Media release: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Adelaide 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 Manager of the South Australian State Office, National Archives, Nick Gleghorn.
'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 seminars on searching the National Archives online database, finding passenger records in the National Archives and State Records of South Australia, immigration resources at the State Library of South Australia, and life in migrant hostels with Dr Karen Agutter from the University of Adelaide.
There will be pop-up stalls in Leigh Street where staff from the National Archives of Australia, State Records of South Australia, the State Library of South Australia and Adelaide City Archives will share their knowledge and answer questions. Showbags will be available all day.
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 South Australian Archives Centre, 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide on Tuesday 16 April from 10am to 4pm.