Do you know where you come from?
The stories behind Wagga residents’ ancestors are being dug up in August, amid Family History month
The Wagga District Family History Society vice-president Rob Walker said investigating genealogy was not only about discovering a country of origin.
He said it was also interesting to find out what was happening in Wagga, Australia and the world at the time of an ancestor’s arrival in the district, state or country.
As part of the month-long celebration, Wagga’s society – located at 24 Tarakan Avenue in Ashmont – announced it would be open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in August, in addition to its traditional opening hours in Monday and Wednesday.
“Everyone has their own story,” Mr Walker said.
“The hands-on aspect is obviously the interesting part.”
He said residents had been excited and shocked in the search for their past.
Mr Walker said some families had found relatives they were not aware of.
Wagga Mayor Greg Conkey said he and his family had a strong interest in their heritage, having travelled to the UK and contributed to a long-running documented family tree.
“I believe everyone should write a biography,” Mayor Conkey said. “In 100 years your own descendants will want to know all about you and your family’s history.”
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