Society of Australian Genealogists


August 2016

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 

  • FindMyPast extends discount for SAG members
  • The New Family Tree Maker - FTM from to Software MacKiev
  • State Conference in Camden next week - Family History Fair Day
  • RAHS Annual Affiliated Societies Conference


  • What's on in September


  • Service Announcement - ScotlandsPeople



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

  • NEW - Family Tree Maker 2014.1 & Mac3.1
  • The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe
  • General Muster of New South Wales, 1814
  • Books compiled by Trissia and the late Bill Waddingham


  • Subscribe or alter your subscription to these newsletters

FindMyPast extends discount for SAG members has renewed the discount available to SAG members on its World Subscription package. Using a specially allocated code, you can save the cost of an SAG membership ($75) when you take out or renew your FindMyPast subscription. Contact the office by emailing us on or calling 9247 3953 and we’ll give you the code and explain what you have to do. It’s a great deal, and we thank FindMyPast for continuing to support our members in this way.

The New Family Tree Maker - FTM from 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 a one-day seminar being presented jointly by the Society and VicGum, featuring Duff Wilson, who will be visiting from the USA. It’s being held at the Wesley Centre and bookings are essential – see here.

State Conference in Camden next week - Family History Fair Day

The SAG will be at the NSW State Conference in Camden on 10-11 September. We’ll also be at their free Family History Fair Day on the Friday (9 September from 10am), so come along and browse our stall and say hello! More details available at the Conference website here.

RAHS Annual Affiliated Societies Conference

The RAHS annual conference will be held at Centro CBD, Wollongong, on 22-23 October and offers a wide range of speakers and subjects. This year’s theme is ‘Times are A-Changing – History and Innovation’ You’ll find details here .

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.

  • Thursday 1 September, 8 September and 15 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Publishing Workshop
    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. Presenter: Margaret Szalay. Bookings essential. $75 ($110 non-members).
  • Thursday 1 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - 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. Presenter: NSW State Records. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Saturday 3 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - 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. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Wednesday 7 September (8.00pm - 9.30pm) - Webinar - 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. $15 members only.
  • Thursday 8 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - 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. Presenter: Dr Tanya Evans. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Wednesday 14 September (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. Bookings essential. $35 ($45 non-members).
  • Friday 16 September (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.Presenter: Judy Keena. Bookings essential. $35 ($50 non-members).
  • Saturday 17 September (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. Convenor: Veronica Williams. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Thursday 22 September (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. Presenters: Kaye Vernon and John Cann. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).

Service announcement for ScotlandsPeople

ScotlandsPeople have advised that their website will be unavailable from Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 23.59 (BST) due to essential planned work. They are expecting the work to be completed and service resumed by Monday 12 September 2016. ScotlandsPeople will be providing updates on Facebook and Twitter during this period.



Visit our bookshop at 2/379 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 will calculate the correct postage fees according to the weight of your order.

NEW - Family Tree Maker 2014.1 & Mac3.1 - $115.00

Australian edition by Software MacKiev. The CD contains both the OS X Mac and Windows PC version. [More detail]

The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe - $42.00

Tracing your European ancestors can be a challenging voyage. Not only does this book give you easy to read text, nice clear maps and plenty of website addresses, it also provides an introduction into each area's history, plus the basic how-to of finding and using relevant records, including Internet mailing lists, organisations, archives and libraries, genealogy societies, periodicals, vital records and more. Softcover, A4, 227 pages. Allison Dolan and the Editors of Family Tree Magazine. [More detail]

General Muster of New South Wales, 1814 - $165.00

This book rarely becomes available. Only one copy available. [More detail]

Books compiled by Trissia and the late Bill Waddingham

We have received several copies of the following books, compiled by Trissia and the late Bill Waddingham, with the exception of two books by Rex D Evans. Please contact Kathy on if you are interested in purchasing any of these books.

  • From Foleshill to Foxground, the Descendants of Edwin & Ann PARRISH. Compiled on behalf of The Parrish Family Book Committee
  • Michael SMITH and Mary Ann COLLIN, our Links to Ireland 1811-1998. Compiled on behalf of Daphne EGGLETON and the SMITH Family Reunion Committee, 1998.
  • Our Families of Braidwood, NSW, Volume 1. Compiled on behalf of Betty ANDERSON (nee SNELL) and Elene ANDERSON (nee PAYNE), 2001.
  • Our Families of Braidwood, NSW, Volume 2. Compiled on behalf of Betty ANDERSON (nee SNELL) and Elene ANDERSON (nee PAYNE), 2001.
  • Our PELL Family Story 1750-1998. Compiled for Victor PELL, 1998.
  • The Descendants of Ralph TERBUTT and Ann McINTYRE. Compiled on behalf of The Terbutt-Worley Reunion Committee, 1998.
  • The Descendants of William and Martha BUCKNELL, Elmshall, Paterson River NSW.
  • The DIGBY Families of Essex England, Australia & New Zealand. Compiled on behalf of Christine DIGBY, Ken DIGBY, Susan MILLS and Lyall MITCHELL, 2001.
  • The Family of Maurice OSWYN & Anna Maria KELLY. Compiled on behalf of Sheilah KEANE and Valmae BAKER, 1999.
  • The Family Tree of Henry and Mary HANGE, Pioneering in Australia. Compiled on behalf of Gail HANGER, 1997.
  • The Genealogy of ... The NARBEY Family of Long Bay, Banks Peninsula.
  • The TATTERSON Family. Compiled for Mrs Leola ALLIS.
  • The Whanau of Irihapeti Te Paea (Hahau), The McKAY and JOY (JOYCE) Families.
  • Catherine and William CARRAN/PATTERSON.
  • [More detail]


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