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11 May 2017
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    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

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    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.

27 May 2017
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 27 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Cemeteries in England

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

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

    Cemeteries in England underwent an enormous change around 1850 so why did this change occur?  This discussion will look into the reasons and include other aspects relating to burials, the past history of many cemeteries in London and other cities in England, and where records can be located.

31 May 2017
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    External Tour - Wednesday 31 May 2017 10:15am - 03:30pm
    Parramatta Female Factory & St John's Cemetery Tour

    Location: Parramatta

    Tour leaders: Parramatta & District Historical Society and Judith Dunn   Bookings essential: $35 members, $45 non-members

    Bookings close 24 May

    The Parramatta Female Factory was Australia's first purpose-built institution for female convicts and St John’s Cemetery is the oldest existing European burial ground in Australia. Join us for a guided tour of both sites.

    BYO lunch. Meet at Parramatta (note, no parking is available at either site). Further details will be provided to participants by email.

03 June 2017
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    Virtual Weekend Seminar - Saturday 03 June 2017 - Sunday 04 June 2017 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Lost In Virtual weekend: Black Sheep (Australia)

    This virtual Lost In weekend is devoted to finding the intriguing and non-conforming family members. The bankrupts, the criminals, those who sought refuge in asylums and those affected by family breakdown. While the focus will be on NSW, the principles will apply across the country. 

    So no matter where you live, this is your opportunity to join in one of our popular Lost In weekends! 

     All registrants will be provided with links to the recordings, so you can watch the webinars live or at your convenience.

    Location: Your place!

    Bookings essential: $80 Members, $115 Non-members

    Full program available here

07 June 2017
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    External Tour - Wednesday 07 June 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
    Ralph's Millers Point Walking Tour

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

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $30 members, $45 non-members

    Walk in the steps of the convict stonemasons, millers, sea captains and merchants of Millers Point. See the history and hear the stories of Sydney’s colourful past.Walk starts with a lecture at Richmond Villa. Limit 15.

08 June 2017
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 08 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Back to basics 2: Stop procrastinating

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

    Presenter: Pat Rogerson   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    More than a collection of names and dates, it is the stories behind them that make family history come alive - so stop procrastinating and start writing NOW. Pat, a published author, will show you how she does it.

15 June 2017
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    Lecture - Thursday 15 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Untying the knot: Divorce records in 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

    This session will cover the vast array of records concerning divorce held as NSW State Archives. It will not only highlight the divorce case papers, but will also look at related records such as Court Reporting Office transcripts and Judges’ notebooks.

17 June 2017
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    Library Tour - Saturday 17 June 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 to 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.

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    Lecture - Saturday 17 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    What does that say? Tips for reading old handwriting (Australia)

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

    Presenter: Marilyn Rowan   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Marilyn Rowan has been deciphering old handwriting for over 30 years. She has been an Approved NSW BDM Transcription Agent for the last 22 years, transcribing nearly half a million records over that time. Along the way, she has decoded the many and varied quirks in 19th and 20th century certificates, along with other documents from earlier periods. Benefit from her knowledge as you gain some hands-on experience at interpreting what can sometimes feel like a foreign language!

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    Webinar - Saturday 17 June 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Aboriginal people in government records

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kim Katon   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Governments were obsessive with keeping records about Aboriginal people and many of these records survive. They not only reveal the discrimination Aboriginal people have endured, but they are also a valuable resource for tracing Aboriginal family history. This session will cover the types of records created, where they are stored and how to access them.

21 June 2017
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    Webinar - Wednesday 21 June 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
    Finding and using German records

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Lacopo   Bookings essential: $12, members only

    Many of us have German-speaking European ancestors but are afraid to tackle the next step. Your lecturer will show examples of German church records, how to decipher them and how to overcome the fear of German script.

22 June 2017
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    Lecture - Thursday 22 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    The people of Millers Point, 1880-1930

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

    Presenter: Gail Davis   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Presented by SAG and the Royal Australian Historical Society

    This presentation will explore the lives of those who made their homes in Millers Point in the fifty year period between 1880 and 1930. It will explore a range of sources from the NSW State Archives.

23 June 2017
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    Hands On Session - Friday 23 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Using the electronic resources in the SAG library

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

    Presenter: Lorraine Brothers   Bookings essential: $22 members only (special price)

    Did you know that the SAG library has a lot of resources in electronic format? Find out how to access such things as parish registers, family histories, cemetery records, funeral directors’ records, AGCI, journals, government gazettes, police gazettes and many more. Limit 14.

24 June 2017
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 24 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

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

    Convenor: Beverly 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.

01 July 2017
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    Lecture - Saturday 01 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Local history, local places

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

    Presenters: Angela Phippen and Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Learn ways to find out what was happening in the local area when your ancestors lived there, where to locate local histories and maps, and how to incorporate these histories and maps into your family history.

06 July 2017
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    Lecture - Thursday 06 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Getting the most out of your SAG membership

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $10 members, $20 non-members

    Discover the benefits you receive as a SAG member, with tips for accessing special deals and services. Find out what’s new and what’s hidden in the basement.

07 July 2017
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    Hands On Session - Friday 07 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Getting the best from TROVE

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

    Presenter: Jenny Higgins   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    The National Library of Australia has a vast database of online resources that could hold clues for your genealogy. Learn tips for searching newspapers; how to download copies; add tags and comments, and create lists. Limit 14.

    An afternoon session will be run if there are sufficient bookings. Place your name on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if an afternoon session is to go ahead.

08 July 2017
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    Lecture - Saturday 08 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    GENUKI

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

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    GENUKI is an important online reference library and web directory for UK and Ireland. Find out what it contains and get tips on how to use it.

10 July 2017
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    Webinar - Monday 10 July 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    DNA: I've done my test, what's next?

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    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.

13 July 2017
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Back to Basics 3: Inserting photos

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

    Presenter: Alison Meldrum   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Enhance your story with photos and scanned documents - see how to insert them into text, resize and caption them, move and keep them with related text.

14 July 2017
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    Hands On Session - Friday 14 July 2017 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Brick wall clinic - Australia

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

    By appointment, between 10am and 4pm   Bookings essential: $25, members only

    Get one-on-one help with your Australian family history brick wall. Appointments will be for 1.5 hours and include a half-hour consultation to analyse your problem and create a draft research plan, followed by one hour of one-on-one guided research in the SAG library (online and/or in SAG collections).

    Book online and you will then be allocated an appointment time. Attendees will be provided a template to submit a description of their problem prior to the day.

    Bookings close 4pm, 6th July.

18 July 2017
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    Webinar - Tuesday 18 July 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Guide to Australian BDMs

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Save yourself a lot of time and money with this overview of records of births, deaths and marriages around Australia, the types of information you can find and costs of obtaining copies.

22 July 2017
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    Day Course - Saturday 22 July 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    The basics of English research

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

    Presenter: Pauline Kettle and Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

    If you are just starting out researching your English ancestors or need a refresher course about where and how to find the essential sources, this day is for you. Full program will be on the SAG website.

28 July 2017
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    Hands On Session - Friday 28 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Using Excel for family history

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    Excel is a great tool for organising, analysing and presenting vast quantities of information, which makes it great for family history. Some prior knowledge of Excel is assumed, as the session will not cover the basics. Limit 14.