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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. 

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.

More information

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.

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


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.

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.


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

    • 5 Aug 2021
    • 2 Jun 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ongoing forum for SAG members who have attended the Analysing Your AncestryDNA Course.

    A series of meetings have been planned for participants of the Summer 2021 program who are interested in continuing to work with each other on developing their skill in "starting to solve their DNA dilemmas".

    FOCUS OF SESSIONS: Changes to the AncestryDNA platform and participants sharing case studies with and without brick walls!

    DURATION: 1.5 hours on Zoom on the first Thursday of alternative months starting on 5 August 2021 from 7.30pm to 9pm - February, April, June, August, October, December.

    COST: You need to be a current SAG member to be part of the group. The annual cost (on top of SAG membership) is $60 and this covers the 6 sessions.

    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone who have attended the “Analysing your AncestryDNA” program and is a current member of the SAG.

    Group Leader: Christine Woodlands

    • 5 Feb 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 491
    Register

    Meeting Topic: TBA

    Get together with others who have ancestors from Jamaica, Barbados and other localities within the Caribbean, or just have a research interest in those areas. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

     All welcome.

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

    Skill level: All     Convenors: Danielle Lautrec and Andrew Goffe

    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 193
    Register

    Meet the Editors of Descent

    Come along to this month's meeting of the The Writing Group and get to know Jennifer Kapp and Melinda Kapp, the Editors of SAG's quarterly journal, Descent.

    Jennifer and Melinda will discuss the types of articles they would love to have submitted for publication by SAG members and outline any formatting, style or referencing requirements that need to be adhered to.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    NOTE: SAG members can choose to purchase a Writing Group February-June Season Ticket for $40 for five meetings (a saving of $10). Please go to the separate event listing called The Writing Group - Season Ticket if that is what you wish to purchase. Sale of Season Tickets will close on Wednesday 9 February 2022.



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

    Topic: 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

    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 300
    Register

    Topic: 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

    • 14 Feb 2022
    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 6
    Register

    This is a follow up group for presenters and participants in the “Analysing your AncestryDNA results” and/or the "Introduction to Blogger" program to work together to develop their skills and tell their family history stories using Blogger. You can find out more about the group here-

    https://sagbloggerdna.blogspot.com/p/about-our-group.html

    So if you’re a participant in the program and you’re using Blogger, why not think about joining us. The numbers are limited as we’re aiming to take a very hands on approach during the sessions. Please email any questions to admin[at]ag.org.au.

    We’ll meet for an hour and half from 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month unless this clashes with other scheduled SAG activities. We’ll then look for an alternative time with members.

    You must be a current member of SAG to join this group.

    Convenors: Julie Simpson and Christine Woodlands

    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Your Place!
    • 479
    Register

    Get together with others who have ancestors from any part of Ireland, or just have a research interest in those areas. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.

    If you would like to submit a question in advance click here. Please submit your question at least three (3) days before the event.

     All welcome.

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

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Marianne Spencer Young

    Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 299
    Register

    Topic: DNA Painter

    SAG is home to a vibrant community of researchers who are using DNA analysis to further their family history research. If you have test results to work with, understand the basics of genetic genealogy and now want to learn how to use various websites and tools to take things to the next level come along to the DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice to see what can be achieved.

    This meeting will include a presentation and plenty of time for Q&A and group discussion.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Intermediate  Convenor: Melanie Dunstan   

     

    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 299
    Register

    Topic: Evaluating conclusions using DNA

    SAG is home to a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable genetic genealogists. The DNA Research Group is a forum for those who are highly experienced in using DNA research techniques  and would like to explore this exciting aspect of genealogy further with a group of likeminded people.

    Please note: The topics and tools discussed at this group are pitched at an advanced level and the Research Discussion Group meetings are not recommended for those just beginning their DNA journey.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced    Convenor: Melanie Dunstan

    • 5 Mar 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 498
    Register

    Topic: Sources

    A practical and detailed look at how to add sources to your information, create source citations and manage your master source list. This will include demonstrations, printed instructions and a workbook with exercises for you to practice.

    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   

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

    Topic: Copyright Refresh

    Lilian Magill, Convenor of The Writing Group, is doing a refresh of what is required with copyright, how to look for permissions and how to cite the document etc.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    • 12 Mar 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 491
    Register

    Topic: To be advised

    Have research interests in any of the English counties? Why not join our popular English Research Group for their first meeting of 2022 and take the opportunity to share tips and resources with fellow family history enthusiasts researching in the same areas you are.

    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 

    • 14 Apr 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 200
    Register

    Topic: Basic Grammar

    Carol Cronan from the Botany Bay Family History Society and a retired teacher is giving a Grammar lesson, to help us improve our writing skills.


    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


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

    Topic: Describing a photo

    Take a photo and in 1000 words tell us what is happening, who the people are, or where the place is. Make us see what is happening without us being there. Look at what they are wearing etc.

    Please do not prepare a PowerPoint or any other type of slideshow - verbal descriptions only.

    Please let Lilian know in advance via email if you wish to present. lhabberton2000@yahoo.com.au

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill


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


    • 14 May 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 300
    Register

    Topic: 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

    • 14 May 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place!
    • 300
    Register

    Topic: 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

    • 21 May 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 299
    Register

    Topic: To Be Advised

    SAG is home to a vibrant community of researchers who are using DNA analysis to further their family history research. If you have test results to work with, understand the basics of genetic genealogy and now want to learn how to use various websites and tools to take things to the next level come along to the DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice to see what can be achieved.

    This meeting will include a presentation and plenty of time for Q&A and group discussion.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Intermediate  Convenor: Melanie Dunstan   

     

    • 21 May 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 300
    Register

    Topic: To Be Advised

    SAG is home to a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable genetic genealogists. The DNA Research Group is a forum for those who are highly experienced in using DNA research techniques  and would like to explore this exciting aspect of genealogy further with a group of likeminded people.

    Please note: The topics and tools discussed at this group are pitched at an advanced level and the Research Discussion Group meetings are not recommended for those just beginning their DNA journey.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced    Convenor: Melanie Dunstan

Past events

18 Dec 2021 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
9 Dec 2021 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
6 Dec 2021 GROUP: English Research Group
27 Nov 2021 GROUP: DNA Groups wine, cheese and planning event
20 Nov 2021 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
20 Nov 2021 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
16 Nov 2021 GROUP: Irish Research Group
13 Nov 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
13 Nov 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
11 Nov 2021 GROUP: The Writing Group Meeting
14 Oct 2021 GROUP: The Storytellers Group Meeting
2 Oct 2021 GROUP: English Research Group
9 Sep 2021 GROUP: The Storytellers Group Meeting
21 Aug 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
21 Aug 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
17 Aug 2021 GROUP: Irish Research Group
14 Aug 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
14 Aug 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
12 Aug 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
7 Aug 2021 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
24 Jul 2021 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
24 Jul 2021 GROUP: English Research Group
12 Jul 2021 GROUP: Launch of Scottish Research Group
8 Jul 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
14 Jun 2021 GROUP: Blogger for DNA Enthusiasts
10 Jun 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
22 May 2021 GROUP: Chinese-Australian Special Interest Group
22 May 2021 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
18 May 2021 GROUP: Launch of Irish Research Group
15 May 2021 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
13 May 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
8 May 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 May 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
1 May 2021 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
24 Apr 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
24 Apr 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
12 Apr 2021 GROUP: Launch of English Research Group
8 Apr 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
27 Mar 2021 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
11 Mar 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
6 Mar 2021 GROUP: Initial Meeting of Chinese-Australian Special Interest Group
13 Feb 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
13 Feb 2021 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
11 Feb 2021 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
6 Feb 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
6 Feb 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
16 Jan 2021 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
10 Dec 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
14 Nov 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
14 Nov 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
12 Nov 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - DNA stories
7 Nov 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
17 Oct 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Group
10 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
8 Oct 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
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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