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Australian Flag. Tom Huntley

Criminals and drunks: we're proud to call them family

IN AUSTRALIA we don't mind being related to people who are a little...different.   

Research reveals Australians are prouder of the 'dubious' relatives in their past than people in the United Kingdom, America, Canada, Germany and Sweeden.   

Ancestry's recent Global Family History Report found that we are more likely to be proud of an ancestor who was a thief, criminal, drunkard or even married their own cousin than any of the other countries surveyed.   

The appearance of a "black sheep" in the family, most commonly defined as someone who exhibits a lifestyle or belief system of which their family disapproved, is also more common in Australian families with 47% of people admitting their family had one.   

The types of ancestors most often found in an Aussie family tree include WWII veterans (50%), an immigrant from another country (48%) and WWI veterans (33%).  

This Australia Day long weekend, Ancestry is opening their archives for free to the public to find our their Australian story.

 


Ballina's Riding for the Disabled turns 40

Ballina's Riding for the Disabled turns 40

The organisation has helped hundreds of people over the years

Skate parks closed for much-needed maintenance

Skate parks closed for much-needed maintenance

The work will be finished in time for popular skateboarding comp

Night works begin on The Coast Rd

Night works begin on The Coast Rd

Two new roundabouts and an underpass are being built