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 

October 2015

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  • Lost In - our Virtual Event
  • New Bus Timetable for Sydney
  • UK 1939 Register being released early November


  • What's on in November


  • Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies



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

  • Secondhand books
  • A Dream called Cangai
  • A Hawkesbury Story
  • Tracing Your Legal Ancestors
  • Tracing Your Yorkshire Ancestors


  • Subscribe or alter your subscription to these newsletters

Lost In - our Virtual Event

We’ve been delighted with the response to our first ever Virtual ‘Lost In’ weekend seminar, which is being held on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November. Places are filling fast so you need to act quickly if you’d like to participate. There’s a weekend of webinars and other activities– and if you can’t listen to them all live, registrants will have access to the webinar recordings for a month afterwards. See details here.

New Bus Timetable for Sydney

Sydneysiders will be aware that there have been a lot of changes to bus and traffic routes in Sydney recently due to the start of work on the George Street light rail project. On the positive side we now have a bus stop on the corner of Market & Kent Streets, a few doors along from our library at 379 Kent Street. So if you travel on routes to Millers Point, Walsh Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Dural, Castle Hill, West Pennant Hills or Knightsbridge you may find this useful. The Millers Point/Walsh Bay service unfortunately doesn’t go the full length of Kent Street, but it does go south along Kent Street as far as Erskine Street before travelling down Napoleon Street to Hickson Road. So if you are moving from 379 Kent to our other building at 120 Kent Street there is now a half hourly bus service which will cut the walk down a little.

UK 1939 Register being released early November

FindMyPast has announced that the UK 1939 Register will be released on its website on 2 November. Genealogists everywhere are eagerly anticipating its release, as it includes the names, addresses, occupations and marital status of 41 million people recorded in September 1939, just before the outbreak of World War Two. It’s particularly significant for this period of English history as the 1931 Census was destroyed and because of the war, the 1941 census was never taken.

We’ve also arranged for English genealogist Audrey Collins to present a webinar on this wonderful new resource on 20 January – see details here.

CALENDAR - November

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 7 & Sunday 8 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Lost in 2015 - Virtual Weekend Seminar
    Join us for our first-ever virtual weekend seminar - two days of webinars and online presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to tune in live, or to listen to recordings of all sessions after the event at a time that suits. There'll be competitions, bookshop specials and much more! Reserve your space now. Further details for the 2015 Lost In Virtual event are available here. Bookings essential. $75 ($110 non-members) including all recordings and handouts.
  • Tuesday 10 November (8.00pm - 9.00pm) - Webinar - Tracing Your German Ancestors
    Join Dr Michael Lacopo and SAG President, Martyn Killion, as they explore sources for pinpointing your ancestors’ place of origin in Germany, the records available to take your research further and how to contact other researchers of your German branches. Bookings essential. $13 (Note this is a 90 minute webinar). SAG Members only.
  • Thursday 12 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - Secrets of Successful Storytelling - BOOKED OUT!
  • Friday 13 November (10.30am - 1.00pm) - Hands On - County Kent
    Join us for this Hands On session highlighting selected online sources & other material available for Kent, & where it can be found in the SAG Library. Includes an hour to consult featured records. Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney. Session leader: Joan Healy. Bookings essential & limited to 14. $30 ($45 non-members).
  • Saturday 14 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Family Tree Maker User Group - AM Session
    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips & ask questions. Presenter: Larry Czarnik. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 14 November (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Family Tree Maker User Group - PM Session
    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips & ask questions. Presenter: Larry Czarnik. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 19 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - House Histories
    Have you ever wondered about the stories behind your old home or the home your ancestors lived in? When it was built, the previous occupants and their occupations, or the name of your house? Researching houses can provide valuable information for your family history. Learn how to access directories, land subdivision plans, newspapers, maps and local Council information to research your house and your local area. Presenter: Catherine Hardie and Kirstin Cox, Local History Librarians, City of Canterbury Library. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Friday 20 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Hands On - 20 Hints for Trove - BOOKED OUT!
  • Saturday 21 November (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. Convenor: Beverley Hyssett. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 21 November (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Aboriginal History
    Kath Schilling has been researching Aboriginal Family History since 1985 when she began tracing her own genealogy. She has worked with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and helped thousands of Aboriginal people research their family history. At present she is working on the Heritage and Oral Histories of the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation. During this presentation Kath will discuss how to get through some of the difficulties when tracing Aboriginal Heritage and the reality of finding records pre 1900. Presenter: Kath Schilling. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Tuesday 24 November (8.00pm - 9.00pm) - Webinar - Ascertaining Arrivals to NSW
    Join Martyn Killion as he explores sources and strategies for finding your ancestor’s arrival, using NSW as an example of material available for immigration. This is a session not to be missed if you have ancestors still ‘swimming’ to the colonies! Bookings essential. $10. SAG Members only.
  • Wednesday 25 November (10.00am - 11.00am) - Guided Tour of the Macleay Museum, Sydney University
    Join a guided tour of the oldest natural history collection in Australia and historically rich collections of Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Pacific islanders' cultural material. The museum also holds a collection of photographs documenting life in Australia and the Pacific region from the late 1840s to the 1960s. Location: Sydney University. Tour Leader: Sydney University museum guide. Bookings essential. Members Only, $18.
  • Thursday 26 November (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - What's in the City of Sydney Archives?
    Find out what’s in the City of Sydney’s Archives Collection and how to search their collection online. Michael will update us on volunteer projects that are providing highly valuable data for family and local history research. Presenter: Michael Smith, City Archivist. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Saturday 28 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - English Research Group - Visit UK Archives? Go prepared
    Archives in the UK can be a minefield - preparing early for that overseas visit is vital to make best use of your time when there. If you are researching from home, the talk will also be useful as many of the online resources available through leading archives and other repositories will be discussed. Convenor: Pauline Kettle. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 28 November (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Family Historian Software - An Introduction
    For TMG User Group members and others interested in the Family Historian software. Family Historian is a genealogy software package that stores your research along with multimedia and sources. It supports queries and reports, allowing researchers to quickly find or analyse data. Consider installing the 30-day free trial of the software and then bring along your laptop to this meeting to try out some of the features. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).

Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies

The Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies is a basic looking website but offers transcripts of records relating to indigenous Australians that may be useful to genealogists researching indigenous family history. The material on this site has been extracted from publicly available records in various state and federal archives throughout Australia.


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.

Secondhand books

We have a large selection of secondhand books available, including out of print family histories. Follow the link to the Shop website, enter a keyword such as a surname or place name that you are interested in. Check every few months as we are always adding to this collection. [More detail]

A Dream called Cangai - $20.00

This book is the detailed history of Cangai. Many families who now live in the Clarence Valley can trace their roots back to Cangai pioneers. If today you look at the Gwydir Highway on a map, running from South Grafton to Glen Innes, just past Jackadgery, you will see a dot that says Cangai. If you turn off to investigate, you will see a beautiful valley but no town. This book is the detailed history of Cangai, the town that once existed in that beautiful valley. Soft cover, 24cm, indexed, 70 pages, Margaret Neyle, 2013. [More detail]

A Hawkesbury Story - $25.00

Book 2 of the Everingham trilogy. This volume takes up the story of First Fleeter, Matthew James Everingham and the first generation of his family, all of whom played a role in the development of the Hawkesbury River settlement as an important centre of farming and trade in the Colony during the vital early decades of the nineteenth century. The Everinghams' experiences mirror the day-to-day life of so many pioneer Hawkesbury families. The index to this volume reveals the far-reaching research undertaken by a dedicated family historian, appreciative of the value of recording our unwritten early history. Softcover, A5, 260 pages, Valerie Ross, 1989. [More detail]

Tracing Your Legal Ancestors - $35.00

Stephen Wade’s concise account of legal history and research resources will be an invaluable guide for anyone who is studying the subject or seeking an ancestor who was associated with it. Softcover, A5, 192 pages, Stephen Wade, Pen & Sword 2010. [More detail]

Tracing Your Yorkshire Ancestors - $35.00

This fully-revised second edition of Rachel Bellerby's best-selling guide is essential reading if you want to find out about your Yorkshire ancestors. As well as tracing when your ancestors were born, married and died you can explore how they lived, how they spent their leisure time and what their home life was like. Tracing your Yorkshire ancestors has never been more exciting. Softcover, A5, 175 pages, Rachel Bellerby, Pen & Sword 2013. [More detail]


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