2018 Beaufort Branch Ancestry Classes

All Beaufort classes are held at the Santa Elena History Center, located at 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902, from 10:30am-12:30pm unless stated otherwise.

All classes are $15 for Heritage Library members and $20 for non-members. 

Genealogy 101              

Instructor: Amanda Hughes

September 15th, 2018 - 10:30am

If you are just starting family research, this class is for you!  Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree.  Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought.  Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration and support for genealogists…Genealogy can provide a doorway to the past.  This workshop introduces the first-time family researcher to the fascinating field of genealogy.  Its unique nomenclature, and suggested research technique and avenues.  It may also be of value to researchers with limited experience who wish to refresh their skills.

Advance registration (by following the link below) is strongly recommended.

Genealogy Free Sites

Instructor: Amanda Hughes

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Want to flesh out your family tree?  Come learn about some online sources that may help you fill in some pieces in your family puzzle and add “life” to your tree.  Sources such as Google, Find-A-Grave, state archives and many more can add valuable data to your family’s past –and the best part is that they are FREE!  This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, especially beginners.

Advance registration (by following the link below) is strongly recommended.

Researching Military Records in Fold 3

Instructor: Peter Sommerville

Thursday, October 4th, 2018 - 10:30am

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, Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War, as well as some non-military collections.  Fold3 is a subscription website if used from home, but is available at the Heritage Library for our patrons.

Advance registration (by following the link below) is strongly recommended.

Making Sense of the Census

Instructor: Amanda Hughes

Saturday, October 20 – 10:30 am

Do you deduce everything you should out of the census records?  Trace your family tree every ten years from 1790 to 1940 and see the wonderful things you can learn about them.  The lecture will review the information which is unique in each census year and why it is important to find your family in every census including 1940 and those before 1850.  The experience level is beginner through intermediate.

Advance registration (by following the link below) is strongly recommended.


Instructors: Susan Dobbs

Thursday, October 25 – 10:30 am

Heritage Quest is a family history database that includes some of what Ancestry has to offer and more.  It includes direct links to:  wills and probates, immigration records, public records, Revolutionary War Pensions, Freedman's Bank records, historical maps, and Land Records.  It can be accessible from outside the library for premier members as well as new/renewed members of the HL after September 1st.  Come see what this program has to offer.

Advance registration (by following the link below) is strongly recommended.

Looking for German Ancestors?     

Instructor: Barbara Friis

Thursday, November 1 – 10:30 am

Were your German ancestors really German?  A unified nation called Germany did not exist until 1871, so you may have to extend your search to include Dutch, Danish, and Polish records.  Learn how to identify your ancestor’s “Heimat” and discover the importance of the “Ortsippenbuch”.  Identify resources that will help you further your research beyond Ancestry.com.  Compare German “Fraktur” to modern handwriting as a helpful tool for translating documents.  A packet including a brief German history, historical maps, German genealogy terms, occupations, “Fraktur” charts, German family history websites and a bibliography will be distributed to all participants.

Advance registration (by following the link below) is strongly recommended.

Scottish Ancestry

Instructor: Barbara Friis                            

Thursday, November 8 – 10:30 am

Searching for your Scottish ancestors?  Learn about your family clan, surname and origin.  Dive into online vital records and learn how to access Scotland’s archives.  Receive a packet of maps, sample letters, records, websites and a bibliography to help you on your journey.