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sPECIAL INTEREST, 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. All our group meetings are currently virtual using the Zoom platform. Pre-registration is essential in order to receive the link to log into a meeting. If paying online via PayPal registration is available up until the time the meeting commences.

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

Information about new and revitalised CHINESE-AUSTRALIAN and SCOTTISH GROUPS coming soon!

CARIBBEAN RESEARCH GROUP

The Caribbean Research Group is for people researching family history with a connection to the Caribbean. A list of places within the Caribbean is available on the FamilySearch wiki.

The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Once you do this, you are then welcome to submit stories, articles, photos, or resources to be added to the group’s website. If you are not sure whether your material is suitable, contact us through the Contact page of the website.

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 two DNA Research Groups – Tools in practice for the intermediate level researcher and Research Discussion Group for those using advanced genetic genealogy techniques.

Click here to read information to assist you in deciding which DNA Group is right for you.

ENGLISH RESEARCH GROUP

The English Research Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from any of England's many counties, or just have a research interest in England. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!

The group is co-ordinated by Linda, Annesley and Diana. You can submit a question to the group in advance of a meeting by clicking here

Family Tree Maker USER Group

The FTM User Group meets to support those who use Family Tree Maker software to organise 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.

Our focus group supports members with two main initiatives.

1.      Meetings
These occur four times a year. Currently, these meetings are scheduled in February, May, August and November. These interactive meetings consist of presentations on techniques, tips, hints and experiences in using the many and varied features of the program. These are discussion-led sessions and there is plenty of time dedicated to questions and answers (Q&A).  The focus is on 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.

2.      Online discussion board
Access by invitation only (for security and privacy), members can post questions, seek answers, make suggestions and obtain support.  Fellow members can offer answers and suggestions based on their own experiences, or a member can simply read 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.

IRISH RESEARCH GROUP

The Irish Research Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from either    the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (maybe you have both) or just have a research interest      in an aspect of Irish records. Discuss research strategies and resources, swap ideas and knowledge.

This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group by attending any of our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!

Legacy Software Group

The Legacy User Group is for people 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 questions and discussion at  every meeting.

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


REUNION and MAC SUPPORT GROUP (RAMS)

Reunion is a great genealogy program for Mac users that allows you to easily document and display information about your family. It features a navigable graphic Tree View in the form of an hourglass or ancestor chart, allowing you to navigate to everyone in your tree. It also has a variety of visually appealing, high quality charts and other useful reports, and an outstanding help manual.

The group coordinators Danny O’Neill and Dale Fogarty aim to work collaboratively with its members on how to best use all the features of Reunion and how to resolve any Reunion or Mac-related issues that you may have. We would love to receive any topic suggestions or questions in advance by clicking here  to send an email to the coordinators. Please include your SAG membership number and expiry date of your membership in the email subject line.

Coordinators

Danny O’Neill is with the Canberra family history group FHACT (aka HAGSOC) convening the Digital Asset Management group (DAMSIG) and Reunion and Macintosh Support User Group (RAMSUG). Main interests are in photography, scanning and book designing, and struggles to maintain a large garden. He is retired from careers as a photographer and film archivist, and enjoys helping people where he can. He looks forward to working with Dale and the team in restarting the Reunion group that includes Mac related support, but is not an expert.

Dale Fogarty is a long-time user of Mac and Reunion, who is open to exchanging information and ideas to support our mutual enthusiasm for quality family history research, combining traditional genealogy and DNA approaches, and using a range of tools to organise, analyse and report findings. Dale enjoys working collaboratively, helping and learning from others. Dale is also the convenor of the Irish Interest Group at the Qld Family History Society.

SCOTTISH RESEARCH GROUP

     Cathie Sherwood and Diana Pecar coordinate this group which deals with all things Scottish          research! More information coming soon.

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 can be used by professional genealogists and beginners alike.

Unfortunately development and developer support ceased in 2014, but the software and licences are still available for purchase through an agent. There is a very active Australasian user group known as TMG DOWN UNDER, supported by a large world-wide email network, and associated software to produce GEDCOM, eBooks and websites from TMG data.

The aim of TMG DOWN UNDER is to allow members to exchange information, ideas, and techniques for using TMG and related programs in their family history, through monthly on-line workshops using ZOOM. Group members have different levels of experience with TMG, from many years through to complete novices.

The group operates an email List where questions can be asked and answered, and events publicised.  See the group website here for full information.

THE WRITING  GROUP

The Writing Group formed late in 2013 and meets on a regular basis via Zoom, 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.

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

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 195
    Register

    Topic:  Elizabeth Caplin; A Personal Journey/Memoir within a Family History


    Understanding the definitions of memoir, family history, personal journey, personal narrative, biography, autobiography and historical non-fiction will help you to decide your writing style to tell your story.

    Are you the narrator or are you the character in your book, or are you both?


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.


    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 495
    Register

    Topics: 

    (i) Settings and customising Legacy;

    (ii) Data entry

    (iii) Q&A

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Legacy Software Users 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.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec

     

    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later. 

    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 297
    Register

    Topic:  Working with Sources and Citations - Part Two

    Reunion is a great genealogy program for Mac users that allows you to easily document and display information about your family. It features a navigable graphic Tree View in the form of an hourglass or ancestor chart, allowing you to navigate to everyone in your tree. It also has a variety of visually appealing, high quality charts and other useful reports, and an outstanding help manual.

    The group coordinators Danny O’Neill and Dale Fogarty aim to work collaboratively with its members on how to best use all the features of Reunion and how to resolve any Reunion or Mac-related issues that you may have. 

    Coordinators

    Danny O’Neill is with the Canberra family history group FHACT (aka HAGSOC) convening the Digital Asset Management group (DAMSIG) and Reunion and Macintosh Support User Group (RAMSUG). Main interests are in photography, scanning and book designing, and struggles to maintain a large garden. He is retired from careers as a photographer and film archivist, and enjoys helping people where he can. He looks forward to working with Dale and the team in restarting the Reunion group that includes Mac related support, but is not an expert.

    Dale Fogarty is a long-time user of Mac and Reunion, who is open to exchanging information and ideas to support our mutual enthusiasm for quality family history research, combining traditional genealogy and DNA approaches, and using a range of tools to organise, analyse and report findings. Dale enjoys working collaboratively, helping and learning from others. Dale is also the convenor of the Irish Interest Group at the Qld Family History Society.


    • 30 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 495
    Register

    Meeting Topic: TBA

    Join with other researchers who share your interest in the Caribbean to share tips, tricks and resources. A focus topic for the meeting will be announced soon.

     All levels of research experience are welcome.


    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    Skill level: All     Convenors: Danielle Lautrec and Andrew Goffe

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 466
    Register

    Special Guest Presenter Michelle Leonard.

    Join us for a special presentation by Scottish genealogist Michelle Leonard.

    There will be a presentation about using DNA in Scottish research and Michelle will join us live from Scotland to answer questions after her presentation. While Michelle will be speaking in the context of Scottish research her presentation will be useful to those researching in other countries as well.

    Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work particularly the solving of adoption, unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a combination of DNA expertise and conventional research methods.

    Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Cathie Sherwood and  Diana Pecar

    Skill level: All

    This webinar will be recorded so you can attend live or watch it later (or do both!) 

    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Writing Challenge. Three subjects, One paragraph, 100 words.

    A challenge to use the three subjects given, in one paragraph and with only 100 words. This is an exercise in cutting the waffle. Everyone will be given the same three subjects the week before the meeting.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 300
    Register

    Session Topics: To be advised

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

    Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and other group members as they lead you through the session.

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 300
    Register

    Session Topics: To be advised

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

    Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and experienced group members as they lead you through the session's topics:

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

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    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 488
    Register

    Topic: Occupations

    if we have time at the end of the session, we will open up to a general Q&A session where we ask everyone attending to help other researchers by giving suggestions or guidance on finding resources if you are able to assist.

    There are two ways to ask questions:

    1. Before the meeting by clicking here, and

    2. Via the Chat Box any time during the meeting.

    Suitable for the beginner as well as the more experienced researcher.


    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Diana Pecar, Linda Radulovitch and Annesley Watson

    Skill level: All 

    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Appendixes, Lilian Magill.


    Lilian will discuss what to put in an appendix and why they are useful.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.

    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Group Discussion; Other ways to write-up your stories.


    Should I be still be focused on ‘writing the book’ or are other mediums, like a PowerPoint presentation, a blog post or a photo book just as acceptable? Join this discussion and offer you thoughts on this.


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.


    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 499
    Register

    Topics: 

    (i) Using Legacy to analyse and plan your family history

    (ii) Q&A

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

    Legacy Software Users 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.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All     Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec

     

    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later. 

    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic:  Rachel Frank: An Uncommon Hangman. The life and deaths of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard.


    Author Rachel Frank will talk about her book and the research she did into this most interesting story.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.


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