Media release: Friday, 19 March 2010
Australians are encouraged to discover the digital and preserve the original at the National Archives' annual 'Shake Your Family Tree' day, held at the Archives' Sydney office on Tuesday 23 February.
Director-General of the National Archives Ross Gibbs said, “Our open day is a fantastic opportunity for all Australians to unearth their family history. This year we're highlighting our online resources and encouraging our users to help us get more records online.”
Visitors may watch a demonstration of how to use the Archives' catalogue RecordSearch, take a repository tour, or attend a research seminar. They will also have free access to over 8 million records at Ancestry.com.au.
How to care for precious family objects - the theme of the Archives' latest book Keeping Family Treasures – is another focus. This book offers helpful preservation advice and touching family stories from well- and lesser-known Australians and is available for purchase on the day.
Defence service records, immigration and citizenship files, and war-time investigation documents are just some of the records the Archives holds containing information on Australian families.
The National Archives is located at 120 Miller Rd, Chester Hill.
Further information is available on the National Archives website.