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11 May 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Friday 11 May 2018
    Webinar recording - DNA Research, Key concepts

    If you missed this webinar in March, here is your chance to view the recording.

    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.

    The SAG DNA Research Group aims to focus on the analysis of DNA results with a practical approach. Since its inception in July 2015 a number of key concepts have been covered in Research Group Meetings. This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective. It makes a good refresher for Research Group attendees and whilst not essential, new members will benefit from having undertaken this session prior to attending Research Group meetings.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams Bookings essential: $12, Members only

  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Friday 11 May 2018 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar recording - Introduction to DNA testing

    If you missed this webinar, here is your chance to view the recording.

    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.

    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 required to get started:  the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.

20 July 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 20 July 2017 - Friday 20 July 2018
    Webinar recording - DNA: I've done my test, what's next?

    If you missed this webinar on 10 July, here is your chance to view the recording.

    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.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   

    This session discusses how to start using DNA test results to make contact with others and start looking for living relatives. It is recommended that webinar attendees listen to DNA Key Concepts (Veronica Williams, 30 March) and Introduction to DNA Testing (Louise Coakley, 10 May) before listening to this webinar.

23 August 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Wednesday 23 August 2017 - Saturday 30 June 2018 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Webinar recording - TMG Group, Gedsite

    This is a recording of a presentation by John Cardinal to the TMG Group in August 2017. 

    John has developed a program call GEDSITE, which compiles a customisable web site or writes HTML files on CD/DVD, using a GEDCOM file as the input data. Programs that can write a GEDCOM or use GEDCOM as their native file format will work with GEDSITE.

    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 2018.

06 November 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 06 November 2017 - Wednesday 31 January 2018 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season ticket - November 2017 to January 2018

    Only available until 10am Monday 6 November 2017.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between November 2017 - January 2018, either live or by watching the recording later. You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link. And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 5  for the price of 4.***  The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are: 

    • Breaking through Scottish brick walls, 8 November
    • Beyond the British Census, 27 November
    • Breaking down brick walls in a creative way, 4 December
    • Irish records, beyond the obvious, 9 January
    • Rookwood stories from beyond the grave, 22 January

    Please note the Season Ticket does not cover virtual events or webfests - these have to be booked separately.

22 January 2018
  • Webinar - Monday 22 January 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Rookwood stories from beyond the grave

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Gravestones and headstones are wonderful memorials and a great source of genealogical information. But what other sources are there? SAG Archives Officer Ralph Hawkins shares stories from beyond the grave, focusing on Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney’s largest suburban cemetery.

01 February 2018
  • Webinar - Thursday 01 February 2018 - Monday 30 April 2018 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar season ticket - February to April 2018

    Only available until 10am Monday 29 January.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between February-April, either live or by watching the recording later.  You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link. Each season you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get three one-hour webinars and one two-hour webinar for $44 - a saving of $12. Season ticket holders will also be automatically booked for the free webinar about Congress.

    The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • A Congress Survival Guide, 1 Feb (free)
    • Writing True Stories, 20 Feb
    • Exploring Your DNA Results, 26 Mar (extended time)
    • Somerset Archives, 9 Apr
    • Nobblers, Cracksmen, Coiners and More: Researching Criminals in England, 17 Apr

  • Webinar - Thursday 01 February 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    A Congress Survival Guide

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Jill Ball      Free, but bookings are essential

    In this pre-Congress webinar, Jill Ball will offer tips on how to make the most of your Congress 2018 experience. She aims to provide answers to your questions as she discusses the venue, program, speakers, sponsors, exhibition, associated events and Sydney in general. Tune in to hear what Congress will offer you if you are a delegate. Non-delegates can also attend the webinar.

03 February 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 03 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group

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

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    The DNA Research Group is an ideal forum for both beginners and the more experienced to share practical ways to work with test results, aimed at those who are serious about interrogating their results further. Whilst we welcome beginners, some pre-knowledge of basic DNA concepts is presumed as this is a collaborative working group. Before you attend a Research Group meeting you should have at least a basic awareness of the concepts covered in the DNA Research, Key Concepts webinar. SAG members are reminded they can join the DNA Research Group private ‘blog' which provides members with links to a range of different sites to help you with your DNA research and to ask questions of other members. If you wish to join the blog please contact the convenor Veronica Williams via email genemonkey25@gmail.com quoting your membership number.  

  • Hands On Session - Saturday 03 February 2018 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Beginners' Workshop

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

    Presenters: Veronica Williams & others   Bookings essential: $35, Members only

    Had your DNA test results but not sure where to start? Confused about your testing website? Having technical difficulties loading your data to third party sites?

    Attendees will each have a 15 minute 'one on one’ to develop a research plan and two small 15 minute group sessions to discuss user and technical support issues. Other opportunities will be provided to meet other new researchers and exchange information. 

    This session is for beginners only, who have not attended the DNA Research Group. You must have had your DNA tested and received your results. 

    Further details and instructions will be provided to registered participants.

    Maximum of 15 attendees.

08 February 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 08 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group: Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs

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

    Presenter: Jane Eales   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    This book is a true story about a post war adoption in London in 1947. Hear about Jane’s forbidden quest almost 50 years later to find her family.

10 February 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 10 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker Group - AM Session

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 10 February 2018 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Family Tree Maker Group - PM Session

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

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

15 February 2018
  • Lecture - Thursday 15 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Shipping and naturalisation records

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

    Presenter: John Cann, NSW State Archives   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Shipping and naturalisation records can provide a wealth of information about our ancestors but can be a frustrating area of research. Join John Cann as he discusses tips and techniques for tracing shipping and naturalisation records in the NSW State archives.

     

16 February 2018
  • Hands On Session - Friday 16 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 Electronic resources

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

    Presenter: Lorraine Brothers   Bookings essential: $25 members only (special price)

    Did you know that the SAG library has a lot of resources in electronic format? Find out how to access such things as parish registers, family histories, cemetery records, funeral directors’ records, AGCI, journals, government gazettes, police gazettes and many more when you visit the SAG library at 2/379 Kent Street.

    Limit 14.

17 February 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 17 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    The Master Genealogist Software Group: TMG Preferences and flags

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

    Presenters: Bruce Fairhall & Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    This meeting will be in two parts: 1. Kerry will explore Preferences in TMG and the effect these have on your work patterns, fonts, screens etc. 2. Bruce will be exploring the setting up and use of Flags in TMG - to identify families in a one-name study, to set Accents, and more. New users of The Master Genealogist are always welcome to attend these meetings.

20 February 2018
  • Webinar - Tuesday 20 February 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Writing True Stories

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Patti Miller   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Patti Miller is an award-winning non-fiction writer and writing mentor. Join her for practical guidance and inspiration to help you find your voice and write your own true stories.

21 February 2018
  • External Tour - Wednesday 21 February 2018 09:00am - 12:30pm
    Penrith Library Tour

    Location: Penrith Library, 601 High Street Penrith

    Presenter: Lorraine Stacker   Bookings essential: $30 members, $40 non-members

    Explore the history and families of the Penrith region with a lecture and a tour of the wonderful collections of the Penrith local studies library.

    NB Meet at Penrith Library. Further details will be available to download from the SAG website. Limit 20.

24 February 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 24 February 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group: Brewers & Malsters

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

    Convenor: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    From the early 1800s the Brewing & Maltster industry grew rapidly from the small local brewery to a vast industry producing the nation’s ales and beers for thirsty workers. Many other associated industries also benefited from the growth of this industry. Hear about the workers and where to find records.

22 March 2018
  • Lecture - Thursday 22 March 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Parramatta Female Factory

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

    Presenter: Gay Hendriksen   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Gay Hendriksen will share some of the history of the convict female factories and the lives of the women who experienced the factory system with a focus on the Parramatta Female Factory.

24 March 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 24 March 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

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

    Presenter: Beverley Hyssett   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Discover ways to maximise the benefits of this family history software program. Learn from others, share tips and ask questions.

26 March 2018
  • Webinar - Monday 26 March 2018 07:30pm - 09:30pm
    Exploring your DNA results

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Louise Coakley   Bookings essential: $20 members only

    In this extended webinar, genetic genealogist Louise Coakley will demonstrate a range of practical techniques and tools for exploring your DNA results and incorporating them into your family history research.

05 April 2018
  • Lecture - Thursday 05 April 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Tips for using Ancestry

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

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Learn how to access the vast amount of genealogical information held on the Ancestry website. Get tips on searching, downloading images, generating citations and more.

07 April 2018
  • Lecture - Saturday 07 April 2018 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Talking family objects

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

    Presenter: Janis Wilton   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    This session invites us to think about the ways in which objects kept within families can become a part of our family histories. We will consider the stories that ebb and flow around objects, the significance of present and absent objects, and how to document objects and incorporate them into our family histories. Participants are invited to bring (or think of) one particular family object that has stories to tell.

09 April 2018
  • Webinar - Monday 09 April 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Somerset Archives

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Esther Hoyle   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Esther Hoyle, Senior Archivist at Somerset Archives in the UK, will provide an overview of the resources available to research your family history in Somerset.

11 April 2018
  • Day Course - Wednesday 11 April 2018 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Women in History

    This is a joint event by the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Society of Australian Genealogists.

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

    Presenters: Noeline Kyle, Carol Liston, Joy Hughes and Christine Yeats   Bookings essential: $50 RAHS & SAG members, $65 non-members

    Join Noeline Kyle, Carol Liston, Joy Hughes and Christine Yeats as they explore topics from women’s history and techniques for researching women in history. Detailed program will be posted on the SAG website when available.

12 April 2018
  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 12 April 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group: Crown Street Women's Hospital

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

    Presenter: Judith Godden   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    An Honorary Associate of the History Department, University of Sydney, Judith has written about the hospital from 1893 - 1983. Learn its history and the process of writing and publishing the book.

17 April 2018
  • Webinar - Tuesday 17 April 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Nobblers, Cracksmen, Coiners and more: Researching criminals in England

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Helen V. Smith   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Apart from the convicts sent to the Australian colonies, there were many convicts left in England. Knowledge of the crimes, levels of court, how they worked and varied over time, and the punishments involved, will help you research both your Australian convict ancestors and also your ancestors who served time or were executed in England.

20 April 2018
  • Hands On Session - Friday 20 April 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379: FamilySearch

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

    Presenter: Vicki Eldridge   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    This computer session in the SAG library will focus on finding, accessing and using the digitised records now available online at familysearch.org as well as other features of this website.

21 April 2018
  • Lecture - Saturday 21 April 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Are you sure you've checked the SAG collection for that?

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

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    The SAG library and Manuscript collection has some wonderful gems that might just help you solve your family history problems. This session will demonstrate how to thoroughly check the library catalogue, search the manuscript and image collection, and utilise our electronic resources to make sure the breakthrough you are looking for is not right under your nose.

28 April 2018
  • Hands On Session - Saturday 28 April 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 120: Research planning

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

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    This hands on workshop will take you through defining your research goals, setting tasks, identifying sources and repositories, and documenting the process. Bring your own laptop if you wish, but it is not a computer session. You can use your own family history research or the case studies provided. Further details will be emailed. Limit 20.