Courses

Courses in the Honneyman Room

NIFHS – Honneyman Room – venue for courses

An NIFHS course

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. 


Help from a Member.

Help from a Member.

The courses for Autumn 2017 with their start dates

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”

FULLY BOOKED!

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Tuesdays 5th, 12th and 19th September – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When
£15 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
This 3 session course is designed for those who have already taken Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder Test and have received their results.  You will learn how to use the tools on their website to further your genealogical research and discover what steps you can take to confirm relationships with your cousins.  The course also covers how Family Finder can be used to verify your research and how the unique X chromosome can help to confirm a match. If you have a laptop, bring it, along with your log-on details to allow for practical learning.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.
This course is also available as Family Finder 2 on Monday evenings in October.

“Starting your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course”

Course Tutor
Rosemary Sibbett
3 sessions – Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd September – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
When
£15 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
Starting off your family history can be exciting but also is sometimes daunting.  Where should you be looking for information?  How do you organise your research?  What are the first steps you should be taking?  This course aims to give you the confidence and the necessary knowledge to allow you to make progress.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“Transcription – Methods and Benefits”

Course Tutor
Charlotte Murtagh, Sean Traynor & Sandra Ardis
When
1 session – Saturday 30th September – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost
FREE.
Subject
This free session aims to explain the methodology used by the North of Ireland Family History Society when transcribing church records, school records and other documentation for the benefit of its members.  What is involved and how do you gain permission to transcribe?  The transcription and checking process will be explained and there will be some discussion regarding what records it is best for the Society to consider next.  Whether you are interested in transcribing yourself or whether you just want to learn what is involved, this will be an informative session that is not to be missed!
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Family Tree Maker – Basics and Benefits”

FULLY BOOKED!

Course Tutor
Kathleen Morrison
1 session – Tuesday 3rd October – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
A beginners’ class on the basics and benefits of using Family Tree Maker software. Some of the points that will be looked at are adding photographs, how to create a timeline, preparation of reports. We will also look at the different ways to print out charts and family tree layouts.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Websites for Genealogy”

Course Tutor
Sandra Ardis
2 sessions – Tuesdays 3rd and 10th October – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
Over the last number of years many new websites have come online and can be of great help in researching your Irish ancestors and finding family members overseas. This course will show you some of the useful sites that can help you with your research, explaining what types of records can be found online. You will learn about some sites which are free and about others which can be paid for. The course also aims to provide tips on the best ways to carry our searches that will maximise your chances of finding the information you are looking for. Come and join us, you never know what you might discover!
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“Valuation Records”

Course Tutor
Anne Johnston
2 sessions – Tuesday 10th October – 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject

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.

To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Family Finder 2”

FULLY BOOKED!

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Mondays 16th, 23rd and 30th October – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When
£15 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
This 3 session course is designed for those who have already taken Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder Test and have received their results.  You will learn how to use the tools on their website to further your genealogical research and discover what steps you can take to confirm relationships with your cousins.  The course also covers how Family Finder can be used to verify your research and how the unique X chromosome can help to confirm a match. If you have a laptop, bring it, along with your log-on details to allow for practical learning.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.
This course is also available as Family Finder 1 on Tuesday evenings in September.

“Writing Up Your Family History”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
3 sessions – Tuesdays 17th, 24th and 31st October – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When
£15 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
How do you write up your family history once you have gathered your material? Through talks and practical work this course will help you to organise your material, find stories and background material, use illustrations and photographs and incorporate source material.  After each session lunch (not included) will be available in the onsite café, after which the Research Centre will be open for you to do practical work on your own family history. Bring a family tree.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“Researching Military Ancestors”

Course Tutor
Alan Rosborough
2 sessions – Tuesdays 17th and 24th October – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject

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.

To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“Halloween Lock-In”

Event Organiser
Martin McDowell
1 session – Tuesday 31st October – 8 p.m. to 12 midnight
When
FREE.
Cost
Subject
Why not celebrate Halloween in a different way, one where you get to find out more about your ancestors! Our research centre will be extending its Tuesday opening hours until midnight on Halloween to allow people to carry out their own research or enjoy the social side of things – or both! So make sure you are there by eight before the door is shut! Stay as long as you want …your family tree may be very grateful. Complimentary hot and cold drinks and light refreshments will be available throughout the evening in the Journal Room.
To enrol for this event, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the event name and date.

“Understanding Heraldry”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
2 sessions – Tuesday 7th November – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
Have you ever looked at coats of arms and wondered about their significance?  The first session explains the origins of heraldry and the work of heralds and the components of these colourful works of art.  The second session introduces the language of blazon, which is the clue to identifying coats of arms that you may see on old buildings or in stained glass windows.  After the morning session lunch (not included) will be available in the onsite café.  An optional informal walkabout round Queen’s University to spot memorials and armorials will be arranged.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results”

FULLY BOOKED!

Course Tutor
Anne Johnston
2 sessions – Saturdays 11th and 18th November – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
This course is a follow up to the very successful Family Finder course and aims to reinforce and expand on some of the key concepts of autosomal DNA testing. It will also include a step-by-step guide to analysing your test results, how to use simple spreadsheets to record and organise your analysis and make suggestions on how you can maximise successful matching.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“It’s All About Me”

Course Tutor
Kathleen Morrison
1 session – Tuesday 14th November – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
We are all used to researching our ancestors but what record should we leave for our descendants who may be curious about our own lives? This course will help you think differently and how to research yourself. You will learn how to decide how best to leave a legacy for future generations describing your life and the things that were important to you.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Emigration to Australia and New Zealand”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
1 session – Tuesday 14th November – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
Organised British and Irish emigration to these countries began with the establishment of penal colonies in 1788 in New South Wales and was followed by the establishment of the free colonies of South Australia in 1836 and New Zealand in 1839.  The gold rushes of the 1850s in Australia and 1860s in New Zealand boosted the populations considerably.  Both countries offered assisted passage schemes to overcome labour shortages.  The course covers pointers to many useful records and where they can be found.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“The Advantages of Y-DNA”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
1 session – Tuesday 14th November – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
This course examines Y-DNA tests and explains how they can help you research your male (surname) line.  We will look at interpreting results and the advantages of upgrading.  The session also covers using project groups and how to make yourself aware of what free tests are on offer.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Using Family Search”

FULLY BOOKED!

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
1 session – Wednesday 15th November – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
Have you reached a brickwall in your research? Familysearch.org is a rapidly growing free website which can be used to aid your research. Learn about their new records, and how to carry out searches to find new relatives to add to your family tree. Learn how to explore their free family history books, trees and photos. Your ancestors may just be waiting to be discovered!
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Land Records”

Course Tutor
Brian O’Hara and Ann Robinson
2 sessions – Wednesday 22nd November – 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
This course covers sources for finding information, linking people with places.  It will include taxation, tithe applotments, Griffith’s valuation (and revision) records, ownership & tenancy, Registry of Deeds, wills and landed estate records. There will be an emphasis on the importance of maps including collections held in the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS), the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and online.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Life in Ulster in the 1830s”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
1 session – Tuesday 28th November – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. NOTE NEW DATE
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
Most of us can trace some of our ancestors back to the 1830s, before the Great Famine.  What were they, their lives, their homes, their work, their entertainments like?  This is the sort of background information that helps to bring those people to life and can make a family history much more interesting than just a list of names and dates.  Using the Ordnance Survey Memoirs and other sources we can better understand our own families.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Family Finder 3”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Wednesdays 1st, 8th and 15th November – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When
£15 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
This 3 session course is designed for those who have already taken Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder Test and have received their results.  You will learn how to use the tools on their website to further your genealogical research and discover what steps you can take to confirm relationships with your cousins.  The course also covers how Family Finder can be used to verify your research and how the unique X chromosome can help to confirm a match. If you have a laptop, bring it, along with your log-on details to allow for practical learning.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and starting date.

“Family Tree Maker – Basics and Benefits”

Course Tutor
Kathleen Morrison
1 session – Tuesday 21st November – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
A beginners’ class on the basics and benefits of using Family Tree Maker software. Some of the points that will be looked at are adding photographs, how to create a timeline, preparation of reports. We will also look at the different ways to print out charts and family tree layouts.
To enrol for this course, email Education@nifhs.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

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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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The courses are open to


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