2017 Hilton Head Ancestry Classes

Class fees are the same for all classes unless otherwise noted:
$10.00 Foundation members; $15 Non-members

All classes run from 1:30 - 3:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Class size limited, reservations are required. Call 843-686-6560 or register online.

Starting Family Research;  A Two-Session Class for Beginners

Presented by Larry Burke
Heritage Library Volunteer

 Wednesdays, January 18 & 25, 2017 

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. It may also be of value to researchers with limited experience who wish to refresh their skills. Participants will receive hand-outs to help guide you in your research.
Fee: $25 for Foundation members; $35 for non-members. 
Researching Your Irish Ancestry at Home and Abroad
Presented by Dr. Barrett Riordan
Heritage Library Volunteer
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Tips and discussion on the difficult task of tracing your Irish ancestors back across the Atlantic.  Focus is on those migrating in the 1840s and 1850s – the “famine Irish”.
Family Tree Maker is Back! So Get With the Program!
Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 
Are you researching and saving your info on scraps of paper, posting your tree on ancestry.com, or doing
nothing with your research? If so, this class is for you!  None of the above will allow you to prepare and print out a nice genealogy product.  You need 
genealogy software such as Family Tree Maker.
This class is an introduction to Family Tree Maker 2014, the software that is once again available through a different company.  
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 and printing 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.  
Questions?  Contact Carol Clemens at cclemens318@roadrunner.com.
Create a “Pieces of Your Past” Booklet using Microsoft Word
                                                                     Presented by Carol Clemens
                                                                     Heritage Library Volunteer
                                                                   Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Are you using Microsoft Word just for text?  If so, you are missing many tools this program offers for the genealogist to create a family narrative complete with photos, maps, newspaper clippings, clip art, copies of documents etc. integrated into your narrative.  Learn to use Word to create a “Pieces of Your Past” booklet as a way of sharing direct lineage without overwhelming others.  This is a “hands on” class and you are encouraged to bring your laptop.  Don’t worry, though, if you do not have a laptop…come anyhow!  
You will leave this class knowing how to:
  • Drop pictures, maps, documents, etc. into your narrative.
  • Crop, resize, frame, and add captions to items in your narrative.
  • Add arrows and other shapes, highlights, colors, etc. to stress key points in your narrative.
  • “Cover” parts of an odd shaped newspaper clipping etc. in your narrative that you simply cannot crop out.
  • Draw tables and boxes to create your own linear tree.
  • Use print screen and the “snipping tool” to work with those “unprintable” web sites.
Requirements: This class is appropriate for those with basic computer skills.  Class will be given using Word 2010, but is applicable to other word processing programs such as Google Docs.  Since this is a “hands on” class, you are encouraged to bring your laptop with a few photos saved, and a brief paragraph on one or two people in your tree so that you can practice some of the techniques.
Researching African-American Ancestry
Presented By 
Heritage Library Volunteer
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of your Results

Presented by Jan Alpert, FNGS
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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 hao 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 trangulation or "circles" on Ancestry and how those are your most important matches.  The course is for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA.

Click here to register

Tips and Tricks for Family Tree Maker

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

This class is for those currently using Family Tree software.  Tips for going beyond the basics will be covered including the following:

  • 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 tasks feature
  • Using the book feature (a general overview….just to get you started)

Looking For German Ancestors? Research Techniques and Sources; Part II

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to find your German ancestors:  Useful websites, databases, German script practice, translation services and specific tips for successful research in German church and civil records, census, and city directories.

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SCAN is a 4-letter Word;

A non-technical approach to home scanning family photographs and documents.

Presented by John Barrett
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scanning can be a preservation tool.  This class will discuss pre-sorting images prior to scanning, basic scanner settings for photos vs. text, display options for sharing scans, organizing and archiving scans, and editing the scanned images.

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South Carolina Genealogy & History Library

The Heritage Library Foundation
852 William Hilton Parkway | 2nd FloorSuite A-2
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
p. 843.686.6560 | f. 843.686-6506