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11 May 2017
  • 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.

20 July 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Thursday 20 July 2017 - Friday 20 July 2018
    Webinar recording - DNA: I've done my test, what's next?

    If you missed this webinar on 10 July, 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.

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   

    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.

01 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.

23 August 2017
  • Webinar recordings - Wednesday 23 August 2017 - Sunday 31 December 2017 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Webinar recording - TMG Group, Gedsite

    This is a recording of a presentation by John Cardinal to the TMG Group in August 2017. 

    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.

    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 31 December 2017.

28 September 2017
  • Lecture - Thursday 28 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Preparing for a visit to 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

    If you are coming along to the reading room at the Western Sydney Records Centre Kingswood on 18 October you should attend this session. It will show you how to search the guides, finding aids and website, how to place pre-orders and make the most of your time at Kingswood. The session will also be relevant for people who have not been to the State Archives before and want to prepare for a visit on their own time.

30 September 2017
  • Library Tour - Saturday 30 September 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 for SAG 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.

  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 30 September 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Autosomal DNA analysis and GEDmatch

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

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

    Hear from members about their research success and goals through case studies. Bring your one ‘burning’ question and work in groups to increase your knowledge of reports and tools available.

05 October 2017
  • Day Course - Thursday 05 October 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Maps Focus Day

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

    Presenters: Jeff Madsen, City of Sydney Archives   Bookings essential: $45 members, $70 non-members

    This day is all about how to use maps in your family history – from where to find them, copyright issues, the best format to use, how to insert them into your documents, analysing the evidence on maps, how to cite them and much more!

    Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch.

07 October 2017
  • Lecture - Saturday 07 October 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Primary sources for early Sydney

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

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

    Contemporary records such as letters and journals provide historical context about the lives of those living in early Sydney and if you are lucky they may mention your family. This session will examine some of the key sources and where you can find them.

12 October 2017
  • Courses - Thursday 12 October 2017 - Thursday 26 October 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Publishing workshop - 3 part course

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

    Presenter: Margaret Szalay   Bookings essential: $75 members, $110 non-members (One fee for three sessions)

    This is a three part course, on consecutive Thursdays (Part 1: 12th, Part 2: 19th and Part 3: 26th October).

    This course will cover: Writing your research/ memoir; preparing for printing/publication; formatting; book styles; using photos, maps & charts; indexing; cover design; registration; print specifications & quotes; marketing and more.

  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 12 October 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Back to basics 4

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

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

    Have too much information to put in your story? Think that something might be too technical and needs explaining? Well an Appendix could be just what you need. Come and hear an explanation of the 'ins 'n' outs' of Appendices and how they can help you.

14 October 2017
  • Lecture - Saturday 14 October 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Don't waste time! Getting and staying organised with your research

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

    Presenter: Jennie Fairs   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Every year most of us make at least one requisite New Year resolution. For those undertaking genealogy it is usually about getting more organised in chasing up our research or becoming better at organising our finds. The session will be examining aids that will help you organise your research.

16 October 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 16 October 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    The Biographical Database of Australia

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Flynn   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    The Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) is a research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times. This webinar will cover how to use newly added convict, muster and other records for Tasmania, Norfolk Island and New South Wales.

18 October 2017
  • External Tour - Wednesday 18 October 2017 08:00am - 04:00pm
    Visit NSW State Archives

    Location: Bus leaves from Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here), with a pick up at Strathfield Station.

    Bookings essential: $42 members only

    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 if you wish to participate in an optional 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.

    * NB Price includes bus transport to & from the archives. Pick up/drop off from 120 Kent Street or Strathfield train station.

26 October 2017
  • Webinar - Thursday 26 October 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    High definition ancestry DNA testing by Living DNA

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: David Nicholson, Living DNA (UK)   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the ultra-high definition methods that allow the team to not only pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK but also discover how you can explore your ancestry at different points in history. Discover how each wave of migration has affected your ancestors and understand how this tool is proving incredibly useful for family history research. During the webinar David will also address the important issue of privacy and security of your genetic information.

03 November 2017
  • Hands On Session - Friday 03 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379: Internet Archive

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

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    The Internet Archive is a huge maze of records and buried within various nooks and crannies are vaults of genealogy resources. As with other large sites and somewhat complex sites, these can be hard to navigate. Michelle will help you find ways within this maze and show you some computer tricks during this hands on workshop. Limit 14.

     

04 November 2017
  • Weekend seminar - Saturday 04 November 2017 - Sunday 05 November 2017 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Lost In - Photographs

    Location: NSW State Library, Sydney (more information here)

    Bookings essential: $120 members, $145 non-members

    Join us for two days of lectures to help you find, identify and preserve photographs for your family history.


    Hear about the history of photography in Australia, learn how to track down photos in the SAG’s collections and elsewhere, how to edit and restore photographs, and how to identify and date them.

    Full program here soon.

06 November 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 06 November 2017 - Wednesday 31 January 2018 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season ticket - November 2017 to January 2018

    Only available until 10am Monday 6 November 2017.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between November 2017 - January 2018, 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: 

    • Breaking through Scottish brick walls, 8 November
    • Beyond the British Census, 27 November
    • Breaking down brick walls in a creative way, 4 December
    • Irish records, beyond the obvious, 9 January
    • Rookwood stories from beyond the grave, 22 January

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

08 November 2017
  • Webinar - Wednesday 08 November 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
    Breaking through Scottish brick walls

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Christine Woodcock   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    When you come to what you think is a dead end or a ‘brick wall’ in your Scottish research, step back and take a better look at the documents and what they are telling you about your ancestors. This webinar is primarily for Scottish research after 1855. Christine is a Canadian genealogist who specialises in Scottish research.

09 November 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 09 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group: Remembrance Day

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

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

    Do you have an interesting war story to share? Write it up and bring it to our meeting, where you’ll have three minutes to read it to us. We promise we won’t judge.

11 November 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker 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 11 November 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    TMG Group

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

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

    This meeting is a ‘hands on’ and problem solving time. TMG users (The Master Genealogist) are asked to bring their queries and problems for discussion, and hopefully a solution, by the group.  If it is possible, bring your laptop so ideas can be shared during our time together.

15 November 2017
  • External Tour - Wednesday 15 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Waverley Cemetery tour

    Location: Meet at St Thomas and Trafalgar Streets Bronte

    Tour leader: Greg Ross   Bookings essential: $25 members, $30 non-members

    Enjoy a walk through this magnificent cemetery, visiting monuments of politicians, murder victims, authors, poets and criminals; including Dorothea Mackellar and Henry Lawson, Sir Francis Forbes, Lawrence Hargrave and Nosey Bob, the state’s executioner! Not suitable for those with mobility issues. Limit 15.

16 November 2017
  • Library Tour - Thursday 16 November 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, members only 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 and do some research?     Limit 10.

  • Lecture - Thursday 16 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    On the hunt for gold

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

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Did your ancestors seek their fortunes on the goldfields of Australia and New Zealand?  In this session, you will learn about the migration patterns of your fortune-seeking ancestors and discover resources to help track them down.

18 November 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 18 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    New Zealand Research Group: Finding your Irish ancestors in NZ and more

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

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

    Why and when did the Irish come to New Zealand and where did they settle? What resources are available to find out about their lives? Also what's new in NZ research? Bring along your NZ ‘brick walls’ to discuss. Join us after the session for lunch nearby.

23 November 2017
  • Lecture - Thursday 23 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Understanding and evaluating sources

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

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

    How do you know that the sources you are using for your family history are trustworthy and accurate? How can you extract the maximum information from a source and use it as evidence for your conclusions? How do you record information about the sources for analysis and citation purposes? This lecture will examine a variety of source types including books, manuscripts, maps, pictures and websites.

25 November 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 25 November 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group: 19thC publicans, victuallers, innkeepers & pub workers

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

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

    The English pub was a great watering hole to gain local gossip country wide. The talk will cover those who were licensees and workers, and where to locate records that may enhance the background of the life of an ancestor connected with this trade.  A good topic to bring you Christmas cheer!

27 November 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 27 November 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Beyond the British Census

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Myko Clelland   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Join Findmypast's British family historian Myko Clelland as we explore how we can go beyond core census records to go further back in time or replace missing records that keep telling our family story. Learn about the many other census surrogates created by our ancestors such as muster rolls, protestation returns, tax records, rate books, electoral and identity registers, trade directories and more - all the way back to the 1600s!

01 December 2017
  • Hands On Session - Friday 01 December 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379: PRONI

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

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

    The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. They date largely from c.1600 to the present day. Learn how to navigate this website and utilise its wonderful resources at this computer workshop. Limit 14.

02 December 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 02 December 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group: AncestryDNA

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

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

    Understand the advantages and limitations of testing at AncestryDNA.  Learn about using DNA Circles, New Ancestor Discoveries and unique ways to use your tree to advance your research.

  • DNA Advanced User Meetings - Saturday 02 December 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Advanced Users Meeting: Chromosome mapping

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

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

    For intermediate - advanced DNA researchers who understand the concepts of autosomal DNA research and are willing to contribute and help others. Some knowledge of spreadsheet use would be helpful.

    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 November. No payment is required until your place is confirmed by the Convenor.

04 December 2017
  • Webinar - Monday 04 December 2017 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Breaking down brick walls (in a creative way)!

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kirsty Gray   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    How many brick walls are there in your family history? Have you ever tried breaking them down by looking more widely at the surname causing your problems.... Well, join Kirsty Gray, Chair of The Surname Society, who will share some tips and tricks for searching!

07 December 2017
  • Lecture - Thursday 07 December 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Burials in Sydney 1788-1820

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

    Presenter: Cathy Dunn   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Learn about the history of the Old Sydney Burial Ground (today the Sydney Town Hall) and the discovery of its graves and headstones. Who is buried there - from convicts to free settlers and members of the NSW Corps. Historian Cathy Dunn will take you back in time and review the records and sources of deaths and burials.

08 December 2017
  • External Tour - Friday 08 December 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Tour - Australian National Maritime Museum and Library

    Location: Meet at Darling Harbour Sydney (more information here)

    Bookings essential: $36 members, $26 concession holders  (Enter the word Concession to obtain this discount in the appropriate field)

    Gain a new perspective on the immigration experiences of your ancestors with a guided tour of the Permanent Galleries followed by a visit to the Vaughan Evans Library where Library staff will reveal resources which may assist your research. Price includes the Big Ticket, which means you can also visit the special exhibitions and explore the vessels. Limit 15.

09 December 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Saturday 09 December 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

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

    Convenor: Beverley 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.

  • Lecture - Saturday 09 December 2017 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Connection to your European ancestors through DNA

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

    Presenter: David Nicholson, Living DNA   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    The majority of those who have tested their DNA are in the United States. Living DNA is the only European headquartered global DNA testing firm. The result is an increasing number of people being tested in Europe who are ready to connect to their cousins. Discover what is possible, the unique challenges with connection to European cousins and how Living DNA is helping address these.

14 December 2017
  • Research/Software Group - Thursday 14 December 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group: Back to basics 5 - Abbreviations, apostrophes and more!

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

    Presenter: Helen Patterson   Bookings essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Do you know when to use ‘its’ and when ‘it's’ is correct? Should numbers always be written as words? When are italics appropriate? Find out answers to these and other tricky grammar questions.

09 January 2018
  • Webinar - Tuesday 09 January 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Irish records: Beyond the obvious

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Roz McCutcheon, Irish Genealogical Research Society   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    After a brief summary of the best-known records, Roz will describe a host of lesser-known sources, coming up with novel solutions to break down the dreaded ‘brick walls’ in Irish genealogy. Following a brief foray into Irish history, pointing out some events which had great influence on the lives of ordinary people, Roz will examine the cases of several different families, mainly in the early 19th century, showing how a different approach can yield dividends in research.

11 January 2018
  • Lecture - Thursday 11 January 2018 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 (special price)

    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.

13 January 2018
  • Library Tour - Saturday 13 January 2018 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, members only 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

  • Lecture - Saturday 13 January 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    40 Years of family history

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

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

    Join our President, Martyn Killion as he reflects on 40 years of his own family history adventure. Hear about the lessons learnt and the tips and tricks along the way that will help you with your own research.

18 January 2018
  • Lecture - Thursday 18 January 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Maps and chaps - Researching people and places online from Land and Property Information, NSW

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

    Presenter: Terry Kass   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    Property research starts with a map but family history starts with an index. Land title records not only record property details. People, families and businesses can be traced through them. Many of these records are now online. Historian Terry Kass will demonstrate the range of records available to family historians on their home computer.

19 January 2018
  • Hands On Session - Friday 19 January 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379: Irfanview

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

    Presenter: Alison Wolf   Bookings essential: $35 members, $50 non-members

    Learn how to edit photographs and other images with this free program. Limit 14.

20 January 2018
  • Lecture - Saturday 20 January 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals

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

    Presenter: Melissa Hulbert   Bookings essential: $22 members, $35 non-members

    This session will cover the fundamental skills required to research your family history, such as getting started, charting a tree, planning your research, citing sources and more. It will suit both beginners and those who have been researching for a while but need guidance about ways to make their research more effective.

22 January 2018
  • Webinar - Monday 22 January 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Rookwood stories from beyond the grave

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $12 members only

    Gravestones and headstones are wonderful memorials and a great source of genealogical information. But what other sources are there? SAG Archives Officer Ralph Hawkins shares stories from beyond the grave, focusing on Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney’s largest suburban cemetery.