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11 May 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Friday 11 May 2018
    Webinar recording - DNA Research, Key concepts

    If you missed this webinar in March, here is your chance to view the recording.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish.

    The SAG DNA Research Group aims to focus on the analysis of DNA results with a practical approach. Since its inception in July 2015 a number of key concepts have been covered in Research Group Meetings. This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective. It makes a good refresher for Research Group attendees and whilst not essential, new members will benefit from having undertaken this session prior to attending Research Group meetings.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams Bookings essential: $12, Members only

  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Friday 11 May 2018 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar recording - Introduction to DNA testing

    If you missed this webinar, here is your chance to view the recording.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish.

    Louise Coakley, genealogist from the Cairns & District Family History Society, will introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research.  Learn the basics required to get started:  the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.

20 July 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 20 July 2017 - Friday 20 July 2018
    Webinar recording - DNA: I've done my test, what's next?

    If you missed this webinar on 10 July, here is your chance to view the recording.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   

    This session discusses how to start using DNA test results to make contact with others and start looking for living relatives. It is recommended that webinar attendees listen to DNA Key Concepts (Veronica Williams, 30 March) and Introduction to DNA Testing (Louise Coakley, 10 May) before listening to this webinar.

01 August 2017
  • Webinar - Tuesday 01 August 2017 - Tuesday 31 October 2017 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - August-October 2017

    Only available until 7 August 2017.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between August-October, either live or by watching the recording later.  You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link. And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 5  for the price of 4.***  The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Hoosier Daddy? social media, 23 Aug matinee
    • British criminal records, 4 Sept
    • Researching Australian military, 12 Sept
    • The Biographical Database of Australia, 16 Oct
    • High definition ancestry DNA testing by Living DNA, 26 Oct

    *** You will also be automatically booked into Handing on your family history (9 August), which is a free webinar for Family History Month

    Please note the Season Ticket does not cover virtual events or webfests - these have to be booked separately.

23 August 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Wednesday 23 August 2017 - Sunday 31 December 2017 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Webinar recording - TMG Group, Gedsite

    This is a recording of a presentation by John Cardinal to the TMG Group in August 2017. 

    John has developed a program call GEDSITE, which compiles a customisable web site or writes HTML files on CD/DVD, using a GEDCOM file as the input data. Programs that can write a GEDCOM or use GEDCOM as their native file format will work with GEDSITE.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish until 31 December 2017.

26 August 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 26 August 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Asylums in England in the 19th Century

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    “Asylum” is perhaps a word that people do not wish to use, but it was certainly a reality of life that carried a great stigma. The institutions were for children and adults who suffered with mental or physical disabilities and often shut away from public life. But who put them into Asylums and why? What was their life like? Were they ever treated and later released? Have records survived and where are they? Finding some answers to these questions may unravel family mysteries.

31 August 2017
  • Lecture - Thursday 31 August 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA testing at Ancestry

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Had your DNA tested? Not sure what to do next or what it all means? Genealogist Michelle Patient will explore some fundamental steps to get the most out of your AncestryDNA results, give an overview of what DNA results mean, as well as tips and hints for extracting genealogy evidence to help further your research.

02 September 2017
  • Day Course - Saturday 02 September 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Mobile tech Focus Day - Cloud and mobile technology

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

    Feeling behind the technology eight ball as more and more family history tools rely on cloud and mobile technology? Michelle Patient's Mobile Tech Day will help remove some of the unknowns and give you some ideas about how to make the most of these useful tools. Bring along your mobile device to be part of the Q&A session to be held during the day. The day is aimed at Tablet and iPad users as well as those using iPhone or Android phones.

    Morning tea provided. BYO lunch.

04 September 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 04 September 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    British criminal records

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Myko Clelland, FindMyPast   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Join Findmypast's Myko Clelland as he discusses how to find ancestors in British crime and court records. Learn what life was like for anyone convicted of a crime, the legal process and punishments involved and most importantly the records that are left behind that we can use to learn more about our ancestors from the 1700s to the mid 1900s and how to interpret them. Expect to see court records, records of appeal, prison and transportation registers, admissions, mugshots and records of habitual criminals, newspaper reports and more, learning how to find missing ancestors in them all as we go!

07 September 2017
  • Lecture - Thursday 07 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Explore Gulgong and Mudgee through the SAG collections

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    The latest of our popular series examining places and topics through the Society’s wonderful collections. Join us, whether you have family from the Gulgong & Mudgee region or just want to find out more about how our collections can assist you with your family history.

08 September 2017
  • Hands On Session - Friday 08 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 PowerPoint

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Coral Shand   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to write, present and share the stories from your family history research. Limit 14.

12 September 2017
  • Webinar - Tuesday 12 September 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Researching Australian military

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Helen V. Smith   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Australia and its colonies have had a long history of being involved in the military including militia units from 1860. When the British Army left in 1870 the colonies were then responsible for their own defence. Helen will discuss what records are available and what alternative sources can be used to give context to your military search.

14 September 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 14 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - What's in a name?

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Panel discussion   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    In your family or local history, how do you distinguish between people of the same name? How do you refer to married women and others who change their name during their lifetime? Which name do you use when a person deliberately changes their name, perhaps for nefarious reasons? Do you use someone’s nickname or their "correct" name? Learn how others deal with these and other problems.

16 September 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 16 September 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Bev Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Discover ways to maximise the benefits of this family history software program. Learn from others, share tips and ask questions.

28 September 2017
  • Lecture - Thursday 28 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Preparing for a visit to the NSW State Archives

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: NSW State Archives   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    If you are coming along to the reading room at the Western Sydney Records Centre Kingswood on 18 October you should attend this session. It will show you how to search the guides, finding aids and website, how to place pre-orders and make the most of your time at Kingswood. The session will also be relevant for people who have not been to the State Archives before and want to prepare for a visit on their own time.

30 September 2017
  • Library Tour - Saturday 30 September 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library tour - Where do I start at the SAG library?

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Free for SAG members, but bookings are essential

    Get an overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 30 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Autosomal DNA analysis and GEDmatch

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Hear from members about their research success and goals through case studies. Bring your one ‘burning’ question and work in groups to increase your knowledge of reports and tools available.

05 October 2017
  • Day Course - Thursday 05 October 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Maps Focus Day

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: Jeff Madsen, City of Sydney Archives   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

    This day is all about how to use maps in your family history – from where to find them, copyright issues, the best format to use, how to insert them into your documents, analysing the evidence on maps, how to cite them and much more!

    Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch.

07 October 2017
  • Lecture - Saturday 07 October 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Primary sources for early Sydney

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Contemporary records such as letters and journals provide historical context about the lives of those living in early Sydney and if you are lucky they may mention your family. This session will examine some of the key sources and where you can find them.

12 October 2017
  • Courses - Thursday 12 October 2017 - Thursday 26 October 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Publishing workshop - 3 part course

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Margaret Szalay   Bookings essential: $75 members, $110 non-members (One fee for three sessions)

    This is a three part course, on consecutive Thursdays (Part 1: 12th, Part 2: 19th and Part 3: 26th October).

    This course will cover: Writing your research/ memoir; preparing for printing/publication; formatting; book styles; using photos, maps & charts; indexing; cover design; registration; print specifications & quotes; marketing and more.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 12 October 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Back to basics 4

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Sue Stenning   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Have too much information to put in your story? Think that something might be too technical and needs explaining? Well an Appendix could be just what you need. Come and hear an explanation of the 'ins 'n' outs' of Appendices and how they can help you.

14 October 2017
  • Lecture - Saturday 14 October 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Don't waste time! Getting and staying organised with your research

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jennie Fairs   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Every year most of us make at least one requisite New Year resolution. For those undertaking genealogy it is usually about getting more organised in chasing up our research or becoming better at organising our finds. The session will be examining aids that will help you organise your research.

16 October 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 16 October 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    The Biographical Database of Australia

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Flynn   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    The Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) is a research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times. This webinar will cover how to use newly added convict, muster and other records for Tasmania, Norfolk Island and New South Wales.

18 October 2017
  • External Tour - Wednesday 18 October 2017 08:00am - 04:00pm
    Visit NSW State Archives

    Location: Bus leaves from Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here), with a pick up at Strathfield Station.

    Bookings essential: $42 members only

    Join the bus trip to State Archives’ Western Sydney Records Centre at Kingswood. Do some research in the reading room and bring your walking shoes if you wish to participate in an optional behind the scenes tour of the facility. The tour takes approximately one hour and involves stairs.

    BYO lunch. You need a reader’s ticket and should pre-order up to four records one week ahead of the visit.

    * NB Price includes bus transport to & from the archives. Pick up/drop off from 120 Kent Street or Strathfield train station.

26 October 2017
  • Webinar - Thursday 26 October 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    High definition ancestry DNA testing by Living DNA

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: David Nicholson, Living DNA (UK)   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the ultra-high definition methods that allow the team to not only pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK but also discover how you can explore your ancestry at different points in history. Discover how each wave of migration has affected your ancestors and understand how this tool is proving incredibly useful for family history research. During the webinar David will also address the important issue of privacy and security of your genetic information.