New online resources help Indigenous people trace ancestors – NIT September 3, 2020

I saw this on National Indigenous Times (NIT) recently- New online resources help Indigenous people trace ancestors: The article is longer and includes several videos, but this gives you some good information.


In honour of Family History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) announced the launch of Finding Your Ancestors.

A series of introductory videos and virtual seminars, Finding Your Ancestors was created in collaboration with members of the NSW Aboriginal community and historians, Paul Irish and Michael Bennett. The resources aim to assist Aboriginal people in New South Wales with tracing their bloodlines to learn about their family and ancestors.

The resources were developed to address the concern that whilst there is a wealth of online information for non-Indigenous people to track their family history, there is little support and guidance for Aboriginal people.

La Perouse Elder Dr Shayne Williams features in the first video, speaking on the importance of family history research for Aboriginal people.

“I was really pleased to be a part of it because I have done a lot of historical research myself over the years with my mother and other senior women, and stuff on my own,” Dr Williams said.

“It can be a very empowering experience when you get to find out a lot more about your grandparents and great-grandparents in particular.


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