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Advanced Family History

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

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