Research Groups

Our Research Groups

Groups of members meet on a regular basis in the following areas of interest :

For details of the forthcoming dates and topics of meetings see the Education Calendar.  You should book a place in any Research Group meeting you'd like to attend and can can pay online or by phone. Non-members are always welcome.

Family Tree Maker Users Group

The FTM User Group is a group of people who use 'Family Tree Maker' software to organize their genealogical research.  There is no direct or commercial connection between the FTM UG or members to, the owners of the Family Tree Maker program.  See for details on the program.

The FTM is facilitated by volunteers who use Family Tree Maker and are prepared to share their knowledge and experiences.  All interested parties are welcome; potential users, new users and long term users of Family Tree Maker.

The focus of the group is supporting each other to use FTM to record individual family histories.  The group is not about genealogical research -we focus on getting data into and out of FTM in support of our individual research efforts. 

  • At meetings there are presentations on techniques, tips, hints and experiences in using the many and varied features of the program.
  • On our hub members can post questions, seek answers, make suggestions and obtain support.

At our meetings:  presentations are made, discussions led, and time is dedicated to Q&A.  These sessions are typically very interactive; questions can be asked and the facilitator or group can offer answers and suggestions.  The focus is the current version of the software; however users of older versions are welcomed and encouraged; every effort is made to answer questions within the context of the version to which the query relates.  See the SAG Calendar of Events for details of upcoming meetings.

On our hub you can post questions for the wider group to offer answers, suggestions and support or simply read the posts of others.  Previous Q&As on various topics can be searched.  You can join by completing our form.


English Research Group

The English Research Group (which was formerly the London & Home Counties Interest Group) includes all counties of England and Wales.

The Group meets four times a year and talks focus on a wide variety of subjects relating to family history research, and interaction within the meeting is very much encouraged as we can all learn from others’ comments. Additional presentations relating to English research are also included during the year so please refer to the Event Calendar.

 If you would be prepared to give a talk about your research at a Group meeting please contact the Group Coordinator Pauline Kettle through the Society.


 The Master Genealogist Sydney User Group

The Master Genealogist (or TMG) is one of the most advanced and versatile genealogy software on the market today. It allows family historians to fully customise data, reports and charts to suit their own requirements. It is very flexible and powerful, and used by professional genealogists and beginners alike.

The aim of the TMG Sydney User Group is to allow members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for using TMG and related programs in their family history.

Group members have different levels of experience with TMG, from many years through to complete novices.

The group also runs a mailing list and website at where questions can be asked and answered and external meetings organized. To join this mailing list please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


New Zealand Research Group

This group meets twice a year to assist members who are tracing their New Zealand ancestry.  Details of its meetings can be found on our regular Education Calendar.


Writing Discussion Group

This group formed late in 2013 and meets on a regular basis at Richmond Villa, usually on the second Thursday morning of each month.  Each meeting consists of a presentation, show & tell, and an open forum for questions and comments.

This is a support/self-help group, not one for expert writers (although we do have a few published authors in our ranks). Our aim is to encourage members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for writing their family and local histories.