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Memento : Issue 29
Your responses to our Memento readership survey in the January issue were heartening and insightful, providing us with much positive feedback and many suggestions for future directions. Some 1047 readers completed the survey – that represents about 16% of our total mailing list, and we thank everyone who took the time to respond. Most gratifying was the result that almost everyone (99.8%) found Memento ‘interesting’ and 82% of respondents said that Memento was ‘Directly relevant’ or ‘Relevant’ to their business, area of study or interests. Here are some interesting facts we gleaned from the survey. Who are our readers? 51% female 44% male 5% no response Age 4% are under 30 26% are aged 31–50 53% are aged 51–70 14% are over 70 3% no response Your business or organisation We asked how you would describe yourself or your business/organisation – here’s what you said: 20% genealogist 14% retiree 11% academic or professional researcher 8% archive or archivist 7% local or family history group 7% gallery or museum 6% library 5% recordkeeping professional or records manager 3% teacher 2% professional society 1% media organisation 1% student 15% other Reason you subscribe Slightly more than a quarter of respondents said they subscribe to Memento for personal reasons and slightly less than a quarter said they subscribe for professional reasons. A further 42% said they subscribe for both professional and personal reasons. How long you’ve subscribed 48% for over three years 20% for 2–3 years 12% for 1–2 years 5% for less than 1 year 15% are unsure Proportion read 54% of respondents said they read 80% or more of each issue, and 23% said they read between 60% and 80%. And the lucky winner is ... Congratulations to Jo Vallentine of Mt Lawley who won a show bag of Archives’ merchandise. Her name was drawn from a ballot of all who returned the completed survey. Memento survey results The National Archives recently launched a new service for those who migrated to Australia in the twentieth century. Making Australia Home is a personalised service that allows migrants and their descendants to access information about their family’s arrival and settlement in Australia. The documents that can be accessed include application forms, ship and airline passenger lists, entry permits, and accommodation and employment records. How does the service work? Archives’ staff respond to each individual request by undertaking a search of the Archives’ collection database RecordSearch and providing customers with advice on the availability of records. For a $25 fee, copies of documents can be mailed to them in a stylish and durable keepsake folder. The folder also contains information about other records in the Archives’ collection that may be helpful for further family history research. For an additional cost, it is possible to obtain high quality reproductions of photographs from the documents. To request an order form or to find out more about the Making Australia Home service, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1300 886 881. New family history kit 18 MEMENTO News from the National Archives