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 our detailed Activity Program. For all meetings you should book a place in any Research Group meeting you'd like to attend. You can pay online or by phone for Research Group meetings when you book for any other advertised activity. Non-members are welcome.
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 Ancestry.com, the owners of the Family Tree Maker program. See www.familytreemaker.com 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 quarterly meetings there are presentations on techniques, tips, hints and experiences in using the many and varied features of the program.
- On our forum 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. Meetings are typically held 4 times per year - see the SAG Calendar of Events for details of upcoming meetings.
On our forum 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.
The English Research Group (which was 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 Society’s Activities 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 (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.
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.
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.
This group no longer meets regularly at the Society. The following websites may assist if your ancestors were born, married, died, lived or travelled through any of the following places: Aden, Afghanistan, Andamans, Burma, Cape of Good Hope, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Goa, India, Java, Macao, Malaysia/Straits Settlements, Malta, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Pondichery, Singapore, St Helena, Bencoolen, (Sumatra), Tibet, and Whampoa.
Families in British India Society, the UK based society devoted to India and surrounding areas. They are closely associated with the OIOC at the British Library. This site now includes Cathy Day's work previously on her own website.
Part of the British Library's Oriental and India Office Collection [OIOC] information.
The India Office Records at the British Library, part of the Asia Pacific and Africa Collection. Search over 300,000 records on line at http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/ .
The 'bible' for all regimental information and links
John Kendall's site which includes photos of headstones and other plaques with MI s from around India.
- http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~poyntz/India/maps.html#index and http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~poyntz/India/directories.html
Two pages hosted by Ian Poyntz - the first with old maps of India and an index to them to help you find the impossible place. The second URL is for a page of holdings of Thackers and other directories in libraries around the world, including Sydney.