Shake your family tree

Media release: Saturday, 15 March 2008

Visitors to the National Archives are often surprised and delighted to find information about themselves and their families in the collection. To encourage Australians to unearth these personal treasures, all Australians are invited to a national day of activities:

Wednesday 27 February, 10am – 4pm
National Archives offices around Australia

Shake your family tree activities will be held in every capital city and visitors will be shown how to go about finding records about themselves, their parents, grandparents and other relatives. The day includes talks, preservation workshops, demonstrations, introductory research training and there will be lots of take-home goodies. 

'These days more people are interested in finding out about their family background and we have a wealth of information that can help them do that,' said Ross Gibbs, Director-General of the National Archives. 'We've probably got something on nearly every family in Australia.'

With expert family historians on hand, some of the personal treasures visitors may find include valuable letters, photographs and other documents in service records, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records, copyright registrations and other government records. 

For more information on this national day of activities and to find out what's on in your state see public events. This event is proudly supported by SBS.

To coincide with this event we have also released a suite of pages for family historians.

Contact information

Canberra – Mel Harwood (02) 6212 6279 / Marg Wade (02) 6212 6245 or 0419 209 703 / Yvonne Kennedy (02) 6212 3755

Adelaide – Enid Woodley (08) 8409 8401

Brisbane – David Swift (07) 3249 4245 or 0403 851 234

Darwin – Phyllis Williams (08) 8985 0322

Hobart – Linda Jacobs (03) 6230 6113

Melbourne – Ross Latham (03) 9881 6816 or 0417 086 816

Perth – Alan Ralph (08) 9470 7510

Sydney – Fiona Burn (02) 9645 0141

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