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. All our group meetings are currently virtual using the Zoom platform. Pre-registration is essential in order to receive the link to log into a meeting. If paying online via PayPal registration is available up until the time the meeting commences.
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 and SCOTTISH GROUPS coming soon!
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.
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 two DNA Research Groups – Tools in practice for the intermediate level researcher and Research Discussion Group for those using advanced genetic genealogy techniques.
Click here to read information to assist you in deciding which DNA Group is right for you.
The English Research Group is an opportunity to meet with others who have ancestors from any of England's many counties, or just have a research interest in England. Discuss research strategies and resources, and swap ideas and knowledge.
This group is suitable for beginners through to those with many years researching experience. The research group meets about 3-4 times a year. You can become a member of the group just by attending our meetings. Newcomers are always welcome!
The group is co-ordinated by Linda, Annesley and Diana. You can submit a question to the group in advance of a meeting by clicking here
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 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.
Aotearoa New Zealand Research Group
REUNION and MAC SUPPORT GROUP (RAMS)
Cathie Sherwood and Diana Pecar coordinate this group which deals with all things Scottish research! More information coming soon as we bring on a new group lead to replace Cathie in 2023.
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.
THE WRITING GROUP
The Writing Group formed late in 2013 and meets on a regular basis via Zoom, 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.
Image: Group of men at a party, SAG Manuscript and Image Collection, Item 5/10059
HERE IS A LIST OF THE NEXT GROUP MEETINGS: