The following publications, information and forms are provided to you as a guide to help you get started.

The MHP book ‘Every Story Count Recording Migration History’, was developed by the MHP specifically as a practical guide to your research.

Every Story Counts can be purchased by downloading the order form below.

In addition to Every Story Counts examples of a number of forms and two further publications are available for you to download to help you prepare to begin your research.

Every Story Counts

Recording Migration Heritage
 – A Wollongong Case Study Every Story Counts encourages the recording of experiences and local knowledge of post-Second World War migration and settlement. Every Story Counts is not only for the people of the Illawarra but for all Australians; for clubs, historical societies, museums, family historians and for all people researching and…

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Getting Started

Recording and documenting history, whether your own or a community, takes many resources. To begin with, it is best if you have a computer, printer, scanner and digital camera. Current trends and practices are making collecting information almost totally electronic. Digital cameras allow the photographing of objects to occur instantaneously and the computer is an…

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Useful Links

Tracing your family history is a long and involving process and can take years to complete.  It can add up to be costly after you purchase subscriptions, pay for copies of records, write to overseas repositories, printing and scanning, but however long or costly it is, it is worthwhile. Below are some useful links that…

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Documenting Migration History

This information was compiled from a workshop for multicultural communities at the National Library in Canberra in June 2004. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the National Archives of Australia as part of the Library’s Multicultural Documentary Heritage Project.  Collecting, preserving and conserving is what it is all about, and there are professional organisations…

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Significance 2.0

Significance is a guide to help you assess the significance of the heritage objects and collections in your care. It takes you through a simple significance assessment process that equips you to make sound judgements and good decisions about conserving, interpreting and managing objects and collections, now and into the future. It is a guide…

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Permission to Use Form

This example allows you to develop a form to seek consent to use material gathered during your research from individuals or representatives from organisations who may provide you with their personal stories, documents and photographs.

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Object Description Form

When recording details about an object certain information should be recorded. This form is an example of how a completed object description may look.

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Photograph Descriptions Form

When recording details about a Photograph certain information should be recorded. This form is an example of how a completed Photograph description may look.

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Caring for Your Belongings Guide

A basic guide in how to handle, store, display and clean your memorabilia items such as objects, documents, photographs and textiles. The resource references listed at the end offer conservation advice and products and will be able to provide you with more specific information.

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Personal Detail Description Form

When embarking on interviewing people about their personal history a good starting point is to complete a form that provides you with their personal details such as date of birth and other similar information. This form provides an example of what information may need to be collected.

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More information on methods of collecting information and much more is available in the MHP Publication, ‘Every Story Counts, recording Migration History’. Order a copy now by downloading an order form.

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