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sPECIAL INTEREST, RESEARCH & SOFTWARE GROUPS


Anyone can attend our research and software groups, but members enjoy a discounted price. You do not need to 'join' a group - you just book for their meetings when you want to attend. All our group meetings are currently virtual using the Zoom platform. Pre-registration is essential in order to receive the link to log into a meeting. If paying online via PayPal registration is available up until the time the meeting commences.

To find out when the groups are meeting next, see the Events Calendar or scroll to the bottom of this page. 

Information about new and revitalised CHINESE-AUSTRALIAN and SCOTTISH GROUPS coming soon!

CARIBBEAN RESEARCH GROUP

The Caribbean Research Group is for people researching family history with a connection to the Caribbean. A list of places within the Caribbean is available on the FamilySearch wiki.

The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Once you do this, you are then welcome to submit stories, articles, photos, or resources to be added to the group’s website. If you are not sure whether your material is suitable, contact us through the Contact page of the website.

DNA RESEARCH GROUPS

The first SAG DNA Research Group was established in 2015 to assist Society members to increase their knowledge of DNA research. Since that time it has covered a variety of topics that set the foundation skills for group members. The Society has developed a range of activities aimed at the wide spectrum of needs, from those just wanting to know what DNA is all about, to the advanced user. We now have two DNA Research Groups – Tools in practice for the intermediate level researcher and Research Discussion Group for those using advanced genetic genealogy techniques.

More information

ENGLISH RESEARCH GROUP

The English Research Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from any of England's many counties, or just have a research interest in England. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!

The group is co-ordinated by Linda, Annesley and Diana. You can submit a question to the group in advance of a meeting by clicking here

Family Tree Maker USER Group

The FTM User Group meets to support those who use Family Tree Maker software to organise their genealogical research. The program was owned by Ancestry.com until March 2016 when it was taken over by Software MacKiev. The group is facilitated by volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a potential, new or long term user of FTM software.

Our focus group supports members with two main initiatives.

1.      Meetings
These occur four times a year. Currently, these meetings are scheduled in February, May, August and November. These interactive meetings consist of presentations on techniques, tips, hints and experiences in using the many and varied features of the program. These are discussion-led sessions and there is plenty of time dedicated to questions and answers (Q&A).  The focus is on the current version of the software. However, users of older versions are welcomed and encouraged. Every effort is made to answer questions within the context of the version to which the query relates.

2.      Online discussion board
Access by invitation only (for security and privacy), members can post questions, seek answers, make suggestions and obtain support.  Fellow members can offer answers and suggestions based on their own experiences, or a member can simply read posts of others. Previous Q&As on various topics can be searched.

You can join by emailing your full name, SAG membership number and expiry date.

IRISH RESEARCH GROUP

The Irish Research Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from either    the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (maybe you have both) or just have a research interest      in an aspect of Irish records. Discuss research strategies and resources, swap ideas and knowledge.

This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group by attending any of our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!

Legacy Software Group

The Legacy User Group is for people who use Legacy Family Tree software and wish to share their knowledge and experience with others. Everyone is welcome whether a new or long term user of this family history software program. Even if you are just considering using Legacy you are welcome to come along.

The focus of the group is to give support to members using Legacy to enter and store family research. At meetings there are presentations on techniques, tips, and hints. All members of the group are encouraged to contribute information which could help others. Time is dedicated to questions and discussion at  every meeting.

Regular meetings are scheduled and details can be found in the Events Calendar.

New Zealand Research Group

The New Zealand Research Group meets twice a year to assist members who are tracing their New Zealand ancestry. The convenor is Pauline Weeks and she can be contacted here


REUNION and MAC SUPPORT GROUP (RAMS)

Reunion is a great genealogy program for Mac users that allows you to easily document and display information about your family. It features a navigable graphic Tree View in the form of an hourglass or ancestor chart, allowing you to navigate to everyone in your tree. It also has a variety of visually appealing, high quality charts and other useful reports, and an outstanding help manual.

The group coordinators Danny O’Neill and Dale Fogarty aim to work collaboratively with its members on how to best use all the features of Reunion and how to resolve any Reunion or Mac-related issues that you may have. We would love to receive any topic suggestions or questions in advance by clicking here  to send an email to the coordinators. Please include your SAG membership number and expiry date of your membership in the email subject line.

Coordinators

Danny O’Neill is with the Canberra family history group FHACT (aka HAGSOC) convening the Digital Asset Management group (DAMSIG) and Reunion and Macintosh Support User Group (RAMSUG). Main interests are in photography, scanning and book designing, and struggles to maintain a large garden. He is retired from careers as a photographer and film archivist, and enjoys helping people where he can. He looks forward to working with Dale and the team in restarting the Reunion group that includes Mac related support, but is not an expert.

Dale Fogarty is a long-time user of Mac and Reunion, who is open to exchanging information and ideas to support our mutual enthusiasm for quality family history research, combining traditional genealogy and DNA approaches, and using a range of tools to organise, analyse and report findings. Dale enjoys working collaboratively, helping and learning from others. Dale is also the convenor of the Irish Interest Group at the Qld Family History Society.

SCOTTISH RESEARCH GROUP

     The first meeting date and information about this group will be added soon.

TMG Software Group

The Master Genealogist (or TMG) software allows family historians to fully customise data, reports and charts to suit their own     requirements. It is very flexible and powerful, and can be used by professional genealogists and beginners alike.

Unfortunately development and developer support ceased in 2014, but the software and licences are still available for purchase through an agent. There is a very active Australasian user group known as TMG DOWN UNDER, supported by a large world-wide email network, and associated software to produce GEDCOM, eBooks and websites from TMG data.

The aim of TMG DOWN UNDER is to allow members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for using TMG and related programs in their family history, through monthly on-line workshops using ZOOM. Group members have different levels of experience with TMG, from many years through to complete novices.

The group operates an email List where questions can be asked and answered, and events publicised.  See the group website here for full information.

THE WRITING  GROUP

The Writing Group formed late in 2013 and meets on a regular basis via Zoom, usually on the second Thursday morning of each month. Meetings consists of a presentation, show & tell, and an open forum for questions and comments.

This is a support/self-help group, not one for expert writers (although we do have a few published authors in our ranks). Our aim is to encourage members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for writing their family and local histories.

Image: Group of men at a party, SAG Manuscript and Image Collection, Item 5/10059


HERE IS A LIST OF THE NEXT GROUP MEETINGS:

Upcoming events

    • 5 Aug 2021
    • 4 Aug 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ongoing forum for SAG members who have attended the Analysing Your AncestryDNA Course.

    A series of meetings have been planned for participants of the Summer 2021 program who are interested in continuing to work with each other on developing their skill in "starting to solve their DNA dilemmas".

    FOCUS OF SESSIONS: Changes to the AncestryDNA platform and participants sharing case studies with and without brick walls!

    DURATION: 1.5 hours on Zoom on the first Thursday of alternative months starting on 5 August 2021 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

    COST: You need to be a current SAG member to be part of the group. The annual cost (on top of SAG membership) is $60 and this covers the 6 sessions.

    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone who have attended the “Analysing your AncestryDNA” program and is a current member of the SAG.

    Group Leader: Christine Woodlands

    • 14 Feb 2022
    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This is a follow up group for presenters and participants in the “Analysing your AncestryDNA results” and/or the "Introduction to Blogger" program to work together to develop their skills and tell their family history stories using Blogger. You can find out more about the group here-

    https://sagbloggerdna.blogspot.com/p/about-our-group.html

    So if you’re a participant in the program and you’re using Blogger, why not think about joining us. The numbers are limited as we’re aiming to take a very hands on approach during the sessions. Please email any questions to admin[at]ag.org.au.

    We’ll meet for an hour and half from 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month unless this clashes with other scheduled SAG activities. We’ll then look for an alternative time with members.

    You must be a current member of SAG to join this group.

    Convenors: Julie Simpson and Christine Woodlands

    • 19 May 2022
    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 181
    Register

    Reunion and Mac Support (RAMS)

    SAG Members Only Season Ticket

    Members of the SAG can purchase a Season Ticket for the remaining four sessions in 2022 for the discounted price of $32 (a saving of $8).

    Reunion is a great genealogy program for Mac users that allows you to easily document and display information about your family. It features a navigable graphic Tree View in the form of an hourglass or ancestor chart, allowing you to navigate to everyone in your tree. It also has a variety of visually appealing, high quality charts and other useful reports, and an outstanding help manual.

    The group coordinators Danny O’Neill and Dale Fogarty aim to work collaboratively with its members on how to best use all the features of Reunion and how to resolve any Reunion or Mac-related issues that you may have. 

    Coordinators

    Danny O’Neill is with the Canberra family history group FHACT (aka HAGSOC) convening the Digital Asset Management group (DAMSIG) and Reunion and Macintosh Support User Group (RAMSUG). Main interests are in photography, scanning and book designing, and struggles to maintain a large garden. He is retired from careers as a photographer and film archivist, and enjoys helping people where he can. He looks forward to working with Dale and the team in restarting the Reunion group that includes Mac related support, but is not an expert.

    Dale Fogarty is a long-time user of Mac and Reunion, who is open to exchanging information and ideas to support our mutual enthusiasm for quality family history research, combining traditional genealogy and DNA approaches, and using a range of tools to organise, analyse and report findings. Dale enjoys working collaboratively, helping and learning from others. Dale is also the convenor of the Irish Interest Group at the Qld Family History Society.


    • 21 May 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 288
    Register

    Topic: Gedmatch including Case Studies that illustrate tool being used

    This session will include presentations and discussions about Gedmatch including:

    1. Introduction to Gedmatch
    2. One to Many DNA Comparison
    3. One to One Autosomal DNA Compariso
    4. Clusters
    5. Admixture
    6. Tier 1 Tools
    SAG is home to a vibrant community of researchers who are using DNA analysis to further their family history research. If you have test results to work with, understand the basics of genetic genealogy and now want to learn how to use various websites and tools to take things to the next level come along to the DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice to see what can be achieved.

    This meeting will include a presentation and plenty of time for Q&A and group discussion.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Intermediate  Convenor: Melanie Dunstan   

     

    • 21 May 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 296
    Register

    Discussion Topic: Distant Matches are they good or evil?

    Come along and participate in a discussion about the advantages and/or disadvantages of distant matches. Some links and focus questions will be sent out in advance to help attendees prepare for this meeting.

    SAG is home to a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable genetic genealogists. The DNA Research Group is a forum for those who are highly experienced in using DNA research techniques  and would like to explore this exciting aspect of genealogy further with a group of likeminded people.

    Please note: The topics and tools discussed at this group are pitched at an advanced level and the Research Discussion Group meetings are not recommended for those just beginning their DNA journey.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced    Convenor: Melanie Dunstan

    • 28 May 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 484
    Register

    Arriving and departing: passenger lists to and from New Zealand

    Our NZ interest Group survey showed that most interest and brick wall problems involved passenger lists. Your ancestor had to get to New Zealand first, but did they then travel the “Tasman Highway” to Australia or go somewhere else?

    Pauline Weeks, our group facilitator, will show you what passenger lists are available and what other means you might use to track down your ancestors’ journeys.

    There will be time for discussion so bring along your brickwalls.

    This event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

    • 28 May 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 484
    Register

    The second Scottish Research Group meeting will have a focus on building resources and getting help with brick walls where everyone can contribute and assist the group. There will also be a short demonstration on how to find the Kirk records for your Parish of interest.

    Resource Building - we have previously asked for you to email 5 resources that everyone can use for their Scottish research and we thank those who have already contributed. It would be good to have more to add to the list.

    Getting help with your brick wall - Write down a research question about a Scottish ancestor who is your brick wall and bring that question along to the meeting.

    Details on resources and brick wall preparation can be found here: https://www.sag.org.au/resources/Documents/Handouts/Scottish%20Research%20Group_Homework.pdf

    Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Cathie Sherwood and  Diana Pecar

    Skill level: All

    This webinar will be recorded so you can attend live or watch it later (or do both!) 

    • 31 May 2022
    • 29 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ongoing forum for SAG members who have attended the Analysing Your AncestryDNA Course.

    A series of meetings have been planned for participants of the 2022 program who are interested in continuing to work with each other on developing their skill in "starting to solve their DNA dilemmas".

    FOCUS OF SESSIONS: Changes to the AncestryDNA platform and participants sharing case studies with and without brick walls!

    DURATION: 1.5 hours on Zoom on the following Tuesday's 31 May, 2 August, 4 October and 29 November.

    COST: You need to be a current SAG member to be part of the group. The cost for the remainder of 2022 (on top of SAG membership) is $40 and this covers  4 sessions.

    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone who have attended the “Analysing your AncestryDNA” program and is a current member of the SAG.

    Group Leader: Christine Woodlands

    • 9 Jun 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic: Writing a life story

    David Longfield from Biografica will be here to discuss planning stories, writing ideas, and how to remain inspired while writing a life story. David has 30 years publishing experience. He is the owner of publishing company Longueville Media and recently started the online life story writing program, Biografica.


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.


Past events

19 May 2022 GROUP: Reunion and Mac Support Group
17 May 2022 GROUP: Irish Research Group
14 May 2022 GROUP: Family Tree Maker User Group PM session
14 May 2022 GROUP: Family Tree Maker User Group - AM session
12 May 2022 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
14 Apr 2022 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
9 Apr 2022 GROUP: Colonial Australia Research Group
2 Apr 2022 GROUP: Scottish Research Group
17 Mar 2022 GROUP: Reunion and Mac Support Group
12 Mar 2022 GROUP: English Research Group
10 Mar 2022 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
5 Mar 2022 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
19 Feb 2022 GROUP: DNA Research Discussion Group
19 Feb 2022 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
15 Feb 2022 GROUP: Irish Research Group
12 Feb 2022 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
12 Feb 2022 GROUP: Family Tree Maker User Group - AM session
10 Feb 2022 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
5 Feb 2022 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
18 Dec 2021 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
9 Dec 2021 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
6 Dec 2021 GROUP: English Research Group
27 Nov 2021 GROUP: DNA Groups wine, cheese and planning event
20 Nov 2021 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
20 Nov 2021 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
16 Nov 2021 GROUP: Irish Research Group
13 Nov 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
13 Nov 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
11 Nov 2021 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
14 Oct 2021 GROUP: The Storytellers Group Meeting
2 Oct 2021 GROUP: English Research Group
9 Sep 2021 GROUP: The Storytellers Group Meeting
21 Aug 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
21 Aug 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
17 Aug 2021 GROUP: Irish Research Group
14 Aug 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
14 Aug 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
12 Aug 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
7 Aug 2021 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
24 Jul 2021 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
24 Jul 2021 GROUP: English Research Group
12 Jul 2021 GROUP: Launch of Scottish Research Group
8 Jul 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
14 Jun 2021 GROUP: Blogger for DNA Enthusiasts
10 Jun 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
22 May 2021 GROUP: Chinese-Australian Special Interest Group
22 May 2021 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
18 May 2021 GROUP: Launch of Irish Research Group
15 May 2021 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
13 May 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
8 May 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 May 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
1 May 2021 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
24 Apr 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
24 Apr 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
12 Apr 2021 GROUP: Launch of English Research Group
8 Apr 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
27 Mar 2021 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
11 Mar 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
6 Mar 2021 GROUP: Initial Meeting of Chinese-Australian Special Interest Group
13 Feb 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
13 Feb 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
11 Feb 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
6 Feb 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
6 Feb 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
16 Jan 2021 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
10 Dec 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
14 Nov 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
14 Nov 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
12 Nov 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - DNA stories
7 Nov 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
17 Oct 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Group
10 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
8 Oct 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
17 Sep 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Ten Doors Down
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
13 Aug 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Writing for Descent
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
25 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
11 Jul 2020 GROUP: The Master Genealogist Software Group
9 Jul 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - In a bleak mid-winter
13 Jun 2020 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
11 Jun 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in practice
14 May 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
9 May 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker
2 May 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
18 Apr 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
9 Apr 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
9 Apr 2020 GROUP CHAT: Writing Discussion Group - Help! I'm stuck
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
12 Mar 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Your March born ancestor
13 Feb 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
8 Feb 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Feb 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate
18 Jan 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
11 Jan 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Beginners

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