Beginning Family History Course

6th March 2023
By Education and Events Committee
Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Or where to go next?

Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Or have you started researching and don’t know where to go next?

Family History ACT (FHACT) is conducting our next Beginning Family History Course over three Saturday afternoons commencing on Sat 18 March 2023 – 2pm to 5pm each day. You can attend in person at the FHACT Library at Cook in northern Canberra or via Zoom.

Week 1 Saturday 18th March 

Building a family tree/pedigree - Where to start? Organisation, Documentation, Referencing. This session is an introduction to the practice of genealogy (pedigrees) and family history (stories). This session will cover basic rules, the use of paper and computer storage, group sheets, pedigree charts, and the essential need for referencing.

Week 2 Saturday 25th March

Discovering detail and content - Once you know who is in your family, you will want to know more about their lives.  The vast array of information about people in the past needs to be brought into a coherent structure for the beginner researcher.  The sort of information about a person’s life might include education, employment, military service, criminal activity, travel and immigration, land ownership, and sporting or recreational achievements.  What is out there? What are the best ways to chase these sources? 

Week 3 Saturday 1 April

Making sense of your family history - Family History is never-ending and always enlarging.  Research is an iterative process informed by some educated guessing. Our knowledge of our family will be enhanced by understanding some of the backgrounds of their world.  You never know where you will end up.


Cost: $75         members.
           $100      non members

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