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01 November 2018
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    Webinar - Thursday 01 November 2018 - Thursday 31 January 2019
    Webinar season ticket - Nov 2018 to Jan 2019

     

    Only available until 10am Tuesday 13 November.

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between November-January, 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. Each season you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get six webinars for the price of five, saving $12.

    The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • House names as war memorials - Angela Phippen, 14 Nov (matinee)
    • Your Tasmanian connection, using the Tasmanian Names Index - Anthony Black, Libraries Tasmania, 21 Nov (matinee)
    • Where there's a will, there's often confusion (UK) - Heather Garnsey, 5 Dec
    • Commemorating the missing (DNA) - Michelle Patient, 11 Dec
    • From wattle to shamrock - Pauleen Cass, 15 Jan
    • The Genealogist (UK) - Rosemary Kopittke, 21 Jan
15 November 2018
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    Lecture - Thursday 15 November 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals

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

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    This session focuses on 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.

    Suitable for beginners

17 November 2018
  • Lecture - Saturday 17 November 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Spotlight on the SAG collections - Quong Tart

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Quong Tart was born in China in 1850. He is famous for his chain of tea houses and restaurants in Sydney, but he also made other contributions to local communities and Australia generally. Find out more about the SAG’s Quong Tart collection and also how the SAG collections can help your family history research.

    Suitable for all skill levels

21 November 2018
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    Webinar - Wednesday 21 November 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
    Your Tasmanian connection - using the Tasmanian Names Index

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Anthony Black, Libraries Tasmania   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    The Tasmanian Names Index gives access to over 900 000 records across many different areas, the majority of them online. They cover things like BDM, inquests, convict records, court records and much more. Learn how to use this wonderful resource for your family history.

    Suitable for all skill levels

22 November 2018
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    Day Course - Thursday 22 November 2018 10:30am - 03:30pm
    World War I Focus Day

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

    Presenters: Jeff Madsen and NSW State Archives   Bookings essential: $50 members, $65 non-members

    Explore the records that will help you research this important period in history. Share stories of those who fell and those who lost loved ones. Full program will be available on the SAG website.

    Suitable for all skill levels

    This event has been cancelled.

24 November 2018
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    Library Tour - Saturday 24 November 2018 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Richmond Villa Tour - What's in the SAG MIDAS collection (primary records)?

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

    Free for SAG members, but but bookings are essential

    The SAG MIDAS collection has a wide range of primary records such as manuscripts, photos, diaries and family histories – many of which are not held anywhere else! Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Limit 10.

    Suitable for all skill levels

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 24 November 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - Gilding the lily?

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

    Convenor: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Information on documents may not always be accurate and certainly misleading. Was it a mistake, a misinterpretation of the question or information given, bending the truth a little or just an outright lie? The talk will cover the various reasons and how to try and unravel these inaccuracies.

    Suitable for all skill levels

30 November 2018
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    Hands On Session - Friday 30 November 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 Ancestry

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

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Join this computer session for tips and tricks to using Ancestry to find people and records. Limit 14.

    Suitable for beginners

01 December 2018
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    Lecture - Saturday 01 December 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Your house and its history

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

    Presenter: Sharn White   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    This talk will lead you through the many resources available to research a house. We will focus its context (age and purpose), setting (including the land history), style and the people who owned it and who lived in it. Bring to light the stories your house can reveal when you understand it as a fascinating historical document of the past and the changes that occur through time.

    Suitable for all skill levels

05 December 2018
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    Webinar - Wednesday 05 December 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Where there's a will, there's often confusion

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Finding a will in England and Wales is not always easy. While the system is simplified after 1858 it can still be a minefield for the uninitiated. Join Heather Garnsey as she helps beginners navigate through the complexities of post 1858 probate records and discusses where to look for wills and associated documents. 

    Suitable for beginners

06 December 2018
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    Lecture - Thursday 06 December 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Check out the neighbours

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

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Looking at the local history resources that describe where our ancestors lived (and what happened nearby) provides insights that contribute to our understanding of our family’s history.

    Suitable for all levels

07 December 2018
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    Hands On Session - Friday 07 December 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 Family tree DNA

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

    Presenter: Mel Hulbert   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    This computer session is for people who have already had a DNA test with Family Tree DNA and need help using the tools on that website to analyse their test results. Limit 14.

    Suitable for beginners

11 December 2018
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    Webinar - Tuesday 11 December 2018 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Commemorating the missing

    Location: Your place!

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

    This webinar examines a global volunteer project to "plant" genealogy tree and DNA information for those who served in the Great War whose bodies have yet to be recovered. The project aims to create a resource to assist in identifying remains found on the battle fronts.

    Suitable for all skill levels

12 December 2018
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    External Tour - Wednesday 12 December 2018 09:00am - 10:30am
    Quay and Rocks Walking Tour

    Location: Commencing at Circular Quay, Sydney

    Presenter: SAG   Bookings essential: $25 members, $35 non-members

    Hear stories of the people, the places, and the buildings of Circular Quay and The Rocks. This is a walking tour and is not suitable for the less mobile. Wear suitable clothing and bring a hat. Limit 15.

    Suitable for all skill levels

13 December 2018
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 December 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Croker Prize entries

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

    Convenor: Lilian Magill   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    For those who entered this competition, this is a chance to present your story to the group and tell us why you choose that person to write about. Please let the co-ordinator know if you wish to present so that we will have a spot for you.  lhabberton2000@yahoo.com.au

    Suitable for all skill levels

     

15 December 2018
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 15 December 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group AM session - Autosomal tools

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

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    DNA Painter - the online tool for chromosome mapping

    This session will explore the features offered by DNA Painter, a fabulous user friendly resource that helps you make sense of your DNA results. This includes the shared cMs tool, chromosome mapping and ‘what are the odds’. We will also look at and compare the new Charting Companion tool for the Maguire Method. 

    This session is suitable for intermediate DNA researchers. These sessions focus on the application of a range of DNA tools in practice, so participants need to understand basic DNA concepts.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 15 December 2018 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group PM session - Advanced users

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

    Presenters: Veronica Williams and Gail Bryant     Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    The discussion topic will be Visual Phasing. The session will discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using Visual Phasing to advance your DNA research. Some pre work is required to ensure effective discussion and will be distributed upon registration. 

    This session is suitable for advanced DNA researchers. It is a discussion group and participants are generally required to undertake preparation work.

     

10 January 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 10 January 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Getting your DNA organised with Genome Mate Pro

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

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    This is an introductory session which will outline the capabilities of the software program Genome Mate Pro in helping to manage your DNA data, including match lists, pedigrees, chromosome segment analysis and communications. This is a stand-alone session, but a series of webinar workshops is being planned for later in 2019 and attendance at this workshop would be an advantage.

    Suitable for intermediate skill level

12 January 2019
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    Library Tour - Saturday 12 January 2019 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 & do some research? Limit 10.

    Suitable for beginners

15 January 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 15 January 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    From Wattle to Shamrock

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Pauleen Cass   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Pauleen Cass will discuss strategies to use Australian records to learn more about your Irish immigrant ancestor’s place of origin. Our ultimate goal is to determine the townland where they lived before emigrating. This provides the bridge to a variety of Irish sources which can tell you more about their lives in Ireland.

    Suitable for beginners

18 January 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 18 January 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 - Electronic resources

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

    Presenter: Lorraine Brothers   Bookings essential: $25 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 when you visit 2/379 Kent Street. Limit 14.

    Suitable for all skill levels

19 January 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 19 January 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software Group

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

    Convenor: Beverly Hyssett   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

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

    Suitable for all skill levels

21 January 2019
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    Webinar - Monday 21 January 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    The Genealogist (UK)

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Rosemary Kopittke   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    TheGenealogist.co.uk has many great records to offer – tithe apportionments and maps, the 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey, parish registers, official non-conformist registers, PCC Wills and images, electoral rolls, poll books, and much more. It also has some innovative search options which can help break down your brickwalls!

    Suitable for all skill levels

25 January 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 25 January 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 Ancestry DNA

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

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Join us for a Hands On Computer session at the library. This session is ONLY for people who are already working with AncestryDNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. Limit 14.

    Suitable for all skill levels. Beginners welcome.

31 January 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 31 January 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Google Drive

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

    Presenter: Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Join Jill Ball to explore how you can use Google Drive's free suite of tools for your genealogy activities. You will learn how to access and set up Google Drive's components to store, collaborate, share and organise your genealogy files and research. 

    Suitable for all skill levels

01 February 2019
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    Webinar recordings - Friday 01 February 2019 - Sunday 30 June 2019
    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.

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    Webinar recordings - Friday 01 February 2019 - Sunday 30 June 2019
    Webinar recording - DNA Research, Key concepts

    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.

    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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    Webinar recordings - Friday 01 February 2019 - Sunday 30 June 2019 10:30am - 10:30pm
    Webinar recording: Backing up your research

    This is a recording of a webinar by Michelle Patient in January 2017.

    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.

    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.

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    Webinar recordings - Friday 01 February 2019 - Sunday 30 June 2019 10:30am - 10:30pm
    Webinar recording: The Society of Genealogists (UK) at a Distance

    This is a recording of a webinar by Else Churchill from 17 January 2017.

    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.

    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.

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    Webinar recordings - Friday 01 February 2019 - Tuesday 30 June 2020
    Webinar recording: Finding and Using German Church Records

    This is a recording of a webinar by Michael Lacopo from June 2017.

    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.

    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.

     

11 February 2019
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    Webinar recordings - Monday 11 February 2019 - Sunday 30 June 2019 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.