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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

What's in the QFHS print library? Free Event

Presenter: Librarians

Free Event

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 QFHS 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?  

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Friday 8 June 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

MyHeritage: hands on

Presenter: Rosemary Kopittke

MyHeritage is a leading destination for families to discover, share, and preserve their family history and DNA. The records are available in 42 languages and the platform has many innovative technologies and as well as data exclusive to MyHeritage. These technologies importantly save you time allowing more time for thinking and researching.

Come and learn how to make best use of the resources MyHeritage offers.

This hands-on session will be offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Please select the one session you wish to attend.

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Friday 13 July 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am AND 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Trove newspapers: keeping track of your research and helping other users.

Presenter: Sue Reid and John Warren

This session is for those who have some experience of using Trove Digitised Newspapers.

What are the benefits of having a Trove account? We will show you how to use tags, comments, and lists.

John Warren, Trove’s top text corrector, will share his insights to editing OCR text and assisting other users.

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Friday, 10 August 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

DNA testing and genealogy: the basics

Presenter: Ann Swain

Are you interested in DNA testing to extend your family history or are you confused by test results?

This session will cover the basic biology and jargon so you can understand what the three main types of genetic genealogy DNA tests can give you. It will also cover the interpretation of the test results.

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Friday, 14 September 2018
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Bus trip to Queensland State Archives

Presenter: QSA staff

Join us for a visit and behind-the scenes tour of the Queensland State Archives. We will travel by bus from the Library and Resource Centre, leaving the QFHS Library and Resource Centre promptly at 9.00 am for the trip to Runcorn. You will need to be at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre by 8.45 am.

We will have some free time at the Archives before the Archivists take us on a behind-the-scenes tour.

After the tour, we will have more time in the Reading Room for your own research.

In the afternoon, the bus will leave QSA at approximately 2.45 pm to be back at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre at approximately 3.15 pm.

Cost of bus fare:
Members $20.00, non-members $25.00

Please note:

  • The behind-the-scenes tour will take about one (1) hour. During this time participants will be required to be on their feet and often in confined spaces.
  • You will need to take your own lunch and other snacks.
  • We will contact participants prior to the event to make arrangments for Readers' Tickets.

Closing date: 

Bookings for this trip will close on Friday 21 September 2018, to enable QSA to make arrangments for staff to guide the tour.

Register Online

Friday 12 October 2018
9.00 am - 3.15 pm