Classes and Courses


The Spring 2022 Programme


Classes will last for around 90 minutes – usually a one-hour talk followed by questions and answers.
The Classes are not available as recordings after the presentation date.
The cost involved:

•    Five Classes are FREE – “More Online Resources” (2 time slot options); “Look Up Service“; “Family Tree Maker“; “DNA Day” .
•    One-session Classes cost £10 each, Two-session Courses cost £15 each.
•    A Class Notes booklet is available for the “Emigration to Australia and New Zealand” Class.  Select the £15 option if you want the booklet and the Class.


Bookings

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Cancellations

A refund of the fee paid for a class booking will be made where cancellation of the booking is received at least seven days before the scheduled class start date. If a booking is cancelled at shorter notice we are unable to offer a refund of the fee. We may however be able to change your booking to a different class.
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Queries

Any queries relating to your Class bookings should be emailed to Martin McDowell (Education Officer) at Education.Zoom@nifhs.org.


Strictly for Beginners in Family History and Genealogy

2 Thursdays – 3 & 17 February 2022 (9am-10am GMT Mornings)

An online Zoom course with Audrey McKeown
This new two-session course has been developed especially for those who would like to research their family history but need help to develop the necessary skills and find useful resources.  It will reveal the wealth of information and resources that are available.
The two sessions will show how to access important family records and resources that will assist you in your family history research,  including,  civil, church, census, and land records. Recently, new burial portals have been developed locally and these will be highlighted.
While the course is open to everyone, the benefits of becoming a member of NIFHS will be explained.

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Strictly for Beginners in Family History and Genealogy

2 Thursdays – 3 & 17 February 2022 (2pm-3pm GMT Afternoons)

An online Zoom course with Audrey McKeown
This new two-session course has been developed especially for those who would like to research their family history but need help to develop the necessary skills and find useful resources.  It will reveal the wealth of information and resources that are available.
The two sessions will show how to access important family records and resources that will assist you in your family history research,  including,  civil, church, census, and land records. Recently, new burial portals have been developed locally and these will be highlighted.
While the course is open to everyone, the benefits of becoming a member of NIFHS will be explained.

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More Online Resources for Genealogy and Family History

Thursday 10 February 2022 (9am-10am GMT Morning)

An online Zoom class with Audrey McKeown and Mike McKeag
This class will give you new skills in accessing online the JSTOR Ireland Collection which includes the back numbers of many Irish Journals including North Irish Roots.  This provides a wealth of material which may otherwise be difficult to find.  This is a free resource for NIFHS members. In the second part of the class, you will be introduced to a newly-devised Index.  This is a searchable document listing all the articles in the North Irish Roots Journals (2013-2021) with a wide range of family history articles in which the townlands, family surnames, and useful websites for genealogical research are highlighted.

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More Online Resources for Genealogy and Family History

Thursday 10 February 2022 (2pm-3pm GMT Afternoon)

An online Zoom class with Audrey McKeown and Mike McKeag
This class will give you new skills in accessing online the JSTOR Ireland Collection which includes the back numbers of many Irish Journals including North Irish Roots.  This provides a wealth of material which may otherwise be difficult to find.  This is a free resource for NIFHS members. In the second part of the class, you will be introduced to a newly-devised Index.  This is a searchable document listing all the articles in the North Irish Roots Journals (2013-2021) with a wide range of family history articles in which the townlands, family surnames, and useful websites for genealogical research are highlighted.

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Family Finder 

2 Wednesdays – 23 February & 2 March 2022 (7pm-8pm GMT)

An online Zoom course with Martin McDowell

This 2-session course is designed for anyone who has taken an autosomal DNA test and has results on Family Tree DNA (results can be uploaded free if you tested with a different DNA company).  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.

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Griffith’s Valuation Records 

Friday 11 March 2022 (7pm-8pm GMT)

An online Zoom class with Anne Johnston

This class discusses Griffith’s Valuation and the Valuation Revision Books. 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.

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An Introduction to Scottish Online Records

Tuesday 15 March 2022 (7pm-8pm GMT) 

An online Zoom class with Chris Paton
In this class, Ayrshire based family historian Chris Paton outlines the records needed to explore your Scottish ancestry, noting where to find them online and offline, and exploring how they can help to trace your forebears back through time. He’ll discuss church records, civil registration records, censuses, land records, inheritances processes, and along the way flag up some of Scotland’s more interesting historic traditions to help researchers better understand their Caledonian heritage.

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Look Up Service 

Wednesday 23 March 2022 (7pm-8pm GMT)

An online Zoom class with NIFHS Volunteers
Our November session on Zoom proved very popular so we are doing it all again! This session aims to increase awareness amongst society members of the benefits of our society look-up service. What does it cover? How do you apply? This is not a formal talk but an opportunity for you to find out more about some of the items that the society holds in its research library. Come along and you may even get a look-up done during the session!

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What’s New in Family Tree Maker – Q&A Discussion

Thursday 24 March 2022 (7pm-9pm GMT)

An online Zoom meet with Mark Olson, Stefan Harms and Pierre Clouthier (all from Family Tree Maker)
Join us for a two hour live discussion and Q & A session to answer all your questions about Family Tree Maker, the latest version, updates, features and more. This is an interactive session. We will also talk about Family Tree Maker partner products – Charting Companion and Family Book Creator – both are amazing plug-ins that can help you create amazing charts, graphs, and books. We will even show how you can make additional finds with your DNA test results.  The creators of these partner products will join us to answer your questions directly.

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Emigration to Australia and New Zealand

Friday 25 March 2022 (2pm-3pm GMT)

An online Zoom class with Mike McKeag
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 class covers pointers to many useful records and where they can be found.

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PRONI Online Records 

Friday 25 March 2022 (7pm-8pm GMT)

An online Zoom class with Andrew Kane
Find out what PRONI resources are available from the comfort of your own home and how to make the best use them.

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Using Ancestry DNA

Thursday 7 April 2022 (7pm-8pm BST)

An online Zoom class with Martin McDowell
This class covers the basics of Ancestry DNA and also provides a few tips on how you can maximise your opportunities to work out your connection to your DNA matches.

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DNA Day – Free Beginner’s Talk   

Saturday 23 April 2022 (11am-12noon BST)

An online Zoom event with Martin McDowell
To mark DNA Day, this talk is designed for people who have not yet taken a DNA test and want to know more. It will cover the different types of DNA test available and explain how it can be used to trace – and prove – your family tree.   To book your place email Martin at Education.Zoom@nifhs.org quoting “DNA” in the subject line.

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Five Top Tips for Analysing your DNA Results

Tuesday 3 May 2022 (7pm-8pm BST) 

An online Zoom class with Anne Johnston
This class will include a short refresher on the basic concepts of autosomal DNA but will focus on providing practical tips to maximise successful cousin matching and provide a step-by-step guide to analysing your DNA test results.

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Book before 1 May


Any queries relating to Classes should be emailed to Martin (Education Officer) at Education.Zoom@nifhs.org.