'Byte' into your family tree

Media release: Thursday, 8 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging Melbourne people to 'byte' into their family tree at the Victorian Archives Centre on Saturday 31 March. Special guests at the Shake Your Family Tree day will include a researcher from the popular SBS television program Who do you think you are? who will share tips on finding family information.

'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the Archives,' said Ross Gibbs, Director of the Melbourne office of the National Archives. 'This year we have teamed up with Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to help people delve into family records.

'Family historians might find family service records, photographs, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records and even letters in the National Archives, which help to build a picture of their past. The search is even easier now, as many of these documents are available online. PROV also holds a wealth of information on Victorian families.'

Shake Your Family Tree day will be held at the Victorian Archives Centre, which houses both the National Archives and PROV.

Special guest speaker will be Kirrilly Brentnall, researcher for the popular SBS televison program Who Do You Think You Are? She will talk about how research is conducted for the show as well as providing hints and tips for family research.

'Visitors will also be able to enjoy a range of free talks on where to find information on your family; family history exploration in the digital age and researching indigenous family members,' said Mr Gibbs.

'There will also be tours, preservation workshops and children's activities. Experts will be available during the day from the National Archives of Australia, PROV and other organisations that can provide tips on finding families.'

Entry is free but bookings for special events are required through the PROV website prov.vic.gov.au.

Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.

Contact information

  • Ali Webb (Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, Public Record Office Victoria)
    t (03) 9348 5709 m 0438 190 328 e alison.webb@prov.vic.gov.au
  • Ross Gibbs (Director, Victoria State Office)
    t (03) 9881 6816 m 0408 645 842 e ross.gibbs@naa.gov.au
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