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RESEARCH & SOFTWARE GROUPS


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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.

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Family Tree Maker Software 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.

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

    • 8 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 99
    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
    • 82
    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
    • 499
    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
    • 496
    Register

    Using a little E.S.P in your New Zealand research.

    Electoral Rolls, Sheep Holders and Police Records. These on-line New Zealand records can help track down your ancestors.

    Where and when were they living town? In what towns and with whom? What was their occupation and did they move around? Follow their fortunes with the size of their sheep flock. Were they in any trouble with the law? Just some of the questions that can be answered to give you greater insight into the lives of your New Zealand ancestors.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 398
    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!
    • 399
    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!
    • 398
    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
    • 97
    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
    • 146
    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
    • 145
    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

Past events

17 Sep 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Ten Doors Down
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
13 Aug 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Writing for Descent
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
25 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
11 Jul 2020 GROUP: The Master Genealogist Software Group
9 Jul 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - In a bleak mid-winter
13 Jun 2020 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
11 Jun 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in practice
14 May 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
9 May 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker
2 May 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
18 Apr 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
9 Apr 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
9 Apr 2020 GROUP CHAT: Writing Discussion Group - Help! I'm stuck
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
12 Mar 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Your March born ancestor
13 Feb 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
8 Feb 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Feb 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate
18 Jan 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
11 Jan 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Beginners

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Our office is at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St, Sydney.

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