2019 Beaufort Branch Ancestry Classes

All Beaufort classes are held at the Santa Elena History Center, located at 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902, from 1-2:30pm unless stated otherwise.

All classes are $12 for Heritage Library members and $15 for non-members. 

Genealogy 101              

Instructor: Amanda Hughes

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 1pm

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.

African American Genealogy

Instructor: Amanda Hughes

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1pm

This class is designed to offer techniques and resources of special interest to those researching African-American family history. The class begins by describing the methods basic to all family research regardless of ethnicity. It then offers suggestions for moving beyond the 1870 brick wall which complicates most African American research. Examples will highlight resources found in Beaufort County but will be of value to anyone looking for African-American ancestors as the nation celebrates African American History Month this February!

Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of Your Results

Instructor: Jan Alpert

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1pm

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.


Instructor: Susan Dobbs

Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 1pm

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!

Irish Genealogy

Instructors: Barbara Friis

Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 1pm

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 topics such as: land divisions and the importance of discovering your ancestor's "townland"; the 1901 & 1911 census, 19th century fragments and pre-1800 census substitutes; Griffith's Valuation and tithe applotment books; the Ulster Plantation; where and how to access church, civil and workhouse 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!