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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

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, 27 June 2022.

Presenters: QFHS Tutors

The dates are:

  1. Monday   4 July 2022
  2. Monday 11 July 2022
  3. Monday 18 July 2022
  4. Monday 25 July 2022
  5. Monday  1 August 2022
  6. Monday  8 August 2022

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

Register Online

Commences Monday 4 July weekly for six weeks
10:30 am - 12:00 noon AEST

Getting it sorted: organising your family history

Presenter: QFHS panel

Family historians love to research and collect information, but then what?

How can we sort and store our information so can find or access it again? 

There are, of course, many choices in how to orangise our material and many decisions to be made in finding a way which suits ourselves. 

In this session, a panel of QFHS members will share their secrets and show you how they approach organising paper and digital files.

This presentation will be online.

Panelists: Malcolm Kingston, Dr Kerry Raymond, Chris Wright.

Register Online

Friday, 8 July 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

Organise your family history using Excel: getting started

Presenter: Therese O'Brien

Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet application that can be used in many ways to help organise your family history.

  • Get your bits of information together and arranged in chronological order before writing about someone in your family.
  • Add other members to create a family overview.
  • Sort your DNA matches into a basic breakdown.

This presentation will suit those new to using Excel for family history.

Therese's presentation will be recorded.

Please note: This session begins at 1:30 pm

Our presenter: Therese O'Brien


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Friday 12 August 2022
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (AEST)

[Citation needed]

Presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

In any family history research or reporting, we need citations to identify our sources. You may be familiar with this process using other terms, such as "references", "bibliography", "footnotes", "attribution", and "acknowledgements".

In this session, we will explore:

  • why we should cite our sources for our family history
  • how sources can be original or derivative, primary or secondary, facts vs opinions
  • how to cite different types of sources, which might range from written material, such as a book, a newspaper, a webpage, or oral sources, through to artefacts such as a map, a headstone, or a wedding ring inscription
  • citation formats (inline vs general), citation styles.

Our presenter: Dr Kerry Raymond

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Friday, 14 October 2022
10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Zotero: your personal research assistant

Presenter: Sue Reid

This is a hands-on workshop.

Zotero is a free, open-source, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, and cite research.

Zotero helps you organise your research in a way that suits you. You can sort items into collections, create tags with keywords, and add notes. 

Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs.

You can format your work to match any style guide or publication.

Collect all those websites you need to read at a later date, file all those handouts from presentations, have your own collection of newspaper articles and more.

Presenter: Sue Reid


If you are not using Zotero already, please download the software prior to the workshop. You will also need to install the appropriate Connector.


Register Online

Friday, 11 November 2022
10.00 am - 12 noon