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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 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 October 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 28 February 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest (EoI) only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course with applications due by 28 February 2024 for the next intake. Applications forms will be issued following registration to this EoI.

    Once a member has completed the Certificate in Genealogical Research they have the option to take their studies further by enrolling in our Diploma in Family Historical Studies. The Diploma has been running since 1974 and enrolment is open to any member who completes the Certificate course at a credit level of 75% or higher. Requirements for the Diploma are the completion of a thesis (20,000 words) and a written examination -for more information see: https://www.sag.org.au/StudyOnlineWithUs.

    The Diploma Synopsis Workshop will be held on Thursday 1 February from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Click here to register.

    • 05 February 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • 30 December 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    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 assessments, 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.

    • 07 February 2024
    • 05 June 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 376
    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

    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)

    • 16 February 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course.

    We will contact you with further information about the registration process once we have a better idea of how many people wish to undertake the course. 

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

    Are you ready to take your DNA results to the next level using chromosome analysis? Do you have your DNA data at a site with a chromosome browser and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Veronica Williams and other SAG DNA Discussion Group members for a 10 part course designed to build on your existing knowledge of working with your DNA and develop your skills in chromosome analysis.

    The series is not suitable for beginners, it suits intermediate DNA researchers interested in learning more complex DNA techniques.

    The course will be made up of four modules, supplemented with six workshops that will include case studies and opportunities for discussion. Whilst foundation concepts will be discussed in Module 1, later sessions will assume knowledge of those DNA concepts and tools.

    Sessions will likely be scheduled for Saturdays, over a three-four month period.

    A draft 2024 course outline can downloaded and viewed by clicking here.

    Pre-requisites for participants: 

    • Ability to work with spreadsheets, including basic formatting and data manipulation;
    • Competence in basic DNA analysis techniques as outlined in the section Starting to work with your DNA results - the basics
    • Have been working with their DNA results for over 12 months
    • Priority will be given to those who have completed the SAG AncestryDNA Course

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.


    • 20 February 2024
    • 02 April 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • via Zoom
    Register

    This series of six webinars will demonstrate what the New South Wales HLRV (Historical Land Records Viewer) can provide to researchers of family history.


    Each session will detail a small part of what is available on the HLRV and how you can learn more about your family’s land ownership in New South Wales.


    Each webinar will be presented via Zoom on Tuesday evenings commencing on 20 February 2024 from 7.30pm.


    The webinars will cover the following topics:

    • 20/2/2024 - History of Land Records plus Maps and Plans
    • 27/2/2024 – Old System Records
    • 5/3/2024 – Torrens Title Records
    • 19/3/2024 – Primary Applications
    • 26/3/2024 – Conditional Purchases
    • 2/4/2024 – Crown Plans and Deposited Plans
    About the presenter:

    Jeff Madsen has had a long career in Information Technology using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software to prepare maps for Government, private enterprise and family researchers.

    He has used the Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV) since 1999 to access digitised Parish Maps and, more recently, to research NSW Historical Land Records for property owned by ancestors.

    It became evident that this Spatial knowledge could be used in genealogical research. Using maps and investigating areas of historical geography would enhance family stories by finding information beyond names and dates.

    This course will be recorded, so you can attend live or watch later.

    Please note that the recordings will only be available for 2 months after the final session.

    • 26 February 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 360
    Register

    Our 2024 Let's Talk About... series kicks off with your essential guide to planning and executing a journey to trace your heritage.  FREE for members to attend. Join our CEO Ruth Graham as she talks to seasoned travel planners and researchers as they share indispensable tips, tools, and strategies to make the most of your family history tour. This session will have an Ireland focus but will be covering a lot of general material whether your travel across town, state or nations!

    Learn how to navigate archives, access invaluable resources, and connect with local communities to unearth the stories of your ancestors. From crafting detailed itineraries to understanding the logistics of on-site research, this event equips you with the knowledge to turn your genealogical quest into a seamless, enriching adventure. 

    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.

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

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

    Our cartoon image of AI family historians working their way around Dublin was done via Bing Create.

    • 27 February 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 0
    Join waitlist

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

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

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

    This session of Family History Connect | Understanding your BigY700  will be offered online via Zoom and facilitated by Society volunteer, Chris Hingerty. Limit of 6 participants. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 29 February 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 441
    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.


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

    • 02 March 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 458
    Register

    Counties of interest: West Lothian, Edinburgh and Roxburghshire.

    Topics: 

    Have you broken down your Brick Wall using suggestions from one of the SRG meetings or from any other SAG avenue??

    We would love to hear from you during this meeting.

    If you would like to let us know prior to the meeting that you have something to say or show, then email Diana at diana.pec25@yahoo.com. There is no need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation, unless you want to! - you can just talk to the group OR you can put your hand up during the meeting.

    General questions on Scottish research - will open up to a general Q&A session where we ask everyone attending to help other researchers by giving suggestions or guidance if you are able to assist.

    Any finds from your research? Let us know if you have made any exciting finds or discoveries over the Christmas beak/last couple of months.

    General news about Scottish resources - any recently available resources to mention to the group members.

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

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon and Sally Skulte

    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

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

    • 05 March 2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 18
    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. 


    Finding musicians in your family tree

    If someone uncovers a "musician" in their family tree, the ancestor could have been anything from a superstar performer, a major composer or influential muso to a local piano teacher, or a trombone player or singer in a colliery brass band or choir. This Family History Connect session, hosted by SAG member Patrice Connelly, will talk through the types of musicians one might find in the course of their family history research.

    Patrice will also guide participants through the readily available online resources where one might find out information about mainly about professional musicians, but also music hall entertainers.

    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.

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

    • 08 March 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Family History Research Centre and Library, 379 Kent St
    Register

    To our wonderful volunteers, 

    SAG staff are hosting a social event for SAG volunteers to show our appreciation for your work on Friday 08 March 2024.

    The event will be held at the Family History Research Centre and Library, at 379 Kent St. 

    Refreshments and a light morning tea will be served. You are welcome to use the library facilities as you chat and mingle with other volunteers and staff!

    Please RSVP by COB Monday 4 2024.

    An online version of this event will also be held for those who would prefer that option. Details and registration form here: SAG Volunteer Social (online)

    • 08 March 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    Register

    To our wonderful volunteers, 

    SAG staff are hosting a social event for SAG volunteers to show our appreciation for your work on Friday 08 March 2024.

    This event will be held online via the Zoom platform.

    This will be a social event, with opportunities to chat with other volunteers and staff

    RSVP: Will remain open until the event start time. 

    An in-person version of this event will also be held (at 379 Kent Street, Sydney) for those who would prefer that option.

    Details and registration form here: SAG Volunteer Social (in-person)


    • 09 March 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 492
    Register

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

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

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

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

    • 10 March 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell St, Waverley NSW 2024
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The SAG is pleased to provide members with the opportunity to visit ‘Edina’, one of a small number of late Victorian mansions remaining in Sydney. Better known today as the War Memorial Hospital, Waverley, ‘Edina’ was built by Ebenezer and Jeanie Vickery in 1884 and the estate was home to three generations of the wealthy, religious family. Owned by the Methodist and Uniting Church for the past 100 years, Edina’s glorious exterior and ornamental are beautifully preserved, along with many of its interior features.

    The two hour event will take the form of a talk followed by a tour conducted by Michael Waterhouse, a long time SAG member, descendant of Ebenezer and Jeanie Vickery, and author of a new book Family, Faith and Fortune in Victorian Sydney. The Edina Estate. This was reviewed in the June/Winter edition of Descent (page 73).

    As a descendant and through his extensive research, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to the story of ‘Edina’, which he will share with the tour group. As well as discussing the family and viewing the interior and exterior of ‘Edina’, he will provide insights into the lifestyle of the families who lived on the estate. There will be ample time for questions.

    Tour numbers are limited to 20 people.

    Please note: Attendees need to arrange their own transport to and from the tour. We recommend bring a water bottle and wearing comfortable walking shoes.

    Click here for information about facilities and here for information on getting there.

    • 12 March 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 428
    Register

    Looking forward to having you attend our next SAG Irish Research Group on Tuesday 12th March from 7.00pm – 9.00pm (remember this is Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Our County presentation from Dale Fogarty will be on Cork. Other presentations are ‘John Grenham’s Enhanced Townland Maps’ by Alan Jones, as well as ‘The Consequences of Following a Family History Research Hint – A Personal Story’ from Sally Skulte.

     All welcome.

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

    Skill level: All

         Group Leads: Kathleen Hackett, Alan Jones & Sally Skulte

    Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    • 14 March 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 482
    Register

    Agenda for March Meeting:

    1. Claire McGregor (editor) talks about the practicalities of getting a family history book written & published; Q&A

    2. Discussion:

    a) how are you going on your projects?

    b) what have you written this month?

    c) what do you want to know from more experienced writers?

    3. Top writing & editing Tips

    About The Writing Group:

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

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

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

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

    Skill Level: All    

    Group Leads: Elizabeth Capelin & Emily Purser

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

    • 16 March 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 460
    Register

    Topic: The Unruly Rural Rush

    Very quickly colonists moved inland - the squatters and pastoralists, followed by shepherds and stockmen.  Small towns sprung up with trades people and shop keepers to provide to the needs of the rural population.

    Join us as we delve into this unruly rural rush - the next stage of colonial settlement in Australia. 

    Do you have rural family in your tree? We’d love to hear your story. Check our Discussion Forum on the CARG webpage to see how you can bring the rural rush to life in our meeting.

    Or contact us on colonialaustgroup@gmail.com

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

    Skill level: All

    Group Leads: Lorraine Luks, Kristine Newton and Sharon Shelley

    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

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

    • 17 March 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell St, Waverley NSW 2024
    • 12
    Register

    The SAG is pleased to provide members with the opportunity to visit ‘Edina’, one of a small number of late Victorian mansions remaining in Sydney. Better known today as the War Memorial Hospital, Waverley, ‘Edina’ was built by Ebenezer and Jeanie Vickery in 1884 and the estate was home to three generations of the wealthy, religious family. Owned by the Methodist and Uniting Church for the past 100 years, Edina’s glorious exterior and ornamental are beautifully preserved, along with many of its interior features.

    The two hour event will take the form of a talk followed by a tour conducted by Michael Waterhouse, a long time SAG member, descendant of Ebenezer and Jeanie Vickery, and author of a new book Family, Faith and Fortune in Victorian Sydney. The Edina Estate. This was reviewed in the June/Winter edition of Descent (page 73).

    As a descendant and through his extensive research, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to the story of ‘Edina’, which he will share with the tour group. As well as discussing the family and viewing the interior and exterior of ‘Edina’, he will provide insights into the lifestyle of the families who lived on the estate. There will be ample time for questions.

    Tour numbers are limited to 20 people.

    Please note: Attendees need to arrange their own transport to and from the tour. We recommend bring a water bottle and wearing comfortable walking shoes.

    Click here for information about facilities and here for information on getting there.

    • 23 March 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 492
    Register

    Topic: Welcome to the New Year

    Welcome 

    Group discussion - updates on participants’ research/breakthroughs since last meeting

    Updates on new resources for USA & Canada 

    Brickwalls - Do you have that elusive ancestor/s you can’t find or can’t progress with? 

    Present your ancestor with your known information and where your brick wall is for a group discussion. 

    You can either do this as a discussion or via a PowerPoint presentation. 

    Email Suzanne at suzanne28@mac.com with your brick wall topic. Let Suzanne know if you would like to use the brick wall template that we have developed. The template is a useful tool to help you put your info and needs into an organised thread.

    Main topic/presentation - Daughters of the American Revolution

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

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

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


    • 23 March 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Guest Presenters: Darryl Low Choy and Reg Mu Sung

    Darryl's presentation is titled Against the Odds: How I found my Chinese Roots and discusses how finding and visiting his paternal and maternal ancestral villages were significant milestones for him but more importantly it was the journey to these milestones that has been most memorable and rewarding. This is despite the many frustrations, blind alleys, roller coaster rides and disappointments. They were all part of the experience. Hence, some 70 years since Darryl first learnt that he had Chinese origins, he was able to stand and walk in the very village spaces of his ancestors in China. Darryl is so pleased that he can now share with his descendants the details of their shared Chinese roots.


    Reg's presentation is titled Tigers from the Fragrant Mountain:

    journey from China to Australia of a family that arrived before 1865.  

    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

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

    Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash

    • 26 March 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Rookwood Cemetery
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This is a walking tour through the heritage areas of Rookwood Cemetery, the largest in the southern hemisphere, and is hosted by the Friends of Rookwood. The cemetery has been operating since 1867, with over a million interments to this day. This tour provides a snapshot into Sydney’s 19th century history, where you will hear a wide range of stories of those who have been buried here. Victorian funerary decoration and symbolism abounds in the area visited, and it includes many monuments moved from the Devonshire Street Cemetery. 

    Tour Leader

    Geoff Bovard, the tour leader, has been volunteering with the Friends of Rookwood for five years, and has been leading tours for the Friends for two years. He has been a SAG member since 2007, and is an active Assistant in the SAG Library, as well as the convenor of the Society’s IT Committee. His interests include Australian, English, Irish and Scottish family history.

    The Friends of Rookwood

    The Friends of Rookwood is a non-profit organisation with the aims of promoting the interests of Rookwood Necropolis; promoting public awareness of the social, historical and cultural aspects of Rookwood Necropolis and cemeteries in general; and raising funds and providing voluntary assistance for restoration projects within Rookwood.

    On the Day

    Tour attendees should meet at 10 AM at the café located on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Necropolis Drive, just inside the Strathfield Gates of the cemetery via Weeroona Road.

    Please note: Each tour lasts for approx. 3 hours and includes about 3km of walking. Participants should wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes (e.g. joggers or hiking boots) and bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

    Please register by 10:00 AM on Monday 25 March if you plan on attending.

    • 27 March 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 479
    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

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.

    Skill level: All

     Facilitator: Andrew Redfern


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

    • 06 April 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 494
    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.

    • 10 April 2024
    • 29 May 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 35
    Register

    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

    • 11 April 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 190
    Register

    Agenda for April Meeting:

    1. Flash stories – sharing short pieces you’ve written on the theme of Anzac day

    2. Discussion:

    a) how have you overcome writing challenges?

    b) do you have favourite approaches or techniques that work?

    c) what’s your advice to encourage & enlighten other writers?

    3. 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.

    • 14 April 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Rookwood Cemetery
    • 6
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    This is a walking tour through the heritage areas of Rookwood Cemetery, the largest in the southern hemisphere, and is hosted by the Friends of Rookwood. The cemetery has been operating since 1867, with over a million interments to this day. This tour provides a snapshot into Sydney’s 19th century history, where you will hear a wide range of stories of those who have been buried here. Victorian funerary decoration and symbolism abounds in the area visited, and it includes many monuments moved from the Devonshire Street Cemetery. 

    Tour Leader

    Geoff Bovard, the tour leader, has been volunteering with the Friends of Rookwood for five years, and has been leading tours for the Friends for two years. He has been a SAG member since 2007, and is an active Assistant in the SAG Library, as well as the convenor of the Society’s IT Committee. His interests include Australian, English, Irish and Scottish family history.

    The Friends of Rookwood

    The Friends of Rookwood is a non-profit organisation with the aims of promoting the interests of Rookwood Necropolis; promoting public awareness of the social, historical and cultural aspects of Rookwood Necropolis and cemeteries in general; and raising funds and providing voluntary assistance for restoration projects within Rookwood.

    On the Day

    Tour attendees should meet at 10 AM at the café located on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Necropolis Drive, just inside the Strathfield Gates of the cemetery via Weeroona Road.

    Please note: Each tour lasts for approx. 3 hours and includes about 3km of walking. Participants should wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes (e.g. joggers or hiking boots) and bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

    Please register by 10:00 AM on Friday 12 April if you plan on attending.

    • 19 April 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney
    • 16
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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 17 April 2024.

    Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided.

     Please bring your own lunch. There are also plenty of cafes close to the venue if you prefer to purchase something.

    Click here for parking and accessibility information.


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

    • 23 April 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • SAG Library - 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    • 4
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    Family History Connect | Researching military ancestors

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

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

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

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

    Limit of 6 participants. 

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

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

    • 09 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 197
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    Agenda for May Meeting:

    1. Showcase – ‘Women of Colonial Australia’

    2. Emily talks about the WCA Project:

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

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

    3. Discussion: updates on your current projects

    4.  Pro writing Tips

    About The Writing Group:

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

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

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

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

    Skill Level: All    

    Group Leads: Elizabeth Capelin & Emily Purser

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

    • 11 May 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 495
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    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.

    • 01 June 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 489
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