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 in Canberra and all capital cities 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 Canberra launch by cookbook author Margaret Fulton 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 is available for purchase on the day.
In Canberra, expert historians will be on hand to help users search the Archives' collection. Visitors will have free access to over 8 million records at Ancestry.com.au, and access to national and ACT cultural heritage institutions including the Australian War Memorial, AIATSIS and the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra.
Other events include seminars, practical conservation sessions, exhibitions tours, and entertainment from the Archives choir 'Archivally Sound'.
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 in Parkes, on the corner of Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue.
Further information is available on the National Archives website.