Saturday 21 January 2017

North of Ireland family history courses announced

The following press release comes from God's favourite family history society...! :)

NIFHS Launches Spring Series of Family History Short Courses

The North of Ireland Family History Society ( has released its spring schedule of family history short courses

The programme covers a wide range of topics of interest to everyone from beginners to those
wanting to dig deeper into their roots. DNA testing for genealogy continues to be a popular topic so we have extended those classes. A new topic this year is photo restoration for beginners. Day, evening and weekend classes are available
  • Starting your Genealogy - Beginners Course
  • Breaking through Brickwalls
  • Using Newspapers for Family History Research
  • Land Records
  • Valuation Records
  • Photo Restoration for Beginners
  • Technology for Genealogy
  • Family Tree Maker: Basics and Benefits
  • Family History using Powerpoint
  • Family Finder
  • Using Gedmatch
  • Dublin Archives (+ visit if there is interest)
  • Emigration to Australia & New Zealand
  • Researching Military Ancestors

With the success of programmes like Who Do You Think You Are?, there has been an increased interest in family history and more people than ever are taking up this fascinating and worthwhile hobby.

NIFHS Education Officer, Martin McDowell, said,“I think it's a great line-up with something for everyone. Courses are open to everyone and I hope people enjoy discovering more about their roots.”

All the classes will be held in the Society's Honneyman Room at the NIFHS Research Centre in Newtownabbey where there's plenty of free parking available. An on-site café is usually open until mid-afternoon.

The courses are of one to three-week duration and run between February and April. They cost between £10 and £24, with Society members getting a discount. For anyone wishing to do additional research, the Society's Library is open until 8pm every Tuesday and from 10.30–1pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

The classes will be run in addition to the packed programmes of lectures presented by each of
the Society's eleven branches.

For further details and to book a place, please visit:

(With thanks to Maeve Brogan at the NIFHS)


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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