Society of Australian Genealogists


July 2017

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 

  • Congress 2018
  • August is National Family History Month
  • Upcoming Events
  • Update on Family Tree Maker 2017 software


  • What's on in August


  • Manorial Documents



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

  • NEW - Legacy 9.0 User Guide
  • Family History for Beginners and Beyond (15th Edition)
  • Arrivals in Australia from 1788
  • Arrivals & Departures NSW 1788-1825 CD-ROM


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Congress 9-12 March 2018

There’s been a fantastic response to Congress and we’ve reached our target of 300 early bird registrations two months early! We want as many people as possible to have the chance to come along to this major event at the early bird rate, so we’re keeping this open for the time being. But it can’t last – so if you are planning to attend Congress now is the time to get in at the discount rate. See the dedicated Congress website at for more.

August is National Family History Month

Every year family history societies around Australia celebrate National Family History Month in August. We’re holding a number of activities including a free webinar and library tour – see the activities listed below for more information. You’ll find the full National FH Month calendar at

Upcoming Events

The SAG will be at two upcoming events in Sydney. The first is the Unlock the Past two day seminar in Parramatta on 15-16 August featuring Dirk Weissleder and Chris Paton. You’ll find details at We’ll also be speaking and have a stall at the State Archives and Records Open Day at Kingswood on 8 September. The Open Day is a free event but you need to book for some activities – see details on the State Archives website at

Update on Family Tree Maker 2017 software

The testing has been completed and FTM 2017 has been released. The DVDs are expected to arrive in Australia mid August. Place your order with us now to ensure you receive your DVD as soon as we receive stock. For more information and to order, click here.


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.

  • Available until 7 August 2017 - Webinar Season Ticket - August to October 2017
    Only available until 7 August 2017. By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between August-October, either live or by watching the recording later. You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link. And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 5 for the price of 4. The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are: Hoosier Daddy? social media (23 Aug), British criminal records (4 Sept), Researching Australian military (12 Sept), The Biographical Database of Australia (16 Oct) and High definition ancestry DNA testing by Living DNA (26 Oct). You will also be automatically booked into Handing on your family history (9 Aug) which is a free webinar for Family History Month. Please note the Season Ticket does not cover virtual events or webfests - these have to be booked separately.
  • Wednesday 2 August (10.30am - 12.30pm) - An archaeological ramble 'round The Rocks - BOOKED OUT!
  • Saturday 5 August (10.30am - 3.30pm) - Introduction to building your research skills
    This is a joint event with the Royal Australian Historical Society held at State Archives, Kingswood. Presenters: Martyn Killion, Terry Kass, Naomi Perry and Christine Yeats. Bookings essential - $55.
  • Wednesday 9 August (10.00am - 11.00am) - Free Webinar - Handing on your family history
    The Society welcomes donations of family histories and items for its collections, to help preserve them and to help others with their research. This free webinar will examine the types of items that the Society accepts and how to prepare your materials for donation. Free for Family History Month and open to SAG members and non-members but bookings are essential. Presenters: Heather Garnsey & Ralph Hawkins. Bookings essential. Free.
  • Thursday 10 August (9.00am - 10.00am) - Free library tour - Where do I start at the SAG library?
    Get 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? Bookings essential. Free - members only.
  • Thursday 10 August (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - The writing process
    ‘Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia’ won the Indie Non-Fiction Award in 2014. Hear how the author went about incorporating humour with history when writing it and last year’s sequel, ‘True Girt’. Presenter: David Hunt. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Saturday 12 August (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Family Tree Maker - AM session
    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions. See online for draft agenda. Presenter: Larry Czarnik. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Saturday 12 August (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Family Tree Maker - PM session
    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions. See online for draft agenda. Presenter: Larry Czarnik. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Thursday 17 August (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Introduction to WordPress blogging
    Geneablogging is an excellent platform for sharing family stories and documenting your research journey. In this session, Jill Ball will guide participants in using free software to set up a family history blog/website. Presenter: Jill Ball. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Saturday 19 August (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - TMG Group - GEDSITE
    Guest speaker John Cardinal from the USA: John has developed a program call GEDSITE, which compiles a customisable web site or writes HTML files on CD/DVD, using a GEDCOM file as the input data. Programs that can write a GEDCOM or use GEDCOM as their native file format will work with GEDSITE. NB. This topic will be of interest to all software users, not just those using TMG. The speaker is presenting remotely from the US via webinar. If you register and pay, you will receive the recording even if you do not attend on the day. Convenor: Bruce Faihall. Presenter: John Cardinal. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Wednesday 23 August (10.00am - 11.00am) - Webinar - Hoosier Daddy? social media
    The digital age has changed the face of genealogy, but there is more power to be unleashed beyond just scanning websites for data. Hone your skills as a writer, tell stories, compile your genealogy, share with others, and allow others researching the same families to find you. Take a journey with your lecturer into the blogosphere and learn how this resource can be means to breaking down your brick walls.Presenter: Michael Lacopo. Bookings essential. $12 members only.
  • Saturday 26 August (10.30am - 12.30pm) - English Research Group - Asylums in England in the 19th Century
    “Asylum” is perhaps a word that people do not wish to use, but it was certainly a reality of life that carried a great stigma. The institutions were for children and adults who suffered with mental or physical disabilities and often shut away from public life. But who put them into Asylums and why? What was their life like? Were they ever treated and later released? Have records survived and where are they? Finding some answers to these questions may unravel family mysteries. Convenor: Pauline Kettle. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Thursday 31 August (10.30am - 12.30pm) - DNA testing at Ancestry
    Had your DNA tested? Not sure what to do next or what it all means? Genealogist Michelle Patient will explore some fundamental steps to get the most out of your AncestryDNA results, give an overview of what DNA results mean, as well as tips and hints for extracting genealogy evidence to help further your research. Presenter: Michelle Patient. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).

Manorial Documents

The Manorial Documents Register is the official index to English and Welsh manorial records and provides brief descriptions of documents as well as details of their locations in public and private hands. Documents in the MDR include court rolls, surveys, maps, documents and books relating to the boundaries, customs, operations or courts of a manor.

The National Archives is gradually digitising the register on a county by county basis awith over half the counties of England and the whole of Wales already completed. Search the register to see what records are available and to identify where those records can be found. Note that the records themselves are not part of the register and cannot be viewed online.


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 - Legacy 9.0 User Guide - $25.00
Become an expert Legacy user with this authoritative, printed User's Guide book. Includes step-by-step instructions for nearly anything you need, plus plenty of pictures to unleash the power of Legacy! Softcover, 301 pages, fully illustrated, easy-to-read font, indexed. Millennia Inc. 2017. [More detail]

Family History for Beginners and Beyond (15th Edition) - $36.00
This popular reference guide is back in stock. Extensive references for beginners and the more experienced family historian. Softcover book, 25cm, 273 pages. Compiled by Danny O'Neill et al, The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc, 15th Edition, 2017. [More detail]

Arrivals in Australia from 1788 - $32.00
This book introduces the history and records of migration to Australia from 1788. Migrating to a new country was one of the most dramatic life changes anyone undertook and it certainly affected the lives of their descendants. Investigating their journey is a key part of your family history research. However immigration records in Australia are not all held in one place - when, where and how they arrived affect where (and whether) records of their arrival can be found. Understanding categories of arrivals and the immigration schemes in place as well as the general principles of where documents are held, will give you confidence that you have looked in all the right places. Softcover, A5, 140 pages. Kerry Farmer, Unlock The Past Series 2015. [More detail]

Arrivals & Departures NSW 1788-1825 - $35.00
This is the second in a series being published which will cover free shipping into NSW to 1842. The first in the series, Free Passengers 1826-1837 was released in 2009. Finding arrivals of non-convicts into NSW in the early years of the colony can be difficult and locating the few surviving departure records is almost impossible. This CD-ROM 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. While convict arrivals are not included, convicts who were moved from one settlement to another are listed. [More detail]


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