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2019
August 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 20 August 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Fantastic German Church Books and where to find them

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Ben Hollister   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    If your ancestors came from the former German Empire and its predecessor states, the Church Book is the key to tracing your family (often back to the 16th century!).

    This webinar will explain what you can expect to find in a record at different times and places, which repositories hold which records, and how to access those repositories.

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    Webinar - Tuesday 20 August 2019 - Thursday 31 October 2019 08:00pm - 05:00pm
    Webinar season ticket - August to October 2019

    Only available until Monday 19 August

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between Aug-Oct, 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 season ticket does not include the webinar course on Genome Mate Pro.)

    The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Why should I test my DNA, Michelle Patient (pre-recorded. link provided upon purchase of season ticket)
    • Fantastic German church books and where to find them, Ben Hollister, 20 August
    • Enhance your genealogy research with Facebook, Jill Ball, 9 September
    • Four sources for New Zealand family history, Fiona Brooker, 24 September
    • Have you finished your family history?, Danielle Lautrec, 17 October
    • Biographical Database of Australia, Michael Flynn, 21 October
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    Lecture - Thursday 22 August 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Problem solving using timelines and mind-mapping

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

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

    Learn how to make sense of those family history puzzles using two helpful techniques of timelines and mindmapping. This will be a practical session, so bring your problems along!

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 24 August 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group – London’s markets

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

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

    Markets around in London from the early 1200s onwards were generally established close to church grounds, but the biggest development of larger and more specialised markets was around 1800 onwards.

    The development of these markets, the expansion of types of markets and how they affected the surrounding population will be included in the talk.

    This event has been cancelled.

September 2019
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    Library Tour - Wednesday 04 September 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 05 September 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Analysing DNA matches

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

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    There are so many techniques and tools out there to help us understand our DNA matches.

    In this session Michelle will talk about the process of analysing DNA matches, focussing on shared matches and clustering, and walk you through some of her favourite tools and ways of working with them.

    There will be plenty of time for questions and live demonstrations.

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    Webinar - Monday 09 September 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Enhance your genealogy research with Facebook

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Learn how to safely and securely use the many pages and groups on Facebook to learn of new resources, link up with distant cousins, gain advice from experts in your ancestors' localities, and share and discuss your findings.

    There is a huge generous community who are willing to help you on Facebook which is the 21st Century equivalent of the bulletin board.

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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 12 September 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Stories for Father’s Day

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

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

    Father, Dad, The Old Man, no matter what we call them, fathers are important. This month we celebrate Father’s Day with stories about our Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles or Stepdads.

    With three minutes to talk, tell us about him. Photos are welcome and please send them to lhabberton2000@yahoo.com.au

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    Lecture - Thursday 19 September 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Was your ancestor a blacksmith?

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

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    The blacksmith was a key tradesman in the cities and country towns, but it was the men trained in this trade that led the Industrial Revolution. Discover what a blacksmith did and who the allied tradesmen were.

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    Lecture - Thursday 19 September 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Tracing government employees

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

    Presenter: Suzanne Upton, NSW State Archives   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    From railways workers to office clerks, teachers to police officers - find out how official records at NSW State Archives can help track down the public servants and Government employees in your family tree.

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    Hands On Session - Friday 20 September 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? Have you explored them fully?

    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.

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    Lecture - Saturday 21 September 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Filling the gap in the middle – researching more recent generations

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

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    DNA has seemingly given us third and fourth cousins we never knew we had, but how do we work out where they fit into the family tree, especially when their names are unfamiliar to us?

    This session looks at how to track down more recent generations of a family and highlights records that give clues about those who have lived in the more recent past.

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    Webinar - Tuesday 24 September 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Four sources for New Zealand family history

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Fiona Brooker   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    You've checked the NZ births, deaths and marriages, now where? Fiona Brooker covers cemetery, probate, newspaper and immigration records for tracing your family with NZ links.

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    Day Course - Wednesday 25 September 2019 10:00am - 03:00pm
    Land Focus Day

    Location: NSW State Archives, Kingswood (more information here)

    Presenters: Jeff Madsen, Terry Kass, Emily Hanna   Bookings essential: $50 members, $65 non-members

    Join us for a series of presentations on researching the land of your ancestors, including pre-1856 land records, parish maps and more. Full program will be on the website.

October 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 03 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    The home curator

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

    Presenter: Gay Hendriksen   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Our family history is more than government records. Come and learn how to care for, interpret and write about your family collections. Bring your favourite item with you and share your stories.

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    Lecture - Thursday 03 October 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Ancestors in the news

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

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

    Newspapers can add historical context to the lives of our ancestors. As well as giving us a picture of the times in which our ancestors lived they may report on events in addition to BDMs.

    In this session we will examine newspaper collections from Australia and overseas, and discuss accessing and using the findings in our research.

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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 10 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group – Treasures of MIDAS

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

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

    Several members will show the way items in the Society’s Manuscript and Image Collection (often referred to by the catalogue name, MIDAS) can enhance our family history or lead to interesting discoveries.

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    Webinar - Thursday 17 October 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Have you finished your family history?

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $12, as a special deal this webinar is available to both members and non-members

    Donating your family history to the Society of Australian Genealogists is a great way to preserve your work and help others with their research, but you do not have to wait until you are finished with it! You could donate now. Find out what the Society accepts, how it is made accessible to researchers, how to organise your materials for donation.

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    Library Tour - Saturday 19 October 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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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 19 October 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.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 19 October 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group – Beginners

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

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands   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.

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    Webinar - Monday 21 October 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Biographical Database of Australia

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Michael Flynn   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Find out what the Biographical Database of Australia holds and how it can help your family history research. Get an update on newly added content, such as immigration records.

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    External Tour - Wednesday 23 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Waverley Cemetery Tour

    External tour: Meet at St Thomas & Trafalgar Streets, Bronte 

    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, the magnificent Irish Monument to the 1789 rebellion and Nosey Bob, the State’s executioner! Not suitable for people with mobility issues. Limit 15

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 26 October 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group – Intermediate

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

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

    Confirming DNA matches through triangulation. We will explore the different ways to use the tools on each of the main testing sites – FTDNA, My Heritage, 23andMe, GEDmatch and DNAGedcom. Suitable for intermediate DNA researchers.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 26 October 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group – Advanced

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

    Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Learnings from ‘DNA Down Under’. What changes do we need to make in our research? Are there important issues that we need to input into our 2020 agenda?

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    Webinar - Tuesday 29 October 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Genome Mate Pro webinar course

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $35, Members only (fee is for 3 parts)

    This is a 3-part webinar course. Part 1 = 29 October, Part 2 = 12 November, Part 3 = 26 November

    This is an online discussion to learn about using Genome Mate Pro. The discussion will be facilitated by Veronica and participants are expected to have watched YouTube videos and other materials such as the DNA Geek blog. Internet, headphones and microphone are required.

    Part 1 - Help, Options, Creating Profiles and introduction to Data Imports

    Part 2 - Data Imports revision, allocating sides, defining segments to ancestors

    Part 3 - Chromosome analysis, Segment Maps Links to the YouTube videos and other material will be provided to registrants.