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EVENTS

We run an extensive program of lectures, workshops, tours and group meetings which are open to everyone. We also hold member-only webinars and members receive a discount on our events.

ONLINE DELIVERY: All of our events are currently being delivered online using Zoom.

Online bookings can close early to support administrative requirements, however, late bookings may be made by calling the office during office hours on (02) 9247 3953 or sending an email to admin[at]sag.org.au.

With the exception of some DNA events where there may be privacy issues, most of our online sessions are recorded, so even if you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can still book and receive the recording.  The event listing will specify if the event is not being recorded.

Most of our events are open to non-members as well as members. However, non-members will pay a bit more and season tickets remain available only to members. 

Registration types: The member category is used by members of the Society. Members must be logged in to make a booking.  Everyone else should book using the non-member category.

Multiple event registrations: Please see this link for how to register for two or more events and pay once online.

Details of the Friday Hang Out with the SAG and other member-only events can be found at: www.sag.org.au/Member-Area.

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
    Registration is closed

    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.


    • 31 May 2022
    • 29 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 2
    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

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 26 Jul 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Your place
    • 33
    Registration is closed

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket SAG members will be able to view a selection of webinars we hold between May 2022 - July 2022, either live or by watching the recording later. You book and pay once. We'll send you the link to join each session 3 days before the event.

    In addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get  6 for the price of 5.

    The webinars included are:

    • 16 June 10am-11am, Introduction to FamilySearch, Todd Knowles
    • 22 June 7.30pm-8.30pm,  Writing a family memoir, Dr William Metcalf
    • 30 June 7:30pm-8:30pm, Female convicts in Queensland: Making the most of digitised records, Jan Richardson
    • 12 July 8.00pm-9.00pm, Tracing Welsh family history - the basics, Eilir Daniels
    • Date TBA, Theatre Program Indexing Project, Leann Richards
    • 26 July, 7.30pm-8.30pm, The Highlands: Jacobites, Clearances and Emigration, Lorna Steele-McGinn

    All webinar times are listed in AEST.

    PLEASE NOTE: To ensure all registrants receive their joining link prior to the first webinar online Season Ticket sales will close on 14 June 2022


    Each of these webinars will be recorded, so you can watch them live or watch the recording later.

    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Your Place!
    • 340
    Register

    Moreton Bay was a formidable place of secondary punishment where convicts were sent from 1824 to 1839 after committing a further offence. All of the female convicts were returned to Sydney except for one, Hannah Rigby, who chose to remain in Brisbane when the penal settlement closed in 1839. However, other ‘ordinary’ female convicts were sent to Moreton Bay with tickets of leave and from 1842, when free settlement commenced, female ex-convicts from New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land arrived in Queensland, often with their ex-convict husbands and children. A variety of convict, court, gaol, hospital, benevolent asylum and other records have been recently digitised and indexed by the Queensland State Archives, making the task of tracing female convicts and ex-convicts at Moreton Bay and during the free settlement era significantly easier than in the past.

    Image courtesy of: State Library of Queensland, Australia, No restrictions, via Wikimedia Commons

    Presented by: Jan Richardson

    Skill Level: All

    About the presenter: Jan Richardson is a PhD candidate at Griffith University researching the presence of non-Indigenous ethnic minorities in Queensland prior to 1860, including convicts and ‘coolies’ (indentured labourers) born in Africa, the Caribbean, China, Japan, India and the Pacific Islands. She is employed as a Research Assistant at the Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre working on a database and biographies of Queensland’s early colonial residents. Jan graduated from UNE with a Master of Philosophy in 2020 and a Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History in 2013. Her master’s thesis investigated female convicts and ex-convicts who settled in Queensland after the closure of the Moreton Bay penal settlement in 1839.

    This webinar forms part of the May - July Season Ticket

    This webinar will be recorded so you can watch it live or watch it later.

    • 2 Jul 2022
    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Have you been researching your family history for three years or more? Are you ready to strengthen your core research skills and tackle those difficult research problems?

    If your answer to both these questions is yes then join Danielle Lautrec for SAG’s new Research Methods course.

    The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to announce the launch of a new online course, Intermediate Research Methods.

    Over the course of seven sessions (sixteen contact hours in total) you will work on a case study from your own research to learn about:

    • Research planning

    • Analytical methods

    • Documentation

    For more detailed information about the course and presenter please click here.

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 30 JUNE 2022

    All sessions will be recorded but you will get more out of the course if you attend in person, especially for the workshop sessions.

    To read SAG's Refund Policy for event registrations please click here.

    • 4 Jul 2022
    • 11 Jul 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Your place
    • 10
    Register

    If you're interested in learning the basics of "blogging" your family history why not join this short program. We're enthusiastic amateur bloggers who use the Google based "Blogger".

    In the first session, we'll show you how to create your Google Account and access Blogger. We'll talk about different ways of organising blogs to tell your family stories. On-line demonstration will show how to set up a blog and use "pages" and "post" in your blog. We'll have instructions that you can use before the next session to start your own blog. You can also join a Facebook group to ask questions between the sessions.

    In the second session, we'll take the next step by looking at the many options available within Blogger to personalise your blog. On-line demonstrations will again be used.

    There'll be plenty of time for questions in both sessions.

    Once you have registered please complete four short questions about communication preferences by clicking here

    This course is limited to 20 participants and it will only be offered to SAG members on this occasion.

    This course will NOT be recorded. Please only register if you are able to attend live.

    Skill level: Beginner     Presenters: Julie Simpson and Christine Woodlands


    • 6 Jul 2022
    • 7 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 442
    Register

    Why not join Michelle Patient and her expert Ancestry guests on the first Wednesday each month for some tips, tricks and time for your questions on anything to do with the Ancestry website and the services it provides.

    Members can book a Season Ticket and receive six meetings at a discounted price of $25, saving $5. Non-members pay $72, a saving of $18.

    The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November and 7 December.

    Are you struggling with a particular part of the Ancestry website? Is there a new feature or record set you would like to know more about? Questions for the Ancestry Tips session can be submitted in advance by clicking on this  link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAG_Ancestry_Tips_Advance_Question

    You can attend the meetings live or watch the recordings later.

     If you book part way through the season you will receive a link to the recordings of any sessions you have missed.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and Ancestry ProGenealogist contractor)

    • 7 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your Place!
    • 393
    Register

    A #SAG90 Event

    Registration is free for SAG members and discounted to $10 for non-members

    In 1981 the Society decided to commemorate the forthcoming 1988 Bicentenary by transcribing Rookwood Cemetery.  How hard could it be?  Members had been recording the headstone inscriptions of hundreds of smaller cemeteries for decades, so transcribing Rookwood was the same concept.  Only bigger.  Much bigger. 

    For the best part of the next decade members met once a month to tackle both the undergrowth and other elements to record the genealogical information off the headstones. And then went back with computer print-outs and rechecked each stone again.  Published firstly on microfiche, then transferred to CD-ROM and now licensed to commercial online data providers and indexed in MIDAS, this transcription project remains one of the biggest in the Society’s history.  Join us for this look back at how Rookwood Cemetery was conquered by a small band of Society members and learn about some of their adventures along the way.  We’ll conclude with some research hints about how best to access the headstone inscriptions.

    Presented by: Heather Garnsey Skill Level: All

    About the presenter: Heather Garnsey is well known in the genealogy community as both a skilled presenter and for her contributions as Executive Officer of the SAG for 35 years (retired February 2020). Heather is a Fellow of the Society and received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2015.


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

    • 12 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your Place!
    • 335
    Register

    Have you traced your family back to Wales and want to progress it further?  

    Join us for a webinar with Welsh genealogist Eilir Ann Daniels where she will provide the following:-

    1.     A background to Wales and Welsh history, setting out information on the old Welsh counties, parishes and place names.
    2.     The basic sources used in Welsh research: a look at birth, marriage and death records in Wales and related civil registration districts; Welsh censuses and parish registers.
    3.     How Welsh research is different from English: surnames, patronymics, nonconformist (chapel) records, and the Welsh language.

    Presented by: Eilir Ann Daniels

    Skill Level: All

    About the presenter: Eilir has been a professional genealogist for over a decade now and has over 30 years' experience in family history research. 

    She is the Wales columnist for British Connections, the journal of the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History (ISBGFH), and presents talks on Welsh family history topics for the ISBGFH's Winter Webinar series. She is also a Pharos Tutors instructor and teaches its online Welsh genealogy course.

    Eilir also carries out research for radio and TV programmes in Wales and the UK, including regular research for the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? series.

    Eilir is a native and fluent Welsh speaker.

    This webinar forms part of the May - July Season Ticket

    This webinar will be recorded so you can watch it live or watch it later.

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Your place
    • 275
    Register

    The Writing Group

    SAG Members Only Season Ticket

    Members can book a group ticket and receive five meetings of The Writing Group, at a discounted price of $40, saving $10. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, and 8 December.

    Please Note: There will be no meeting in November as the Family History Down Under conference is on from 8-11 November. Most of the SAG Staff and many of our Education volunteers will be attending or working at the conference. The price of the Season Ticket has been adjusted to reflect this.

    Meeting topics will include genre choices, a writing challenge, appendixes, discussions of other ways to present your family history and a guest presentation from Rachel Frank author of An Uncommon Hangman. The life and deaths of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard.

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

    NOTE: To ensure registrations receive the link to the first session in time  bookings close 12 July 2022.

    You can attend the meetings live or watch the recordings later.

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 197
    Register

    Topic:  Elizabeth Caplin; A Personal Journey/Memoir within a Family History


    Understanding the definitions of memoir, family history, personal journey, personal narrative, biography, autobiography and historical non-fiction will help you to decide your writing style to tell your story.

    Are you the narrator or are you the character in your book, or are you both?


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 498
    Register

    Topics: 

    (i) Settings and customising Legacy;

    (ii) Data entry

    (iii) Q&A

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Legacy Software Users Group meetings provide opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of Legacy features and to share your Legacy experiences. If you are undecided about which family history software program to purchase come along and see what Legacy can offer you. 

    Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec

     

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

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 498
    Register

    Join us for another SAG "Shut Up & Write" online session to support our Certificate and Diploma students and anyone with a family history writing project. Hosted by SAG CEO Ruth Graham, we will put you through three to four 25 minute sessions of writing, short breaks and then a final discussion on your achievements across the group. This is not a course but a peer support session - you need to come to the meeting with your own writing project and it is a way to connect with others and hear about some amazing projects people are undertaking.

    Be prepared to write! Here is some background on SU&W meetings - works in cafes as well as Zoom: https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/

    Please note: Members will need to be logged into the website to register.

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform and will NOT be recorded.

    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 297
    Register

    Topic:  Working with Sources and Citations - Part Two

    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.


    • 26 Jul 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Your Place!
    • 322
    Register

    The Highlands of Scotland are frequently associated with a romantic image of Scotland – with tartan, the Jacobite Risings, the Battle of Culloden and the Highland Clearances. These subjects are also closely linked with the Highland diaspora – the many people overseas who have, or who feel, a close connection with this part of the world. Join Lorna to hear stories from the Highland Archive Service collections and discover more about these subjects which did, and do, shape the Scottish Highlands in both expected and unexpected ways.

    Presented by: Lorna Steele-McGinn, Highland Archive Service

    Skill Level: All

    Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)., CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    About the presenter: • Lorna Steele-McGinn is the Community Engagement Officer for the Highland Archive Service, which has four archive centres across the Highlands of Scotland. Her work involves connecting a wide range of audiences to the diverse historic collections held in these centres through a extensive engagement programme which includes collaborations with schools, adult learning groups, HMP Inverness, care homes and numerous other organisations and individuals. ‘Learn With Lorna’, her online series of talks about the Highland Archive Service collections, has, to date, 113 episodes and over 260k views, and led to a High Life Highland award for innovation.

    This webinar forms part of the May 2022-July 2022 Season Ticket

    This webinar will be recorded so you can watch it live or watch it later.

    • 30 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 498
    Register

    Meeting Topic: TBA

    Join with other researchers who share your interest in the Caribbean to share tips, tricks and resources. A focus topic for the meeting will be announced soon.

     All levels of research experience are welcome.


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

    Skill level: All     Convenors: Danielle Lautrec and Andrew Goffe

    • 2 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    The Society's Certificate in Genealogical Research is designed for those with more than three years family history research experience and who have gained at least some elementary research skills and a broad, even if basic, knowledge of resources available. To complete the coursework you are expected to extend your research beyond what can be found on the internet and to use local libraries and family history society collections, either in-person or remotely where possible. 

    The course consists of 8 assignments undertaken across a year. For each assignment you will be given the outline of what is required, together with some guidance to consider in preparing your submission. The assignments have been carefully selected to reflect the sorts of skills needed by genealogists and the course is essentially practical exercises in self-directed learning from experience.

    Please see this link for further details about the course and arrangements for cohorts in 2022.

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 472
    Register

    Special Guest Presenter Michelle Leonard.

    Join us for a special presentation by Scottish genealogist Michelle Leonard.

    There will be a presentation about using DNA in Scottish research and Michelle will join us live from Scotland to answer questions after her presentation. While Michelle will be speaking in the context of Scottish research her presentation will be useful to those researching in other countries as well.

    Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work particularly the solving of adoption, unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a combination of DNA expertise and conventional research methods.

    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!) 

    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Writing Challenge. Three subjects, One paragraph, 100 words.

    A challenge to use the three subjects given, in one paragraph and with only 100 words. This is an exercise in cutting the waffle. Everyone will be given the same three subjects the week before the meeting.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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

    • 12 Aug 2022
    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2, 379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 19
    Register

    FACE TO FACE COURSE

    Would you like to investigate your family history but have no idea where to start or have you previously signed up to an online platform but felt overwhelmed by all the information available?

    The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to announce we will be holding a face to face intensive version of our "Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History” course at our library and research centre in Sydney.

    Prefer to do this course online? Click here for details of our 6 part online version of this course.

    Over the course of two days you will learn about:

    • Key tools - family history software platforms, file organisation, research plans
    • Traditional records (document based) research – types of records, locating records
    • Electronic databases – Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and more
    • Oral History – preparation and techniques for interviewing family members
    • Other resources such as Family History Societies, online forums and education options
    • Introduction to DNA research including legal and ethical considerations
    • Various ways to chart, share and publish your findings, including privacy and copyright concerns

    While the course will focus on records available in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland we will also touch on locating records in other countries and the skills you will learn can be applied to researching ancestors from anywhere in the world.

    Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager 

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided.

    There will be a one hour break for lunch. Please bring your own lunch. There are also plenty of cafes close to the venue if you prefer to purchase something.

    Click here for parking and accessibility information.


    To read SAG's Refund Policy for event registrations please click here

    • 16 Aug 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Sydney
    • 3800

    Registration to this event will put members into the ballot to be drawn from for ticket allocation. Registration to this ballot is not a guarantee of available tickets.

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 493
    Register

    Topic: Occupations

    if we have time at the end of the session, we will open up to a general Q&A session where we ask everyone attending to help other researchers by giving suggestions or guidance on finding resources if you are able to assist.

    There are two ways to ask questions:

    1. Before the meeting by clicking here, and

    2. Via the Chat Box any time during the meeting.

    Suitable for the beginner as well as the more experienced researcher.


    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Diana Pecar, Linda Radulovitch and Annesley Watson

    Skill level: All 

    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 485
    Register

    Throughout the 19th Century there were many ways people were assisted to emigrate to Australia. Join eminent researchers Dr Perry Mcintyre AM and Dr Liz Rushen AM in this double session as they take you through a selection of these schemes.

    Bounty and Government immigrants 1820-1840

    During the nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of people migrated to Australi

    a under a mixture of government and bounty schemes. This paper looks at the early schemes available until the formation of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commission in 1840, with a focus on their experiences as they left home, were housed in the emigration depots in Britain, life on the ship and arrival at their destination. Here we glimpse the processes of emigration and the realities of the emigrant’s experiences.

    Convict family reunion and assisted immigration after 1840

    Convict family reunion formally commenced in 1817 and was the earliest form of assisted migration. The Irish orphan girls from the workhouses in 1848-50 and children of ‘bounty’ emigrants were the other two groups of poor who obtained a free passage to Australia. There were, of course, other ways emigrants arrived to Australia after 1840. Using relevant source documents, this paper will give an overview of these schemes.

    Skill level: All

    Presenters: Dr Elizabeth Rushen AM & Dr Perry Mcintyre AM

    About the Presenters: 

    Dr Liz Rushen AM is on the editorial board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, a director of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network and a Research Associate in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University. A former Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and former Chair of the History Council of Victoria, Liz is widely published in migration history, including her major work Single and Free Migration to Australia, 1833-37. Her latest book is John Marshall: ship owner, Lloyds reformer and emigration agent (Anchor Books Australia 2020). In 2021, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to community history and heritage preservation.

    Dr Perry McIntyre AM has worked as an historian, archivist and genealogist for over 40 years. She has been a councillor at the Society of Australian Genealogists (1991-2011), the History Council of NSW (President 2005-06), the RAHS, Australian Catholic Historical Society, the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (Chair 2012-15; 2018-2020) and Mosman Historical Society. She has published and spoken widely on immigration and family history. Her PhD on convict family reunion, was published as Free Passage in Ireland in 2010 & by Anchor Books Australia in 2018. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2021 for significant service to history preservation and genealogical organisations.

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

    • 26 Aug 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 14
    Register

    FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP

    Join well-known family historian and published author, Dr Betty O’Neill for a one-day introductory workshop on Writing Family History held online.

    Are you curious about your ancestors? Do you have a fascinating great-aunt you’d like to write about? Or maybe some lost relatives, secrets, lies or family mysteries to investigate? Betty’s questioning and researching turned out to be a bit of a detective story and yours could too. 

    We have also made Betty's book, The Other Side of Absence: Discovering my father's secrets, available in the SAG Bookshop at: https://www.sag.org.au/Sys/Store/Products/257411

    The workshop will be limited to 16 participants.

    Registrations close Sunday 22 August 2022.

    Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided.

     Please bring your own lunch. There are also plenty of cafes close to the venue if you prefer to purchase something.

    Click here for parking and accessibility information.

    For further information about the workshop please  click here

    To read SAG's Refund Policy for event registrations please click here

    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Appendixes, Lilian Magill.


    Lilian will discuss what to put in an appendix and why they are useful.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • 17
    Register

    Six Part Online Course

    Would you like to investigate your family history but have no idea where to start or have you previously signed up to an online platform but felt overwhelmed by all the information available?

    The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to again offer our new six part online course “Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History”.

    Prefer to do this course face to face? Click here for details of a face to face workshop on 12 and 13 August 2022.

    Over the course of six sessions (two hours per session) you will learn about:

    • Key tools - family history software platforms, file organisation, research plans
    • Traditional records (document based) research – types of records, locating records
    • Electronic databases – Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and more
    • Oral History – preparation and techniques for interviewing family members
    • Other resources such as Family History Societies, online forums and education options
    • Introduction to DNA research including legal and ethical considerations
    • Various ways to chart, share and publish your findings, including privacy and copyright concerns

    While the course will focus on records available in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland we will also touch on locating records in other countries and the skills you will learn can be applied to researching ancestors from anywhere in the world.


    Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager

    Skill Level: Beginner

    To read SAG's Refund Policy for event registrations please click here

    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Group Discussion; Other ways to write-up your stories.


    Should I be still be focused on ‘writing the book’ or are other mediums, like a PowerPoint presentation, a blog post or a photo book just as acceptable? Join this discussion and offer you thoughts on this.


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 499
    Register

    Topics: 

    (i) Using Legacy to analyse and plan your family history

    (ii) Q&A

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Legacy Software Users Group meetings provide opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of Legacy features and to share your Legacy experiences. If you are undecided about which family history software program to purchase come along and see what Legacy can offer you. 

    Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec

     

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

    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 15
    Register

    Join well-known family historian and published author, Dr Betty O’Neill for a one-day introductory workshop on Writing Family History held online.

    Are you curious about your ancestors? Do you have a fascinating great-aunt you’d like to write about? Or maybe some lost relatives, secrets, lies or family mysteries to investigate? Betty’s questioning and researching turned out to be a bit of a detective story and yours could too. 

    We have also made Betty's book, The Other Side of Absence: Discovering my father's secrets, available in the SAG Bookshop at: https://www.sag.org.au/Sys/Store/Products/257411

    The workshop will be limited to 16 participants. Registrations close Monday 1 November 2022.

    Please note: This workshop will not be recorded.

    For further information about the workshop please  click here

    To read SAG's Refund Policy for event registrations please click here

    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Rachel Frank: An Uncommon Hangman. The life and deaths of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard.


    Author Rachel Frank will talk about her book and the research she did into this most interesting story.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    • 7 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    The Society's Certificate in Genealogical Research is designed for those with more than three years family history research experience and who have gained at least some elementary research skills and a broad, even if basic, knowledge of resources available. To complete the coursework you are expected to extend your research beyond what can be found on the internet and to use local libraries and family history society collections, either in-person or remotely where possible. 

    The course consists of 8 assignments undertaken across a year. For each assignment you will be given the outline of what is required, together with some guidance to consider in preparing your submission. The assignments have been carefully selected to reflect the sorts of skills needed by genealogists and the course is essentially practical exercises in self-directed learning from experience.

    Please see this link for further details about the course and arrangements for cohorts in 2022 which will be similar to arrangements for 2023 (coming soon).

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