Queensland Family History Society Inc


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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

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

Researching your Italian ancestors

Presenter: Charlotte Sale

This session will show you how to start your Italian family research.

You will learn to manage the challenge of reading documents in Italian or Latin.

In addition, you will discover how to find records of your family in Italy including those for births, deaths, and marriages.

We will also discuss how to navigate Italy’s complicated history to find the right archive.

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Friday, 14 February 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Which DNA test is right for you?

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

How can DNA help you find your 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 June, we will look at the results received.

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Friday, 13 March 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

History of Brisbane trams and their contribution to Brisbane’s development

Presenter: Robert Scott

Come along to hear about the introduction of trams to Brisbane in the 1880s, part of Brisbane's social heritage. The development of Brisbane’s tram network is linked to the development of Brisbane suburbs and councils, including Chermside, Ithaca, Wooloowin, Hamilton, Mt Gravatt, Camp Hill, and Moorooka.
You will hear about the first power station in Brisbane city for the tram system and the network of substations along the tram routes. The open bogie cars of Brisbane trams were suited to Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate.
Please note: this talk is on the third Friday of the month, as the second Friday of the month is Good Friday.

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Friday, 17 April 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Google for family history

Presenter: Susie der Kinderen

We use Google for many reasons, however using Google for efficient family history research and to obtain good results requires a few extra skills. 

Come along to this session and learn how to:

  • Use the advanced search function areas
  • Construct specific queries
  • Set up alerts
  • Use the reverse image search
  • Use Google Maps and Google Earth

In addition, you will learn about some of the other features of Google that will be useful for your family research.

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Friday, 8 May 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

What does my DNA test tell me?

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

Attendees from 13 March session only.

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

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Friday,12 June 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am