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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.

ONLINE DELIVERY: All of our events are currently being delivered online using 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 to admin@sag.org.au.

With the exception of some DNA events where there may be privacy issues, most of our online sessions are recorded, so even if you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can still book and receive the recording.  The event listing will specify if the event is not being recorded.

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.  Everyone else should book using the non-member category.

Multiple event registrations: Please see this link for how to register for two or more events and pay once online.

Details of the Friday Hang Out with the SAG and other member-only events can be found at: www.sag.org.au/Member-Area.

Upcoming events

    • 1 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course. We will contact you with an option to register once dates have been confirmed.

    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 15 part 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, demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The first session is optional and is explained in the course outline, together with further details of the dates of each session and the description of the four modules. You can download the 2022 course outline by clicking here. This outline is indicative of what is included in the course and how the course is structured.

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.

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


    • 1 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course. We will contact you with an option to register once dates have been confirmed.

    Are you ready to take your DNA results to the next level using chromosome analysis? Do you have your DNA data at a site with a chromosome browser and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Veronica Williams and other SAG DNA Discussion Group members for a 10 part course designed to build on your existing knowledge of working with your DNA and develop your skills in chromosome analysis.

    The series is not suitable for beginners, it suits intermediate DNA researchers interested in learning more complex DNA techniques.

    The course will be made up of four modules, supplemented with six workshops that will include case studies and opportunities for discussion. Whilst foundation concepts will be discussed in Module 1, later sessions will assume knowledge of those DNA concepts and tools.

    Sessions will likely be scheduled for Saturdays, over a three-four month period.

    A ‘draft’ 2023 course outline can downloaded and viewed by clicking here .

    Pre-requisites for participants: 

    • Ability to work with spreadsheets, including basic formatting and data manipulation;
    • Competence in basic DNA analysis techniques as outlined in the section Starting to work with your DNA results - the basics
    • Have been working with their DNA results for over 12 months
    • Priority will be given to those who have completed the SAG AncestryDNA Course

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.


    • 1 Feb 2023
    • 7 Jun 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 404
    Register

    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.

    The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 1 Feb, 1 March, 5 April, 3 May and 7 June.

    Are you struggling with a particular part of the Ancestry website? Is there a new feature or record set you would like to know more about? Questions for the Ancestry Tips session can be submitted in advance by clicking on this  link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAG_Ancestry_Tips_Advance_Question

    You can attend the meetings live or watch the recordings later.

     If you book part way through the season you will receive a link to the recordings of any sessions you have missed.

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

    • 4 Feb 2023
    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 81
    Registration is closed

    Want to share your family history stories but struggle with PowerPoint?

    With many Family History Societies using virtual software for their meetings and to share their family history stories, knowing how to put together a basic PowerPoint presentation has become essential knowledge as well as a great way to share stories with family and friends.

    This two-part course will start with the basics of how to put together a presentation including basic backgrounds, text, images and simple animation. In the second part we look at ways to make your presentation standout such as advanced backgrounds, animation, video and sound.

    At the end of the course you will have a personalised presentation and the opportunity to present at the Friday Hang Out with the SAG members event.

    This is a hands-on workshop delivered via Zoom. You should have PowerPoint software installed on your computer (ideally not the online version as some functionality can be lost with some versions).

    Pre-work is required for both sessions. A link to the pre-work for Part1 will be in your confirmation email.

    No prior knowledge of PowerPoint is required.

    This course will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.


    Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate 

       Presenter:  Melissa Hulbert

    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 8 Jun 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Via Zoom
    • 138
    Register

    The Writing Group

    Why not make 2023 the year you finally start writing about your family history? 

    February 2023 Meeting Topic

    The first meeting of 2023 will focus on welcoming everyone to the group for the year. We will also be introducing the new group leads - Elizabeth and Emily to everyone.

    We will catch up on the writing projects people have been working on over the break and discuss members goals for their writing development.

    Please bring your ideas of aspects of writing you would like to discuss at future meetings this year. 

    Come along to The Writing Group and work on your writing skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The group meets via Zoom on the second Thursday of each month and has a varied program of activities and speakers designed to help you progress your project/s - whatever style of writing you are interested in!

    The meeting dates covered by this ticket are: 9 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May and 8 June.

    Come and join us, new attendees are always welcome.

     If you book part way through the season you will receive a link to the recordings of any sessions you have missed.


    Skill Level: All    

    Group Leads: Elizabeth Capelin & Emily Purser


    Each session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later.


    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney or online via Zoom
    • 279
    Register

    Session Topics:  TBA

    This meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting - which means you can attend face to face or online via Zoom.

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

    Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and other group members as they lead you through the session.

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

    For those attending the meeting face to face it will be held in the SAG's Library and Research Centre located at Level 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney.

    Please select whether you intend to attend in person or via Zoom when registering to assist us with our planning.

    Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for those attending in person at our library.

    This session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Level 2/379 Kent Street Sydney or online via Zoom
    • 284
    Register

    This meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting - which means you can attend face to face or online via Zoom.

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

    Join Convenor Larry Czarnik and other group members as they lead you through the session.

    Each session includes time for questions and answers.

    For those attending the meeting face to face it will be held in the SAG's Library and Research Centre located at Level 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney.

    Please select whether you intend to attend in person or via Zoom when registering to assist us with our planning.

    Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for those attending in person at our library.

    This session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik



    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 476
    Register
    Interested in Canadian or USA research? Have you any ancestors from this part of the world?

    Come along and join us as we research our USA and Canadian ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Be prepared to introduce yourself and briefly talk about where your USA/Canadian ancestors are from and share with the group one burning question.

    We will discuss the recent presentation by Mary Kircher Roddy and Thistle Anderson will present a short case study on Canadian records.

    A link to a brief survey about your areas of interest will be included with your registration confirmation email. Results of the survey will form the basis of topics for future groups meetings.


    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Melissa Hulbert, Thistle Anderson, Larry Czarnik & Suzanne Hyde

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.


    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 456
    Register

    Counties to be presented at this meeting will be Cambridgeshire and Shropshire.

    We are excited to advise that Paul Milner (professional genealogist with over 35 years experience and world renown presenter) will be giving us a talk on English Apprenticeship, Guild and Freeman Records. You will learn what an apprenticeship was for our ancestors, what the rules and responsibilities were for all parties involved. See how they progressed from apprentice, to journeyman, to master, possibly leading to becoming a member of a guild, and freeman of a city. Understand the differences between apprenticeships arranged by the parish and by the family, and what that means in searching for records. Learn how and where to search for records, online and in archives. Case studies will illustrate the variety of records and why all record sources need to be examined. The focus will be on English resources, but the research process will apply to Wales.  A detailed handout will be provided for all attendees.


    About Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv.

    Paul Milner, a native of northern England, professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches English and Scottish research tracks at SLIG, IGHR and the British Institute. Paul is a recipient of UGA Fellow Award (2018) and the FGS David S. Vogels Jr Award (2019). He is the author of six publications providing how-to guidance for English and Scottish researchers. He is the past president of BIGWILL, and board member of the APG, FGS and GSG.

    Paul has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 35 years and focuses on resources and methodology. Follow Paul’s blog at www.milnergenealogy.com


    This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

    Convenors: Diana Pecar, Linda Radulovitch and Annesley Watson

    Skill level: All 

    • 21 Feb 2023
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 463
    Register

    SAG has an online book club! Join us four times a year as we get together to explore a book related to family history. This is a chance to meet authors, share ideas with other enthusiastic readers and gain new perspectives on our own family history research. This even is FREE for Society members - if you are not yet a member, we'd love you to join! Our first book of 2023 is The Sawtooth Slayer by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.

    How does it work?

    SAG Book Club events are free to SAG members. Each event runs via Zoom for 1.5 hours. Sometimes we will be joined by the book’s author or another special guest, and sometimes we’ll have opportunities for small discussion groups to share our reactions and insights with fellow SAG members.

    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.

    • 4 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Topics: Documenting DNA in Legacy


    Legacy Software Users 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. 

    Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

    This session will be held online via the Zoom platform.


    Skill level: All    

    Convenor:  Danielle Lautrec

     

    This session will be recorded so you can join live or watch the recording later. 

    • 4 Mar 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 491
    Register

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our Scottish ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon, Sue Park and Sally Skulte

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    • 6 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 496
    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.

    • 9 Mar 2023
    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 22
    Register

    Six Part Online Course

    Would you like to investigate your family history but have no idea where to start or have you previously signed up to an online platform but felt overwhelmed by all the information available?

    The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to again offer our new six part online course “Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History”.

    Over the course of six sessions (two hours per session) you will learn about:

    • Key tools - family history software platforms, file organisation, research plans
    • Traditional records (document based) research – types of records, locating records
    • Electronic databases – Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and more
    • Oral History – preparation and techniques for interviewing family members
    • Other resources such as Family History Societies, online forums and education options
    • Introduction to DNA research including legal and ethical considerations
    • Various ways to chart, share and publish your findings, including privacy and copyright concerns

    While the course will focus on records available in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland we will also touch on locating records in other countries and the skills you will learn can be applied to researching ancestors from anywhere in the world.

    All sessions in this course will be recorded. If you are unable to attend live you will still be able to catch up with all the content.

    Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager

    Skill Level: Beginner

    To read SAG's Refund Policy for event registrations please click here

    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 290
    Register

    Topic: To Be Confirmed

    The SAG is home to a vibrant community of researchers who are using DNA analysis to further their family history research. If you have test results to work with, understand the basics of genetic genealogy and now want to learn how to use various websites and tools to take things to the next level come along to the DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice to see what can be achieved.

    This meeting will include a presentation and plenty of time for Q&A and group discussion.

    Convenor: TBC

    Skill level: Intermediate  

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

    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 294
    Register

    Discussion Topic: To Be Confirmed

    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. All participants are expected to contribute to the discussion.

    Skill level: Advanced

     Facilitator: TBC

    Please note: The topics and tools discussed at this group are pitched at an advanced level and the Research Discussion Group meetings are not recommended for those just beginning their DNA journey.


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

     

    • 28 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 22
    Register

    Christine will share her "Top 10" techniques for working with AncestryDNA. This session is ideal for those who are taking a first look at their AncestryDNA test or thinking about testing at AncestryDNA.

    Demonstrations and case studies will be featured in the session. There'll be plenty of time for questions. Reference material will be available after the session.

    Thanks to the Ancestry for supporting this event by donating an AncestryDNA test for one lucky participant.

    This session is limited to 25 participants.

    This session will conducted on through Zoom and will not be recorded. Participants should be available at the advertised time.


    Skill level: Beginner

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands 

    • 30 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 25
    Register

    Wikitree is collaborative family tree site, where genealogists collaborate.  Best of all it's free!  Wikitree and SAG recently collaborated as partners in the Wikitree '7 in 7' challenge and many members had great fun exploring the connections of 7 people nominated by the Society.  Watch the recording of the Wikitree Reveal on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6gTjBMFlv4

    • Have you joined Wikitree, but are confused about how it works and want to know more?
    • Did you hear about the challenge but not understand how to contribute?
    • Do you understand the basics, but want to be more productive by utilising tools that reduce the amount of typing and make the job of adding sources and building biographies easier?
    • Are you disappointed with how your profiles look and want to get tips and ideas about how to improve them?

    Join Veronica Williams for this collaborative workshop, where we will work together on editing and improving profiles on Wikitree.  We encourage participants to contribute the URL of at least one profile on Wikitree they would like to improve (born before 1900).

    Ideally, to get the most from this workshop participants should have:

    • Joined Wikitree and signed the honour code - so they can edit profiles;
    • Added 2 Wikitree applications to their browser

    If you want to know more about Wikitree you can:

     This session will conducted on through Zoom and will not be recorded. Participants should be available at the advertised time.


    Skill level: Beginner

    Presenter: Veronica Williams and Danielle Lautrec 

    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Genealogical DNA Analysis Tool (GDAT) User Group

    If you already have DNA chromosome analysis skills and are using the GDAT database tool to manage your DNA information, you might wish to join our new user group.  SAG user groups are aimed at ‘members helping members’ so this is a collaborative working group aimed at sharing information and knowledge.  You must be a SAG member to join this group.

    Sessions will include a short presentation on a specified topic identified by the group, followed by discussion between group members, then round table Q&A regarding the product.  We will meet on Saturdays at 10.00-12.00 using the Zoom platform.  We won’t be recording the sessions, so you must attend live.

    Important things to note:

    1. Discussion will be focussed on utilising the GDAT software for DNA analysis;
    2. Members must have an understanding of the principles of chromosome analysis before joining the group;
    3. Chromosome analysis questions WILL NOT be discussed, except in the context of using the GDAT product.

    Pre-requisite Knowledge for using GDAT:

    1. Be computer literate;
    2. Have the ability to work with spreadsheets and large data sets;
    3. Have been working with DNA results at GEDmatch, FamilyTree DNA, My Heritage, or 23andMe for over 12 months;
    4. Understand the concepts of chromosome analysis and can apply them in practice, in particular:
      1. Be able to differentiate between shared matches and shared segments;
      2. Be able to interpret when matches are ICW on a segment;
      3. Understand triangulation concepts and how to identify Triangulated Groups at each DNA site.

    Before joining our user group, it is best if you have already:

    * Watched the video and undertaken all the tasks in the Quick Start Guide (Setting up) - https://sites.google.com/view/genealogical-dna-analysis-tool/home/video-tutorials#h.t5ehfiqzxea3

    * Read how the developer (Becky) approaches her DNA analysis, recognising the tool allows for multiple variations - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iO5BceetmtucroYUJeyWsMSjslV4IQYH/view

    * Set up at least one profile, added a pedigree for that profile and have uploaded segment data from at least one DNA company, such as GEDmatch, FTDNA, 23&Me or My Heritage.  GEDmatch is probably the easiest to start with, utilising Tier 1 tools is recommended for the triangulation report  (but not essential).

    Any issues arising consult the user guide

    https://sites.google.com/view/genealogical-dna-analysis-tool

    If it's not covered in the user guide submit the question for discussion at the next meeting by posting in the SAG GDAT User Group, or if the enquiry is more urgent utilise the Facebook GDAT User group https://www.facebook.com/groups/dnatool


    Skill level: Advanced DNA knowledge    

    Group Lead: Veronica Williams

     This session will not be recorded. Please only register if you are able to attend at the advertised time.

    • 3 Jun 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 496
    Register

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our Scottish ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon, Sue Park and Sally Skulte

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    • 1 Jul 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Interested in Canadian or USA research? Have you any ancestors from this part of the world?

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our USA and Canadian ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Be prepared to introduce yourself and briefly talk about where your USA/Canadian ancestors are from and share with the group one burning question.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Melissa Hulbert, Thistle Anderson, Larry Czarnik & Suzanne Hyde

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.


    • 22 Aug 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our Scottish ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon, Sue Park and Sally Skulte

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    • 14 Oct 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Interested in Canadian or USA research? Have you any ancestors from this part of the world?

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our USA and Canadian ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Be prepared to introduce yourself and briefly talk about where your USA/Canadian ancestors are from and share with the group one burning question.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Melissa Hulbert, Thistle Anderson, Larry Czarnik & Suzanne Hyde

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.


    • 18 Nov 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our Scottish ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Diana Pecar, Elizabeth Gordon, Sue Park and Sally Skulte

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

    • 9 Dec 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 497
    Register
    Interested in Canadian or USA research? Have you any ancestors from this part of the world?

    Topic: To be advised

    Come along and join us as we research our USA and Canadian ancestors in a collaborative, friendly and engaging research group. Be prepared to introduce yourself and briefly talk about where your USA/Canadian ancestors are from and share with the group one burning question.

    Skill level:  All, beginners welcome    

    Leads: Melissa Hulbert, Thistle Anderson, Larry Czarnik & Suzanne Hyde

    This session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.


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