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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 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

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

    • 16 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    Register

    Receiving your test results is an exciting time but it can quickly become confusing. This session will look at the different types of tests available, which one is right for you and which companies do these tests. We will look at some basics to help you understand and interpret your matches and there will be plenty of time for questions so you can start finding those new cousins!

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

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


    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Melissa Hulbert    

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

    • 11 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    Register

    Theme: Your COVID-19 Lockdown Story.


    This can be in any form, for example a letter to yourself in 5 years' time, comic format, PowerPoint, Diary, Story, Photos - anything to express your feelings about what we have gone through.


    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 11 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 10 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Your place
    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: 11 February, 11 March, 8 April, 13 May and 10 June.

    These sessions will be held on the ZOOM platform.

    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 February 2021.

    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    Register

    Theme: Photo Essay


    Leonie Bell, convenor of the Botany Bay Family History Society's Writing Group will give a presentation of how you can do a Photo Essay to tell your story.


    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 8 Apr 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    Register

    Theme:  A Flash Story on Busting Your Family Myth


    A Flash Story is a short 3-minute talk on a given topic. This month is Busting Your Family Myth. It can be funny, sad, heroic, confusing or just plain weird. Tell us how you busted it and how you felt when you did.


    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 13 May 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    Register

    Author Presentation: Stephen Gow


    Join author Stephen Gow as he discusses his new book "From Distress to Deliverance: the life and times of William Gow, convict, schoolmaster, farmer".


    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 10 Jun 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    Register

    Theme: TBA




    This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.

    Skill Level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

Past events

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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