2017 Beaufort Ancestry Classes

Our new Beaufort Branch of the Heritage Library is offering these classes for the winter, 2017:

Location:  The Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC

Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm on Thursdays.

 Class fees: $10.00 Heritage Library members; $15 Non-members

Class size limited, reservations are required. Call 843-379-1550 or register online.

Genealogy 101

Thursday,  January 19, 2017

Presented by Mary Somerville and Philip Cromer

If you are just starting family research, this class is for you!   Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree. Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration and support for genealogists. ... Genealogy can provide a doorway to the past. This workshop introduces the first-time family researcher to the fascinating field of genealogy, its unique nomenclature, and suggested research technique and avenues.  It may also be of value to researchers with limited experience who wish to refresh their skills.  

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Researching African-American Ancestry

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Presented by Linda Piekut

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.

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Looking for German Ancestors?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Presented by Barbara Friis

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 and Swedish 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, occupations, "Fraktur" charts,German family history websites and a bibliography will be distributed to all participants.

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Free Research Sites, Part I: FamilySearch.org

Thursday, February 23

Presented by Shelley Block

Have you used the FamilySearch website and not been able to figure out how to find what you were looking for? Or, are you new to genealogy and wish to learn how to use this excellent free resource to locate information on your ancestors? If so, this class is for you. Shelley Block has used the FamilySearch website since it was first launched in 1999 and she will show you how to use it effectively to locate records.    

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world, and it is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet. The records on FamilySearch span 4+ billion names from all over the world and across hundreds of collections. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history. 

Free Research Sites, Part II

Thursday, March 2

Presented by Amanda Hughes

Want to flesh out your family tree?   Come learn about some online sources that may help you fill in some pieces in your family puzzle and add "life" to your tree.   Sources 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!  This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, especially beginners.

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Researching Military Records in Fold3

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Presented by Peter Somerville and Philip Cromer

Fold3, formerly Footnote, advertises itself as “The web's premier collection of original military records.” The website has records from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican and Indian War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, as well as some non-military collections.

Fold3 is a subscription website if used from home, but it is available at the Heritage Library for our patrons.

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Writing Your Family Narrative using Microsoft Word

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Presented by Amanda Hughes

Have you wanted to start writing your family's story, but didn't know where to start?  Join Amanda as she walks you through the beginning processes on "creating" your family story.  Attendees will be shown different capabilities of Microsoft Word for writing, adding pictures, captions, etc.  Basic computer skills are required for this class.  This is a "hands on" class.  Please bring your laptop with some items saved and a basic paragraph of one or two of your ancestors so you can utilize some of the practices discussed. Class size is limited to 8, so sign up early!

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Tea and Sympathy

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Are you stuck?  Join the volunteers of the Heritage Library for a group discussion to solve your "brick wall."   Every researcher reaches that place in your family tree that no longer leads to the next generation. That's the point when others' experience can offer a resource you haven't tried, give you tips for searching in different databases, etc.  

If we can't solve your issue, at least we can offer some light refreshments and our deepest sympathy!

This class is FREE!

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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