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 Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

 Wednesdays, September 20 & 27, 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. 
Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017 is Here! So Get With the Program! 
Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 
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!
Questions?  Contact Carol Clemens at cclemens318@roadrunner.com.
Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of your Results

Presented by Jan Alpert, FNGS
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 11, 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 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.

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Making Sense of the Census Records

Presented by Sunni Bond
Heritage Library Volunteer

 Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Do you deduce everything you should out of the census records?  Trace your family tree every ten years from 1940 to 1790 and see the wonderful things you can learn about them. The lecture will review the information which is unique in each census year and why it is important to find your family in every census including 1940 and those before 1850. The experience level is beginner through intermediate.

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

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Were your German ancestors really German?  A unified nation called Germany did not exist until 1871, so you may have to extend your search to include Dutch, Danish, Swedish and even French records.  Learn how to identify your ancestor's "Heimat" and discover the importance of the "Ortsippenbuch".  Identify resources that will help you further your research beyond ancestry.com. Compare German "Fraktur" to modern handwriting as a helpful tool for translating documents.  A packet including a brief German history, historical maps, German genealogy terms incl occupations, "Fraktur" charts, German family history websites and a bibliography will be distributed to all participants.

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

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, November 1, 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.

Tips and Tricks for Family Tree Maker

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, November 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)
This class is intended for those currently using Family Tree Maker 2014 or the new Mackiev Family Tree Maker 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.  
Questions?  Contact Carol Clemens at cclemens318@roadrunner.com

Hopes and Tears of German Immigration

Presented by Suzanne Crippen
Heritage Library  Member

Wednesday, November 15 , 2017

Arriving and surviving in the New World is often the viewpoint of how one approaches genealogy. This talk flips that view to one of leaving the Old World-- specifically Germany. Suzanne will review her visits to the new Emigration Museums in Bremerhaven and Hamburg, Germany. These Museums let one experience many elements of our ancestors’ journeys. Suzanne believes that genealogy is far more than names with birth, death and marriage dates. This talk unearths the emotional side of the journey.

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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