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01 February 2019
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    Webinar - Friday 01 February 2019 - Tuesday 30 April 2019 10:30am - 05:00pm
    Webinar Season Ticket - February to April 2019

    Only available until 4 February.

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

    • British Newspaper Archives, Aoife O'Connor, 5 February
    • Double helix history, Jerome de Groot, 27 February
    • Oops, I wish I'd checked the original, Angela Phippen, 8 March
    • Using Wikitree for DNA and projects, Veronica Williams, 25 March
    • UK wills and probate before 1858, Heather Garnsey, 9 April
    • Tracing the origins of Chinese Australian ancestors, Kate Bagnall, 15 April

23 February 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 23 February 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    English Research Group - The rapid growth of London & the Home Counties

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Pauline Kettle   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    From the early 18th century London‘s industry and trade was expanding beyond the city limits. What were these developments and how did it affect our London ancestors? Record keeping and archives grew, but with boundary changes over the years archives may have moved. The talk will cover industry, trades, people and archives.

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    Lecture - Saturday 23 February 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    London Calling

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Michelle Patient   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    An afternoon discussing the benefits of visiting London and its repositories onsite rather than virtually. Sharing our experiences, warning of possible pitfalls and timing your travel dates to coincide with related events. Things to do and plan for before you leave and tasks to follow up on your return home. With RootsTech 2019 being in London 24-26 October maybe next year is THE year to go!

27 February 2019
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    Webinar - Wednesday 27 February 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Double helix history

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Jerome de Groot   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    In this webinar Jerome de Groot will talk about some of the key concerns surrounding DNA genealogy. He will look at practice, techniques, ethics, and some of the wider issues raised by genetic genealogy.

28 February 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 28 February 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Occupational records in the NSW State Archives

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Gail Davis   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Gail Davis offers tips, tactics and practical advice for finding records of NSW Government employees, as well as those people whose professions had to be licensed by the Government. This talk will cover the A-Z of occupations and professions, as well as sources for some lesser known or unusual occupations.

    Please note the change of date from the printed program, which said 21 February.

07 March 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 07 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Have you finished your family history?

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $10 (special price)

    Donating your family history to the Society of Australian Genealogists is a great way to preserve your work and help others with their research, but you do not have to wait until you are finished with it! You could donate now. Find out what the Society accepts, how it is made accessible to researchers, how to organise your materials for donation.

08 March 2019
  • Webinar - Friday 08 March 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Oops, I wish I'd checked the original

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Angela Phippen   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    On the anniversary of Congress2018, Angela Phippen revisits her plenary presentation:

    Today our access to genealogical information and ability to share it means that it is so easy to 'copy and paste' that we can forget to ask the most basic, yet vital, questions. What is the source of the information? Am I looking at the original or a transcript?

09 March 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 09 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    DNA Research Group AM session - Intermediate Users

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    These sessions focus on the application of a range of DNA tools in practice, so participants need to understand basic DNA concepts. This meeting will cover: Understanding your matches. Applying the Leeds method to AncestryDNA and other company DNA results, such as FTDNA and My Heritage.  

    Suitable for intermediate DNA researchers.

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    Research/Software Group - Saturday 09 March 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    DNA Research Group PM session - Advanced Users

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Convenor: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    This is a discussion group and participants are required to do preparation work.

    This meeting will cover:New DNA matching tools are being introduced all the time. How have these new methods helped your research? We will discuss methods such as Genetic Affairs Auto Clustering, DNAGedcom Client’s NEW Collins’ Leeds Method and Charting Companions DNA Matrix.   

    Suitable for advanced DNA researchers.

14 March 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 14 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - 'Leane times'

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Wendy Frew   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    One family’s transformation from Cornish farmers to Australian Fighters

    Larger-than-life, the five Leane brothers and their sons were lauded for their bravery and military exploits at Gallipoli and the Western Front. But when Wendy Frew opened the genealogy cupboard to learn more, out fell a bunch of Cornish farmers, a family of women’s suffragists and much more.

15 March 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 15 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 Trove

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jill Ball   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Get tips on using Trove for family history and apply these as you work through a range of exercises using the various categories of Trove resources. Saving, downloading, sharing, citing and printing from Trove will be covered. Using tags and creating lists for our research will be addressed and an opportunity to correct newspaper text will be given. Attendees need to be familiar with using the internet. A Trove account can be set up at the session. Limit 14

16 March 2019
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    Lecture - Saturday 16 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    The English Parish Chest

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    In addition to records of baptisms, marriages and burials, parish chests have been used in England since the 16th century to store records of apprenticeships, militia, parish support, fathers of illegitimate children – and much more. Kerry Farmer will demonstrate how these records can be used to solve many genealogical puzzles.

21 March 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 21 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Visiting the home towns of your ancestors

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Tiphanee Athans   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    On a recent trip to Northern Ireland, Tiphanee Athans discovered the many benefits of visiting the home towns of your ancestors. Part history lesson, part geography, part research trip and general advice about family history travel.

    This event has been cancelled.

22 March 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 22 March 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 Researching your German ancestors online

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ben Hollister   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    Ben Hollister, from the German History Alliance, will guide you through finding and using resources in Ancestry and FamilySearch to research your German ancestors. Limit 14

    If you wish to book for this event AND the German Focus Day you must book by telephone to obtain the discount.

    Please note there was an error in the printed program. The correct commencement time is 1.30pm, not 10.30am.

23 March 2019
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    Day Course - Saturday 23 March 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    German Focus Day

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ben Hollister   Bookings essential: $50 members, $65 non-members

    Join Ben Hollister from the German History Alliance for a full day of tips and search strategies for your German and Prussian ancestors. Topics: History and geography of Germany; Migration patterns to of Germans to Australia; Researching your Germans in Australia; Researching your Germans in Europe; Reading German Script; and Problems with German Names. (morning and afternoon tea provided, BYO lunch)

    NOTE:  If you book for both of the German events you pay a discounted price of $80 for members and $110 for non-members, but you must book by telephone or in person and this offer is subject to there being places available in the workshop as numbers are strictly limited.

25 March 2019
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    Webinar - Monday 25 March 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Using Wikitree for DNA and projects

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Veronica Williams   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Wikitree is a free online collaborative family tree website. In this webinar, Veronica Williams demonstrates a range of Wikitree DNA tools to help advance your genetic research. The session will also discuss a variety of ways you can collaborate with other genealogists on projects, such as convicts, one name studies or place names.  If you are not familiar with Wikitree, you should first watch the recording of the free SAG webinar held last August (contact the office for a link to the recording).

27 March 2019
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    External Tour - Wednesday 27 March 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Ralph's Millers Point walking tour

    Location: Starts at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Ralph Hawkins   Bookings essential: $25 members, $35 non-members

    Walk in the steps of the convict stonemasons, millers, sea captains and merchants of Millers Point. See the history and hear the stories of Sydney’s colourful past. Walk starts with a lecture at Richmond Villa. Limit 15.

30 March 2019
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    Day Course - Saturday 30 March 2019 10:00am - 01:00pm
    DNA Beginners Drop In

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Bookings encouraged, but are not essential: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Volunteers from SAG’s DNA Research Group will be running Help Desks to answer your beginner DNA questions. Assistance may be individual or in small groups depending on numbers. There are no lectures. If you require one on one assistance, please consider booking a DNA consultation with us for another day.

    Arrive anytime between 10am and 1pm, and stay as long as you like until 1pm.

04 April 2019
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    Lecture - Thursday 04 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Scrapbooking for family history

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Danielle Lautrec   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Scrapbooks are a fun and engaging way to record your family history and share it with family and friends. In this session we will examine scrapbooks from the SAG collection and other examples, and discuss the methods and tools you need to create your own family history scrapbook. If you already have a scrapbook about your family, bring it along!

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    Lecture - Thursday 04 April 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Framed and despatched: The AJCP and the pictures collection of the State Library of NSW

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenters: David Berry and Kathi Spinks, State Library of NSW   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a rich source of information for family historians researching the colonial period yet it remains an under-utilised resource. This session will pinpoint the records of interest to family historians and demonstrate how to access the information. The full range of finding aids including database access to digitised records will be covered.

    The State Library of NSW has an extensive collection of pictures which can be invaluable to a family historian. In this session you’ll learn how to search and access pictures in the Library catalogue, and also find out what is available to view in our new galleries.

05 April 2019
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    Hands On Session - Friday 05 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Hands On @ 379 GEDmatch

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Kerry Farmer   Bookings essential: $37 members, $52 non-members

    GEDmatch is a (mostly free) website providing tools for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA and want to be able to find relatives and identify relationships, with those who have tested at any of the main testing companies. Note: Attendees MUST have already loaded their DNA results into GEDmatch. Limit 14

06 April 2019
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    Library Tour - Saturday 06 April 2019 09:00am - 10:00am
    Free Library Tour - Where do I start at the SAG library?

    Location: 2/379 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Free, members only but bookings are essential

    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? Limit 10.

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    Lecture - Saturday 06 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    familysearch.org - live demonstration

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Vicki Eldridge   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    This large website is a must for all family historians. If you use it but feel you're only scratching the surface, or have never used it before, this could be of great interest to you. Records, searches, and results - it's what we all want!

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    Lecture - Saturday 06 April 2019 01:30pm - 03:30pm
    Mapping your ancestors

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Jeff Madsen   Bookings essential: $24 members, $37 non-members

    Show – don’t tell!!

    Replace lengthy descriptions of places with a simple map and improve your family stories. Using maps will give a sense of place and the setting of your family story. Maps can show the family’s position in the world, their local environment and the path of their travels.

    Learn about maps using different content, sources of maps for you to use and displaying your ancestors lives using Google Maps that can then be shared with others.

    NB This event was advertised in the printed program as Sat 13 April 12.30pm-12.30pm, but had to be rescheduled due to the presenter's other commitments.

09 April 2019
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    Webinar - Tuesday 09 April 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    UK wills and probate before 1858

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Heather Garnsey   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    Locating the will of an ancestor who died prior to 1858 can be complex and confusing. While online resources are giving researchers better access it can still be difficult to locate a will. Find out what PCC and PCY wills were, and get tips on where and how you might find an ancestor’s will if it wasn’t proven in either of those courts.   

11 April 2019
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    Research/Software Group - Thursday 11 April 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Writing Discussion Group - Same story, different audiences

    Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney (more information here)

    Presenter: Alison Meldrum   Bookings essential: $12 members, $17 non-members

    Have a story you want to tell, to two different audiences?  Alison Meldrum will show how you can adapt your story, without losing any of the details.

15 April 2019
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    Webinar - Monday 15 April 2019 08:00pm - 09:00pm
    Tracing the origins of Chinese Australian ancestors

    Location: Your place!

    Presenter: Kate Bagnall   Bookings essential: $12, Members only

    In this webinar University of Wollongong historian Dr Kate Bagnall looks at how to trace Chinese Australian ancestors back to China. It covers information such as: the origins and languages of early Chinese migrants to Australia; understanding Chinese Australian names; relevant records and how to find them; and making a 'roots searching' trip to China.