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We organise a comprehensive range of activities, including lectures, workshops, tours, and group meetings that are available to everyone.                                                  Additionally, we conduct exclusive free and discounted events for our members.

ONLINE DELIVERY: mOST events are delivered online using Zoom - CHECK DETAILS of In-person and hybrid offerings.

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 events, usually those focussing on genetic genealogy 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.


If an event is listed as partially recorded (usually an event related to the use of genetic genealogy techniques) this means that any  presentations given as part of the event are recorded; discussions and sensitive case studies are not recorded. 


Most of our events are open to non-members as well as members. However, non-members will pay a bit more.

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

    • 07 February 2024
    • 05 June 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 366
    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: 7 February, 6 March, 3 April, 1 May and 5 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


     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)


    • 16 February 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 May 2024
    • 12:00 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 further information about the registration process once we have a better idea of how many people wish to undertake the course. 

    Due to the advanced nature of this course a survey will need to be completed by prospective attendees to demonstrate their proficiency in the pre-requisites listed below. We will contact you about this when the EOI process has closed.

    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 2024 course outline can downloaded and viewed by clicking here.

    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.


    • 10 April 2024
    • 29 May 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 13
    Registration is closed

    Seven 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 seven part online course “Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History.”

    Over the course of seven 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

    • 19 April 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 12
    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 Wednesday 17 April 2024.

    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.


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

    • 19 April 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 487
    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.


    • 20 April 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 459
    Register

    If you've already taken a DNA test, Kerry will guide you through the powerful paid tools available on GEDmatch. Learn how to harness these features to unearth a wealth of additional information from your test results.

    About the Presenter:

    With a background in science as well as humanities, Kerry worked in computer programming before starting teaching family history classes in 1997. She has worked as a genealogy researcher and presented at many family history events in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

    Kerry has also served on SAG’s Education Committee from 2004 to 2023, including many years as convener. Kerry has also previously served on the Society's Diploma and Certificate Committee. Kerry joined the SAG Board in 2018.

    Kerry is a past Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has authored DNA for Genealogists (2011) and Arrivals in Australia from 1788
    (2015) as well as various genealogical Handy Guides for Unlock the Past.

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

    • 23 April 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • SAG Family History Research Centre & Library - 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Family History Connect | Researching military ancestors

    Our 'members-only' series, Family History Connect, feature themed sessions focusing on particular areas of genealogical research.

    Sessions are generally facilitated by one of the Society’s wonderful volunteers and will take place in-person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. These sessions are open to all current members of the Society. 

    As we approach Anzac Day 2024, join Society volunteer Tony to explore sources that will help you learn more about your ancestors who served in the military.

    Tony will guide participants through the resources available at the SAG Library including books and online sources, and will talk through the types of military service men and women that you might find in the course of your family history research.

    Limit of 6 participants. 

    This is a members only event that will take place in person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. 

    Bookings are essential for this session.

    This is a face-to-face session and will not be recorded.


    • 29 April 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 490
    Register

    The focus of this month's Let's Talk About... event is one that is close to the heart of all family historians. We will be discussing archives.

    Facilitated by SAG's own Archives Project Manager, Dr Alexandra Mountain, we will be hearing about a number of diverse archives from Australia and Overseas.

    Our speakers are:

    • Yvonne Masters representing Manx National Heritage. This is the organisation that manages the Isle of Man's natural and cultural heritage, including its Library and Archives
    • Ben Hollister representing Lutheran Archives, the national archive for the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand which is based in South Australia. 

    Ben Hollister has been a professional historian since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He owns and operates History Helper, a historical research business, and is contracted at Lutheran Archives as a Project Archivist and Project Digitisation Technician. His research work focusses on German-Australian migration research, general family history services, and specialist family history services for adoption and Stolen Generation cases. H e also offers education, mentoring and publishing services to other researchers, and historical tours, presentations and digital literacy mentoring to the general public. Ben has provided professional Bio.docx services to the AIATSIS Family History Unit and the US production of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’.

    Do you have a question you are desperate to have answered? Why not submit it in advance. Click on the link to send us your question now https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAG-Talk-about-question

    NOTE: We will try to answer all advance questions that are submitted, however, at times the volume of questions received means this is not possible.

    Please note: Members will need to be logged into the website to register.

    Photo by C M on Unsplash

    • 30 April 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Family History Connect | Understanding your BigY700 Results - What is it telling you and what do you do next?

    Our 'members-only' series, Family History Connect, feature themed sessions focusing on particular areas of genealogical research.

    Sessions are generally facilitated by one of the Society’s wonderful volunteers and will take place in-person however this particular session will be held online via Zoom. These sessions are open to all current members of the Society. 

    This session of Family History Connect | Understanding your BigY700  will be offered online via Zoom and facilitated by Society volunteer, Chris Hingerty. Limit of 5 participants. 

    By agreeing to be part of this session, you are aware that:

    • Participants will be asked to have a pre-session discussion with the facilitator.
    • This session is open to people who have already received their  BigY700 DNA test results, and want to discuss what the results are telling them and what to do next to achieve their research goals.
    • All participants must be prepared to share and discuss their results with the group.
    • Participants do not need to know how to read or analyse their results as this will be demonstrated during the session. 
    • There will be instructions at the session re how to log on to FTDNA, locate your results and how to share the screen on Zoom.
    • Participants will introduce themselves by responding to the following questions: Who did you test? What research question are you trying to answer i.e. why test?

    Please note that, due to privacy concerns, no recordings or screen shots can be taken during the session.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to view the recording available in the Members Area, Webinar Library, Using Y-DNA to Assist Your Research 23 Sep 2023 prior to the session, in order to benefit from and be able to contribute to the discussion.

    You can view other sessions in the Family History Connect series here.

    This is a members only event. Bookings are essential for this session. Please note this session will not be recorded. 


    • 09 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 185
    Register

    Agenda for May Meeting:

    1. Showcase – ‘Women of Colonial Australia’

    2. Emily talks about the WCA Project:

    a) the value of being in a writing group with a specific goal, theme & timeline

    b) working with very limited information about an ancestor by using context & imagination 

    3. Discussion: updates on your current projects

    4.  Pro writing Tips

    About The Writing Group:

    Are you interested in writing about your family history but need a bit more motivation or encouragement? 

    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!

    In addition to the group meetings there is an optional forum utilising the Basecamp website where group attendees can discuss writing projects and share ideas between meetings. 

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

    Skill Level: All    

    Group Leads: Elizabeth Capelin & Emily Purser

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

    • 09 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 470
    Register

    Counties: Hampshire and Dorset

    As usual, these short county presentations provide some general information about the county including the flag, its history and any flag or county day which is celebrated. Presenters should include a relevant and useful selection of sources (not expected to be exhaustive) that may be available for family history research in the county being presented.

    Topics: Social and political issues that may have affected your ancestors in England.

    We will look at a few of the political and social reforms in England which had a major effect on the lives of the population and may have led to families moving or migrating from their traditional home town or county.

    We will look at:

    • Enclosure Laws of 1773 - where traditional common land held in an open field system was 'enclosed' which ended people's rights to access this land
    • Peterloo Massacre of 1819 in Manchester which was a pro-democracy meeting
    • Tolpuddle Martyrs of 1834 Dorset - birth of trade unionism for agricultural labourers
    • Truck Acts of the 19th Century and the decline of the Tommy Shop System
    • Divorce Laws during the 19th Century which contributed to female equality in marriage

    We would welcome your input into any other political or social reform your family may have been affected by. There is no need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation, unless you want to! You can just talk to the group.

    If we have time, we will open up to a general Q&A session where we ask everyone attending to help other researchers by giving suggestions or guidance if you are able to assist.

    This will be a very collaborative, friendly and fun meeting with participation from attendees.

    Convenors: Diana Pecar, Linda Radulovitch and Annesley Watson

    Skill level: All

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

    • 11 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Level 2/379 Kent St Sydney or via Zoom
    • 285
    Register

    Session Topics:  TBA

    This is a hybrid meeting, attendees can choose to attend in person or via Zoom when registering.

    The meeting has two sessions with an hour break for lunch. Registration is for both sessions.

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

    Bring your questions about using FTM and join Convenor Larry Czarnik and other group members as they lead you through the session.

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

    Online attendees can register up until the start of the meeting.

     Skill level: All, beginners welcome 

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik





    In person attendees will also receive the recording. 

    • 11 May 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 492
    Register

    Join us for another SAG "Shut Up & Write" online session to support anyone with a family history writing project, including our active students. 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 tasks to do for yourself. The couple of hours is a way to connect with others and hear about some amazing projects they 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.

    • 14 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • SAG Family History Research Centre & Library - 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    • 7
    Register

    Family History Connect | Cemetery Records

    Our 'members-only' series, Family History Connect, feature themed sessions focusing on particular areas of genealogical research.

    Sessions are generally facilitated by one of the Society’s wonderful volunteers and will take place in-person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. These sessions are open to all current members of the Society. 

    You can view other sessions in the Family History Connect series here.

    Locating the last resting places of our family is often an important part of our family history research. Finding the records associated with the passing of your ancestors passing can provide valuable genealogical information to add to your family’s story.

    Society volunteer Geoff Bovard will explore sources that will help you learn more about your ancestors. Geoff will discuss with participants the types of records that you might find relating to your deceased ancestors and will guide participants through the resources available at the SAG Library including books and electronic resources, as well as some other online sources.

    This is a members only event that will take place in person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. 

    Bookings are essential for this session.

    This is a face-to-face session and will not be recorded. 


    • 21 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • SAG Family History Research Centre & Library - 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    • 6
    Register

    Family History Connect | Mapping your Ancestors

    Our 'members-only' series, Family History Connect, feature themed sessions focusing on particular areas of genealogical research.

    Sessions are generally facilitated by one of the Society’s wonderful volunteers and will take place in-person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. These sessions are open to all current members of the Society. 

    You can view other sessions in the Family History Connect series here.

    Family History Connect | Mapping your Ancestors

    Show – don’t tell!!

    Replace lengthy descriptions of places with a simple map and improve your family stories. Using maps will give a sense of place and the setting of your family story. Maps can show the family’s position in the world, their local environment or the path of their travels.

    Learn about maps using different content and sources of maps for you to use. The second part of the session shows how to display your ancestor’s lives using Google Maps and how this can then be shared with others.

    Join Society volunteer Jeff Madsen to explore ways in which you can map your ancestors as this session follows on from the recent series on NSW Land Records.

    Limit of 8 participants. 

    This is a members only event that will take place in person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. 

    Bookings are essential for this session.

    This is a face-to-face session and will not be recorded.


    • 21 May 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • SAG Family History Research Centre & Library - 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    • 8
    Register

    Family History Connect | Mapping your Ancestors

    Our 'members-only' series, Family History Connect, feature themed sessions focusing on particular areas of genealogical research.

    Sessions are generally facilitated by one of the Society’s wonderful volunteers and will take place in-person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. These sessions are open to all current members of the Society. 

    You can view other sessions in the Family History Connect series here.

    Family History Connect | Mapping your Ancestors

    Show – don’t tell!!

    Replace lengthy descriptions of places with a simple map and improve your family stories. Using maps will give a sense of place and the setting of your family story. Maps can show the family’s position in the world, their local environment or the path of their travels.

    Learn about maps using different content and sources of maps for you to use. The second part of the session shows how to display your ancestor’s lives using Google Maps and how this can then be shared with others.

    Join Society volunteer Jeff Madsen to explore ways in which you can map your ancestors as this session follows on from the recent series on NSW Land Records.

    Limit of 8 participants. 

    This is a members only event that will take place in person at our Family History Research Centre & Library. 

    Bookings are essential for this session.

    This is a face-to-face session and will not be recorded.


    • 25 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 498
    Register

    Topic: TBA

    Calling all SAG members and friends with Caribbean ancestry or interests! After a bit of a hiatus we are looking to restart our Caribbean Research Interest Group.

    Join guest facilitator Sally Byatt and SAG Education Manager Vanessa Cassin as we discuss all things Caribbean.

    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 their research or simply share any resources you may be aware of which may help. 


    Meeting Leads: Sally Byatt and Vanessa Cassin

    Skill level: All


    Image courtesy of Unsplash

    • 28 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 486
    Register

    Topic and Focus Counties: TBA

    The Scottish Research Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from any of Scotland's counties from the highlands and Islands all the way down to the border areas, or just have a research interest in Scotland. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

    This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!


    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon and Sally Skulte

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

    • 29 May 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 491
    Register

    Join our newly formed AI & IT special interest group to discuss all things Artificial Intelligence and Technology related to Family History.

    Each session is made of a combination of these different segments (in order to try and encourage participation and sharing). These sessions are designed to be member driven so if you have something to share or a topic to be covered, please put it forward.  Any content e.g. AI, software, hardware, tools etc. can be slotted into these broad categories.

    • Latest Updates - Developments in AI, software and hardware
    • News and Views - Opinions, discussion points, recommended software/hardware
    • Quick Tips - 3 minutes or less
    • Show & Tell - like at school - share something you've done with AI or Tech
    • In Depth Focus - longer demonstration of tools, software
    • Helpdesk - problems and support, suggestions


    Skill level: All

    Group Leads: Andrew Redfern, Yvonne Masters, Sandy Pullen and Maureen Trotter 


    • 01 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 491
    Register

    Have you tested your DNA at MyHeritage or uploaded your DNA data to this website and not sure what to do next?

    This webinar will provide an introduction to the MyHeritage DNA website and explore the various DNA features available to help you analyse your DNA matches.

    The webinar will look at the how to make the most of features such as Labels and Theory of Family Relativity and will also explore the power of the Chromosome Browser and Autocluster tools to gain new insights and make important discoveries.

    The concept of segment triangulation at MyHeritage will be explained with examples on how to locate triangulated groups.

    The scheduling of this session has been timed to complement the Analysing your DNA using Chromosome Analysis course being presented by Veronica Williams, however, anyone is welcome to attend.

    There will be time for participants to ask questions.


    Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate  Presenter: Vicki Hails

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

    • 01 June 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 473
    Register

    Topic: Diggers, robbers and getters

    The Colonial Australia Research Group meets to discuss research on families living or arriving in Australia between 1788 and 1901.

    All are welcome to attend our meetings and contribute to our Research Guide.

    Skill level: All

    Group Leads: Lorraine Luks, Kristine Newton and Sharon Shelley

    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

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

    • 03 June 2024
    • 02 December 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 28
    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 newest online course, Beginners Research Methods, you will work on your own family history under the guidance of Danielle Lautrec over a period of seven 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


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

    • 08 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 495
    Register

    Topic: Data entry – A detailed examination of the best ways to enter data and add source citations. This will include master lists, use of the clipboard and time saving techniques.

    Our Legacy Group sessions are suitable for beginners and also experienced users. If you have been using Legacy for a while, bring along your tips to share with others in the group. This session will be recorded, so you can attend live or watch the recording later. Copies of the slides and some exercises to practice will also be provided.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec


    • 08 June 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 493
    Register

    Join us for another SAG "Shut Up & Write" online session to support anyone with a family history writing project, including our active students. 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 tasks to do for yourself. The couple of hours is a way to connect with others and hear about some amazing projects they 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.

    • 11 June 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 488
    Register

    Please join us for the next SAG Irish Research Group on Tuesday 11 June 2024 from 7.00pm – 9.00pm (AEST).

    The county presentation will be on County Mayo by Ed Carr, author of From Castlebar to Leichhardt.

    Our guest speaker will be UK author and family historian Stephen Lally, who will present on his book, The Leaving of Loughrea: An Irish Family in the Great Famine and IRG co-lead Alan Jones will take us through John Grenham’s Enhanced Townland Maps. 

     All welcome.

    Skill level: All 

         Group Leads:  Kathleen Hackett, Alan Jones & Sally Skulte 

    Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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

    • 13 June 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 191
    Register

    Agenda for June Meeting:

    1. Good reads – share inspiring articles, books, websites, podcasts etc about or helpful to FH writing

    2. Guest speaker (TBA)

    3. Discussion 

    a) what have you ticked off your To Do List?

    b) what do you want help with?

    4. Helpdesk / workshop – sharing problems & solutions for specific challenges in writing, editing and/or publishing

    5. Quick Quiz

    About The Writing Group:

    Are you interested in writing about your family history but need a bit more motivation or encouragement? 

    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!

    In addition to the group meetings there is an optional forum utilising the Basecamp website where group attendees can discuss writing projects and share ideas between meetings. 

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

    Skill Level: All    

    Group Leads: Elizabeth Capelin & Emily Purser

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

    • 15 June 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 498
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    Receiving your DNA test results is an exciting time but it can quickly become confusing. This session will look at the different types of tests available, which one is right for you and which companies do these tests. We will look at some basics to help you understand and interpret your matches and there will be plenty of time for questions so you can start finding those new cousins!

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

    It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.


    Skill level: Beginners

         Presenter: Melissa Hulbert    

    Note: Members need to be logged in to the site to make an event booking.

    • 25 June 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 491
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    Would you like to learn more about caring for heritage headstones?

    The Monumental-Heritage team at Rookwood work across NSW, completing everything from small cemeteries (Sodwall's Inn, Macarthur family Belgenny Farm, Maitland Jewish, etc) to War Memorials (Gosford, East Maitland, etc) to specialist lime-based stonework conservation (Vaucluse House, Hyde Park Barracks) as well as traditional lead lettering and monumental repairs.

    Join us online to hears from two of their team about their roles and the techniques they use to repair and preserve heritage buildings and monuments.

    About the Presenters: 

    Matthew Johnson is a heritage specialist at Rookwood/MMPLM. In addition to supervising the monuments team, he leads heritage stonework and War Memorials projects. Matthew has an MA in Heritage Conservation (University of Sydney) and acts as a heritage advisor for Rookwood/MMPLM as well as being the General Manager of the Rookwood Necropolis Land Manager.

    Sach Killam, Monumental-Heritage team leader at Rookwood/MMPLM. Sach is a cemetery conservation heritage specialist who leads the ongoing Monument Safety & Conservation programme (in its eighth year at Rookwood, and rolling out across all MMPLM sites in the last few years). Sach has worked closely with the Friends of Rookwood, both as a volunteer and in completing significant conservation works at cost. Sach is also a long term member of the National Trust Cemeteries Committee as well as the Australian Standards Committee BD-071 for Monuments and Vaults.

    • 27 June 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 491
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    For this special event, Society CEO Ruth Graham will be joined in discussion by Tessa Morris-Suzuki author of the soon to be released book A Secretive Century: Monte Punshon’s Australia.

    This new book reveals Australia's modern transformation through the life of an extraordinary woman.

    In a life that spanned more than a century (1882 to 1989) Monte Punshon witnessed crucial events in Australia’s modern history. She was a pioneer radio broadcaster, travelled the country with children’s theatrical troupes and defied convention with her active involvement in the underground world of Queer Melbourne in the 1930s. Her love of travel took her to China and Japan, and she studied their languages before becoming a warden in a wartime internment camp for Japanese civilians.

    Punshon’s complex personality reflected both her middle-class Methodist upbringing in Ballarat and her restless search for new experiences and for her own identity. At the age of 103 she gained fame for speaking publicly about her lifelong love for women.  

    Monte grew up in a secretive century. She lived in a society where appearances mattered, and keeping them up often involved creating silence around ancestral origins, painful memories and personal desires.

     About the author

    Tessa Morris-Suzuki is Professor Emerita of History at the Australian National University, where she held the positions of Distinguished Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. In 2013 she was awarded the Fukuoka Prize (Academic) for contributions to Asian studies. Morris-Suzuki is the author of 25 non-fiction books, including The Past Within Us: Media, Memory, History; Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War; Japan's Living Politics: Grassroots Action and the Crises of Democracy; and On the Frontiers of History: Rethinking East Asian Borders. She has also published two historical novels, The Searcher and The Lantern Boats.


    This event will be held online via the ZOOM platform.

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

    • 29 June 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 16
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    ONLINE 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 June 2024.

    Please note: This workshop will not be recorded.

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

    • 29 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 497
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    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;