Webinars

The SAG now offers a series of webinars as part of its Activities Calendar.  These are a member-only service. Read about how SAG Webinars work.

SAG Webinars

The SAG offers a series of webinars as part of its Education Calendar.  These are a member-only service.

What is a webinar?

A webinar is an online presentation you watch over the internet from your own home computer, tablet or mobile device. 

How to Join In

To participate in a webinar, you register with us just as you would for any other event - through our online Event Registration system.  Where fees apply, you can book a place and ring within 7 days with your payment if you prefer not to have your credit card details processed online.   If you book this way the SAG will send the webinar link to you manually by email. 

It is much easier if you book and pay online - that way you'll get the webinar link sent to you straight away.  Be sure to get your email address right (you are asked to enter it twice to be sure) as this is how you will receive notifications about the webinar.  You'll receive an automated reminder 1 day and 1 hour before the webinar starts - sent to the email address you nominated. 

You then click on this link about five minutes before the scheduled starting time to enter the 'waiting room' for the webinar. 

The first time you join webinar (or use a new PC) a small program will be downloaded to your computer from Citrix - the providers of the GoToWebinar software.  This is just like downloading Adobe Acrobat or Java and ill allow you to see the webinar and participate in it.

 

Will it work on my computer?

If you are uncertain if your PC will allow you to participate, you can use this helpful test link (copy and paste it into your browser or right click to open the hyperlink)

http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US/Webinar/help_files/G2W060001?title=Test+your+Connection+%28Before+your+Session%29%7D

 
If you have a Mac system you will find more information here about the sytem requirements you need - http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US/Webinar/knowledge_articles/000218911?title=QuickHELP+for+MAC+Attendees    Some of our members who use Mac have found it a bit more of a learning curve, but most of these are now webinar regulars. 

 

Can I watch it on a mobile device?

Yes -you can watch a webinar on your iPad, tablet or phone but you'll need to download the free App first

Apple Store

Google Play

 

How does a webinar work?

You need to listen to the webinar at the scheduled time - you cannot download or record it.  Sorry, but if you register for a webinar where a fee is charged and then forget to log in at the scheduled time, no refund will be given - just as would apply if you forget to turn up to a Saturday lecture you'd booked at Richmond Villa.

Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can hear the presentation.  In some webinars the presenter will invite questions from the audience - if you'd like to participate in any Q&A by speaking to the presenter you'll need to have a headset (preferably with a USB connection rather than audio plugs) with microphone plugged in.   If you don't want to do that we'll show you how you can type your questions during the session and we'll ask them on your behalf during the Q&A.

When the webinar begins you'll see whatever the presenter has on their own computer screen - so this might be a Powerpoint slideshow, a live internet presentation, photographs or a specific software program.  They'll be presenting this to you live - just as they would if you were physically all together in our seminar room. 

Why Webinars?

The great advantage of webinars is that we can offer them on any day of the week and in the evenings, and you don't have to travel into the Sydney CBD to participate.  They're especially good for country members or those who find travel into the city a challenge. 'Time poor' members will also benefit as these sessions will last about an hour and should help you fit at least some family history into a busy professional schedule, family commitments and all the other factors that get in the way of your genealogy!

About ten minutes before a webinar starts we run a 'warm up' session which is a great opportunity to check your speaker volume, learn how to 'put up your hand to ask a question' and get yourself settled - ready to sit back, relax, learn and enjoy.   We also use this opportunity to tell you about upcoming webinars.  

 

Handouts

Some presenters provide handouts for their webinars.  If there is one we'll put up the link during the warm-up session so you can download the handout before the session starts if you wish.  You'll also get an automated  'thank you' email an hour after the session finishes and the handout link will be repeated in that for you. . 

Recorded Webinars

We've also now introduced a range of recorded webinars which will give you the opportunity to view ones you might have missed.  Some are free, others are offered to members at the same rate as the live webinars - book your place in the usual way through the online event registration system and you'll be given the link straight away - with the recorded webinars you get to choose when you watch it - each one will be available for around 3 months. 

If you are using a Mac system you may find that some of the earlier recorded webinars we did will not run on your system, or on an iPad.  The software provider has now updated their systems and this should not be a problem with more recent ones we have recorded.

We look forward to seeing you in one of our webinars! 

 

Webinar - Surrey parish registers & other records

Wednesday 19 August

Location: Your Place!  

Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm (AEST)
 
(A 'warm-up for the webinar will commence at 7.50pm.  If this is your first webinar or you'd like to check your connection we encourage you to log in at 7.50 pm for an informal check-in prior to the start of the webinar at 8pm). 
Do you have Surrey ancestry?  The Surrey History Centre has a walth of historical sourfces dating as far back as the 12th century.  Find out abut the range of records avaialble to maximise your search efforts on Ancestry and FindMyPast.

Presenter - Jane Lewis,  Surrey History Centre (UK)

$10.00 Bookings essential. SAG members only.

See Read More: SAG webinars for more information on what a webinar is and how to participate.

Webinar - DNA - Just the Basics

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Location: Your Place!  

Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm.
 
(A 'warm-up for the webinar will commence at 7.50pm.  If this is your first webinar or you'd like to check your connection we encourage you to log in at 7.50 pm for an informal check-in prior to the start of the webinar at 8pm). 
 
Louise Coakley, genealogist from the Cairns & District Family History Society, will introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research. Learn the basics: the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get, & its practical application.

$10.00 Bookings essential. SAG members only.

See Read More: SAG webinars for more information on what a webinar is and how to participate.

Webinar - Biographical Database of Australia

Wednesday 16 September

Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm (AEST)
 
Location:  Your Place!
 
 
(A 'warm-up for the webinar will commence at 7.50pm.  If this is your first webinar or you'd like to check your connection we encourage you to log in at 7.50 pm for an informal check-in prior to the start of the webinar at 8pm). 
Presenter:  Michael Flynn
This online volunteer-run project is a treasure trove for early colonial Australian history.  Learn about the BDA project and how it can help trace both convicts and free settlers.
 

Bookings essential. SAG members only.

See Read More: SAG webinars for more information on what a webinar is and how to participate.

Webinar - NSW Parish Registers - Joint Copy Project

Tuesday 21 July 2015

8.00-9.00PM AEST

Location: Your Place!  

Since 1974 the Society has been preserving church registers through the Joint Copy Project with the National Library in Canberra & the Mitchell Library in Sydney.  Find out what the JCP covers, why these records are important & how you can best use them.    
 
Presenter - Heather Garnsey
 
Cost - $10.00

SAG members only.

 

 
 

Webinar - ScotlandsPeople

Tuesday 1 September

Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm (AEST)
 
Location:  Your Place!
 
(A 'warm-up for the webinar will commence at 7.50pm.  If this is your first webinar or you'd like to check your connection we encourage you to log in at 7.50 pm for an informal check-in prior to the start of the webinar at 8pm). 
 
ScotlandsPeole is the go-to resource for anyone with Scottish ancestry.  Kerry will show us how to get the most out of this pay-to-view website.

Bookings essential. SAG members only.

See Read More: SAG webinars for more information on what a webinar is and how to participate.

Webinar - Putting Your Ancestors in their Place

Tuesday 11 August

Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm (AEST)
 
Location:  Your Place!
 
(A 'warm-up for the webinar will commence at 7.50pm.  If this is your first webinar or you'd like to check your connection we encourage you to log in at 7.50 pm for an informal check-in prior to the start of the webinar at 8pm). 
 
Presenter:  Janet Few
One Place Studies focus on people, their relationships to their communities and to each other, bringing family and local history together.   This talk describes ten steps that you might take in pursuit of this exciting branch of genealogical research.

Bookings essential. SAG members only.

See Read More: SAG webinars for more information on what a webinar is and how to participate.

Webinar - Tracing Your Cornish Ancestors

Tuesday 13 October

Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm (AEST)
 
Location:  Your Place!
 
(A 'warm-up for the webinar will commence at 7.50pm.  If this is your first webinar or you'd like to check your connection we encourage you to log in at 7.50 pm for an informal check-in prior to the start of the webinar at 8pm). 
Presenter:  David Holman
 
Join Cornish expert David Holman for an overview of online sources and other material to help you trace your Cornish ancestors.
 

Bookings essential. SAG members only.

See Read More: SAG webinars for more information on what a webinar is and how to participate.