Genealogist to host Introduction to Family History Course

PROFESSIONAL genealogist Brenda Wheeler says researching your family history generally occurs in three stages.

"It starts as an interest, develops into a hobby and slowly becomes an obsession… in a good way of course."

And Fraser Coast residents will soon have the chance to learn firsthand and talk to experienced researchers at an Introduction to Family History Course to be held at the Hervey Bay Library later this month.

The course will be run by the Hervey Bay Family History Association and held over four sessions, January 30-31 and February 6-7, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Mrs Wheeler will lead the sessions where subjects will include:

  • Pedigree charts
  • Family records
  • Recording your research and organisation
  • Using civil registrations
  • Church records
  • Wills and archives
  • Family History Centres and internet sites

"The course will focus mainly on Australian and English records and is suitable for both beginners and those who have had some research experience," she said.

"There is a lot more to research than googling your family name.

"I know of people who have been researching for 25 years or more and are still learning every day." 

Councillor for community, heritage and family services George Seymour said the course would show the participants how to correctly record their findings and determine what information is relevant and what's not.

"Family History is the second most researched topic on the internet and I urge those with any interest in their family background to come along," he said.

The cost is $30 for HBFHA members and $45 for non-members. An optional book of notes will available following the first session for $15.

Application forms are available from the Family History Room at the Hervey Bay Library.

For more information, phone Brenda Wheeler on 0428 297 578.

Councillor George Seymour and genealogist Brenda Wheeler inspect some of the resources in the Family History Room at the Hervey Bay Library.
Councillor George Seymour and genealogist Brenda Wheeler inspect some of the resources in the Family History Room at the Hervey Bay Library. Contributed