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

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

August 2014

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  • NSW&ACT FHS Conference at Wollongong
  • Save the Date!


  • What's on in September


  • Early Durham Wills
  • Victoria Passenger Lists



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

  • Reunion for Macintosh - Version 10 software
  • Tracing Your Army Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors
  • Rallying the Troops
  • The Golden Decade of Australian Architecture


  • Subscribe or alter your subscription to these newsletters

NSW&ACT FHS Conference at Wollongong

The annual State Conference is being hosted by the Illawarra FHG Inc on the weekend of 13-14 September, with a free Family History Fair open to the public on Friday 12 September from 10am - 4pm. See for full details. The SAG will be running a bookstall for the Fair and the Conference - if you are coming along and could give a few hours of help please contact Heather Garnsey at

Save the Date!

The Society's Annual Lost In... seminar will be held at the State Library of NSW on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November. Full details will be available in the September issues of Descent and SAGe, but in the meantime keep those dates free. It's sure to be popular.

CALENDAR - September

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.

  • Friday 5 September (10.30pm - 1.30pm) - Hands On - Irish Counties - County Cork repeat - BOOKED OUT!
  • Saturday 6 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - September (repeat)
    What the Editor Wants! Back by popular demand! - This session is a repeat of the Writing Group session held in March. An experienced newspaper and magazine subeditor will give some tips on the writing styles that make an editor smile. She will share her knowledge of simple writing ideas that can help polish your prose and make it sparkle. Presenter: Sheila Browne. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Tuesday 9 September (8.00pm - 9.00pm AEST) - Webinar - Gazettes in NSW Family History
    Once hidden away and hard to access, both the NSW Government and Police Gazettes are now widely available online. Join Heather Garnsey to see what they contain and learn how to use them to your best advantage. Presenter - Heather Garnsey. Bookings essential and limited to SAG members only. Price $10.00.
  • Thursday 11 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - September
    Stop Procrastinating! Suffering writer’s block? Organisation is the key. In this seminar, you will hear practical ideas on how to sort through the research material you have amassed and start to write your story. Presenter - Pat Rogerson. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 18 September (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 20 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Introduction to Latin in Family History
    Latin is often encountered by family historians in sources such as parish registers, on headstones, in letters and other documentation. Learn some basics of grammar and vocabulary, see some examples of Latin in sources relevant to family history and how to tackle it. No prior Latin knowledge necessary. Bookings Essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Saturday 27 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Charting Your Family Tree - Jeremy Palmer
    This hands-on session will introduce methods and guidelines used in the construction of family history charts, or ‘pedigrees’. Learn how to arrange your information and set out a clear and concise chart- a useful skill that all researchers need. Bookings Essential. $20 ($30 non-members).

Early Durham wills

The Durham University Library has made freely available online the North East Inheritance Database which contains pre 1858 Durham Probate Records. Although the index has been online for some time you can now use the index to find the actual images online at

To find an image, search the Inheritance Database for a name of interest, make note of the DPRI number and then go to and choose (1) England, Durham Probate Bonds, 1556-1858 or (2) England, Durham Probate Commissions, Monitions and Citations 1650-1858 or (3) England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills 1650-1857. All have browsable images. Depending on the recordset you are viewing, the DPRI may relate only to your person or there may be 200+ pages with the number providing only a clue as to where to find the image.

Victoria Passenger Lists

FindMyPast have announced the addition of new Victoria Passenger Lists 1839-1923 to their site. The collection includes both inward and outbound passenger lists and details available include names, nationalities, departure and destination ports and the name of the ship.


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.

Reunion for Macintosh - Version 10 software - $119.00

Reunion helps you to document, store, and display information about your family; your ancestors, descendants, cousins, etc. Reunion also creates large, high-resolution, graphic charts allowing complete on-screen editing of boxes, lines, fonts, and colours. Wall charts are one of its specialties. Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. [More detail]

Tracing Your Army Ancestors - $35.00

This is the second edition of Simon Fowler's guide to researching the British Army. It has been fully revised to include the latest online resources. It shows how to trace the careers of individual soldiers from 1760 to the 1960s, and includes information on all the major archives and museums, including the National Archives. Softcover book, second edition, 23cm, 208 pages. Simon Fowler, Pen & Sword 2013. [More detail]

Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors - $35.00

Simon Wills's practical handbook will be essential reading and reference for anyone who is keen to discover for themselves the secrets of our maritime past and of the crew members and ships that were part of it. And he identifies the websites you can explore, the archives, records and books you can read, and the places you can visit in order to gain an understanding of what your seagoing ancestor did and the world he knew. Softcover book, 23cm, 192 pages. Simon Wills, Pen & Sword 2012. [More detail]

Rallying the Troops - $50.00

Over 1300 men and women with links to Ku-ring-gai served in World War I. It contains the war stories of those with names beginning A to F, approximately one third of all those who volunteered. It also includes chapters on our area as it was at the outbreak of war, on recruiting, enlistment and the rifle clubs, the early battles in which our veterans were involved, information on our local memorials and a guide to the memorials and cemeteries overseas where our dead are commemorated. Volumes II and III are planned for release in 2015 and 2016. Softcover, 30cm, 432 pages, indexed (with full A-Z list of names). Ku-Ring-Gai Historical Society Inc, 2014. [More detail]

The Golden Decade of Australian Architecture - $95.00

SECONDHAND. The work of John Verge. Hardback, dustjacket, fair condition. 128 pages, 29cm, limited edition No. 588 of 1500 copies. Publisher: The David Ell Press, Sydney in association with the Elizabeth Bay House Trust. [More detail]


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