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Watch this webinar for more information.  This is a recording of the Information Session presented at the SAG on 30 January 2020 (we apologise that the sound quality at the beginning is poor). 


Learn with us - Fundamentals Program 

The course consists of three sessions and can either be used to establish key genealogical principles and practices, or as a refresher for those with more experience. For that reason this course has no prerequisites.  

Part 1: Getting Started

The first of the three part session primarily uncovers the principles of family history research, with a particular emphasis on understanding the diversity between types of sources. The session will demonstrate numerous forms of charting and the necessary information required for each. It will then demonstrate search techniques, including reference to diverse repositories and instruction on how to best utilise them your research. To end, the session will discuss the importance of appropriate research planning as well as methods to achieve success.   

Part 2: Analysing the evidence

Part two will enhance the theoretical grounding gathered from part one as it focuses on the practical aspects of genealogy. A detailed breakdown of source analysis will demonstrate how to recognise errors and overcome research challenges, ensuring that the sources help your research to its full potential. The session will also cover handwriting analysis and increase your problem solving capabilities.  

Part 3: Documenting and presenting 

Part three is focussed on how to share your discoveries with other researchers, including: charts, software, reports, books and online, allowing you to choose a method that best suits you. This session differentiates between documentation and presentation, and what is required in the correct execution of both. An important final step is how to ensure your citation process is as easy as can be. 

Cost for full session 

Non-Member - $90.00 

Member - $60.00 

We recommended attending all three sessions for the most cost effective and enriching experience. 

To register for either an individual session or all three sessions, please find the relevant booking link here

Certificate in Genealogical Research

Learn with us – Certificate course

We’ve been running a Certificate in Genealogical Research course since 2010. Designed to help members improve their research, analysis and writing skills, this course must be successfully completed before you can enrol in our Diploma in Family Historical Studies. The Certificate course is not designed to teach you how to undertake genealogical research; you are expected to already have a good working knowledge of family history and have been researching for a minimum of three years before applying for a place in the Certificate course.

The course runs for 18 months and successful candidates must complete 8 components of work in that time (assessments and an online examination). Entry is only open to financial members of the SAG and it is designed so that members who live outside of the Sydney area can participate. Good internet access is important as all work is distributed and submitted by email.

The current course Regulations (as at 9 December 2015) are available in the link below. 

Certificate regulations

Applications for 2021 will be open from 1-28 February and are not accepted outside these dates. Potential students should be aware that the course is very popular and we do sometimes receive more applicants than we can accept.

2021 Applications - UPDATES COMING SOON

An Information Brochure about the 2020 course is available here

To apply for a place in the 2020 Certificate in Genealogical Research Certificate course you will need to complete an online application form.   As part of this application you will need to answer a short family history research question, so you need to download that document here before you begin the online application.  You should allow about 15-20 minutes to complete the application process, which you can begin here  Note you must complete this in one session, you cannot save the application and return to it later. 

Diploma in Family Historical Studies

Learn with us – Diploma course

Once a member has completed the Certificate in Genealogical Research they may like to take their studies further by enrolling in our Diploma in Family History Studies. The Diploma has been running since 1974 and enrolment is open to any member who completes the Certificate course at a credit level of 75% or higher within the previous two years.

The current Regulations (effective 13 December 2017) can be downloaded from the link below.

Dip FHS regulations

Applications for admission to the Diploma course in 2021 are open from 1 January - 28 February for those who successfully completed the Certificate course in 2019 or 2020 - more information will be available soon. You can download the relevant application form here.

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