Prior to my last visit to Canberra in March I consulted the National Archives of Australia catalogue to see what files I could find for some of my indirect ancestors. One never knows what hints and information about one's direct ancestors are hidden in these files.
Unfortunately only few of the files I found were available to order in. Most had not yet been examined (to make sure they do not contain classified information?) so I made several applications for the files to be examined and made available for access.
|The Reading Room of The National Archives of Australia is calling me|
Over the course of the last week I have received several emails from The Archives that start "Thank you for your application for access to an item held by the National Archives of Australia. The following item has now been examined".
The messages continue with "If you wish to purchase a copy of this item, select the 'Item barcode' link above and then select the 'Request copy' link on the item details screen. Alternatively, please see How to purchase copies.
You may choose instead to view the item in the reading room where it is located. If so, please contact the National Reference Service at firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand and quote the item details above so that the necessary preparations can be made."
As I only live a few hours drive from Canberra I prefer to view and copy the documents myself than to have a copy made and sent to me. Seeing the original document is more satisfying than receiving a copy.
My next issue is that I must convince Mr GeniAus that we need to take a trip to Canbera soon.