Thursday August 14, 2014
Local State Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, is encouraging the community to learn more about their heritage as part of National Family History Month.
Tanya Davies said anyone can kick start their family history search with a range of free resources available from NSW State Records.
“State Records NSW plays a crucial role in documenting significant moments in the lives of people and our community,” Tanya Davies said.
“We have the largest collection of records relating to the history of New South Wales and the lives of its people, with records dating back to the First Fleet,” said Geoff Hinchcliffe, Director, Western Sydney State Records Centre.
“Discovering family heritage can play an important part in determining a person’s sense of identity.”
Geoff Hinchcliffe said State Records have a number of records and services available through their website.
“The community can access a range of historical resources including immigration, land, court, school and Indigenous records, with many archives now accessible online,” said Geoff Hinchcliffe.
“Whether it is just accessing photos, researching a name or place, or starting to trace the family tree, I urge the community to use Family History Week as an opportunity to celebrate the legacy left by their ancestors.”
State Records Centre at Kingswood, the State’s largest repository, holds more than 500 kilometres of paper records including maps, plans, volumes and files. This includes around 70 kilometres of historic records.
State Records also has sites in Sydney and around NSW.
Events as part of National History Family History Month will be held throughout Australia. Visit www.familyhistorymonth.org.au for family history events in your local area.
For more information about State Records visit www.records.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9673 1788.