Courses

The Honneyman Room, where courses are held.One of the NIFHS courses in progress.

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.

 


If a course you are interested in is marked FULLY BOOKED,
email Education@NIFHS.org
for a place on the waiting list;
if demand is sufficient the course may be repeated. 


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Help from a Member.

The courses for Autumn 2018 with their start dates

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, BT36 7LS.


“NIFHS Information Day”

Course Tutors
Society Officers
2 sessions – Saturday 29 September 2018 (10 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm)
When
FREE EVENT
Cost
Subject
Are you on your Branch Committee?  Or would you like to be?  This free informal event is for you.  It de-mystifies what is involved in running a Branch, with some short informal talks on responsibilities, on what the Secretary does, on what the Treasurer does and suggestions for planning a programme.  This event is ideal for anyone who would just like to lend a helping hand in a Branch or at the Society level. The Society is run entirely by volunteers and the wide range of activities undertaken by members will be covered in the afternoon; maybe you might like to help or just find out what is involved. The onsite Café Cosh is available for lunches.
To enrol for this event, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the event name and date.

“Starting Your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course”

Course Tutor
Rosemary Sibbett
3 sessions – Saturdays – 6, 13 and 20 October 2018 (11 am – 1 pm)
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.

“The Plantation of Ulster – Names and Places”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
When
1 session – Tuesday 9 October 2018 (11 am – 1 pm)
Cost
£7 – payable at the session.
Subject
This study is based on the Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s and the emphasis is on families and where they came from and where they went.  It covers all nine counties of Ulster, including Antrim and Down and Monaghan which were not subjected to the Plantation of King James I but had received many British settlers.  The aim is to help you locate where early holders of your surname might have lived before and after the Plantation – it thus might form a useful adjunct to DNA evidence.
The emphasis is on surnames – not politics!
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Family Finder Tuesdays”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Tuesdays – 9, 16 and 23 October 2018 (7 pm – 9 pm)
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 Finder Mondays”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Mondays – 15, 22 and 29 October 2018 (7 pm – 9 pm) – FULLY BOOKED
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.

“Understanding Heraldry”

Course Tutor
Mike McKeag
2 sessions – Tuesday 16 October 2018 (11 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm)
When
£12 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
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; after lunch you will try your hand at designing coats of arms. After the morning session lunch (not provided) will be available in the onsite café.
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Using WikiTree”

Course Tutor
Anne Johnston
1 session – Monday 22 October 2018 (2 pm – 4 pm)
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
WikiTree is a free genealogy website that allows users individually to research and contribute to their own personal family trees, whilst building and collaborating on a single worldwide family tree within the same system. It also allows users to record DNA tests, linking them to relevant cousin profiles. This course will provide an introduction to WikiTree and by the use of practical examples it hopes to encourage you to join the WikiTree community with the overall aim of linking our shared heritage in the North of Ireland and beyond.
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“DNA Painter”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
1 session – Saturday 27 October 2018 (11 am – 1 pm) – FULLY BOOKED
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject

Making a map of your chromosomes may sound difficult and uninteresting to most people however it is actually very easy and is an excellent tool for working out your DNA matches and expanding your family tree. This course is suitable for those who want to learn more about how to use their DNA and who have already confirmed a few matches with other people on Family Tree DNA, My Heritage or GedMatch.

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

“Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results”

Course Tutor
Anne Johnston
2 sessions – Saturdays 3 and 10 November 2018 (2 pm – 4 pm)
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.

“From Family Tree to Family History”

Course Tutor
Mike McKeag
3 sessions – Tuesdays 6, 13 and 20 November 2018 (11 am – 1 pm)
When
£15 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
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. Bring a family tree and discuss your next steps.
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Sharing Your Family History”

Course Tutors
Sandra Ardis
1 session – Tuesday 13 November 2018 (7 pm – 9 pm)
When
£7 – payable at the session
Cost
Subject

Are you looking for a new way to share your research with family? PowerPoint is not just a presentation tool, it can also be used to create a ‘talking book.’ The book could be about an event, an individual or a place special to the family. Learn how to plan and put together slides to create your book, insert text and images and introduce sound as background or narration. The ‘book’ can be saved to CD and is an easy and inexpensive way to share your story.

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

“Researching Military Ancestors”

Course Tutor
Alan Rosborough
2 sessions – Tuesdays 20 and 27 November 2018 (7 pm – 9 pm)
When
£12 – payable at the first session
Cost
Subject
This free talk explains what you can find in the Ireland Collection on the JSTOR website which is provided free of charge to all paid up NIFHS branch and associate members with an email address. The talk will explain what is there, how to find it and how to conduct searches on the site, concentrating on how JSTOR can help you research your family history and find out more about your ancestor’s lives.
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

JSTOR – a free online resource for NIFHS members”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
1 session – Tuesday 4 December 2018 (12 noon – 1 pm)
When
FREE EVENT
Cost
Subject
This free talk explains what you can find in the Ireland Collection on the JSTOR website which is provided free of charge to all paid up NIFHS branch and associate members with an email address. The talk will explain what is there, how to find it and how to conduct searches on the site, concentrating on how JSTOR can help you research your family history and find out more about your ancestor’s lives.
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

Book your place now

To book your place on a Course email Education@NIFHS.org.
Please give your

  • Full Name
  • Membership Number (if any)
  • Course Title
  • Course Date

The courses are open to members


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and non-members.