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Irish
Scottish
Writers

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Legacy
Reunion & Mac Support
The Master Genealogist

Special Interest Groups

 

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:

 

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: Michele Rainger

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 e-mail Michele .

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

 

Digital Asset Management (DAM) Special Interest Group

What's on 4 October 2019:

Our meetings are loosely structured, consisting of four segments that cover most areas of interest within the scope of the SIG.

The segment titles are:

  • Tech Topics
  • Organising Tips
  • Member Presentation
  • Digital Legacy Project

This structure allows those members who haven’t purchased the digital legacy book to leave the meeting when we come to that segment, if desired.
Hopefully the structure will also give us the opportunity to range over more topics of interest (even if only sometimes briefly). Each segment is a guide only and likely to be half hour each in duration. The segments will be entirely flexible depending on how much each topic needs per meeting.
You can find out more by emailing us with your interest in the SIG at the address below. The topics will be updated one week before the meeting.
We welcome your contributions for the upcoming meetings. You don’t need to use Powerpoint or a computer. We also have two whiteboards, and you can simply talk to the group.

Tech Topic: A timely discussion on scams and an example from one of our members to start the conversation, hear of your experiences and what to do about it.

Organising Tips: Combined with Member Presentation this month.

Member Presentation: Gail Neumann will present her approach to organising her family history papers both on the computer and in the bookshelf. This will be followed by suggestions from members on how you manage your photographs and selecting ones for digitising.

Digital Legacy Project: An open discussion on where we go with the Digital Legacy project, and some suggestions on an easier approach to addressing an important aspect of our asset management.

Meeting Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm on the first Friday of every even month, except December.

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

Convenors: Danny O'Neill, Ann Peut

Contact:

What is DAM?

A possible description of digital assets and their management could be the following: Digital assets are any form of born or derivative digital file - including images, scans of analog media (paper documents, videos and photographs), documents, photos, videos, and presentations. Digital Asset Management refers to using systems and processes for the unbroken maintenance in organising, storing and retrieving digital assets, managing access rights (including in our absence or after death) and permissions (privacy and security), preserving and backing up digital assets, and ensuring continuity over time (e.g. migrating to new formats).

About the DAM name
This acronym is the name given by the author Peter Krogh for his book "The DAM Book - Digital Asset Management for Photographers" and many of his principles and ideas have been incorporated in thousands of photographer's workflows since it came out in 2005. The third edition of his book is now available, and HAGSOC members can receive a discount - details at the meeting.

 

DNA SIG

Convenors: Elizabeth Hannan and Marilyn Woodward

SIG Purpose: The DNA special interest group is a forum for sharing ideas on how to get the most out of DNA testing for genealogical research.

Meeting Time: 12.30pm to 2pm second Saturday of every odd month except for January

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

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

 

English and Welsh SIG

Convenors: Jeanette Hahn and June Penny

SIG Purpose: Members of the Society are all welcome to join the English & Welsh special interest group forum for sharing ideas and exchanging information on how to get the most out of English & Welsh family history research.

Meeting Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm third Thursday of each odd month i.e. Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep & Nov

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.

 

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.

 

Writers SIG

Convenor: Clare McGuinnes

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

Support team: 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 except December.

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

Convenor: Julie Hesse

Contact:

 

Reunion & Mac Support Users Group

New to Reunion? A short one-on-one session is offered at 9.00am., before the main group meets at 9.30am.
This will be an open session on beginner topics, or work one-on-one to help with getting you started, or with questions you might have.

Then at 9.30 we will have the main meeting. I ask that any topics or questions you have, or solutions you have found to make life with Reunion or the Mac easier, be sent to me for inclusion in what we also cover.

The purpose of this group is to share information about the Reunion family history software 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. Please bring along a cup.

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

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: