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Training Courses

The 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

Wikipedia, beyond the basics: photos and more

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

This is an hands-on-computer course. Topics to be covered include photos, categories, infoboxes, and Talk pages.

Participants should have attended one of the previous introductory courses 'Contribute to Wikipedia' at QFHS (or have prior experience contributing to Wikipedia using the Visual Editor).

Please check before the session that you can remember your Wikipedia user name and password (and do any password recovery or new account creation before arriving).

If possible, participants should bring a USB drive containing:

  • a digital photo of a church (or other community building). It must be a photo you have taken yourself; do not bring other people's photos.

  • a scan (or digital photo) of an old photo of a church (or other community building) taken in Australia before 1955 (check your family photo albums).

In both cases, you should know the name and approximate location of the building (e.g. Smallville Town Hall or St Peter's Catholic Church at Bigtown) and the approximate date of the photo (very rough approximations will do for historic photos, e.g. 1930s)

The presenter, Dr Kerry Raymond, is a local and family historian, and is the first Wikipedian-in-Residence at the State Library of Queensland.

Register Online

Friday, 22 September, 2017
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Microsoft Word advanced features for authors (Sept)

Presenter: Dr Bob Thistlethwaite

This workshop will introduce you to some advanced features of Microsoft Word, which will make life easier when you are writing larger family history documents. These advanced features include:

  • master documents, outlining, styles, and
  • features such as cross-referencing, footnotes and endnotes, table of contents, bibliography, index, glossary, insertions, links, text boxes.

You will receive practice examples to help you gain proficiency in these techniques at home.

You will need bring to bring your own laptop/notebook computer which has Microsoft Word installed (any version).

 This workshop is for QFHS members only.

Register Online

Friday, 29 September 2017
10.00 am - 11.30 am

The Gale NewsVault: a free source of British newspapers

Presenter: Sue Reid

The Gale NewsVault is newspaper database offered by both the Brisbane City Council (BCC) Library and the National Library of Australia (NLA). If you hold either a BCC or an NLA library card, you can log into this database from home and use it for no charge.

The Gale NewsVault offers access to some newspapers, such as The London Times, which are not available via the British Newspaper Archive. It is not the same as the British Newspaper Archive. 

Come along and see what you might find.

Please note: NLA library cards are available to all Australian residents and BCC library cards are available to Brisbane residents, both free of charge. You do not need to hold either of these cards before attending the presentation, but you will probably want to get one afterwards.


Register Online

Friday, 13 October 2017
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 2.15 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 29 September 2017, to enable QSA to make arrangments for staff to guide the tour.

Register Online

Friday 20 October 2017
9.00 am - 3.15 pm

Life Notes: recording people and their stories

Presenter: Sam Davison

Sam Davison will present a workshop on how to develop and record life stories, drawing on his experience doing this professionally, as well as his general background in storytelling and communications over the last 20 or so years.

Sam will show the importance of recorded life stories as historical records, and also in the techniques for curating and capturing these stories.

Typically, Sam's workshop is aimed at people who might be interested in recording their own stories, but it could also involve capturing the stories of other people in the family.

See Sam's website, Life Notes.

The workshop runs at around 45mins, involving time for participants to engage in hands-on story-development activities.

Register Online

Friday, 27 October 2017
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Research in New South Wales

Presenter: Susan der Kinderen

If you are researching family in New South Wales, then this session will detail the records and sources available in this state. The first European settlers arrived in NSW in 1788. At this time, the colony of NSW occupied almost half of the Australian continent. Gradually, other colonies were established, and the area governed by NSW changed until it assumed it current boundaries in 1911, after the creation of the ACT.

Learn what records are available in New South Wales and how to access them.

Register Online

Friday, 10 November 2017
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