The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-01-24T23:17:00Z From eleven ships to a nation of millions - Australia day marks the 225th anniversary of the First Fleet 2013-01-24T23:17:00Z from-eleven-ships-to-a-nation-of-millions-australia-day-marks-the-225th-anniversary-of-the-first-fleet FROM ELEVEN SHIPS TO A NATION OF MILLIONS - AUSTRALIA DAY MARKS THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST FLEETOnline collection of criminal and convict records FREE to search on Australia Day from January 25 – 28, 2013 Sydney, Australia, 25 January 2013 – To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet, Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s largest online family history resource[i], will be making its collection of almost 2.6 million convict records free to search from January 25-28, 2013 inclusive. This extensive collection offers all Australians the opportunity to explore their country’s convict roots. One in five Aussies[ii] can claim convict heritage and will likely have an ancestor included in the collection. The breadth of the convict collections available on Ancestry.com.au allows those researching their convict forbears to paint a vivid picture not just of the convicts themselves, but also of their journey and their experiences in the fledgling colony of New South Wales. James Walsh is a great example of the level of detail that can be gleaned from the convict records. A 26-year-old shoemaker when he arrived in Australia on board the Edward in February, 1831, the Ireland native was convicted of receiving stolen goods and given seven years’ transportation. His Convict Indent (an official list of convicts being transported aboard a particular ship) describes James as just shy of 5’6” (172 cm) with a ruddy ‘pock-pitted’ complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. The indent goes on to describe James as having a crooked right arm with a mermaid and fish tattoo on his left arm, and a tattoo of an anchor between the left thumb and forefinger. Ancestry.com.au’s convict collection includes records from the England and Wales Criminal Registers, the Convict Transportation Registers, Convict Muster Rolls, Convict Applications to Marry, Convict Death Registers, UK Royal Naval Medical Journals, and a variety of other record sets documenting the trial, journey, working life, release and death of the majority of convicts transported. These records offer a unique peek into the window of early Australian history, providing researchers with invaluable information including clues to their ancestors’ place of birth and country of origin, allowing them to investigate even earlier family history. Notable Australians who can proudly claim convict history include:  John Howard, Former Prime Minister: His family contains convict ancestors on both sides of the tree. His 3x great grandfather William Tooley was convicted of complicity in the theft of a tortoiseshell watch and was transported for life in 1816. On his maternal side, his great grandfather Thomas Barker was transported for life after being convicted of two counts of robbery, arriving in 1835. Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister: His 4x great grandfather, Thomas Rudd, was transported to Australia in 1801 for unlawfully acquiring a bag of sugar. Rod Marsh, Cricketer: His great-grandfather (by adoption) was transported to Australia after being charged with manslaughter following a late night brawl, which resulted in a man being shot. Maggie Beer, Celebrity Chef and 2010 Senior Australian of the Year: Her 3x great-grandmother was a convict thief and her 3x great-grandfather a bigamist who was convicted after three simultaneous marriages. They met after both were transported to Australia. Tony Windsor, MP, Independent Federal Minister for New England’: His 2x great-grandfather was transported to NSW on the ship Midas in 1827 after stealing wet bedding from a clothes line - he eventually died in Darlinghurst Gaol after being convicted of horse stealing. Brad Argent, Ancestry.com.au Content Director for Australia and New Zealand, comments: “To many, Australia is still considered a young country, but no one can deny we have a rich heritage and the stories of the convicts, the early settlers and how our nation was founded are a unique part of our history”. “Ancestry’s extensive convict collection offers Australians the opportunity to delve deeper into the colourful characters of our past in order to piece together the puzzle of who we are and where we came from.” To access Ancestry.com.au free convict collections, go to www.ancestry.com.au/convicts2013 ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Jacquie Potter Christine LawHoworth HoworthP: 02 8281 3893 P: 02 8281 3256 M: +61 414 449 070 M: +61 414 810 894 E: Jacquie@howorth.com.au E: christine@howorth.com.au ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than two billion records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com Inc is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more than 44 million family trees containing more than four billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localised web sites, including Ancestry.com.au which was launched in May 2006, designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. [i] comScore, 2011, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category[ii] The Australian Constitution Referendum Study, 1999 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Find your John, Mary, Bruce or Sheila in the largest online collection of Australian birth, marriage and death indexes 2012-09-28T00:26:00Z interview-opportunity-find-your-john-mary-bruce-or-sheila-in-the-largest-online-collection-of-australian-birth-marriage-and-death-indexes Sydney, Australia, 28 September 2012 – This weekend, for the first time ever, Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s largest online family history resource[i], is giving free access to over 17 million records of those who were born, married or died in Australia from 1788 until the early twentieth century. Starting 12.01AM on Friday 28 September, until 11.59PM AEST on Monday 1 October, 2012, this fully searchable database - The Australian Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) and Cemetery indices - offers valuable information about three of the most significant events in an individual’s lifetime. Ancestry member Diane McAllister used the BMD database to make a startling discovery when she found her father’s birth record, which revealed he had lied about his name. This clue prompted extensive further research which eventually unearthed the existence of a double life and another family. These records also reveal insights into the past 200 years of Australian culture, following the arrival of the first fleet. While Bruce and Sheila have cheekily been associated as stereotypical Aussie names, John was actually the most popular male name for more than 74,000 Australian boys and Mary the most popular female name for more than 52,000 Australian girls between 1788-1922. Additional Australian cultural trends revealed from analysis of the records and compared with present day statistics include: Births:For the first half of the last century the number of births registered in Australia each year remained under 140,000, with a dip occurring in the early 1930s during the Great Depression. Since the 1950s, the number of births has steadily increased until 2010, when 297,900 births were recorded, the highest number of births registered in a calendar year in Australia[ii].Marriages:The records reveal a huge spike in marriages throughout WWII - in NSW alone, over 340,000 people got married during the period of 1939-1943 inclusive. Marriage numbers have dipped significantly since 1943, with only 120,100 marriages registered in Australia in 2009.Deaths:The death indexes reveal that life for the early Australian settlers was tough, with the average age of death being just 56 years-old, compared to the current life expectancy for Australians of over 79 years for men and 84 years for women. The database is easy to use and can be searched by any of the following terms: • Birth: name, birth year, father’s name, mother’s name, and birth place • Marriage: maiden name, spouse name, marriage year and marriage place • Death: name, death year, estimated birth year, father’s name, mother’s name and death place Brad Argent, Ancestry.com.au Content Director for Australia and New Zealand, comments: “This database is the largest of its kind and is the only place to search BMD records from all over Australia. It is without a doubt the most important collection in a family historian’s tool box for finding missing ancestors and uncovering family secrets. This database is the root of every Australian family tree - If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to start researching your family tree, this is it.” To access this collection, please visit www.ancestry.com.au. ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Christine Law Jacquie Potter Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3256 P: 02 8281 3893 M: +61 414 810 894 M: +61 414 449 070 E: christine@howorth.com.au E: jacquie@howorth.com.au NOTE TO EDITORS: Additional information and updates can be found at the below links: · Follow us on Twitter: @AncestryComAu · Follow us on Facebook here · Read the Ancestry.com.au Blog here ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than one billion records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com Inc is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 39 million family trees containing more than four billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localised web sites, including Ancestry.com.au which was launched in May 2006, designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. [i] comScore, 2011, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category [ii] Australian Bureau of Statistics 1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/1301.0~2012~Main%20Features~Births~51 HOW DID YOU ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA? Unlock your family secrets with over 200 million free immigration records 2012-08-22T23:17:00Z how-did-you-arrive-in-australia-unlock-your-family-secrets-with-over-200-million-free-immigration-records Sydney, Australia, 23 August 2012 – Famous for its convict beginnings, Australia is truly a nation of immigrants. Since October 1945, more than 7.2 million people have migrated to the country[i] bringing the population to 22 million living in Australia today. This weekend, Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s largest online family history resource[ii] will be making over 200 million immigration recordsfree to access, starting 12.01AM on Thursday 23 August, until 11.59PM AEST on Sunday 26 August, 2012. For a limited time Australians can search 275 databases and more than 200 million records ranging from 1606 to 1974 to unlock clues about how their ancestors came to live in Australia. With almost a third (29 per cent)[iii] of Australians not knowing the details of their ancestors' arrival in this country, the open database could assist millions of Aussies to uncover information about how and when their family came to land on these shores. Today, one in four of Australia's 22 million people were born outside Australia. Of that number it is not surprising to find that people born in the United Kingdom account for the largest group of overseas-born residents, totalling 1.2 million people. The second largest influx of overseas-born residents were born in New Zealand, numbering 544,000 people, followed by China (380,000 people), India (341,000) and Italy (216,000).[iv] The Immigration records contain information on migrant ancestors who came from around the globe to build a new life in a new land. The records include citizenship and naturalisation records, convict transportation records, border crossing and passports, passenger and crew lists from countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Canada and several other countries. This extensive database allows people to track the routes their ancestors took in order to understand how and when they arrived where they did. Australia has become a melting pot of nationalities, with most residents originally coming from somewhere else. An example of Ancestry members who demonstrate this include: - Margaret Hardwick from Lismore, NSW’s family personifies modern day Australia. Margaret is a mixture of English, Welsh and Irish and married a man who had English, Irish, Scottish, French and Viking blood and is a descendant of a First Fleeter. Their children have broadened the mixture of cultures and she has five great grandchildren with a mix of Chinese, Malay, Spanish, Chilean and Mapuche ancestry. - Ryan D’Lima from Sydney is a first generation Australian who was born in Mumbai and grew up in Australia. While his ethnicity is part Indian and part Portuguese, his accent and attitude are completely Australian. He loves the Aussie ‘never say die’ culture and feels that this nation is home to a vibrant multi-cultural approach that embraces every culture and creates a greater understanding towards people. Brad Argent, Ancestry.com.au Content Director for Australia and New Zealand, comments: “Access to this free collection provides the perfect jumping-off point for anyone wanting to dip their toes into the family history pool. Australians arrived from all over the world for a multitude of different reasons. This collection offers a wealth of knowledge about our ancestors and perhaps offers insight into why we are the way we are today.” To access the free collections, please visit www.ancestry.com.au/immigration2012 ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Christine Law Jacquie Potter Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3256 P: 02 8281 3893 M: +61 414 810 894 M: +61 414 449 070 E: christine@howorth.com.au E: jacquie@howorth.com.au NOTE TO EDITORS: Additional information and updates can be found at the below links: Follow us on Twitter: @AncestryComAu Follow us on Facebook here Read the Ancestry.com.au Blog here ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than one billion records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com Inc is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 38 million family trees containing more than four billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localised web sites, including Ancestry.com.au which was launched in May 2006, designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. For further stories and updates related to family history research, you can also follow Ancestry.com on Facebook and Twitter. [i] Department of immigration and Citizenship Fact Sheet [ii] comScore, 2011, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category [iii] The Australians’ attitudes towards family history survey was commissioned by Ancestry.com.au and was conducted by The Online Research Unit (ORU) who polled a nationally representative sample of a 1000 people across Australia aged 18 and over, October 2010 [iv] Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 ANCESTRY.COM.AU DISCOVERS PRESIDENT OBAMA RELATED TO FIRST DOCUMENTED SLAVE IN AMERICA 2012-07-31T00:45:00Z ancestry-com-au-discovers-president-obama-related-to-first-documented-slave-in-america Sydney, Australia, 31 July 2012 - A research team from Ancestry.com.au (NASDAQ:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history. Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obama’s Caucasian mother’s side of the family. The discovery is the result of years of research by Ancestry.com.au genealogists who, through early Virginia records and DNA analysis, linked Obama to John Punch. An indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, Punch was punished for trying to escape his servitude in 1640 by being enslaved for life. This marked the first actual documented case of slavery for life in the colonies, occurring decades before initial slavery laws were enacted in Virginia. In the 372 years since, many significant records have been lost – a common problem for early Virginia (and the South in general) – destroyed over time by floods, fires and war. While this reality greatly challenged the research project, Ancestry.com.au genealogists were able to make the connection, starting with Obama’s family tree. President Obama is traditionally viewed as an African-American because of his father’s heritage in Kenya. However, while researching his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham’s lineage, Ancestry.com.au genealogists found her to have African heritage as well, which piqued the researchers’ interest and inspired further digging into Obama’s African-American roots. In tracing the family back from Obama’s mother, Ancestry.com.au used DNA analysis to learn that her ancestors, known as white landowners in Colonial Virginia, actually descended from an African man. Existing records suggest that this man, John Punch, had children with a white woman who then passed her free status on to their offspring. Punch’s descendants went on to be free, successful land owners in a Virginia entrenched in slavery. An expert in Southern research and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elizabeth Shown Mills, performed a third-party review of the research and documentation to verify the findings. “In reviewing Ancestry’s conclusions, I weighed not only the actual findings but also Virginia’s laws and social attitudes when John Punch was living,” said Mills. “A careful consideration of the evidence convinces me that the Y-DNA evidence of African origin is indisputable, and the surviving paper trail points solely to John Punch as the logical candidate. Genealogical research on individuals who lived hundreds of years ago can never definitively prove that one man fathered another, but this research meets the highest standards and can be offered with confidence.” “Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related,” said Ancestry.com.au genealogist Joseph Shumway. “John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream.” More details and supporting information on this discovery and additional research on President Obama’s family lineage can be found at www.ancestry.com/obama. ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Christine Law Jacquie Potter Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3256 P: 02 8281 3893 M: +61 414 810 894 M: +61 414 449 070 E: christine@howorth.com.au E: jacquie@howorth.com.au Susan Roth Ancestry.com P: +1301-530-3539 E: mediarelations@ancestry.com NOTE TO EDITORS: Additional information and updates can be found at the below links: Follow us on Twitter: @AncestryComAuFollow us on Facebook hereRead the Ancestry.com.au Blog here ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than one billion records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com Inc is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than two million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing more than four billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site http://www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localised web sites, including Ancestry.com.au which was launched in May 2006, designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. For further stories and updates related to family history research, you can also follow Ancestry.com on Facebook and Twitter. Forward Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. 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FOUR OUT OF FIVE AUSTRALIANS WANT PRINCE WILLIAM TO BE DECLARED KING 2012-06-06T00:41:00Z four-out-of-five-australians-want-prince-william-to-be-declared-king Sydney, Australia, 6 June 2012 –Over two billion[i] people are expected to have watched the televised Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking the Queen’s 60 year reign, and with the Queen’s birthday weekend quickly approaching in most states, Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s largest online family history resource[ii] is honouring the occasion by making 236 million UK recordsfree to access for the whole weekend, starting 12.01AM on Friday 8 June until 11.59PM AEST on Monday 11 June, 2012. While geographically Australia and England are thousands of kilometres apart, as part of the Commonwealth and with over a third of Australians claiming British ancestry[iii], the ties of the Empire remain strong. Ancestry.com.au’s recent survey of Australians’ attitudes towards England and the Royal Family included more than 1000 Aussies[iv] and found that Australia appears to be evenly divided when it comes to whether the country should remain a constitutional monarchy. Just over half (52 per cent) want to stay under Britannia’s rule and 48 per cent wish to become a Republic. Not surprisingly, the residents of the Australian Capital Territory were the strongest supporters of becoming a republic with 63 per cent wanting to move on from the monarchy. Prince William is the clear favourite to ascend to the throne with 81 per cent preferring him over Prince Charles. Tasmania (90 per cent) and South Australia (89 per cent) are Wills’ biggest supporters, while Charles’ main cheerleaders are in the ACT (25 per cent) followed by Victoria (21 per cent). For British descendants in Australia, family history looks to run deep. Over 75 per cent of Australians surveyed who claimed British ancestry were able to trace their history back at least 100 years. Many families immigrated to Australia with the promise of a better life and cheap passage, with 18 per cent indicating they or their family moved to Australia as part of the ‘ten pound pom’ scheme following the Second World War. The incentive program was designed to substantially increase the population of Australia and to supply workers for the country's booming industries and attracted over one million migrants.[v] Additional highlights from the national survey include: - Senior jubilee: Almost 40 per cent of Australians surveyed planned on watching or celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For those over 65 years of age, the number jumped to almost 60 per cent. - Party time: Of the respondents who are planning on celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, most (94 per cent) intended to watch the event on television, five per cent planned on celebrating in ‘traditional British fashion’ by drinking warm beer and eating fish and chips, and three per cent proposed to mark the event by having high tea. - Doggone it: Over 60 per cent of Australians strongly associate Corgis (dog breed) or the Union Jack with the Queen and England. Brad Argent, Ancestry.com.au Content Director for Australia and New Zealand, comments: “The 236 million records from the UK freely accessible this weekend represent an unprecedented opportunity to find out just how British you really are. It’s an excellent starting point for new family historians to learn about their past and should provide a wealth of information for more experienced researchers to build on their discoveries.” To access the free collections, please visit www.ancestry.com.au. ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Christine Law Jacquie Potter Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3256 P: 02 8281 3893 M: +61 414 810 894 M: +61 414 449 070 E: christine@howorth.com.au E: jacquie@howorth.com.au NOTE TO EDITORS: Additional information and updates can be found at the below links: Follow us on Twitter: @AncestryComAu Follow us on Facebook here Read the Ancestry.com.au Blog here ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than one billion records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com Inc is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing more than four billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site http://www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localised web sites, including Ancestry.com.au which was launched in May 2006, designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. For further stories and updates related to family history research, you can also follow Ancestry.com on Facebook and Twitter. [i] http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-06-03/queen-to-lead-jubilee-river-pageant/954316 [ii] comScore, 2011, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category [iii] 2006 Australian Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics [iv] ‘The Australians’ attitudes towards England and the Royal Family’ survey was commissioned by Ancestry.com.au in May 2012 and was conducted by Pure Profile, who polled a nationally representative sample of 1002 people across Australia aged 18 and over [v] Ten Pound Poms. The University of Sussex at Brighton. Retrieved 16 March 2006 Scurvy, Seasickness and Scorpion Bites: Royal Navy Medical Journals Reveal the Perils Aboard 19th Century Convict Ships 2011-09-30T00:15:27Z scurvy-seasickness-and-scorpion-bites-royal-navy-medical-journals-reveal-the-perils-aboard-19th-century-convict-ships Sydney, Australia, 30 September 2011 – Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s largest online family history resource[i], today launched two new historical record collections which offer a peek into daily life aboard Australia-bound English convict ships. These collections are comprised of journals that were penned by ships’ medical officers, who were required to keep a record of all patients, treatments and outcomes during a sea voyage. UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1815-17 and UK Surgeon Superintendents’ Journals of Convict Ships, 1858-1867 include over 43,000 records depicting vivid and often gruesome details of ‘contemporary’ treatments and medical practices, as well as stories of life aboard convict ships, from the perils and prevalence of grog-related accidents to a simple chronicle of the daily routine on a 19th century sailing vessel. With approximately one in five Australians[ii] claiming convict history, more than four million Australians are descended from convicts and will likely have an ancestor included in the collections. Individual records list the names and ages of passengers, convicts and crew who were sick or may have come to the surgeons’ attention. A common inoculation technique documented in one record that would disturb patients today noted how convicts were vaccinated against cow pox. An incision was made in their arm and then a vaccination derived from cow-pox was inserted under their skin. The doctors would then wait and see what would happen. Other interesting stories that can be found in the collections include: The Woodman was a female only convict ship whose passenger list included an unmarried prisoner named Eliza Barry, who was transported to Sydney in 1823. Her name appeared in the medical records numerous times, with an initial entry noting she “had suffered much from seasickness after eating heartily of salt beef for dinner, imprudently drank a large draught of vinegar and cold water and was seized with violent torturing colic pain in her stomach.” It is unknown whether she knew she was pregnant at the time, however while on board she gave birth to a boy who the surgeon recorded was the largest he had ever seen. Effective punishments – An entry by James Hamilton, Surgeon Superintendent on board the convict ship Adamant found that “stopping their wine is a capital plan to make them pay attention to cleanliness and has more effect than putting them in irons, patients all better.” A treatment for a tarantula bite or scorpion sting includes pouring rum on the afflicted area. One surgeon hails the benefits of tobacco smoke on a man who had fallen overboard and nearly drowned. The man is admitted to hospital with pneumonia in a later journal. Brad Argent, Ancestry.com.au Content Director for Australia and New Zealand, comments: “These journals detail daily life on board these ships and paint a riveting picture of what the journey to Australia must have been like for convicts. These often gruesome accounts are a must read for anyone with a convict connection. The records are also valuable for those family history researchers who may have reached a dead end as they may include the missing link to passengers who did not recover and never made it to their destination.” For anyone interested in finding their ancestors or learning about life aboard the convict ships, visit www.Ancestry.com.au to begin searching. ENDS [i] comScore, 2010, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category [ii]The Australian Constitution Referendum Study, 1999 EARLY CONVICT BUTTS NOW ONLINE REVEAL ‘LICENSE TO PLAY’ FOR WELL PERFORMING PRISONERS – Ancestry.com.au 2011-01-20T22:00:00Z early-convict-butts-now-online-reveal-license-to-play-for-well-performing-prisoners-ancestry-com-au Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s number one family history website[i], today launched for the first time online more than 42,000 Australian convict NSW Tickets of Leave Butts, 1824-1867. This collection adds to Ancestry.com.au’s existing collection of more than 2.3 million convict records which will be available FREE to the public for 11 days beginning January 20 in honour of Australia Day. With more than four million[ii] Australians having descended from convicts, approximately one in five can claim convict history and will likely have an ancestor included in the collection. The NSW Tickets of Leave database includes Registers of Tickets of Leave, 1824-1827, which offers prisoner details in ledger format, and Ticket of Leave Butts, 1827-1867. The Butts were essentially copies of the ‘Tickets’ given to each convict and details the following information: prisoner’s number, name, ship arrived on, master of ship, year of arrival, native place, trade or calling, offence, place of trial, date of trial, sentence, year of birth, complexion, height, colour of hair, colour of eyes, general remarks, the district prisoner is allocated to, the Bench who recommended him and the date of issue of ticket. The ticket of leave system was introduced in 1801 by Governor King to reduce the financial burden of convicts and as a reward for good behaviour. Convict recipients were granted limited freedom to live and travel within defined areas, to work for their own benefit and to acquire property. They were considered a class above the other ‘full term’ convicts and often rose to positions of power and influence within the colony prior to the expiry of their sentence. James Tucker, an alleged author originally from Bristol, arrived in Sydney on the ship Midas in 1827 after being sentenced to life for writing a threatening letter to his cousin. Over the next 30 years, Tucker was granted five tickets of leave, four of which were revoked for various reasons including drunkenness, forgery and court absence. He had one reinstated in recognition of his efforts to put out a fire at the Royal Hotel. After receiving his last ticket of leave in 1853, James disappeared from the convict system. Ancestry.com.au’s extensive convict collection also includes records from the England and Wales Criminal Registers, the Convict Transportation Registers, Convict Muster Rolls, Convict Applications to Marry, Convict Death Registers, and a variety of other record sets documenting the trial, journey, working life, release and death of the majority of convicts transported. Convict records offer a unique peek into the window of early Australian history, providing researchers not only with invaluable information to paint a portrait of their ancestor, but also with clues to their ancestors’ place of birth and country of origin, allowing them to investigate earlier family history. Notable Australians who can proudly claim convict history include: Maggie Beer, Celebrity Chef and 2010 Senior Australian of the Year: Her 3xgreat-grandmother was a convict thief and her 3xgreat-grandfather a bigamist who was convicted after three simultaneous marriages. They met after both were transported to Australia.Tony Windsor, MP, Independent Federal Minister for New England’: His2xgreat-grandfather was transported to NSW on the ship Midas in 1827 (the same boat as the aforementioned James Tucker) after stealing wet bedding from a clothes line and eventually died in Darlinghurst Gaol after being convicted of horse stealing.Rod Marsh, Cricketer: His great-grandfather (by adoption) was transported to Australia after being charged with manslaughter following a late night brawl which resulted in a man being shot. Ancestry.com.au Content Director Brad Argent comments: “Australia Day is all about national pride and so is a great time to stop and think about the unique way in which our country was founded and by whom. “For those wanting to explore their early Australian heritage, like it or not, chances are that convict records will not only be the right place to start, but will also reveal colourful stories which will actually make you proud to be Australian.” To find out more about your family’s heritage, please visit: www.ancestry.com.au ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Jacquie Potter Christine Law Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3893 P: 02 8281 3256 M: +61 414 449070 M: +61 414 810 894 E: jacquie@howorth.com.au E: christine@howowrth.com.au ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than 930 million records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com.au was launched in May 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains six billion records. To date more than 20 million family trees have been created and 2 billion profiles and 45 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of 28 October 2010) The Ancestry global network of family history websites:www.ancestry.com in the US, www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.dein Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.frin France, www.ancestry.sein Sweden andwww.jiapu.com in China. [i] comScore, 2009, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category [ii] The Australian Constitution Referendum Study, 1999 KATE SET TO BE THE MOST POPULAR BABY NAME OF 2011 2010-12-02T23:40:00Z kate-set-to-be-the-most-popular-baby-name-of-2011 Research into 230 million birth and marriage records dating from 1837 reveals Royal wedding naming pattern Records reveal increase in babies named after new royals following royal weddingsPopularity of the name ‘Diana’ doubled the year she married Prince Charles in 1981Elizabeth and Victoria also increased in popularity the year of their marriages The popularity of the name Kate is set to soar next year ahead of the Royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William, according to new research. The findings from Ancestry.com.au, Australia’s number one family history website1, were collated by mapping the popularity of baby names in the year following royal weddings from more than 230 million birth and marriage records available on the site dating from 1837. The records show that the popularity of the name Diana doubled in popularity the year Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 compared to the previous year. The same trend can be observed when examining the number of Elizabeths born the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding in 1947, as well as her mother’s in 1923. There were an additional 846 Elizabeths born in 1923 compared with the previous year, and a further 124 born in 1947 compared to 1946. And the trend isn’t only true of the 20th century – the number of Victorias born increased by 35 per cent the year Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were wed in 1840. According to the latest data on baby names from the UK’s Office for National Statistics, the name count for babies with a derivative of the name ‘Kate’ totalled 2,466 in 2009. An increase in the popularity as seen with the name Diana the year of her wedding would make the name one of, if not the most popular name of 2011.2 Further details on the royal wedding naming pattern for the regal brides can be seen below: Wedding of Lady Diana and Charles, 1981 – Name Diana increased in popularity by 100 per cent in 1981 compared to 1980 Wedding of Elizabeth and Philip, 1947 –Name Elizabeth increased in popularity by 10 per cent in 1947 compared to 1946 Wedding of Elizabeth and Albert, 1923 – Name Elizabeth increased in popularity by 14 per cent in 1923 compared to 1922 Wedding of Beatrice and Henry, 1885 – Name Beatrice increased in popularity by 23 per cent in 1885 compared to 1884 Wedding of Victoria and Albert, 1840 – Name Victoria increased in popularity by 35 per cent in 1840 compared to 1839 Further study of the birth indexes reveals a similar influence on Britons’ choice of baby names inspired by royal baby births. For example, the names William and Harry rose in popularity throughout the nineties and early noughties following the births of the two princes3.Zara, Andrew, Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie are further examples of names chosen by the public after being given to a royal child4. Considered ‘core’ historical records by family history researchers, the 318 million records within the fully name-searchable Birth Marriage and Death Indexes are available at Ancestry.com.au and are of great significance to family historians both in Australia and internationally. Ancestry.com.au Partnership Development Manager, Brad Argent comments: “Birth, marriage and death records help millions of people in Australia and around the world in their genealogical journey and allow the unique observation of fascinating social trends, including this Royal naming pattern. “Many Australians will either feature or know someone listed in the England and Wales Birth Marriage and Death Indexes, making them a truly meaningful historical resource.” NOTE TO EDITORS 1. comScore, 2009, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category 2. Source ONS: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/glance/uk-snapshots.asp. The total females born with the name ‘Kate’ or derivatives in 2009 (‘Cate’, ‘Catherine’ (her real name), ‘Katie’ and ‘Katy’) totalled 2,466. An increase in popularity as seen with the name Diana (which doubled when she married) would see the name increase to 4,932 born in 2011. As the top three most popular females names of 2010 had a count of 5,201, 4,555 and 4,479 respectively, the name Kate would be pushed into the top three and potentially the most popular name of the year 3. The name Harry saw a 12-fold increase across the 16 years following Prince Harry’s birth. The name William doubled in popularity across the same period 4. In the years after the births of key royal family members, the following royal names increased in popularity – Zara (20 fold), Anne (7 fold), Andrew (2.5 fold), Beatrice (6 fold) and Eugenie (2 fold) ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Australia’s leading family history website, Ancestry.com.au contains more than 930 million records in its Australian and UK collections, including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Australian Convict Transportation Registers, Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com.au was launched in May 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains six billion records. To date more than 20 million family trees have been created and 2 billion profiles and 45 million photographs and stories uploaded.(Figures current as of 28 October 2010) The Ancestry global network of family history websites:www.ancestry.com in the US,www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.dein Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.frin France, www.ancestry.sein Sweden andwww.jiapu.com in China. ANCESTORS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE FOR AUSSIE KIDS 2010-10-25T21:02:00Z ancestors-bring-history-to-life-for-aussie-kids ANCESTORS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE FOR AUSSIE KIDS Ancestry.com.au’s new free online teaching resource, My Place in HistoryTM, brings family history to Australian classrooms **Embargoed until 00:01 for 26 October 2010** According to research released today by Ancestry.com.au, almost 60 per cent of Australians believe it is important for children to know about their family history in order to better understand who they are today, and why Australia is the way it is. Conducted by The Online Research Unit, more than half of Aussies surveyed also believe teachers have a major role in educating children about family history, with an overwhelming 74 per cent feeling the most effective learning method for their children is through first-hand experience. In addition, more thanhalf believe children who know about their ancestors will be better connected to their family, with 65 per cent of respondents agreeing it is important to ensure children understand who they are. To coincide with this research, Ancestry.com.au today announced the launch of My Place in History,a free web-based educational program for teachers. The program enables each student to delve into their heritage and learn first-hand about their family history, whilst also exploring the many economic, political and social circumstances that have impacted and shaped who we are today. Louise Zarmati, Doctoral Researcher, Deakin University, said the survey findings reflect a number of academic studies: "In educational fields we have long realised that first-hand experience gives the best learning outcomes. “It’s through new resources like My Place In History that teachers can bring family history into the classroom and create a unique and engaging learning experience for our children to understand their history alongside community history.” Building on the recent increase of interest in family history, students will be able to create family trees online, whilst learning about the key drivers of change within our society during the lives of their ancestors - wherever they came from - and how these changes have impacted their own identity, as well as that of their family and society more generally. “My Place In History brings history to life for students by putting the experiences of their ancestors in context with global history, personalities and events. This program is highly engaging and will see students eager to learn more about their past,” said Josh Dunn, Teacher, St. Matthews Catholic School, Mudgee. “My Place In History services as a fun, educational resource for students and it’s also an opportunity for teachers to upload and explore their family history too.” Debra Chesterton, Managing Director, Ancestry.com.au, said: “Ancestry.com.au has created an interesting and engaging online resource to help teachers, children and parents understand the various ways in which the world has changed, from one generation to the next. “What better way to make this relevant and meaningful to our children than by encouraging them to learn about our history through the lives of their own family. It’s a great project that starts in the classroom and one that the whole family can then do together.” The online teaching resource includes a step-by-step teaching program (including learning outcomes, lesson outlines, discussion topics, and cross curricula activities), questionnaires, and space to upload teachers’ own personal resources. The website also includes a tool for teachers and students to build their family tree and a range of interactive activities that are designed to make learning fun and engaging for students and teachers alike. The free program, designed by teachers for teachers, runs over three units and has been developed to neatly slot into each State’s individual teaching curriculum. The three units are: Unit 1: Change through History Students will learn about significant changes that have occurred over time in transport, communication, manufacturing, housing, leisure, food, technology, purchasing and medicine. Unit 2: My Society through History Students will develop an understanding of history as it applies to their community. The initial focus is on the school; the subsequent focus is on a section of a nearby community. Unit 3: My Family History Students will research and understand a minimum of two generations of their own family tree through the use of oral history and interactive resources. Teachers can register and get started by visiting: www.myplaceinhistory.com Through the creation of My Place in History, Ancestry.com.au is allowing people to discover, preserve and share their family history, as they believe that this is an activity whole family can enjoy doing together, regardless of their generation. ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Carla Dovgan Jacquie Potter Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3856 P: 02 8281 3893 M: +61 411 437 411 M: +61 414 449 070 E: carla@howorth.com.au E: jacquie@howorth.com.au ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Officially Australia’s leading website for family history resources, Ancestry.com.au contains more than 930 million records in its Australian and UK collections including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, the Australian Convict Transportation Registers, the Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com.au was launched in May 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains five billion records. To date more than 19 million family trees have been created and 1.9 billion names and 45 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of 30 September 2010) The Ancestry global network of family history websites:www.ancestry.com in the US,www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.dein Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.frin France, www.ancestry.sein Sweden andwww.jiapu.com in China. * comScore, 2009, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category **The Australians’ attitudes towards family history survey was commissioned by Ancestry.com.au in September 2010 and was conducted by The Online Research Unit (ORU) who polled a nationally representative sample of a 1000 people across Australia aged 18 and over. AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: ALCATRAZ PRISONER RECORDS NOW ONLINE 2010-10-21T04:17:00Z america-s-most-wanted-alcatraz-prisoner-records-now-online Renowned criminals Al Capone, George “Machine Gun Kelley” Barnes and “The Birdman from Alcatraz” records online McNeil Island records include photo ID cards of 3,500 inmates SYDNEY, Australia, 21 October, 2010 — Does every family really have a ‘black sheep’? If, like many Australians, you’re curious whether your ancestor is among those who did time for their crime, Ancestry.com.au has made available online a collection of nearly 75,000 records of prisoners from several of America’s most infamous penitentiaries, including Alcatraz, Leavenworth, McNeil Island and Atlanta. The prison record collection, US Penitentiary Records, 1875-1963, which adds to Ancestry.com.au’s international collection of criminal records, also includes photo ID cards of nearly 3,500 inmates who did time on McNeil Island. Analysis of the records reveal that Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Oklahoma top the list of worst behaved states, having sent the highest proportion of people to prison. Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island and New Hampshire were the best behaved, having sent the fewest. The records show that common offenses perpetrated by inmates included bank and postal robbery, which were most common in maximum-security facilities. Mail fraud, IRS law violations and counterfeiting topped offenses of those in medium-security facilities. Famous criminals who feature in the collection include: Al Capone — This notorious Prohibition-era Chicago gangster was among the first to be sentenced to Alcatraz after making life too cozy for himself in another penitentiary. The “Birdman of Alcatraz” — Robert Stroud, otherwise known as the “Birdman of Alcatraz,” was sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter in August 1909 at McNeil Island, was transferred to Leavenworth in 1912, and finally ended up in Alcatraz in 1942. Roy Gardner — Gardner, an infamous bank and train robber, escaped twice on his way to McNeil Island and later escaped McNeil Island in 1921. His mug shot and prison record from McNeil can be found in this collection. George “Machine Gun Kelley” Barnes — Barnes, a Prohibition-era robber and kidnapper, did time in both Leavenworth and Alcatraz. Ancestry.com.au Partnership Development Manager, Australia and New Zealand Brad Argent comments: “Prison and criminal records provide a unique opportunity for people to discover their family’s more colourful secrets, such as being related to Ned Kelly… or even Al Capone. “This unique collection allows individuals to uncover if they really do have an outlaw ancestor and offers insights into life behind bars in some of the world’s harshest prisons.” Those who search this collection of prison records can learn a wealth of information about the inmates such as conviction date, offense committed, alias, where the prisoner came from and much more. In fact, the record indexes from Leavenworth and Alcatraz will be available for free on Ancestry.com.au. ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Carla Dovgan Lauren Sewell Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3856 P: 02 8281 3804 M: +61 411 437 411 M: +61 457 605 706 E: carlad@howorth.com.au E: lauren@howorth.com.au ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Officially Australia’s leading website for family history resources, Ancestry.com.au contains more than 920 million records in its Australian and UK collections including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, the Australian Convict Transportation Registers, the Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com.au was launched in May 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains five billion records. To date more than 18 million family trees have been created and 1.8 billion names and 40 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of 30 June 2010) The Ancestry global network of family history websites:www.ancestry.com in the US,www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.dein Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.frin France, www.ancestry.sein Sweden andwww.jiapu.com in China. English Revoluntionaries Revealed in Online Archive 2010-10-13T02:32:00Z english-revoluntionaries-revealed-in-online-archive Earliest London Parish records in existence – eight million in total Records detail those alive during key events in England’s history, including the Civil War Revolutionaries Thomas Fairfax, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton detailed online Ancestry.com.au, in partnership with the City of London’s London Metropolitan Archives, today launched online for the first time eight million of London’s oldest surviving parish records, charting the history of the city from the 16th Century to modern times. The London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538 – 1812 contain vital records kept at more than 1,000 London parishes and include some of the few extant records of the English Civil War. Approximately 1.4 million records in the collection are of those who lived during the English Civil War, accounting for about 30 per cent of England’s population at the time1.Today there are more than 2.4million British immigrants in Australia with first generation British heritage2 who can now start exploring their revolutionary or royalist ancestors. Crucially, these records pre-date Civil Registration, the system introduced by the Government in 1837 to record the ‘vital’ events of its citizen’s lives, including births, marriages and deaths. The only way to trace one of these key events before the 19th Century is to use parish registers. The English Civil War was a series of armed conflicts and political manoeuvrings between King Charles I and the English Parliament, fuelled by Charles’ unpopular religious reforms in England and Scotland and disregard for Parliament’s financial muscle. During the mid-17th Century, Parliament was the Crown’s only means to collect taxes and without it the King struggled for funds. When Charles I called on Parliament to raise funds to suppress rebellious Scots in 1640, the Parliamentarians tried to use their financial influence to force through political reform and increase their own power. Charles refused, leading to war in 1642. Eventually the Royalists were defeated by the Parliamentarians, but a few radicals still feared Charles could return to the throne. This led the powerful parliamentarian New Model Army, under the command of Colonel Thomas Pride, to arrest all MPs who were sympathetic to the king. A Rump Parliament was established and Charles I was executed for treason. The commissioner at the trial, Oliver Cromwell, became Lord Protector of England. Numerous prominent names from the Civil War feature in the collection, including: Thomas Fairfax – Fairfax was a parliamentary general and commander-in-chief of the New Model Army, which was instrumental in numerous victories against the Royalists. Unlike Cromwell, he refused to condemn Charles I to death as he was more moderate in his political and religious views. His marriage to Anne Vere in Hackney on June 17, 1637 features in the collectionOliver Cromwell – Cromwell served as a commander in the New Model Army and later supported the trial of Charles I, even signing his death warrant. He became Protector of England until his death in 1658. Cromwell’s marriage to Elizabeth Bourchier on August 13, 1620 is listed in the St Giles Cripplegate Parish Registers Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford– Considered as one of the most prominent figures in the period leading up to the Civil War, Wentworth supported King Charles I and became one of his leading advisors. However, the King never fully trusted him and accused Wentworth of treasonously advising him, which eventually led to his beheading on Tower Hill. His baptism can be found in the 1593 St Dunstan in The West Parish Registers Other famous and notable names that feature in the collection include William Blake, Charles Dickens, John Milton, Robert Peel and Samuel Pepys. [Record images available upon request]. The majority of the parish registers date back to 1538 when Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s Vicar General, issued an order that each parish was to keep a register of each baptism, marriage and burial performed there, however the collection also features a few much earlier records. One of the transcripts that is included within the collection is dated 1274. Ancestry.com.au Partnership Development Manager, Australia and New Zealand Brad Argent comments: “These records detail the existence of those living through the fascinating period of the English Civil War. The conflict instilled Parliament with genuine power for the first time, while its factions developed into what can now be seen as the beginnings of modern politics. “Australia is fortunate in that it has never experienced civil war but as so many Australians have UK ancestry, it is possible that we may nevertheless have revolutionary – or royalist – forebears.” The launch of the early parish records marks the completion of the London parish registers, which began in September 2009 with the launch of the ‘modern’ records dating from the early 19th Century to the 1980s. A total of 18 million parish records are now online, dating from 1538 to 1980. ENDS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS: Carla Dovgan Lauren Sewell Howorth Howorth P: 02 8281 3856 P: 02 8281 3804 M: +61 411 437 411 M: +61 457 605 706 E: carlad@howorth.com.au E: lauren@howorth.com.au 1. The English Civil War took place between 1642 and 1651; however the people who lived through the conflict could appear in the collection either before or after these dates in baptism, marriage or burial records. There are 1,425,878 (million records) spanning the length of a ‘lifetime’ (75 years) between 1600 and 1675. 160,000 of these are dated specifically between 1642 and 1651. 2. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Australia – ancestry by counting birth of parents for time series ABOUT ANCESTRY.COM.AU Officially Australia’s leading website for family history resources, Ancestry.com.au contains more than 920 million records in its Australian and UK collections including the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, the Australian Convict Transportation Registers, the Australian Free Settlers, Australian Electoral Rolls, New South Wales SANDS Directories, as well as the most complete online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses and the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. Ancestry.com.au was launched in May 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains five billion records. To date more than 18 million family trees have been created and 1.8 billion names and 40 million photographs and stories uploaded.(Figures current as of 30 June 2010) The Ancestry global network of family history websites:www.ancestry.com in the US,www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.dein Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.frin France, www.ancestry.sein Sweden andwww.jiapu.com in China. ABOUT LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority record office in the United Kingdom. It manages and provides public access to 80KM of archives, photographs, plans, audio-visual and printed material dating from 1067 to the present day - an enormous amount of information about the capital and its people. Owned and provided by the City of London Corporation, LMA is the premier destination for family historians tracing their roots in the London area and for learning about any aspect of the capital’s past.