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Sounds Historical

Ancestry’s Brad Argent recently caught up with Jim Sullivan from Radio New Zealand Sounds Historical.

Brad discusses his own family history, tips on getting started with your family tree & genealogy in general.

You can listen to the interview here - click on Sounds Historical Hour Two and Brad’s interview starts at 21 minutes in.

Pets on the 1911 UK Census

Today is National Dog Day!

The Glasspoole family included their dog Spot, their cat Tom and 11 white fowls on their 1911 England Census form.

Do you have a pet you consider part of the family?

Access the 1911 England & Wales Census FREE on Ancestry.com.au until 14 October 2013.

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Welcome to the August edition of the Ancestry.com.au family history podcast.

This month, Ancestry’s Brad Argent has answered the following questions from our Facebook page -

  • How can I get someone to translate Dutch information?
  • How can I confirm that I have the right person in an 1840’s marriage in NSW without buying certificates?
  • What are your top tips when searching for common names?
  • When are Australia’s census’ available?
  • I think my family might be Spanish but there’s nothing in the records to suggest this. Any ideas?
  • How can you get old photos dated?
  • When will you be adding German records?
  • Why can we not see the actual documents for the Australian BMDs on Ancestry?
  • Trying to find BMD info in NZ but not having any luck with the Registry’s site. Any tips?

Got a question for Brad? Simply post it on our Facebook page or use the Twitter hashtag #AskAncestryAU.

You can also download our podcast free from iTunes.

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Welcome to the July edition of the Ancestry.com.au podcast.

This month, Ancestry’s Brad Argent has answered the following questions from our Facebook page -

  • David and Erin are trying to trace New Zealand ancestors and want to know if Ancestry has any records. They also want to know where do they go from there?
  • Barbara and Daphne want to know what you do if you can’t find a birth certificate or any evidence of someone coming into Australia?
  • Helen is struggling to find ancestors who came to Australia towards the end of the 1800’s. Why are immigrants from this period so difficult to trace?
  • Jessica pointed out that some of the Electoral Rolls aren’t indexed which can make it challenging to find someone as you have to know the subdivisions/districts they were in first. But that’s going change, isn’t it?
  • Kathleen can’t find a marriage record in Sydney for the early 1850’s. Why?
  • Kerryn is trying to trace cousins in the UK from early 1900’s.  What does she do?
  • Leanne asks “Is there a way to find some one’s birth record if you don’t know their parents names?”
  • Melissa wants to know “What was the likelihood of women in their late 30’s or early 40’s having children in the 1800’s?”
  • Neve think’s there might be Indigenous connections in her family 5 or 6 generations back. Is there a way she can trace this?

Got a question for Brad? Simply post it on our Facebook page or use the Twitter hashtag #AskAncestryAU.

You can also download our podcast free from iTunes.

Our U.S. School Yearbooks collection is one of the most entertaining on the site. 
There are lots of famous faces in these yearbooks including this dashing young man, who is of course Brad Pitt.
He may now be one of the most famous men in the world, but here he was a 16 year old student at Kickapoo High School, Missouri in 1981.

Our U.S. School Yearbooks collection is one of the most entertaining on the site. 

There are lots of famous faces in these yearbooks including this dashing young man, who is of course Brad Pitt.

He may now be one of the most famous men in the world, but here he was a 16 year old student at Kickapoo High School, Missouri in 1981.

Brad Argent - Podcast 4
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Welcome to the June edition of the Ancestry.com.au podcast.

This month, Ancestry’s Brad Argent has answered your questions on Outward Passenger Lists, newspaper resources online, polish records, member connect, family trees and Tasmania convict records.

Got a question for Brad? Simply post it on our Facebook page, use the Twitter hashtag #AskAncestryAU or submit via Tumblr.

You can also download our podcast free from iTunes.

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Ancestry’s Brad has been working on researching the family history of Brisbane talk back radio host, Gary Clare. Last week Brad spoke with Gary to share his story on 4KQ.

Click on the link above to listen to a recording of the show.

Clip courtesy of 4KQ radio.

Brad Argent on Nightlife

Ancestry’s Brad Argent joined Tony Delroy on ABC’s Nightlife last week to talk about Great Gatsby family trees and the NSW Industrial School Registers, 1867-1925

Listen to Brad’s interview with Tony Delroy on the ABC Nightlife podcast website here.

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We hope you enjoyed our first family history podcast and thanks to everyone who submitted questions for our April edition.

This month, Ancestry’s Brad has answered your questions on convicts, immigration, Irish ancestry and more. 

Got a question for Brad? Simply post it on our Facebook page, use the Twitter hashtag #AskAncestryAU or submit via Tumblr.

150 years of the London Underground

This week marks 150 years of the London Underground. The first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway on 9th January 1863.

We found this old postcard of Piccadilly Station in our UK and Ireland Historical Postcards collection which is free to search online.

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