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Fridays 220 X 132The Education Sub-Committee organises a number of workshops and training courses on Fridays. In the current situation, these events are held online.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

2021 Presentation mode  
  $15 members (QFHS and GSQ) $25 Non-Members
  Hand-on mode  
  $20 members (QFHS and GSQ) $30 Non-Members

How to book for Fridays@QFHS 

Terms and Conditions

Event/Presenter Date Limit

Researching in Victoria: tips, tricks, and good advice

Presenter: Susie Zada

There are, of course, similarities between researching in different States and Territories in Australia but there are also many differences and unique resources. This presentation will look at a wide range of resources in a number of archives with extra emphasis on those available online.

Susie will address research of pre-European inhabitants, early settlement inhabitants, as well as those in the District of Port Phillip and the Colony of Victoria – pre and post Federation.  With more than 35 years’ experience in Family History and Local History research in Victoria, Susie will cover many topics and point you in the right direction for your research.

Our Speaker: Susie Zada

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Friday, 9 July 2021
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Bringing your ancestors to life II: going into print

Presenter: Clem Ditton, Dr Geoff Morgan, Ludij Peden, Sue Reid

This panel discussion is Part II of Bringing your ancestors to life: triumphs and trials of publishing a family history, which was held on Friday 28 May 2021.

In this discussion, we will be discussing 'everything else' apart from writing that goes into the preparation of a book: referencing, footnotes or endnotes, pictures, maps, family trees, editing, indexes. And then some: choosing a format, hard copy or ebook, choosing a publisher or platform.

Your questions welcome.

Panelists: Clem DittonDr Geoff MorganLudij PedenSue Reid

Chair: Dr Michele Endicott

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Friday, 30 July 2020
10.00 am - 12:00 noon

The Australian Joint Copying Project in Trove: Using the digitised collections

Presenter: Carmel Galvin

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical documents relating to Australia and other former British Colonies dating from 1560 to 1984. The material, which has now been microfilmed, comes from records held in the United Kingdom.

The microfilms in the collection are divided into two series:

  • Public Records Office (PRO) – records from the Public Record Office (now The National Archives)
  • Miscellaneous (M) – archives and manuscripts from a variety of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh institutions and organisations.

The AJCP (Australian Joint Copying Project) resources are now available through the Trove website provide a wealth of material for family historians.

In this session, Carmel will examine the scope and range of records available and investigate a variety of ways of finding treasures in this huge collection, and show you how you can access this rich collection.

The QFHS Library holds an almost complete range of the AJCP handbooks.

Our speaker: Carmel Galvin

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Friday, 20 August 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

The Ryerson Index: where we are, and where we are going?

Presenter: John Graham

The Ryerson Index has been on the web for more than 22 years, providing a simple method for locating a published death (or similar) notice in Australian newspapers.

John will give a very brief rundown on the origins of the Index, followed by a demonstration of some of the little-known features of the website.

He will then expand on the future of Ryerson Index in an environment where newspapers as we currently know them appear to be on the road to extinction.  

Our presenter: John Graham

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Friday, 27 August 2021
10.00 am - 11.30 am


Presenter: Chris Schuetz

Where did surnames come from?

What different types are there?

How can knowledge of surnames help you research your family history?

What resources and tools are available for your quest?

This presentation has a worldwide application but with a British/European focus. Examples include a look at where Daniel Ricciardo’s Italian surname origins might be, as well as discovering that Leggo is authentically Cornish (Gwiryon Kernewek).

Please note: This presentation will be available via Zoom or at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre, 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. You may select on the day how you wish to attend, and you need not advise us of how you wish to attend.

Our speaker: Chris Schuetz

At this stage, Chris will be presenting at the Library and Resource Centre.

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Friday, 3 September 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am