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  • 22 Sep 2020 11:05 AM | Anonymous
    Our new look Descent magazine will be with you shortly under the editorial leadership of sisters Jennifer and Melinda Kapp. In the meantime, please consider submitting to the Summer edition which will be brought together on the theme of 'family traditions'. The deadline for short or long-form articles is 1 November to editor@sag.org.au - full details will  be listed in the forthcoming issue.
  • 7 Jul 2020 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    Our Library has reopened, but restrictions apply. Appointments are necessary. Book here

    Watch this podcast to find out how to book an appointment: https://www.sag.org.au/resources/Podcasts/Book_Library_Session_Comp-1.mp4

    You can watch a virtual tour of the library here: https://www.sag.org.au/resources/Podcasts/Virtual_SAG_Library_Tour_Comp.mp4

  • 3 Jul 2020 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    Events for the August to October quarter are now open for bookings on the Events page. A new flexible approach to event planning means that there are also some events listed for November and December. Further events for that quarter will be added later in the year.

    We have also introduced additional members-only season tickets, which will save you time and money.

  • 3 Jun 2020 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Following its shutdown due to COVID restrictions, the SAG Library at 379 Kent Street, Sydney, will be reopen on Thursday 4 June via ticketed appointments only. At this point, we will be opening subsequently in the following week on Tuesday 9 June, Thursday 11 June, and Saturday 13 June. Bookable sessions will be 10.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm only at this time.

    It is essential to book a session to attend the Library (Level 2, 379 Kent Street, Sydney). You can email, phone 02 9299 5151 (during Library hours) or make an online booking here.

    If you have any questions, please let us know at research@sag.org.au where we will continue to take your Library and research queries.

    In the meantime, you can access the Library and MIDAS catalogues from home in preparation for your visit or online enquiry. Librarian Lorraine Brothers has prepared a guide to accessing items in the collections, many of which can be downloaded remotely. The guide is available from this link: Searching the Library catalogue.

  • 22 May 2020 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    The staff and volunteers from the Library are working to finalise details of the Library reopening in June although initially for reduced hours. We are reviewing the NSW Health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all and there will be a further update next week.

  • 9 Apr 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Society’s Library and Research Centre remains closed this month in line with government restrictions. The Library team have extended at-home access where possible to electronic resources and are providing a quick look-up service for items from the Library (email research@sag.org.au).

    SAG members can now join us for our new free virtual Hang Out with SAG, every Friday at 4pm AEST where a range of speakers will explore websites, give research tips, demonstrate genealogy tools, tell stories and much more.

    We continue to offer events and group meetings as online webinars. Sign up via this link 

    Full details of SAG’s current offerings are available at the Connect Online pages (members need to login first to see available information). https://www.sag.org.au/Connect-online

  • 23 Mar 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    SAG has been adjusting our operations in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, prioritising the health and well-being of our members, volunteers and staff.

    All of our  face-to-face events are suspended until end of April at this time. Webinars replacing face-to-face where possible - please visit the Events page of our website for what is available: https://www.sag.org.au/events

    Our Library & Research Centre will be CLOSED to members and the public from Tuesday 24 March.

    Member resources on the website are being updated and we have created a special CONNECT ONLINE page in the Members Area showcasing the latest additions available.

    Staff will be working from home when possible so please bear with us as we adjust some of our processes and systems at this time.

    Email is the best method to get in touch with us: info@sag.org.au.

  • 17 Mar 2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    To protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff, the Society has decided to make some changes in the way that we operate. In summary: Face to face events are suspended from today. The Archives are closed for research from today. The Library will be closed from Sunday. Please see below for details. If you have any questions, please email us at info@sag.org.au

    Events

    All face to face events are suspended until the end of April. Webinars are not being cancelled, except if a presenter is unable to present due to their own circumstances. If that occurs, those who are already registered for that webinar will receive an email and a credit that can be transferred to another webinar of their choice.

    Where possible, face to face events will be replaced by webinars on the same topic. Anyone who is already booked for a lecture will have their registration transferred to the webinar version of the event. This includes non-members, who do not normally have access to our webinars. Registrants will also receive a credit for another webinar, to be used before end July. Anyone who is already booked for a hands on workshop, or a lecture which is not replaced by a webinar, will receive further information about alternative arrangements and credits.

    While we are happy to grant refunds for any cancelled events in principle, it is unlikely that this will be feasible once staff start working from home.

    Webinar versions of current events will be placed on the events section of the SAG website and new bookings will be taken in the usual manner.

    As more people begin to restrict themselves to their homes, we will also be adding additional webinars to help keep you occupied. Notification of new webinars will be placed on the events section of the SAG website, on our Facebook page, and in our SAG-e and Event Extra newsletters.

    Library and Archives

    The library will remain open for research until close of business this Saturday. The archives are closed from today.

    If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, do not come into the library. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they show such symptoms.

  • 15 Feb 2020 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    As part of the foyer refurbishment at 379 Kent Street we've been advised that may be NO lift access on the following Saturdays - 29 February, 7 March and 14 March.  Weekday access is not affected and the lift  will operate normally then.  

    The library WILL BE OPEN on those 3 Saturdays, but visitors should be aware that the only access may be up (and down)  two floors of stairs.  Apologies but this outside of our control. 

  • 21 Jan 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Do you love working with family history documents and want to help your Society? We have three positions vacant for volunteers to work in the archives on our manuscript and image collection.

    Our archives' volunteers help with cataloguing, indexing, conserving and promoting the collection. Prior experience in archives is not required, but if you do have experience or skills which would be useful to us, please indicate that in your application. 

    Two vacancies are available Tuesdays and one on Fridays. Standard hours are 10am-3pm (negotiable).

    Applicants must:

    • be a current member of the Society of Australian Genealogists
    • be able to attend on a regular basis, one day per week, at Richmond Villa (120 Kent Street Sydney) [holidays are permitted!]
    • be methodical and have an eye to detail
    • be comfortable using computers (Word, Excel, and our MIDAS catalogue)

    Please note that the archives are located in a 3 storey building. There is no disabled access and volunteers must be capable of negotiating stairs and lifting archival boxes.

    To apply, please email archives@sag.org.au with information about yourself, any relevant experience or skills, and your contact details. These positions tend to fill quickly, so please send us your details as soon as possible if you are interested.

    Contact: Danielle Lautrec, Archives Officer, Ph: 9247 3953

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