Shellharbour City Libraries recently presented their Heritage festival event of 2014 called Tracing your war ancestors and Family History Resources at the Albion Park Community Centre next to the Library.
The event which included morning tea and lunch and only cost $5 included a talk by Senior Archivist Gail Davis on how to find your military ancestors in the NSW State Records. Amongst the many tips Gail offered, she suggested using Short Guide no 10: Professions and Occupations to find information about Military ancestors in the State Records and she also reminded us of less obvious sources such as Railway records and Divorce records and much more.
The State Library talked about how to find family history resources in our collections and also demonstrated our new World War one website which includes the diaries and letter collections of over 500 service men and women who served in the First World War. You can also login or register to upload your photo, letter or other mememto to add to a diarist’s story. The State Library has two WW1 exhibitions beginning soon that will showcase our collection of WW1 diaries and photos.
Wendy Nunan Family historian and author talked about researching and writing her book For the Love of Will. Wendy is incredibly lucky to have had a grandfather who kept diaires, letters, postcards and photos of his life. He was a keen photographer and his images and diaries of World War 1 have even been used by the Australian War memorial to identify people that were unknown to them such as the owner of a Chateux in France that sheltered Australian soldiers and to provide a photo of the ship H.M.A.T.S. Nestor leaving Australia.
Marisa O'Connor from Wollongong City Library demonstrated their WW1 project Illawarra Remembers. Local families have attended Scan & Share days and allowed their precious family stories, photos, documents and memorabilia to be digitised and made available on the world wide web for everybody to see.