Media release: Monday, 26 March 2012
The National Archives is encouraging Sydney people to 'byte' into their family tree at its Chester Hill office on Saturday 31 March.
'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the Archives' collection,' said Michael Hoy, Director of the Sydney office of the National Archives.
'Family historians might find family service records, photographs, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records and even letters in the National Archives, which help to build a picture of their past. The search is even easier now, as many of these documents are available online.'
Shake Your Family Tree day will be held at the National Archives at 120 Miller Road, Chester Hill.
'Visitors will also be able to enjoy tours of the repository, displays, a range of free talks on where to find information on your family and help to explore family history in the digital age,' said Mr Hoy.
'Experts will be available during the day from the National Archives of Australia, State Records, New South Wales and family history societies who can provide tips on finding families.
'Seminars will include 'Chasing your military ancestors in NSW State Records'; 'Mapping our Anzacs for family historians'; '20th-century Australia in the audiovisual collection'; and 'Family history research with the National Archives'.
Entry is free but bookings for special events are required on (02) 9645 0102 or Sydney.Events@naa.gov.au.
Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the National Archives of Australia, 120 Miller Road, Chester Hill on Saturday 31 March.