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The Heritage Library, History & Ancestry Research Center

The Heritage Library is a non-profit library offering research assistance on ancestry in addition to classes and tours focused on Hilton Head Island’s history from prehistory to the modern era. The Heritage Library owns two historic sites, Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation and the Historic Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum on the corner of William Hilton Parkway & Mathews Drive


upcoming events:

2021 Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour

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2021 Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour

TUESDAYS, 10:30 AM

APRIL 6 -OCTOBER 12, 2021

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF FOUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE BLOODY SKIRMISH THAT WAS FOUGHT JUST STEPS AWAY.

The Island’s history comes to life every Tuesday at 10:30 am at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum with this trip back in time, featuring costumed tour guides sharing fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. You’ll learn their stories of the Colonial era on Hilton Head Island and more as you tour one of the island’s most intriguing sites.

Cost: $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures.

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Beginning April 06 @ 10:30 am

2021 Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour

TUESDAYS, 10:30 AM

APRIL 6 -OCTOBER 12, 2021

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF FOUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE BLOODY SKIRMISH THAT WAS FOUGHT JUST STEPS AWAY.

The Island’s history comes to life every Tuesday at 10:30 am at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum with this trip back in time, featuring costumed tour guides sharing fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. You’ll learn their stories of the Colonial era on Hilton Head Island and more as you tour one of the island’s most intriguing sites.

Cost: $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures.

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Family Tree Maker Part I: Overview and the First Steps

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Family Tree Maker Part I: Overview and the First Steps

DATE: TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2021

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON

INSTRUCTOR: CAROL CLEMENS

Description: Part 1 of 4 in the Family Tree Maker Series. Why use Family Tree Maker 2019 software? What can be produced with it? Topics covered include how to purchase the software, how to properly install it, the correct initial setups and the basic concept of how to begin. This is the first class is a 4-part series. You will find it most helpful if you take all 4 classes. There is no prerequisite for this class. You are encouraged to take this class if you are unsure if you want to use the software OR if you are using the software but may not have it properly set up. If you are uncertain you have done all the preliminary setup, it is suggested that you take this class to be sure you are ready for the following classes.

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Beginning April 06 @ 10:30 am

Family Tree Maker Part I: Overview and the First Steps

DATE: TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2021

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON

INSTRUCTOR: CAROL CLEMENS

Description: Part 1 of 4 in the Family Tree Maker Series. Why use Family Tree Maker 2019 software? What can be produced with it? Topics covered include how to purchase the software, how to properly install it, the correct initial setups and the basic concept of how to begin. This is the first class is a 4-part series. You will find it most helpful if you take all 4 classes. There is no prerequisite for this class. You are encouraged to take this class if you are unsure if you want to use the software OR if you are using the software but may not have it properly set up. If you are uncertain you have done all the preliminary setup, it is suggested that you take this class to be sure you are ready for the following classes.

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

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Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

Thursdays, 10:30 am April 8 - October 14, 2021

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. 

$15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. 

This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures. 

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Beginning April 08 @ 10:30 am

Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

Thursdays, 10:30 am April 8 - October 14, 2021

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. 

$15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. 

This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures. 

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Tested Your DNA On Ancestry? Learn How to Use Ancestry Tools to Discover New Cousins and Common Ancestors

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Tested Your DNA On Ancestry? Learn How to Use Ancestry Tools to Discover New Cousins and Common Ancestors

DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021

TIME: 10:30 AM‒12:00 NOON

INSTRUCTOR: JAN ALPERT

Description: This DNA class is for people who have tested their DNA with Ancestry and are not familiar with the Ancestry tools such as shared matches, common ancestors, and ThruLines. Your DNA matches are your cousins. Using DNA matches and Ancestry trees, discover how you are related to some of your cousins and the common ancestor you share.

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Beginning April 12 @ 10:30 am

Tested Your DNA On Ancestry? Learn How to Use Ancestry Tools to Discover New Cousins and Common Ancestors

DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021

TIME: 10:30 AM‒12:00 NOON

INSTRUCTOR: JAN ALPERT

Description: This DNA class is for people who have tested their DNA with Ancestry and are not familiar with the Ancestry tools such as shared matches, common ancestors, and ThruLines. Your DNA matches are your cousins. Using DNA matches and Ancestry trees, discover how you are related to some of your cousins and the common ancestor you share.

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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2021 Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour

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2021 Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour

TUESDAYS, 10:30 AM

APRIL 6 -OCTOBER 12, 2021

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF FOUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE BLOODY SKIRMISH THAT WAS FOUGHT JUST STEPS AWAY.

The Island’s history comes to life every Tuesday at 10:30 am at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum with this trip back in time, featuring costumed tour guides sharing fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. You’ll learn their stories of the Colonial era on Hilton Head Island and more as you tour one of the island’s most intriguing sites.

Cost: $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures.

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Beginning April 13 @ 10:30 am

2021 Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour

TUESDAYS, 10:30 AM

APRIL 6 -OCTOBER 12, 2021

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF FOUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE BLOODY SKIRMISH THAT WAS FOUGHT JUST STEPS AWAY.

The Island’s history comes to life every Tuesday at 10:30 am at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum with this trip back in time, featuring costumed tour guides sharing fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. You’ll learn their stories of the Colonial era on Hilton Head Island and more as you tour one of the island’s most intriguing sites.

Cost: $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures.

Find Out More

Family Tree Maker Part II: Getting Started: People and Media Tabs

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Family Tree Maker Part II: Getting Started: People and Media Tabs

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021

TIME: 10:30 AM -12:00 NOON

INSTRUCTOR: CAROL CLEMENS

Description: Part 2 of 4 in the Family Tree Maker Series. Now it’s time to add people; set relationships; add and categorize media; set profile pictures; link media to several people at once; back up your files and more. This class gets you started on the process of documenting your family history with this software. | PREREQUISITE: You must have purchased FTM 2019, installed it on your computer, and done the preliminary required set up covered in class one.   It is highly recommended that you have taken Class 1 in this Zoom series so you start out with the program properly set up. —

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Beginning April 13 @ 10:30 am

Family Tree Maker Part II: Getting Started: People and Media Tabs

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021

TIME: 10:30 AM -12:00 NOON

INSTRUCTOR: CAROL CLEMENS

Description: Part 2 of 4 in the Family Tree Maker Series. Now it’s time to add people; set relationships; add and categorize media; set profile pictures; link media to several people at once; back up your files and more. This class gets you started on the process of documenting your family history with this software. | PREREQUISITE: You must have purchased FTM 2019, installed it on your computer, and done the preliminary required set up covered in class one.   It is highly recommended that you have taken Class 1 in this Zoom series so you start out with the program properly set up. —

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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AKA Hilton Head: An Island Known by Eight or Nine Other Names

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AKA Hilton Head: An Island Known by Eight or Nine Other Names

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021

TIME:  10:30AM – 11:30 AM

INSTRUCTOR:  RICHARD THOMAS

Description:  Since its beginning as a human habitat, the island today known as Hilton Head Island has been known by many names.  Learn about Hilton Head’s long and differentiated history through the lens of at least eight recorded names it has been called throughout the years.

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Beginning April 14 @ 10:30 am

AKA Hilton Head: An Island Known by Eight or Nine Other Names

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021

TIME:  10:30AM – 11:30 AM

INSTRUCTOR:  RICHARD THOMAS

Description:  Since its beginning as a human habitat, the island today known as Hilton Head Island has been known by many names.  Learn about Hilton Head’s long and differentiated history through the lens of at least eight recorded names it has been called throughout the years.

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

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Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

Thursdays, 10:30 am April 8 - October 14, 2021

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. 

$15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. 

This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures. 

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Beginning April 15 @ 10:30 am

Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

Thursdays, 10:30 am April 8 - October 14, 2021

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours

Limited to 8 people per tour to ensure social distancing

Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. 

$15/ADULT • $10/CHILD

Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. 

This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island

We are committed to the safety of our volunteers and our guests. We encourage our guests to wear masks during all Heritage Library events. Social distancing will be practiced at The Heritage Library and at our Historic Sites. We are also participating in enhanced cleaning procedures. 

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Author Chat: The Civil War in the South Carolina Lowcountry – How a Confederate Artillery and a Black Union Regiment Defined the Meaning of War

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Author Chat: The Civil War in the South Carolina Lowcountry – How a Confederate Artillery and a Black Union Regiment Defined the Meaning of War

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021

TIME: 2:00 PM

AUTHOR: RON ROTH

Description: Some of the most dramatic and consequential events of the Civil War era took place in the South Carolina lowcountry between Charleston and Savannah. From fire-eater Robert Barnwell Rhett’s inflammatory 1844 speech calling for secession under an ancient oak in Bluffton; to the last, desperate attempts by confederate forces to halt Sherman’s army juggernaut as it makes its way through South Carolina, this book paints a compelling portrait of a region torn by war.

Cost - $5.00

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Beginning April 15 @ 02:00 pm

Author Chat: The Civil War in the South Carolina Lowcountry – How a Confederate Artillery and a Black Union Regiment Defined the Meaning of War

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021

TIME: 2:00 PM

AUTHOR: RON ROTH

Description: Some of the most dramatic and consequential events of the Civil War era took place in the South Carolina lowcountry between Charleston and Savannah. From fire-eater Robert Barnwell Rhett’s inflammatory 1844 speech calling for secession under an ancient oak in Bluffton; to the last, desperate attempts by confederate forces to halt Sherman’s army juggernaut as it makes its way through South Carolina, this book paints a compelling portrait of a region torn by war.

Cost - $5.00

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Prominent Men and Strong Women, Part I

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Prominent Men and Strong Women, Part I

DATE:  MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021

TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

INSTRUCTOR:  DEE PHILLIPS

Description:  Part 1 of 2.  Part 1 looks at Prominent Men who were Planters and the strong women who married them:   John Talbird, planter and soldier, and his wife Mary Ann; Captain John Stoney, planter and privateer, and his wife Elizabeth; William Elliott, planter of Sea Island Cotton, and his wife Phoebe; What drove these men and women to succeed? How were their lives affected while living on Hilton Head?

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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Beginning April 19 @ 01:00 pm

Prominent Men and Strong Women, Part I

DATE:  MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021

TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

INSTRUCTOR:  DEE PHILLIPS

Description:  Part 1 of 2.  Part 1 looks at Prominent Men who were Planters and the strong women who married them:   John Talbird, planter and soldier, and his wife Mary Ann; Captain John Stoney, planter and privateer, and his wife Elizabeth; William Elliott, planter of Sea Island Cotton, and his wife Phoebe; What drove these men and women to succeed? How were their lives affected while living on Hilton Head?

Cost - $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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