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' North Melbourne 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.”
Caring for precious family objects is another focus of the day, with the launch by actor and historian Alice Garner of the Archives' latest book Keeping Family Treasures. This book offers helpful preservation advice and touching family stories from well- and lesser-known Australians, and will be available for purchase on the day.
Visitors may search the collection aided by our expert staff, consult family historians from both the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies and the Genealogical Society of Victoria and will have access to Victorian cultural heritage institutions including Public Record Office Victoria, the Immigration Museum and the State Library of Victoria. They will also have free access to over 8 million records through Ancestry.com.au.
Other events include seminars, practical conservation sessions, building tours, and lessons in using the Archives' online resources.
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 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne.
Further information is available on the National Archives website.