Beginning Family History Course

23rd February 2024
By Education and Events Committee
Would you like to research your family but don’t know where to start? Find out more and book now.

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 2 March 2024 – 2pm to 5pm each day. You can attend in person at the Family History ACT Library at Cook in North Canberra or via Zoom.

BOOK HERE  Cost:  $75 members    $100 non-members    All Welcome.

The course runs for three weeks with a variety of speakers:

Week 1 Saturday 2nd March 2 pm - 5 pm

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 16th March 2 pm - 5 pm

Discovering Details 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 23rd March 2 pm - 5 pm

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

We use the textbook Family History for Beginners and Beyond 16th Edition, available from our bookshop. Notes and handouts will be available.


Family History for Beginners and Beyond 16th edition


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