Delve into your family history with a full day of activities presented by the National Archives and their state and territory partners on Tuesday 16 April 2013. Speak to experts, and hear personal stories from guest speakers.
This year’s Shake Your Family Tree focuses on immigration and the stories of the Australians that are descendants of migrants. Learn how to find records relating to your family’s story of arriving and settling in Australia. And don’t worry, if you can’t make it to one of the events across the country, then some sessions will be webcast, including a special panel about how migrants have shaped Australia, moderated by Karen Middleton, SBS journalist.
Events are being held in participating state offices. See individual programs for details and times below. Bookings are essential, as the events are free and are sure to be busy. Click here to book online for the Canberra event. Bookings for all other states please refer to the programs linked to below.
- Canberra – click here for the program
- Sydney – click here for the program. Includes sessions with experts from State Records NSW and the National Archives of Australia
- Melbourne – click here for the program. Includes sessions with experts from Public Record Office Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, Genealogical Society of Victoria, Find and Connect web resource project, Koorie Heritage Trust, and Immigration Museum
- Brisbane – click here for the program. Includes sessions with experts form Queensland State Archives, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Family History Society, and Genealogical Society of QLD
- Adelaide – click here for the program. Includes sessions with experts from National Archives of Australia, State Records SA, State Library SA, and Adelaide City Archives
- Perth – click here for the program. Includes sessions with experts from Western Australian Genealogical Society, State Records Office of WA, State Library of WA, and Royal Western Australian Historical Society
- Hobart – click here for the program. Includes sessions with experts from National Archives of Australia, LINC Tasmania Reference Services, and Tasmanian Family History Society
As mentioned above, on Tuesday 16 April some of the key sessions will be web cast and you can watch them online via the National Archives of Australia website either live, or catch up on them after the event.
Webcast session times:
10:00am to 10:45am – Seminar 3: Destination Australia
National Archives presents a practical introduction to its new website, Destination Australia. Discover photographs of your post-war migrant ancestors in the Archives’ collection, and share your stories.
11:30am to 12:15pm – Seminar 6: Record Matching – MyHeritage
Record Matching, a new technology created by MyHeritage, is designed to automatically find historical records for your family trees from its growing collection of billions of records. Find out more with MyHeritage.
1:15pm to 2:15pm – A diverse nation – lives and experiences of post-war migrants
A special panel session chaired by Karen Middleton, SBS journalist, sharing panel members’ experiences of making a new life.
3:15pm to 4:00pm – Seminar 11: Land of tomorrow
Discover your family’s migration records held by the National Archives, with Stewart Crawford.