2019 Hilton Head Island Ancestry Classes

All classes will be held in Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus
One Sand Shark Drive

Class fees are the same for all classes unless otherwise noted:
$15.00 Heritage Library 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. 


Starting Your Family Tree

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus

This class will focus on how to start tracing your roots, where to find essential information, developing good research habits, pitfalls to avoid and best practices for preserving your work. This class is for those just starting out in their quest for more family information and also for those looking to refresh their skills.


Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017/2019 - Get With the Program!

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus

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 or 2019. Come and learn the value of using the correct tools for producing the products you need.


HeritageQuest and FamilySearch Overview

Presented by Susan Dobbs
Heritage Library Head Librarian

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus

Heritage Quest is a family history database that includes access to: census data, wills and probates, immigration records, public records, Revolutionary War Pension data, Freedman’s Bank records, historical maps, some land records and access to state and some international sites. This database can be accessed at Heritage Library or at home with a Heritage Library membership. Family Search is a free site offered by the Latter Day Saints Church/Family History Library in Salt Lake City. An overview of the site will be provided as well as a demonstration of where the digitized versions of the LDS’ microfilmed records for the US and all foreign countries.


Scottish Ancestry

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus

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, websites, and a bibliography to help you on your journey.


Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017/2019 - Moving Beond the Basics

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus

Learn to go “beyond the basics” of the Mackiev FTM 2017/2019 program. Topics covered include how to use the publish tab to create a book of your family research, find and fix both data and people errors, and more. Prerequisite: This is not a beginner’s class and is intended for those who have already taken the basic MacKiev Family Tree Maker 2017 class (Get With the Program!) and are familiar with the software through regular use. Please contact Carol Clemens at cclemens318@gmail.com if you have questions


Genealogy Research - Where to Start for Free

Presented by Amanda Hughes
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Classroom 115 at USCB, Hilton Head Campus

Sites 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! By learning how to utilize these sources, a family researcher can possibly fill in some of the missing links of their family story or even discover something brand new. This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, including beginners.