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Learning about your Family History
Family history is quite often something given little input until the people who can give details are no longer with you. Such is the quest to find out what our origins are. It can be only one-generation back and information is already missing, lost or very vague. Toni Collette is pictured here with pictures of her grandfather. His name and details are unknown. Her family's search for answers is still in progress.
Actress Toni Collette on Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are? is an Australian television documentary reality series that seeks to open up the closed doors of family history. It is part of the international franchise and adaptation of the original BBC series of the same name, which airs on SBS One at 7.30pm on Tuesdays or it can be seen on SBS on Demand. Each episode profiles a celebrity tracing their family tree. The show in the current Australian series features Ray Martin, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Luke Nguyen, David Wenham, Dawn Fraser, Peter Rowsthorn and Greig Pickhaver. The uncovering of family mysteries can be quite an emotional journey. The stories are there of struggle, loss and hardship, some dating to convict settlement.
The producers of Who Do You Think You Are? are able to command a lot of resources and information gathering. Some of this is online, but much is still in archives and court and military records. Many people would greatly appreciate the resources of this show to do most of the leg work in tracking down their family history.
What is this search for family history really about?
A seeking of answers to questions not always known. Searching for family history and origins can be a quest to find one's place in the world, or in the larger historical picture. Or perhaps as a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations. Also a way of finding out stories from the past. Some even choose to write this history into a memoir or family history book. One of the best websites to start with as a lay person on the family history trail is Ancestry.com For those seeking more knowledge, there is a South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society. Check out their Facebook page here
For those wanting to find out more about Genealogy The State Library in Adelaide has a monthly information talk.
For those wanting to find out more about Genealogy The State Library in Adelaide has a monthly information talk. Genealogy is another word for family history. It is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family.
Family history can become a Pandora's box of questions and links to the past. Perhaps you have discovered this. Any other family history tips and sites for information can be posted at the end of this article.