Media release: Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Australians are encouraged to explore their family history when the National Archives hosts a Shake Your Family Tree day in each of its capital city offices on Wednesday 25 February, from 10am to 4pm.
With expert family historians on hand, people can learn about their grandparents, parents and other relatives, and possibly unearth personal treasures at this free event.
Some of the treasures visitors could find include letters, photographs and other documents in service records, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records, copyright registrations and other government records.
Director-General of the National Archives Ross Gibbs said, 'This annual open day is a great opportunity for new or experienced family researchers to learn about family history.
'People are often amazed to discover what we hold and that we've probably got something on most families in Australia. If members of your family migrated here in the 20th century, served in the defence forces, or worked for or had any other dealings with the Commonwealth Government, we're likely to have something to interest you.
'Once people know how to go about finding the relevant documents they can use our extensive website to research their own family story at their leisure.'
National Archives' offices around Australia will offer talks, demonstrations and introductory research training and preservation workshops on the day. Visitors will be able to view documents from the Archives collection, talk to reference staff about family history research, and learn how to use the online database. They will also be able to pick up a Shake Your Family Tree showbag.
For more information on this national day of activities and to find out what's on in your state see Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives.
To learn more about exploring your own family tree see our special web pages for family historians.