Discovering family origins

Media release: Friday, 31 July 2015

National Family History Month, launched at the National Archives in Adelaide on Friday (31 July), provides a wealth of advice for Australians keen to discover their origins.

One of the major sponsors of the month-long celebration, the National Archives of Australia is a favourite research destination for those seeking to learn more about their family background.

'It's possible that the National Archives holds information on almost every family in Australia,' said Anne-McLean, Assistant Director-General, National Archives of Australia.

'Our vast collection contains immigration and naturalisation files, military service records, Indigenous history, passenger lists, ASIO dossiers and many other resources. To find records connected with your family, it's simply a matter of working out where your relatives had dealings with the government.

'Our latest offering for family historians is the description of repatriation files of World War I Anzacs. These records document the medical care, welfare services and pensions provided by the Repatriation Department – now known as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

'Many genealogists will also be aware of our Discovering Anzacs website which offers a unique profile of every Anzac who enlisted in World War I, linked to their service record.

It is the tenth year that the National Archives has hosted the launch of National Family History Month, organised by the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations.

'We're delighted to again be collaborating with the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations whose members well understand the heritage value of our collection,' said Anne McLean.

Keynote speaker at the launch, Michael Piggott, spoke on White Lies, Archival Truths and George Henry Charles Piggott. Events organised by the National Archives during the month can be found at its website naa.gov.au.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au

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