Colleton, Dorchester & Bamberg
Counties , South Carolina
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 SCGenWeb . Afrigeneas 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.
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
BROWN, JAQUES / JAKES, SCOTT
GARBON / GARBONNE
JACKSON, SMITH, PEARSON, SINGLETON, JENKINS, YOUNG Wayne Young -
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
Bamberg, Colleton and Dorchester Counties
- Diary of David Gavin of St. Georges Parish - Index of Slave Names
- Will of Charles Lowndes, 1763 & Slave Inventory of Charles Lowndes
- Will of Senator Thomas M. Raysor of Colleton and Barnwell Districts - 1856
- Census Records - All Available Transcriptions and Indexes
- Largest Slave Holders from Colleton's 1860 Slave Census, and Corresponding Surnames
- of African Americans - 1870 Census - Tom Blake's site
- Miscellaneous Marriages - 1900's
- Bamberg County Cemeteries
- Colleton County Cemeteries
- Dorchester County Cemeteries
- Large Slaveholders of 1860, and African American Surname Matches from 1870 - Tom Blake's Web Site (Many Southeastern Counties!) Remember that parts of Colleton and Barnwell Districts may have ended up in Bamberg and Dorchester Co.
- Press and Standard Newspaper - Index of notices of births, engagements, marriages, deaths - indexed by Larry Ulmer (not all years available)
- Largest Slave Holders from Colleton's 1860 Slave Census, and Corresponding Surnames of African Americans - 1870 Census - Tom Blake's site
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.
- GenForum - Surnames
- RootsWeb Message Boards - S.C. Counties
- RootsWeb Message Boards - Surnames
- RootsWeb WorldConnect - Search Family Trees and upload your GEDCOM
- Freedmen's Bureau - South Carolina Records
- Christina's Links to SC African American Genealogy
- African American Census Schedules - SC
- Free African Americans (includes SC)
- Documenting the American South-University of N.C.- Chapel Hill
- History of African American Cemeteries in South Carolina
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
- Christina's Genealogy Website- African American Genealogy
- Cyndi's List- African American Research
- Freedmen's Bureau
- African American Cemeteries Online
- Grave Matters- the preservation of African American Cemeteries
African American History Sites
Black History Pages
African American Perspectives - American Memory Library of Congress
American Slave Narratives
Help! We've got to start somewhere! Here are some other possibilities:
- African American Church Records
- African American Cemeteries (list) or Transcriptions
- Biographies (published or composed by you)
- Family Histories (your family's journey)
- Personal Letters and Diaries - Excerpts
- Family Stories about living in the old Colleton District
- Photographs of African American Churches, Communities, or Cemeteries
- Slave Information (usually found in Wills of slave owners)
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! patricia.sabin @ patsabin.com