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 

January 2014

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  • New Position Available at the SAG
  • Certificate Course in Genealogical Studies
  • Unlock the Past Seminar at Parramatta in February
  • Temporary Closure of Herefordshire Archive Service
  • New Records on ScotlandsPeople


  • What's on in February


  • South Australian Directories
  • Royal Australian Navy Lists to 1980s



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

  • View from the Summit
  • eRecords for Family History
  • How Did They Get Here? Arrivals after 1924
  • Shipping and Migration Research on the Internet
  • DNA for Genealogists
  • That Elusive Digger
  • Tracing Your English Ancestors


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New Position Available at the SAG

We’ve just created a new full-time salaried position based at Richmond Villa, which will suit someone with strong administrative skills who’d like to work in a family history environment. The position is responsible for the maintenance of our membership records, as well as co-ordinating our member services and assisting with our education program. Daily activities also include handling mail, email, telephone and counter enquiries and assisting other administration staff as required. Previous experience in a small office environment will be helpful and you’ll need excellent keyboard and organisational skills, an ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.

The position is based at 120 Kent Street and is five days per week, including two Saturdays per month on a roster basis. Applications are open until 5 February and should be lodged at Further details are also available on request from this address.

Certificate Course in Genealogical Studies 2014

Applications for admission to the Certificate are open from 1-28 February 2014. The Regulations, Course information and Application form are now available on our website here.

Unlock the Past Seminar at Parramatta in February

Following on from their next cruise in February, the Unlock the Past team is touring Australia with two of the cruise speakers, Chris Paton from Scotland and Thomas MacEntee from the US. The Sydney seminar is being held at the Parramatta RSL on Thursday 13 February from 10am – 5pm. Bookings can be made at or by phoning (08) 8395 7476.

Temporary Closure of Herefordshire Archive Service

The Herefordshire Archive Service is now closed to the public and will remain so for the whole of 2014 and early 2015. This is to allow staff and volunteers to prepare the collection for a move to purpose built premises next year. The distance enquiry and paid research services will continue as normal throughout the closed period. Details of progress on the new building and plans for the future are available at

New Records on ScotlandsPeople

Scottish records of births in 1913, marriages in 1938 and deaths in 1963 became available online for the first time on 1 January 2014. Almost 222,000 images of birth, death and marriage records are now available to family history researchers. The new images are available on the ScotlandsPeople website.

CALENDAR - February

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 1 February (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 8 February (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Family Tree Maker User Group
    Join other users of this popular family history software for an opportunity to share tips and get help. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 8 February (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Reunion (for Mac) User Group
    Reunion users are invited to an informal meeting encouraging members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques. Bring your questions, laptop, iPad or iPhone. All Reunion users or potential users are invited. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 13 February (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group
    Indexes are the first place you should look for information. So why are they at the back of the book? What do you put in them? How are they set out? Come and discover the answers to these intriguing questions. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 15 February (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - The Master Genealogist Software Group - Using TMG to help your research
    Sue Dobson will lead a discussion on how to use TMG to prepare for your research. Rob Walley will demonstrate Mocavo and how to enter your results into TMG. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 13 February (10.30am - 12.30pm) - English Research Group - Charles Booth Notebooks
    Charles Booth was a philanthropist and social researcher and spent many years in the late 1880s documenting the life of the working classes of London. We will discover how to use his maps and notebooks and look at the lives of some of the many families living in the East End of London who appear in these notebooks. Presenter - Pauline Kettle. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 20 February (10.00am - 11.30pm) - Tour - Sydney Observatory Guided Tour
    Join a 90-minute tour guided by an astronomy educator which will include: the unique history of the observatory, a 3-D space theatre experience, a look at a simulated night sky in the digital planetarium and viewing through the telescope (weather permitting). Bookings essential. $15 ($22 non-members).
  • Tuesday 25 February (8.00pm - 9.00pm AEST) - Webinar - Goldfields Research for NSW & 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 library and online, looking at many you may not have considered. Bookings essential and limited to SAG members only. Price $10.00.
  • Wednesday 26 February (10.30am - 1.30pm) - Tour - Historic Millers Point Walking Tour - BOOKED OUT!

South Australian Directories

Post Office directories and almanacs are a valuable source of information for family historians, containing names, addresses, occupations and lists of officials. From the State Library of South Australia website you can now search South Australian almanacs and directories ranging in date from 1864 to 1959 with directories from 1960-1973 still to come.

The website breaks the directories into two tabs by date, 1864-1899 and 1900-1973. Within each tab you can click on a year and search the relevant directory. Note that each directory must be searched individually. More information on the directories and search tips are available on the website.

Royal Australian Navy Lists to 1980s

The Navy List traditionally contains details of the officers of the Australian Navy. Past editions have been digitised and are now available online. Part of the Sea Power Centre, Australia's digitisation project, the aim is to make historic records and information more readily available to members of the public. A 30 year disclosure period applies to the Navy Lists and later editions will be progressively released as the disclosure period on each list expires. The lists are grouped by decade from the 1900s to the 1980s and individual PDF lists can then be downloaded.


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.

View from the Summit (Secondhand) - $65.00

In this candid, wry, and vastly entertaining autobiography, the first man ever to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest looks back on his landmark 1953 expedition as well as on his remarkable explorations to other exotic locales, including the South Pole and the River Ganges. Photos, including 3 color inserts. Hardcover, good condition, 309 pages. Sir Edmund Hillary, Random House New Zealand, 1999, [more detail]

eRecords for Family History - $12.00

eRecords offer fully searchable, unprecedented research possibilities using your PC, tablet or smartphone, whenever and wherever you are. This must have book has lots of practical advice and tips on how to find and use eRecords for family history research. It also explains how to organise, manage and backup your digital data and eRecords. Softcover, A5, 44 pages, Cora Num, 2013, [more detail]

How Did They Get Here? Arrivals after 1924 - $12.00

A must have book for those whose family came to Australia after 1924. If you are searching for family who arrived before 1924 see Cora's book Shipping and Migration Research on the Internet. This second edition is suitable for both beginners and experienced researchers. Use it to start your research, expand on what you know and learn about the latest Internet resources and search techniques. Softcover, A5, 44 pages, Cora Num, 2012, [more detail]

Shipping and Migration Research on the Internet - $12.00

A must have book for those whose family came to Australia before 1924. Use it to start your research, expand on what you know and learn about the very latest Internet resources and search techniques. Suitable for both beginners and experienced researchers. This book is designed to help you find arrival and migration records for those who came to Australia before 1924. Online resources such as indexes, databases, digitised original records, newspapers, digitised microfilm, research courses and eBooks are included with details on how to use them. There are also lots of useful tips and hints throughout the book that will save you time, money and frustration. Softcover, A5, 44 pages, Cora Num, 2012, [more detail]

DNA for Genealogists - $14.00

As well as providing information about ourselves, DNA testing allows us to find others who share our ancestors, and also confirm or challenge apparently known relationships. Such tests can provide evidence of relationship even when no documents exist. Previously available only to medical and law-enforcement professionals, commercial testing companies now make genetic testing directly available to anyone who is interested. Softcover book, second edition, A5, 60 pages. Kerry Farmer, Unlock the Past, 2012, [more detail]

That Elusive Digger - $15.00

Tracing your Australian Military Ancestors. Herein are provided handy summaries of Australia's military history both in peace and war; a glimpse of where to look and what to look for, all leavened with brief forays into how to understand and so get the most from military records. For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, there is no better place to start. Softcover, A5, indexed, 56 pages, Neil C Smith, Unlock the Past 2013, [more detail]

Tracing Your English Ancestors - $18.00

Initially written as course notes for lectures that were given by Graham Jaunay, this new edition of 'Tracing Your English Ancestors' has been greatly expanded and fully updated. Written to aid the researcher based in Australia to learn how to access records in England, this book examines the specific issues that you may encounter when researching in England, together with what many of the records are, where they are located, their coverage and any issues relating to them. Softcover, A5, 59 pages, Graham Jaunay, Unlock the Past series 2013, [more detail]


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