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 meets to support those 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.   It's facilitated by volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences; everyone is welcome, whether you are a potential FTM user, new user or a long term user.

The focus of the group is 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. 

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.

You'll find details of upcoming meetings here


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.  Attending meetings is an excellent way to keep up with new releases of information and to get research tips from others.

 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.

 You'll find details of upcoming meetings here

 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 is 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..

As this software is no longer being developed and supported, our TMG group can assist you in deciding whether you should move your data across to a different program, as many of its members are currently making this decision.

You'll find details of upcoming meetings here


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 here.


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.  Meetings 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.

 You'll find details of upcoming meetings here



DNA Research Group

Our DNA Research Group was established in 2015 and plans to meet about four times per year.  The group is aimed at those who have already had a DNA test done (or are about to do so) and are looking for what to do next’ with their results.  We expect members to contribute their own issues to help form the agenda of each meeting. Given this, some pre-knowledge of basic DNA concepts is presumed.   However, those new to DNA are always welcome to come along and to learn what it is all about. .

The group has established a blog, which is consolidating various information sources that others might find useful.  If you wish to subscribe to the blog please contact the group co-ordinator Veronica Williams, via private message on Wikitree @

You'll find details of upcoming meetings here


 Legacy Users Group

The Legacy Users’ Group is organised by volunteers who use ‘Legacy Family Tree’ and are prepared to share their knowledge and experiences.  Everyone is welcome, whether you are a new or long term user of Legacy Family Tree. Even If you are just considering using Legacy Family Tree software you are welcome to come along.

The focus of the group is to give support to members using Legacy Family Tree software to enter and store our family research.

At meetings there are presentations on techniques, tips,and hints; all members of the group are encouraged to contribute information which could help others. Time is dedicated to beginner’s issues at the beginning of every meeting, and any questions on installation are also answered.

Also we encourage discussions and time is dedicated to any questions you may have. These sessions are typically very interactive and it is an advantage to bring along a laptop to follow along with the presentation. More information on the software is available here 

You'll find details of upcoming meetings here