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RESEARCH & SOFTWARE GROUPS


Anyone can attend our research and software groups, but members enjoy a discounted price. You do not need to 'join' a group - you just book for their meetings when you want to attend. Bookings are essential.

To find out when the groups are meeting next, see the Events Calendar or scroll to the bottom of this page. 

WRITING DISCUSSION GROUP

The Writing Discussion Group formed late in 2013 and meets on a regular basis at Richmond Villa, usually on the second Thursday morning of each month. Meetings consists of a presentation, show & tell, and an open forum for questions and comments.

This is a support/self-help group, not one for expert writers (although we do have a few published authors in our ranks). Our aim is to encourage members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for writing their family and local histories.

DNA RESEARCH GROUPS

The first SAG DNA Research Group was established in 2015 to assist Society members to increase their knowledge of DNA research. Since that time it has covered a variety of topics that set the foundation skills for group members. The Society has developed a range of activities aimed at the wide spectrum of needs, from those just wanting to know what DNA is all about, to the advanced user. We now have three DNA Research Groups – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

More information

Family Tree Maker Software Group

The FTM User Group meets to support those who use Family Tree Maker software to organize their genealogical research. The program was owned by Ancestry.com until March 2016 when it was taken over by Software MacKiev. The group is facilitated by volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences; everyone is welcome, whether you are a potential, new or long term user of FTM software.

  • At meetings there are presentations on techniques, tips, hints and experiences in using the many and varied features of the program.
  • On the FTM hub members can post questions, seek answers, make suggestions and obtain support.

At our meetings: presentations are made, discussions led, and time is dedicated to Q&A. These sessions are typically very interactive; questions can be asked and the facilitator or group can offer answers and suggestions. The focus is the current version of the software. However, users of older versions are welcomed and encouraged; every effort is made to answer questions within the context of the version to which the query relates.

On the FTM hub you can post questions for the wider group to offer answers, suggestions and support or simply read the posts of others. Previous Q&As on various topics can be searched. You can join by emailing your full name, SAG membership number and expiry date.

Legacy Software Group

The Legacy User Group is organised by volunteers who use Legacy Family Tree software and wish to share their knowledge and experience with others. Everyone is welcome whether a new or long term user of this family history software program. Even if you are just considering using Legacy you are welcome to come along.

The focus of the group is to give support to members using Legacy to enter and store family research. At meetings there are presentations on techniques, tips, and hints; all members of the group are encouraged to contribute information which could help others. Time is dedicated to beginners’ issues at the start of every meeting, and questions on installation can also be answered.

Sessions are typically very interactive and it is an advantage to bring along a laptop to follow along with the presentation if you have one. Regular meetings are scheduled and details can be found in the Events Calendar.

New Zealand Research Group

The New Zealand Research Group meets twice a year to assist members who are tracing their New Zealand ancestry. The convenor is Pauline Weeks and she can be contacted here


TMG Software Group

The Master Genealogist (or TMG) software allows family historians to fully customise data, reports and charts to suit their own requirements. It is very flexible and powerful, and is used by professional genealogists and beginners alike.

The aim of the TMG Sydney User Group is to allow members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for using TMG and related programs in their family history. Group members have different levels of experience with TMG, from many years through to complete novices.

The group runs a mailing list and website where questions can be asked and answered and external meetings organized. To join this mailing list please click here

As this software is no longer being developed and supported, the TMG group can assist you in deciding whether you should move your data across to a different program, as many of its members are currently making this decision.

The TMG group will not be meeting regularly in 2020. However details of any upcoming meetings will be listed here.

Image: Group of men at a party, SAG Manuscript and Image Collection, Item 5/10059


HERE IS A LIST OF THE NEXT GROUP MEETINGS:

Upcoming events

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 26
    Register

    Two workshops to be presented by group members on the use and customisation of TMG. Final details will be advised via the group list. Newcomers welcome.

    This will be an online session and will not be recorded, so you must attend live.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Bruce Fairhall

    • 25 Jul 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 84
    Register

    Learn the basic DNA concepts and the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results. This session covers a few basics and then looks at third party tools such as Gedmatch, DNA Painter and DNAGedcom. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    This is an online session.

    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Christine Woodlands    

    Note: Members need to be logged in to the site to make an event booking.

    • 1 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 30 Nov 2020
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 96
    Register

    Members can book a Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive four meetings at a discounted price of $40, saving $8. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are the morning and afternoon sessions on August 8 and November 14. 

    You can attend the meetings live or watch the recordings later. You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each session and send you the joining links. Bookings close 6 August.

    • 1 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 10 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 45
    Register

    Members can book a Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive five meetings at a discounted price of $50, saving $10. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 13 August, 17 September, 8 October, 12 November and 10 December. 

    You can attend the meetings live or watch the recordings later. You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each session and send you the joining links. Bookings close 11 August.

    • 8 Aug 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place!
    • 400
    Register

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

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 8 Aug 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place!
    • 400
    Register

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

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 400
    Register

    Board member and former convenor of the Croker Prize for Genealogy, Janette Pelosi will cover the editorial instructions which appear in each issue of Descent and discuss her experience as both a writer of content for Descent and as a proof-reader over many years. 


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 22 Aug 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 99
    Register

    Are you looking to break down a brick wall in your tree through DNA and don’t seem to be able to find a breakthrough? Our panel from the Advanced DNA group will examine 2-3 member case studies in the workshop and demonstrate tools that can be used to help. There will be time for questions about other challenges faced by participants and advice regarding possible strategies you can implement for your brick wall.

    This session will NOT be recorded, so you must attend live.

    Skill level: Intermediate     Convenor: Veronica Williams

     

    • 22 Aug 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 99
    Register

    The genealogical proof standard suggests five key points that need to be met when drawing conclusions about your research. When using genetic evidence how do you ensure you have met the standard? Does your analysis stand up to scrutiny? How do we validate our DNA conclusions? At what point can we consider our ‘hypotheses’ proof? Is it possible to draw any conclusions without detailed segment data? How do you ‘test’ your theories before indicating a MRCA is ‘DNA confirmed’.

    This session is a facilitated discussion on the issues and implications. It requires pre-work by participants that will be distributed before the meeting. Participants are encouraged to present a conclusion for critique at the meeting.

    This session will NOT be recorded, so you must attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced     Presenter: Michelle Patient

     

    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 400
    Register

    Robert Tickner will be talking about his book, Ten Doors Down: the story of an extraordinary adoption reunion. It is the story of a federal minister's remarkable reunion with his birth parents. You will get the most out of the session if you have read the book before the meeting. 


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Presenter: Robert Tickner

    • 8 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    Was your ancestor an Activist? Did she march with the Suffragettes? Campaign for better working conditions? Protest the Gold Licence fees? Tell us about them in a 3 minute story.


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    Receiving your DNA test results is an exciting time but that excitement can quickly turn to confusion. This session will look at some essential basics and then focus on test results and how to interpret the data so you can start finding those new cousins. We will also look at some of the tools to aid you in your DNA research.

    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Melissa Hulbert  

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 500
    Register

    Legacy Software group meetings provide opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of Legacy features and to share your Legacy experiences. If you are undecided about which family history software program to purchase come along and see what Legacy can offer you. Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec   

    • 7 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 500
    Register

    Topic to be advised closer to the date.


    Skill level: All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 400
    Register

    This session will examine how to write your DNA stories – share exciting discoveries, explain the DNA evidence, protect the privacy of the living and deal with uncovered secrets in a sensitive manner.  


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 400
    Register

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

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 400
    Register

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

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    Topic to be advised closer to the date


    Skill level: All     Convenor: Bruce Fairhall

    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 150
    Register

    Topic to be advised closer to the date.

    DNA sessions are not usually recorded and should be attended live.


    Skill level: Intermediate     Convenor: Veronica Williams

     

    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 150
    Register

    Topic to be advised, closer to the date.

    This session will NOT be recorded, so you must attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced     Presenter: tba

     

    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    The Last Full Stop. A discussion on what you do, once you have finished writing 'the book'. Looking at ideas on publishing. What to write next. This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

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