Family History Workshops at SAG for December 2013 and Janurary 2014

Full details on all upcoming activities at Unless otherwise advertised, all activities are held on the top floor of ‘Richmond Villa’, 120 Kent St and are limited to 40 bookings. We regret there is NO disabled access to this area. Prices are shown as Member/Non-member price – when booking online please note that a discount code is no longer needed for members as the price code shown now relates to the non-member price.

WhenTimeTitle/PresentationPriceBrief Description
Wed 4 Dec 120 Kent St
10.30 am – 12.30 pm The Griffiths Valuation and its survey maps and the wonders within - Hilary Walker$20 / $30The Griffith Valuation (overseen by Richard Griffith & published between 1847 & 1864) was the first full scale valuation of property in Ireland. The Index gives us occupiers’ names, parish and townland with survey map numbers identifying individual properties. Hilary will demonstrate how to make the most of these maps, locating information about your ancestors and the farms, houses, or cottages that they occupied.
Sat 7 Dec 120 Kent St
10.30 am – 12.30 pmSocial Media for Family Historians - Carole Riley$20 / $30The internet is a medium for social interaction as well as a source of information. Social media tools such as such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and blogs enable family historians to find and communicate with friends and family around the world to share research, family news and photos. This session will introduce tools that can help with research into family both past and present, and how to recognise and avoid the dangers.
Sat 7 Dec 120 Kent St
1.30 pm - 3.30 pmHistorical photographs of places online – postponed from 7th Sept
- Kerry Farmer
$20 / $30Historical photographs reveal the character of a place and challenge our preconceptions. Comparing old and new can provide fascinating insights. This session concentrates on the Historypin website, but also examines other historical photographic collections such as Flickr, Trove and NSW State Record’s Photo Investigator.
Thu 12 Dec 120 Kent St
10.30 am - 12.30 pmGetting Started on your Family History - December
- Kerry Farmer
Limit 10
Members only
For new members with no family history research experience.
Learn the basics of how to start researching and what to do.
Sat 14 Dec 2/379 Kent St
9.00 am – 10.00 amLibrary Orientation Tour
- December
Members only
Join us for a tour of the SAG library – learn about its layout and the services offered. Why not stay on after the tour and do research!
Mon 16 Dec Your Place
8.00 pm – 9.00 pm$10
Members only
Celia Heritage, UK professional genealogist, will discuss how to find English wills & probate records and how they can add extra depth and knowledge to your family research.
January 2014
Thu 9 Jan 120 Kent St
10.30 am – 12.30 pmApprenticeships in England
- Pauline Kettle
$20 / $30Pauline Kettle will demonstrate how to research English apprenticeships using both the SAG’s library collection and online resources, such as English Origins.
Sat 11 Jan 120 Kent St
10.30 am – 12.30 pm2014 – An organised approach to your family history!
- Bruce Fairhall & Heather Garnsey
$20 / $30Need more time for family history? Need to be more organised?
Heather Garnsey will show how by setting research targets you can progress your family history in 2014, while Bruce will demonstrate how important good recordkeeping is - an organised family historian is a successful one!
Wed 15 Jan Your Place
8.00 pm – 9.00 pmWebinar:
Irish Online – What’s new?
- Cora Num
Members only
Focussing on new websites & resources for Irish research and how to use them, Cora will help further your research on the internet with this webinar.
Thu 16 Jan
2/379 Kent St
9:00 -10:00amLibrary Orientation Tour
- January
Members only
Join us for a tour of the SAG library – learn about its layout and the services offered. Why not stay on after the tour and do research!
Fri 17 Jan 2/379 Kent St
10.30 am - 12.30 pmFamily Search - Hands On
- Vicki Eldridge
$30 / $45 Limit 14
The FamilySearch website has had many changes recently. In this hands-on session learn how to get better results by refining searches and exploring new features on this essential website.
Sat 18 Jan 120 Kent St
10.30 am – 12.30 pmParish Chest
- Jeremy Palmer
$20 / $30These records reflect the lives of many of our ancestors in the period up to the mid-19th century and can be an excellent additional source to parish registers. Many hold overseers of the poor accounts, settlement and removal certificates, bastardy documents, constables’ accounts and local land records.
Sat 18 Jan 120 Kent St
1.30 pm - 3.30 pmJourney around the Journals
- Richard Thomas
$20 / $30Have you ever sat in the Richmond Villa conference room wondering what is in those journals on the shelves around the walls? The Society is currently reorganising its extensive genealogical and family history journal collection. This lecture will explain how to search the SAG catalogue from home and find out what journals we hold in the library and in Villa stack. You will learn how the collection is organised and have a chance to search for a jewel in the Australian collection.
Wed 22 Jan 120 Kent St
10.30 am – 12.30 pmOnline Resources at State Records NSW including getting the most out of Photo Investigator
- Gail Davis
$20 / $30The State Records website is becoming a comprehensive starting point for researching family history in New South Wales. Resources include indexes to records, the catalogue Archives Investigator, Photo Investigator, guides to using the NSW State archives and more. Whether you are researching at home or planning a visit to our reading room this session will help you to navigate your way around the website.

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