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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

2020 $11 Members (QFHS and GSQ) $15 Non-Members
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

Information technology security awareness training

Presenter: Troy Jewell, Pure Security

This is a FREE online event strictly for QFHS members only.

Join Pure Security consultant, Troy Jewell, for a session on cyber-security. Pure Security will give you the confidence, knowledge, and the ability to better protect your computer system from a cyber-attack. The presentation covers these four areas.

  • Passwords
  • Public wi-fi
  • Social media and data privacy
  • Phishing

The session provides you with knowledge on current themes and common ways your IT devices and personal information could be accessed and vulnerable to security breaches, along with some methods you can use to become more vigilant, aware and secure in your on-line activities.

Register Online

Friday, 23 October 2020
10.00 am - 11.00 am

Writing your family history on a blog (Session 2)

Presenter: Alex Daw and Pauleen Cass

Please note: This session will be delivered online.

Register using Eventbrite. Details of how to join the session will be sent via email.

Have you thought about writing a blog to document your family history but have been too afraid to try?  Overwhelmed by platforms, templates, and how to begin?

Long time family historians and bloggers, Pauleen Cass and Alex Daw, will help you get started over two workshops. There will be a fortnight between workshops to allow you to set up your blog and return with questions. Ideally, participants will be willing to share their blogs/learnings with other participants for maximum benefit to all.

In the first workshop (Friday 16 October), Pauleen and Alex will give you a basic overview of the advantages of setting up a blog to further your family history research.  You will look at different types of family history blogs from near and far. Next, you will be shown the mechanics of setting up a blog on WordPress and then on Blogger. You will be encouraged to 'have a go' over the next fortnight, armed with a toolkit to get you going.

This second workshop (Friday 30 October) will be an opportunity to reconvene, share your exploits and findings with Pauleen and Alex and other participants.  

You can register for just one or both workshops, depending on your degree of enthusiasm.

Our presenters: Pauleen Cass and Alex Daw

Register Online

Friday, 30 October 2020
10.00 am - 12.30 pm

Queensland Globe: get hands-on with Queensland geography (November)

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

This will be delivered online. 

Queensland Globe is an interactive mapping website providing access to the spatial information held by the Queensland Government. It is a powerful tool with an extensive array of information that can be overlaid on the maps, but it can be overwhelming for the beginner.

This hands-on session will be aimed at beginners including: navigating around the Globe, searching for locations by a range of methods, obtaining information about a particular place, and working with the hundreds of built-in data layers (some of which will be included in the presentation).

Some of the limitations of the Qld Globe will also be discussed. Note that Queensland Globe primarily deals with current information rather than historical information

Read more about Queensland Globe. 

Our presenter, Kerry Raymond

Please note: As this is a hands-on computer-based session, participants should be confident with basic computer skills, using keyboard and mouse, copying and pasting.


Register Online

Friday, 13 November 2020
10.00 am - 12.30 pm (with a short tea-break)

Queensland State Archives: Searching the new catalogue

Presenter: Julanne Neal

Please note: This session will be delivered online.

Register using Eventbrite. Details of how to join the session will be sent via email.

Queensland State Archives has released a new catalogue system that offers a modern look, new functions, and some brand new options to make searching and finding our records easier.

Join Senior Archivist, Julanne Neal, for a guided look at some of these new possibilities.


Register Online

Friday, 27 November 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Overseas newspapers for family history research

Presenter: Sue Reid

Please note: This session will be delivered online.

Register using Eventbrite. Details of how to join the session will be sent via email.

Newspapers are essential to family history research. We can find rich detail about people's personal, professional, and business lives from the content of newspapers—births, marriages, and deaths, community involvement, letters to the editor, business advertisements. There is no limit to the variety of material.

Australian researchers are well served for historic newspaper content with Trove Digitised Newspapers, but what about newspapers from overseas? What can we use?

In this presentation, Sue Reid will discuss free sources of overseas newspapers that you can use to discover more about your family.

Our speaker: Sue Reid

Register Online

Friday, 11 December 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Findmypast Library Edition: available records and how best to search them

Presenter: Rosemary Kopittke

Queensland Family History Society currently has a worldwide subscription to Findmypast, featuring predominately records from Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada.

There are a variety of ways to search the records, but which way will achieve the best results?

Join our presenter, Rosemary Kopittke to learn how to make the records work for you.

Register Online

Friday, 12 February 2021
10.00 am - 11.30 am