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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

Limit 40 people. Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch.

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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.

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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.

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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 will be on the SAG website shortly.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.