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EVENTS

We run an extensive program of lectures, workshops, tours and group meetings which are open to everyone. We also hold member-only webinars and members receive a discount on our events.

ONLINE DELIVERY: All of our events are currently being delivered online using Zoom.

Online bookings can close early to support administrative requirements, however, late bookings may be made by calling the office during office hours on (02) 9247 3953 or sending an email to admin[at]sag.org.au.

With the exception of some DNA events where there may be privacy issues, most of our online sessions are recorded, so even if you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can still book and receive the recording.  The event listing will specify if the event is not being recorded.

Most of our events are open to non-members as well as members. However, non-members will pay a bit more and season tickets remain available only to members. 

Registration types: The member category is used by members of the Society. Members must be logged in to make a booking.  Everyone else should book using the non-member category.

Multiple event registrations: Please see this link for how to register for two or more events and pay once online.

Details of the Friday Hang Out with the SAG and other member-only events can be found at: www.sag.org.au/Member-Area.

Upcoming events

    • 14 Feb 2022
    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This is a follow up group for presenters and participants in the “Analysing your AncestryDNA results” and/or the "Introduction to Blogger" program to work together to develop their skills and tell their family history stories using Blogger. You can find out more about the group here-

    https://sagbloggerdna.blogspot.com/p/about-our-group.html

    So if you’re a participant in the program and you’re using Blogger, why not think about joining us. The numbers are limited as we’re aiming to take a very hands on approach during the sessions. Please email any questions to admin[at]ag.org.au.

    We’ll meet for an hour and half from 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month unless this clashes with other scheduled SAG activities. We’ll then look for an alternative time with members.

    You must be a current member of SAG to join this group.

    Convenors: Julie Simpson and Christine Woodlands

    • 19 May 2022
    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 180
    Registration is closed

    Reunion and Mac Support (RAMS)

    SAG Members Only Season Ticket

    Members of the SAG can purchase a Season Ticket for the remaining four sessions in 2022 for the discounted price of $32 (a saving of $8).

    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.


    • 31 May 2022
    • 29 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Ongoing forum for SAG members who have attended the Analysing Your AncestryDNA Course.

    A series of meetings have been planned for participants of the 2022 program who are interested in continuing to work with each other on developing their skill in "starting to solve their DNA dilemmas".

    FOCUS OF SESSIONS: Changes to the AncestryDNA platform and participants sharing case studies with and without brick walls!

    DURATION: 1.5 hours on Zoom on the following Tuesday's 31 May, 2 August, 4 October and 29 November.

    COST: You need to be a current SAG member to be part of the group. The cost for the remainder of 2022 (on top of SAG membership) is $40 and this covers  4 sessions.

    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone who have attended the “Analysing your AncestryDNA” program and is a current member of the SAG.

    Group Leader: Christine Woodlands

    • 2 Jul 2022
    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 0
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    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 launch of a new online course, Intermediate Research Methods.

    Over the course of seven sessions (sixteen contact hours in total) 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.

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 30 JUNE 2022

    Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89943045445?pwd=Ulh5MmpmYUp6U29yOHhhUytxaWRMQT09

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

    • 6 Jul 2022
    • 7 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 387
    Register

    Why not join Michelle Patient and her expert Ancestry guests on the first Wednesday each month for some tips, tricks and time for your questions on anything to do with the Ancestry website and the services it provides.

    Members can book a Season Ticket and receive six meetings at a discounted price of $25, saving $5. Non-members pay $72, a saving of $18.

    The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November and 7 December.

    Are you struggling with a particular part of the Ancestry website? Is there a new feature or record set you would like to know more about? Questions for the Ancestry Tips session can be submitted in advance by clicking on this  link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAG_Ancestry_Tips_Advance_Question

    You can attend the meetings live or watch the recordings later.

     If you book part way through the season you will receive a link to the recordings of any sessions you have missed.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and Ancestry ProGenealogist contractor)

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Your place
    • 267
    Registration is closed

    The Writing Group

    SAG Members Only Season Ticket

    Members can book a group ticket and receive five meetings of The Writing Group, at a discounted price of $40, saving $10. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, and 8 December.

    Please Note: There will be no meeting in November as the Family History Down Under conference is on from 8-11 November. Most of the SAG Staff and many of our Education volunteers will be attending or working at the conference. The price of the Season Ticket has been adjusted to reflect this.

    Meeting topics will include genre choices, a writing challenge, appendixes, discussions of other ways to present your family history and a guest presentation from Rachel Frank author of An Uncommon Hangman. The life and deaths of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard.

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

    NOTE: To ensure registrations receive the link to the first session in time  bookings close 12 July 2022.

    Recording:


    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84491006543?pwd=aEJzaVNrUTVtV1lFekFuTFMzc0ZCZz09

    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 191
    Register

    Topic:  Writing Challenge. Three subjects, One paragraph, 100 words.

    A challenge to use the three subjects given, in one paragraph and with only 100 words. This is an exercise in cutting the waffle. Everyone will be given the same three subjects the week before the meeting.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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

    • 12 Aug 2022
    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2, 379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 13
    Register

    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 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.

    Prefer to do this course online? Click here for details of our 6 part online version of this course.

    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
    • 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.

    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.

    The SAG recommends the wearing of face masks at this event, however, it is an individual choice whether to do so or not.

    The will be no requirement to disclose your vaccination status in order to attend this event.


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

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 12 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place
    • 173
    Register

    SAG Members can book a Family Tree Maker User Group Season Ticket and receive four meetings at a discounted price of $32, saving $8. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are the morning and afternoon sessions on August 13 and November 12. 

    You book and pay once. we will send you the joining links 3 days before each date the sessions are on. Season Ticket sales will close on 11 Aug 2022.

    Topics: To be advised

    Please note: these meetings will be held using the Zoom platform. While there will be a different joining link for each session, the link for the AM and PM sessions on each of the two dates will be in the same reminder email.

    Each of these sessions will be recorded so you can attend live or watch the recordings later.

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 291
    Register

    Session Topics: 

    1. - "Sources and Media - How to handle multiple references (Lyn's Way)" speaker Lyn Hudson-Williamson

    2. “Standardising Place Names in Family Tree Maker” speaker Brian Maclachlan

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

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

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

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

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 294
    Register

    Session Topics: 

    1. Using Genelines™, a new FTM Add-On" speaker Lyn Hudson-Williamson

    2. "Handling Patronymics (Name-calling in FTM) AND Charting multiple sets of parents in FTM" speaker Megan Tilley

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

    Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and experienced group members as they lead you through the session's topics:

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

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

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

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    • 15 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 469
    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.

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 453
    Register

    Topic: Occupations

    The Counties that will be presented by members at this meeting will be Durham, Surrey and Berkshire. All resources will be sent after the meeting with the recording and chat.

    The topic for this meeting is Occupations as well as a short presentation on the various Directories and resources which are available for researching English ancestors who may have been involved in industry and occupations.

    • Basketmaking - is considered the oldest craft in the world. Willow tended to be the material of choice in England and in medieval times almost every village had its basketmaker. Numbers have gradually dwindled through enclosure acts, industrialisation, and outside competition so it is now designated an endangered craft although there is now a concerted effort to rejuvenate the craft.
    • Tea industry – a short history of the development of the tea industry in England including related occupations in the selling of tea.

    We ask that if any attendee has researched a particular occupation or industry and they are willing to share their research and resources, we would appreciate you 'putting your hand up' to present during the meeting. No need to provide a Powerpoint presentation unless you want to - just a quick talk about an occupation would be fabulous. Any resources you have can be popped in the chat.

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

    There are two ways to ask questions:

    1. Before the meeting by clicking here, and

    2. Via the Chat Box any time during the meeting.

    Suitable for the beginner as well as the more experienced researcher.


    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Diana Pecar, Linda Radulovitch and Annesley Watson

    Skill level: All 

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 293
    Register

    Topic: Analysing your shared match groups at AncestryDNA

    Have you grouped your matches at AncestryDNA via the Leeds method or another grouping process? Have you been able to interpret the results? Do they align with your expected ethnicity estimates? Join the SAG DNA Research Groups next Tools in Practice (TiP) session where we will be discussing and analysing several examples from our members results.

    What do your results tell you? Are you getting matches on all your lines? Does the new ethnicity 'side view’ tool at AncestryDNA add value to your analysis? We will discuss attendee results as part of the session, if you would like to have your results included please email dnasydneydiscussion@gmail.com by 17 Aug 2022, these will be given priority. Others may be discussed on the day, if time permits.

    To read more about the Leeds Method and grouping your matches, the following blogs may be of interest:

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


    Skill level: Intermediate  Guest Facilitator: Veronica Williams   

     

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place
    • 185
    Register

    SAG Members Only Season Ticket

    SAG Members who wish to attend both the DNA Tools in Practice Group and the DNA Research Discussion Group can book a Combined Group Season Ticket and receive four meetings at a discounted price of $32, saving $8. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are the morning and afternoon sessions on August 20 and November 19. 

    You book and pay once. we will send you the joining links 3 days before each date the sessions are on. Season Ticket sales will close on 18 August 2022.

    Topics for sessions will be confirmed closer to each date.

    Please note, these meetings will be held using the Zoom platform. While there will be a different joining link for each session, the link for the Tools in Practice and Research Discussion Group sessions on each of the two dates will be in the same reminder email.

    These sessions will not be recorded for privacy reasons.

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 299
    Register

    Discussion Topic:

    Catherine Theunissen will discuss her research paper "The effects of DNA test results on Biological and Family Identities" which can be read by clicking here. This will be followed by a discussion centred on the issues Catherine's research raises.

    Direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests are increasingly being used for personal and genealogical purposes. This presentation delves into a study where 16 participants took DTC tests and found varying effects on their identities. Some had significant and life-changing effects, especially to their biological and family identities and overall feeling of belonging to their perceived social groups, whereas others had their identities solidified and reinforced. Further to this, the methodological approach, key findings, and potential implications will be discussed, with a focus on how DNA testing might impact future testers' perceptions of biological and family identities, especially with genealogical research

    SAG is home to a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable genetic genealogists. The DNA Research Group is a forum for those who are highly experienced in using DNA research techniques  and would like to explore this exciting aspect of genealogy further with a group of likeminded people.

    About the presenter: Catherine A. Theunissen graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Master of Communication Studies (First Class Honours). She currently works in the film industry as a Production Coordinator and is passionate about telling people's stories. Initially, her research was inspired by a short documentary she made about a young man finding out more about his biological family overseas (and the impact this had on his identity and sense of self, along with how his adoptive family felt about him exploring his biological identity). Combined with her interest in history and genealogy, she decided to investigate the relationship between DNA testing and identity in relation to people and communication.

    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.

    Skill level: Advanced    Convenor: TBC

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 486
    Register

    Join us for another SAG "Shut Up & Write" online session to support our Certificate and Diploma students and anyone with a family history writing project. Hosted by SAG CEO Ruth Graham, we will put you through three to four 25 minute sessions of writing, short breaks and then a final discussion on your achievements across the group. This is not a course but a peer support session - you need to come to the meeting with your own writing project and it is a way to connect with others and hear about some amazing projects people are undertaking.

    Be prepared to write! Here is some background on SU&W meetings - works in cafes as well as Zoom: https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/

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

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform and will NOT be recorded.

    • 23 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 338
    Register

    Are you spending most of your family history research time clicking on hints rather than bringing your research together? As part of our 90th birthday celebrations and National Family History Month join us for a session thinking about ways to do something wonderful with your family history - including publishing and creative works.

    The session will be chaired by Society CEO Ruth Graham and feature panel members Andrew Redfern, Kerry Forsythe and Caylie Jeffery from Paddington Then and Now, cookbook compiler Lee McKerracher, blogger Anthea Gupta, Philippa Shelley Jones from Record My Past, and Pamela Proestos from the National Maritime Museum.

    FREE PUBLIC EVENT - All welcome!

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

    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 432
    Register

    Throughout the 19th Century there were many ways people were assisted to emigrate to Australia. Join eminent researchers Dr Perry McIntyre AM and Dr Liz Rushen AM in this double session as they take you through a selection of these schemes.

    Bounty and Government immigrants 1820-1840

    During the nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of people migrated to Australi

    a under a mixture of government and bounty schemes. This paper looks at the early schemes available until the formation of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commission in 1840, with a focus on their experiences as they left home, were housed in the emigration depots in Britain, life on the ship and arrival at their destination. Here we glimpse the processes of emigration and the realities of the emigrant’s experiences.

    Convict family reunion and assisted immigration after 1840

    Convict family reunion formally commenced in 1817 and was the earliest form of assisted migration. The Irish orphan girls from the workhouses in 1848-50 and children of ‘bounty’ emigrants were the other two groups of poor who obtained a free passage to Australia. There were, of course, other ways emigrants arrived to Australia after 1840. Using relevant source documents, this paper will give an overview of these schemes.

    Skill level: All

    Presenters: Dr Elizabeth Rushen AM & Dr Perry Mcintyre AM

    About the Presenters: 

    Dr Liz Rushen AM is on the editorial board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, a director of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network and a Research Associate in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University. A former Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and former Chair of the History Council of Victoria, Liz is widely published in migration history, including her major work Single and Free Migration to Australia, 1833-37. Her latest book is John Marshall: ship owner, Lloyds reformer and emigration agent (Anchor Books Australia 2020). In 2021, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to community history and heritage preservation.

    Dr Perry McIntyre AM has worked as an historian, archivist and genealogist for over 40 years. She has been a councillor at the Society of Australian Genealogists (1991-2011), the History Council of NSW (President 2005-06), the RAHS, Australian Catholic Historical Society, the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (Chair 2012-15; 2018-2020) and Mosman Historical Society. She has published and spoken widely on immigration and family history. Her PhD on convict family reunion, was published as Free Passage in Ireland in 2010 & by Anchor Books Australia in 2018. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2021 for significant service to history preservation and genealogical organisations.

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

    • 26 Aug 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 13
    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 held online.

    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 Sunday 22 August 2022.

    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.

    The SAG recommends the wearing of face masks at this event, however, it is an individual choice whether to do so or not.

    The will be no requirement to disclose your vaccination status in order to attend this event.

    Click here for parking and accessibility information.

    For further information about the workshop please  click here

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

    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 425
    Register

    Arrivals in Australia from 1788

    Immigration records are not all held in the same place in Australia. Kerry Farmer will explain how knowing where, when and how they arrived – and the immigration schemes in place at the time – helps you know where to look.


    Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer

    Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

     About the Presenter: Kerry Farmer has been teaching family history classes in 1997. She has worked as a genealogy researcher and also presented at many family history events in Australia, New Zealand and UK. She has served on SAG’s Education Committee since 2004 and now convenes that committee, as well as serving on the Diploma and Certificate Committee. Kerry joined the SAG Board in 2018. She is also Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Kerry is the author of DNA for Genealogists and Arrivals in Australia from 1788, as well as various genealogical Handy Guides for Unlock the Past.

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

    • 29 Aug 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 464
    Register

    Let's talk about - The SAG

    In an example of perfect timing the last Monday of August is the SAG's actual 90th Birthday. Come along to our monthly Let's Talk About...to celebrate! 

    The "Let's Talk About..." series is a free members only event that will be held on the last Monday of every month. Audience participation will be a focus of these events, so please bring your questions!

    Each month will feature a different topic and the presenters will vary. 

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

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

    • 30 Aug 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 495
    Register

    Associate Professor Tanya Evans is the Director of the Centre for Applied History at Macquarie University. She has spent many years studying the family history community in Australia and internationally.

    In her most recent book, Family History, Historical Consciousness  and Citizenship: A New Social History, Tanya has examined how family history fosters inter-generational and cross-cultural, religious and ethnic knowledge, how it shapes historical empathy and consciousness and combats social exclusion, producing active citizens.

    Join us to hear Tanya speak about family history research for this special National Family History Month presentation.

    FREE PUBLIC EVENT - All welcome!

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

    • 31 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 18
    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.

    Thanks to the Ancestry for supporting this event by donating an AncestryDNA test for one lucky participant.

    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 

    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 199
    Register

    Topic:  Appendixes, Lilian Magill.


    Lilian will discuss what to put in an appendix and why they are useful.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 299
    Register

    Topic:  To Be Advised

    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.

    Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87536297212?pwd=TVZHVjdZOSt2QUpRV1Q5UFlXYXpDUT09

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • 15
    Register

    Six Part Online Course

    Would you like to investigate your family history but have no idea where to start or have you previously signed up to an online platform but felt overwhelmed by all the information available?

    The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to again offer our new six part online course “Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History”.

    Prefer to do this course face to face? Click here for details of a face to face workshop on 12 and 13 August 2022.

    Over the course of six sessions (two hours per session) you will learn about:

    • Key tools - family history software platforms, file organisation, research plans
    • Traditional records (document based) research – types of records, locating records
    • Electronic databases – Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and more
    • Oral History – preparation and techniques for interviewing family members
    • Other resources such as Family History Societies, online forums and education options
    • Introduction to DNA research including legal and ethical considerations
    • Various ways to chart, share and publish your findings, including privacy and copyright concerns

    While the course will focus on records available in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland we will also touch on locating records in other countries and the skills you will learn can be applied to researching ancestors from anywhere in the world.


    Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager

    Skill Level: Beginner

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    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 198
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    Topic:  Group Discussion; Other ways to write-up your stories.


    Should I be still be focused on ‘writing the book’ or are other mediums, like a PowerPoint presentation, a blog post or a photo book just as acceptable? Join this discussion and offer you thoughts on this.


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 3 Dec 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 398
    Register

    Just started your family history or need a refresher?

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

    Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

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

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

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

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

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

    Book using this listing if you wish to attend all three sessions at the discounted price. To book an individual session please go to the separate listing for the chosen part.

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

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    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 100
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    Just started your family history or need a refresher? This session will cover the principles of family history research, types of sources and repositories, charting, search techniques and research planning.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session. If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $75 members, $110 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Family History Fundamentals - All Sessions Package by clicking here

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 497
    Register

    Topics: 

    (i) Using Legacy to analyse and plan your family history

    (ii) Q&A

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Legacy Software Users Group meetings provide opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of Legacy features and to share your Legacy experiences. If you are undecided about which family history software program to purchase come along and see what Legacy can offer you. 

    Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec

     

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

    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 15
    Register

    Join well-known family historian and published author, Dr Betty O’Neill for a one-day introductory workshop on Writing Family History held online.

    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 Monday 1 November 2022.

    Please note: This workshop will not be recorded.

    For further information about the workshop please  click here

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    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 100
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