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2017
January 2017
  • Webinar - Thursday 01 December 2016 - Thursday 09 February 2017 10:30am - 04:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - February-April 2017

    New in 2017!  Only available until 9 February 2017.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between February-April, either live or by watching the recording later.  You book and pay once.  We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link.  And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 5  for the price of 4.***  The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Genealogy research treasures inside the "Internet Archive", 9 February
    • Aboriginal people in BDMs, 18 February
    • Find out what's online and how to locate records on the NSW State Records website, 8 March (matinee)
    • Jersey Archives (UK), 21 March
    • London history and resources, 3 April

    *** and as a special bonus you'll also get the DNA Key Concepts Webinar on 30 March - a new event not in the printed program!

    Please note the Season Ticket does not cover virtual events or webfests - these have to be booked separately.

  • Webinar recordings - Monday 05 December 2016 - Sunday 30 April 2017 09:00am - 10:00pm
    Webinar recording: The Godly Commonwealth - Discover Scottish Church records

    This is a recording of a webinar presented by Chris Paton, which was broadcast as part of Lost In England and Scotland in June 2016.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish until 30 April 2017. 

  • Webinar recordings - Monday 05 December 2016 - Sunday 30 April 2017 09:30am - 10:00pm
    Webinar Recording: Pre 1837 English parish register research

    This is a recording of a webinar presented by Heather Garnsey, which was broadcast as part of the Lost In England and Scotland weekend in June 2016.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish until 30 April 2017. 

  • Webinar - Monday 09 January 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Backing up your research

    Let's kick off 2017 as we mean to go on and make sure our genealogy files are backed up and recoverable. Join us in the first webinar for the year, as geek and genealogist Michelle Patient shows us some ways to do this.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

  • Library Tour - Thursday 12 January 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where do I start at the SAG library?

    Get an overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Bookings essential: Free, members only

  • Lecture - Saturday 14 January 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Getting the most out of your SAG membership

    Discover the benefits you receive as a SAG member, with tips for accessing special deals and services. Find out what’s new and what’s hidden in the basement.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $10 members, $20 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 14 January 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Manning River Region, NSW - Exploring the SAG's collections

    The latest of our popular series examining places and topics through the Society’s wonderful collections. Join us, whether you have family from the Manning River region or just want to find out more about how the collections can assist you with your family history.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Webinar - Tuesday 17 January 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    The Society of Genealogists (UK) at a distance

    Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London. This webinar will focus on accessing the unique and special collections in the Library.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Else Churchill   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

  • External Tour - Wednesday 18 January 2017 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    Ralph's Millers Point walking tour in the twilight

    Walk in the steps of the convict stonemasons, millers, sea captains and merchants of Millers Point. See the history and hear the stories of Sydney’s colourful past. Walk starts with a lecture at Richmond Villa and refreshments. Limit 15.

    Location: Tour commences at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Tour leader: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $30 members, $45 non-members

  • Lecture - Thursday 19 January 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Getting organised

    Simple tips and ways to get yourself organised. How to cut your paper storage. What to do with your documents and photos. A quick look at online storage and organising your bookmarks. Looking at what you can do with your family tree program for photos and notes.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Lilian Magill   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 20 January 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Blogging for family history

    Geneablogging is an excellent platform for sharing family stories and documenting your research journey. In this workshop Jill Ball will guide each participant in using free Blogger software from Google to set up a family history blog. 

    Note: This is a hands on computer session and computer skills are assumed. Limit 14.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 21 January 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Digitising your family history - Part 1

    Learn how to create digital images of your family records. The session will cover reasons and uses for digitising, image resolution, colour management, file types, compression, metadata, storage options and equipment.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Saturday 21 January 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Digitising your family history - Part 2 (workshop)

    This workshop will put into practice some of the tips from Part 1, with demonstrations and assistance. Participants should bring records with them to be digitised.

    This session is open only to people who attend Part 1 in the morning and is limited to 10 people.

    Further details will be provided to registrants closer to the date.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

February 2017
  • Lecture - Saturday 04 February 2017 02:00pm - 04:30pm
    Family history trivia

    Come for a mildly competitive but lots of fun afternoon filled with family history trivia. No teams required. Everyone can participate and have a chance at the prizes. Afternoon tea is included. Come for the fun, the boasting privileges, and the prizes or just to support SAG raise funds for Congress 2018.

    Friends and family of members can also attend, if the booking is made by a member.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Bookings essential: $20, Members only

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 09 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Introductory pages, and Headers and Footers

    Learn how to set up Word documents to create a book with professional-looking introductory pages and also headers and footers for each chapter or section.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Alison Meldrum   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Webinar - Thursday 09 February 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Genealogy research treasures inside the "Internet Archive"

    Join Michelle Patient as she shows us around the family history books and other resources stored within this source which contains nearly 500 billion archived websites, books, audio and video files.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • Hands On Session - Friday 10 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 PRONI

    The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. Its records date largely from c.1600 to the present day. Learn how to navigate this website and utilise its wonderful resources.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Hilary Walker   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker Group - AM session

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

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 February 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Family Tree Maker Group - PM session

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

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Day Course - Thursday 16 February 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    An in-depth look at FamilySearch

    FamilySearch is a massive resource for your family history. This Focus Day will examine the family tree and open editing philosophy, films and ordering, indexing, the wiki and of course, searching tips.  A copy of the program for the day is available for download here

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: Paul Parton (FamilySearch), Sylvia Murphy and Vicki Eldridge   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Saturday 18 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Digitising your family history workshop

    This workshop will put into practice some of the tips from the lecture on 21 January, but is now open to anyone who would like assistance with digitising. Participants should bring up to five records with them to be digitised, such as photographs, letters or certificates.  Limit 10.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 18 February 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    TMG User Group

    Users of TMG software show how they use the program to record their family history and preserve that information for the future.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Sue Dobson   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Webinar - Saturday 18 February 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Aboriginal people in BDMs

    Many Aboriginal people were not registered with their correct name and many people were not registered at all. However missionaries, the Aborigines Welfare Board and pastoral stations often kept these records, which may be the only records of births, deaths or marriages of Aboriginal people. This session will cover the types of records created and how to access them.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kim Katon   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • Lecture - Thursday 23 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Problem solving for family historians

    Got a brick wall or two in your family history? Learn how to organise and analyse your information to help solve those tricky research problems.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Library Tour - Saturday 25 February 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour

    An overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Free, but bookings are essential

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 25 February 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Food shopkeepers and shop workers of the 19th century

    In addition to the traditional markets the retail outlets were fast developing in the major cities. Thousands were employed in the food retail area, but which area and what type of food did they sell and what was their life like? Uncovering some of these mysteries may well give us food for thought!

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 25 February 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Sydney cemetery adventures

    How many cemeteries do you think there are in Sydney? Over the course of 8 months Dr Lisa Murray visited 120 cemeteries and gravesites in order to compile her field guide to Sydney's cemeteries. Join Lisa as she shares some of her discoveries and top tips for visiting cemeteries. Along the way you'll learn how to 'read' a cemetery and hear about some of the resources available for cemetery research.

    A permanent archive? Sydney’s quarantine inscriptions: Unlike most archives, Sydney’s former Quarantine Station displays an incredible array of genealogical resources at exactly the spot where they were created. From the 1830s until the 1980s, detainees carved messages into the North Head sandstone, leaving enduring traces of their origins, arrival, literacy and – sometimes – their mortality. In this presentation, Dr Peter Hobbins teases out some of these stories and their wider meanings.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: Dr Lisa Murray and Dr Peter Hobbins   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

March 2017
  • External Tour - Wednesday 01 March 2017 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Quarantine Station Tour

    What was it like to be quarantined? Explore the history of the Quarantine Station, its historical buildings and stunning grounds. Hear the personal stories of passengers quarantined and the dedicated staff who lived and worked on site.

    Location: Meet at Quarantine Station (more information here)

    Bookings essential: $45 members, $55 non-members.  A discount of $6 is applcable for Seniors - enter the word Senior in the applicable field when booking to claim this discount.

    Minimum group size of 15 is required.

  • Webinar - Wednesday 08 March 2017 - Monday 08 May 2017 10:30am - 04:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - May-July 2017

    New in 2017!  Only available until 8 May 2017.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between May-July, either live or by watching the recording later.  You book and pay once.  We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation links.  And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 6  for the price of 5.  The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Introduction to DNA testing, 10 May
    • Archives in Queensland, 15 May
    • Aboriginal people in government records, 17 June
    • Finding and using German church records, 21 June
    • DNA: I've done my test, what's next, 10 July
    • Guide to Australian BDMs, 18 July

    Please note the Season Ticket does not cover virtual events or webfests - these have to be booked separately.

  • Webinar - Wednesday 08 March 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
    What's online and how to locate records on State Archives' new website

    Following on the success of the highly popular lecture on this topic, we now have a webinar to help you find your way around the NSW State Archives website.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: State Archives NSW   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 09 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - The "I"s of March

    Irish, illiterate, insolvent, inebriated, illegitimate, incompetent, invisible - do any (or all) of these describe an ancestor of yours? Choose one of these adjectives, or another that starts with “I”, which “I”dentifies a person in your family history and will be of “I”nterest to the group. Write it up, edit it down to 3 minutes, and then share it with us this morning.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Sue Stenning   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Courses - Thursday 09 March 2017 - Thursday 06 April 2017 01:30pm - 12:30pm
    Tips and skills for would-be presenters - 3 part course

    Have you got a great story to tell or knowledge to share but dread the thought of standing up in front of others to share it? You will learn the tricks that accomplished presenters use and practice presenting to gain confidence. The course will cover how to prepare for a presentation, using Powerpoint, presentation style, interacting with an audience and preparing handouts. It will also include time for each participant to practice their skills in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

    This is a 3 part course: Part 1: 9 March 1.30pm, 23 March 10.30am and 6 April 10.30am.

    One fee of $30 covers all 3 parts.  Limit 10 people.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec & guests   Bookings essential: $30, Members only

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

    Discover ways to maximise the benefits of this family history software program. Learn from others, share tips and ask questions.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Beverley Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Day Course - Thursday 16 March 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Convicts Day

    A full day exploring the history of the convict system, the records it created and research methods you can use to find out about your convict ancestors.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: Gail Davis (State Archives NSW), Kerry Farmer, Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 17 March 2017 10:00am - 01:00pm
    Hands On @379 Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford

    A Hands On Computers session highlighting selected online sources and other material available for Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, and where it can be found in the SAG Library. Includes an hour to consult featured records. Limit 14.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: Philippa Garnsey & Joan Healy   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    Due to illness, this presentation has been CANCELLED. Anyone who has already registered will be contacted by email.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 18 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group

    The DNA Research Group is an ideal forum for both beginners and the more experienced to share practical ways to work with test results.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Webinar - Tuesday 21 March 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Jersey Archives (UK)

    During the 19th century thousands of Jersey residents left the Island to start a new life in Australia. The Jersey Archive Online Catalogue is a great resource for research as it includes Occupation Registration Cards, Alien’s Immigration Cards, Hospital Registers, the Superintendent Registrar’s indexes for Births, Marriages and Deaths, Wills and Testaments and Undertakers’ records.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter:Jersey Archives   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • Lecture - Thursday 23 March 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Resources for researching Australian and NZ Jewish ancestry

    Robyn Dryen, President of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society Inc. will provide hints and tips on resources for researching Jewish ancestry.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Robyn Dryen   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 25 March 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Geneagoogling

    Learn from the GeniAus, former librarian and IT specialist, how to track down ancestors using Google search. Find out the tricks for effective searches.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter:Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Webinar - Thursday 30 March 2017 10:00am - 11:00pm
    DNA Research, Key Concepts

    The SAG DNA Research Group aims to focus on the analysis of DNA results with a practical approach. Since its inception in July 2015 a number of key concepts have been covered in Research Group Meetings.  This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective. It makes a good refresher for Research Group attendees and whilst not essential, new members will benefit from having undertaken this session prior to attending Research Group meetings.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

  • Lecture - Thursday 30 March 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Oral history for family historians

    Historian Janis Wilton is an expert in oral history and local history, and she will be discussing why you should incorporate oral history in your family history and how to get started.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Janis Wilton   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

April 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 03 April 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    London history and resources

    The area known as London has changed over time, and unless this is well understood you can find yourself looking in the wrong place for information on your family. So this presentation starts with a potted history of the city. It then details the resources that are available online for London Research.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter:Jenny Joyce   Bookings essential: $12 members only

  • External Tour - Wednesday 05 April 2017 10:45am - 02:15pm
    Elizabeth Farm & Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta

    Join us for a guided tour of two of the earliest colonial buildings still standing – Elizabeth Farm and Hambledon Cottage. Limit 15.

    Bookings close 4pm 28 March.

    Location: meet at Elizabeth Farm (more information here)

    Tour leader: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $25 members, $30 non-members

  • Library Tour - Thursday 06 April 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free library tour

    An overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Free, Members only but bookings are essential

  • Hands On Session - Friday 07 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 DNA AM Session

    Join us for a Hands On Computers session at the library. This session is ONLY for people who have already had a DNA test done with the company Family Tree DNA, using the tools that are available on that website for analysing DNA test results. Limit 14.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter:Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Hands On Session - Friday 07 April 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Hands On @379 DNA PM session

    Join us for a Hands On Computers session at the library. This session is ONLY for people who have already had a DNA test done with the company Family Tree DNA, using the tools that are available on that website for analysing DNA test results. Limit 14.

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter:Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

  • Lecture - Saturday 08 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Putting your ancestors in their place

    Post Office directories, telephone books and electoral rolls can be a great way to pinpoint where family members lived and worked.  Using NSW examples this session will explain what’s available, where to find them and how to make the most of these useful census substitutes.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Indexes

    By popular demand we will be running a Back to Basics series in 2017 and our first talk will tell us how, when and why to include an index in the book you write.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter:Lilian Magill   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Lecture - Thursday 20 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Colonial Secretary: The family historian's friend

    The Colonial Secretary was one of the main NSW government officials in the 19th century. The office was the channel of communications between the Governor, other government officers and private settlers on a wide range of matters including requests for land, petitions to mitigate convicts’ sentences, naturalisation and everything in between. In this session you will learn how to search the Colonial Secretary’s correspondence and hopefully find written gems relating to your family.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Martyn Killion, State Archives NSW   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Lecture - Thursday 27 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Preparing for a visit to State Archives NSW

    If you are coming along to the reading room at the Western Sydney Records Centre Kingswood on 3 May you should attend this session. It will show you how to search our guides, finding aids and website, how to place pre-orders and make the most of your time at Kingswood.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: John Cann, State Archives NSW   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 29 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group

    The DNA Research Group is an ideal forum for both beginners and the more experienced to share practical ways to work with test results.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • DNA Advanced User Meetings - Saturday 29 April 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Advanced Users Meeting

    This meeting is restricted to advanced DNA users who have already DNA tested and received their results, and who have attended at least one session of the DNA Users Group. Register your interest in attending this meeting through the online booking system before 17 April.

    Places are limited to 15 attendees. No payment is required until your place is confirmed by the Convenors.

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $22, Members only

May 2017
  • External Tour - Wednesday 03 May 2017 08:00am - 04:00pm
    Tour of State Archives NSW, Kingswood

    Join the bus trip to State Archives’ Western Sydney Records Centre at Kingswood. Do some research in the reading room and bring your walking shoes to participate in the behind the scenes tour of the facility. The tour takes approximately one hour and involves stairs.

    BYO lunch. You need a reader’s ticket and should pre-order up to four records one week ahead of the visit.  

    Price includes bus transport to & from the archives. Pick up/drop off from 120 Kent Street or Strathfield train station. Notify the SAG office which pick up location you want.

    Location: Bus leaves from Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Tour leaders: Danielle Lautrec and State Archives staff   Bookings essential: $42, Members only

  • Day Course - Saturday 06 May 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Introduction to family history

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Melissa Hulbert   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

    This session will suit both absolute beginners and anyone who needs a refresher or guidance. Learn how to get started and the basics of research. Get hints on strategies, tools and record collections.

    Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch.

  • Webinar - Wednesday 10 May 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
    Webinar matinee: Introduction to DNA testing

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Louise Coakley   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Louise Coakley, genealogist from the Cairns & District Family History Society, will introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research. Learn the basics required to get started: the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 11 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - The rocky road to publication

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ann Beaumont   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    From embryonic idea to a book in the hand is a long journey. Historian Ann will share with you the surprises, secrets, laughter, tears and sleepless nights she encountered along the way to producing her latest books A Light in the Window, Harper’s Mansion Berrima and A Man of Many Parts, the Life and Times of Edward Charles Close.

  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Friday 11 May 2018
    Webinar recording - DNA Research, Key concepts

    If you missed this webinar in March, here is your chance to view the recording.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish.

    The SAG DNA Research Group aims to focus on the analysis of DNA results with a practical approach. Since its inception in July 2015 a number of key concepts have been covered in Research Group Meetings. This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective. It makes a good refresher for Research Group attendees and whilst not essential, new members will benefit from having undertaken this session prior to attending Research Group meetings.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams Bookings essential: $12, Members only

  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Friday 11 May 2018 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar recording - Introduction to DNA testing

    If you missed this webinar, here is your chance to view the recording.

    SAG members can listen to this recording by registering online and paying $12 - you will then receive a link to the recording which you can listen to as often as you wish.

    Louise Coakley, genealogist from the Cairns & District Family History Society, will introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research.  Learn the basics required to get started:  the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 13 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 13 May 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    The Master Genealogist User Group

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Bruce Fairhall   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Bring along your laptops, your questions and your tips to share with other users for TMG.

    Gerard will be exploring ways to move data between TMG and Family Historian, including modifications and caveats.  Rowan will be looking at data enhancement in TMG through the use of the new FamilySearch facilities, including family trees.

  • Webinar - Monday 15 May 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Archives in Queensland

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Helen V Smith   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Tips for finding records in government archives that can help you with your family history research in Queensland.

  • Lecture - Thursday 18 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Do the right thing - Etiquette and ethics for the family historian

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Family historians share and borrow information and resources. Conflicts can arise in dealing with other genealogists. This presentation will make suggestions for dealing with conflicts of interest, information sharing, copyright and plagiarism, and discuss general etiquette for interactions in the genealogy world.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 19 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Ancestry

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    Learn how to access the vast amount of genealogical information held on the Ancestry website. Limit 14.

    An afternoon session will be run if there are sufficient bookings. Place your name on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if an afternoon session is to go ahead.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 20 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    New Zealand Research Group - Child's Play

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Pauline Weeks   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Researching children in 19th century New Zealand. Life, school, law and church will be the key areas of focus. See what records are available and how finding children can help you find their parents and family.

  • Day Course - Thursday 25 May 2017 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Irish family history day

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)   Note - we have moved this event to Glover Cottages, 124 Kent Street (next door to Richmond Villa).  Access is via the driveway next to the firestation.  This is a single storey building and there are no stairs. 

    Presenter: Fintan Mullan, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast   Bookings essential: $55 members, $70 non-members

    This is a rare chance to hear an overseas specialist in Irish family history. The program will be on the SAG website when available.

    Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 27 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Cemeteries in England

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Cemeteries in England underwent an enormous change around 1850 so why did this change occur?  This discussion will look into the reasons and include other aspects relating to burials, the past history of many cemeteries in London and other cities in England, and where records can be located.

  • External Tour - Wednesday 31 May 2017 10:15am - 03:30pm
    Parramatta Female Factory & St John's Cemetery Tour

    Location: Parramatta

    Tour leaders: Parramatta & District Historical Society and Judith Dunn   Bookings essential: $35 members, $45 non-members

    Bookings close 24 May

    The Parramatta Female Factory was Australia's first purpose-built institution for female convicts and St John’s Cemetery is the oldest existing European burial ground in Australia. Join us for a guided tour of both sites.

    BYO lunch. Meet at Parramatta (note, no parking is available at either site). Further details will be provided to participants by email.

June 2017
  • Virtual Weekend Seminar - Saturday 03 June 2017 - Sunday 04 June 2017 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Lost In Virtual weekend: Black Sheep (Australia)

    This virtual Lost In weekend is devoted to finding the intriguing and non-conforming family members. The bankrupts, the criminals, those who sought refuge in asylums and those affected by family breakdown. While the focus will be on NSW, the principles will apply across the country. 

    So no matter where you live, this is your opportunity to join in one of our popular Lost In weekends! 

     All registrants will be provided with links to the recordings, so you can watch the webinars live or at your convenience.

    Location: Your place!

    Bookings essential: $80 Members, $115 Non-members

    Full program available here

  • External Tour - Wednesday 07 June 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
    Ralph's Millers Point Walking Tour

    Location: Leaves from Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $30 members, $45 non-members

    Walk in the steps of the convict stonemasons, millers, sea captains and merchants of Millers Point. See the history and hear the stories of Sydney’s colourful past.Walk starts with a lecture at Richmond Villa. Limit 15.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 08 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Back to basics 2: Stop procrastinating

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Pat Rogerson   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    More than a collection of names and dates, it is the stories behind them that make family history come alive - so stop procrastinating and start writing NOW. Pat, a published author, will show you how she does it.

  • Lecture - Thursday 15 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Untying the knot: Divorce records in the NSW State Archives

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: NSW State Archives   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    This session will cover the vast array of records concerning divorce held as NSW State Archives. It will not only highlight the divorce case papers, but will also look at related records such as Court Reporting Office transcripts and Judges’ notebooks.

  • Library Tour - Saturday 17 June 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where do I start at the SAG library?

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Free to members, but bookings are essential

    Get an overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research? Limit 10.

  • Lecture - Saturday 17 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    What does that say? Tips for reading old handwriting (Australia)

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Marilyn Rowan   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Marilyn Rowan has been deciphering old handwriting for over 30 years. She has been an Approved NSW BDM Transcription Agent for the last 22 years, transcribing nearly half a million records over that time. Along the way, she has decoded the many and varied quirks in 19th and 20th century certificates, along with other documents from earlier periods. Benefit from her knowledge as you gain some hands-on experience at interpreting what can sometimes feel like a foreign language!

  • Webinar - Saturday 17 June 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Aboriginal people in government records

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kim Katon   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Governments were obsessive with keeping records about Aboriginal people and many of these records survive. They not only reveal the discrimination Aboriginal people have endured, but they are also a valuable resource for tracing Aboriginal family history. This session will cover the types of records created, where they are stored and how to access them.

  • Webinar - Wednesday 21 June 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
    Finding and using German records

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Lacopo   Bookings essential: $12, members only

    Many of us have German-speaking European ancestors but are afraid to tackle the next step. Your lecturer will show examples of German church records, how to decipher them and how to overcome the fear of German script.

  • Lecture - Thursday 22 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    The people of Millers Point, 1880-1930

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Gail Davis   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Presented by SAG and the Royal Australian Historical Society

    This presentation will explore the lives of those who made their homes in Millers Point in the fifty year period between 1880 and 1930. It will explore a range of sources from the NSW State Archives.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 23 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Using the electronic resources in the SAG library

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Lorraine Brothers   Bookings essential: $22 members only (special price)

    Did you know that the SAG library has a lot of resources in electronic format? Find out how to access such things as parish registers, family histories, cemetery records, funeral directors’ records, AGCI, journals, government gazettes, police gazettes and many more. Limit 14.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 24 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Beverly Hyssett   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Discover ways to maximise the benefits of this family history software program. Learn from others, share tips and ask questions.

July 2017
  • Lecture - Saturday 01 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Local history, local places

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: Angela Phippen and Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Learn ways to find out what was happening in the local area when your ancestors lived there, where to locate local histories and maps, and how to incorporate these histories and maps into your family history.

  • Lecture - Thursday 06 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Getting the most out of your SAG membership

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $10 members, $20 non-members

    Discover the benefits you receive as a SAG member, with tips for accessing special deals and services. Find out what’s new and what’s hidden in the basement.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 07 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Getting the best from TROVE

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jenny Higgins   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    The National Library of Australia has a vast database of online resources that could hold clues for your genealogy. Learn tips for searching newspapers; how to download copies; add tags and comments, and create lists. Limit 14.

    An afternoon session will be run if there are sufficient bookings. Place your name on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if an afternoon session is to go ahead.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 07 July 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Hands On @379 - Getting the best from TROVE

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jenny Higgins   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    The National Library of Australia has a vast database of online resources that could hold clues for your genealogy. Learn tips for searching newspapers; how to download copies; add tags and comments, and create lists. Limit 14.

  • Lecture - Saturday 08 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    GENUKI

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    GENUKI is an important online reference library and web directory for UK and Ireland. Find out what it contains and get tips on how to use it.

  • Webinar - Monday 10 July 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    DNA: I've done my test, what's next?

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    This session discusses how to start using DNA test results to make contact with others and start looking for living relatives. It is recommended that webinar attendees listen to DNA Key Concepts (Veronica Williams, 30 March) and Introduction to DNA Testing (Louise Coakley, 10 May) before listening to this webinar.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Back to Basics 3: Inserting photos

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Alison Meldrum   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Enhance your story with photos and scanned documents - see how to insert them into text, resize and caption them, move and keep them with related text.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 14 July 2017 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Brick wall clinic - Australia

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    By appointment, between 10am and 4pm   Bookings essential: $25, members only

    Get one-on-one help with your Australian family history brick wall. Appointments will be for 1.5 hours and include a half-hour consultation to analyse your problem and create a draft research plan, followed by one hour of one-on-one guided research in the SAG library (online and/or in SAG collections).

    Book online and you will then be allocated an appointment time. Attendees will be provided a template to submit a description of their problem prior to the day.

    Bookings close 4pm, 6th July.

  • Webinar - Tuesday 18 July 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Guide to Australian BDMs

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Save yourself a lot of time and money with this overview of records of births, deaths and marriages around Australia, the types of information you can find and costs of obtaining copies.

  • Day Course - Saturday 22 July 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    The basics of English research

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Pauline Kettle and Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

    If you are just starting out researching your English ancestors or need a refresher course about where and how to find the essential sources, this day is for you. Full program will be on the SAG website.

  • Hands On Session - Friday 28 July 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 - Using Excel for family history

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    Excel is a great tool for organising, analysing and presenting vast quantities of information, which makes it great for family history. Some prior knowledge of Excel is assumed, as the session will not cover the basics. Limit 14.

August 2017
  • Webinar - Tuesday 01 August 2017 - Tuesday 31 October 2017 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - August-October 2017

    Only available until 7 August 2017.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between August-October, either live or by watching the recording later.  You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link. And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 5  for the price of 4.***  The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Hoosier Daddy? social media, 23 Aug matinee
    • British criminal records, 4 Sept
    • Researching Australian military, 12 Sept
    • The Biographical Database of Australia, 16 Oct
    • High definition ancestry DNA testing by Living DNA, 26 Oct

    *** You will also be automatically booked into Handing on your family history (9 August), which is a free webinar for Family History Month

    Please note the Season Ticket does not cover virtual events or webfests - these have to be booked separately.

  • External Tour - Wednesday 02 August 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    An archaeological ramble 'round The Rocks

    Location: Meeting place to be advised

    Tour leader: Dr Wayne Johnson, Archaeologist and curator at the Rocks Discovery Museum   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    This walk will start with a lecture, then a walking tour taking in sites that have undergone archaeological investigations in the last 25 years, dating from the establishment of the Colony in 1788 to Federation in 1901.

    A reasonable level of fitness is required, as some stairs may be involved.

  • Day Course - Saturday 05 August 2017 10:30am - 03:30pm
    Introduction to building your research skills

    Location: State Archives, 161 O'Connell Street Kingswood (more information here)

    This is a joint event with the Royal Australian Historical Society

    Presenters: Martyn Killion, Terry Kass, Naomi Perry and Christine Yeats   Bookings essential: $55

    Agenda: Searching State Archives’ website and online indexes; Getting to know the LPI (Land, Property & Information) kiosks in the State Archives Reading Room; Research ethics and the online environment; Tips on organising your research.

    **Registrations are closed on the SAG site. All bookings are now being taken by the Royal Australian Historical Society. Book HERE.

  • Webinar - Wednesday 09 August 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
    Handing on your family history - Free webinar

    Location: Your place!

    Presenters: Heather Garnsey & Ralph Hawkins   Free for Family History Month and open to SAG members and non-members, but bookings are essential

    The Society welcomes donations of family histories and items for its collections, to help preserve them and to help others with their research. This free webinar will examine the types of items that the Society accepts and how to prepare your materials for donation.

  • Library Tour - Thursday 10 August 2017 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free library tour - Where do I start at the SAG library?

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Free to members but bookings are essential

    Get an overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour & do some research?

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 10 August 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - The writing process

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: David Hunt   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    ‘Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia’ won the Indie Non-Fiction Award in 2014. Hear how the author went about incorporating humour with history when writing it and last year’s sequel, ‘True Girt’.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 12 August 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker - AM session

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 12 August 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Family Tree Maker - PM session

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

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

  • Lecture - Thursday 17 August 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Introduction to WordPress blogging

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Geneablogging is an excellent platform for sharing family stories and documenting your research journey. In this session, Jill Ball will guide participants in using free Wordpress.com software to set up a family history blog/website.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 19 August 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    TMG Group - GEDSITE

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor:  Bruce Fairhall  Presenter: John Cardinal   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Guest speaker John Cardinal from the USA: John has developed a program call GEDSITE, which compiles a customisable web site or writes HTML files on CD/DVD, using a GEDCOM file as the input data. Programs that can write a GEDCOM or use GEDCOM as their native file format will work with GEDSITE.

    NB. This topic will be of interest to all software users, not just those using TMG. The speaker is presenting remotely from the US via webinar. If you register and pay, you will receive the recording even if you do not attend on the day.

  • Webinar - Wednesday 23 August 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
    Hoosier Daddy? social media

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Lacopo   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    The digital age has changed the face of genealogy, but there is more power to be unleashed beyond just scanning websites for data. Hone your skills as a writer, tell stories, compile your genealogy, share with others, and allow others researching the same families to find you. Take a journey with your lecturer into the blogosphere and learn how this resource can be means to breaking down your brick walls.