2016 Ancestry Classes

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Wednesday, November 9, 2016 • 1:30PM - 3:30PM

About the Event

The Heritage Library is offering a full slate of ancestry classes for the fall.

Wednesday, September 14 – Escape from the Usual Sources: Want to flesh out your family tree?  Try escaping from the usual sources like Ancestry and Family Search.  Come learn about other online sources that may help you fill in some pieces in your family puzzle and add “life” to your tree.  This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, especially beginners.

Wednesday, September 21 – Autosomal DNA – 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 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.

Wednesday, October 28 – Creating Great Gifts: Turning your Photos and Genealogy Research into Great Gifts: This class will walk you through how to use a free, online site to create unique gifts using your family photos and genealogy research. You will walk away with the basic skills needed to:

  1. Upload photos, edit them and create on online album to share with family and friends. This is a much better way to share photos than sending them as attachments because the recipient doesn’t have to download anything. No waiting! No message that the attachments are too large for your server!
  2. Make high quality photo books you can have professionally printed at a very reasonable cost.
  3. Create personalized cards, family calendars, etc. to have printed at a reasonable cost.

This class assumes that those attending have intermediate computer skills including how to get photos onto your computer (scanning and or adding from a digital camera) and have internet access.

Wednesdays, October 12 & 19 – Starting Family Research: 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.  Admission is $25 for members; $35 for non-members.

Wednesday, October 26 – Family Tree Maker for Beginners: Are you researching and saving your info on scraps of paper, posting your tree on, 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.

Wednesday, November 2 – Looking For German Ancestors?: 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 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.

Wednesday, November 9 – Is DNA Your Next Step?: Are you interested in testing your DNA and want to learn more about how DNA works, which DNA test to order, or which company to select? This class will cover the basics of DNA testing. Time will be available at the end of the presentation to discuss the appropriate DNA test you should order for the particular genealogy problem you are trying to solve.


The Details


Event Location

Heritage Library
852 William Hilton Parkway, Ste 2A
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928

Admission Details: $10/member; $15/non-member

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