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Webinar recordings - Monday 05 December 2016 - Sunday 30 April 2017 09:00am - 10:00pm
Webinar recording: The Godly Commonwealth - Discover Scottish Church records

This is a recording of a webinar presented by Chris Paton, which was broadcast as part of Lost In England and Scotland in June 2016.

SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish until 30 April 2017. 

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Webinar recordings - Monday 05 December 2016 - Sunday 30 April 2017 09:30am - 10:00pm
Webinar Recording: Pre 1837 English parish register research

This is a recording of a webinar presented by Heather Garnsey, which was broadcast as part of the Lost In England and Scotland weekend in June 2016.

SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish until 30 April 2017. 

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Library Tour - Saturday 25 February 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
Free Library Tour

An overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Free, but bookings are essential

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Research/Software Group - Saturday 25 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
English Research Group - Food shopkeepers and shop workers of the 19th century

In addition to the traditional markets the retail outlets were fast developing in the major cities. Thousands were employed in the food retail area, but which area and what type of food did they sell and what was their life like? Uncovering some of these mysteries may well give us food for thought!

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Convenor: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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Lecture - Saturday 25 February 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
Sydney cemetery adventures

How many cemeteries do you think there are in Sydney? Over the course of 8 months Dr Lisa Murray visited 120 cemeteries and gravesites in order to compile her field guide to Sydney's cemeteries. Join Lisa as she shares some of her discoveries and top tips for visiting cemeteries. Along the way you'll learn how to 'read' a cemetery and hear about some of the resources available for cemetery research.

A permanent archive? Sydney’s quarantine inscriptions: Unlike most archives, Sydney’s former Quarantine Station displays an incredible array of genealogical resources at exactly the spot where they were created. From the 1830s until the 1980s, detainees carved messages into the North Head sandstone, leaving enduring traces of their origins, arrival, literacy and – sometimes – their mortality. In this presentation, Dr Peter Hobbins teases out some of these stories and their wider meanings.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenters: Dr Lisa Murray and Dr Peter Hobbins   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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External Tour - Wednesday 01 March 2017 10:00am - 01:00pm
Quarantine Station Tour

What was it like to be quarantined? Explore the history of the Quarantine Station, its historical buildings and stunning grounds. Hear the personal stories of passengers quarantined and the dedicated staff who lived and worked on site.

Location: Meet at Quarantine Station (more information here)

Bookings essential: $45 members, $55 non-members.  A discount of $6 is applcable for Seniors - enter the word Senior in the applicable field when booking to claim this discount.

Minimum group size of 15 is required.

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Webinar - Wednesday 08 March 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
What's online and how to locate records on State Archives' new website

Following on the success of the highly popular lecture on this topic, we now have a webinar to help you find your way around the NSW State Archives website.

Location: Your place!

Presenter: State Archives NSW   Bookings essential: $12 members only

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Research/Software Group - Thursday 09 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Writing Discussion Group - The "I"s of March

Irish, illiterate, insolvent, inebriated, illegitimate, incompetent, invisible - do any (or all) of these describe an ancestor of yours? Choose one of these adjectives, or another that starts with “I”, which “I”dentifies a person in your family history and will be of “I”nterest to the group. Write it up, edit it down to 3 minutes, and then share it with us this morning.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Convenor: Sue Stenning   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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Courses - Thursday 09 March 2017 - Thursday 06 April 2017 01:30pm - 12:30pm
Tips and skills for would-be presenters - 3 part course

Have you got a great story to tell or knowledge to share but dread the thought of standing up in front of others to share it? You will learn the tricks that accomplished presenters use and practice presenting to gain confidence. The course will cover how to prepare for a presentation, using Powerpoint, presentation style, interacting with an audience and preparing handouts. It will also include time for each participant to practice their skills in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

This is a 3 part course: Part 1: 9 March 1.30pm, 23 March 10.30am and 6 April 10.30am.

One fee of $30 covers all 3 parts.  Limit 10 people.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter: Danielle Lautrec & guests   Bookings essential: $30, Members only

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Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Legacy Software Group

Discover ways to maximise the benefits of this family history software program. Learn from others, share tips and ask questions.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Convenor: Beverley Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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Day Course - Thursday 16 March 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
Convicts Day

A full day exploring the history of the convict system, the records it created and research methods you can use to find out about your convict ancestors.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenters: Gail Davis (State Archives NSW), Kerry Farmer, Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

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Hands On Session - Friday 17 March 2017 10:00am - 01:00pm
Hands On @379 Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford

A Hands On Computers session highlighting selected online sources and other material available for Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, and where it can be found in the SAG Library. Includes an hour to consult featured records. Limit 14.

Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenters: Philippa Garnsey & Joan Healy   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

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Research/Software Group - Saturday 18 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
DNA Research Group

The DNA Research Group is an ideal forum for both beginners and the more experienced to share practical ways to work with test results.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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Webinar - Tuesday 21 March 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Jersey Archives (UK)

During the 19th century thousands of Jersey residents left the Island to start a new life in Australia. The Jersey Archive Online Catalogue is a great resource for research as it includes Occupation Registration Cards, Alien’s Immigration Cards, Hospital Registers, the Superintendent Registrar’s indexes for Births, Marriages and Deaths, Wills and Testaments and Undertakers’ records.

Location: Your place!

Presenter:Jersey Archives   Bookings essential: $12 members only

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Lecture - Thursday 23 March 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
Resources for researching Australian and NZ Jewish ancestry

Robyn Dryen, President of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society Inc. will provide hints and tips on resources for researching Jewish ancestry.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter: Robyn Dryen   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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Lecture - Saturday 25 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Geneagoogling

Learn from the GeniAus, former librarian and IT specialist, how to track down ancestors using Google search. Find out the tricks for effective searches.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter:Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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Webinar - Thursday 30 March 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
DNA Research, Key Concepts

The SAG DNA Research Group aims to focus on the analysis of DNA results with a practical approach. Since its inception in July 2015 a number of key concepts have been covered in Research Group Meetings.  This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective. It makes a good refresher for Research Group attendees and whilst not essential, new members will benefit from having undertaken this session prior to attending Research Group meetings.

Location: Your place!

Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

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Lecture - Thursday 30 March 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
Oral history for family historians

Historian Janis Wilton is an expert in oral history and local history, and she will be discussing why you should incorporate oral history in your family history and how to get started.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter: Janis Wilton   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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Webinar - Monday 03 April 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
London history and resources

The area known as London has changed over time, and unless this is well understood you can find yourself looking in the wrong place for information on your family. So this presentation starts with a potted history of the city. It then details the resources that are available online for London Research.

Location: Your place!

Presenter:Jenny Joyce   Bookings essential: $12 members only

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External Tour - Wednesday 05 April 2017 10:45am - 02:15pm
Elizabeth Farm & Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta

Join us for a guided tour of two of the earliest colonial buildings still standing – Elizabeth Farm and Hambledon Cottage. Limit 15.

Bookings close 4pm 28 March.

Location: meet at Elizabeth Farm (more information here)

Tour leader: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $25 members, $30 non-members

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Library Tour - Thursday 06 April 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
Free library tour

An overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Free, Members only but bookings are essential

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Hands On Session - Friday 07 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hands On @379 DNA AM Session

Join us for a Hands On Computers session at the library. This session is ONLY for people who have already had a DNA test done with the company Family Tree DNA, using the tools that are available on that website for analysing DNA test results. Limit 14.

Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter:Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

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Hands On Session - Friday 07 April 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
Hands On @379 DNA PM session

Join us for a Hands On Computers session at the library. This session is ONLY for people who have already had a DNA test done with the company Family Tree DNA, using the tools that are available on that website for analysing DNA test results. Limit 14.

Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter:Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

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Lecture - Saturday 08 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Putting your ancestors in their place

Post Office directories, telephone books and electoral rolls can be a great way to pinpoint where family members lived and worked.  Using NSW examples this session will explain what’s available, where to find them and how to make the most of these useful census substitutes.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Writing Discussion Group - Indexes

By popular demand we will be running a Back to Basics series in 2017 and our first talk will tell us how, when and why to include an index in the book you write.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter:Lilian Magill   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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Lecture - Thursday 20 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Colonial Secretary: The family historian's friend

The Colonial Secretary was one of the main NSW government officials in the 19th century. The office was the channel of communications between the Governor, other government officers and private settlers on a wide range of matters including requests for land, petitions to mitigate convicts’ sentences, naturalisation and everything in between. In this session you will learn how to search the Colonial Secretary’s correspondence and hopefully find written gems relating to your family.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter: Martyn Killion, State Archives NSW   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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Lecture - Thursday 27 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Preparing for a visit to State Archives NSW

If you are coming along to the reading room at the Western Sydney Records Centre Kingswood on 3 May you should attend this session. It will show you how to search our guides, finding aids and website, how to place pre-orders and make the most of your time at Kingswood.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Presenter: John Cann, State Archives NSW   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

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Research/Software Group - Saturday 29 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
DNA Research Group

The DNA Research Group is an ideal forum for both beginners and the more experienced to share practical ways to work with test results.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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DNA Advanced User Meetings - Saturday 29 April 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
DNA Advanced Users Meeting

This meeting is restricted to advanced DNA users who have already DNA tested and received their results, and who have attended at least one session of the DNA Users Group. Register your interest in attending this meeting through the online booking system before 17 April.

Places are limited to 15 attendees. No payment is required until your place is confirmed by the Convenors.

Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $22, Members only

External Tour - Wednesday 03 May 2017 08:00am - 04:00pm
Tour of State Archives NSW, Kingswood

Join the bus trip to State Archives’ Western Sydney Records Centre at Kingswood. Do some research in the reading room and bring your walking shoes to participate in the behind the scenes tour of the facility. The tour takes approximately one hour and involves stairs.

BYO lunch. You need a reader’s ticket and should pre-order up to four records one week ahead of the visit.  

Price includes bus transport to & from the archives. Pick up/drop off from 120 Kent Street or Strathfield train station. Notify the SAG office which pick up location you want.

Location: Bus leaves from Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

Tour leaders: Danielle Lautrec and State Archives staff   Bookings essential: $42, Members only

This event is included in this program so that you can book along with the preparation day on 27 April. More May events will be included in the next program.