Media release: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Perth 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 Western Australia Director of the National Archives Alan Ralph. 'In our collection they might find family service records, photographs, immigration and citizenship applications 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 take tours of the repository, as well as attend seminars on finding family records online at the National Archives, discovering digitised heritage material at the State Library of Western Australia and settlers' records in the state archives.
Speakers from the National Archives, the State Records Office of WA, the State Library of Western Australia, the Western Australian Genealogical Society and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society will share their knowledge and be available to answer questions. A webcast from the Canberra office, sponsored by MyHeritage.com, provides a practical introduction to the National Archives' new website Destination: Australia with more than 20,000 photographs of post-war migrants.
Showbags and refreshments are 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 National Archives of Australia, 384 Berwick Street, East Victoria Park on Tuesday 16 April from 9.30 to 4pm.