Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Forthcoming Northern Irish family history and DNA classes

From the North of Ireland Family History Society (

Family History & DNA Classes from the North of Ireland Family History Society

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) have a wide selection of family history and DNA courses starting soon at their Library just outside Belfast. Bookings are open to everyone but be quick as some are already heavily booked after an email was sent to their members. Also included in the listings is a selection of free events including their upcoming open day and a library lock in. The courses are in addition to the monthly talks and meetings programmes arranged by NIFHS Branches across Northern Ireland.

The courses for Autumn 2017 are as follows:

September 5th – Family Finder 1 – 3 Tuesday evenings
September 9th – Starting your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course – 3 Saturday afternoons
September 30th – Transcription – Methods and Benefits – 1 Saturday afternoon – FREE EVENT
October 3rd – Family Tree Maker – Basics and Benefits – 1 Tuesday morning
October 3rd – Websites for Genealogy – 2 Tuesday evenings
October 10th – Valuation Records – 1 Tuesday morning and afternoon
October 16th – Family Finder 2 – 3 Monday evenings
October 17th – Writing up Your Family History – 3 Tuesday mornings
October 17th – Researching Military Ancestors – 2 Tuesday evenings
October 31st – Halloween Lock-In – 1 Tuesday evening – FREE EVENT
November 7th – Understanding Heraldry – 1 Tuesday morning and afternoon plus a walkabout to be arranged
November 8th – It’s All About Me – 1 Wednesday afternoon
November 11th – Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results – 2 Saturday afternoons FULLY BOOKED!
November 14th – Emigration to Australia and New Zealand – 1 Tuesday afternoon
November 14th – The Advantages of Y-DNA – 1 Tuesday evening
November 15th – Using Family Search – 1 Wednesday afternoon
November 28th – Life in Ulster in the 1830s – 1 Tuesday afternoon
November 22nd – Land Records – 1 Wednesday morning and afternoon

The courses are open to the public but, as they are so popular, they must be booked in advance by email. They are held in the Honneyman Room, NIFHS Library, Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS. There's plenty of free parking on site.

Courses last between one and three sessions. The cost ranges from £7 to £15. Many of the classes are run on Tuesdays when the Library is already open (2pm - 8pm) so there will be an opportunity to do further research. For day-time classes, there is a café on site.

More information is on the NIFHS website:

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)


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