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.
Information about new and revitalised CHINESE-AUSTRALIAN, ENGLISH, SCOTTISH and IRISH GROUPS coming soon!
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.
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.
2. Online discussion board
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
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.
Image: Group of men at a party, SAG Manuscript and Image Collection, Item 5/10059
HERE IS A LIST OF THE NEXT GROUP MEETINGS: