Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Sydney

Media release: Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives at Chester Hill 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 on Tuesday 16 April.

'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the National Archives' collection – and what is available elsewhere,' said New South Wales Director of the National Archives Cindy Dennis.

'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 a tour of the repository, as well as seminars on immigration and migration records, family history research, audiovisual preservation and child migration. A webcast from the Canberra office, sponsored by, provides a practical introduction to the National Archives new website Destination: Australia with more than 20,000 photographs of post-war migrants.

Experts will be on hand from the National Archives of Australia, State Records NSW, and family history societies to answer questions.  Showbags and refreshments are available all day.

Entry is free but bookings for events are required. Programs and booking details are available at

Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the National Archives of Australia, 120 Miller Road, Chester Hill on Tuesday 16 April from  9.30 to 4pm.

Contact information

  • Cindy Dennis (Director, State Office New South Wales)
    t 02 9645 0103 m 0418 769 509 e
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