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Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra

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Convict
Early Australia
East Anglia
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Irish
London
North of England
Scottish
South of England
Welsh
Writers

Family Tree Maker
Legacy
Reunion & Mac Support
The Master Genealogist

Special Interest Groups

 

Computer SIG

Convenor: vacant

SIG Purpose: The Computer Interest Group is not only for those already using computers for genealogy - if you are considering the plunge into the computer world, this is the place for asking questions, getting an idea of the programs available etc.

Meeting Time: Currently not meeting.

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information: The meetings are largely informal with discussions on latest trends, available resources, problems encountered, etc. New equipment and the latest genealogy programs are regularly demonstrated.

 

Continental SIG

Convenor: Raoul Middelmann

SIG Purpose: The Continental European Interest Group of HAGSOC meets as a forum for discussion and exchange of information on ancestry in continental Europe.

Meeting Time: 9.30 am on fourth Saturday of even-numbered months except December

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information: More critically than is the case if your ancestors came from England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, searching for your ancestors on the Continent of Europe always involves needing to establish the exact state (or province) to which your ancestor’s places of birth, marriage and death belong at the time of each event, especially given the fact that documents are held in local archives and, if formerly the capital of an independent territory, that historic territory’s state archives. Your European ancestors may well have been born in one country and died in another while both events, decades apart, took place in the same town. This situation arises in a number of continental countries. Most widely known perhaps are Polish speakers who did not have their own country between 1795 and 1918, and yet were born and died in the same town, or nearby ones. These are the sort of issues we face individually, and wrestle with together in our discussions at the bi-monthly meetings of the HAGSOC Continental Special Interest Group.

 

Convict SIG

Convenor: Sue Fallon

SIG Purpose: The Convict Interest Group of HAGSOC meets as a forum for discussion and exchange of information on convict ancestry

Meeting Time: 7.30 pm on second Wednesday of even-numbered months

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information: A HAGSOC convicts Yahoo group has been established.

 

Early Australia SIG

Convenor: Pauline Ramage

SIG Purpose: The Group provides a forum for discussion and exchange of information and to provide mutual support for those interested in researching family history in Australia, other than on convict ancestry

Meeting Time: 2pm on the fourth Sunday of each odd-numbered month

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information:

 

East Anglia SIG

Convenor: June Penny

SIG Purpose: Meetings of the East Anglia Special Interest Group are conducted on an informal basis for general discussion and mutual support for members with an interest in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk and/or Suffolk.

Meeting Time: 7.30 pm third Thursday of the month in January, April, July and October

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

 

Heraldry SIG

Convenor: Niel Gunson

SIG Purpose: To advise and promote the history and application of Heraldry and how it is used throughout the world

Meeting Time: 8pm on the third Thursday of each even month except December, when there is a Christmas get together.

Meeting Place:Contact the Convenor - see Other Information.

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information: Click here for more information on heraldry

 

Irish SIG

Convenor: Barbara Moore

SIG Purpose: The Irish Special Interest Group is open to all members of the Society especially those with Irish ancestry

Meeting Time: 9.30am to 11.30am. On the first Saturday of February, second Saturday of March, May, July, September, November.

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact Barbara Moore on 6281 2497 or by e-mail .

Other Information: The topic for discussion or guest speaker is listed under the Events tab on the website, in the monthly e-Newsletter or in the Society Education and Social Activities section of our quarterly journal, The Ancestral Searcher.

 

London SIG

Convenor: Jeanette Hahn

SIG Purpose: The London Special Interest Group welcomes all current HAGSOC members who have an interest in researching London ancestors.

Meeting Time: 7.30pm fourth Thursday of even-numbered months, except December

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Convenor Jeanette Hahn on 6288 8126 or the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information: We cover the area of London including the City of London, Surrey and Middlesex and parts of Kent and Essex. This includes the Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croyden, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.

 

North of England SIG

Convenor: Peter Procter and Tom Bellas

SIG Purpose: The North-of-England Interest Group is open to all members of the Society with interests in Yorkshire and/or Lancashire and any of the counties north thereof to the Scottish border.

Meeting Time: 7.30pm second Thursday ofFebruary, May, August and November

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: Peter Procter (6288 7502) or Tom Bellas (6288 5041)

Other Information: The dates of the meetings are listed in the Diary Dates section of The Ancestral Searcher.

Date Presenter Topic
9 February 2017 Tom Bellas Society journals in the North of England
11 May 2017 Jeanette Weedon Maps and landscapes using Geograph
10 August 2017 Heather Hall Sources of myths and legends in family history
9 November 2017 Jeanette Hahn Updates in popular search sites

 

Scottish SIG

Convenor: Robert Forrester

SIG Purpose: The Scottish Interest Group is open to current members of the Society and all are welcome, especially those with Scottish ancestry.

Meeting Time: 7.30pm first Thursday of every even month.

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact:

Other Information: See the HAGSOC Calendar for details of topics to be discussed at each meeting.

 

South of England SIG

Convenor: Dick Stevens

SIG Purpose: The South-of-England Special Interest Group is open to all members who have either an ancestor or an interest in the following English counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucester, Hampshire (incl. Isle of Wight), Oxfordshire, Scilly & Channel Islands, Somerset, Sussex, Wiltshire, Surrey and Kent (the latter two counties comprise only those parts not known as Greater London-covered by the London SIG).

Meeting Time: 7.30pm second Wednesday of odd months except January

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information: Meetings are conducted on an informal basis, with specialised assistance, general discussion, mutual support and talks on a variety of topics.

 

Welsh SIG

Convenor: Currently in abeyance

SIG Purpose: To share information and techniques relevant to Welsh genealogy.

Meeting Time: currently not meeting

Meeting Place:

Contact: For more information about this group please contact the Secretary by e-mail .

Other Information:

 

Writers SIG

Convenor: Gina Tooke

SIG Purpose: The Writers Special Interest Group provides a supportive environment where like-minded members with an interest in writing family history can develop their writing skills. Are you meeting your writing goals? Don’t know how to start? Maybe you have already published a book. We encourage members at all stages of their writing journey to come along to our meetings and exchange information, ideas and techniques. The meetings are a mix of presentations and show and tell where we share our writing within the group.
The topic for each meeting is advertised in the calendar of events and in the President’s monthly newsletter. Join us at a meeting soon and come and hear what other HAGSOC members are writing about.

Meeting Time: 10am to 12.30pm third Saturday of each month February to November

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Contact:

Other Information:

Software User Groups

 

Family Tree Maker Users Group

The purpose of this group is to share information about the Family Tree Maker (FTM) family history program.
A gold coin donation covers the cost of morning tea. The aim of the group is to share information and provide practical support to members, from the expertise and experience within the group. Each meeting will have time for discussion and questions and answers sections, and every second month there will be an educational component presented by a member of the group. All versions of FTM are supported. Both new and experienced users of FTM welcomed.

Meeting Time: 10.00am on the second Thursday of each month.

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Convenors: Barbara Broad and Mick Hanley

Contact:

 

Legacy Users Group

The purpose of this group is to share information about the Legacy family history program.

Meeting Time: 10am on the third Thursday of each month.

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT

Convenor: Julie Hesse

Contact:

 

Reunion & Mac Support Users Group

The purpose of this group is to share information about the Reunion family history application and the Apple Macintosh platform.
This group encourages members to actively participate in developing skills, offers support to questions on using the Mac, explores family history and Mac-based related tools. A gold coin donation covers the cost of morning tea.

Meeting Time: 9.30 to 11.30am on the first Friday of each month, except January.

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT.

Contact:

 

The Master Genealogist Users Group (TMG)

The purpose of this group is to learn, share and troubleshoot features of The Master Genealogist(TMG) family history program.

At each meeting we have a presentation on a feature of the software, followed by general discussion about discoveries, questions and issues that have arisen within the user group in the use of TMG. All users of TMG are welcome with a gold coin donation covering use of the rooms.

Meeting Time: 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of even numbered months, with an additional social event in December.

Meeting Place: HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook, ACT.

Contact: