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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)


    • 10 April 2024
    • 29 May 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 12
    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

    • 28 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 437
    Register

    County of interest - We'll take a deep dive into the historic County of Fife with Cathryn Murphy.

    Topic: Occupations and life beyond what we think

    Margaret Neyle will take us into the She-Town of Dundee with a look at how the women of the town contributed to various industries to ensure the town prospered.

    Lorraine Brothers is going to take us on a journey through the history of bagpipes and how her ancestor played a part in the history.

    Margaret Terry will then tell us about the woollen and tweed mills of the industrial town of Hawick where her family worked and also the unique celebrations of the Common Riding in Borders towns which dates back to the 1514 Battle of Flodden.

    And we will also look at a short quirky video from the National Records of Scotland "The Experiences of Women Workers in the Second World War in Scotland" by Dr Moffat.

    We look forward to having you join in the conversation so bring your insights and questions as we look at these occupations and ways of life. Mark your calendars, book your seat, and join us for an evening of exploration and camaraderie. See you there! 

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon and Sally Skulte


    • 29 May 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 440
    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 


    • 30 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 295
    Register

    For this meeting, we will take a closer look at some of the new features in Reunion 14 and ask members to share their own experiences with the latest update.

    New features and video: https://www.leisterpro.com/doc/v14/newfeatures/new14features.php

    Members can share their favourite features of Reunion.

    Q&A

    Members can bring their own questions to the group or submit them in advance

    Contact us at sag.renuniongroup@gmail.com or via SAG with feedback and questions

    Discussion topic

    What Mac tools/applications are people using for genealogy and with Reunion? Does anyone use dictation?

    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.


    • 01 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 457
    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
    • 445
    Register

    Topic: Diggers, robbers and getters

    Our June meeting will cover one of the biggest change events of Colonial times - the gold rush!

    Each decade from the 1850s saw new gold discoveries in each colony.

    Gold fever hit the world and created a population and economic boom in Australia.

    Along with those digging for gold were those robbing the gold - our great bushranger legends arose from robbing gold transports.

    We’ll also focus on another ‘gold rush’ - the cedar rush. This took men deep into new territory searching for the prized timber to build and furnish Colonial homes. 

    Timber getters lived dangerously when logging, milling and transporting timber to a growing colony.

    If you have gold diggers, bush rangers or timber getters in your family and you’d like to do a short presentation to our group, get in touch with us at Colonialaustgroup@gmail.com

    Skill level: All

    Group Leads: Lorraine Luks, Kristine Newton and Sharon Shelley


    • 03 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    Register


    • 03 June 2024
    • 02 December 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 24
    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.

    • 03 June 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    Register


    • 03 June 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    POSTPONED Session from 27 May.

    We have all heard of the scams and tricks that can happen online. In this course you will learn some tips to stay safer online. Avoiding tricks and scams can be as simple as following a few simple steps: be careful, go slowly, and always be on the look out for warning signs.

    Following this general overview, participants will then be guided to learn about phishing scams. This type of scam comes in many forms, but all the forms have one thing in common: they pretend to look legitimate to trick you into falling for the scam. Learn about the most common types of phishing scams, how to identify them and, how to avoid being scammed in this way. You’ll also learn what to do if you think you have been the victim of a phishing scam.

    Delivered online by Andrew Redfern, a trained educational IT specialist, this course will be highly practical and hands on, paced appropriately to the members of the group. 

    This course is FREE, being delivered as part of the BeConnected Program, an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

    These sessions are aimed at those aged 50 years and over, however anyone who would like to improve their digital literacy is welcome to register.

    Max: 20 Participants

    • 08 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 482
    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
    • 485
    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
    • 459
    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


    • 13 June 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 177
    Register

    Agenda for June Meeting:

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

    2. Guest speaker - Lilian Magill outlined a research plan at a meeting in late 2023, and in June will be presenting an update of her research for the first 6 months of 2024.

    It will be interesting to hear what changes she has made and if she has encountered any hurdles along the way.

    We look forward to hearing from others who are following a research plan, how they are progressing and the many methods and resources they have used.

    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
    • 495
    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.

    • 20 June 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 470
    Register

    Ahead of its print release in Australia (though available on Audible & via overseas outlets) Kate Davies will be in conversation about her latest release, Nuclear Family. What happens when family members start to take DNA tests? We may have done this ourselves but let's hear from Kate on this London family's experiences. 

    ‘Funny, poignant, smart and wonderfully, achingly real’ SARAH WATERS

    Join us in our online book club event 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.


    • 25 June 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 445
    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
    • 479
    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
    • 16
    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
    • 494
    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://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.

    • 01 July 2024
    • 26 October 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 18
    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.

    • 03 July 2024
    • 04 December 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 487
    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
    • 495
    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
    • 488
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     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
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 91
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    Meeting Topic: TBA

    The meeting will include a group discussion and updates on new resources for USA & Canada 

    The USA & Canada Research Interest Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from any of the states or provinces in either the USA and/or Canada, or just have a research interest in these countries. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

    This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!


    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

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



    • 06 July 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 493
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    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
    • 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 

    • 09 July 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 485
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    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.


    • 16 July 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 476
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    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
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