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COURSE: Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History

  • 11 October 2023
  • 22 November 2023
  • 6 sessions
  • 11 October 2023, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • 18 October 2023, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • 25 October 2023, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • 08 November 2023, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • 15 November 2023, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • 22 November 2023, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • via Zoom
  • 8


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Six Part Online Course

Would you like to investigate your family history but have no idea where to start or have you previously signed up to an online platform but felt overwhelmed by all the information available?

The Society of Australian Genealogists, Australia’s oldest family history society, is excited to again offer our new six part online course “Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History.”

Over the course of six sessions (two hours per session) you will learn about:

  • Key tools - family history software platforms, file organisation, research plans
  • Traditional records (document based) research – types of records, locating records
  • Electronic databases – Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and more
  • Oral History – preparation and techniques for interviewing family members
  • Other resources such as Family History Societies, online forums and education options
  • Introduction to DNA research including legal and ethical considerations
  • Various ways to chart, share and publish your findings, including privacy and copyright concerns

While the course will focus on records available in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland we will also touch on locating records in other countries and the skills you will learn can be applied to researching ancestors from anywhere in the world.

All sessions in this course will be recorded. If you are unable to attend live you will still be able to catch up with all the content.

Lead Presenter: Vanessa Cassin, SAG Education Manager

Skill Level: Beginner

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