It's that 'learning' time of year again, and there are a good few courses starting over the next four weeks for those who want to get some formalised training in genealogy techiques and related topics. Here's a round up:
Genealogy/Trace your family history, with the Ulster Historical Foundation at Stranmillis College (Central Buildings). The 10-week course (code HY520) covers all the main records used in Irish genealogy and is ideal for beginners or for those who have already started to research their family tree. Runs on Tuesday evenings from 29th September – 8th December, 7pm to 9pm. £50. Download brochure (page 45). Telephone 028 9038 4345 to enrol or see pages 57 & 58 of the brochure.
Clare – Kilkishen
Conserving and Caring for Your Family Records. Course organised by University College Cork ACE. Tutor Lorna Moloney. Venue: Kilkishen Cultural Centre. 10 weeks from 29 September to 1 December. Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm. €230. Further details. Phone 021 4904700
Genealogy: How to trace your family tree, with tutor Tony McCarthy. University College Cork ACE. Venue: Western Gateway Building, Room 304, UCC. Tuesdays 7pm–9pm from 29 September to 1 December. Focusses on genealogical sources, methodology and historical/social context. Fee €230. Enrol by Friday 18 September. Details, or tel: 021 490 4700.
NUI Diploma in Genealogy. University College Cork ACE combines practical skills with portfolio based assessments. Modules include genealogy, fieldwork, collection care and portfolio building. Course co-ordinator Dr David Butler. Part time study on-campus at UCC, Western Road. Two-year course. 7pm–10pm. Details of course. €1,360 per academic year (€1,000 concessions). Application deadline 18 September.
Dublin - Dundrum
Genealogy – family research for beginners, with tutor Máire Mac Conghail MAGI, at Dundrum Adult Training and Education (D.A.T.E.), Dundrum town centre. 10-week course. Wednesdays 9.30-12Noon. Starts 23 September. Fee €105 (Concessions €60). Details. Telephone: 01 296 4322 (9:15am to 1pm only).
Dublin – Malahide
How to research your family history, with Claire Bradley. Beginners class, covering how to start, where to find resources and how to record what you find. No prior knowledge is required but the ability to use a computer is desirable. Starts Tuesday 23 September in Malahide Community School. 10 weeks duration. €110. Enrolment online or at the school on Wednesday 16 September. Details (page 17).
Dublin – UCD Belfield
Topics in Genealogy/Family History, with Sean J Murphy. This course should suit more experienced genealogists and covers topics such as surnames of the Four Provinces, Irish and international genealogical research sources online, the history of the family, genealogical invention and the status of heraldry. Thursdays, 7pm–9pm, from 30 September. James Joyce library Building, Main entrance, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4. Details (page 64). Book online.
Dublin – UCD Belfield
Introduction to Genealogy/Family History, with Sean J Murphy. A Lifelong Learning course at James Joyce library Building, Main entrance, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4. Designed for beginners, the course explores the main family history sources. Wednesdays 7pm–9pm. Starts 1 October. €190. Details (page 64). Book online.
Limerick - ULL
Certificate in the History of Family and Genealogical Methods. Two-semester course held on-campus at University of Limerick on Thursday evenings, 6.30-9.30pm, or online. Fee €750. Details. For further information, contact Irish Ancestry Research Centre on +353 61 207114.
Mayo – Castlebar
Local history, a 15-week course running two hours a week (Tuesdays) from 7pm to 9pm. Starts 15 September. €245. Lifelong Learning Mayo Campus, Westport, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Syllabus and other details. €245.
Tracing the family tree, a 10-week evening class at Waterford College of Further Education. Suitable for all family history enthusiasts, both new and seasoned. Tuesdays 7-9pm from 6 October to 15 December. €150. Details. Contact WCFE at 051 874053.
Almost as soon as I'd published this blogpost, the North of Ireland Family History Society announced that it was introducing a programme of classes and courses to be presented in the new lecture theatre adjoining the Society's Resource Centre in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. See details.