is a not-for-profit organization of
free access to genealogy on the Internet.
Each state and almost
county of each state has its own web site.
In addition, the
has special projects, such as the Tombstone
Project, the Archives
and the Census Project.
The success of this Project depends on people helping people
Welcome! The door is open for your contributions!
In considering what items will be appropriate, please remember that the primary goal is to provide information or enhance the GENEALOGIST'S experience on this site. Ask yourself the following questions: (1) IS THIS GENEALOGY? (2) WAS THIS BOOK, ARTICLE, OR PHOTOGRAPH PUBLISHED AFTER 1923, AND IS THIS INFORMATION COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL FOR WHICH I NEED WRITTEN CONSENT TO REPUBLISH? (3) DOES THIS MATERIAL INCLUDE THE NAMES OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF LIVING PEOPLE, AND DO I HAVE CONSENT FROM THOSE PEOPLE?
You'll find detailed copyright information on this USGenWeb Project page: http://www.usgenweb.org/volunteers/copyright.shtml
1. As a Look Up Volunteer. If you have Bamberg County research materials, such as histories, census records, cemetery books, etc., you could offer to do "look-ups" for fellow researchers. We have a look-up page already established and we sure can use more willing volunteers for this area!
2. "Adopt" a Town or Topic. Our goal is to expand the available online history of Bamberg County. You would be credited as the contributor or "coordinator" of that particular project.
Here are some ideas for special projects, but you may have an idea of your own:
3. History or Family Association Web Page. If you have your own genealogy web page, especially one with historical information or a single surname site, please be sure to let me know! History pages and Family Associations or Single Name sites will also be listed on the Research page as well as in the Surname Registry. If you find a Bamberg County site that should be listed, please let me know!
4. Take Photographs. If you live in the area or will be visiting soon, please consider taking photographs for upload to the Bamberg County site (you may want to check to see what's already been done). Please let me know before emailing images, especially if they are a large file size. If you prefer to mail them on a CD, just e-mail me and I'll give you my mailing address.
5. Transcribe Cemetery Records. Help us get free information on the Internet by transcribing cemetery records. This can be from actual tombstone transcriptions or from church records. Be sure to call the church in advance. If you visit in person, be sure to take a couple of photographs! See Cemeteries to see which ones have been done.
6. Transcribe newspaper articles, portions of books, diaries, letters, or town records. If you have possession of anything like this, or if you'd be willing to visit the public research library or LDS center, anything of general interest would be most welcome! Generally, if material was published prior to 1924 it is in the public domain (you still must quote your source). If it was published after 1924, you must have written consent from the copyright holder (usually the author or the author's estate, but sometimes a historical society or town). This is true even of newspaper and company newsletter articles. If it is an original document that you own, such as a diary, you generally have the right to publish it, but please be sensitive to family privacy issues.
7. Post your deeds, wills, obituaries, etc., on the Bamberg County site. If you have slave information on any of these documents, please send me a note and I'll copy them to a separate page for African American research. You can send them to me as MS Word documents or just cut and paste to an e-mail.
8. Post your GEDCOM
World Connect & Link to the Surnames Page
you have your family tree in any
software program, you should be
to convert it to a GEDCOM and upload it to the
Be careful to record your sources and please don't
on living persons- it is a serious breach of privacy
I only know Family Tree Maker software, but maybe this
will help you
your family tree into a gedcom file. Open your
Click on "file" "copy/export". A window
your family file(s). Highlight the file you want
to copy to a
In FTW, there is a smaller window at the bottom that
gives you the
of how you want to save the file. Use the drop
down menu and save
as GEDCOM (*.GED). Your gedcom file will show as
Go to WorldConnect and create a user name and password
You'll select the options you want to use. When
of the gedcom file, browse to your saved gedcom file
and click on
If you have trouble with your particular genealogy
software, a posting
to the mailing list should elicit a volunteer to talk
you through the
9. Old Photographs of Places, Towns, or Groups. Do you have a scanner? If you have access to any old photographs or postcards depicting town or county scenes, or old church/school/family groups (providing that they do not show any living people), please consider scanning and contributing the images. In considering what items will be appropriate, please remember that the primary goal is to provide information or enhance the genealogy researcher's experience on this site.
If you have any
deeds or other records relating to
family on your personal web page, we would like to
link to them from
page. Contact Pat to
supply a link for this page or submit a
transcription of an actual
You may also want to contact the SCGenWeb State
copy your transcribed
deed, bible record, etc. to the SCGenWeb