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.
Family Tree Maker Software Group
The FTM User Group meets to support those who use Family Tree Maker software to organize 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.
At our meetings: presentations are made, discussions led, and time is dedicated to Q&A. These sessions are typically very interactive; questions can be asked and the facilitator or group can offer answers and suggestions. The focus is 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.
On the FTM hub you can post questions for the wider group to offer answers, suggestions and support or simply read the 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
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.
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: