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01 February 2019
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    Webinar - Friday 01 February 2019 - Tuesday 30 April 2019 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - February to April 2019

    Only available until 4 February.

    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 6  for the price of 5. The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • British Newspaper Archives, Aoife O'Connor, 5 February
    • Double helix history, Jerome de Groot, 27 February
    • Oops, I wish I'd checked the original, Angela Phippen, 8 March
    • Using Wikitree for DNA and projects, Veronica Williams, 25 March
    • UK wills and probate before 1858, Heather Garnsey, 9 April
    • Tracing the origins of Chinese Australian ancestors, Kate Bagnall, 15 April

27 March 2019
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    External Tour - Wednesday 27 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Ralph's Millers Point walking tour

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

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $25 members, $35 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.

30 March 2019
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    Day Course - Saturday 30 March 2019 10:00am - 01:00pm
    DNA Beginners Drop In

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

    Bookings encouraged, but are not essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Volunteers from SAG’s DNA Research Group will be running Help Desks to answer your beginner DNA questions. Assistance may be individual or in small groups depending on numbers. There are no lectures. If you require one on one assistance, please consider booking a DNA consultation with us for another day.

    Arrive anytime between 10am and 1pm, and stay as long as you like until 1pm.

04 April 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 04 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Scrapbooking for family history

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

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

    Scrapbooks are a fun and engaging way to record your family history and share it with family and friends. In this session we will examine scrapbooks from the SAG collection and other examples, and discuss the methods and tools you need to create your own family history scrapbook. If you already have a scrapbook about your family, bring it along!

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    Lecture - Thursday 04 April 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Framed and despatched: The AJCP and the pictures collection of the State Library of NSW

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

    Presenters: David Berry and Kathi Spinks, State Library of NSW   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a rich source of information for family historians researching the colonial period yet it remains an under-utilised resource. This session will pinpoint the records of interest to family historians and demonstrate how to access the information. The full range of finding aids including database access to digitised records will be covered.

    The State Library of NSW has an extensive collection of pictures which can be invaluable to a family historian. In this session you’ll learn how to search and access pictures in the Library catalogue, and also find out what is available to view in our new galleries.

05 April 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 05 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 GEDmatch

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

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    GEDmatch is a (mostly free) website providing tools for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA and want to be able to find relatives and identify relationships, with those who have tested at any of the main testing companies. Note: Attendees MUST have already loaded their DNA results into GEDmatch. Limit 14

06 April 2019
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    Library Tour - Saturday 06 April 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

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    Lecture - Saturday 06 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    familysearch.org - live demonstration

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

    Presenter: Vicki Eldridge   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    This large website is a must for all family historians. If you use it but feel you're only scratching the surface, or have never used it before, this could be of great interest to you. Records, searches, and results - it's what we all want!

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    Lecture - Saturday 06 April 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Mapping your ancestors

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

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Show – don’t tell!!

    Replace lengthy descriptions of places with a simple map and improve your family stories. Using maps will give a sense of place and the setting of your family story. Maps can show the family’s position in the world, their local environment and the path of their travels.

    Learn about maps using different content, sources of maps for you to use and displaying your ancestors lives using Google Maps that can then be shared with others.

    NB This event was advertised in the printed program as Sat 13 April 12.30pm-12.30pm, but had to be rescheduled due to the presenter's other commitments.

09 April 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 09 April 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    UK wills and probate before 1858

    Location: Your place!

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

    Locating the will of an ancestor who died prior to 1858 can be complex and confusing. While online resources are giving researchers better access it can still be difficult to locate a will. Find out what PCC and PCY wills were, and get tips on where and how you might find an ancestor’s will if it wasn’t proven in either of those courts.   

11 April 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 11 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Same story, different audiences

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

    Presenter: Alison Meldrum   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Have a story you want to tell, to two different audiences?  Alison Meldrum will show how you can adapt your story, without losing any of the details.

12 April 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 12 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 FamilyTree DNA

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

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

    This session is ONLY for people who have undertaken an autosomal DNA test with FamilyTree DNA and want to learn more about analysing the test results. Beginners are welcome. Limit 14.

15 April 2019
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    Webinar - Monday 15 April 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Tracing the origins of Chinese Australian ancestors

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kate Bagnall   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    In this webinar University of Wollongong historian Dr Kate Bagnall looks at how to trace Chinese Australian ancestors back to China. It covers information such as: the origins and languages of early Chinese migrants to Australia; understanding Chinese Australian names; relevant records and how to find them; and making a 'roots searching' trip to China.

01 May 2019
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    Webinar - Wednesday 01 May 2019 - Wednesday 31 July 2019 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - May to July 2019

    Only available until Friday 3 May.

    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 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:

    • Tracking down your ancestors in Ireland, Pauleen Cass, 6 May
    • In the workhouse, Helen V Smith, 21 May
    • Using Excel for DNA, Danielle Lautrec, 18 June
    • TROVE - It's more than just newspapers, Heather Garnsey, 17 July
    • Not quite Quincy - Coroners' records in England, Helen V Smith, 24 July
02 May 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 02 May 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals - Getting started

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

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

    Just started your family history or need a refresher? This session will cover the principles of family history research, types of sources and repositories, charting, search techniques and research planning.

    Special discount offer: If you book for all three of the Family History Fundamentals lectures this quarter you pay only $60 members, $90 non-members. Book by phone or in person (not online) to receive this discount.

04 May 2019
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    Day Course - Saturday 04 May 2019 10:30am - 03:30pm
    Researching Scottish ancestors

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

    Presenters: Kerry Farmer, Philippa Garnsey and Margaret Neyle   Bookings essential: $50 members, $65 non-members

    Learn how to research your Scottish ancestors, using SAG’s holdings and online websites.

06 May 2019
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    Webinar - Monday 06 May 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Tracking down your ancestors in Ireland

    Location: Your place!

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

    You’ve identified who your Irish ancestors are and hopefully where they are from. Let’s take the journey back to Ireland to see how we may learn more about where they lived and a little more about their lives and kin.

08 May 2019
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    External Tour - Wednesday 08 May 2019 10:00am - 02:00pm
    Parramatta heritage walking tour

    Location: Leaves from Parramatta wharf

    Tour guide: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $40 members, $55 non-members

    Hear about the history and people as you walk through the open spaces of Parramatta, along the river, through the domain, through St John's Cemetery and back to Parramatta Railway Station. Bring own lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, camera and walking shoes.

09 May 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 09 May 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - 250 words, an exercise in cutting the waffle

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

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

    Write ONLY 250 words on a set topic and present it at the meeting. Topic, The Five Senses. In 250 words, paint a word picture, so that we can hear, see, smell, taste and feel, what you are describing.

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

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    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. Beginners are welcome. Limit 14

11 May 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 11 May 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group AM session

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

    Convenor: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 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 11 May 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Family Tree Maker User Group PM session

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

    Presenter: Larry Czarnik   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

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

18 May 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 18 May 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    New Zealand Research Group

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

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

    New Zealand Vital Records - Births Deaths and Marriages. Getting more from certificates and finding alternative sources. Find out what’s new in New Zealand research. Bring along any brick wall questions for discussion and join us for lunch afterwards.

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    Library Tour - Saturday 18 May 2019 01:00pm - 02:00pm
    Free Richmond Villa tour - What's in the SAG MIDAS collection (primary records)?

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

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Members only, free, 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. Why not stay on after the tour and do some research? Limit 10.

21 May 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 21 May 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    In the workhouse

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Helen V. Smith   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    The dreaded workhouse came into being in England due to the introduction of the New Poor Law legislation and the establishment of the Poor Law Unions in 1834.  Life in the workhouse was deliberately made to be as unpleasant as possible so that people didn’t think it was an easy option but instead a place of last resort and for many it became a final resting place. This has created a number of records of assistance to family historians.

23 May 2019
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    Library Tour - Thursday 23 May 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

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    Lecture - Thursday 23 May 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Dating photographs

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

    Presenter: Jenny Joyce   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Many of us have wonderful photos in our family collection. Sometimes we know the subject, and sometimes we only suspect we know the subject. Learning to date a photo can help to rule out a subject, or to provide supporting evidence that our guess may be correct. In this talk you will learn about the different types of photos and the periods in which they were produced, and other clues to help you assign a date to the photos.

25 May 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 25 May 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Beginners

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

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Learn the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results to help you understand how you relate to your matches. We will include a summary of basic DNA concepts and there will be plenty of time for questions.

01 June 2019
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    Virtual Weekend Seminar - Saturday 01 June 2019 10:00am - 01:30pm
    Lost In DNA Virtual - Stream 1, Bronze ticket

    Location: Your place!

    Join us for a weekend of webinars about using DNA testing in family history. The webinars are divided into three streams, based on skill level. You can purchase a ticket for one, two or all three streams.  

    This ticket is for Stream 1 (Bronze ticket): Held Saturday AM. Suitable for beginners. There will be three 45 minute webinars, about analysing matches, incorporating DNA evidence into your research, and ethnicity results.

    Presenters: Barbara McAlary, Michelle Patient (pre-recorded) and Mel Hulbert

    Bookings essential: $30 members, $40 non-members 

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    Virtual Weekend Seminar - Saturday 01 June 2019 02:00pm - 04:30pm
    Lost In DNA Virtual - Stream 2, Gold ticket

    Location: Your place!

    Join us for a weekend of webinars about using DNA testing in family history. The webinars are divided into three streams, based on skill level. You can purchase a ticket for one, two or all three streams.  

    This ticket is for Stream 2 (Gold ticket): Held Saturday PM. Suitable for advanced. There will be two one-hour webinars, about DNA Gedcom and phasing.

    Presenters: Helen V. Smith and Kerry Farmer

    Bookings essential: $20 members, $30 non-members 

02 June 2019
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    Virtual Weekend Seminar - Sunday 02 June 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Lost In DNA Virtual - Stream 3, Silver ticket

    Location: Your place!

    Join us for a weekend of webinars about using DNA testing in family history. The webinars are divided into three streams, based on skill level. You can purchase a ticket for one, two or all three streams.  

    This ticket is for Stream 3 (Silver ticket): Held Sunday. Suitable for intermediate. There will be six webinars, about ethics and legal issues, clusters, unknown parentage, chromosome mapping, and managing your data.

    Presenters:Judy Russell (pre-recorded), Shelley Crawford, Michelle Patient (pre-recorded), Sandra Gamble and Kerry Farmer

    Bookings essential: $70 members, $80 non-members 

06 June 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 06 June 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals - Analysing the evidence

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

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

    Just started your family history or need to develop your skills further? This session will cover tips and techniques for analysing sources and the information within them, and using that as evidence in your family history. It will include analysing handwriting, evaluating sources and problem solving.      

    Special discount offer: If you book for all three of the Family History Fundamentals lectures this quarter you pay only $60 members, $90 non-members. Book by phone or in person (not online) to receive this discount.

13 June 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 13 June 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Using humour when writing family history

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

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

    Christine will provide some definitions of humour and give some examples and will then share a couple of humorous stories that members have given her. If you have a humorous story you would like to share, bring it to the meeting.

15 June 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 15 June 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Legacy Software User Group

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

    Convenor: Beverley 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.

18 June 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 18 June 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Using Excel for DNA

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Learn how to use Excel to store information about your DNA matches, analyse the data, plan your DNA research and track your contact with matches.

20 June 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 20 June 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Using the National Archives of Australia

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

    Presenter: Brian Scales   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    National Archives is a rich source for family history, and not just for those family members who arrived in more recent years or served in the wars. Learn what’s available, including online, and how to access it.

21 June 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 21 June 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 MyHeritage DNA

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

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Join us for a Hands On Computer session at the library. Learn about using the MyHeritage website for analysing DNA test results. This session is ONLY for people who have either had their DNA tested with MyHeritage or have already uploaded their DNA results from another testing company. Limit 14.

29 June 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 29 June 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Intermediate Users

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

    Convenor: Veronica Williams  Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Be more productive in searching and analysing your DNA matches. We will explore the benefits of a range of available Chrome extensions tools and the impact of the recent AncestryDNA changes on those tools.  The benefits of GEDmatch phasing (parent/child) will also be discussed.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 29 June 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group - Advanced Users

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

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Exploring the “ethical framework” for genetic genealogy. DNA testing brings challenging issues and situations starting when we decide to take a test or ask someone to take a test.

04 July 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 04 July 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Family history fundamentals - documenting and presenting

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

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

    This session will cover tips and techniques for writing it up and sharing your family history with other researchers in a variety of forms, including charts, software, reports, books and online. It will also cover tips for making those dreaded source citations easier!

    Special discount offer: If you book for all three of the Family History Fundamentals lectures this quarter you pay only $60 members, $90 non-members. Book by phone or in person (not online) to receive this discount.

     

05 July 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 05 July 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @379 Gedmatch Genesis for beginners

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

    Presenter: Barbara McAlary   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Learn how the tools on GEDmatch can help you find more matches and better analyse your DNA data. Attendees must have already loaded their DNA raw data to www.gedmatch.com. Limit 14 

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    Hands On Session - Friday 05 July 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Hands On @379 Gedmatch Genesis, the next level

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

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Learn how the Tier 1 tools on GEDmatch can help you find more matches and better analyse your DNA data. Attendees must have already loaded their DNA raw data to www.gedmatch.com and have a current subscription to the Tier 1 tools. Limit 14.

06 July 2019
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    Library Tour - Saturday 06 July 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 and do some research? Limit 10.

11 July 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 11 July 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Double Agent Celery: MI5's Crooked Hero

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

    Presenter: Carolinda Witt   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    You never know what you will find when you go looking for relatives but imagine Carolinda’s surprise when her mystery grandfather turned out to be William Dicketts, MI5’s double agent ‘Celery’.

17 July 2019
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    Webinar - Wednesday 17 July 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    TROVE - It's more than just newspapers

    Location: Your place!

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

    Many of us know and love TROVE, but how many of us are really using it to its full potential? This webinar will look beyond the historical newspapers and instead deal with all the other great resources you’ll find on this great free site.

20 July 2019
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    Lecture - Saturday 20 July 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Digitising your family history

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

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Learn how to digitise your family history documents and photographs, the merits of different formats, resolution and other technical tips. Each attendee will have the opportunity to have up to four items digitised on the day. BYO items and a USB stick to save the images onto. Limit 10.

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    Lecture - Saturday 20 July 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Convicts: Before they came

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

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

    What do you know about your convict ancestors before they arrived in Australia? Discover what information can be found about their criminal convictions.

24 July 2019
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    Webinar - Wednesday 24 July 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Not quite Quincy: Coroners' records in England

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Helen V. Smith   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Coronial inquests were held when an accidental, suspicious or unnatural death occurred. The inquests can be a genealogical treasure trove with information about the deceased’s appearance, health, occupation, life and family relationships.

27 July 2019
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    Lecture - Saturday 27 July 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Assisted and bounty immigrants to Australia

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

    Presenter: Jenny Joyce   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Almost all of us in Australia have immigrant ancestors. Those who came of their own free will may have paid their full passage, but many of them were "Assisted" or "Bounty" Immigrants. Learn about the subtle differences for the many schemes that helped bring out people to settle in Australia.