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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 and you can download a PDF of the August-December program here.

Browse in List view or change it to Calendar view to see what’s on in each month. 

ONLINE DELIVERY

Due to restrictions on events as part of the COVID19 response, all of our events are currently being delivered online using Gotowebinar, Gotomeeting or Zoom (depending on the nature of the event). We are committed to continuing to provide you with a great range of online genealogy events.

Online bookings close two days before a webinar and midnight the day before other events. Late bookings may be made by calling the office during office hours on (02) 9247 3953.

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

    • 21 Oct 2020
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 20 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 52
    Register

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

    • 10 Nov 2020 Using Genetic Affairs to cluster your DNA matches, Evert-Jan Blom
    • 17 Nov 2020 Ethical dilemmas in genealogy, Dr Penny Walters
    • 24 Nov 2020 Maps at the National Library of Scotland, Chris Fleet
    • 8 Dec 2020 Tracing your Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk & Sussex ancestors from a distance, Gill Blanchard
    • 7 Jan 2021 Australian Joint Copying Project via TROVE, Carmel Galvin
    • 28 Jan 2021 Universities and postwar recovery 1943-57: A biographical research project, Elizabeth Gillroy


    Only available until 5 Nov.

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 362
    Registration is closed

    Just started your family history or need a refresher? The Family History Fundamentals course is a three part online course being held on Saturdays 24 Oct, 21 Nov and 12 Dec, from 10.30am-12.30pm. Full details of each session can be found in the individual listings for those sessions.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    Part 1: Getting Started Saturday 24 October 10:30am-12:30pm. The first of the three-part session primarily uncovers the principles of family history research, with a particular emphasis on understanding the diversity between types of sources. The session will demonstrate numerous forms of charting and the necessary information required for each. It will then demonstrate search techniques, including reference to diverse repositories and instruction on how to best utilise them your research. To end, the session will discuss the importance of appropriate research planning as well as methods to achieve success.   

    Part 2: Analysing the evidence Saturday 21 November 10:30am-12:30pm. Part two will enhance the theoretical grounding gathered from part one as it focuses on the practical aspects of genealogy. A detailed breakdown of source analysis will demonstrate how to recognise errors and overcome research challenges, ensuring that the sources help your research to its full potential. The session will also cover handwriting analysis and increase your problem-solving capabilities.  

    Part 3: Documenting and presenting Saturday 12 December 10:30am-12:30pm. Part three is focussed on how to share your discoveries with other researchers, including: charts, software, reports, books and online, allowing you to choose a method that best suits you. This session differentiates between documentation and presentation, and what is required in the correct execution of both. An important final step is how to ensure your citation process is as easy as can be. 

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

    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 313
    Registration is closed

    On Saturday 31 October 9.00am to 4.00pm we will be hosting a virtual conference focusing on Irish Ancestors and how SAG can support your own related research. There will be a mixture of international and Australian presenters, most presenting live on the day. As a special inclusion links to two pre-recorded presentations from Irish experts Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons will be provided to all attendees.

    A special welcome to the conference will be given by Owen Feeney, the Sydney Consul-General of Ireland. There are breaks between presentations and recordings will be available to all who register. The presenters are: Owen Feeney, Ireland XO, Jill Ball, Veronica Williams, Brian Donovan, Fiona Fitzsimons, Kerry Farmer and more.

    Additional activities and recordings will be available to registered attendees and SAG members. An overview of the program is available from this link.

    Bookings close 28 October.

    • 4 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 66
    Register

    Join Michelle Patient each month for Ancestry Tips - an hour focussing on using the Ancestry website, with plenty of time for your questions. 


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

    • 7 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 489
    Register

    Using a little E.S.P in your New Zealand research.

    Electoral Rolls, Sheep Holders and Police Records. These on-line New Zealand records can help track down your ancestors.

    Where and when were they living town? In what towns and with whom? What was their occupation and did they move around? Follow their fortunes with the size of their sheep flock. Were they in any trouble with the law? Just some of the questions that can be answered to give you greater insight into the lives of your New Zealand ancestors.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Pauline Weeks

    • 10 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 390
    Register

    This presentation is recommended for advanced and intermediate DNA users. It will demonstrate advanced features of the Genetic Affairs website, including automated and the new semi-automated clustering tools. Most clustering methods are based on shared matches, but AutoSegment uses triangulated segments that are shared between matches and is available for MyHeritage, 23andme, FTDNA, and GEDmatch. Genetic Affairs also provides a tool to combine the data from the different companies into one big clustering.


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

    Skill level: Intermediate and Advanced     Presenter:  Evert-Jan Blom, Genetic Affairs

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 393
    Register

    This session will examine how to write your DNA stories – share exciting discoveries, explain the DNA evidence, protect the privacy of the living and deal with uncovered secrets in a sensitive manner.  


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 393
    Register

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

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 394
    Register

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

    Members can book for all FTM meetings between Aug-Nov using the Family Tree Maker Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Convenor: Larry Czarnik

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 393
    Register

    With a PhD in Ethics and a background of teaching Psychology, University lecturer Dr Penny Walters, author of recently published ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ will discuss what ethics and morality mean, and what these have to do with genealogy.  “I’m just compiling our family tree, what possible problems could there be?” Dr Penny Walters leads us to examine how we handle issues such as discovering other people’s secrets and lies, dealing with strangers on the internet and finding that some relatives aren’t now related. Attendees will benefit from considering ethical issues with more empathy and sensitivity.

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

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Penny Walters

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 98
    Register

    Just started your family history or need to develop your skills further? This session will cover tips and techniques for analysing sources and the information within them, and using that as evidence in your family history. It will include analysing handwriting, evaluating sources and problem solving.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course. 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 $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Family History Fundamentals - FULL COURSE.      

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec
    • 24 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 394
    Register

    The National Library of Scotland now has over a quarter of a million maps available online, primarily covering Great Britain and Scotland in the last two centuries. This talk will focus on which of these are the most useful for family history research, and their primary content. It will demonstrate the main ways of finding these maps and viewing them online, as well as the range of georeferenced map viewers, and how these can best be used together.


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

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Christopher Fleet

    Maps Curator National Library of Scotland

    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 135
    Register

    AncestryDNA Clustering. Presenter: Christine Woodlands

    Grouping your AncestryDNA matches is the first step in understanding your connection to all those “unknown” cousins who could help you solve your DNA dilemma(s). We’re expecting you will have some exposure to AncestryDNA groupings. We'll provide information prior to the session for those new to grouping or who want a refresh. We’d like to hear from you at DNASydneyDiscussion@gmail.com if-

    • you’d like to share how grouping helped you break down a brick wall or
    • you have a match of over 60cM at AncestryDNA that you can’t place in your tree or
    • you have issues in grouping your matches.

    Over the next few weeks, you’ll work with us to present case studies on the day which will be used to promote discussion with the group.

    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

     

    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 135
    Register

    Genetic Affairs Tools and Techniques. Chair: Kerry Farmer

    Genetic Affairs.com is an exciting new website that provides tools for DNA researchers. What Genetic Affairs tools do you use? How have your DNA outcomes been improved by using them? Our discussion group provides an opportunity to share your discoveries and also learn from others.

    This session is a facilitated discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of the various Genetic Affairs tools and techniques. It requires pre-work by participants that will be distributed before the meeting.

    NOTE: A webinar on Genetic Affairs is also planned for Tuesday 10th November, presented by Evert-Jan Blom. It is recommended that you also attend this session as it will be discussed on the day.

    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     Presenter: Kerry Farmer

     

    • 2 Dec 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 86
    Register

    Join Michelle Patient each month for Ancestry Tips - an hour focussing on using the Ancestry website, with plenty of time for your questions. 


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

    • 8 Dec 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 394
    Register

    While we are not currently able to travel to the UK to further our research we can still make discoveries from afar. Join East Anglia specialist, professional genealogist and author Gill Blanchard in this webinar where Gill will discuss ways to trace your Cambridgeshire, Essex , Norfolk and Sussex ancestors from a distance.


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

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Gill Blanchard, Past Search


    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 100
    Register

    The Last Full Stop. A discussion on what you do, once you have finished writing 'the book'. Looking at ideas on publishing. What to write next. This is an open forum for all members to join in.


    Members can book for all WDG meetings between Aug-Dec using the Writing Discussion Group Ticket and receive a discount.

    Skill level: All     Convenor: Lilian Magill

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
    • 95
    Register

    This session will cover tips and techniques for writing it up and sharing your family history with other researchers in a variety of forms, including charts, software, reports, books and online. It will also cover tips for making source citations easier.

    Family History Fundamentals is a three part course. 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 $60 members, $90 non-members, please book using the event called WEBINAR: Family History Fundamentals - FULL COURSE.

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Danielle Lautrec

    • 7 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 396
    Register

    The AJCP is a collection of unique historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Join blogger and retired teacher/librarian Carmel Galvin as she explains the wealth of material that can be found in the digitised records from the AJCP.



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

    Skill level: All     Presenter:  Carmel Galvin


    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
    • 399
    Register

    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


Past events

24 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 1 Getting started
20 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: Where to look when your Australian or UK ancestors ‘disappear’
17 Oct 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Group
16 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 3
15 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: Practical application of copyright in family history
10 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
8 Oct 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
7 Oct 2020 Ancestry tips
2 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 2
30 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: A triangle of care
26 Sep 2020 Building research trees at Ancestry
26 Sep 2020 WORKSHOP: Trove newspapers
24 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Finding the unknowable
19 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Introduction to Findmypast
18 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 1
17 Sep 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Ten Doors Down
10 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: The FamilySearch family tree: How to use it and why you should
7 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Bond, James Bond
3 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: Spring clean your family history
2 Sep 2020 Ancestry tips
28 Aug 2020 COURSE: DNA Painter Tools Course
27 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: What was the parish really like?
25 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Off the beaten track - The importance of Regional Archives
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
19 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Using the internet and PRONI for Northern Irish research
15 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: DNA tested and wondering what to do with it?
13 Aug 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - Writing for Descent
11 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Introduction to DNA reconstruction (concepts & tools)
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
8 Aug 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
6 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Using Excel for family history
5 Aug 2020 Ancestry tips
4 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Geneablogging for You
1 Aug 2020 Family Tree Maker Beginners Course
30 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: Grouping your AncestryDNA matches using the “Leeds Method”
28 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: MyHeritage collections and tips
25 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
22 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: Scottish research resources before 1800
13 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: What's in a name?
11 Jul 2020 GROUP: The Master Genealogist Software Group
9 Jul 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - In a bleak mid-winter
4 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: Working with AncestryDNA - An introduction!
1 Jul 2020 Ancestry tips
29 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Restoring and managing family photographs
23 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Habsburgology: Research in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire
19 Jun 2020 HANDS ON: Family Tree DNA
18 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 3 Documenting and Presenting
16 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: City of Sydney: Archives and History Resources
13 Jun 2020 GROUP: Caribbean Research Group
11 Jun 2020 WEBINAR: Death death death
11 Jun 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group
6 Jun 2020 Lost In the Country
3 Jun 2020 Ancestry tips
28 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 2 Analysing the evidence
23 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history software & charting – Family Tree Maker & Legacy
23 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history software & charting – Introduction
19 May 2020 WEBINAR: Victorian British records in Findmypast
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in practice
14 May 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
11 May 2020 WEBINAR: Focussing your efforts – Research planning techniques
9 May 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker
7 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 1 Getting started
7 May 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - FULL COURSE
6 May 2020 Ancestry tips
5 May 2020 WEBINAR: Breaking down UK brick walls with parish registers and associated records
2 May 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
30 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Convict records in the NSW State Archives
30 Apr 2020 LECTURE: Convict records in the NSW State Archives
21 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Education records in Queensland
18 Apr 2020 GROUP: Legacy Software Users Group
16 Apr 2020 WORKSHOP: Brickwalls
16 Apr 2020 WEBINAR WORKSHOP: Brickwalls
9 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Online books for family history
9 Apr 2020 COURSE: Publishing Workshop
9 Apr 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - What the editor wants
9 Apr 2020 GROUP CHAT: Writing Discussion Group - Help! I'm stuck
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Working with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
4 Apr 2020 LECTURE: Working with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
4 Apr 2020 FREE LIBRARY TOUR: Where do I start at the SAG library?
1 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Putting your family history online
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
1 Feb 2020 WEBINAR SEASON TICKET: Feb-April 2020
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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