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    • WELCOME TO THE READING ROOM  NO SMOKING 
    • Advanced Family History
      • …or what to do when you finally make the journey here
      • (don’t panic)
      FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918 1917 90 TH ANNIVERSARY JEREMY RICHTER READING ROOM MANAGER
    • Sergeant Dave Roberts MM 1285 WHAT YOU REALLY SHOULD HAVE: WHAT WE REALLY HOPE YOU HAVE:
      • service record
      • unit details
      • National Archives of Australia
      • www.naa.gov.au ‘Recordsearch’
      • name and service number
      IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT:
    • The Service Record WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
      • nothing saying where he served ‘I thought he served on Gallipoli’
      • Promotions, injuries, court martials and sick leave, but they don’t tell you much either…
      • This was supposed to tell me everything!!!
      • scribbles, scrawl and general mess
    • IT REALLY HELPS US IF YOU CAN DO THIS FIRST:
      • Translate the service timeline:
        • write out where he is; e.g. ship, place
        • write out when he is wounded, sick, promoted or moved between units
      • 2. Use the glossary online:
        • www.awm.gov.au/glossary
      • 3. Contact us if you are stuck:
        • www.awm.gov.au/request
        • (02) 6243 4315
    • Where did you fight in the war Dad?
      • THREE SIMPLE STEPS:
      • OFFICIAL HISTORY
        • Contains many of the units
        • Gives you perspective
        • Is available online, in libraries and here – of course
      • UNIT HISTORIES
        • Greater detail
        • More stories, often more interesting and relevant
        • Manuscripts (AWM224)
        • Troopship serials
        • Not one for every unit
        • Really, really, really expensive and rare
      • GET INTO THE RECORDS
        • Official & Private Records
        • Spend time researching and money on coffee
    • Records, records and more records GET READY BEFORE YOU GET HERE
        • LOOK FOR OFFICIAL RECORDS:
          • Use the NAA’s database ‘Record Search’
          • www.naa.gov.au
        • LOOK FOR PRIVATE RECORDS:
          • Use our Collections Database
          • www.awm.gov.au/database/collection.asp
        • LOOK FOR BOOKS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
          • Use First
          • www.awm.gov.au/firstopac/
        • MAKE SURE YOU DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME:
          • Check to see that the war diary you are looking for is not digitised
          • www.awm.gov.au /diaries/
        • CONTACT US
    • Official Versus Private Records OFFICIAL RECORDS
      • WHAT THEY ARE
        • Official Records are those created by government agencies or persons. The Memorial's Official Records collection includes records of the Australian armed forces during periods of war and peacekeeping.
        • www.awm.gov.au/research/guides/first.htm
      PRIVATE RECORDS
      • WHAT THEY ARE
        • Letters, diaries, postcards, memoirs, log books, scrap books, poems and personal accounts – just to name some of the things
      • WHAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR
        • Determining the ‘Official Account’ of what happened
        • Getting times and dates right
        • Creating the timeline and understanding what happened
      • WHAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR
        • Getting an idea of what it was like – colour history with a personal touch
        • Getting greater detail or conflicting accounts
        • Can be treated like or complement official records eg. Monash 3DRL/2316
    • What Official Records Will You Use?
      • AWM4 - Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-1918
        • The first primary source that should be consulted
        • Currently on microfilm (yuck!) but are currently being digitised
        • Can vary in quality e.g. 4 th Battalion is hopeless
      • ADVICE
      • IF THEY AREN’T MUCH CHOP SUPPLEMENT THEM
          • Records of other units
          • Higher units such as the Brigade, or even the Division
          • Private records
          • AWM25
          • Pick another unit and pretend he served in that one…
      • AWM25 - Written records, 1914-1918
        • Everything from general official correspondence to orders to Courts of Enquiry
        • Can be very useful but not always, not frequently used by family historians
        • Let us help you with them
      • AWM9 - Unit Roll Books, 1914-1918
        • Don’t really tell you much, however people like lists
      • AWM7 – Troopship Records, 1914-1918
        • Can be interesting and help fill in the gap between Australia and the Front
    • What else is there? I HAVE TALKED ABOUT A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE HERE ALL OF OUR DATABASES CAN BE FOUND VIA THIS WEB PAGE… www.awm.gov.au/database/index.asp
      • YOU CAN FIND OTHER THINGS LIKE:
        • Troopship serials
        • Unit association periodicals
        • Newspapers, personal accounts, magazines
      MOST IMPORTANT… CONTACT US! www.awm.gov.au/request (02) 6243 4315
    • THANK YOU AND GOODBYE! ANY LAST QUESTIONS? HAPPY RESEARCHING!!! www.awm.gov.au/request