Thursday 15 September 2016

Genealogy courses starting in Autumn

Autumn is fast approaching, and with it the start of the new academic year. If you were thinking of getting some formalised training in genealogy research techniques, you may be interesting in one of the courses below.

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 4 October to 13th December, 7pm to 9pm. £50. Download brochure (see page 31, but note that dates have been revised). Telephone 028 9038 4345 to enrol or see pages 57 & 58 of the brochure.

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 27 September to 29 November. Focusses on genealogical sources, methodology and historical/social context. Fee €230. Enrol by Monday 19 September. Details, or tel: 021 490 4700.

Certificate/Diploma in Genealogy, with Dr David Butler. Venue: Department of Geography, University College Cork Main Campus. Three-hour weekly commitment, 6–9pm. A two-year programme at NFQ level 7. €1,360 per academic year (€1000 if retired). Brochure. Enrolment ends 4 October.

Beginners' Genealogy on Wednesdays 12–2pm, and Continuation Genealogy on Thursdays, 12–2pm. Tutor for both courses is Máire Mac Conghail MAGI FIGRS, and the classes run for 10 weeks. €143 (reduced rates available for senior citizens). Venue: Kilternan Adult Education Centre, Kilternan, Co. Dublin. Enquiries to +353 1 2952050 or email:

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 27 September in Malahide Community School. 7:30pm–9:30pm. 10 weeks duration. €110. Enrolment online or at the school on Monday 19 September. Details.

Diploma in Family History, with John Grenham MAGI FIGRS. Classroom-based and online, the course runs over 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6:30pm–9:30pm. Next course starts Thursday 29 September. Venue: City Colleges, Wicklow House, 84-88 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2. The Institute of Commercial Management is the awarding body. Course fee from €845 online/€945 classroom, with instalment plans available. Details.

Genealogy Workshops, presented by the Irish Ancestry Research Centre in partnership with the University of Limerick. A series of ten workshops (each 2.5hours) covering a full spread of genealogy reasearch topics including ethics. You can choose to go to a single workshop or any number. Attendance at all ten plus completion of course assessment earns a "CPE Certificate in Family History” from the University of Limerick. Cost of each lecture session is €35. Details or phone +353 61 207114.

The North of Ireland Family History Society is offering a range of 15 short courses, all being held at its Research Centre, just outside Belfast. The courses cover topics such as DNA testing, "Life in Ulster in the 1830s", "Land Records and Maps", as well as craft and computer classes to help genealogists present their research. The courses are of one to three week duration and run throughout October and November. They cost between £10 and £30, with members getting a discount. Details.