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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. Bookings are essential.

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, ENGLISH, SCOTTISH and IRISH GROUPS coming soon!


WRITING DISCUSSION GROUP

The Writing Discussion Group formed late in 2013 and meets on a regular basis at Richmond Villa, 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.

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 three DNA Research Groups – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

More information

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.

Legacy Software Group

The Legacy User Group is organised by volunteers 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 beginners’ issues at the start of every meeting, and questions on installation can also be answered.

Sessions are typically very interactive and it is an advantage to bring along a laptop to follow along with the presentation if you have one. 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


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.

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

    • 22 May 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 490
    Register

    Some stories of the NZ DNA experience

    Michelle Patient will be joining us this month and sharing some of her stories about the family DNA projects she is involved with. In addition she will point out some of the unusual features in NZ DNA that are rarely seen in other communities around the planet.

    This event will be held using the Zoom platform.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

    • 22 May 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place!
    • 485
    Register

    For our second meeting of this newly formed group Danielle Lautrec will give a presentation about the holdings in the SAG Archives that may assist those undertaking Chinese-Australian research.

    After Danielle’s presentation there will be time for discussions about attendee's current research questions or brickwalls.

    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.


    • 10 Jun 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 496
    Register

    Theme:  Roadblock Ahead


    Need something to make your story flow or an ancestor more real. Can't find that piece to make your story zing. Not sure where to look, other than the usual places. A practical session where we help each other, smash those roadblocks. Nothing is to small or large to try and break. Someone else might have that piece you need, or a different way of looking at it.

    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 14 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 8 Nov 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    We’re starting a new group for fifteen presenters and participants in the “Analysing your AncestryDNA results” 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 SAGDNAProgram1@gmail.com.

    We’ll meet for an hour from 8pm 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.

    Convenors: Julie Simpson and Christine Woodlands

    • 8 Jul 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 500
    Register

    Author Event: Sarah Luke presents her book, "Like a Wicked Noah's Ark".


    Sarah Luke's first non-fiction book "Callan Park, Hospital for the Insane" was shortlisted for the 2019 Premier's History Award and her second book, "Like a Wicked Noah's Ark" is about the nautical school ships 

    Vernon  and Sobraon. Sarah will explain her writing method and the publishing process, shedding light on her archival research.


    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 499
    Registration is closed

    Receiving your test results is an exciting time but it can quickly become confusing. This session will look at the different types of tests available, which one is right for you and which companies do these tests. We will look at some basics to help you understand and interpret your matches and there will be plenty of time for questions so you can start finding those new cousins!

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

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


    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Melissa Hulbert    

    Note: Members need to be logged in to the site to make an event booking.

    • 12 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 482
    Register

    Join us for the launch of our reinvigorated Scottish Research Group.

    Get together with others who have ancestors from  the islands, highlands, border counties or anywhere in between, or just have a research interest in Scotland. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

    We would also ask each attendee to come along prepared to introduce themselves and speak informally about their Scottish research interests/experiences.

    Future gatherings will occur if there is sufficient interest. All welcome.

    This is an online session via the Zoom platform.

    Skill level: All    

    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 498
    Register

    Get together with others who have ancestors from Jamaica, Barbados and other localities within the Caribbean, or just have a research interest in those areas. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

     All welcome.

    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Danielle Lautrec

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 498
    Register

    Perfecting Your PowerPoint Story, by Leonie Bell


    Leonie will show us how to use PowerPoint to show our stories, so that the reader can follow, easily and the slides tell the story.


    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 9 Sep 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 500
    Register

    My Most Exciting Trove Discovery.

    What have you found in Trove that made you excited? Incorporate that into a quick 3 minute ‘flash’ story and present it to the group. If you wish to present, please let Lilian know, before the day at lhabberton2000@yahoo.com.au

    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 14 Oct 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 498
    Register

    Polishing your stories with Microsoft Word, by Jennie Fairs.

    Jennie will show us how using Word we can format headings, generate and automatic list of contents, create an automatic index, etc. Give your writing the professional touch with these and other useful features in Word.

    Come and join us.

    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 500
    Register

    Remembrance Day. Women who Served or are Serving.

    Women are sometimes forgotten when we write up ‘war stories.’ Today being Remembrance Day, tell us about the women, in your family who served or who might still be serving. Please let Lilian know if you have a story to share at mailto:lhabberton2000@yahoo.com.au

    Come and join us.

    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 9 Dec 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 500
    Register

    Christmas.

    In this quick, 3 minute ‘flash’ story tell us about a Christmas that was different, unique, sad, didn’t happen or a tradition that you still use today. Please let Lilian know, if you wish to tell your story at mailto:lhabberton2000@yahoo.com.au 

    Come and join us.

    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

Past events

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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Our office is at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St, Sydney.

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