|My great grandmother|
Work is continuing on the new National Family History Month (the URL will stay the same but it will look different) website and I am now happy with how events are added. It should save me a lot of time once people start adding their events after we launch the new site, hopefully very soon. I am pleased to say that the National Archives of Australia is again sponsoring the launch which will be in Perth this year. It is their 11th year of launch sponsorship and it is fantastic to see that ongoing support for family history.
Many people only ever go to the National Archives of Australia main website (the link above) but did you know they actually have lots of websites. From the Home page, select the Engage option and then Connect with us option. This is a quick route to all the other websites including:
- The arcHive website - this is where you can help the Archives to list some of their records that are not online yet. As a reward, you earn points towards Archives publications or copies of Archives files for your research.
- Australia's Prime Ministers - everything you ever wanted to know (or not)
- Banned - read about the secret history of Australian censorship
- Constitution Day - a blog about the Constitution
- Destination Australia: sharing our post war migrant stories - if you have someone who arrived after WW2 there are over 20,000 photos of migrants here plus lots of stories
- Discovering Anzacs - joint project with Archives New Zealand covering the Boer War and WW1. You can upload your photos and stories as well as see government records on soldier ancestors.
- Faces of Australia - this site features 227 images from the Archives' collection - help them to identify people, places and events
- Forced Adoptions History Project - learn about the history and experiences of forced adoptions in Australia. Includes information on accessing adoption records and support services.
- Mildenhall's Canberra - early Canberra photographs that you can comment on and pinpoint locations if you have any information
- Montevideo Maru - this Japanese ship was sunk in July 1942 by the USS Sturgeon not realising that it carried over 1,000 mostly Australian prisoners captured in Rabaul and who were being transferred to Hainan off southern China. A really tragic story and a great memorial to those soldiers.
- Paper Research - includes a history of papermaking, research on paper quality and a database of watermarks
- PhotoSearch - as the name suggests, browse, discover, map and share
- Soda - newly scanned records that you can view, share and get updates
- Uncommon Lives - the stories of famous and not so famous Australians as revealed in files held by the Archives
- Vrroom: Virtual Reading Room - resources for students and teachers on Australian history, civics, citizenship and more.