Media release: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Brisbane next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportunity to pick the brains of experts on the subject.
The annual event is a great drawcard for both experienced and novice researchers, with experts from a range of institutions on hand to share their knowledge. The National Archives is encouraging people to visit and learn more about what they can discover about their own family in various collections.
'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the National Archives' collection – and what is available elsewhere,' said Queensland Director of the National Archives Greg Cope.
'In our collection they might find family service records, photographs, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records and even letters which help to build a picture of their family's past. The search is even easier now, as many of these documents are available online.'
Visitors can attend tours of the repository at Cannon Hill, as well as seminars highlighting the resources available to help with family research. Speakers from the National Archives, the Queensland State Archives, the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Family History Society and the Genealogical Society of Queensland will share their knowledge and be available to answer questions.
A webcast from the National Archives in Canberra, sponsored by MyHeritage.com will help people discover their family's migration records.
Showbags and refreshments are available all. Entry is free but bookings for events are required. Programs and booking details are available at naa.gov.au.
Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the National Archives of Australia, 16 Corporate Drive, Cannon Hill on Tuesday 16 April from 9.30 to 4pm.