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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

Event/Presenter Date Limit

Getting the most out of the Tasmanian Names Index

Presenter: Jan Richardson

A huge volume of Tasmanian records have been digitised and are available via the Tasmanian Names Index website. Births, marriage, and death entries, convict records, shipping records, wills and inquests, land and property records, and more can all be searched and downloaded for free.

Whether your ancestors were free immigrants or convicts transported to Tasmania, this session will give you the tools to confidently research your Tasmanian ancestors.

Our presenter: Jan Richardson

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Friday, 11 February 2022
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.

$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 evening course 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST (GMT+10)

The course accommodates 10 participants only.

Ticket sales close on Monday, 7 February 2022.

Presenters: QFHS Tutors

The dates are:

  1. Monday 14 February 2022
  2. Monday 21 February 2022
  3. Monday 28 February 2022
  4. Monday   7 March 2022
  5. Monday 14 March 2022
  6. Monday 21 March 2022

Please read our cancellation and non-attendance policy

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Commences Monday 14 February weekly for six weeks
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST (No daylight saving)

Furthering your family history studies

Presenter: Guest presenters

If you are considering doing a course to continue your family history studies, then come talk to our panel of experts and discuss your options.  Whether it is through a university, genealogy society or other online organisation--a stand-alone course or certificate. 

Our panel has participated in and has experience with these institutions.  

Should you want to work towards a diploma or long-term degree or simply learn more about family history, find out the advantages and disadvantages and what you can expect.  Our panel will be Helen Smith, Rosemary and Eric Kopittke, Marg Doherty, Charlotte Sale, and Rosemary Gall.


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Friday, 18 February 2022
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Indexing your family history book using Microsoft Word

Presenter: Sue Reid

Writing a family history is fulfilling and provides a valuable record of your family.

We all know how much work it requires in researching the families and their history, gathering information into order, and finally the writing your book and editing it. After you have completed this process, you owe it to yourself and your readers to include an index. 

Join Sue Reid for an online, hands-on workshop to learn the basics of using the features of Microsoft Word to index your book. You will be working on a sample of supplied text using your own computer at home.

A reasonable level of skill with Microsoft Word is required.

As this is a hands-on workshop the cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. 


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Sunday, 20 February 2022
10.00 am - 12.00 noon AEST (No daylight saving)

Creating a family heirloom cookbook - Session 1

Presenter: Emma Bulfin and Sonia Martinez

Do you have some favourite family recipes from your childhood or an old handwritten cookbook handed down from Mum or Grandma?

How will you preserve these one-of-a-kind cookbooks in this digital age? So many of our favourite memories are about food and family events. Have you included these stories in recording your family history? This interactive session will discuss how to collect the recipes and food stories and include them in our family history memoirs.

Emma and Sonia will discuss the options available to preserve family cookbooks and recipes and discuss the software available to create your heritage cookbook.

This event consists of two presentations: Tuesday, 8 March and Tuesday, 15 March 2022. Your payment includes both sessions.

Our presenters: Emma Bulfin and Sonia Martinez

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Tuesday, 8 March 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST (No daylight saving)

Creating a family heirloom cookbook - Session 2

Presenter: Emma Bulfin and Sonia Martinez

Emma and Sonia will cover how to record and organise your stories, recipes and images.

They will look at your examples, advise you on formatting, and provide templates for your use and whether you should use online, digital or print mediums.

This event consists of two presentations: Tuesday, 8 March and Tuesday, 15 March 2022. Your payment includes both sessions.

Our presenters: Emma Bulfin and Sonia Martinez

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST (No daylight saving)

Latin for family historians

Presenter: Sue Reid

What if you found this record of a family member in a university archive—Filius natu maximus Guilelmi quondam Agricolae in Comitatu de Donnegal Hib.?

Or this—ob Caelebs—in an ancient genealogy?

What does it mean if you find d.s.p.l. in an old family tree?

If a person’s name appears as Particii, is he/she a man or a woman?

per stirpes, civis, aetas?

Carpe diem and join Sue Reid to learn some simple Latin for family historians.

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Friday, 11 March 2022
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Methodologies: researching, organising, assessing, evaluating with a view to writing.

Presenter: Clem Ditton and Ludij Peden

Are you thinking of writing a family history?

Do you want to know how and where to start?

Do you know if you have done enough research?

Do you want to know how to organise your thoughts and research?

Do you want to know how to set up your document to the best effect?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join our presenters as they share their experience and give you an overview of possibilities to consider.

Our Panelists: Clem Ditton and Ludij Peden

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Friday, 25 March 2022
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Queensland's online family history resources

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

Although Australia has been a federation of states since 1901, most aspects of people’s lives are documented at the state level, leading to different family history resources being available in each state.

Dr Kerry Raymond is a Queenslander from a multi-generational Queensland family, so she has extensive experience in Queensland family history research.

She will present an array of Internet-accessible resources, covering the lives of Queenslanders from the cradle to the grave, that will shine the light onto your Queensland relatives, even in a COVID lock-down.

A handout of all URLs will be provided.  

Our presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond


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Friday, 8 April 2022
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST

Dutch research unclogged

Presenter: Ludij Peden

Do you have Dutch ancestry? Feeling rather intimidated? Here you will discover some of the best online research sites for The Netherlands, the information from which can date back to the 1500s.

You will discover that some offer English language options, and others can be translated readily by Google Translate.

The Dutch records have been methodically kept and are as easy to research as Scottish ones.

Over history, the Dutch have assimilated into most countries, so you could easily encounter one in researching your ancestors.

Our presenter: Ludij Peden

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Friday, 13 May 2022
10.00 am - 11.30 am

The Huguenots: the almost-forgotten people

Presenter: Robert Nash

The Huguenots were the Protestants of France. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, they suffered severe persecution in their homeland because they did not follow the Catholic faith. In 1685 King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, making it illegal to be a Protestant in France. At that time, almost 200,000 Huguenots fled France to any country that would take them, principally Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, England, and Ireland. Some even got as far as the American colonies and South Africa. Everywhere they went, they took their religious faith, their artisanal skills, and their work ethic. They contributed enormously to every country which welcomed them.

Although no Huguenot refugees ever came directly to Australia, since 1788, some Huguenot descendants have come to Australia from all the lands previously mentioned. They have contributed to the arts, business and manufacturing, the military, and many other ways. Famous Huguenot Australians include Charles La Trobe, the first governor of Victoria, General Sir Harry Chauvel, and the sportsmen Roy Cazaly and Marnus Labuschange. Many Australians have Huguenot ancestry but are probably not aware of it. The Huguenot Society of Australia assists people to find more about Huguenot ancestors.

Please Note: Robert will be at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre. You are welcome to attend the Library and Resource Centre or join online.

Our Speaker: Robert Nash

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Saturday, 23 July 2022
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm