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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. 

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 Software 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 is used by professional genealogists and beginners alike.

The aim of the TMG Sydney User Group is to allow members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for using TMG and related programs in their family history. Group members have different levels of experience with TMG, from many years through to complete novices.

The group runs a mailing list and website where questions can be asked and answered and external meetings organized. To join this mailing list please click here

As this software is no longer being developed and supported, the TMG group can assist you in deciding whether you should move your data across to a different program, as many of its members are currently making this decision.

The TMG group will not be meeting regularly in 2020. However details of any upcoming meetings will be listed here.

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

    • 6 Mar 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 483
    Register

    This is a free session for members of SAG and the Chinese Australian Historical Society (CAHS) who are interested in being part of a proposed joint Chinese-Australian Special Interest Group (SIG).


    The purpose of a SIG is to allow those with an interest in researching a specific topic to meet to discuss their research, help each other with problems and generally share their knowledge of resources with the other group members.

    In this session we will be looking to gauge interest in setting up a Chinese-Australian SIG in partnership with members of CAHS, seek volunteers to co-ordinate the SIG and form a roadmap for future meetings.


    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 497
    Register

    Theme: Photo Essay


    Leonie Bell, convenor of the Botany Bay Family History Society's Writing Group will give a presentation of how you can do a Photo Essay to tell your 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

    • 27 Mar 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 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.

    This is not a lecture but there will be some short presentations. We would ask each attendee to come along prepared to introduce themselves and speak informally about their Caribbean research interests/experiences for 5 - 10 minutes.

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

    This is an online session.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Danielle Lautrec

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

    Theme:  A Flash Story on Busting Your Family Myth


    A Flash Story is a short 3-minute talk on a given topic. This month is Busting Your Family Myth. It can be funny, sad, heroic, confusing or just plain weird. Tell us how you busted it and how you felt when you did.


    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

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 142
    Register

    Working with Chromosome Data (Group Members)

    Why is it important to analyse chromosome data when undertaking DNA Research? What is triangulation? Each of the testing sites have different tools that you can use, some better than others. Hear from our experienced members about how the respective tools on each site can help you. This session is not focussed on whether to test at these companies, but rather tips and techniques for using the site after you have tested. We will look at My Heritage, FTDNA, 23andMe, GEDmatch including shared clustering.

    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: Veronica Williams

     

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 145
    Register

    Using Borland Genetics - Chair: Kerry Farmer

    Borland Genetics is a unique autosomal DNA database where users create public DNA profiles for their deceased ancestors, using the tools and methods provided on the site. Have you used these tools? How have your DNA outcomes been improved by using them? Our discussion group provides an opportunity to share your discoveries and also learn from others. This session is a facilitated discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of the various Borland Genetics tools and techniques. It requires pre-work by participants that will be distributed before the meeting.

    NOTE: A webinar presented by Kevin Borland is planned for 9th February. It is recommended that you also attend/watch the recording of this session as it will be discussed on the day. If you have missed the session please contact the Course Bookings Officer to purchase a link to the recording.

    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: Veronica Williams

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

    Author Presentation: Stephen Gow


    Join author Stephen Gow as he discusses his new book "From Distress to Deliverance: the life and times of William Gow, convict, schoolmaster, farmer".


    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 Jun 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 499
    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

Past events

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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