Sunday, March 1, 2015

Society of Australian Genealogists

Society of Australian Genealogists Activities in March:
Thursday 5 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Victorian Way of Death
The Victorians developed a unique approach to celebrating the death of their loved ones through elaborate funerals and the garden cemetery movement of the 19th century. In this talk we will consider the stylistic development, imagery and symbolism used, changes with WWI, and discuss strategies for interpreting difficult inscriptions. This talk is ideal for those who haven't done much research in cemeteries before. Presenter: Stephen Palmer. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Saturday 7 March (10.30am - 12.00pm) - Tour - Gallipoli Series - Using and Evaluating Sources in Family History - Macquarie University
    With an emphasis on (but not restricted to) World War I sources, we are invited to Macquarie University's Australian History Museum to learn about analysing and using sources, evaluating their usefulness, bias and value to inform research about any topic at any level. Using hands-on activities and case studies from the Museum's own collections this trip will enable the family historian to apply principles of historiography to their work. The Museum is staffed by qualified academics from the History faculty of the University. The Museum is located within University's North Ryde campus with parking available very close by and public transport servicing the University. Upon registration you will be provided with detailed information on how to get there and where to meet. Limited to 20 participants. Bookings essential. $10 ($15 non-members).
  • Wednesday 11 March (8.00pm - 9.00pm) - Webinar - Tracing Irish Ancestors on FindMyPast
    Join the Head of Irish Data and Business Development as he explains how FindMyPast can help you with your Irish research. A great way to break down those Irish brick walls as we head towards St Patrick's Day. Bookings essential. $10. SAG Members only.
  • Saturday 14 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Legacy Software Group
    An informal meeting of current and potential Legacy users to exchange information, ideas and techniques. Bring your questions and laptop. Facilitator – Bev Hyssett. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 21 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Gallipoli Series - Finding Your Military Ancestors
    Do you have an ancestor in the Army? Military records in the UK, most Commonwealth countries and the USA are thorough, especially since the Battle of Waterloo. Most European countries also have good records. Asian countries hold a very variable range, and most of these are of officers. Most of all these records are not digitised- as yet. We will look at how to access records for the Army, Navy, the Air Force and Women’s Services, and some means to understand a very complex situation. Presenter: Peter Trebilco. Bookings essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Tuesday 24 March (11.00am - 12.00pm) - Tour - Preservation Australia
    In November’s Lost In event, Kay Soderlund of Preservation Australia spoke very passionately about storing and preserving paper and artefacts and brought along some tools of the trade. Whether you were in the audience and were intrigued, or would like to know the latest information on how to store what’s in your family archive, this is a great opportunity to learn from the very same experts that the top Libraries and Museums go to help keep their precious items safe for generations to come. Visit Preservation Australia’s premises in Annandale and see their conservation studio, buy from their range of archival products and discuss ways of preserving your family heritage. This is a special event for SAG members, as a follow up to the talk given at our ‘Lost In’ event in November. Meet at their premises at Annandale - exact information will be provided for those who have booked closer to the date. There is 2 hour and all-day parking close by and it is close to Parramatta Road so well serviced by buses. Note - there is a steep flight of steps to reach the conservation studio. Bookings essential. Members Only and limited to 20 participants. $10.
  • Tuesday 31 March (11.00am - 12.00pm) - Tour - Cockatoo Island
    Meet on the island. Cockatoo Island is a site of significance for Sydnesiders, frombeing a convict gaol to WWII when it was a maintenance site for the Australian Navy. Enjoy a day of history with an hour's tour by SHF guides. Participants must make their own arrangements to get to the Island - the ferry timetable will be provided closer to the event. Bookings close Thursday 26 March. Limited to 25 participants. Bookings Essential. $20 ($25 non-members)