Society of Australian Genealogists

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History         [edit | edit source]

          The society was established in 1932 and is considered the oldest society of its kind in Australia. They have about 5,000 members from around the world and are incorporated under Australia's Corporation Law as a non-profit company.

          The principal object is the advancement of genealogical education which is reflected through their activity programs and the size of their collections.  

Contact Information:[edit | edit source]

  • SAG Headquarters -120 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Telephone: 02 9247 3953 
  • Library - Level 2, 379 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Telephone: 02 9299 5151 (During library hours)
  • Library Hours:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 10 am to 4pm
  • Website:

Locations[edit | edit source]

         The primary records and/or manuscript materials are housed at the Richmond Villa, 120 Kent St., Sydney, NSW. All seminars and lecture programs are also held at the Richmond Villa. Directions are available here.

          The library and bookshop is located at 2/379 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW and slightly closer to Town Hall than Wynyard railway station. Directions are available on their site here.

          There is a quarterly jounal entitled Descent. A two part series on"Finding Your Way Around the New SAG Library" can be found on the website: part one is here and part two is here.       

The library collection includes the following:

  • Family Histories and Biographies
  • Local and School Histories
  • BMD Indexes for all states of Australia, New Zealand, England Wales and other countries
  • Cemetery indexes and transcriptions
  • Shipping Records
  • Probate Indexes for many states of Australia and for England and Wales (1858-1943)

Online Manuscript Collection: A collection of donated materials set up in 1963 known as their Primary Records Collection.

To view the whole list visit their library collection webpage here

They do accept donations, to view the form, click here and use their main mailing address of 379 Kent Street to sent by post.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

They have an extensive collection of Research Guides. It starts with Adoptions and runs through to Ships and Voyages, click here to view the whole list and secure a copy.

Events  [edit | edit source]

As an education facility, they keep an event calendar on their website with a current list of upcoming speakers. It is a simple monthly calendar which can be moved forward or backward. To view their event listing go here.

Publications[edit | edit source]

Descent Journal: published by the Society of Australian Genealogists for members of the society

Additional Information/Links[edit | edit source]