Media release: Monday, 26 March 2012
The National Archives is encouraging Perth people to 'byte' into their family tree at its office at East Victoria Park on Saturday 31 March.
'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the Archives' collection,' said Alan Ralph, Director of the Perth office of the National Archives.
'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.'
Shake Your Family Tree day will be held at the National Archives at 384 Berwick Street, East Victoria Park.
'Visitors will also be able to take away showbags and enjoy displays, a range of free talks on where to find information on your family, and help to explore family history in the digital age,' said Mr Ralph.
'Experts will be available during the day from the National Archives of Australia, Western Australian Genealogical Society, State Records Office of Western Australia and the State Library of Western Australia – Family History who can all provide tips on finding families.
'Seminars will include 'Accessing your family records online'; 'Basic preservation techniques for preserving home archives'; 'Family History'; and 'Finding archival skeletons in the ancestral closet'.
Entry is free but bookings for special events are required on (08) 9470 7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the National Archives of Australia, 384 Berwick Street, East Victoria Park on Saturday 31 March.