Society of Australian Genealogists


March 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 

  • A Special Trove double webinar
  • Citrix updates PC requirements for watching Webinars
  • Pre-recorded Webinars
  • Croker Prize for Biography 2016
  • 2016 NSW State FH Conference
  • Relocation of Gravesites at Badgerys Creek
  • Exciting news for Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users


  • What's on in April


  • Chronicling America - Online Newspapers



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

  • NEW - Google the Genealogist's Friend
  • NEW - Researching Ireland 1912-1923
  • NEW - Norfolk Island 1788-1814
  • Tracing your Limerick Ancestors


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A Special Trove double webinar

Trove has been in the news a lot of late, with its recent website relaunch to allow for the huge collection of NSW Government Gazettes to be added being closely followed by the less welcome news of funding cuts at the National Library which are likely to restrict the amount of new TROVE content in the future.

Whether you're a regular TROVE user or have yet to discover the wonders of this free site, it's a good time to learn more about getting the most out of TROVE. So we're delighted that former NLA staffer Jenny Higgins has offered to present a webinar to our members about TROVE – and there's so much to say it'll be a double session!

On Thursday 12 May from 8pm she'll talk about 'Part 1 – How TROVE Works' and the following Thursday she'll be back to present 'Part 2 – Getting the Best out of TROVE for your family history'. You'll get the recordings to listen to afterwards regardless of whether you listen live or not, and members can book for this special double webinar for $22.00 – see here. Not to be missed – places are limited!

Citrix updates PC requirements for watching Webinars

Our Webinar software provider Citrix has advised that from 1 April it will no longer support Windows Vista or XP systems. This follows the recent announcement that Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is also being phased out from that date as well. If you're not sure whether your computer will allow you to watch one of our webinars, would like to test your system or just need more information you can visit our information page.

Pre-recorded Webinars

You'll also now find a selection of pre-recorded webinars in the online Event listing – these are sessions that were held live over the last few years but for which we are now making the recordings available. All you have to do is to go online to the website, make your booking and pay in the usual way – you'll get the link to the recording straight away and you can go back and watch it as often as you like. Check out our current recorded webinars here.

Croker Prize for Biography 2016

The latest edition of Descent will be with members shortly, and amongst other things it will carry news of the 2016 Croker Prize for Biography. Members can win $1000 by writing 800-1000 words on the theme The Ancestor I Most Admire is ... Entries close on 31 May so if you're keen to start writing you can have a sneak preview of the requirements here

2016 NSW State FH Conference

The 2016 Annual NSW&ACT Association of FHS Conference will be hosted by the Camden Area FHS from 9-11 September this year in Camden NSW. Early bird registrations are now open until 4 July and you'll find details of the program, social events and the FH Friday Fair on their website at You can also subscribe to their regular newsletter updates through the site to keep up to date with conference plans as they come to hand. The SAG will have a stall at the Fair and be there during the conference so hope to catch up with lots of our members then.

Relocation of Gravesites at Badgerys Creek

In preparation for the new Badgerys Creek Airport, planning is underway to relocate gravesites affected by this development. This includes graves at St John's Anglican Cemetery, the Uniting (Methodist) Cemetery and family graves at the Anchau Winery. Anyone who believes they have family members buried in these cemeteries is being asked to contact the Department of Infrastructure and Development on 1800 038 160 or by email at before the deadline of 6 April.

To help readers establish if they do have family graves which might be affected, we have attached a scan of headstone transcriptions (not burials) done in 1982 for the Anglican and Uniting (Methodist) Cemeteries. These come from a pamphlet published by the Nepean FHS in 1982 held in our library at B7/11/Pam.43 and are reproduced here to help people quickly establish if this government notice affects them, given the very short lead time available.

Exciting news for Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users

Ancestry has transferred FTM to The Software MacKiev Company which is based in Boston, USA.

MacKiev is intending to continue development of the program into the future. The first upgrade release is due soon and the good news for FTM users is that this upgrade will be free to all persons with either the PC 2014 or Mac 3 versions installed on their machines.

If you are using an earlier version now is the time to upgrade while stocks remain. This is the last opportunity for people using earlier versions to upgrade to either PC 2014 or Mac 3 versions and obtain the free Ancestry subscription. Software MacKiev will not be including Ancestry subscriptions with their new software. Buy PC 2014 or Mac 3 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.

  • Tuesday 5 April (8.00pm - 9.00pm) - Webinar - Gems of the Mitchell Library
    The Mitchell Library forms part of the State Library of NSW, which is Australia's oldest library and is a vast and surprising repository for biography, memoir and family history which can all be used to help build the story of a life or a family. Wendy Holz will be highlighting some of the Mitchell's most relevant collections for family historians. Presenter: Wendy Holz, NSW State Library. Bookings essential. $12 - SAG Members only.
  • Wednesday 6 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - External Tour - First Government House and the Museum of Sydney - BOOKED OUT!
  • Thursday 7 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Minding Her Own Business - Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney
    There are few memorials to colonial businesswomen, but if you know where to look you can find many traces of their presence as you wander the streets of Sydney. From milliners and dressmakers to ironmongers and booksellers, these women have been hidden in the historical record but were visible to their contemporaries. Historian Dr. Catherine Bishop will provide stories about colonial businesswomen of Sydney and share tips about how to research women in history. Presenter: Dr Catherine Bishop. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Thursday 14 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - Digital Publishing - BOOKED OUT!
  • Friday 15 April (10.00am - 1.00pm) - Hands On @379 - County Limerick
    Join us for this Hands On computers session, highlighting selected online sources & other material available for Limerick, & where it can be found in the SAG Library. Includes an hour to consult featured records. Limit 14. Session Leader: Philippa Garnsey, Joan Healy. Bookings essential & limited to 14. $35 ($50 non-members).
  • Saturday 16 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Legacy Software User Group
    Discover ways to maximise the benefits of this family history software program. Learn from others, share tips and ask questions. Group convenor: Bev Hyssett. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Thursday 21 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Hands On @120 - Handwriting Workshop
    At our first ever Hands On @120 session, manuscripts from the SAG collection and other samples will be used to learn how to decipher old handwriting and practice transcribing documents. If you have a document you cannot read, bring it along! Bookings essential & limited to 15. $35 ($50 non-members).
  • Saturday 23 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Restoring Photos with Photoshop Elements
    You asked for it and here it is! Learn how to use Photoshop Elements to enhance your digital photos, remove blemishes, repair tears and much more. Presenter: Melissa Hulbert. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).
  • Wednesday 27 April (8.00pm - 9.00pm) - Webinar - Did Your Ancestors Serve in the British Military BEFORE World War One?
    This talk looks at the records available to help you research your ancestors who served in the British Army, Navy or Royal Marines PRIOR to WWI. Records cover a vast period from Muster Rolls in the 16th Century right through the Napoleonic Wars to the Crimean, Indian Mutiny, the Zulu and Boer Wars. Records include Medal Rolls for the late 19th Century, Service Records, Pay Lists and Muster Rolls from the 18th to the 19th Century Naval Ships Musters and Logs are also becoming available and more things are being put on-line every month. You will learn where to find some of these records and how to search for a specific ancestor and how to make sense of the records that you find.. Presenter: David Holman (UK). Bookings essential. $12 - SAG Members only.
  • Saturday 30 April (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Chinese Family History and Migration to Australia
    Join historian Dr Kate Bagnall as she takes us on a journey into the history of Chinese Australian families. Starting with an overview of Chinese migration to Australia from the 1810s to 1940s, Kate will explore the different kinds of records you can use to uncover information about your Chinese ancestors. She will also share tips about Chinese names and ideas for tracking family back to China. Presenter: Dr Kate Bagnall. Bookings essential. $22 ($35 non-members).

Chronicling America - Online Newspapers

In Australia we have TROVE for free access to online newspapers and other digital resources. For researchers with American ancestors, a similar project exists. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of US newspapers. The database covers newspapers from 1836 to 1922 and the site also contains a directory of newspapers published in the US from 1690 to the present. You can search the currently available digitised newspapers at


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 - Google the Genealogist's Friend - $15.00

Everyone knows Google as the most used search engine in the world, but for genealogists it can do so much more to further their family history research. Softcover, A5, 50 pages. Helen V Smith, Unlock The Past Series, 2016. [More detail]

NEW - Researching Ireland 1912-1923 - $15.00

A century on, in this book from Unlock the Past, Northern Irish born family historian Chris Paton will help you to discover whether your ancestors were caught up in the events of that period - whether they were Suffragettes, unionised workers, Ulster or Irish Volunteers, fighting with the British Army and Crown forces, against them as rebels and revolutionaries, and in the ensuing civil war on both sides of the Treaty divide. Softcover, A5, 57 pages. Chris Paton, Unlock The Past Series, 2016. [More detail]

NEW - Norfolk Island 1788-1814 - $11.50

Historian Cathy Dunn takes you on a journey back to the 1st Settlement of Norfolk Island 1788-1814 describing the archives and records that are available, where copies of the records are kept and what family historians can find online. Softcover, A5, 27 pages. Cathy Dunn, Unlock The Past Series, 2016. [More detail]

Tracing your Limerick Ancestors - $28.00

This second edition of Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors sets out the genealogical sources that are available, where they can be obtained, and how to use each record to the best effect. It is well illustrated with maps, examples of the records to be found; and other relevant material. There is also a comprehensive index. Softcover book, 160 pages, 23cm. Margaret Franklin, Flyleaf Press, 2nd edition 2014. [More detail]


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