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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:51 am 
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Almost every Australian immigration record will be available online in the next few years as part of a project being launched at the National Archives in Canberra today.

The Archives has committed to making records for the 7 million people who immigrated to Australia searchable on the internet, in a project likely to take several years.

Archives director general Ross Gibbs says the resource, called Making Australia Home, should provide the tools for people wanting to map their family story.

"We get so many inquiries from overseas, the whole diaspora of Australians," he said.

"It's by far the most asked questions we get," he said.

"People want to know where did we come from, who am I and the inquiries just keep growing.

"People have all sorts of reasons. People have official reasons to identify who they are, particularly if they want to go back to country, but mostly it's personal stories."


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