Welcome to the Society of Australian Genealogists

The SAG has been helping people trace family history for over 80 years. Located in the Sydney CBD, we have a world-class library and manuscript collection, much of which is unique. We run an active programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tours, have a shop selling books,  charts and software and can give advice on all aspects of genealogy. We look forward to helping you uncover your family's history.

Latest News

  • Members who register for one of our webinars will now automatically receive the recording to that event - so you can listen to it again later, or catch up if you missed it live. 

  • Applications for the Certificate course are open from 1-29 Feb.  Apply online - more details here


Our Library Collection

Our library is located at 379 Kent Street. There you will find:

  • family histories and biographies
  • local & school histories
  • birth, death & marriage (BDM) indexes for all states of Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales and some other countries
  • shipping records
  • probate records for many states of Australia and for England and Wales
  • cemetery transcriptions and burial registers
  • parish registers
  • English, Welsh,Scottish and some Irish census records
  • Family Search (including the International Genealogical Index and Ancestral File
  • Access to the major commercial sites such as Ancestry, FindMyPast, The Genealogist, British Newspaper Archives, Discovery (National Archives UK) and much more
  • Access to over 1200 electronic databases covering both Australian and overseas resources

In the March and June 2007 issues of our quarterly journal Descent we published a two-part article on Finding Your Way Around the New SAG Library, which gives some helpful tips on how the collection is set out and how the library classification scheme works.  A copy of part one is available here and Part 2 is available here for download.

Manuscript & Image Collection

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PR 6-1247.2 Unidentified portrait of child

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PR 6-1254.2 Unidentified portrait

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PR 5-609 Percy Josephson & Ollie James, Tallong NSW, n.d.

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PR 5-2819 Oxford Hotel

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PR 02-000277 PARTRIDGE & DOG

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PR 05-000033 GEORGE EVANS 1864

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PR 05-000163 WEBB

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PR 05-006236 FLINN PARRA

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PR 06-000218.4 Unidentified woman Houison Collection

Check these Upcoming Events

Thursday, 11 February 10:30AM
Writing Discussion Group - Using Photobooks to Produce a Family History
Saturday, 13 February 09:00AM
Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?
Saturday, 13 February 10:30AM
Family Tree Maker User Group - AM Session
Saturday, 13 February 01:30PM
Family Tree Maker User Group - PM Session
Friday, 19 February 10:00AM
Hands On @379 - County of Cambridgeshire
Saturday, 20 February 10:30AM
Reunion for Mac Group

Access our Expertise

rv_meetingResearch Groups

Mix with experts in your particular field of interest with the range of research and computer user groups, which meet regularly at SAG - they might help you over that brick wall..

A problem shared is often a problem solved – let our volunteers, researchers and members help you.