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' Brisbane 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 search the collection aided by experts, and have access to major Queensland cultural heritage and genealogical institutions including the State Library of Queensland, Queensland State Archives, Genealogical Society of Queensland, and the Queensland Family History Society. They also have free access to over 8 million records at Ancestry.com.au.
A range of seminars and behind-the-scenes tours are on offer.
The Archives' latest book, Keeping Family Treasures, will be available for purchase on the day. This book offers helpful preservation advice and touching family stories from well- and lesser-known Australians.
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 16 Corporate Drive, Cannon Hill.
Further information is available on the National Archives website.