Senator Faulkner to launch family history day

Media release: Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Senator Faulkner, Special Minister of State and Minister responsible for the National Archives of Australia will officially open the National Archives Shake Your Family Tree Day at 10.00am on Wednesday 27 February.

Senator Faulkner said, 'The people of Australia are being encouraged to shake their family trees, with help from the National Archives. These days, Australians are becoming increasingly interested in finding out about their family backgrounds, and the National Archives of Australia has a wealth of information that can assist.'

To encourage Australians discover more about their parents, grandparents and other relatives, the National Archives is holding a 'Shake Your Family Tree' day in each of its capital city offices around the nation.

'People are always amazed to discover what we hold in the Archives,' said Ross Gibbs, National Archives Director-General. 'We hold records relating to many families in Australia in our collection and we have Commonwealth government records since Federation.'

'Many family historians find valuable letters, photographs and other documents in service records, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records, copyright registrations and other government records. The trick is to discover just where family members may have had contact with government departments,' said Mr Gibbs.

'Shake Your Family Tree' day activities in Canberra will show residents how to go about finding their own family's records. Visitors will be invited to pick up a 'Shake Your Family Tree' showbag and watch footage from the SBS family history program Who Do You Think You Are? Other activities will include talks, preservation workshops, demonstrations and introductory research training.

The National Archives website has more information on the event and for family historians.

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