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:
$15.00 Foundation members; $20 Non-members

Classes are on Wednesdays.  Check the schedule below for times

Class size is limited, reservations are required. Register online or call the library at (843)686-6560.  Registration is required.


Starting Family Research;  A Two-Session Class for Beginners

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesdays, September 19 & 26, 2018

Morning Session at 10:30am

Afternoon Session at 1:30pm

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.

Both sessions will be offered twice, morning and afternoon.  Register for one.

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


Using Ancestry.com 

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 3, 2018; 10:30am

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.

Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of your Results

Presented by Jan Alpert, FNGS
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 3, 2018; 1:30pm

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.


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

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 10, 2018; 10:30am

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


Managing Your Genealogy Media

Presented by Joe Player
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 10, 2018; 1:30p,

If you know little or nothing about image files and their role in building a family tree, then this class is for you! The class will answer the questions: What is and image file; Why should I care about image files; How do I use them to enhance my family tree. You will also learn about sources of images for your tree, and how to scan them into the computer and then out them into your tree. The class will show examples of these activities using the popular Family Tree Maker software. In addition, we will explore several online sources of media that will add life to your family tree on other programs such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.com, and fold3.com.  All questions are encouraged, so come and learn how image files can add to your enjoyment of building a family tree.


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

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

  Wednesday, October 17, 2018; 10:30am

This class is for those currently using Family Tree software ( 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)

Requirements: Intended for those who have previously taken MacKiev Family Tree Maker 2017 Is Here, So Get With the Program! OR have mastered the basics. This is not a basic class and is intended for those currently using the new MacKiev FTM 2017. 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 being covered.  For questions, contact Carol Clemens at: cclemens318@gmail.com


HeritageQuest Online

Presented by Susan Dobbs
Heritage Library Volunteer

  Wednesday, October 24, 2018; 10:30am

HeritageQuest 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 is available only at the Heritage Library or at home for Heritage Library premier members. Come see what this program has to offer.



What Can You Find in Census Records?

Presented by Sunni Bond
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 31, 2018; 1:30

This class takes a look at all the census records rom 1790 through 1940, the last census available to the public at this time. Learn what happened to the 1890 census and a local effort to recreate, in part, the Beaufort County 1890 census. There is much to be learned from census records if you just know how to use them to your best advantage!


Help Session for Family Tree Maker 2017

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, November 7, 2018; 10:30am

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.  If you want to be certain your question is answered in writing, e-mail: cclemens318@gmail.com no later than 2 weeks before the class and she will try to include it in the class handout.
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

For this class laptops are welcome!

Class limited to 12.


Researching Scottish Ancestry

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, November 7, 2018; 1:30pm

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.