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.

 


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 Spring 2018 with their start dates

Society Governance – 1 Saturday morning – FREE EVENT – rescheduled to Saturday 29th September 2018.

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”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Tuesdays – 6, 13 and 20 February 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.

JSTOR – a free online resource for NIFHS members”

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
1 session – Tuesday 20 February 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.

“The Plantation of Ulster – Names and Places” – FULLY BOOKED

Course Tutor
Michael McKeag
When
1 session – Tuesday 27 February 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 2” – FULLY BOOKED

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Saturdays – 3, 10 and 17 March 2018 (2 pm – 4 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.
This course is also available as Family Finder 1 on Tuesday evenings in February.

“Using GEDmatch”

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
1 session – Tuesday 13 March 2018 (7 pm – 9 pm)
When
£7 – payable at the first session.
Cost
Subject
GEDmatch is a website where people can compare their DNA results no matter which company they tested with. This course looks at what GEDmatch has to offer – learn how to use some of the tools, discover their gedcom section, try ancestor reconstruction and interact in the forums. If you want to take your DNA research further, this is the course for you!
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”

Course Tutor
Kathleen Morrison
1 session – Tuesday 20 March 2018 (11 am – 1 pm)
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.

“Using My Heritage DNA” – FULLY BOOKED

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
1 session – Saturday 24 March 2018 (11 am – 1 pm)
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject

You may be familiar with the My Heritage website but what you may not know is that you can upload your autosomal DNA results to their website free of charge and take the opportunity to look for DNA matches on a different database. Learn what MyHeritage has to offer and hear about all the recent changes it has made to improve its DNA experience for customers.

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

“Branch Governance” – FREE EVENT – NEW

Course Tutors
Details to follow
1 session – Saturday 24 March 2018 (2 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 or anyone thinking of starting a new Branch of the Society.
To enrol for this event, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the event name and date.

 


“Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results” – FULLY BOOKED

Course Tutor
Anne Johnston
2 sessions – Saturday 14 & 21 April 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.

“Family Finder 3” – EXTRA COURSE due to demand

Course Tutor
Martin McDowell
3 sessions – Tuesdays – 17 and 24 April and 1 May 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.

“Scottish Records”

Course Tutor
Anne Johnston
1 session – Tuesday 8 May 2018 (2 pm – 4 pm)
When
£7 – payable at the session.
Cost
Subject
With the coasts of Scotland and Northern Ireland only about 12 miles apart it is not surprising that the two countries have had a close relationship over the years. There is a long history of migration between the two, extending long before the Plantation of Ulster in the 1600s, right up to the present day. This course will explore the main resources for Scottish family history research including census and post-1855 statutory records as well as pre-1855 parish records and land records, along with some lesser known Scottish records.
To enrol for this course, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the course name and date.

“Society Governance” – FREE EVENT

Course Tutors
Details to follow
1 session – Saturday 29 September 2018 (11 am – 1 pm) – rescheduled date
When
FREE EVENT.
Cost
Subject
There is more to the Society than your Branch’s monthly meeting.  More and more members are getting involved at the Society level by helping in a variety of ways.  This might be by joining a DNA group or a transcription group; it might be by helping to keep C4 open on more days and showing visitors what we have there; it might be by assisting the Membership Secretary or the Publicity Officer or the Librarian or someone else; it might be helping to develop new courses or new booklets or it might be helping to man the Society’s stall at shows like Back To Our Past.  To find out a bit more, come along to this informal free event and bring a friend or two.
To enrol for this event, email Education@NIFHS.org giving your name, membership number (if any) and the event name and date.

 


Book your place now

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

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

The courses are open to


members of the Society


and non-members.