Tuesday, 1 October 2019

NIFHS's new season of Family History Classes

From the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org):

NIFHS - New Season of Family History Classes

The North of Ireland Family History Society has announced its autumn series of genealogy classes. It all starts this Saturday, 5th October, with a one-day beginner’s class run by the society’s former president, Rosemary Sibbett. This is followed on Tuesday 15th October with the first in a series of classes for people who have received their DNA results and who would like help in taking the next steps. The “Family Finder” classes are open to anyone who can upload their autosomal results to FamilyTreeDNA where the society has a DNA project. There is a follow-up, one-day, DNA class in November.

New this season is a class on “Tracing Relatives of the Belfast Shipyards”. The lecturer is Maureen McKinney, Vice-Chair of Belfast Titanic Society, who will share her knowledge of maritime research to help those researching relatives who worked in the Harland & Wolff and Workman Clark shipyards.

The full list of courses is below and more information about each, plus booking information, can be found on the society’s website. There is a mixture of daytime, evening and weekend classes. Many are run on a one-day basis to help people travelling a distance.

· Starting your Genealogy - Beginner’s Course
· DNA: Family Finder (1)
· Life in Ulster in the 1830s
· Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Results
· Understanding Heraldry
· Using Land Records
· DNA: Family Finder (2)
· Using WikiTree
· School Records
· Tracing Relatives of the Belfast Shipyards
· Finding Family History Stories

The venue is the society’s Library and Research Centre: Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LS. It’s about a 15 minute drive from Belfast City Centre and there is free parking. The society has a kitchen and there is an on-site café that is usually open until mid-afternoon.

Places must be booked in advance. Fees can be paid at the first class. The cost is £8 for one session, £14 for 2 session-classes or £18 for 3-session classes.

More information about each class and booking details: https://www.nifhs.org/resources/courses/

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)


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