Education Courses are held at the Research Centre at various times and outlines are available at the Centre, and in the Botany Bay Bulletin distributed at our monthly meetings and from the Publications link. You can register for a class at a monthly meeting, at the Research Centre in person, by phone (9523 8948), or by email

COSTS: Unless otherwise specified, the cost to attend a class or seminar is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. It is essential to register for a class, as class sizes are limited and resources are only provided for the numbers of persons registered. Money can be paid on the night of the class.

Interest Group meetings do not require booking and the fee is $3 for members and $5 for visitors. All meeting dates and times for 2014 can be found on the Interest Groups link and are also included in the Events Calendar.








29 April
7pm - 9pm
Build Your Own Website - Pat Fearnley
A personal website is an effective way to broadcast globally your surname research interests and increase your chances of related people contacting you, or to publicise your family reunion, post photographs and family stories for sharing with family and lots more. Pat's presentation will introduce you to the adventure of producing an attractive, functional and free personal website that is simple to create and easy to maintain. No technical skills required.
Consists of five individual sessions at two week intervals
Price: Members - one session $10, all five sessions $45
Price: Non-members - one session $15, all five sessions $70
If attending all sessions, the five sessions must be paid in one payment. Money can be paid on the night, but it is preferable to book and pay beforehand

6 May
7pm - 9pm

Session 1: Getting Started - organising research, libraries and repositories in Sydney that hold resources, NSW births, deaths and marriages
20 May
7pm - 9pm
Session 2: Australia - records of convicts, the military and early settlers, Colonial Secretary's Papers, newspapers, formation of states, shipping and immigration
3 June
7pm - 9pm
Session 3: More Australian Records - land, gold, occupations, wills and probate, divorce, naturalisation, written resources in Australia, Australian military records
17 June
7pm - 9pm
Session 4: Beginning Overseas Research - introduction to sources in Australia (AJCP, Genuki, FreeBMD, FreeCEN, FreeREG), England Wales and Scotland
1 July
7pm - 9pm

Session 5: More Overseas Research - more sources in Australia, introduction to FamilySearch, FindMyPast, Ancestry, Ireland, and briefly, Germany and Eastern Europe, New Zealand, USA and Canada

29 July
10am - 12 noon

Using Our Subscription Websites Effectively - Jean Campbell
BBFHS subscribes to Ancestry (World) FindMyPast (UK, Australasia and Ireland) British Newpaper Archives, The Genealogist, Internet History Resources and the Biographical Databas of Australia. Are you aware of the millions of records on each site? How do the print-outs differ? How do you take out unwanted results? Find out at this session!