The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) runs courses on a variety of topics for Members and the public. The courses are presented in the Honneyman Room of the Society’s Research Centre in Newtownabbey but can also be presented elsewhere. A programme of courses has been prepared and is listed below. They are organised by the Society’s Education & Development Officer, who should be contacted on Education@nifhs.org if you have any queries about the courses.
Where a course is marked FULLY BOOKED, e-mail Education@NIFHS.org for a place on the waiting list;
if demand is sufficient the course may be repeated.
The courses for Autumn 2017 with their start dates
- September 5th – Family Finder 1 – 3 Tuesday evenings FULLY BOOKED!
- September 9th – Starting your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course – 3 Saturday afternoons
- September 30th – Transcription – Methods and Benefits – 1 Saturday afternoon – FREE EVENT
- October 3rd – Family Tree Maker – Basics and Benefits – 1 Tuesday morning FULLY BOOKED!
- October 3rd – Websites for Genealogy – 2 Tuesday evenings
- October 10th – Valuation Records – 1 Tuesday morning and afternoon
- October 16th – Family Finder 2 – 3 Monday evenings FULLY BOOKED!
- October 17th – Writing up Your Family History – 3 Tuesday mornings
- October 17th – Researching Military Ancestors – 2 Tuesday evenings
- October 31st – Halloween Lock-In – 1 Tuesday evening – FREE EVENT
- November 7th – Understanding Heraldry – 1 Tuesday morning and afternoon plus a walkabout to be arranged
- November 8th – It’s All About Me – 1 Wednesday afternoon
- November 11th – Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results – 2 Saturday afternoons FULLY BOOKED!
- November 14th – Emigration to Australia and New Zealand – 1 Tuesday afternoon
- November 14th – The Advantages of Y-DNA – 1 Tuesday evening
- November 15th – Using Family Search – 1 Wednesday afternoon FULLY BOOKED!
- November 22nd – Land Records – 1 Wednesday morning and afternoon
- November 28th – Life in Ulster in the 1830s – 1 Tuesday afternoon NOTE NEW DATE
- The fee for each course is £7 for 1 session, £12 for 2 sessions and £15 for 3 sessions; each session lasts 2 hours.
These courses are open to members and non-members.
To book a place on a course, e-mail Education@NIFHS.org.
All courses are held in the Honneyman Room, NIFHS Research Centre, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS.
“Family Finder 1”
“Starting your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course”
“Transcription – Methods and Benefits”
“Family Tree Maker – Basics and Benefits”
“Websites for Genealogy”
This is a 2 part course –the morning session covers Griffith’s Valuation and the afternoon class covers the Valuation Revision Books. There will be an opportunity to do your own research, so bring your laptops and some relevant information from your own family history. After the morning session lunch (not included) will be available in the onsite café.Part 1 – The Primary Valuation of Ireland (better known as Griffith’s Valuation) is one of the most important resources for family historians researching in mid 19th century Ireland. In the absence of census records for the period, Griffith’s Valuation helps you to discover ancestors who rented or owned properties in Ireland between 1847 and 1864.
Part 2 – The Valuation Revision Books are an underused resource for family historians. After Griffith’s Valuation, properties were valued annually from 1864 until about 1933. The Revision Books can help you to follow your family’s journey during often turbulent times in Irish history by establishing significant dates in family history such as dates of death, sale of property or migration and provide a socio-economic context to their lives.
“Family Finder 2”
“Writing Up Your Family History”
“Researching Military Ancestors”
Between the years of 1914-1918, approximately 210,000 Irishmen served with the British Army in what was to become known as The Great War. Many more Irishmen from the provinces of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught served with other armies such as the Canadians, or ANZACs from New Zealand and Australia. Many families living in rural farms and urban villages, towns and cities throughout Ireland had the dreaded visit from the telegram boy, delivering the news that their father, brother or son was dead or, at least, missing in action. Of those men who did return, their lives were affected for ever, as they lived with the nightmares of what they experienced while serving. There are very few families in Ireland who were not affected by the War and, as we commemorate the centenary years, more and more people want to research their ancestors, relatives, or even a group of men from a Church or village.These short workshops will suggest where to look for clues, to get your research started and where to turn to for assistance from some of the ever-growing sources of websites and books to aid you in your research. Come along and bring your family artefacts, War Medals and memorabilia from the Great War and you never know what you might discover.
“It’s All About Me”
“Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results”
“Emigration to Australia and New Zealand”
“The Advantages of Y-DNA”
“Using Family Search”
“Life in Ulster in the 1830s”
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To book your place on a Course email Education@nifhs.org.
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- Course Title
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