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Fridays 220 X 132The Education Sub-Committee organises a number of workshops and training courses. 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

Presentation mode  
$15 members (QFHS and GSQ) $25 Non-Members
Hand-on mode  
$20 members (QFHS and GSQ) $30 Non-Members
Finding your Family  
 $60 members (QFHS and GSQ) $90 Non-Members 

How to book for Learn@QFHS 

Terms and Conditions

Presentations will be recorded where indicated. These recordings will be available only to those who have registered and paid before the event.

Event/Presenter Date Limit

Newspapers Advanced Searching

Presenter: Sue Reid

How good is it to research our family and associates using online newspapers? Of course, but can we be sure that we can find all references to an individual and all those little gems in the press that flesh out the lives of family members?

Join Sue Reid as she demonstrates some strategies for finding those elusive references.

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Friday, 10 February 2023
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Finding your family: a beginners course in research

Presenter: QFHS Tutors

This event will be delivered online.

This six week course will be very comprehensive for someone wanting to start researching their family history, but unsure of the process. Content will include home sources, organisation, BDM certificates, archives, libraries, newspapers, overseas research, and much more. Registrations will be limited to 10 people.

The cost is $60 QFHS members and $90 for non-members and includes:

  • The bookWhere do I start?: a brief guide to researching your family in Australia and New Zealand by Shauna Hicks 2nd Edition (rrp $25).
  • For non-members, complimentary use of the QFHS Family History Research Centre and members' area of the website for the term of the course.

Please note: This is a evening course 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST (GMT+10)

The course accommodates 10 participants only.

Ticket sales close on Monday, 6 February 2023.

Presenters: QFHS Tutors

The dates are:

  1. Monday 13 February 2023
  2. Monday 20 February 2023
  3. Monday 27 February 2023
  4. Monday   6 March 2023
  5. Monday 13 March 2023
  6. Monday 20 March 2023

Please read our cancellation and non-attendance policy

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Commences Monday 13 February 2023 weekly for six weeks
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST (GMT+10) No daylight saving

Introduction to media conversion

Presenter: Library Staff

By special arrangement with Chermside Library

Are you interested in converting your photographs, videos, cassettes, film negatives, slides or floppy disks into digital files? Join this session to find out more about Chermside Library’s media conversion station, including an overview of the equipment and information about how to book a self-service session to begin your digitisation project. Start converting your precious memories into digital files, ready for viewing and sharing.

The media conversion station is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

This event will take place at
Brisbane City Council--Chermside Library
375 Hamilton Road, Chermside, QLD, 4032 


Please note: The Library does not convert  these types of media: Beta/Betamax video tapes, Super 8mm and 16mm film, camcorder tapes (including MiniDV, Hi8 and others), vinyl records, digital video discs (DVD) and compact discs (CD).

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Friday, 17 February 2023
10.00 am - 11.00 am AEST

Finding your Masonic History: A Journey through the Masonic State Archive, Library, and Museum of Queensland.

Presenter: VW Brother Brodie Taylor CSM

Traversing the world of Freemasonry can be complicated and mysterious. The largest and oldest Fraternal Organisation, Freemasonry is known as a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.

Very Worshipful Brother Brodie Taylor, the Grand Librarian of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons of Queensland, offers a rare glimpse into the expansive archive, library, and museum, to show how you can access your family's Masonic history. 

Our speaker: VW Brother Brodie Taylor CSM

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Friday, 10 March 2023
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Using signatures to identify families

Presenter: Eric Kopittke

When a young immigrant couple from Sussex married in Queensland in 1883, they listed their places of birth and the names of their parents. However several families with the same surnames as the groom’s parents resided in and around the village in which the groom was born. How could the researcher identify the correct families?

This presentation provides a case study showing how signatures were located and used, along with other documents, to identify the groom’s grandparents.

Our speaker: Eric Kopittke

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Friday, 14 April 2023
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST

Finding the family farm: Using land records and maps for Queensland pastoral properties

Presenter: Charlotte Sale

Keen to know when your family first settled in an area? When they acquired the property? Who held it before them? Land records can answer these questions and much more.

Learn how to use historic maps to locate a property, to identify the right land files, and to locate those files at the Queensland State Archives.

Find out how to interpret the contents of the files when you see them.

Discover the difference between a pastoral run and a grazing farm, and between a resumption and a selection. Learn where to find the ‘rules’ that governed who got what land and under what conditions.

This talk will help you access a source rich in historic documentation for a place, a family, and a community.

Our Presenter: Charlotte Sale

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Friday, 12 May 2023
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST