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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

Beginners German research workshop (March)

Presenter: Dr Keith Treschman

In this workshop,  Dr Keith Treschman will assist those who wish to trace their family into Germany.

It would be preferable if you have an Australian death certificate of your German ancestor, which may give the birthplace and the number of years in the colony.

The aim is to find an emigration record, details of birthplace, possible places for records in Germany, and avenues for future research.

One-on-one help will be available during the session. 

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Friday, 29 March 2019
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Which DNA test is right for you?

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

How can DNA help you find family? Are you planning to submit a DNA sample for testing to assist in your research? This session is a primer for those intending to take DNA testing, whatever their interest.

This session is the first of two.  In the second session in July, we will look at the results received.

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Friday, 12 April 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Using the census

Presenter: Susie der Kinderen

This session will give a brief overview of Australian censuses and musters. We will also look at the UK censuses, and analyse and interpret the data that they provide.

What to look out for, what to be aware of, and what new research leads can censuses give us?

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Friday, 10 May 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Contribute to Wikipedia: what and how

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

Learn what local and family history information can be added to Wikipedia, and learn how to add the information to Wikipedia. This is an hands-on computer course. Participants should have basic computer skills, e.g. using a web browser, copy-and-paste, basic word processing such as Microsoft Word.

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

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Friday, 31 May 2019
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

QFHS electronic resources: CD collection

Presenter: Dr Geoff Morgan

This workshop will show you how to efficiently find CDs of interest on the QFHS computer network, and once you have found the required CDs, how to use them effectively.

Please note: Two identical sessions will be offered; please select one only.

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Friday, 14 June 2019
Two Sessions: 10.00 am to 11.30 am and 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm

What does my DNA test tell me?

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

Attendees from the 12 April session only.

This session allows people to discuss their test results from the April session. Also to find out what the results mean and what you should do next

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Friday,12 July 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Using timelines and other visual aids

Presenter: QFHS members

Have you ever thought about using timelines or another visual aid to solve a problem in your research or to gain insight into a situation? 

Our world relies greatly on visual imagery. A image, an graphic, a list or a table can convey a lot of information very quickly. 

In this session, some members of the Society will demonstrate the visual methods, tables, or timelines they have used in their research to solve a problem or gain further understanding of a situation or set of circumstances.

Please note: Attendees should have some familiarity with Word and Excel, as time will not permit the presenters providing detailed instructions on to how use of Word, Excel or other application.

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Friday, 12 July 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Research in Cornwall

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

Cornish Jacks and Jennies, anyone? Cornish research has some particular challenges but also many advantages - once you know where to look. Find out at this session.

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Friday, 9 August 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Researching, filing, and organising family history--September

Presenter: Panelists

Four experienced family historians will share their expertise of their research methods. They will also explain how they file and store family history information. 

QFHS has received many requests for information and help on getting some order into family history research and records: how to research in a methodical manner, how to file information efficiently, and how to store the information so it can be retrieved easily. Join our experts to see how they achieve this.

Our presenters: Pauleen Cass, Janice Cooper, Doug Moss, Dr Keith Treschman

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Friday, 13 September 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Using digitised maps to enhance research

Presenter: Map Team

This workshop will show you how to find and use Queensland Parish maps and other information on the web, relate Topographic and Cadastral data to research and search for place names. There will be a short question time at the end. 

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Friday, 11 October 2019
10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Bus trip to Queensland State Archives--2019

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 11 October 2019, to enable QSA to make arrangments for staff to guide the tour.

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Friday 25 October 2019
9.00 am - 3.15 pm

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, 8 November 2019
10.00 am - 11.30 am