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Leave No Stone Unturned

  1. 1. Documenting African-American Ancestors African American Monument, The State House, Columbia, SC
  2. 2. Robin Foster Heritage Makers Independent Consultant Columbia Ethnic Community Examiner Columbia Social Media Examiner My blogs: Saving Stories Sharing the Legacy Strong Branches Follow me on Twitter: @savingstories Twitter page: twitter.com/savingstories
  3. 3. Jus with a baby tsunami By slingshots+meo remalante
  4. 4. Make sure you have done your homework. • Get back to basics • Identify: ancestor time period location • Identify what you want to learn. • Find out what resources exist. • Get comfortable with current technologies. • Find out where to access resources. • Find out where to go for help. How do you prepare for a Tsunami of records?
  5. 5. You must be able to tell where you have been in order to determine where you are going.
  6. 6. Beginning Steps.... 1. Gather all you have on your ancestor and put in a box. Organize what you have. 2. Complete a Pedigree Chart 3. Prepare a Family Group Record 4. Start a Research Log to track your findings. 5. Interview your closest living relatives. Transcribe the interview. 6. Create a biographical outline of events in the life of your ancestor. 7. Start a family history database and keep it up to date. Otis E. Tucker Vance (1905-1996) For more information: Visit Saving Stories
  7. 7. What do you know already? Complete the following forms using information you already know about your ancestor. 1. Pedigree Chart Dates: Day, Month, Year 6 April 1870 Places: City, County, State, Country Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA 2. Two Family Group Records (one with your ancestor as a child and one as a parent) 3. Biographical Outline
  8. 8. Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free familysearch.org
  9. 9. Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free familysearch.org
  10. 10. Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free familysearch.org
  11. 11. Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free familysearch.org
  12. 12. Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free familysearch.org
  13. 13. Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free familysearch.org
  14. 14. Identify what you want to learn about your ancestor and which record types document that specific information. 1. Your personal knowledge. 2. Your personal papers. 3. Your photographs. 4. Parents, Grandparents, and other relatives. 5. Family bible 6. Funeral programs, obituaries 7. Family papers 8. Family photographs 9. Birth records 10. Marriage records 11. Death records Develop your research declaration: “Beverly Vance was born about 1832, according to the 1870 US Census. He was living in Abbeville District, SC in Cokesbury. I want to know who his parents were.”
  15. 15. Locate different resources to document your ancestor 12. Census records 13. Church records 14. School records 15. Newspapers 16. Journals 17. Local Histories 18. Genealogical societies 19. Voter’s records 20. Military records 21. Probate records 22. Land and property records 23. Biographies 24. Family Histories 25. Immigration/emigration 26. Tax records 27. Directories
  16. 16. Locate different resources to document your ancestor 28. Naturalization/citizenship 29. Funeral homes 30. Hospitals 31. Employers 32. Fraternities/sororities 33. Slave narratives 34. Freedman’s Bureau Records 35. Periodicals 36. Cohabitation Records 37. Manumissions 38. Bill of sale
  17. 17. Try it today! Beta.FamilySearch.org beta.familysearch.org will soon take the place of the current familysearch.org site
  18. 18. Historical Records Collection
  19. 19. Historical Records Collection
  20. 20. Historical Records Collection
  21. 21. Historical Records Collection South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943
  22. 22. Historical Records Collection Search for: Jane McCoy Greenville County, South Carolina d. 1919
  23. 23. Historical Records Collection Click here Jane McCoy Greenville County, South Carolina d. 1919
  24. 24. Historical Records Collection Click here Index for Jane McCoy Greenville County, South Carolina d. 1919
  25. 25. Historical Records Collection Death cert. for Jane McCoy Greenville County, South Carolina d. 1919 Click Full Screen
  26. 26. Death cert. for Jane McCoy Greenville County, South Carolina d. 1919 Exit Full Screen, Rotate, Invert, Save, Print Zoom in + Zoom out -
  27. 27. FamilySearch Wiki Also wiki.familysearch.org
  28. 28. FamilySearch Wiki
  29. 29. FamilySearch Wiki (Search county/parish/state or topic)
  30. 30. FamilySearch Wiki
  31. 31. Charleston County, South Carolina
  32. 32. Charleston County, South Carolina
  33. 33. African American Research on FS Wiki
  34. 34. African American Research on FS Wiki
  35. 35. African American Research on FS Wiki
  36. 36. African American Research on FS Wiki
  37. 37. What if you did not see a resource that would help you on FamilySearch Wiki?
  38. 38. Ask For Free Research Assistance Also forums.familysearch.org
  39. 39. Ask For Free Research Assistance Also forums.familysearch.org
  40. 40. Ask For Free Research Assistance Also forums.familysearch.org Register Here Check your email immediately after you register.
  41. 41. Ask For Free Research Assistance Also forums.familysearch.org Register Here Check your email immediately after you register. From now on log in here
  42. 42. Ask For Free Research Assistance Logged in: Choose the locality
  43. 43. Ask For Free Research Assistance Choose the locality
  44. 44. Ask For Free Research Assistance Choose the locality Scroll down
  45. 45. Ask For Free Research Assistance Click New Thread
  46. 46. Ask For Free Research Assistance 1. Select State 2. Enter Title 3. Enter question 4. Tag name and locality 5. Preview6. Click Submit New Thread
  47. 47. Ask For Free Research Assistance Click New Thread Question is posted. Check back periodically for an answer. Also, look for email.
  48. 48. Ask For Free Research Assistance Click New Thread Question is posted. Check back periodically for an answer. Also, look for email. Email response
  49. 49. Ask For Free Research Assistance Click New Thread Question is posted. Check back periodically for an answer. Also, look for email. Forums response
  50. 50. Join the African-American Social Group at http://forums.familysearch.org/en/group.php?groupid=45 Social Groups
  51. 51. Join the African-American Social Group at http://forums.familysearch.org/en/group.php?groupid=45 Social Groups1. Enter African American 2. Click Go
  52. 52. Join the African-American Social Group at http://forums.familysearch.org/en/group.php?groupid=45 Select African-American Resources
  53. 53. Join the African-American Social Group at http://forums.familysearch.org/en/group.php?groupid=45 Look for Join This Group
  54. 54. Slave Narratives
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  58. 58. Slave Narrative Click to download
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  63. 63. Need additional help? Visit your local Family History Center support@familysearch.org (866) 406-1830 Family History Centers in South Carolina, United States Beaufort South Carolina 703 Parris Island Gateway Beaufort, Beaufort, South Carolina, United States Phone: 843-525-1823 Hours: By appointment only. Charleston South Carolina 1519 Sam Rittenburg Blvd Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States Phone: 843-766-6017 Hours: T-Th 10am-9pm; F-Sat 10am-2pm Closed: Jan 1, 2, 30, Apr 3, Jul 1,2,3, Oct 2,23, Nov 23-27, Dec 21-31 Georgetown South Carolina Pringle Ferry Rd Georgetown, Georgetown, South Carolina Phone: 834-527-2921 Attention: Does not have film circulation. Heritage Library Foundation 32 Office Park Rd, Suite 300 Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, South Carolina Phone: 843-686-6560 Hours: Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat 10am-3pm Closed: On Saturday in July and August
  64. 64. Moncks Corner South Carolina 319 West Main St Moncks Corner, Berkeley, South Carolina, United States Phone: 843-761-8671 Hours: W-Th 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-2pm Orangeburg South Carolina 2740 Broughton St Orangeburg, Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States Phone: 803-531-5531 Hours: By appointment only. Closed: Call listed telephone number for an appointment. Ridgeland South Carolina Grays HWY (278 West) Ridgeland, Jasper, South Carolina, United States Phone: 843-726-8241 Hours: Monday - Saturday by appt. Wed. evening 6-8PM Sumter South Carolina 1770 Highway 15 S Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina, United States Phone: 803-481-8300 Hours: Hours vary. Call ahead.
  65. 65. Gather Discover Share Preserve Gather what you have on hand. Discover more about an ancestor you choose. Share what you discover with your family. Preserve Photographs, history and stories for future generations.

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