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20 August 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 20 August 2019 - Thursday 31 October 2019 08:00pm - 05:00pm
    Webinar season ticket - August to October 2019

    Only available until Monday 19 August

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between Aug-Oct, 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 6  for the price of 5. (The season ticket does not include the webinar course on Genome Mate Pro.)

    The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Why should I test my DNA, Michelle Patient (pre-recorded. link provided upon purchase of season ticket)
    • Fantastic German church books and where to find them, Ben Hollister, 20 August
    • Enhance your genealogy research with Facebook, Jill Ball, 9 September
    • Four sources for New Zealand family history, Fiona Brooker, 24 September
    • Have you finished your family history?, Danielle Lautrec, 17 October
    • Biographical Database of Australia, Michael Flynn, 21 October
19 October 2019
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    Library Tour - Saturday 19 October 2019 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, members only 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 19 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

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

    Convenor: Beverly Hyssett   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

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

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 19 October 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group – Beginners

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

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Learn the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results to help you understand how you relate to your matches. We will include a summary of basic DNA concepts and there will be plenty of time for questions.

21 October 2019
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    Webinar - Monday 21 October 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Biographical Database of Australia

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Flynn   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Find out what the Biographical Database of Australia holds and how it can help your family history research. Get an update on newly added content, such as immigration records.

23 October 2019
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    External Tour - Wednesday 23 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Waverley Cemetery Tour

    External tour: Meet at St Thomas & Trafalgar Streets, Bronte 

    Bookings essential: $25 members, $30 non-members

    Enjoy a walk through this magnificent cemetery, visiting monuments of politicians, murder victims, authors, poets and criminals; including Dorothea Mackellar and Henry Lawson, Sir Francis Forbes, the magnificent Irish Monument to the 1789 rebellion and Nosey Bob, the State’s executioner! Not suitable for people with mobility issues. Limit 15

26 October 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 26 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group – Intermediate

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

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Confirming DNA matches through triangulation. We will explore the different ways to use the tools on each of the main testing sites – FTDNA, My Heritage, 23andMe, GEDmatch and DNAGedcom. Suitable for intermediate DNA researchers.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 26 October 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group – Advanced

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

    Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Learnings from ‘DNA Down Under’. What changes do we need to make in our research? Are there important issues that we need to input into our 2020 agenda?

29 October 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 29 October 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Genome Mate Pro webinar course

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $35, Members only (fee is for 3 parts)

    This is a 3-part webinar course. Part 1 = 29 October, Part 2 = 12 November, Part 3 = 26 November.  Bookings close on 29 October for this 3 part course. 

    This is an online discussion to learn about using Genome Mate Pro. The discussion will be facilitated by Veronica and participants are expected to have watched YouTube videos and other materials such as the DNA Geek blog. Internet, headphones and microphone are required.

    Part 1 - Help, Options, Creating Profiles and introduction to Data Imports

    Part 2 - Data Imports revision, allocating sides, defining segments to ancestors

    Part 3 - Chromosome analysis, Segment Maps Links to the YouTube videos and other material will be provided to registrants.

01 November 2019
  • Webinar - Friday 01 November 2019 - Friday 31 January 2020 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - Nov 2019 to Jan 2020

    Only available until Monday 18 November

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between Nov-Jan, 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 season ticket does not include the webinar course on Genome Mate Pro.)

    The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Essential U.S. genealogical resources - Nancy Loe, 19 Nov (matinee)
    • Land and property records in England - Rosemary Kopittke, 2 Dec
    • How to use other people's research - Danielle Lautrec, 10 Dec
    • Reviewing your research - get past that roadblock in your tree - Michelle Patient, 7 Jan
    • Understanding the U.K. census - Jenny Joyce, 20 Jan
02 November 2019
  • Weekend seminar - Saturday 02 November 2019 - Sunday 03 November 2019 10:00am - 04:30pm
    Lost In Old Sydney

    Location:  Portside Convention Centre, 207 Kent Street Sydney          10am-4.30pm each day          $120 members, $140 non-members (fee includes morning and afternoon tea, but does not include lunch)

    Explore the lives of Sydney-siders from 1788 to the 1860s and find out about the records they left behind for your family history research.  Learn about what happened when they arrived, where they lived and where they were buried when they died.  Did they run a business?  How was the government involved in their daily lives.  And did the coming of the railways affect them?  This and much more will be explored during this fascinating weekend.   The preliminary program is available here.

07 November 2019
  • Lecture - Thursday 07 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family History Fundamentals - Part 1 Getting started

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Just started your family history or need a refresher? This session will cover the principles of family history research, types of sources and repositories, charting, search techniques and research planning.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course, but you can also attend just one or two sessions. Book by telephone or in person to receive the special discount offer of $60 ($90 non-members) for all three sessions.

09 November 2019
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 09 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker Group

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 09 November 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    The Master Genealogist Group

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

    Convenor: Bruce Fairhall   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    This meeting is an opportunity to share ideas for using TMG and solve problems users are encountering. Bring your laptop if possible. There will also be time allocated to planning our meetings for 2020. New and experienced TMG users are invited to attend.

14 November 2019
  • Library Tour - Thursday 14 November 2019 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Richmond Villa Tour - What's in the SAG archives?

    Location: 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)     Free, members only but bookings are essential 

    The SAG’s archives have a wide range of records such as manuscripts, photos, diaries and family histories – many of which are not held anywhere else! Explore highlights of the archives, take a guided tour and find out how to search the collection using the MIDAS catalogue. Limit 10.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 14 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Where are you at with your writing or research?

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

    Convenor: Lilian Magill   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    Our scheduled presentation by Anne Beaumont on ‘Whales and Windmills’ has had to be deferred until next year. 

    The new topic for this meeting is:  Where are you at with your research or writing?  This month we are talking about where we are at with our writing, research or our future plans. Each member will have five minutes to discuss or report on where they are at, what they need help with, what might be their plans and to ask for advice. 

  • Lecture - Thursday 14 November 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    A closer look at marriage

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

    Presenter: John Cann, NSW State Archives   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    Combine your history into a story! A Closer Look at Marriage is a look at marriages from 1788 to the 1940s through the lens of family history research. This talk will showcase a variety of NSW State Archives and combine events from four marriages into an interesting narrative from the Archives.

16 November 2019
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 16 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    New Zealand Research Group

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

    Convenor: Pauline Weeks  Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Navigating the new website, research guides, how to search, what digitised records are available on line and how to order records. Bring along any brick wall questions for discussion. You are welcome to join us for lunch afterwards (not included in the event price).

19 November 2019
  • Webinar - Tuesday 19 November 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Essential U.S. genealogy resources

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Nancy Loe   Bookings essential: $12, Members only 

    This overview of U.S. genealogy records includes free and subscription websites. Discover essential and lesserknown resources and how to locate non-digitized records. Locate vital records, census (state and federal), migration records, newspapers, maps, and other records to research your ancestors in the United States.

21 November 2019
  • Hands On Session - Thursday 21 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @120 - Chromosome mapping and DNA Painter

    Location: 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members 

    In this beginners’ session you will be introduced to chromosome mapping and DNA Painter. You’ll then set up an account at DNA Painter and “paint” one or two matches. Finally, we’ll look at the tools offered by DNA Painter. 

    This is a hands on computer session using your own laptop AT RICHMOND VILLA. Participants must bring their own laptop and have access to their DNA matches at GEDmatch.com, FTDNA and/or MyHeritage. Limit 12

     

    This session has been deferred until 2020.

  • Hands On Session - Thursday 21 November 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Hands On @120 - Finding your way around DNA Painter

    Location: 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members 

    In this intermediate session you will be looking at ways of using DNA Painter and its tools to progress your genetic research, including: canvassing the various ways of painting DNA matches; using the “paint” of known matches to identify where unknown matches might fit into a pedigree; and optimising use of DNA Painter’s tools. 

    This is a hands on computer session using your own laptop AT RICHMOND VILLA. Participants in their session must bring their own laptop and have already “painted” a number of “known” DNA matches at DNA Painter and have a basic familiarity with the tools offered. Limit 12

     

    This session has been deferred until 2020.

23 November 2019
  • Lecture - Saturday 23 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    NSW Church registers for beginners

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

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    A look at how to supplement birth, death & marriage certificates by utilising the Society’s collection of church registers and other resources.

30 November 2019
  • Lecture - Saturday 30 November 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    In trouble in Scotland

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

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    “Life wasn’t meant to be easy” – and it often wasn’t for many of our Scottish ancestors. Learn how to research Scots who fell on hard times, including those who were supported by the poor laws (and those who were not) as well as those who came before the courts.

02 December 2019
  • Webinar - Monday 02 December 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Land and property records in England

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Rosemary Kopittke   Bookings essential: $12, Members only 

    Family history is all about tracing where people lived. This presentation investigates a range of resources you can access to learn more about land and property held by your family in England. It examines gazetteers and maps, electoral registers, newspapers, rate books, the 1873 returns of owners of land, wills, manorial records, and land tax records. These records will provide a good starting point for your research.

05 December 2019
  • Library Tour - Thursday 05 December 2019 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, members only 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

  • Lecture - Thursday 05 December 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals - Part 2 Analysing the evidence

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    Just started your family history or need to develop your skills further? This session will cover tips and techniques for analysing sources and the information within them, and using that as evidence in your family history. It will include analysing handwriting, evaluating sources and problem solving.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course, but you can also attend just one or two sessions. Book by telephone or in person to receive the special discount offer of $60 (non-members $90).

06 December 2019
  • Hands On Session - Friday 06 December 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Ancestry DNA

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

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members 

    This session is ONLY for people who are already working with AncestryDNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. Beginners are welcome. Limit 14

07 December 2019
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 07 December 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Intermediate

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

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    Using the tools at DNAGedcom. We will explore tools such as ADSA, GWorks and J works. Some time will also be allocated to the benefits of DNAGedcom Connection Client for downloading match information for Genome Mate Pro, Match-O-Matic and the Collins Leeds Method 3D. Suitable for intermediate DNA researchers.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 07 December 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Advanced

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

    Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    How have your DNA outcomes improved through the use of GEDmatch phased kits, Evil Twin, Lazarus or Visual Phasing? Do they help? Discussion of pros and cons.

10 December 2019
  • Webinar - Tuesday 10 December 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    How to use other people's research

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $12, Members only 

    They say you shouldn’t reinvent the wheel, but the preponderance of poorly researched trees makes us nervous about using other people’s research. As a result, we miss out on a potential gold mine of information. This session will examine how to take advantage of other people’s research without compromising the quality of our own family history.

12 December 2019
  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 12 December 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - My Adult Gap Year

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

    Presenter: Teresa Bentos   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    Teresa is a nurse who has taken a ‘gap year’, in which she hopes to write the story of her time nursing in Iraq. She will talk about what she has achieved and how she writes. It is a fascinating story, one that needs to be told.

  • Lecture - Thursday 12 December 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Forest workers

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

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    Many men worked in the forests around Sydney in the first 50 years of settlement preparing timber for the Royal Navy and for domestic use. We give an overview of what a forest was, where they were, and what a timberfeller, shingle splitter and sawyer did for a living.

07 January 2020
  • Webinar - Tuesday 07 January 2020 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Reviewing your research - get past that roadblock in your tree

    Location: Your place! 

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $12, Members only 

    Revisiting your research, along with access to newly available records and data, can provide new leads to follow which often results in opening up new branches to include in our ever-growing family trees. Michelle will discuss this while covering the benefits of reviewing your research.

09 January 2020
  • Lecture - Thursday 09 January 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals - Part 3 Documenting and presenting

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    This session will cover tips and techniques for writing it up and sharing your family history with other researchers in a variety of forms, including charts, software, reports, books and online. It will also cover tips for making those dreaded source citations easier!

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course, but you can also attend just one or two sessions. Book by telephone or in person to receive the special discount offer. ($60 members, $90 non-members)

11 January 2020
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 January 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Beginners

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

    Convenor: Melissa Hulbert   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    Learn the basic DNA concepts and the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results. This session covers all of the popular DNA testing companies. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

  • Lecture - Saturday 11 January 2020 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Working with Ancestry DNA

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

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members 

    Go beyond the DNA basics and examine in greater detail what can be done with AncestryDNA results - exploring ethnicity and DNA cousins. The session will also look at privacy settings, linking DNA to a family tree, sharing access to AncestryDNA results, uploading a family tree and downloading raw data. There’ll be a handout to take away with plenty of references to continue your DNA journey.

18 January 2020
  • Library Tour - Saturday 18 January 2020 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free library tour - Where do I start at the SAG?

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

    Free, members only 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 18 January 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Users Group

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

    Convenor: Beverly Hyssett   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members 

    Legacy Software 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.

20 January 2020
  • Webinar - Monday 20 January 2020 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Understanding the UK census

    Location: Your place! 

    Presenter: Jenny Joyce   Bookings essential: $12, Members only 

    The census is a vital source for UK research. Learn what censuses are available, how to access them and how to interpret them.

23 January 2020
  • Library Tour - Thursday 23 January 2020 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Richmond Villa tour - What's in the SAG archives?

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

    Free, members only but bookings are essential 

    The SAG’s archives have a wide range of records such as manuscripts, photos, diaries and family histories – many of which are not held anywhere else! Explore highlights of the archives, take a guided tour and find out how to search the archives using the MIDAS catalogue. Limit 10.

30 January 2020
  • Lecture - Thursday 30 January 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
    Studying with the SAG - An information session

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

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Free, but bookings are essential

    Find out more about the Society’s popular Certificate in Genealogical Studies course and its Diploma in Family Historical Studies in this information session.