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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

    • 6 Jul 2022
    • 7 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 365
    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)

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 3 Dec 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 327
    Register

    Just started your family history or need a refresher?

    The Family History Fundamentals course is a three part online course being held on Saturdays 15 October, 5 November and 3 December 2022.

    Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

    The course will include an e-workbook for each of the three sessions which includes exercises, templates, checklists and list of resources.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    Part 1: Getting Started Saturday 15 October 10.30am-12.30pm (AEDT). The first of the three-part session primarily uncovers the principles of family history research, with a particular emphasis on understanding the diversity between types of sources. The session will demonstrate numerous forms of charting and the necessary information required for each. It will then demonstrate search techniques, including reference to diverse repositories and instruction on how to best utilise them your research. To end, the session will discuss the importance of appropriate research planning as well as methods to achieve success.   

    Part 2: Analysing the evidence Saturday 5 November 10.30am-12.30pm (AEDT). Part two will enhance the theoretical grounding gathered from part one as it focuses on the practical aspects of genealogy. A detailed breakdown of source analysis will demonstrate how to recognise errors and overcome research challenges, ensuring that the sources help your research to its full potential. The session will also cover handwriting analysis and increase your problem-solving capabilities.  

    Part 3: Documenting and presenting Saturday 3 December 1.30pm-3.30pm (AEDT). Part three is focussed on how to share your discoveries with other researchers, including: charts, software, reports, books and online, allowing you to choose a method that best suits you. This session differentiates between documentation and presentation, and what is required in the correct execution of both. An important final step is how to ensure your citation process is as easy as can be. 

    All sessions will be recorded, so you can either watch them live or watch them later (or do both!).

    To read SAG's refund policy for events please click here

    • 1 Nov 2022
    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place
    • 45
    Registration is closed

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket SAG members will be able to view a selection of webinars we hold between Oct 2022 - Dec 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 webinar package you get  4 for the price of 3.

    The webinars included are:

    • 1 Nov 7.30pm-8.30pm, "Exodus" of civilians from Australia to South Africa during the Boer War, Dr Michael Du Plessis
    • 16 Nov 7.00pm-8.00pm,  Historic globalisation - multinational companies of former European Empires, Ruth Graham, SAG CEO
    • 22 Nov 7:00pm-8:00pm, My Ancestor Was A Pirate – Pirates of the Caribbean, the Sequel, Sue Paul
    • 13 Dec 8.00pm-9.00pm, Special presentation on First Nations of Australia, Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt OA

    All webinar times are listed in AEDT.

    PLEASE NOTE: To ensure all registrants receive their joining link prior to the first webinar online Season Ticket sales will close on 30 October 2022


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

    • 7 Nov 2022
    • 27 Jun 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Facilitated by The Write Folk, the Society of Australian Genealogists Creative Writing Program aims to teach creative writing tools and techniques, to use in conjunction with genealogical and social history research. With these skills, each Program participant will craft a unique, personal and entertaining short story. At the end of the Program, SAG will publish the short stories as a volume, in honour of the women who built and nurtured colonial Australia

    The Program will be structured around a series of creative writing exercises and story milestones. There will be a monthly Zoom session for learning and collaboration, along with a private discussion forum to ask questions, post exercises and provide feedback. A key component of the Program will be peer-to-peer feedback. This will be moderated, and feedback templates supplied. Participants will also receive guidance and feedback from the facilitator on each exercise, and at key stages of the story drafting and editing processes.

    Theme of stories: the women of colonial Australia

    Each participant will select one of their own female colonial ancestors and write a 4,000 to 5,000 word creative short story, based on their life and social history of the time.

    Note: For the purposes of this program the term colonial covers the period 1788-1901.

    Participation in the course will be limited to 15, in order to produce a publishable volume.

    Once published, each participant will receive the e-book and one printed copy as part of their Program fee. The e-book and print on demand copies will also be promoted through SAG and available for a fee.

    The detailed program schedule can be downloaded by clicking here

    The Write Folk

    Rose Cutts has worked across the print media, music and tertiary education sectors in a career spanning 25 years. Her time in print media included roles in advertising, sub-editing, copywriting, and several years editing a quarterly fiction publication. In the music industry, she focused on tour and travel logistics, and event management. For the last 14 years Rose has worked in a variety of roles in universities, including academic skills support, tertiary pathways, and quality assurance. Her particular areas of expertise include educational compliance, continuous improvement, academic governance, and policy development. All Rose’s roles have had a significant focus on writing, editing and proofreading, and never more so than in the last 6 years managing mandatory professional accreditations at Western Sydney University. In this capacity, Rose researches and collects large amounts of professional and academic information, synthesising and producing long form submission documents. She also regularly authors, edits and publishes executive papers, web content, briefings and research studies. Rose conducts training programs in a number of areas including professional writing skills, cyclical continuous improvement processes, and developing and implementing strategic plans.

    Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts (mjrs. English and Modern History, mnr. Linguistics) (UNE), and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Quality Assurance) (UniMelb). Through undertaking these studies, along with a number of creative writing programs, Rose has developed a keen interest and focus on blending historical fact and creative story telling. Rose established The Write Folk to bring together her academic background, professional experience, and creative writing endeavours to offer copywriting, proofreading and genealogical support services. The Write Folk services include:

    • Developing and facilitating family and social history, and writing programs, covering creative writing and creative non-fiction;
    • Genealogical research, presented in a narrative style and with social history details;
    • Editing and proofreading professional documents, web content, etc., and
    • Records retrieval and transcription.


    • 30 Nov 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • PJ O'Brien's, 57 King St, Sydney NSW 2000
    • 31
    Register

    To kick off the festive season and check in with    those in Sydney, you are invited to SAG's Family    History in the Pub event! Join Society staff, members and friends in person at PJ O'Brien's Irish Pub at the Grace Hotel as we talk about our latest family history finds and put the crowd through a few trivia questions with prizes!

    Drinks and finger food included, please specify any dietary requirements when registering.

    Image: Burak The Weekender 

    • 3 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 465
    Register

    Topic: English Brick Walls

    We will continue our popular County Presentations with Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire and Cornwall being presented by members at this December meeting. All resources will be sent after the meeting with the recording, chat etc.

    We will also be looking at English Brick Walls! We are sure there will be many brick walls.

    The procedure to submit your brick wall is set out in the Guide to Brick Walls - to download the Guide click here.

    We ask that your information be submitted by either Powerpoint (preferred option) or via a Word document - only one page - by Friday 26th November.

    Note: If we run out of time to show your brick wall during the meeting, we will be circulating all the submissions to attendees after the event in the hope that one of the members can pass on some advice or tips to help you with your research.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and, as SAG Research Groups are collaborative, we ask that all attendees please help their fellow researchers by offering suggestions of how to progress a brick wall or simply give any resource you may be aware of which may help. You are NOT being asked to do the research!

    Don't forget that if you can't make the meeting, book in and receive all the relevant resources and brick walls after the meeting.


    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Diana Pecar, Linda Radulovitch and Annesley Watson

    Skill level: All 

    • 5 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 483
    Register

    Are you a new member and want to find out how to get the most out of your SAG membership? Or maybe you’ve been a member for a while but not really utilised our services and want to know what to do next. Join members of the SAG Board and Staff for a free online introduction and orientation session.

    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

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



    • 6 Dec 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 487
    Register

    As we were unable to provide our free Let's Talk About...North America session for SAG members in September we are pleased to present members with a complimentary webinar on the 1950 U.S. Census as a replacement.

    Non-members are also welcome to register - a small fee will apply.

    Searching the 1950 U.S. Census on MyHeritage

    In April 2022, the 1950 U.S. Federal Census records were finally made public after 72 years under embargo. This record collection includes valuable information on the 150 million people living in the United States in the post-WWII era — a time of great change and significant population exchanges between regions and continents. If you had any family members in the United States during this time, you will very likely find them in the 1950 Census. Daniel will show you how to search this important collection on MyHeritage and use tools such as the Census Helper™ to make your research easier.

    Presented By: Daniel Horowitz

    Skill Level: All

    Photo by Alex Duffy on Unsplash

    About the presenter: Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, Daniel was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. He was a board member of The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) for 10 years, now is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects, and holds a board-level position at The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). Since 2006 Daniel has been working at MyHeritage liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world.

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

    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 194
    Register

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


    Author Rachel Franks 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.


    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 468
    Register

    Are you feeling inspired to start some formal study in family history online next year?

    Join the Society’s CEO and other staff as they talk you through the course options available at the SAG in 2023.

    These include our Beginner’s Practical Introduction to Family History course, our existing suite of online courses on research methodolgy, the Certificate in Genealogical Research and Diploma in Family Historical Studies alongside our DNA research offerings.

    All welcome!

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


    • 9 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 120 Kent Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
    • 53
    Register

    Join us at Richmond Villa for our reinstated end of year celebrations for volunteers and friends!

    This event is invite only to thank our volunteers and friends for their support throughout 2022. If you have not received an email with the event code, please contact admin@sag.org.au.

    Please let us know any dietary requirements when you register.

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 495
    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.

    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 343
    Register

    Finding First Nations Voice in the Colonial Archives

    Larissa will discuss how, in researching the story of Eliza Fraser, the 'white woman captured by cannibals', it was clear the voices of First Nations people had been silenced. But, as the story of Larissa's father shows, the colonial archives can hold information for First Nations people to find their way home after the impact of the child removal policy.

    Presented By: Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt 

    Skill Level: All


    About the presenter: 

    Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Associate Dean (Indigenous Research) and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues.

    Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Her most recent novel is After Story (2016, UQP). Larissa is an award-winning filmmaker. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for best Direction of a Documentary Film for After the Apology and the 2020 AACTA for Best Direction in Factual Television for her documentary, Maralinga Tjarutja.

    She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

    Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She was awarded an Order of Australia for her work in Indigenous education, the law and the arts. Larissa received the Human Rights Medal 2021 from the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

    This webinar forms part of the Oct - Dec Season Ticket

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

    • 1 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course. We will contact you with an option to register once dates have been confirmed.

    Need help with starting to solve your DNA dilemma's? Have you tested with Ancestry DNA and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Christine Woodlands and other members of the SAG DNA Discussion Group for a 15 part course designed to assist you to understand the information you can glean from your Ancestry DNA matches.

    The course will be made up of four modules and consist of a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The first session is optional and is explained in the course outline, together with further details of the dates of each session and the description of the four modules. You can download the 2022 course outline by clicking here. This outline is indicative of what is included in the course and how the course is structured.

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.

    You must have access to results from an Ancestry DNA test to undertake this course.


    • 1 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course. We will contact you with an option to register once dates have been confirmed.

    Are you ready to take your DNA results to the next level using chromosome analysis? Do you have your DNA data at a site with a chromosome browser and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Veronica Williams and other SAG DNA Discussion Group members for a 10 part course designed to build on your existing knowledge of working with your DNA and develop your skills in chromosome analysis.

    The series is not suitable for beginners, it suits intermediate DNA researchers interested in learning more complex DNA techniques.

    The course will be made up of four modules, supplemented with six workshops that will include case studies and opportunities for discussion. Whilst foundation concepts will be discussed in Module 1, later sessions will assume knowledge of those DNA concepts and tools.

    Sessions will likely be scheduled for Saturdays, over a three-four month period. A ‘draft’ 2023 course outline will be posted here soon.

    Pre-requisites for participants:

    • *Ability to work with spreadsheets, including basic formatting and data manipulation;
    • Competence in basic DNA analysis techniques as outlined in the section Starting to work with your DNA results - the basics
    • Have been working with their DNA results for over 12 months
    • Priority will be given to those who have completed the SAG AncestryDNA Course

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.


    • 8 Jan 2023
    • 10 May 2023
    • 14 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 2

    Need help with starting to solve your DNA dilemma's? Have you tested with Ancestry DNA and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Christine Woodlands and other members of the SAG DNA Discussion Group for a 14 part course designed to assist you to understand the information you can glean from your Ancestry DNA matches.

    The course will be made up of four modules and consist of a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The first session is optional and is explained in the course outline, together with further details of the dates of each session and the description of the four modules. You can download the course outline by clicking here

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.

    You must have access to results from an Ancestry DNA test to undertake this course. They can be someone else's results provided you manage the kit.


    • 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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