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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. You can view the current events below.

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Download a printable version of the current program here

Event venues

Most of our events are held at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Millers Point. Please note that this is a three storey heritage building with no lift. Computer workshops are held at our Library, 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney. There is lift access available and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible in this building.

Some events, such as tours and conferences, take place off-site. Details are provided in each event listing.


Upcoming events

    • 1 Feb 2020
    • 30 Apr 2020
    • Your place
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between Feb-April 2020, 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 5 for the price of 4.



    The webinars covered by the Season Ticket this quarter are:

    • Learn from their Scottish abode - Kerry Farmer, 4 Feb
    • Online books for family history - Jill Ball, 17 Feb
    • Using FamilySearch - Paul Parton, 9 Mar
    • Putting your family history online - Danielle Lautrec, 1 Apr
    • Education records in Queensland - Helen V. Smith, 21 Apr

    Only available until 3 February.

    • 1 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 70
    Register

    Putting your family history online is a great way to share your research with family and other researchers, and to utilise the tools provided by genealogy companies. What are some of the options available, how do you do it and what steps do you need to take to deal with copyright, privacy and good research practices?

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

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

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 2/379 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 10

    Get an overview of the services and resources at the Library. Explore highlights of the collections and take a guided tour. Why not stay on after the tour and do some research?

    Members only. Limit 10.

    Library tours have been suspended until further notice.


    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Lorraine Brothers

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

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 18
    Register

    Learn the basic DNA concepts and the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results. This session covers all of the popular DNA testing companies. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    This group meeting will now be held as a webinar. Book using this event listing and then confirm your seat for the webinar using the link in your confirmation email.

    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Barbara McAlary    

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

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 34

    This session is primarily for people who are already working with Family Tree DNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. However people who have not yet tested may also find it useful to decide whether to test with FTDNA.

    This session will now be held as a webinar. See below for any new bookings.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Sandra Gamble

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

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 70
    Register

    This session is primarily for people who are already working with Family Tree DNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. However people who have not yet tested may also find it useful to decide whether to test with FTDNA.

    This webinar replaces the lecture on the same topic which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

    If you were booked for the lecture you will be transferred to this webinar and will receive an email with the link. New bookings are welcome and as a special deal this webinar is also open to non-members.

    Book using this event listing and confirm your seat using the link in the confirmation email.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Sandra Gamble

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

    • 9 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 26

    Jennie Fairs will explain what she, as an editor, looks for when editing an article or book. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency and sequencing are just some of them. She will also take questions on how you can improve your skills. 


    This event has been cancelled and bookings are disabled. A webinar on the same topic will be scheduled for May or June and all existing registrants transferred to it.

    Skill level: All     Presenter: Jennie Fairs

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

    • 9 Apr 2020
    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 35

    Back by popular demand! Writing your research/ memoir; preparing for printing/publication; formatting; book styles; using photos, maps & charts; indexing; cover design; registration; print specifications & quotes; marketing and more.

    One fee for three sessions on consecutive Thursdays (9th, 16th and 23rd).

    This event has been postponed to Thursday 13, 20 and 27 August. Bookings for the new dates will open later in the year.

    Skill level: All     Presenter: Margaret Szalay

    • 9 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 23
    Register

    Discover where to find free online books to help you with your family history, such as local and regional histories, parish records and much more.


    This webinar was originally scheduled for February but had to be postponed.

    If you were booked for the February webinar you will be transferred to this webinar and will receive an email with the link a few days before the webinar. You will also receive the recording, so if you cannot attend on the new date you will still be able to watch the recording.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Jill Ball


    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 35

    Find out why brickwalls occur in your research and learn ways to get your research moving again. This is a hands on workshop to practice some techniques and help each other out. Bring examples of your brickwalls. You can bring a laptop if you wish, but it is not necessary for this workshop.

    This session will now be held as a webinar. See below for any new bookings. 

    Skill level: All     Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

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

    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 29
    Register

    Find out why brickwalls occur in your research and learn ways to get your research moving again. This is a participatory webinar workshop to practice some techniques and help each other out. You will be invited to email and/or bring examples of your brickwalls for discussion.

    This webinar replaces the hands on workshop on the same topic which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

    If you were booked for the workshop you will be transferred to this webinar and will receive an email with the link. New bookings are welcome and as a special deal this webinar is also open to non-members.

    Skill level: All     Presenter: Danielle Lautrec

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

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 36
    Register

    Legacy Software 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.


    This session will be presented as a webinar. Booking using this event and we will confirm your seat in the webinar.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor:  Beverley Hyssett   

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

    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 97
    Register

    While the first education record that comes to mind is the very important school pupils register and related records such as the discipline register there are a range of other education records that are also of genealogical use. These include records of teachers and their movements within the school systems and progressions (or otherwise in their careers), School Inspector Reports, the community involvement in getting a school in their district and the continued community involvement in the school activities, development of the curriculum and examinations, school journals and histories.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Helen V. Smith

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

    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 37

    What records are available to research convict ancestors? How do you interpret these records? What’s the difference between an absolute and a conditional pardon? And much more…


    This session will now be presented as a webinar. See below for new bookings.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: NSW State Archives

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

    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 65
    Register

    What records are available to research convict ancestors? How do you interpret these records? What’s the difference between an absolute and a conditional pardon? And much more…


    This session will now be presented as a webinar. See above for new bookings.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: NSW State Archives

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

    • 1 May 2020
    • 31 Jul 2020
    • Your place
    • 36
    Register

    By booking a Webinar Season Ticket you will be able to view every standard webinar we hold between May-July 2020, 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:

    • Focussing your efforts – Research planning techniques- Danielle Lautrec, 11 May
    • Victorian British records in Findmypast – Myko Clelland, 19 May

    • City of Sydney: Archives and History Resources – Janet Villata, 16 June (matinee)

    • Restoring and managing family photographs – Melissa Hulbert, 29 June

    • What’s in a name? – Michelle Patient, 13 July

    • MyHeritage collections and tips – Rosemary Kopittke, 28 July

    Only available until 9 May.

    • 11 May 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 100
    Register

    This webinar will examine strategies for focussing your research efforts to save yourself time and increase the likelihood of research success. Learn how to set goals and establish priorities, and discover a range of useful tools, such as research plans and checklists, to suit different research styles and research interests.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    • 19 May 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 98
    Register

    Myko Clelland, from Findmypast, will provide an insight into records of Victorian Britain with tips for searching and finding individuals.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Myko Clelland

    • 16 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Your place!
    • 98
    Register

    The City of Sydney has a new Archives and History Resources system, which you can access via their website. City Archivist Janet Villata will provide an overview of the system and their collections, and provide tips to finding resources for your family history. (please note that this is a daytime webinar)

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Janet Villata

    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 99
    Register

    This webinar introduces the basics of photo restoration using the program Photoshop Elements. Learn how to repair scratches and tears, and how to bring out details in older photos, using some simple techniques. Managing your photo collection will also be discussed, along with how to add metadata and electronic watermarks to your photos for use on websites and social media.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Melissa Hulbert

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place!
    • 100
    Register

    Spelling variations, nicknames, Anglicisation and abbreviations can provide significant challenges in finding the right family member. Michelle covers these challenges, as well as search techniques and the value of Scottish and Irish inheritance naming patterns, to help you more easily find evidence about your ancestors.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Paul Parton, FamilySearch

Past events

26 Mar 2020 LECTURE: Australian military records
26 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Australian military records
26 Mar 2020 LECTURE: DNA case studies
20 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Ancestry DNA PM SESSION
20 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Ancestry DNA
20 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Ancestry DNA
19 Mar 2020 LECTURE: Deciphering handwriting
14 Mar 2020 LECTURE: Researching World War One nurses
12 Mar 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Your March born ancestor
12 Mar 2020 FREE RICHMOND VILLA TOUR: What's in the SAG archives (MIDAS)?
9 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Using FamilySearch
6 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Trove Newspapers
4 Mar 2020 EXTERNAL TOUR: Millers Point walking tour
26 Feb 2020 FREE LIBRARY TOUR: Where do I start at the SAG library?
17 Feb 2020 WEBINAR: Online books for family history
15 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Deep dive into FindMyPast
15 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Hatching, matching and dispatching in England and Wales
13 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Frugal family history
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
6 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Ancestry Day - Afternoon session only
6 Feb 2020 FOCUS DAY: Ancestry - Full Day registration
6 Feb 2020 LECTURE: Ancestry Day - Morning session only
4 Feb 2020 WEBINAR: Learn from their Scottish abode
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate
30 Jan 2020 Studying with the SAG - An information session (ONLINE TICKET)
30 Jan 2020 Studying with the SAG - An information session
23 Jan 2020 FREE RICHMOND VILLA TOUR: What's in the SAG archives (MIDAS)?
20 Jan 2020 WEBINAR: Understanding the UK census
18 Jan 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
18 Jan 2020 FREE LIBRARY TOUR: Where do I start at the SAG library?
11 Jan 2020 LECTURE: Working with Ancestry DNA
11 Jan 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Beginners
9 Jan 2020 LECTURE: Family history fundamentals - Part 3 Documenting and Presenting
7 Jan 2020 WEBINAR: Reviewing your research - get past that roadblock in your tree

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LOCATIONS

Our Research Centre is at 2/379 Kent St, Sydney.

Our office is at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St, Sydney.

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