Genealogist and MyHeritage expert Schelly Talalay Dardashti recently visited Australia for a number of genealogy events, about which you can read in detail on her excellent blog Tracing the Tribe. As part of her adventure down under she also made a zip trip to Sydney where I met her. We organised to go to SAG, the Society of Australian Genealogists, who are based in Sydney and are, incidentally, the oldest society of its kind in Australia.
Carole Riley and Kerry Farmer two members of the organisation's Educational Committee, were so kind as to spare some time to give us a tour of their premises.
From left to right: Carole, Schelly and Kerry
The SAG research facility is a very good one with material as obscure as the Orkney Family Newsletter to the more general reference works and genealogy research manuals. The society also has computers to search their database and try out different genealogy programs and offer a variety of events and workshops that benefit the starting or more advanced genealogists. Their premises are certainly worth a visit if you're passing by Kent Street in Sydney!
We spend the rest of the afternoon together, discussing everything from the Family Tree Builder 4 and DNA testing to Australian koala's and the meeting was only ended because the cafe we were at was shutting- all in all a genealogitastic afternoon.
And as there's obviously a significant overlap in our organisation's activities, we’ll be sure to look into ways of working together more closely with SAG in future. We'll keep you posted.