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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

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

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.

$60.00 members and $90.00 non-members (see inclusions below)

The cost 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 Library and Resource Centre and members' area of the website for the term of the course.

Please note: This is a daytime course 10:30 am - 12:00 noon AEST (GMT+10)

The course accommodates 10 participants only.

Ticket sales close on Monday, 3 July 2023.

Presenters: QFHS Tutors

The dates are:

  1. Monday 10 July 2023
  2. Monday 17 July 2023
  3. Monday 24 July 2023
  4. Monday 31 July 2023
  5. Monday  7  August 2023
  6. Monday 14 August 2023

What our part participants say...

  Thank you for a wonderful course and I look forward to joining in on many more in the future.

  Yes this course met my expectations and more.

  This course helped me focus on my research and organising records

Please read our cancellation and non-attendance policy

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Commences Monday 10 July weekly for six weeks
10:30 am - 12:00 noon AEST

Google Slides for Family History.

Presenter: Chris Wright

Once you know how, creating a slide show of some aspect of your family history is not difficult.

Would you like to create a Slideshow Presentation of your family history, but cannot afford to buy Microsoft Office so that you can use PowerPoint? Luckily for you there is a free option - using Google Slides. In this session you will see some examples to get you excited about the process of creating a Slide Presentation. You will learn about the requirements, and some things you need to think about first. Then you will get an introduction to:

  • Basic backgrounds to your slides
  • Text and formatting
  • Images and other additions
  • Simple animations, and
  • Presentation hints and tips.

Each topic will have a followup video which you can watch at your leisure, and step through as you are trying this out for yourself later. There will also be a handout with Resource links.

Our speaker: Chris Wright

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Friday, 14 July 2023
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST