Bamberg County SCGenWeb   Colleton County SCGenWeb     Dorchester County SCGenWeb

USGenWeb
African American Heritage
Colleton, Dorchester & Bamberg
 Counties
South Carolina

SCGenWeb
African American Family


 With your help and ideas, we can make this a wonderful source of information and a tribute to your African American ancestors.    Until we get more information online, be sure to post your queries on the Colleton County and Dorchester County GenConnect Boards.  You may also want to join the  RootsWeb mailing lists for these counties, as the histories of black and white residents are  entwined.  You'll see information for mailing lists and message boards on the Colleton County SCGenWeb , Dorchester County SCGenWeb  and Bamberg County SCGenWebAfrigeneas has several online  forums.

Linzay Kelly has an amazing collection of African American portraits, most of them unidentified, which she has found in antique stores and flea markets.    Although they are not necessarily of Colleton County families, they are well worth sharing.  Thank you Linzay for the contribution!

A big THANK YOU  to Paulette Johnston  for including African American cemeteries in her walks in Colleton and Dorchester Counties in 2008.  If anyone out there has any tombstone transcriptions and/or photographs of African American cemeteries or sections of larger cemteries, please consider sharing your information with the Bamberg, Colleton, or Dorchester County SCGenWeb.   Just a single grave honors someone's ancestor.  This is an all inclusive, all volunteer genealogy and history project for everyone who has an interest in "lowcountry" South Carolina.

 

Surname Registrations
African American Civil War Officer


SURNAMES RESEARCHER GENEALOGY WEB PAGE
CARTER Melody McGriff Melody- If you see this message, please send me your current e-mail address.
GALASHAW / GALLASHAW, FIGGERS, SIMMONS, TUCKER, CANADAY Steven C. Perkins
Thomas Nathan Gallashaw &
Mildred Mae Carter
GLOVER, GIBSON, GREEN,  HILLIARD Harriet J. Cockrel -
BROOKS, WINEGLASS, GREEN, HAMILTON, PINCKNEY, SIMMONS Albertha B. Goins -
STEPHENS/ STEVENS, PRIMUS, WILKEY, BARNHILL, BROWN, WASHINGTON Yolanda Mitchell LOOKING THROUGH THE MIRROR...
SALLEY, KINSEY Lisa Salley -
GLOVER, BRAND Our105@aol.com  -
CEASE CMsbroadus@aol.com -
BRITT Michael Gathron -
WHEELDON, WHILDEN Carol Warren -
SYPHRETT,SYPHRET,SYPRES, SYPRESS  Lucy Summey-Greer 
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BROWN, JAQUES / JAKES, SCOTT
Bernice Lacy
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GARBON / GARBONNE
Carissa Mann
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JACKSON, SMITH, PEARSON, SINGLETON, JENKINS, YOUNG Wayne Young -
HARTZOG
Laura Hartzog
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Because the families of  Bamberg, Colleton & Dorchester Counties, African American and Caucasian,  are interrelated,  all
surname registries (including African American)  are listed on the appropriated county surname registry  here:

                                                                     
 


South Carolina Research and Links
African American Family

Bamberg, Colleton and Dorchester Counties



South Carolina
Note:   If you post a message to a message board or mailing list, be as specific in your subject line and your message as possible, short of posting your entire family tree (WorldConnect is a good place to upload your GEDCOM).  Give names, approximate dates of birth and death, and where you think your family lived.  Mention other surnames who intermarried with your family.

 Talk to older living relatives while they are still around.  Don't believe everything you hear (it's amazing how family legends "evolve" over the years), but consider every bit of new information to be another piece of the puzzle, or a new clue in the mystery.   I don't know of any genealogists who don't regret not taking advantage of this opportunity for information and identification of photographs and memorabilia.

If your ancestors may have been slaves,  search everywhere for wills, diaries, bills of sale, that might  include the names of your ancestors.   Not every researcher posts this information to the Internet, so ASK on message boards and mailing lists.  Most people are pleased to be able to help if documentation is available!   Don't be shy...you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!


Periodically, check USGenWeb Special Projects  and Google for any new web pages regarding your area or surnames of interest.  Many public libraries offer access to Ancestry.Com inside the library, and home access to Heritage Quest from your home computer using your library card number and user ID.  These are great resources for Census Records, Military Records, Freedman's Bureau and many, many other materials.  Heritage Quest includes a good many scanned published histories and genealogies, and so does Google Books.      Collect your clues and keep an open mind!



General Resource Centers for African American
Genealogy Research



African American History Sites
Black History Pages
African American PerspectivesAmerican Memory Library of Congress
American Slave Narratives





Help!  We've got to start somewhere! Here are some other  possibilities:



Personal Genealogy/History Web Sites
If you have a personal web site featuring your African American family of Colleton, Dorchester, or Bamberg  County, or if you know of one,  please send me the link!!!
 

If you know of any other good research sites for South Carolina or general/nationwide research, please let me know!  Also, please let me know if you find any broken links on this page.   Pat Sabin

This page last updated on January 12, 2013

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