Society of Australian Genealogists


February 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

  • Welcome to our new look SAGe
  • New SAG site
  • MIDAS - More "Buried treasures"
  • It must be New Website month!
  • NLA Funding & Trove
  • RAHS Grand Tour to Goulburn


  • What's on in March


  • Cyndi's List


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

  • NEW - Ancestor Family Tree Work Book
  • Arrivals & Departures NSW 1788-1825 CD
  • Journal of Society of Australian Genealogists 1933-2008
  • Evernote for Family Historians


  • Subscribe or alter your subscription to these newsletters

Welcome to our new look SAGe

With the launch of the Society’s new website, we decided it was time to also update our monthly electronic newsletter to bring it into line with the Society’s new branding. We hope you like it!

New SAG site

During the month we finally launched the new SAG website, with updated content and easier navigation. You can now use the shortcuts in the top right-hand corner of the home page to go straight to the Events Listing, the library and MIDAS catalogues, and to join or renew your subscription.

The site now also has a MySAG section, and although there is no member only content there at present, you can set up a log-in (which you can maintain in your profile in MySAG) which will streamline the process of booking events and making purchases in our on-line shop. We encourage you to explore this new facility.

MIDAS - More "Buried treasures". An article and a list of Memorial Cards

We've prepared a package of information on Memorial Cards and other Funerary Ephemera. This includes an article by one of our members, Phillipa Morris, and a list of the examples that we have found so far in our Manuscript and Image collection. Access the MIDAS HOMEscreen at and click on the In Memoriam icon in the right hand box.

It must be New Website month!

‘Tis the season for new websites apparently – the SAG is not the only one to launch a new site during February.

The State Library of NSW has just launched its latest upgrade, with lots of new material including more online galleries. A new catalogue for the print, manuscript, oral history and pictures collections is planned for mid year. You can see the new site at

The big news during the month was the launch of Trove 7, the new platform for the much loved National Library of Australia website, which includes the Australian Historical Newspapers and now the NSW Government Gazette. This was a major upgrade which required the site to be down for a few days (reminding us all that we used to survive without a daily dose of Trove quite nicely!). Unfortunately the upgrade has not been without teething problems and they are currently asking users to have patience while they work through these.

The State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia are working collaboratively to digitise and deliver the NSW Government Gazette collection (1832 to 2001) through Trove. A selection of Gazettes are now available on the site and more will be added on a regular basis.

NLA Funding & Trove

Just as TROVE was working to bring us its exciting new features, news came out about funding cuts and new efficiency dividends imposed on the National Library of Australia which are going to affect its future operations. To library has announced budgetary measures including laying off staff, reducing the number of international print and online subscriptions it takes out and reviewing its public education program. It will also ‘cease aggregating content in Trove from museums and universities unless it is fully funded to do so’.

With 70,000 users every day, Trove has become the go-to site for researchers worldwide, not just family historians but anyone who needs to access the Library’s amazing collection of material – which at 25 February was close to 375 million books, articles, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives, datasets and much more. The hashtag #fundTrove was begun to express support for Trove and to demonstrate to the Government how important it is to the research community world-wide. These cuts don’t mean that TROVE is going to disappear, but it is likely to mean that less content will be able to be added in the future, and that some items will not be able to be added at all unless another repository or organisation pays for it to be digitised.

You can read more about the impact funding cuts will have on Trove at and there's a form letter available which can be sent to the relevant Minister if you'd like to raise your concerns with him - you'll find this at

RAHS Grand Tour to Goulburn

The RAHS has asked us to alert our members to its Grand Tour to Goulburn by coach on 30 – 31 March 2016, with RAHS Councillor and tour operator Judith Dunn. Secure your place for this exciting event by calling History House on (02) 9247 8001 or email

Don’t miss out – numbers are limited!

Visit Avon Dam in Bargo, Bong Bong – the first township established in the Southern Highlands, Sutton Forest, Old Moorawoolen (now Marulan), Towrang Convict Stockade, Old Goulburn Brewery, St. ClairVilla and St. Saviour’s Cathedral, to name some of the locations planned. More information is available on the RAHS website including details on how to book:


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.

  • Saturday 5 March (11.00am - 3.00pm) - Webinar - 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. Bookings essential. $35 - SAG Members only.
  • Wednesday 9 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Tour - Guided Tour of the Hyde Park Barracks and the Mint - BOOKED OUT!
  • Thursday 10 March (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. Presenter: Janette Pelosi. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Thursday 10 March (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - 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. Presenter: Tony Healy. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Saturday 12 March (9.30am - 3.30pm) - 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. Bookings essential. $55 ($85 non-members).
  • Wednesday 16 March (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. Presenter: Alison Wolf. Bookings essential. $12 - SAG Members only.
  • Friday 18 March (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. Session Leader: Judy Keena. Bookings essential & limited to 14. $35 ($50 non-members).
  • Saturday 19 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Using GENUKI
    Great tips and instructions for using this enormously useful gateway website for the UK and Ireland. Presenter: Judy Keena. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Saturday 19 March (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - 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. Presenter: Philippa Garnsey. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Thursday 31 March (9.00am - 10.00am) - Free Library Tour - Where Do I Start at the SAG Library?
    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. Tour Leader: Lorraine Brothers, SAG Librarian. Bookings Essential. Free and restricted to SAG members.

Cyndi's List

There's a number of websites highlighted in this issue of SAGe which provide a wealth of information to researchers including the updated SAG website, Trove and the State Library of NSW. Another website that is useful for beginning and experienced genealogists alike is Cyndi's List. Over 20 years old, Cyndi's List is a categorised and cross-referenced list of links to genealogical research sites online. Sites are grouped into hundreds of categories and the site has a search field so you can easily locate relevant sites for your research. Another useful features is a 'Browse New Links' area where you can view new sites added to the list - new sites are added almost every day. If you've never visited this site or it's been a while since you were last there, Cyndi's List is worth checking out.


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 on our new bookshop website will calculate the correct postage fees according to the weight of your order.

NEW - Ancestor Family Tree Work Book - $15.00

For keeping basic name and date details at hand. The book contains: Ancestor Charts for husband and wife, as well as Family Group Sheets and Notes Sheets for each couple through to GG Grandparents. A4, soft cover, 68 pages. Published by Anne Trubshaw-Dow & Lynn Dillon, 2012 [More detail]

Arrivals & Departures NSW 1788-1825 CD - $35.00

This CD might help locate some of these mysterious ancestors who swam here or disappeared without trace! Sourced from a number of early records drawn into one database. Includes nearly 5,500 records of arrivals and 3,000 departures of free persons, military and crew on convict ships, whales and trading vessels. Windows 7, Vista & XP compatible. Society of Australian Genealogists, 2011. [More detail]

Journal of Society of Australian Genealogists 1933-2008 - $85.00

2 CD Set of Descent & The Australian Genealogist

This is your opportunity to obtain a complete run of The Australian Genealogist (first published in 1932) and Descent (up to the December 2008 issue) in a fully searchable PDF format. System Requirements: Any MAC or Windows computer using Adobe Reader 4 or later. Society of Australian Genealogists & Archive Digital Books Australia, 2009. [More detail]

Evernote for Family Historians - $15.00

Family historians have more need than most people to be organised. We have a lot of electronic and paper files in different places in different formats. Evernote can collect everything together, all in one place. Evernote can change the way we go about our research and can reduce the need for printing and hardcopy storage. Evernote can change your life, and this book will show you how. Softcover book, A5, 44 pages. Carole Riley, Unlock the Past, 2015. [More detail]


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Any feedback or enquiries regarding this newsletter should be directed to the editor: Lisa Watson. Items for inclusion are also welcome.