2018 Hilton Head Ancestry Classes

Don't forget!  Our new location on Hilton Head is 2 Corpus Christi, Ste 100

Class fees are the same for all classes unless otherwise noted:
$10.00 Foundation members; $15 Non-members

All classes run from 1:30 - 3:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Class size limited, reservations are required. Call 843-686-6560 or register online.

Starting Family Research;  A Two-Session Class for Beginners

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesdays, January 24 & 31, 2018

If you are just starting family research, this class is for you! This two-part workshop introduces the first-time family researcher to the fascinating field of genealogy, its unique nomenclature, and suggested research techniques. Session 1 will review basic concepts and vocabulary, standard formats and methods for collecting data,  record keeping and citing sources, and how to start your family tree.  There will be homework!

Session 2 will include a review of homework and questions, and then cover the importance of proofs/sources, how to organize your work, searching available software, and include a walk-through of  free online sites.

Fee: $25 for Foundation members; $35 for non-members. 

Ancestry.com for Beginners

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This 2-hour session will give participants a "walk-through" of the Ancestry.com site. We will discuss setting up your family tree and show how to do basic Ancestry.com searches. There will be tips on using the many features of Ancestry.com as well as information on doing more advanced research via the site.

Family Tree Maker 2017 is Here, so Get With the Program!

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Are you researching and saving your info on scraps of paper, posting your tree on line at ancestry.com, or doing nothing with your research? If so, this class is for you!  None of the above will allow you to prepare, print out, or easily share a nice, polished, genealogy product. You need genealogy software such as Mackiev’s Family Tree Maker 2017. 

Topics covered include the following:

  • Basics of entering data 
  • Linking data for various individuals in a family
  • Adding photos 
  • Understanding the various views
  • Adding  on-line info directly to the tree without retyping or copying it
  • Preparing, printing, and sharing basic charts and reports

There will be examples displayed of what you can create with this powerful software. The class also is appropriate for those who are not using any software and are trying to decide what to use.  NOTE: This class will help you if you are using Family Tree Maker 2014, too!

Requirements: While you may bring your laptop, you will be asked to close down before the class starts.  You will get lost and unfairly slow down the class if you are trying to actually do the tasks while they are eing covered.  

Questions?  Contact Carol Clemens at cclemens318@roadrunner.com

Researching Italian Ancestry

Presented by Joe Santanna
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

La Storia Della Tua Famiglia Italiana

Beginning with what you already know about your Italian family heritage, we will first discover or authenticate their town of origin in Italy. Starting with US Federal Census records we will then search for their passenger ship and retrace your Italian ancestors emigration path to the USA. Using Italian civil records we will continue the genealogical discovery of your family in Italy. We will use about a dozen research sites; some common, some not so common, to hopefully unfold generations of your unknown Italian ancestors. 

Tips and Tricks for Family Tree Maker 2017; Moving Beyond the Basics

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

  Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This class is for those currently using Family Tree software (2014 or Mackiev’s new 2017 version) You will learn how to go “beyond the basics” including:

  • Using built in tools (calculate dates, determine relationships)
  • Finding and Fixing People errors (merging, detaching, attaching people)
  • Finding and Fixing data errors (impossible birth years, missing dates)
  • Adding custom facts (divorce, adoption)
  • Using the book feature (a general overview….just to get you started)

Irish Genealogy Essentials

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

  Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tracing your Irish and Scots Irish ancestors can be exhausting and frustrating, but the ‘hunt’ can lead to exciting discoveries along the way.  We will cover toics such as land divisions & the importance of discovering your ancestor’s “townland”; the 1901 & 1911 census, 19th century fragments & pre-1800 census substitutes; Griffith’s Valuation and tithe applotment books;  the Ulster Plantation; where and how to access church, civil & workshouse records; on-line records, websites and the resources available in Ireland at PRONI and the National Archives of Ireland.

We will end with shared stories and knowledge/insights gained from your research. Come join us and celebrate your Irish heritage!

Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of your Results

Presented by Jan Alpert, FNGS
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Have you tested your autosomal DNA:  Learn how to make the most of your results!

If you have tested your autosomal DNA with Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, or 23andme, this lecture is for you.  Jan Alpert will review all three websites with suggestions for contacting cousins and analyzing your DNA results.  She will also show you how to download your results to www.gedmatch.com and find matches from the other sites with whom you have not tested.  She will provide examples of triangulation or "circles" on Ancestry and how those are your most important matches.  The course is for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA.

Researching Military Records in Fold3

Presented by Peter Somerville
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fold3, formerly Footnote, advertises itself as “The web’s premier collection of original military records.” The website has records from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican and Indian War, theCivil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, as well as some non-military collections.Fold3 is a subscription website if used from home, but it is available at the Heritage Library for our patrons.

Help Session for Family Tree Maker 2017

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This class will be offered twice:  10:30 to 12:30, or 1:30 - 3:30. Choose your time below.

Are you currently using Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017? Do you have questions?  Need a review of how to work with specific parts of this software?   Join us for a help session.  Feel free to bring your laptop and your questions and we will try to get you on track.  

This class is for those using FTM 2017 who have attended at least one of the basic classes on the program.  This is NOT an introductory class.  Please bring previous class handouts on FTM 2017 with you as a reference. 

Requirements: This session is for those currently using Family Tree Maker 2017 and/or those who have taken a previous FTM 2017 class at the Heritage Library.  Come with specific questions or things you want reviewed. If you want to be certain your question is answered in writing, email cclemens318@roadrunner.com by March 17th and she will try to include it in the class handout.

For this class laptops are welcome!

Class limited to 12.