2019 Hilton Head Ancestry Classes

Exciting news! Classes will be held at the new USCB Hilton Head Campus

Class fees are the same for all classes unless otherwise noted:
$15.00 Foundation members; $20 Non-members

Classes are on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30pm. 

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


Irish Genealogy

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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 & 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 & 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!


How to Use FamilySearch.org

Presented by Shelley Block
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

FamilySearch.org is free, and is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the internet. Millions of the records on Family Search can’t be found in the normal Search function. You will be instructed how to access often overlooked genealogical records.

Don’t Just Wander! Tips for Better Searching

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Do you enter a name into Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org and just hope to find something? Do you know how to effectively use Google for genealogy research? This class focuses on some ways to improve your chances of finding what you need using search engines so you do not just wander. Special emphasis will be on using Ancestry.com powerful search and Google, but the tips are also applicable to other search engines.

Beginning Family Research

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Newcomers to the fascinating field of genealogy will learn research techniques to start and develop their family trees. Topics include how to start tracing your roots, where to find information, what pitfalls to avoid, developing good research habits, and preserving your work. The course is also of value for those with limited experience who want to refresh their skills. Handouts will be given to assist participants in their research.

Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017 is Here! So Get With the Program!

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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 if 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; basics of 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. 

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 being covered.

German Genealogy, Part II

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Are you ready to attack German records to locate your ancestors? Learn how to successfully utilize Meyers Gazeteer and town lineage books to locate your relatives. Find where you ancestors' church parish records are kept. Explore military records of German ancestors starting in 1848 until WWII and/or search among 'Missing People" records. Discover a wealth of records online about your German Jewish ancestors. Find online resources to connect with your German-speaking ancestors from areas of Eastern Europe and Russia. Then connect with area German-American clubs to make new friends and enjoy a real OktoberFest!

HeritageQuest Online

Presented by Susan Dobbs
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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.  For Heritage Library premier members as well as new/renewed members after September 1st, it can be accessed from outside the library.  Some see what this program has to offer.

Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of Your Results

Presented by Jan Alpert
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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.