Branch out into fam­ily his­tory with top tips

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

TAKE a leaf out of Ray Smith’s book and grow your fam­ily tree.

The lo­cal his­to­rian from Wil­let­ton will host a free work­shop on July 24 at Wood­loes Mu­seum in Can­ning­ton with tips on how to trace your fam­ily his­tory.

Mr Smith has re­searched and built his fam­ily tree, en­com­pass­ing three branches and more than 14,000 leaves.

He will as­sist par­tic­i­pants in com­pil­ing their own fam­ily tree and pro­vide ad­vice on where they can ob­tain sup­port.

Can­ning Mayor Paul Ng said the work­shop demon­strated the im­por­tance of fam­ily his­tory and lo­cal her­itage and how it can con­trib­ute to the qual­ity of life and cul­tural iden­tity within the com­mu­nity.

“Re­flect­ing on and pre­serv­ing our her­itage gives each in­di­vid­ual in our com­mu­nity a sense of place, iden­tity and be­long­ing,” he said. “It can be an im­por­tant source of class­room learn­ing for the ben­e­fit of cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“The City’s li­braries hold a valu­able Lo­cal His­tory Col­lec­tion, which pro­vides a great re­source for the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the young, the old, the stu­dent, and the in­quir­ing mind.”

The How to Start your Fam­ily His­tory work­shop on Wednesday is from 10am at Wood­loes Mu­seum, 39 Wood­loes Street, Can­ning­ton. There is no cost in­volved and all are welcome to at­tend.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Lo­cal his­to­rian Ray Smith will give tips on re­search­ing your fam­ily tree.­mu­ni­ d494494

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