic maps of Ireland featuring incredible early geographical details of the whole country, revealing how Ireland evolved during the mid-19th century as well as linking directly to other collections available to reveal exact locations of where land was owned and by whom.

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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.

Now available on Ancestry.com.au
Entrance boooks for the Vernon and the Sobraon 1867-1911
This collection contains records for destitute children and vagrants that were sent to the Vernon and Sobraon, between 1867 and 1911.

The Vernon and Sobraon were ships that served as all-boy public industrial schools and reformatories. The Vernon was replaced by the Sobraon in 1892 and both were moored in Sydney Harbour during their use from 1867-1911.
Boys under the age of 16 were sent to these schools by Justices of the Peace. The children would remain there until they were apprenticed out after the age of 12, discharged, or reached 18 years of age. The schools included religious instruction, moral, industrial, and nautical training, as well as elementary schooling.

The information in the records include:

  • Name
  • Birth year and place
  • Date received
  • Ship
  • Father’s and/or Mother’s name
Around 5,000 boys were admitted to the nautical training ships Vernon and Sobraon between 1867 and 1911.

New South Wales Depasturing Licenses 1837-1851
This is a collection of depasturing licenses for individual farmers, from the government of New South Wales, between 1837 and 1851.

These licenses permitted settlers to graze stock on Crown lands. They also allowed grazing to happen "beyond the limits of location" (meaning the 19 counties that included Sydney and the settled area surrounding it), were good for one year and renewable.

These records help find where ancestors worked, especially if they were farmers of some sort. The land used to graze and the farmer's residence are both found in these records and can help lead to other records from those areas. The licenses contain:

  • Number
  • Date
  • Name
  • Residence of licensee
  • Location
  • District
  • Period of license
  • Amount of fee
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

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We look forward to hearing your story.

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