Family History Workshops at Society of Australian Genealogists for February 2013

February 2013

Preservation of Family History Documents & Treasures – Representatives from Preservation Australia Pty Ltd

Sat 2 Feb, 120 Kent St 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

$20 / $30

Learn practical tips and techniques for preserving your family history documents and family treasures from professional conservators.

Bring along a document or item for some practical one on one advice during the session.

Birth, Marriage & Death in Colonial India – Sylvia Murphy

Sat 2 Feb, 120 Kent St 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

$20 / $30

Learn about the numerous sources for vital records of the European community in India, Burma etc, their reliability and how to interpret them. Understand why records are incomplete and why some ancestors may be missing from records. What is the impact of religious affiliation on record availability?  What alternative sources may be available?

Family Tree Maker User Group Larry Czarnik

Sat 9, 120 Kent Feb 10.30 am -12.30 pm

$8 / $12

Join other users of this popular software for a Q & A session.

Library Orientation Tour

Mon 11 Feb, 2/379 Kent St 10.00 am –11.00 am


Members only

Join us for a tour of the SAG library – learn about its layout and the services offered.

8.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Webinar: Tracing your Irish Ancestors – Cora Num

Wed 13 Feb, location: Your Place 8.00pm-9.00pm

$10   Members only

Cora Num from will share her valuable knowledge about how to trace those

Irish ancestors using the latest Internet resources and techniques.

Sentenced beyond the Seas: Australia’s early convict records Janette Pelosi

Sat 16 Feb, 120 Kent St 10.30pm-12.30pm

$20 / $30

The 225th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet occurs in 2013. Janette will speak about Australia’s earliest convict records held at SRNSW.

These documents reveal much about the early record keeping of the colony and those who became founders of our nation.

Australia’s First Industrial Strike – Ralph Hawkins

Sat 16 Feb, 120 Kent St , 1.30pm-3.30pm

$20 / $30,

The first industrial strike in Australia occurred in 1819 when sawyers at Epping withdrew their labour for three weeks. Hear our archivist Ralph Hawkins describe this important event.

Sat 23 Feb, 120 Kent St, 10.30 am -12.30 pm

English Research Group –The British Railways (including Scotland) – Alan Day

Sat 23 Feb, 120 Kent St 10.30pm-12.30pm

$8 / $12

The development of railways throughout Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries created a huge range of employment opportunities for both men and women.

Learn about some of the jobs people did, where they worked, and what records have survived from which individuals’ lives may be traced.

Getting Started on your Family History – Vicki Eldridge

Sat 23 Feb, 120 Kent St, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm


Members only

Limit 10

For new members with no family history research experience. Learn the basics of how to start researching and what to do.

Webinar:  Tracing  NSW Convict Ancestors  – Part 2 – Christine Yeats

Wed 27 Feb, location: Your Place  8.00pm-9.00pm


Members only

This webinar follows on from the one in January which introduced us to NSW convict research. Christine will

now explore how other types of records such as Musters, Census records, convict marriages & deaths, Colonial Secretary’s

In Letters and BDM records can further your research.


Link to Programme for January to April 2013: Publicity_ EventsJan-April2013-SAG

Have you checked out lately?

Why not come into your Local Library and check out the Database. New databases are being added weekly that may assist your family research. The following is a list of some already released databases which can be easily searched.

Australian Death Index 1875-1985
Births, Deaths and Marriages,
Australian Census data,
Immigration and Travel
Convict ship register
UK Incoming Passenger lists 1878 -1960
Australian Marriage Index Register
Australian Birth Index 1788 -1922
Australian Electoral Roles: 1903-1980
New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868
Australia and New Zealand Obituary Collection.
New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834
Queensland, Australia, Passenger Lists, 1848-1912
New South Wales, Australia, Immigration Deposit Journals, 1853-1900
1891 New South Wales, Australia Census
New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia, Convict Pardons and Tickets of Leave, 1834-1859
New South Wales, Australia Historical Electoral Rolls, 1842-1864
New South Wales, Australia, Departing Crew and Passenger Lists, 1816-1825, 1898-1911
New South Wales, Australia, Immigration Deposit Journals, 1853-1900