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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@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

    • 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 Feb 2023
    • 7 Jun 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 382
    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.

    The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 1 Feb, 1 March, 5 April, 3 May and 7 June.

    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)

    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 8 Jun 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 119
    Register

    The Writing Group

    Why not make 2023 the year you finally start writing about your family history? 

    March 2023 Meeting Topics


    One of the topics for our March meeting will be biographies.

    Another topic of the next meeting will be what those terms mean (biography, creative non-fiction, historical fiction and others)  - some definition of the genres used by family history writers.

    A third topic will be how to use this 'basecamp' site - many of you are working it out and feeling comfortable here already, but there are probably lots of others who aren't feeling familiar with it yet, so we'll have a look around together in the Zoom meeting and answer all your questions !

    At the April meeting we'll also have one of the authors talking about the experience of writing a biography for the SAG annual competition.

    Come along to The Writing Group and work on your writing skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The group meets via Zoom on the second Thursday of each month and has a varied program of activities and speakers designed to help you progress your project/s - whatever style of writing you are interested in!

    The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 9 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May and 8 June.

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

     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    

    Group Leads: Elizabeth Capelin & Emily Purser


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


    • 9 Mar 2023
    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 10
    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”.

    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.

    All sessions in this course will be recorded. If you are unable to attend live you will still be able to catch up with all the content.

    Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager

    Skill Level: Beginner

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

    • 1 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2, 379 Kent Street Sydney or online via Zoom
    Register

    Join us for the day as genealogist and SAG member Michelle Patient will be spending the 1st of April focussing on the products and services available at the Ancestry website.

    The day will include:

    • Latest company news and scoops from RootsTech2023
    • Demonstrations of new and old features
    • Showing how to integrate DNA results into your tree

    and plenty of time for Q&A - and there may even be a live guest from the company (but that can't be confirmed till closer to the time)

    Hope you can all come along and be part of the fun and learning.

    Lead Presenter: Michelle Patient

    Skill Level: All




    Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided for those attending face to face.

    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.

    We will also be recording this event for those who are unable to join us live on the day.

    About the presenter: 

    Michelle Patient is a genealogist, computer geek, and DNA enthusiast, with qualifications in Chemistry, Geology and Family History. She grew up with a grandmother whose family stories, photographs, and memorabilia sparked her life-long interest in genealogy. In 1989 Michelle began searching for her English half-sister, and in 2005 she reconnected her mother with her birth family.

    With ancestry ranging from early Australian military and convicts, and Australian & New Zealand early colonists, through to post-WWII British Royal Naval Support, her personal research covers a wide range of British Isles Diasporas and early Down Under research. She has separated facts from fiction, uncovering stories of will disputes, adoptions, children being given away, bankruptcies, and murder-suicides.

    Adding DNA research to her genealogy tool kit has increased the range of Michelle’s methods, revealing skeletons, and breaking down many brick walls. Michelle volunteers on our Education Committee, has spoken at a number of global genealogy events, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is the DNA consultant behind the Australian SBS TV series Every Family has a Secret.

    Michelle also co-hosts a monthly Ancestry Tips webinar for the SAG. You can find out more about those sessions by clicking here.


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

    • 3 Apr 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    Register

    Excel can help you store, organise, analyse and display the vast amounts of information that you gather when researching your family history. Danielle will teach you a few simple Excel skills and then demonstrate fifteen different ways that you can use it to improve the quality of your family history and make your research easier.

    No prior knowledge of Excel is required.

    Skill Level: All

    Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec


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

    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 26 May 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2, 379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 0
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    FACE TO FACE COURSE

    Over four sessions we will discuss how land transactions were recorded from the early days of settlement in the Colony of New South Wales and how these records can be used to enhance your family research.

    The NSW Land Registry Services (including HLRV), Geographical Names Board and SIX Maps websites will be introduced and explained, with each session to cover:

    1.      Introduction to Land Titles and Parish Maps

    • Early land Records in NSW
    • County, Parish and Town maps
    • Land Title Systems
    • Parish maps – information included and how to find Parish maps
    • Geographical Names Board website
    • Overview of Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV)
    2.      Old System and Torrens Title
    • In depth detail of Old System and Torrens Title 
    • What is on an Old System Deed
    • Deposited Deeds
    • What is on a Certificate of Title
    • SIX maps website
    • Using HLRV to look-up Deeds and Certificates of Title.
    3.      Primary Applications and Conditional Purchases
    • Primary Applications explained
    • Primary Applications on HLRV 
    • Primary Applications at NSW State Archives
    • Conditional Purchases
    • Impact on searching for Certificate of Title
    • Conditional Purchase information at NSW State Archives
    • Conditional Purchases on HLRV
    4.      Workshop on HLRV

      Case studies will be provided for participants to work through during this session. The case studies will cover all aspects of the topics covered in the previous three sessions. You may also bring along to the session an aspect of land records that may be troubling you. This will allow participants to receive assistance during the session along with answers to the case studies.

      About the presenter:

      The sessions will be presented by SAG member, Jeff Madsen, who has had a long career in Information Technology using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software to prepare maps for Government, private enterprise and family researchers. His interest in genealogy highlighted that maps and historical geography could be used to enhance a family tree or story to become more than just names and dates.

      He has used the Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV) since 1999 to access Parish Maps and, more recently, to research property owned by ancestors, greatly assisting the writing of family stories.

      • 15 Apr 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 492
      Register

      Genealogical DNA Analysis Tool (GDAT) User Group

      If you already have DNA chromosome analysis skills and are using the GDAT database tool to manage your DNA information, you might wish to join our new user group.  SAG user groups are aimed at ‘members helping members’ so this is a collaborative working group aimed at sharing information and knowledge.  You must be a SAG member to join this group.

      Sessions will include a short presentation on a specified topic identified by the group, followed by discussion between group members, then round table Q&A regarding the product.  We will meet on Saturdays at 10.00-12.00 using the Zoom platform.  We won’t be recording the sessions, so you must attend live.

      Important things to note:

      1. Discussion will be focussed on utilising the GDAT software for DNA analysis;
      2. Members must have an understanding of the principles of chromosome analysis before joining the group;
      3. Chromosome analysis questions WILL NOT be discussed, except in the context of using the GDAT product.

      Pre-requisite Knowledge for using GDAT:

      1. Be computer literate;
      2. Have the ability to work with spreadsheets and large data sets;
      3. Have been working with DNA results at GEDmatch, FamilyTree DNA, My Heritage, or 23andMe for over 12 months;
      4. Understand the concepts of chromosome analysis and can apply them in practice, in particular:
        1. Be able to differentiate between shared matches and shared segments;
        2. Be able to interpret when matches are ICW on a segment;
        3. Understand triangulation concepts and how to identify Triangulated Groups at each DNA site.

      Before joining our user group, it is best if you have already:

      * Watched the video and undertaken all the tasks in the Quick Start Guide (Setting up) - https://sites.google.com/view/genealogical-dna-analysis-tool/home/video-tutorials#h.t5ehfiqzxea3

      * Read how the developer (Becky) approaches her DNA analysis, recognising the tool allows for multiple variations - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iO5BceetmtucroYUJeyWsMSjslV4IQYH/view

      * Set up at least one profile, added a pedigree for that profile and have uploaded segment data from at least one DNA company, such as GEDmatch, FTDNA, 23&Me or My Heritage.  GEDmatch is probably the easiest to start with, utilising Tier 1 tools is recommended for the triangulation report  (but not essential).

      Any issues arising consult the user guide

      https://sites.google.com/view/genealogical-dna-analysis-tool

      If it's not covered in the user guide submit the question for discussion at the next meeting by posting in the SAG GDAT User Group, or if the enquiry is more urgent utilise the Facebook GDAT User group https://www.facebook.com/groups/dnatool


      Skill level: Advanced DNA knowledge    

      Group Lead: Veronica Williams

       This session will not be recorded. Please only register if you are able to attend at the advertised time.

      • 17 Apr 2023
      • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 493
      Register

      Before Tinder there was Holt’s Matrimonial Agency (1884-1948)

      In 1938, reporter Stuart Lacy interviewed the manageress of Sydney’s Holt’s Matrimonial Agency and shared her experiences and insights in matching lonely hearts. In a prominent box, he highlighted important facts. “Established in 1884”, the agency “had been responsible for 50 000 marriages.”  “Three generations in one family have been married through the agency.” And finally, when the agency also conducted weddings “it retained three fully ordained clergymen on its payroll, and the original building in Melbourne had its own chapel.”

      Benefitting from a corpus of nearly 1000 newspaper articles dealing with the agency, numerous bigamy cases, as well as surviving matrimonial gazettes held by the descendants of Annie Holt, I will share Annie and James Holt’s journey into the Australian marriage market. The agency quickly dethroned other players and continued to thrive despite economic depressions, changes to marriage acts, and negative press coverage.

      About the presenter:

      Professor Méthot has been researching bigamy in Canada and Australia for many years. In 2020, she received a SSHRC grant for her research project “Marrying Too Much: Bigamy in Australia.” She has recently developed a website featuring bigamy stories and their relevance. Her engaging presentation style has her audience feeling stimulated and enriched. Méthot has a special interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). In addition to founding the Augustana Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching (ACURIT), she regularly shares her expertise at SoTL conferences.

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

      • 19 Apr 2023
      • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 494
      Register

      Join us to hear the story of local historian Anne Field's unusual tribute to her Grannie via a Message in a Bottle released into the ocean 100 years to the day that her Grannie sailed through the same waters on her immigration journey to Australia.

      Anne Field is a former local secondary Social Science teacher , Local Government Councillor at Rockdale Council and then Kogarah Council, and a local historian as the author of the History of Moorefield Racecourse Kogarah, Sydney, Australia ( 1888-1951).

      She took to the high seas twice in 2012 as a special tribute to her Scottish Grannie, who had sailed on the Pakeha from London to Sydney in 1912. Her Message in a Bottle was first committed to the Southern Ocean out of Albany, Western Australia on April 19 2012, and then recommitted out of Eden, New South Wales on September 30 2012. There are some interesting twists and turns in the story.  A story of adventure , which honours the bravery of our early immigrants, and acknowledges our social history.

      The planning of Anne’s amazing adventure was made easier by the fact that she had her Grannie’s detailed log from her 1912 journey to Sydney. Grannie’s bottle is still at sea over ten years later . Anne wishes that she could have put a tracker on the bottle so that she would know where it is!

      Skill Level: All

      About the presenter:

      Anne was a Social Science teacher, who spent 35 years of her 36 year teaching career at St George Girls High School in Kogarah before retiring in January 2012.

      She has had extensive involvement in to local community and has also been a member of SAG since the mid- 1980’s. Anne joined the Rotary Club of Rockdale in the late 1980’s and became its first female President in 1991. She later joined the Rotary Club of Bexley and became its first female President in 2000.

      Anne was elected to Rockdale Council in 1991 and then to Kogarah Council in 1999. She retired from Kogarah Council in 2008 .

      Upon retiring from her teaching role , Anne continued with her research with Moorefield Racecourse , Kogarah and launched her long awaited book on the 65TH anniversary of the last Moorefield race meeting in July 1951. She has given many talks on this subject to community groups.

      Anne has travelled widely throughout Australia and overseas. She has owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since 2001, sometimes owning 3 at a time.

      Anne received a Tribute with a Notice of Motion in the NSW Parliament in early 2012 for her services to education, the community and Local Government.

      You can read more about Anne's projects and books at her website http://www.annefield.net.au

      Photo by Jayne Harris on Unsplash

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

      • 22 Apr 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 24
      Register

      Follow Up Session on FTM Software

      This session is only for attendees of the 2021 Family Tree Maker Beginners Course.

      A lot of material was covered in the sessions. There was some time for questions and comments but you probably have more if you have now been using the FTM software for a while.

      With this in mind, Lyn will be on line on Saturday 22 April at 10:00am AEST if you’d like to join her for a follow up.

      There’s no cost for the session.

      • 29 Apr 2023
      • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney
      • 15
      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.

      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 Thursday 27 April 2023.

      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

      • 1 May 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 469
      Register

      Join us for an exciting and informative webinar on "Family History and Artificial Intelligence!" Discover how AI is transforming the way we research, document, preserve and share our family histories. SAG member Andrew Redfern will share his insights and experiences on the latest advancements in AI technology and how it can enhance our understanding of our family heritage.

      This webinar will explore:

      • Some current AI technology being used in family history
      • What is ChatGPT and how does it work
      • Using ChatGPT to generate text, fine-tune responses and evaluate output relevant to family history research
      • Limitations of AI technology and ChatGPT and key things to consider
      • Possible uses of ChatGPT in Family History including research, analysis, documentation and sharing the lives and stories of our ancestors.

      This webinar is perfect for anyone interested in exploring the exciting possibilities of AI in the realm of family history research, and specifically using the tool of ChatGPT. Whether you're a seasoned genealogist or just getting started, this webinar will provide you with valuable insights and strategies for using AI to uncover your family's unique story.

      Join us to learn more about the intersection of Family History and Artificial Intelligence and how this technology can revolutionize the way we understand and appreciate our family heritage.

      Note: This webinar outline was written using ChatGPT

      About the presenter:

      Andrew Redfern is a passionate family historian and technology enthusiast. Since his initial interest in researching his family tree in the mid 1980s, Andrew has developed a deep interest in how technology can enhance the way we explore and preserve our family histories.

      Recently, Andrew has become interested in the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning to aid family historians. He has been exploring various AI-powered tools and software that can assist in genealogical research and is excited about the possibilities they offer.

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

      • 6 May 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 494
      Register

      Topic: To be advised

      Do you have ancestors that spent time in Aotearoa New Zealand or have a research interest in this beautiful part of the world.

      Come along to SAG's Aotearoa New Zealand Research Group and join like minded researchers to learn more about researching in Aotearoa New Zealand.

      Beginners and experienced researchers are welcome - please come to share and learn with each other.


      Skill level:
      All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

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

      • 8 May 2023
      • 11 Dec 2023
      • 9 sessions
      • Via Zoom
      • 33
      Register

      Are you fairly new to family history or been researching for less than three years? Do you know the basics, but need some ongoing support to develop your core research skills?

      In SAG’s new online course, Beginners Research Methods, you will work on your own family history under the guidance of Danielle Lautrec over a period of eight months. Included in the course are two lectures, two workshops and six group discussion sessions (fourteen contact hours in total). Danielle will teach you to plan your research, identify research priorities and research questions, cite your sources and other important research skills. Each technique will be applied to your own family history, to help you progress your research.

      Prior completion of the SAG’s Beginners Course (or comparable course) is recommended, but is not essential.

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

      Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

      Skill Level: Beginner

      REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 4 MAY 2023

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

      • 13 May 2023
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • SAG Family History Research Centre & Library 2/379 Kent St, Sydney or via Zoom
      • 294
      Register

      Session Topics: TBA

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

      Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and other group members as they lead you through the session.

      Each session includes time for questions and answers.

      We will be providing the option of either attending this session in a person at the SAG Family History Research Centre and Library or online via Zoom.

      For those attending in person tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

      Please note: A minimum of 10 in person attendees are required to make the option of a hybrid session viable. Please register by Wednesday 10 May if you intend to come in person as we will need to make a decision about proceeding with the hybrid format on that day.

      Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

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

      • 13 May 2023
      • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
      • SAG Family History Research Centre & Library 2/379 Kent St, Sydney or via Zoom
      • 298
      Register

      Session Topics: TBA

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

      Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and other group members as they lead you through the session.

      Each session includes time for questions and answers.

      We will be providing the option of either attending this session in a person at the SAG Family History Research Centre and Library or online via Zoom.

      For those attending in person tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

      Please note: A minimum of 10 in person attendees are required to make the option of a hybrid session viable. Please register by Wednesday 10 May if you intend to come in person as we will need to make a decision about proceeding with the hybrid format on that day.

      Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

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

      • 15 May 2023
      • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 456
      Register

      'Eloquent in its metaphors, this book is about memory, how it shapes us, and what we choose to pass on' The Irish Times

      Stephen McGann's investigation into his family history revealed a legacy of immigration, illness and survival. In Flesh and Blood, he unearths their stories, which are deeply intertwined with the history of medical progress, social change and the development of a nation. Join us in our online book club for an opportunity to meet the author, share ideas with other enthusiastic readers and gain new perspectives on our own family history research. This event is FREE for Society members - if you are not yet a member, we'd love you to join!

      How does it work?

      SAG Book Club events are free to SAG members. Each event runs via Zoom for 1.5 hours. Sometimes we will be joined by the book’s author or another special guest, and sometimes we’ll have opportunities for small discussion groups to share our reactions and insights with fellow SAG members: www.sag.org.au/BookClub

      This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.


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

      • 16 May 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 484
      Register

      Topics: The Earl Grey Orphan Scheme

      Get together with others who have ancestors from any part of Ireland, or just have a research interest in those areas. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

      If you would like to submit a question in advance click here. Please submit your question at least three (3) days before the event.

       All welcome.

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

      Skill level: All     

      Group Leads: 

      Kathleen Hackett, Alan Jones, Sally Skulte & Marianne Spencer Young

      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

      • 18 May 2023
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      • 297
      Register

      Topic for this meeting: TBA

      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.

      • 3 Jun 2023
      • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 486
      Register

      Topic: To be advised

      Come along and join us as we research our Scottish ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. 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.

      Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

      Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon, Sue Park and Sally Skulte

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

      • 3 Jun 2023
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 490
      Register

      Topic: TBA

      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.

      Skill level: All

      Group Leads: Lorraine Luks and Kristine Newton

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

      • 8 Jun 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 491
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      Topic: TBA

      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 

      • 17 Jun 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 499
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      Topics: TBA


      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. 

      • 1 Jul 2023
      • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 494
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      Interested in Canadian or USA research? Have you any ancestors from this part of the world?

      Topic: To be advised

      Come along and join us as we research our USA and Canadian ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Be prepared to introduce yourself and briefly talk about where your USA/Canadian ancestors are from and share with the group one burning question.

      Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

      Leads: Melissa Hulbert, Thistle Anderson, Larry Czarnik & Suzanne Hyde

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


      • 19 Jul 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Via Zoom
      • 20
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      Christine will share her "Top 10" techniques for working with AncestryDNA. This session is ideal for those who are taking a first look at their AncestryDNA test or thinking about testing at AncestryDNA.

      Demonstrations and case studies will be featured in the session. There'll be plenty of time for questions. Reference material will be available after the session.

      This session is limited to 25 participants.

      This session will conducted on through Zoom and will not be recorded. Participants should be available at the advertised time.


      Skill level: Beginner

      Presenter: Christine Woodlands 

      • 20 Jul 2023
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      • 298
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      Topic for this meeting: TBA

      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.

      • 7 Aug 2023
      • 7:00 PM
      • Online
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      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. 

      • 15 Aug 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 497
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      Topics: TBA

      Get together with others who have ancestors from any part of Ireland, or just have a research interest in those areas. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

      If you would like to submit a question in advance click here. Please submit your question at least three (3) days before the event.

       All welcome.

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

      Skill level: All 

      Group Leads:

       Marianne Spencer Young, Sally Skulte, Alan Jones & Kathleen Hackett

      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

      • 19 Aug 2023
      • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • via Zoom
      • 17
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