Introduction to Family History course

The response to our September 2022 ‘Introduction to Family History’ course was so gratifying that we have arranged with the course providers, Allan and Joy Murrin, to run a repeat course in February 2023, with the possibility of further courses being run later.

If you would like to register your interest for future courses, kindly complete the form below. No payment is required at this stage, and both members and non-members are welcome.

Registering your interest will not oblige you to take the course, but it will assist us to know how many people are interested, so that we can start to plan future courses.

Sepia Family Photo © Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

Why not join our Family History Group mailing list – we’ll send out information on useful things that might help with your family history, and you can also email the group. You might want to ask a question, ask for help, tell people about a great discovery, or tell them about something interesting that’s going on!

In the meantime, did you know that the Society has a paid subscription to Ancestry’s ‘Library Edition’ and also to Family Search, which are both freely available for members to use on the computers in our research room in Gordon?

If you need any assistance with using these websites, or even if you would just like to start your family history journey sooner, members are most welcome to pop into our research room where volunteers experienced in family history research would be pleased to help you. See map, opening hours and parking information on our Contact page.

Not a member? Membership starts from just $35 per year!

Register your interest for future courses by completing the form below.
No payment is required at this stage.

Our course will be conducted weekly, with six face-to-face sessions which will arm you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to explore and document your family’s history.

Each session will be around two-and-a-half hours and will be held in the Society’s research room in Gordon. Morning tea will be supplied, and the sessions will conclude around lunchtime.

Our course presenters will be Allan and Joy Murrin, with support by experienced Ku-ring-gai Historical Society members. Allan Murrin DipFamHist (UTAS) is a well-known, accomplished Family History presenter and former President of Botany Bay Family History Society. His wife Joy is a family history expert who runs a NSW Births Deaths & Marriages transcription service.

The course is open to both members and non-members, but places are limited.

what will the course entail?

  • Understanding family history records
  • Start with what you know and what to gather
  • Talk to relatives and ask questions
  • Learn where and how to record your findings
  • The gaps in what you know will help formulate your plan
  • Where to record and preserve your research
  • Vital steps in following the proof standard
  • The internet – friend or foe?
  • Researching data from Australia and overseas
  • Validating community trees
  • What should your Research Log essentials be?
  • Keep on track!
  • How reliable is the document data?
  • Do I need more than one document?
  • Validate your evidence with sources
  • Know what you will find
  • Timelines help put your research into historical context

The fee for our Introduction to Family History course is anticipated to be $180 per person, which will include the supply of all important explanatory material.

The Society has paid subscriptions to Ancestry’s ‘Library Edition’ and to Family Search, which are both freely available for participants to use in our research room during the course – and also afterwards for Society members’ use. Membership starts from just $35 per year!

Register your interest in future courses by completing the form below – no payment is required at this stage.

You should receive an email from us at this address after you submit this form
This may assist us to contact you if we need to confirm with you
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