South Carolina Genealogy Crash Course

Find Your Palmetto State AncestorsSouth Carolina Genealogy Crash Course

Rebellion must run in the water of this sweltering Southern state: South Carolina was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from Britain during the American Revolution, and was the first state to secede from the Union before the Civil War. Fortunately, fierce state pride stands behind this rebel spirit, meaning that a wealth of meticulous records on Palmetto State citizens are available to family researchers looking to dive into South Carolina genealogy.

SESSION STATUS: Digital Recording (Download Here)
DATE: On-Demand
LENGTH: 1 hour
PRICE: : $39.99
PRESENTER: Grace Dobush, former online editor of Family Tree Magazine, plus expert guests:

  • Debbie Bloom, the Local History manager at Richland County Public Library in Columbia, SC, and the author of the Dead Librarian blog
  • Wevonneda Minis, genealogy columnist at The Post and Courier in Charleston and founding director of Roots and Branches, an African-American Genealogy Project
  • Christina Shedlock, of the Charleston County Public Library and the author of the South Carolina Room blog

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Essential South Carolina history, from Spanish settlement in 1514 t0 secession from the Union in 1860
  • Basic geography, including a breakdown of historical counties and districts
  • Major resources for African-American research
  • Key sources for Revolutionary War and Civil War records
  • City-specific resources for Charleston and Columbia

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