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We have a number of courses designed to meet your needs

Please see the attached on our education offerings that we have recently updated for 2021 National Family History Month: 


The next iteration of our Family History Fundamentals course starts on 16 October: https://www.sag.org.au/event-4309754

and details of our new introductory course for 2022 will be available in the coming months.

Applications for our 2022 intake for our Certificate in Genealogical Research will be open in late October with the course fee of $550 including GST.

We will also be running a Diploma showcase event on 15 November 2021 for applications for our 2022 cohort: https://www.sag.org.au/event-4521443

If you are not yet a member of the Society, please consider joining to be a part of our community of family historians: https://www.sag.org.au/join-us


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. 

Sessions are e available via our events page.

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. 

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 which can be activated upon acceptance to the course. Good internet access is important as all work is distributed and submitted online.

The current course Regulations are available in the link below. 

Certificate regulations

Applications for 2021 are now closed with the 2022 applications expected to be open in late October 2021 - there will be 2 cohorts in 2022 - starting February and August.

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 2022 are open from 1 January - 28 February 2022 for those who successfully completed the Certificate course in prior years. Email admin[at]sag.org.au for an application form.

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