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EVENTS

We run an extensive program of lectures, workshops, tours and group meetings which are open to everyone. We also hold member-only webinars and members receive a discount on our events.

The program

A new program is released every three months. Browse in List view or change it to Calendar view to see what’s on in each month. 

ONLINE DELIVERY

All of our events are currently being delivered online using GoToWebinar, GoToMeeting or Zoom. 

Online bookings can close early to support administrative requirements, however, late bookings may be made by calling the office during office hours on (02) 9247 3953 or sending an email.

When you register for an event, the confirmation email will contain information about how to join the event online. In many cases, this will require you to complete a further step of registering with GoToWebinar. If you have not used GoToWebinar before, you can find information about it on our website here.

With the exception of some DNA events where there may be privacy issues, all of our online sessions are recorded, so even if you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can still book and receive the recording.  

Most of our events are open to non-members as well as members. However, non-members will pay a bit more and season tickets remain available only to members. 

Registration types: The member category is used by members of the Society. Members must be logged in to make a booking. The complimentary category used by volunteers or new members if they receive an offer of a free event, and by presenters of the sessions. Everyone else should book using the non-member category.

Upcoming events

    • 19 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 333
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    January is the perfect time to review your research and plan some goals for 2021 or brush up on your skills before undertaking SAG's Certificate or Diploma program. Join us for a series of three webinars covering Research Planning, Timelines and Source Citations.

    As a special bonus, members who book the three webinar package will receive a complimentary ticket for Danielle's new webinar - Proving your family history, to be held in April 2021.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    Webinar 1: Research Planning 19 January 10:30am-12:30pm. This session will examine strategies for focussing your research efforts to save yourself time and increase the likelihood of research success. Learn how to set goals, clarify your research questions and establish priorities; and discover a range of useful tools, such as research plans and checklists, to suit different research styles and research interests. This will be an interactive session, so bring along examples of your research problems. This session is recommended for anyone undertaking the SAG certificate or Diploma courses

    Webinar 2: Problem Solving Using Mind Mapping and Timelines 16 February 8pm - 9pm. Many research problems can be solved by looking at more sources, but more tricky problems require analytical tools. Mind mapping and timelines are two tools which can help you clarify your research questions, develop research leads and evaluate your research conclusions. This session will demonstrate how to use the tools, with worked examples, templates and instructions.

    Webinar 3: Cite Your Sources 30 March 8pm - 9pmWe are constantly being reminded to cite our sources, but it can seem difficult or a waste of time. This session clarifies and simplifies the process with strategies and examples to help you become a sourcing expert! We will identify the underlying structure of a citation, compare different standards, examine citations for different source types; and address the use of citations in different situations, such as family history software, written reports and online trees. This session is recommended for anyone undertaking the SAG certificate or Diploma courses.

    Book using this listing if you wish to attend all three sessions at the discounted price.

    If you only wish to attend one or two of the webinars please use the individual listings to register.

    • 20 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 6 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 17 sessions
    • Your Place!
    • 0
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    Need help with starting to solve your DNA dilemma's? Have you tested with Ancestry DNA and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Christine Woodlands and other members of the SAG DNA Discussion Group for a 16 week course designed to assist you to understand the information you can glean from your Ancestry DNA matches.

    The course will be made up of four modules and consist of a mixture of presentations, live demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The course will be presented online using the GoToMeeting platform.

    Further details of the four modules can be found here https://tinyurl.com/Ancestry-DNA-Course-Overview

    You must have access to results from an Ancestry DNA test to undertake this course.


    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 392
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    This new project from the University of Sydney aims to complete a biographical survey of 6500 ex servicemen and women whose university education was funded by the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme. The project will be investigating the impact of university education led recovery in post war Australia. Join us to hear about some of the techniques being used to research those living in 20th Century Australia.



    This webinar is included in the Nov 2020 - Jan 2021 Season Ticket

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Elizabeth Gillroy

    World Wars Project Officer, University of Sydney


    • 3 Feb 2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 380
    Register

    Join Michelle Patient and her expert Ancestry guests for some tips, tricks and time for your questions on anything to do with the Ancestry website and the services it provides


    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and AncestryProGenealogist contractor)

    • 3 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 2 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 83
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    Why not join Michelle Patient and her expert Ancestry guests on the first Wednesday each month for some tips, tricks and time for your questions on anything to do with the Ancestry website and the services it provides.

    Members can book a Season Ticket and receive five meetings at a discounted price of $20, saving $5. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 3 February,  3 March, 7 April, 5 May and 2 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 send you a reminder and the joining links 3 days before each session.

    Bookings close 4 February 2021.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and Ancestry ProGenealogist contractor)

    • 6 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 130
    Register

    DNA Testing Sites - Key Features (Group Members)

    Each of the testing sites have different tools that can help with your research. Hear from our experienced members about how the respective tools on each site helped them. The session will also discuss any limitations and suggest other tools that may help overcome those. This session is not focussed on whether to test at these companies, but rather tips and techniques for using the sites after you have tested. We will look at AncestryDNA, My Heritage, FTDNA and 23andMe, including how tools such as Genetic.Family can help.

    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: Veronica Williams

     

    • 6 Feb 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 137
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    DNA Research Methodologies - Chair: Veronica Williams

    Work as a group to discuss different approaches to DNA research and refine suggested research methodologies. What is your approach? How have your DNA outcomes been improved by using them? Our discussion group provides an opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others.

    This session is a facilitated discussion, it requires pre-work by participants that will be distributed before the meeting.

    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: Veronica Williams

    • 9 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 489
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    In this webinar, Kevin Borland will demonstrate a variety of Borland Genetics tools including: using the DNA of a parent and two children to create a DNA profile for the missing parent (and submitting that profile to the Borland Genetics database for matching); creating DNA profiles for each of the parent’s parents; and adding the DNA of one of the parent’s siblings to improve the reconstructed grandparent kits.


     See: https://borlandgenetics.com/  https://isogg.org/wiki/Borland_Genetics



    Skill level: Intermediate and Advanced Presenter:  Kevin Borland

    • 11 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 499
    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
    • 34
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    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.

    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 8 May 2021
    • 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 75
    Register

    Members can book a Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive four meetings at a discounted price of $40, saving $8. The meeting dates covered by this ticket are the morning and afternoon sessions on February 13 and May 8. 

    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 Feb 2021.

    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 400
    Register

    Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.


      Each presentation includes time for questions and answers.

      Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

      • 13 Feb 2021
      • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 400
      Register

      Join other users of this popular family history software program for insights, ideas and opportunities to share tips and ask questions.

      Each session includes time for questions and answers.

        Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik
      • 15 Feb 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 459
      Register

      Are you a new member and want to find out how to get the most out of your SAG membership? Or maybe you’ve been a member for a while but not really utilised our services and want to know what to do next. Join members of the SAG Board and Staff for a free online introduction and orientation session.

      This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.


      This webinar will be recorded, so you can either watch it live or watch it later.

      • 16 Feb 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place
      • 391
      Register

      Many research problems can be solved by looking at more sources, but more tricky problems require analytical tools. Mind mapping and timelines are two tools which can help you clarify your research questions, develop research leads and evaluate your research conclusions. This session will demonstrate how to use the tools, with worked examples, templates and instructions.

      Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

      Problem solving using mind mapping and timelines is part of a three webinar series. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session.

      If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $45 members, $60 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Research Planning, Timelines and Source Citations - 3 course package

      • 17 Feb 2021
      • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 495
      Register

      In the lead up to launching our joint Chinese-Australian SIG, Dr Hilda Maclean will be presenting a free webinar about tracing Chinese families in Queensland. Through a multi-generational case study, this presentation will highlight some lesser-known record sets which may help you find that vital link back to China.

      Dr Hilda Maclean is a professional historian, genealogist, and archival researcher with over thirty years’ experience researching family and local history especially around the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Her current project is compiling the Queensland Chinese Death Index (1855 – 1985).

      Skill level: All     Presenter: Dr Hilda Maclean

      • 20 Feb 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 384
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      Join magazine editor, former publisher of Inside History magazine and editor and co-founder of the Portrait Detective website Cassie Gilmartin as she explains some of the tips and tricks that will enable you to write an entertaining article suitable to be published in a magazine.

      This webinar is recommended for members enrolled in SAG’s Certificate course.



      Skill level: All    Presenter:  Cassie Gilmartin

      • 20 Feb 2021
      • 10:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
      • 27 Apr 2021
      • 11:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place
      • 43
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      By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view a selection of webinars we hold between Feb 2021 - Apr 2021, either live or by watching the recording later. You book and pay once. We'll set you up in each webinar and send you the confirmation link. And in addition you'll get one webinar free - so this quarter you get 6 for the price of 5.

      The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

      • 20 Feb 2021 Writing an article for a family history magazine, Cassie Gilmartin
      • 10 Mar 2021 Introduction to Wikitree, Veronica Williams
      • 6 April 2021 Queensland Archives, Helen Smith
      • 13 April 2021 My Heritage: Collections and website, Daniel Horowitz
      • 15 April 2021 Kirk session records, Emma Maxwell
      • 27 April 2021Researching the British in India, Cathie Sherwood


      Only available until 15 Feb 2021

      • 22 Feb 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 476
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      Join blogger, Rootstech Ambassador and SAG Education Committee Member Jill Ball for the opening session of SAG's new monthly "Let's Talk About..." series.

      The "Let's Talk About..." series is a free members only event that will be held on the last Monday of every month. Audience participation will be a focus of these events, so please bring your questions!

      Each month will feature a different topic and the presenter will vary. This month Jill will focus on how to best prepare for the Rootstech online conference, which is free to register for and will be held at the end of February.

      Please note: Members will need to be logged into the website to register.

      This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

      • 3 Mar 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 394
      Register

      Join Michelle Patient and her expert Ancestry guests for some tips, tricks and time for your questions on anything to do with the Ancestry website and the services it provides.


      Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and AncestryProGenealogist contractor)

      • 6 Mar 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 492
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      This is a free session for members of SAG and the Chinese Australian Historical Society (CAHS) who are interested in being part of a proposed joint Chinese-Australian Special Interest Group (SIG).


      The purpose of a SIG is to allow those with an interest in researching a specific topic to meet to discuss their research, help each other with problems and generally share their knowledge of resources with the other group members.

      In this session we will be looking to gauge interest in setting up a Chinese-Australian SIG in partnership with members of CAHS, seek volunteers to co-ordinate the SIG and form a roadmap for future meetings.


      • 10 Mar 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 385
      Register

      Join Wikitree Ambassador and member of the SAG Education Committee Veronica Williams as she explores the free genealogy site Wikitree. 

      Veronica will show you what a valuable resource Wikitree is for collaborating on your family tree and recording biographical details of your ancestors.  Find out how you can participate in a wide range of research projects and explore some great tools for DNA and traditional research.

        

      This webinar is included in the Feb 2021 - April 2021 Season Ticket

      Skill level: All     Presenter:  Veronica Williams


      • 11 Mar 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place
      • 499
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      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

      • 18 Mar 2021
      • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place!
      • 16
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      Join well-known family historian and published author, Dr Betty O’Neill for a one-day introductory workshop on Writing Family History.

      Are you curious about your ancestors? Do you have a fascinating great-aunt you’d like to write about? Or maybe some lost relatives, secrets, lies or family mysteries to investigate? Betty’s questioning and researching turned out to be a bit of a detective story and yours could too.

      The workshop will be limited to 16 participants.

      For further information about the workshop please click on the following link  https://tinyurl.com/y6owg7sj

      This event will be held via the ZOOM Platform.



      • 30 Mar 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
      • Your place
      • 393
      Register

      We are constantly being reminded to cite our sources, but it can seem difficult or a waste of time. This session clarifies and simplifies the process with strategies and examples to help you become a sourcing expert! We will identify the underlying structure of a citation, compare different standards, examine citations for different source types; and address the use of citations in different situations, such as family history software, written reports and online trees. 

      This session is recommended for anyone undertaking the SAG certificate or Diploma courses.

      Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

      Cite your sources is part of a three webinar series. Book using this event listing if you just want to attend this session.

      If you want to book for all three of the sessions with the course discount of $45 members, $60 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Research Planning, Timelines and Source Citations - 3 course package


      • 6 Apr 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place!
      • 393
      Register

      Queensland State Archives is the archives of the Queensland Government and we will discuss its holdings and access. However it is not the only archive/repository in Queensland that genealogists should consider for their genealogical research.

        

      This webinar is included in the Feb 2021 - April 2021 Season Ticket

      Skill level: All     Presenter: Helen Smith, HVSresearch


      • 7 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place!
      • 397
      Register

      Join Michelle Patient and her expert Ancestry guests for some tips, tricks and time for your questions on anything to do with the Ancestry website and the services it provides.


      Skill level: All     Presenter:  Michelle Patient (SAG member and AncestryProGenealogist contractor)

      • 8 Apr 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place
      • 500
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      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 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place!
      • 393
      Register

      Join MyHeritage's resident genealogy expert Daniel Horowitz as he provides an overview of the various collections and resources available on the MyHeritage website.


      A special reminder for SAG members - Within the library and from home SAG members can access the library edition of MyHeritage - including family trees and databases. This site is especially useful when undertaking European and American research and contains many records you won't find on other major commercial websites. The library edition does not include DNA pages.  


      Refer to the Member Area of our website for instructions on accessing MyHeritage from home.


      This webinar is included in the Feb 2021 - April 2021 Season Ticket

      Skill level: All     Presenter:  Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage


      • 15 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place!
      • 392
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      Join Emma Maxwell from the Scottish Indexes website as she explains what the recently released online Scottish Kirk Session records are, why you should use them and how to access them.


      Note: At the time of listing this event the pre 1855 Kirk session records are expected to be online in early 2021. Topic of talk is subject to change if this does not happen.

        

      This webinar is included in the Feb 2021 - April 2021 Season Ticket

      Skill level: All     Presenter: Emma Maxwell


      • 17 Apr 2021
      • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • Your place!
      • 498
      Register