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

  • The latest issue of Descent is out!  - look for some great upcoming events, including our two-day virtual 2015 Lost In event!  Our guide to booking events online is available here  

  • Looking for tips on tracing your family history? - download the latest version of the Australasian edition of the Fed FHS (UK) Really Useful Leaflet here.


Our Library Collection

Our library collection

Our library is located at 379 Kent Street. There you will find the most heavily-used of our world-class library collection which includes:

  • 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 (1858-1943)
  • cemetery transcriptions and burial registers
  • parish registers
  • English, Welsh,Scottish and some Irish (surviving) census records
  • Family Search (including the International Genealogical Index and Ancestral File
  • Online databases including the major commercial sites such as Ancestry, FindMyPast, Origins, The Genealogist, British Newspaper Archives, Discover (National Archives UK) and much more
  • Access to over 1200 electronic databases covering both Australian and overseas resources

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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.

Donations of books to the library

If you would like to donate a book to our collection please download the Library Donation Form available here and use our main mailing address of 120 Kent Street for delivery, as there is no postal service to the building in which our library is housed at 379 Kent Street.

Nick Vine Hall Bequest

Cataloguing of a major benefaction received from the late Nick Vine Hall is now complete.  A list of all items received is available here listed in catalogue order.  This summary list shows the main title and catalogue reference.  You can also use the main Library catalogue to obtain further details by selecting 'Nick Vine Hall Bequest' from the drop down Copy Type box on the first search screen.

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

Saturday, 10 October 10:30AM
Records of the English & Welsh Parish Chest
Tuesday, 13 October 08:00PM
Webinar - Tracing Your Cornish Ancestors
Thursday, 15 October 09:00AM
Free Library Tour
Friday, 16 October 10:30AM
Hands On Computers - Google and other search engines
Saturday, 17 October 10:30AM
Making the most out of a visit to State Records
Thursday, 22 October 10:30AM
Tour - Ralph's Walking Tour of Millers Point

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.