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2016
March 2016
  • Webinar - Saturday 05 March 2016 11:00am - 03:00pm
    Your Family History Online

    Join Jill Ball, Michelle Patient and Judy Keena as they explore options for sharing your family history online.

     

    There are three webinars, with rest breaks in between:

    • Blogging for genealogy
    • Where to put your tree online
    • Creating a genealogy website.

    Location: Your place!

    Bookings essential & SAG members only: $35

  • External Tour - Wednesday 09 March 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Tour - Guided Tour of the Hyde Park Barracks and the Mint

    The World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks played a central role in convict transportation. The Mint once formed part of Governor Macquarie’s notorious Rum Hospital and later part of the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint. Ralph Hawkins has extensive knowledge of the two buildings and their collections on display. Price includes admission fee.  

    Location: Macquarie Street, Sydney. Meet outside the Barracks.

    Tour Leader:  Ralph Hawkins  Bookings Essential & numbers strictly limited: $20 members, $25 non-members.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 10 March 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Croker Prize

    Want to win $1000? Learn about the Croker Prize entry conditions, including proper citation practice for genealogical sources, from the Convenor of the Judging Panel.

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

    Presenter:  Janette Pelosi    Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Thursday 10 March 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Attaching Names to Digital Photographs

    For some time now family researchers have come across family photographs of people who are unknown to them. Digital photographs compound this problem by assigning a meaningless title to the photo when it is taken. This title can be changed if it is of one person, but the number of letters allowed in the title do not cater for family groups, or situations such as marriage groups. The presentation is aimed at demonstrating an easy way to overcome this problem and have the information travel with image for its lifetime. This technique can also apply to scanned black and white or coloured family prints.

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

    Presenter: Tony Healy   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Day Course - Saturday 12 March 2016 09:30am - 03:30pm
    Researching With Newspapers

    Join Jenny Higgins and Judy Keena as they focus on how to use newspapers to research your family history. The day will cover Trove, British and other online newspapers, as well as newspapers that are not online.

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

    Bookings essential: $55 members, $85 non-members

  • Webinar - Wednesday 16 March 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Webinar - How to Use the MIDAS Catalogue

    The Society of Australian Genealogists holds vast numbers of manuscripts, images and digital records. This session will provide a practical guide to using the MIDAS catalogue to help you find what you need.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Alison Wolf   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12

  • Webinar recordings - Friday 18 March 2016 - Thursday 30 June 2016
    Webinar Recording - Bringing to Life the Female Convict Experience

    This is a recording of a webinar presented by author Deborah Swiss about her research into female convicts, which was broadcast in November 2014. 

    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 June 2016. 

     

  • Webinar recordings - Friday 18 March 2016 - Thursday 30 June 2016
    Webinar Recording - Passing on your family history

    This is a recording of a webinar presented as part of our 2015 Virtual Lost In event presented by Heather Garnsey, Executive Officer SAG, on how to pass on your family history to the next generation.

    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 June 2016.

    This webinar will be available for viewing until 30 June 2016.

    Note that since this webinar was recorded the SAG website has changed, so some screen shots will not reflect the current website.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 18 March 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 - FindMyPast

    Join us for a Hands On Computers session at the library. Use the databases and search facilities of this popular online genealogical site under the guidance of an experienced researcher.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney

    Session leader: Judy Keena   Bookings essential: & limited to 14, $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 19 March 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Using GENUKI

    Great tips and instructions for using this enormously useful gateway website for the UK and Ireland.

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

    Presenter: Judy Keena   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 19 March 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Goldfield Resources for NSW and Victoria

    There are an ever increasing number of resources available for tracing your ancestors on the Victorian and NSW goldfields. Philippa Garnsey will discuss the resources available at the SAG and online, looking at many you may not have considered.

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

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

  • Library Tour - Thursday 31 March 2016 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?

    PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

    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

    Tour Leader: Lorraine Brothers, SAG Librarian   Bookings essential: Free and restricted to SAG members

April 2016
  • Webinar - Tuesday 05 April 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Webinar - Gems of the Mitchell Library

    The Mitchell Library forms part of the State Library of NSW, which is Australia’s oldest library and is a vast and surprising repository for biography, memoir and family history which can all be used to help build the story of a life or a family. Wendy Holz will be highlighting some of the Mitchell's most relevant collections for family historians.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Wendy Holz, NSW State Library   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12

  • External Tour - Wednesday 06 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    First Government House and the Museum of Sydney

    Australia’s first Government House was the centre of colonial administration until it was demolished in 1846. In 1983 the site in Bridge Street was excavated by archaeologists. Join one of the archaeologists, visiting the Museum of Sydney for a guided tour and other nearby related sites. Price includes admission to the museum.

     

    Tour Leader:  Danielle Lautrec  Bookings Essential & limited to 15 people: $20 members, $25 non-members.

  • Lecture - Thursday 07 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Minding Her Own Business - Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney

    There are few memorials to colonial businesswomen, but if you know where to look you can find many traces of their presence as you wander the streets of Sydney. From milliners and dressmakers to ironmongers and booksellers, these women have been hidden in the historical record but were visible to their contemporaries. Historian Dr. Catherine Bishop will provide stories about colonial businesswomen of Sydney and share tips about how to research women in history.

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

    Presenter: Dr. Catherine Bishop   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

     

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 14 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Digital Publishing

    Are you daunted by the thought of publishing a book? Have lots of photos, charts and even videos? Sneak a look into the world of digital publishing and see how to make a DVD, publish an eBook, hyperlink stories behind people in a chart or photograph.

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

    Presenter: Barb Toohey   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 15 April 2016 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 - County Limerick

    Join us for this Hands On computers session, highlighting selected online sources & other material available for Limerick, & where it can be found in the SAG Library. Includes an hour to consult featured records. Limit 14

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney

    Session leaders: Philippa Garnsey, Joan Healy   Bookings essential: & limited to 14, $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 16 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software User 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)

    Group convenor: Bev Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Thursday 21 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @120 - Handwriting Workshop

    At our first ever Hands On @120 session, manuscripts from the SAG collection and other samples will be used to learn how to decipher old handwriting and practice transcribing documents. If you have a document you cannot read, bring it along!

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

    Bookings essential and limited to 15 people: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 23 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Restoring Photos With Photoshop Elements

    Due to the illness of the presenter this session has been CANCELLED.  It will be held on another date and everyone who had booked will be notified of the new date.

    You asked for it and here it is! Learn how to use Photoshop Elements to enhance your digital photos, remove blemishes, repair tears and much more.

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

    Presenter: Melissa Hulbert   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Webinar - Wednesday 27 April 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Webinar - Did Your Ancestors Serve in the British Military BEFORE World War One?

    This talk looks at the records available to help you research your ancestors who served in the British Army, Navy or Royal Marines PRIOR to WWI. Records cover a vast period from Muster Rolls in the 16th Century right through the Napoleonic Wars to the Crimean, Indian Mutiny, the Zulu and Boer Wars. Records include Medal Rolls for the late 19th Century, Service Records, Pay Lists and Muster Rolls from the 18th to the 19th Century Naval Ships Musters and Logs are also becoming available and more things are being put on-line every month. You will learn where to find some of these records and how to search for a specific ancestor and how to make sense of the records that you find.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: David Holman (UK)   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12

     

  • Lecture - Saturday 30 April 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Chinese Family History and Migration to Australia

    Join historian Dr Kate Bagnall as she takes us on a journey into the history of Chinese Australian families. Starting with an overview of Chinese migration to Australia from the 1810s to 1940s, Kate will explore the different kinds of records you can use to uncover information about your Chinese ancestors. She will also share tips about Chinese names and ideas for tracking family back to China.

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

    Presenter: Dr. Kate Bagnall   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

May 2016
  • Webinar - Tuesday 03 May 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Webinar - 20 tips to research successfully

    Hear Heather’s expert tips for family history research.

    Location: Your Place!    

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey     Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12

  • Lecture - Thursday 05 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    What's not online at State Records NSW

    Emily Hanna from State Records will speak about State archives that are great for family history research but are not accessible online. Come along and hear about some of the more hidden genealogical gems they hold.  [note this topic was revised after our print program was distributed - the original topic will be presented later in 2016]

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

    Presenter: NSW State Records   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Day Course - Saturday 07 May 2016 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Genealogy and technology day

    A day of immersion in technology with expert genealogist Michelle Patient. Topics to be covered include: Getting the most out of the FamilySearch website; backing up your family history; and tips and tricks for your computer. There will also be a Genie Tech Q and A session, so bring your “how to” questions along.  Morning and afternoon tea provided. Bring your own lunch.

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

    Presenter: Michelle Patient  Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 12 May 2016 - Tuesday 31 May 2016
    Webinar Recording - TROVE

    The two part TROVE webinars scheduled for Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 May have proven to be extremely popular and are fully booked, with a long waiting list for places.

    We're now giving you the opportunity to listen to the recordings if you were unable to get into the live sessions.  These will be released within 24 hours of the event being held and the link to the recording will be sent to you by email after we have received your payment.  Please note that as the link will be sent out manually it may take up to 48 hours to be sent to you.

    Recordings will be available for two months and during that time you'll be able to listen again as often as you wish.  Handouts associated with the sessions will also be made available.

    (NB - If you have booked and confirmed your seat for the live sessions you will automatically receive the recordings and need take no further action) 

     

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 12 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Digitising family records

    In order to include photos, documents etc. in your family history you will need to scan them. For help on the decisions this involves, such as image resolution, colour management, formats, file compression and equipment, hear from someone who knows all about it.

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

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Thursday 12 May 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Writing for family history

    Get into the writing spirit for the Sydney Writer’s Festival with one of our very own talented writers. Author of Scholarly Scoundrel, Jan Worthington, will provide entertaining insights from her latest book and share her hints on the writing process.

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

    Presenter: Jan Worthington   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Webinar - Thursday 12 May 2016 - Thursday 19 May 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    TROVE - a 2 part special

    Keep up with all the recent changes that have taken place with TROVE in this special double presentation by former NLA staffer Jenny Higgins. 

    Part 1 will be presented live on Thursday 12 May at 8pm (How TROVE Works) and Part 2 will follow live on Thursday 19 May at 8pm (Getting the Most out of TROVE)

    Both sessions are now fully booked so we encourage you to purchase the recordings - you can register to do so here 

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Jenny Higgins   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $22 includes live access and the recordings to both sessions

  • Library Tour - Saturday 14 May 2016 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?

    PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

    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)

    Tour Leader: Lorraine Brothers, SAG Librarian   Bookings essential: Free and restricted to SAG members

     

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 14 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

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

    Group convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

     

    The Convenor has provided the following information:

    Agenda subject to change and visit the FTM UG Spokt Hub for latest details

    1st session start (& 50 mins duration - This session may be extended in lieu of a 2nd short presentation (normal format)
    Q&A sessions (questions submitted to here in the hub given priority)
    One topic that in particular will be discussed is "What is the impact on me due to the sale of FTM (windows & Mac) to "The Software MacKiev Company"?

    2nd session start (& 50 mins duration (only 25 mins if one presentation)

    Presentation 1 - "Sources: NEW Trove and how to add a source and image using FTM" / presented by Lyn Hudson-Williamson

    Presentation 2 - TBA

  • Lecture - Thursday 19 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Copyright issues in family history

    This session will cover Australian copyright law and ethical issues as they relate to preparing family histories. It will include information on copyright protection for your work, using sources and materials that other people have created and correct citing or acknowledgement.

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

    Presenter: Lilian Magill   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 21 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Lacemakers

    Lace making in England has been established for many centuries. Nottingham was the main centre and was closely connected with Calais and Australia. The industry extended beyond that of lace making. This and many aspects of this trade will be covered including pay, lives, work conditions and more.

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

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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 21 May 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    The Master Genealogist User Group (and Family Historian)

    “Plugins and DNA”

    For those interested in the Family Historian program, there will be a demonstration of a Plugin that allows bulk entry of data, such as from a census record. After that there will be a demonstration of how to enter the results of DNA tests into both programs - TMG and Family Historian.

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

    Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Thursday 26 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @120 - Mapping our ancestors

    Most events in our forebears’ lives occurred at places which were usually recorded, especially if they had any connection with officialdom. Maps help to locate the places and put them into a local context of street, town or countryside. The Society has a large and varied collection of maps, and this talk is designed to present representative examples and show how they can be used for understanding a family’s history. Limit 15.

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

    Presenter: Alan Day   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 28 May 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    New Zealand Research Group - New Zealand death records

    Join the group for a look at New Zealand research using death records – certificates, cemeteries, probate records, coroners’ inquests and much more. Also hear what’s new in New Zealand research and bring along your questions or ‘brick walls’. Group meets for lunch afterwards. All welcome. 

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

    Group convenor: Pauline Weeks   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 28 May 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Visiting London's Big 3: The National Archives, SOG and the British Library

    Have you considered visiting the National Archives, Society of Genealogists or the British Library on your next trip to London? They hold much of relevance to your family history, but their very size can make them intimidating and difficult to use. Learn the tips about accessing their collections on site.

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

    Presenter: Sue Stenning   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

June 2016
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 04 June 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Third party autosomal tools

    This month’s meeting will look at three third party tools that may help you to analyse your autosomal results: GEDmatch, DNA Gedcom and Genome Mate Pro. The session will provide a general overview of these tools.

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

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

  • DNA Advanced User Meetings - Saturday 04 June 2016 01:30pm - 03:00pm
    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 4 May.  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 and restricted to 15 advanced users. 

    Cost is $22 for members only and you will only be asked for payment if a place is made available to you. 

  • Webinar - Wednesday 08 June 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Excel-lent Uses for Excel in Family History

    Excel is not just for calculations. It can store, sort and filter data. Learn how to use Excel to organise your family history data, keep your research on track and solve research problems.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 09 June 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - M & Ms

    Mystery, Mistake, Mayhem, Money, Murder? Choose one of these themes, or another that starts with “M”, which resonates with an episode in your family history and will be of interest to the group. Write it up, edit it down to 3 minutes, then read it to us this morning.

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

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

  • Hands On Session - Friday 10 June 2016 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 - County Gloucestershire

    Join us for this Hands On computers session highlighting selected online sources and other material available for Gloucestershire, 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)

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

  • Virtual Weekend Seminar - Saturday 18 June 2016 - Sunday 19 June 2016 03:30pm - 07:30pm
    Lost In - England and Scotland

    This Lost In will provide a variety of speakers and topics to help you delve deeper into your English and Scottish past.

    All registrants will be provided with links to the recordings, so you can watch the webinars live or at your convenience.

    Location: Your place!

    Bookings essential: $80 Members, $115 Non-members

    Download the program  here

     

     

  • Lecture - Thursday 23 June 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Probate records in NSW

    Probate records can contain a wealth of family history information, from an original will, codicils and letters of administration to birth death and marriage certificates. The session will include information on how to research probate records and some examples from the NSW State archives collection.

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

    Presenter: NSW State Records   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Thursday 23 June 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Hands On @120 - Tradies: Bricklayers, builders & stonemasons

    Most of us are not related to famous politicians, wealthy landowners or explorers. Our families built the towns and cities where they all lived. Using artefacts, tools, SAG photos and other records, Ralph and Danielle will give you a ‘hands on’ insight into the lives of your Australian tradie ancestors and how to research them.

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

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins & Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 25 June 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software User 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)

    Group convenor: Bev Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 25 June 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Restoring Photos With Photoshop Elements (rescheduled)

    Note: This lecture has been rescheduled from April. Places have been reserved for people who were booked for the April session. Contact us to transfer your registration. New bookings are also welcome.

    Learn how to use Photoshop Elements to enhance your digital photos, remove blemishes, repair tears and much more.

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

    Presenter: Melissa Hulbert   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

July 2016
  • Webinar recordings - Friday 01 July 2016 - Monday 31 October 2016
    Webinar recording - How to use the MIDAS catalogue

    The Society of Australian Genealogists holds vast numbers of manuscripts, images and digital records. This session will provide a practical guide to using the MIDAS catalogue to help you find what you need.

    This is a recording of a webinar presented by Alison Wolf, which was broadcast in March 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 31 Oct 2016. 

  • Webinar recordings - Friday 01 July 2016 - Monday 31 October 2016
    Webinar recording - The UK 1939 Register

    This is a recording of a webinar presented by Audrey Collins about the UK 1939 register, which was broadcast in January 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 31 October 2016. 

  • Lecture - Saturday 02 July 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    So you want to be a professional genealogist?

    Can you turn your hobby into a paying concern? Learn what is involved and how to go about it.

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

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

  • Webinar - Tuesday 05 July 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Webinar - History and family history in Western Australia

    Get an overview of the history of Western Australia and hints for tracing your family history. Learn about the key resources and repositories, including online.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Lorraine Clarke, Swan Genealogy   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12

  • Library Tour - Thursday 07 July 2016 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?

    PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

    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

    Tour Leader: Lorraine Brothers, SAG Librarian   Bookings essential: Free and restricted to SAG members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 08 July 2016 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 - DNA

    Join us for a Hands On Computers session at the library, using the tools on DNA third-party websites GEDmatch, DNA Gedcom and Genome Mate Pro. Ideally for those who have already uploaded their autosomal test results to GEDmatch or at least have already tested autosomal DNA. (There will NOT be an explanation about what is autosomal DNA.) Limit 14.

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

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

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 14 July 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Ellen Thomson: Beyond a reasonable doubt?

    For a successful children's author, past President of The Society of Women Writers NSW and Deputy Chair of the NSW Writers' Centre, writing a book about the only woman ever to be executed in Queensland should have been a piece of cake. Maybe you can identify with the false starts, problems and delays Vashti encountered.

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

    Presenter: Vashti Farrer   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Day Course - Saturday 16 July 2016 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Breaking down brick walls

    Michelle Patient will be presenting a day of tips, tools and hints on turning your searching into re-searching, with the aim of helping you break through those dead ends in your tree. There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions and for those attending to "crowd source" solutions, so do bring the details of your brick walls along with you.

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

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

  • External Tour - Wednesday 20 July 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Guided Tour of the Hyde Park Barracks and the Mint

    The World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks played a central role in convict transportation. The Mint once formed part of Governor Macquarie’s notorious Rum Hospital and later part of the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint. Ralph Hawkins has extensive knowledge of the two buildings and their collections on display. Price includes admission fee.   NB The buildings are accessed via stairs and there is no disabled access. Limit 15.

    Location: meet outside the Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street Sydney 

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $20 members, $25 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 23 July 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Finding elusive ancestors

    Can’t find your ancestor? Are you looking for the right surname?

    Michelle Patient and Karen Rogers from the Guild of One Name studies will demonstrate some tools for locating that elusive ancestor.

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

    Presenters: Michelle Patient and Karen Rogers   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Lecture - Thursday 28 July 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Tumut and Adelong - Exploring SAG's collections

    SAG has a great collection of photos, manuscripts, directories, maps and family histories that can help you build a picture of places where your families lived.

    Even if you do not have family from the area around Tumut and Adelong (southwestern NSW), this session will be a useful demonstration of the value of the SAG collections and techniques for finding materials to help you research places.

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

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins & Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

August 2016
  • Lecture - Thursday 04 August 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Understanding sources

    How do you know that the sources you are using for your family history are trustworthy and accurate? How can you extract the maximum information from a source and use it as evidence for your conclusions? How do you record information about the sources for analysis and citation purposes? This lecture will examine a variety of source types, including books, manuscripts, maps, pictures and websites.

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Day Course - Saturday 06 August 2016 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Dating photographs

    A day of tips and techniques to dating photographs, including an examination of the different techniques for photographs. You are welcome to bring your photographs with you.

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

    Presenters: Michelle Patient and Judy Keena   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 11 August 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Game, Set and Match

    June is coming from Albury to tell us why and how she wrote and self-published her book Ancestors of a Wimbledon Champion about the legendary Margaret Court.

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

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

  • Webinar - Thursday 11 August 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Ten tips for starting family history

    Aimed primarily at beginners, this webinar will cover the essentials you need to remember when starting your family history.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: Free for Family History Month, for members and non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 13 August 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group AM Session

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 13 August 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group PM Session

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 19 August 2016 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 - County Tyrone

    Join us for this Hands On computers session highlighting selected online sources and other material available for County Tyrone, 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 and Joan Healy   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 20 August 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software User 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: Bev Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 20 August 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Getting the most out of your SAG membership

    Take a look at all that your SAG membership offers. Find out about the treasures in the archives, upcoming education events, how to make best use of the catalogues and more!

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $10 members, $20 non-members

  • Webinar - Wednesday 24 August 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Webinar - Tracing European ancestors

    A topic rarely covered…In this session Julie will examine the challenges that researchers face when undertaking research in Europe, highlight key sources and consider key events that impact on family history research.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Julie Goucher   Bookings essential & SAG members only: $12.

    THIS WEBINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM JULY AND BOOKINGS ARE STILL OPEN.

  • Day Course - Thursday 25 August 2016 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Exploring family history through food

    Food is an important part of the life of most families. It is a way of sharing memories and exploring cultures. Join us in the lovely historic Coach House at Parramatta to explore your family history through food. The day includes a tour of Hambledon Cottage under the guidance of the Parramatta & District Historical Society.

    Meet at the Coach House. Limit 20

    Location: Coach House, Parramatta

    This event has been cancelled. A replacement tour to Hambledon Cottage will be organised on another date.

     

  • Library Tour - Saturday 27 August 2016 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?

    Get 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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 27 August 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Boot and shoe making

    This industry, small or large, was evident in most towns in England. Boot, shoe & clog manufacturers, makers and cordwainers to the little village cobbler, these were old crafts which led to a vast industry. The talk will explore many aspects of this industry and where records may be located.

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

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

  • Webinar - Wednesday 31 August 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Facebook - A network for family historians

    In this session you will learn how easy it is to set up a Facebook account and select privacy settings to maintain your account's safety. We will then explore the many ways that Facebook can be used to support and further your family history research.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: Free for Family History Month! Members only

September 2016
  • Courses - Thursday 01 September 2016 - Thursday 15 September 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Publishing workshop - 3 part course

    Back by popular demand! Writing your research/ memoir; preparing for printing/publication; formatting; book styles; using photos, maps & charts; indexing; cover design; registration; print specifications & quotes; marketing and more.

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

    Part 1: 1st Sept., Part 2: 8th Sept, Part 3: 15th Sept.

    Presenter: Margaret Szalay   Bookings essential: $75 members, $110 non-members (Fee covers all three parts of this course)

  • Lecture - Thursday 01 September 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Government employee records in the archives

    The NSW State Archives is a major repository for NSW State Government records. Find out what records exist for NSW government employees, how to find them and how they can inform your family history research.

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

    Presenter: NSW State Records   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 03 September 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    The Master Genealogist User Group

    Users of TMG software show how they use the program to record their family history and preserve that information for the future.

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

    Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Webinar - Wednesday 07 September 2016 08:00pm - 09:30pm
    Comparing family history software

    Are you thinking of buying family history software and do not know which one to choose? Or perhaps you just want to learn a bit more about the features that other software provides. Three presenters covering Family Tree Maker, Legacy and the Family Historian.      

    *NB Special extended time – webinar ends at 9.30pm

     

    Location: Your place!

    Bookings essential: $15 members only

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 08 September 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group PM - Writing histories of fractured families

    As a social and cultural historian of poor families in Britain and Australia from the 18th century to the present, Tanya has collaborated with NGOs, charities and family historians.  

    *NB This is an afternoon session

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

    Presenter: Dr Tanya Evans   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • External Tour - Wednesday 14 September 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
    Great North Road historical walk

    Learn about the convict work gangs who carved out this road which was commenced in 1828 as a vital passage between Sydney & its breadbasket of the Hunter & Hawkesbury. The experiences & challenges of the convicts & their masters will be unveiled as we walk the road. Morning tea (food only) included. Details of arrangements provided closer to the date. Limit 15.

    Location: Wisemans Ferry  *NB You will need to organise your own transport and bring your own lunch.

    Tour leader: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $35 members, $45 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 16 September 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 - Google and other search engines

    Become a power user of the internet! Learn advanced search techniques to refine your searches and get the results that you want. Use features such as phrase search, Boolean and reverse image search. Limit 14

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

    Presenter: Judy Keena   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 17 September 2016 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. The September meeting will be an interactive session, using case studies to explore the use of a variety of tools to solve DNA analysis questions.

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

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

  • Lecture - Thursday 22 September 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Child welfare and institutions

    Kaye and John will explore the issues that affected the welfare of children and family life, the institutions that were established to care and govern them, and the records that were left behind. The key focus will be on Australia/NSW records.

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

    Presenter: Kaye Vernon and John Cann   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

October 2016
  • Day Course - Tuesday 04 October 2016 10:00am - 03:15pm
    The New Family Tree Maker - FTM from Ancestry.com to Software MacKiev

    Confused about what’s happening with FTM?  Not sure how the move from Ancestry to Software MacKiev affects your FTM files?  Should you upgrade your software?  Will the new FTM still sync with your Ancestry tree?  How do the changes affect trees linked to Ancestry DNA?   These and many more FTM topics will be covered in this one day seminar.

    Presented jointly by the Society of Australian Genealogists and VicGUM.

    Presenters: Duff Wilson & VicGum representatives   Location: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street Sydney (more information here)

    Bookings essential: $60 for SAG/VicGUM members, $75 non-members (includes morning tea and a light sandwich lunch)

    Sessions include -

    • Getting the Most out of Family Tree Maker
    • Sources & Places
    • Searching Ancestry & other internet sources from Family Tree Maker
    • Charting & Reporting
    • Tips & Tricks

     

     

  • Library Tour - Thursday 06 October 2016 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?

    Get 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)

    Bookings essential: Free, members only

  • Lecture - Saturday 08 October 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Obscure place names and parish maps (NSW)

    This session will discuss how to locate that obscure place name that you have been searching for and then search for and download Parish maps. It will cover using the HLRV (Historic Land Records Viewer) where you can view Parish Maps and how to Print or Download the selected Parish map to your computer.

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

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Webinar - Tuesday 11 October 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Researching your Tasmanian family history

    Learn about the key resources and repositories (including those online) for Tasmanian family history research.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Dr. Dianne Snowden   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • External Tour - Wednesday 12 October 2016 08:00am - 04:00pm
    Tour of State Records NSW, Kingswood

    Take the opportunity to research your family history, take a “Behind the Scenes” tour and view the exhibitions. 

    Location: Pick up from 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here) or Strathfield train station

    Tour leader: Danielle Lautrec and State Records staff     Bookings essential: $42 members only


  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 October 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Writing local history

    Linda is an award-winning Southern Highlands historian who's written pictorial histories of the Southern Highlands and Hunters Hill as well as other books on Exeter, Oxley College Bowral and Sutton Forest cemetery.

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

    Presenter: Linda Emery   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 14 October 2016 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 - London and Middlesex

    A Hands On computers session highlighting selected online sources and other material available for London & Middlesex, 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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 15 October 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software User 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: Bev Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Day Course - Thursday 20 October 2016 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Introduction to family history

    If the August webinar was not enough for you, this full day session will give you much more detail! This session will suit both absolute beginners and anyone who needs a refresher or guidance. Learn how to get started and the basics of research. Get hints on strategies, tools and record collections.

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

    Presenter: Judy Keena   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 22 October 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Victorian way of death

    Studying how cultures deal with death reveals a lot about family life, social life and the records that people may have left behind that will help your family history. The Victorians developed a unique approach to celebrating death through elaborate funerals and the garden cemetery movement of the 19thC. Learn about stylistic development, imagery, symbolism and more!

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

    Presenter: Stephen Palmer     Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • External Tour - Wednesday 26 October 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Ralph's walking tour of Millers Point

    Walk in the steps of the convict stonemasons, millers, sea captains and merchants of Millers Point. See the history and hear the stories of Sydney’s colourful past. Limit 15.

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

    Tour leader: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $30 members, $45 non-members

  • External Tour - Saturday 29 October 2016 09:00am - 01:00pm
    Exploring the Hawkesbury region

    Explore the history and families of the Hawkesbury region. Share your stories and discover the wonderful collections of the Hawkesbury local studies library. Limit 20.

    Location: Hawkesbury local studies library, Windsor

    Tour leader: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

November 2016
  • Lecture - Thursday 03 November 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Research techniques and records for Norfolk Island 1788-1814

    Historian Cathy Dunn takes you on a journey back to the first settlement of Norfolk Island 1788 - 1814 describing the archives and records that are available, where copies are kept and what can be found online. Also discover the history of the Island’s first settlement and its role in the early colony of NSW.

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

    Presenter: Cathy Dunn   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Weekend seminar - Saturday 05 November 2016 - Sunday 06 November 2016 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Lost In Immigration & Travel

    Join us for a weekend of discussion about immigration to Australia and travel within Australia, to help you track down your ancestors. Topics include 19th century immigration schemes, NSW shipping records, 20th century migration, finding elusive travellers, ships pictures and journals, and the history of travel.

    Location: Dixson Room, NSW State Library, Macquarie Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: various   Bookings essential: $115 members, $140 non-members

    Price includes morning and afternoon tea on Saturday, and morning tea on Sunday. Bring your own lunch both days.

    Bookings close 26 October.

    Sessons:

    • Exodus to the Southern Seas - Michelle Patient
    • Nineteenth century immigration schemes to Australia - Kerry Farmer
    • NSW shipping and arrival records - Emily Hanna, NSW State Records
    • Ships' pictures, passenger diaries and shipboard newspapers - David Berg, State Library of NSW
    • Twentieth century migration - National Archives
    • Soldier, sailor, exile or convict - How did you get here? - Christine Yeats
    • History of travel in Australia - Professor Robert Lee
    • The Migration Experience (through the SAG Collections) - Ralph Hawkins
    • Did your family swim to Australia? - Martyn Killion

     

  • Webinar - Tuesday 08 November 2016 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Gruelling experiences - Three centuries of the British workhouse

    The remarkable story of the British workhouse from 1601 to 1948.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Peter Higginbotham   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 10 November 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Making interactive presentations

    Learn how to construct a basic interactive story using PowerPoint. These stories can be based around photographs, maps, family trees and lots more, and then shared with family members.

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

    Presenter: Coral Shand   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 11 November 2016 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 London & Middlesex

    A repeat of this popular session!

    A Hands On computers session highlighting selected online sources and other material available for London & Middlesex, 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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 12 November 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 12 November 2016 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    New Zealand Research Group - REVISED TOPIC

    Please note new details

    We've just received notification that well-known NZ Genealogist Jan Gow will be in Sydney in November, and she's offered to speak to the group during her stay. So the November topic will be 'Finding Your Family's Footprints in New Zealand' when Jan will cover all the main resources you can use to trace your New Zealand ancestry. 

    Our prevoiusly advertised topic - Researching children in 19th century New Zealand will be held over to 2017.

     

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

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