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' Perth 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 can search the collection aided by expert historians, and access major WA cultural heritage and genealogical institutions such as the State Library of Western Australia and the WA Genealogical Society. Attendees 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 of the day. This book offers helpful preservation advice and touching family stories from well- and lesser-known Australians, and will be available for purchase. The preservation theme is also highlighted through seminars on caring for paper and digital family records presented by State Library of Western Australia senior conservators.
Other events include lectures, record displays, and repository tours.
Defence service records, immigration and citizenship files, and employment documents are just some of the records the Archives holds containing information on Australian families.
The National Archives is located at 384 Berwick St, East Victoria Park.
Further information is available on the National Archives website.