An electronic newsletter for family historians from the
Society of Australian Genealogists

120 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Tel: (02) 9247 3953 Fax: (02) 9241 4872 

April 2014

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  • Centenary of WWI Essay competition run by UK Fed FHS
  • State Library of NSW - Mitchell Library review
  • releases World War 1 records to mark Anzac Day
  • Extension and improvement works at Nottingham Archives


  • What's on in May


  • British Phone Book



Browse SAGs online bookshop for a great collection of family history books, CDs and software.

  • The Master Genealogist v9.01 Gold Edition
  • Family Tree Maker 2014 Mac 3 UK Edition
  • Family Tree Maker 2014 Mac 3 US Edition
  • Huguenot Surname Index CD
  • Family History Research in South Australia
  • My Ancestor was in an Asylum
  • Pinning Your Family History
  • Preserving Your Family's Oral History
  • War on the Veldt


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Centenary of WWI Essay competition run by UK Fed FHS

The deadline for this is looming!

To honour the Centenary of the First World War in 2014, the Federation of FHS is encouraging family historians to write an account of up to 1,000 words about an ancestor's involvement in WWI. Entries may be submitted electronically to or by post to AFFHO, PO Box 3012, Weston Creek, ACT 2611, Australia. You'll find further details and the entry form on the front page of the AFFHO website at

The closing date is 30 June 2014 and winners will be announced in August 2014. First prize is a one year full world subscription to, second prize one year's UK Heritage Plus membership to and third prize one year's global data subscription to MyHeritage. The essays will be judged by a panel representing the UK Federation, AFFHO and the SAG. So if the recent commemoration of Anzac Day has started you thinking about your family's involvement in WWI, now is a great time to put pen to paper and submit an entry to this great competition.

State Library of NSW - Mitchell Library review

Sydney members will be aware that the Mitchell Library (the Australian wing of the State Library of New South Wales) has been in the news lately. Last year the library announced plans to change the layout of the building and to alter many of its services in a move designed to address the changing needs of library users while also accommodating budget and staffing cuts it had been forced to undertake.

The impact of these changes on the current Mitchell Library Reading Room was widely criticised, and to its credit the management of the library has listened to this and reviewed the changes it is making. A new plan has now been released and is able to be seen on the Library's website at Feedback on the proposal is encouraged and can be lodged online until 9 May.

Essentially, this new layout leaves the 'Special Collections' area where original manuscripts can be viewed in its current location at the back of the main Reading Room. The installation of a new glass wall will ensure the security of manuscripts being issued, while still allowing the bulk of the old Reading Room to accommodate more table space for students and researchers using the library as a study area. releases World War 1 records to mark Anzac Day

To mark Anzac Day, has released thousands of World War 1 records, and with these additions the site contains the largest collection of Australian and New Zealander military records available online. The collections contain nearly 700,000 records of soldiers who served as part of the AIF between 1914 and 1918 and include the Australian Embarkation Roll 1914-1918 and the Australian Nominal Roll 1914-1918.

Extension and improvement works at Nottingham Archives

For visitors to the UK, please note that work commenced on 31 March 2014 to extend and refurbish the Nottinghamshire Archives. While the Archives is endeavouring to keep disruptions to a minimum, there will be a complete closure of the Archives from 20 October 2014 for a period of approximately three months. In the meantime, while the Archives remain open until 20 October, there are no car parking facilities available from now until late March 2015. The official reopening of the Archives will take place in May 2015.


A chronological list of all activities is now available for online viewing and bookings here. You can also phone Monday to Saturday during office hours on 9247 3953 or book over the desk during library hours Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday.

All activities are held at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street unless otherwise specified.

  • Thursday 1 May (9.00am - 10.00am) - Orientation Tour
    Held in the Library at 2/379 Kent St. from 9.00am-10.00am. Members only. Bookings essential. Join us for a tour of the SAG library - learn about its layout and the services offered. The Library opens at 10am so you can stay on and do research. Free.
  • Saturday 3 May (10.30am - 12.30pm) - NZ Research Group - Researching NZ WWI Soldiers
    Learn how to find their service records, where they fought, how they are remembered, what it was like on the home front in NZ during and after the war. Bring along any memorabilia, photos or stories you would like to share with the group. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 3 May (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Tech Tools for Genealogy: Using Google & Dropbox
    Researching, sharing and backing-up are key functions every genealogist needs to do. This session will cover Google search tips, the benefits of using Dropbox to back up data, files and photos plus tips on other free Google services to help your family history. Presenter: Michelle Patient. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Wednesday 7 May (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Is It True? The Facts, Fiction and Fun of Family History
    “Great grandad played for the Ashes”, or “our family found the first gold at Hill End”. Family stories may be myths and legends but which parts are true? Hear about tips to save you time and money as you try to reveal fact from fiction. Family history can be fun, addictive and affordable. Come along and find out how. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Wednesday 7 May (8.00pm - 9.00pm AEST) - Webinar - English BDM Indexes - using them for research success!
    Knowing how the information found its way from register entries in churches and register offices to the online indexes we use today can help you research more effectively. Join well known UK professional, Audrey Collins as she explores the background, ins and outs of these essential English records. Presenter - Audrey Collins. Bookings essential and limited to SAG members only. Price $10.00.
  • Thursday 8 May (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - May
    Citing sources is another of the basics of good family history writing. We will be discussing footnotes, endnotes and consistency in citations. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 10 May (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Family Tree Maker User Group
    FTM meetings include a brief presentation as well as Q&A on all versions of Family Tree Maker (FTM) software. More details and the opportunity to post topics you’d like discussed are available on the FTM UG Forum – see the SAG website for details. Facilitator – Larry Czarnik. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 10 May (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Reunion for Mac User Group
    Reunion users are invited to an informal group encouraging members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques. Bring your questions, laptop, iPad or iPhone. All Reunion software users or potential users are invited. Facilitator - Philippa Garnsey. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 17 May (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Getting Started on Your Family History - Members Only
    For new members with no family history research experience. Learn the basics of how to start researching, what to do, and where to find and ask for help. Members Only. Bookings Essential and limited to 10. Cost $10.00.
  • Saturday 17 May (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - TMG Software User Group
    Exploring ways to customise The Master Genealogist, including Accents, Screen Fonts, Custom Toolbars, Layouts, Colours and more. A workshop for both beginners and experienced users. Presenter: Linda Bishop. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 22 May (8.00pm - 9.00pm AEST) - Webinar - GENUKI - THe World at Your Fingertips
    Join Martyn Killion as we explore GENUKI – the virtual library that can help you navigate your way through the wealth of genealogical material on the internet – for all your UK and Irish research. Bookings essential and limited to SAG members only. Price $10.00.
  • Saturday 24 May (10.30am - 12.30pm) - English Research Group - British Origins & Deceased Online
    British Origins and Deceased Online are both ‘pay to view’ websites that contain many hidden treasures to help your British research. In this session we’ll demonstrate British Origins (available for free in the SAG library) and also revisit Deceased Online and its wealth of burial information. Presenter - Pauline Kettle. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).

British Phone Book

British Phone Book is a site which may be useful for those researchers looking for living relatives or conducting one-name studies. The site is a free phone book for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Enter a surname and optionally, a city, and the search results will show any matches including name, address, phone number and a link to the address on Google Maps.


Visit our bookshop at 379 Kent Street, where we're open 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Our great collection of family history book titles is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online, where you'll find local histories, CD-ROMs, charts and genealogical software - all at competitive prices!

When you place your order online, the Australia Post Calculator on our new bookshop website will calculate the correct postage fees according to the weight of your order.

The Master Genealogist v9.01 Gold Edition - $119.00

Used by novices and professional researchers alike, the latest version reinforces TMG's reputation as the most powerful family history project manager on the market while adding many new features to make it easier and fun to use. [More detail]

Family Tree Maker 2014 Mac 3 UK Edition - $99.00

This is the full Family Tree Maker for Mac v3 Platinum UK Edition, with electronic Companion Guide as a PDF file and a six-month Ancestry subscription. [More detail]

Family Tree Maker 2014 Mac 3 US Edition - $45.00

This is the full Family Tree Maker for Mac v3 Platinum US Edition, with electronic Companion Guide as a PDF file and a 2 week Ancestry subscription. [More detail]

Huguenot Surname Index CD - $35.00 Non Members, $25.00 SAG Members

A Master Index to the Quarto Series of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland. Compiled by Cecile Ramsay-Sharp and Robert Nash, 2014. [More detail]

Family History Research in South Australia - $29.50

It has been said by many that South Australian records are harder to access than those of their Eastern states counterparts, not to mention those overseas. Now here is a a guide to help you find, and access those South Australian records. Softcover, A5, 97 pages. Graham Jaunay, Unlock the Past Series 2014. [More detail]

My Ancestor was in an Asylum - $15.00

If you have lost an ancestor, or simply misplaced them for a few years, then asylum records may be worth investigating. This brief guide in an excellent introduction to resources available and how to use these resources effectively. Do asylums hold the key to bringing down your brick wall? Why not find out now! Softcover, A5, 56 pages. Shauna Hicks, Unlock the Past Series 2014. [More detail]

Pinning Your Family History - $14.00

It seems that pinning sites are all the rage and are becoming more popular. Sites like Pinterest and others can let you share your family history finds with family, friends and the public. But be warned! Pinning can become an addictive way to surf the web! Softcover, A5, 20 pages. Thomas MacEntee, Unlock the Past Series 2014. [More detail]

Preserving Your Family's Oral History - $18.00

'Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories' provides you with all the information on the latest methods and tools used to capture and preserve those family stories. In addition, once you've learned how easy it is to build a family archive of stories, you'll want to share them with others using the tips and tricks provided in this book. Softcover, A5, 36 pages. Thomas MacEntee, Unlock the Past Series 2014. [More detail]

War on the Veldt - $18.00

The task of researching ancestors in the Boer War has long been frustrated by a lack of awareness and an apparent paucity of records. This is not so. 'War on the Veldt' opens the doors to successfully finding Australian Boer War ancestors. Softcover, A5, 58 pages. Neil C Smith, Unlock the Past Series 2014. [More detail]


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