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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

    • 18 June 2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    ASK THE LIBRARIAN!

    Have you ever wondered what's inside the SAG library collection? Have you ever been uncertain on what to search for in the online catalogue?  What questions do you have about the library?

    The virtual library session is an opportunity to ask these questions and more to the SAG Librarian (Karlie Frelingos). If you have ever wondered about types of materials we have in the library or how to use the library catalogue this might be the session for you!

    This session will be online via zoom at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Tuesday 18th June.  



    • 19 June 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 485
    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.


    • 22 June 2024
    • 10:45 AM - 6:15 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 380
    Register

    Join us for a virtual conference looking at ways AI (artificial intelligence) and other technologies can be used to enhance our family history projects. 

    We have a wonderful line up of internationally known and respected genealogists confirmed for the conference.

    Presenters include:

    • Dana Leeds - Creator of the Leeds Method
    • Steve Little - AI Program Director for the National Genealogical Society
    • Greg Carlill - Convenor of the Genealogical Society of Queensland’s DNA Group
    • Daniel Horowitz - Genealogy expert for MyHeritage
    • Andrew Redfern - Family historian specialising in artificial intelligence

    We will also be presenting some talks in innovative ways those working in the GLAM Sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) are using technology to engage with historical stories and research. The presentations will be recorded for those unable to attend live on the day. Full details of the event will be on SAG’s website soon. We hope to see many of our members and friends in attendance.

    Click here to view the day's program.

    The start and end times may be subject to change.

    This conference will be recorded, for those unable to attend on the day.

    • 25 June 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 413
    Register

    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
    • 459
    Register

    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
    • 8
    Register

    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
    • 489
    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 focused 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://www.getgdat.com/home

    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.

    • 29 June 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 482
    Register

    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.


    Skill level: Beginners

         Presenter: Melissa Hulbert    

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

    • 01 July 2024
    • 26 October 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 17
    Register

    Have you been researching your family history for three years or more? Are you ready to strengthen your core research skills and tackle those difficult research problems?

    If your answer to both these questions is yes then join Danielle Lautrec for SAG’s new Research Methods course.

    The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to announce the return of its online course, Intermediate Research Methods.

    Over the course of ten sessions (eighteen contact hours in total), consisting of a combination of pre-recorded lectures and live workshops delivered via Zoom, you will work on a case study from your own research to learn about:

    • Research planning

    • Analytical methods

    • Documentation

    For more detailed information about the course and presenter please click here. Please note - the session scheduled for 5 October 2024 has been moved to 28 September at 2pm AEDT.

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Skill Level: Intermediate


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

    • 02 July 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 37
    Register

    Our new 'members -only' series, Family History Connect, will feature themed sessions focused on a particular area of genealogy research. 

    Sessions are generally facilitated by one of the Society’s wonderful volunteers. These sessions are open to all current members of the Society. 

    The Visitation Books: Let’s visit a fabulous genealogy resource for the 16th and 17th centuries.

    The Visitation Books were compiled by the royal Heralds from the time of Henry VIII through to 1688, and form a unique set of pedigrees of families who were entitled to bear arms during this period. These “censuses” of landowning families were carried out in England, Wales and Ireland. During the early Tudor period, some families had falsely boasted a coat of arms, and the Heralds were charged with the authority to enter homes and churches to check on their validity, recording those which were good, and defacing those which were not. Later the families would meet the Herald at an Inn or meeting place, bringing their pedigrees and proof of the right to bear arms with them.

    Join SAG member Patrice Connelly for a fascinating hour to discover the history of heraldry and the Visitation Books, learn the tricks and tips for deciphering their inconsistencies and how to navigate them plus the possibilities they can bring to your family history research. Your family history might not be back to this era or feature arms-bearing families, but these books can still be a great place to visit.


    If you are a member of the Society and would like to facilitate a session on your area of interest either in person or online, please get in touch.

    This Family History Connect session is being held on Zoom. Please note this session will not be recorded. 

    This is a members only event. Bookings are essential for this session.


    • 03 July 2024
    • 04 December 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 443
    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: 3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November and 4 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

     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)


    • 04 July 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 464
    Register

    New datasets in the Biographical Database of Australia

    www.bda-online.org.au/

    Join historian, author & Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) Board Member Michael Flynn for an introduction to the BDA & a discussion of the latest datasets added to this valuable research resource in 2024.

    BDA is based on transcripts of mainly pre-1900 archival & print records of colonists, including convict, immigrant, military, muster, land, court, newspaper & census records & full transcripts of parish registers, including godparents & witnesses – all being progressively linked to create a timeline profile for each individual. With over 2.2 million records, BDA now includes a significant proportion of the settler population of Australian colonies to about 1841.

    The site aims to provide research & fact checking tools for genealogists, local & specialist historians, students & academics wishing to explore family, social & employment networks, overseas origins, ethnicity, settlement patterns & the growth of towns & regions. Most of all BDA can help distinguish persons of the same common name (convict, immigrant, military or Australian born) & break down research brick walls.

    2024 highlights include:

    Convict Records:

    · NSW Certificates of Freedom 1834-40,10,982 transcripts (1810-33 already online),

    · Absconded Convict Notices: 1822-1823, 1840-1841 (1832-1839 already online).

    Immigration Records:

    · 10,000 Free unassisted passengers arriving Syndey 1838-1841,

    · Ship Deserters, Sydney NSW 1852-1867, describing 6,100 sailors, Port of Sydney.

    Parish registers, Melbourne VIC, Sydney & Wellington NSW 1837-1856:

    · St James Melbourne VIC CofE baptisms, marriages, burials 1837-1842,

    · St Lawrence Sydney NSW CofE marriages 1838-1856 (part of Sydney City, Eastern Suburbs & Inner West),

    · St Andrew Sydney NSW CofE baptisms & marriages 1842-1856 (Sydney City pro-Cathedral),

    · Wellington NSW CofE baptisms 1837-1856: spread across a region encompassing modern Dubbo, Dunedoo, Cassilis, Tambaroora, Molong, Orange, Hill End & Lake Burrendong. Includes Aboriginal children & parents.

    Military Biography:

    · 28th Regiment 1835-1842 pay list profiles, 1,272 soldiers Australia-wide,

    · 80th Regiment 1836-1845 pay list profiles, 1,536 soldiers Australia-wide.

    · Stationed in Sydney, Parramatta, Liverpool, Pennant Hills, Campbelltown, Emu Plains, Illawarra, Berrima, Towrang (near Goulburn) Maitland, Newcastle, Harpers Hill (Hunter Valley), Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Bathurst, Hassans Walls, Coxs River, Mudgee, Norfolk Island, Hobart, Port Phillip, Moreton Bay.

    Biographical Indexes

    · Australian Almanack 1827: civil & military establishments in Australian colonies,

    · List of Anglican clergy in the 1850s appointed to NSW parishes 1809-1858.

    Skill level: All

    Presenter: Michael Flynn


    About the Presenter: Michael Flynn, author of The Second Fleet, Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790, was employed as research officer, historian & genealogist by the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office for 21 years up to his retirement in 2022. Having been involved with BDA on a voluntary basis since its inception in 2006, he now has more time to devote to this steadily expanding colonial database & website. He has been a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists since 1980





    • 06 July 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 89
    Register
    The meeting will include brick walls, a group discussion, updates on new resources for USA & Canada and state/province/territory presentations. This focus this month is on Arkansas and California

    Our feature presentation by Suzanne Hyde will delve into resources for the American Revolutionary War (both Patriots and Loyalists) and Civil War resources.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Thistle Anderson, Suzanne Hyde & Melissa Hulbert



    • 06 July 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 481
    Register

     Topic: TBA

    The DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice is a collaborative group designed to assist researchers with the analysis and interpretation of genetic genealogy results. 

    The group is designed to meet the needs of attendees with an intermediate level of knowledge of  genetic genealogy.

    Group Leads: Veronica Williams and Danielle Lautrec


    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.

    • 06 July 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 487
    Register

    Topic: TBA

    This session will be a facilitated discussion session. It requires pre-work by participants and information and discussion questions will be distributed before the meeting. All participants are expected to contribute to the discussion.

    Skill level: Advanced

     Facilitator: Sharon Watson

    Group Leads: Veronica Williams and Danielle Lautrec

    Please note: The topics and tools discussed at this group are pitched at an advanced level and the Research Discussion Group meetings are not recommended for those just beginning their DNA journey.

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

    • 07 July 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 15
    Register

    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 

    • 09 July 2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 11
    Register

    ASK THE LIBRARIAN!

    Have you ever wondered what's inside the SAG library collection? Have you ever been uncertain on what to search for in the online catalogue?  What questions do you have about the library?

    The virtual library session is an opportunity to ask these questions and more to the SAG Librarian (Karlie Frelingos). If you have ever wondered about types of materials we have in the library or how to use the library catalogue this might be the session for you!

    This session will be online via zoom at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Tuesday 9th of July.  



    • 09 July 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 472
    Register

    Take a tour through this interesting website and uncover hidden gems, that will enhance your research. Lilian Magill will take you through this website, showing you, the various sections and she will then do a ‘live’ demonstration of what you can find.

    Skill level: All

    Presenter: Lilian Magill



    About the Presenter: 

    Lilian Magill is an experienced genealogist and loves sharing her knowledge with others. She has presented at the 2019 State Conference and in 2022, presented for THE Genealogy Show. Recently she has done presentations for the Camden Area Family History Society and the Nepean Family History Society. She is a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists and was a past coordinator of the Writing Group and has hosted Friday Hangouts. She is Education Officer for the Botany Bay Family History Society and does presentations for them. When not researching Lilian loves to travel, read, quilt, and relax.


    • 11 July 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 461
    Register

    This session is part of a series of feedback sessions with the Directors of the Society of Australian Genealogists.

    • 15 July 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 359
    Register

    The focus of this month's Let's Talk About... event is sacred places and people

    The panel includes Dr Ruth Slatter - her research into methodist places and latest updates from the Institute of Historic Research; Kathryn Le Gay Brereton on Project Infant and other issues of institutional control; Gemma Beswick revisiting the Society's parish register collection; Chris Hingerty speaking of her experiences as a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago; & more to be announced!

    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.


    • 16 July 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 471
    Register

    Mining the English Censuses: Beyond Discovering Your Family

    We are all familiar with using the censuses as a source for our English ancestors. There we can discover a range of information including occupation, location, names of children, and movement around the county and/or country. However, a great deal more can be learned from these censuses.

    In this presentation we will explore how the censuses can be used to gather different kinds of information such as changes in locations over time, the spread of names in various area, and the predominant occupations in a given place and time. In particular ‘A Vision of Britain Over Time’ and ‘Histpop.org’ will be introduced and the many forms of census information, both micro and macro, available on these sites.

    Presenter: Yvonne Masters

    About the presenter:

    Yvonne has a background in education, both as a teacher, particularly of English and History, and as a university lecturer in teacher education. She has been researching her own and her husband’s family histories for over 40 years and, now retired, genealogy is her passion, making her question how she ever found time to work! After retiring, Yvonne decided to undertake study in the area of genealogy and family history and has completed the UTAS Diploma of Family History, the Pharos Intermediate Certificate of Family History, and also the suite of Pharos One Name Study units. She has also completed SAG’s Certificate of Genealogical Research and Diploma of Family Historical Studies. A member of SAG, as well as team member of the AI and Tech Special Interest Group, Genealogy SA, the Guild of One-Name Studies, the Society One-Place Studies, and the Isle of Man Family History Society, Yvonne is undertaking genealogy research across many areas.

    The illustration of a researcher looking through censuses was done via Bing Create.

     

    • 18 July 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 298
    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.


    • 20 July 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Guest Presenters: Douglas Lam and Natalie Fong

    Come along and join us as we research our Chinese Australian 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    

    Lead: Kam Louie


    Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash

    • 23 July 2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 14
    Register

    ASK THE LIBRARIAN!

    Have you ever wondered what's inside the SAG library collection? Have you ever been uncertain on what to search for in the online catalogue?  What questions do you have about the library?

    The virtual library session is an opportunity to ask these questions and more to the SAG Librarian (Karlie Frelingos). If you have ever wondered about types of materials we have in the library or how to use the library catalogue this might be the session for you!

    This session will be online via zoom at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Tuesday 23rd of July.  



    • 03 August 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 492
    Register

    Topic: Generating products – How to turn your family history data into stories, reports and other useful products.

    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


    • 05 August 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • 30 June 2025
    • 12:00 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.

    Full details from THIS LINK.

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

    • 13 August 2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 15
    Register

    ASK THE LIBRARIAN!

    Have you ever wondered what's inside the SAG library collection? Have you ever been uncertain on what to search for in the online catalogue?  What questions do you have about the library?

    The virtual library session is an opportunity to ask these questions and more to the SAG Librarian (Karlie Frelingos). If you have ever wondered about types of materials we have in the library or how to use the library catalogue this might be the session for you!

    This session will be online via zoom at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Tuesday 13th of August.  



    • 30 August 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 August 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2, 379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 16
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    FACE TO FACE 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 announce we will once again be holding a face to face intensive version of our "Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History” course at our library and research centre in Sydney as part of our  schedule of National Family History Month events.

    Over the course of two days 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
    • Using maps in family history
    • 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.

    Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager 

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided.

    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.

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

    • 03 September 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 495
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    Topic: TBA

    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.

    Skill level: All

         Group Leads: Kathleen Hackett, Alan Jones & Sally Skulte

    Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


    • 06 September 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 15
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    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 4 September 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

    • 11 September 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 484
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