The Spring Courses Programme has finished.
The new Programme for the Autumn is being prepared.
NIFHS Courses on Zoom
Brief details of the Courses on Zoom in February, March and April are set out below.
are designed to offer practical help in furthering your family research using genealogy and DNA and are suitable for members and non-members. No prior knowledge is required. Society members should note that some of the subject matter may have been included in previous courses and talks.
Although courses are scheduled to last for one hour, at most of these courses our speakers will be prepared to stay on for longer to answer some of your questions. You are of course welcome to stay on for extended questions and answers if you choose to do so.
After you book and pay for a course online through the NIFHS website you will receive a payment receipt from PayPal. This will be followed by an acknowledgement (normally with 24 hours) to confirm receipt of your booking.
About a week before the booked course the required Zoom Meeting Link will be sent to the email address used for the PayPal payment. If it seems that the link email arrival is overdue please check your Spam/Junk folders in case it has been diverted away from your Inbox.
Please do not share this link as admittance to our Zoom courses will only be given to people who have paid to attend the course.
Booklets based on the content of the courses
‘Emigration to Australia and New Zealand’,
‘Understanding Heraldry’ and
‘From Family Tree to Family History’
are available to buy from our Shop. The Notes give the numerous URL references mentioned in the course.
Late bookings (within 24 hours of the start time) for some courses may be possible through the NIFHS page on Eventbrite.
Cancellations and Refunds
A refund of the fee paid for a course booking will be made where cancellation of the booking is received at least seven days before the scheduled course 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 course if your cancellation is received within seven days of your scheduled course.
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.
Course Notes are included in one of the payment options.
More grants of arms are made today than in the Middle Ages. The course looks at the origins and development of heralds and heraldry and explains the components of an achievement of arms. The official description of a coat of arms is not its image but its written description or blazon, which will be covered.
We all have DNA matches on our X chromosome. We can access these from our standard (autosomal) DNA tests. Find out how! We can learn different things from brothers’ and sisters’, and cousins’, X-matches. X matches can skip generations. X matches can narrow the focus to specific families. We’ll be discussing what X matches are and how to use them.
You have a family tree and would like to develop that into a readable family history. But where do you begin? How do you organise your material? How are you going to find enough stories about those people? How are you going to find enough illustrations? These and other questions will be addressed and the course will be based on a real case study.
The “Course Notes” booklet is available from our Shop.
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. This class will suggest where to look for clues, how 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.