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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

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

    • 17 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place!
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    The research practice and interests of family historians are often defined as unscientific, uncritical, emotional and of little value to the academy or anyone else bar their own family group.

    We interrogate these assumptions here and bring together a range of scholars at different stages of their career who have worked on family histories or with family historians in conversation with family historians to hear about their research and its impact.


    For a copy of the program and further details about each speaker please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/Program-Macquarie-CAH


    This is a free webinar presented by the Macquarie University Centre for Applied History.

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

    Skill level: All     Organiser:  Associate Professor Tanya Evans

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


    • 16 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Your place
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    Receiving your test results is an exciting time but it can quickly become confusing. This session will look at the different types of tests available, which one is right for you and which companies do these tests. We will look at some basics to help you understand and interpret your matches and there will be plenty of time for questions so you can start finding those new cousins!

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

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


    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Melissa Hulbert    

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

    • 20 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 6 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 16 sessions
    • Your Place!
    Register

    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!
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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


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

    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.

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

    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

    • 8 Apr 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
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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 May 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
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    Author Presentation: Stephen Gow


    Join author Stephen Gow as he discusses his new book "From Distress to Deliverance: the life and times of William Gow, convict, schoolmaster, farmer".


    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

    • 10 Jun 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
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    Theme: TBA




    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

Past events

28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
24 Nov 2020 WEBINAR: Maps at the National Library of Scotland (ST)
21 Nov 2020 WEBINAR: Family history fundamentals - Part 2 Analysing the evidence
17 Nov 2020 WEBINAR: Ethical dilemmas in genealogy (ST)
14 Nov 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker PM session
14 Nov 2020 GROUP: Family Tree Maker AM session
12 Nov 2020 GROUP: Writing Discussion Group - DNA stories
10 Nov 2020 WEBINAR: Using Genetic Affairs to cluster your DNA Matches (ST)
7 Nov 2020 GROUP: New Zealand Research Group
4 Nov 2020 Ancestry tips
31 Oct 2020 In Search of...My Irish Ancestors
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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