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Fridays 220 X 132The Education Sub-Committee organises a number of workshops and training courses on Fridays at the Library and Resource Centre, 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. These sessions focus mainly on the different aspects of the Resources collections, but can include other related topics. Limited places available for each session, so bookings are essential.

For further information, or suggestions for training course topics, contact Education.



Cost per Workshop/Course

$11.00 Members    $15.00 Non-Members  

How to book for Fridays@QFHS 

Terms and Conditions

Event/Presenter Date Limit

Social media and researching your family

Presenter: Charlotte Sale

Social media has become increasingly popular. Many of us spend time on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others, chatting with friends and family, sharing information, learning skills, and extending our knowledge.

Come and learn more about the great opportunities to extend your family history research using social media tools. Find out why we should use them, explore how to use them, and learn about their advantages and disadvantages.

You just might find that these relatively new tools can help you break down that brick wall you have been working on for a while.

Note: This is a Saturday event.

Register Online

Saturday, 3 February 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Scandinavian and ancient genealogy

Presenter: Steinar Johansen

If you have family history research interests in the Scandinavian counties, this session is for you.

Steinar Johansen will present a session on these topics.

  • How to start your research.
  • How do you continue your research; what are the choices?
  • The difference between researching in each Scandinavian country.
  • The advantage of DNA testing.
  • Ancient Genealogy: The advantage of Icelandic family trees.

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Friday, 9 February 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Beginners' guide to researching family history in India

Presenter: Dette Glenday

Dette will cover topics including:

  • British rule,
  • military records,
  • churches,
  • civilian occupations, and
  • different nationalities.

She will explore various websites including findmypast, Ancestry, FIBIS, and FamilySearch, and show examples of births/baptisms, marriages, and death records. 

Register Online

Friday, 9 March 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Focused advice session

Presenter: QFHS members

Do you have a family history problem on which you would like some specific advice?

How to construct a research plan? How to navigate a website? How to access or look for information on a particular topic? How to search for an elusive ancestor? Need a new take on your research?

QFHS invites you to book a 45 min time-slot for some focussed advice. We will match you with someone with expertise in the area of your problem.

Please note: These sessions are intended to provide you with guidance for you to undertake further research yourself. If you want specific research undertaken on your behalf, please contact the QFHS Research team.

Once you have booked your place, we will be in touch to arrange a time slot and get details of the issue you wish to discuss.


Register Online

Friday, 13 April 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

What's in the QFHS print library?

Presenter: Librarians

The QFHS print library holds a vast store of resources which can help your family history research. The print library has books and journals which have been collected since the foundation of the Society in 1979.

The collection of books includes how-to guides, family histories, copies of all entries in the QFSH Book Award, local histories, war unit diaries, and much, much more. The Society also hold a huge collection of journals from Australian and overseas family history and genealogy societies.

Topics covered will include v-Library, printed books, QFHS journal collection, QFHS Book Award collections and family histories, conference papers, and more.

Come along and hear how these resources can aid your research.

Register Online

Friday 11 May 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

X marks the spot: researching cemeteries

Presenter: Helen Vince

Discovering the graves of our ancestors can be extremely rewarding.

This workshop looks at the resources available for finding those grave sites.

As well as examining online resources, the workshop will provide practical tips and traps for the unwary.

Are they really in the cemetery? What does the terminology mean? Are there errors on the headstones?  

Register Online

Friday 8 June 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am