Welcome to Colleton County SCGenWeb
and thank you for visiting!
This is a work in progress. If you are a "seasoned" Colleton County researcher and would like to share your tips on SC research, please let me know! Others will benefit from your experience! Pat Sabin.
I'm Pat Sabin, your host for the Colleton County SCGenWeb. Because of my avid interest in the history and genealogy of my ancestors, I host a number of genealogy, history and vintage postcard web sites, as well as several mailing lists in different parts of the country.
My contribution to the Colleton County SCGenWeb is in maintaining and coordinating the web site (and mailing list), and I hope it will always be an evolving and interesting place to visit. Because I live near Atlanta, Georgia and have done little actual research in South Carolina, I regret to say that I am not able to answer personal research questions unless they coincide with my own personal genealogy research.
about Colleton County County research that is not
answered on this
I recommend that you search the archived list messages
Colleton County Genealogy Mailing List
You may also
subscribing to this very active list, as there are
If you are new to "lowcountry" South Carolina
research, you'll want to
review the changes in South Carolina districts over
the last 250
The old Colleton District encompassed many areas now
in other modern
Much of the old upper Colleton County is now in Dorchester
At the Dorchester County SCGenWeb you'll
many cemetery transcriptions, and marriage,
birth, and death
for Upper Colleton families.
Here is a good map showing the formations of South Carolina districts and counties: Formations of South Carolina Districts and Counties .
If you are a new visitor to this site, you are welcome and encouraged to explore! If you just want to get to the "bottom line" you may want to start here:
1. Search the Colleton County SCGenWeb Site Search. Note: this will only find information housed on this site at http://www.oldplaces.org/colleton/, including the archived queries, transcribed documents, cemetery transcriptions, surname registry, etc. Any data linked from the Colleton County SCGenWeb but housed on a town site or personal genealogy page will not be included in the search. It takes approximately a week for the site search to pick up additions of new material, but everything housed on this site will be searched.
2. Browse through the titles listed on the Research page - there may be a linked web site that will be of help. It includes links to transcribed documents housed on this site as well as off-site, including single name or family association websites and USGenWeb Special Projects, many of which have large databases.
3. Check the Colleton County SCGenWeb Look-Up list for a volunteer who may have research material relevant to your genealogy search.
4. Search the Colleton County SCGenWeb Queries on RootsWeb to
see if someone else
is researching the same
If not, be sure to post your query! While you
are at it, you'll
probably want search queries on the corresponding
5. If you are researching recent generations, search
Security Death Index
at RootsWeb (free). It often provides the
exact dates for
birth and death, and the last place of residence.
6. Search RootsWeb's
WorldConnect site for your family.
These are family
files submitted by researchers, but keep in mind that
some of this
information may be based on speculation or second hand
information. Unless it's your own primary
research, treat all
information as a clue.
7. Do general searches at the USGenWeb Project
Tombstone Project, and Census Projects.
8. Search for your ancestor in the Revolutionary War
DAR database now online: Daughters
8. Search Google
for the places and surnames of your
family. There are
scanned books with free access. You may find
mentioned in a local history book. Do an
advanced search for Full
9. While you're at it, I recommend doing
periodic Google searches
for newly available
10. If you are
researching an African American family, you'll find
good links on this
site to help you get started in your
point, you will need the help of actual Census images
which may be
available through your local library's online research
Heritage Quest. Paid subscriptions are available
As you begin to
information, be sure to document your sources.
There are several
software programs that make it easy to collect and
build your family
If you have a chance to visit South Carolina for a genealogy field trip-
Locations with Web Sites include maps and directions
Department of Archives and History
County Public Library
County Memorial Library
Individual in charge of historical records program:
Ms. Evelyn T.. Weathersbee, President
Telephone: (803) 535-0022
historical records program:
If you'd like to experience the places of your ancestors in a more meaningful way, you may want to stay in a historic Bed & Breakfast Inn. Here's a brief directory of lowcountry HISTORIC BED & BREAKFAST INNS
LDS Family History Centers - How to Get Started
The following was contributed by fellow researcher, Earl Colley, on another mailing list. It is used here with Earl's consent:
Not all LDS Churches have Family History Centers. But the people at any LDS Church should be able to tell you where to find the nearest Family History Center.
Another possibility is to go to the LDS Web site at www.familysearch.org
What you need to see is the Family
Library Catalog. At the Family History Centers
Let me use my own recent research as an example. I have an ancestor, Absalom Gilly, who is listed on the 1840 and the 1850 census of Carter County, Tennessee. Now I want to learn more about him.
So I went to the FHLC microfiche drawer and looked for the section for the United States. The whole file is alphabetized, so it is easy to search. In the U.S. part of the file I looked for Tennessee (again, alphabetically). Then among the Tennessee microfiche, I looked for Carter County. Now I see subjects and/or place names. I looked under "C" for Court Records. You would see Census, then Church records, then Court Records and then many other subjects further down the alphabet.
Once I found the list of Court
Carter County, Tennessee I selected the date interval
of interest to
Opposite the chosen date interval I found a 7 digit
number. If that
begins with 0, 1, or 2, what you want to see is a doll
of microfilm. If
the 7 digit number begins with a 6, then you want to
see a set of
Sometimes the number
When I found the 7 digit number for
roll that reproduces the Carter County, Tennessee
Court records for the
1840's I used that information to fill out an order
form. I paid the
who was taking orders $3.25 and gave her the order.
She gave me the
copy of the order and sent my order (by computer
modem) to the main
So far, I found that Absalom had been
to work on the road near his home, which told me the
he lived. I also found that he had been charged with
selling whiskey to
a slave, but was let off by only paying the court
costs. I have now
the microfilm for the same courts for later dates, and
hope to learn
about the life of old
Among LDS families, boys (and lately girls) just out of high school offer 2 years of their life to service to their church. They get no money for that and must pay their own living expenses, usually with help from parents and relatives. One of the tasks that may be assigned to them is to take a portable microfim camera to a place where historical records are available, and copy those records on film. I think there are now a little over 2 million of those rolls of film which have been made and are filed at Salt Lake City for loan to the Family History Centers all over the world. No local Family History Center would be able to store more than a very small portion of these films. They usually keep just a few of the films that are frequently used.
I have helped hundreds of people
records. Not every attempt is a success, but most
people are happy with
their results and find this method more efficient than
distances to visit Court Houses, Church Archives,
I can never give enough thanks to the people who have made this information available to me, but I try to do so by giving my time to help them help others.
Lowcountry South Carolina Family History Centers
Charleston South Carolina
Moncks Corner South Carolina
Orangeburg South Carolina
dedicated volunteers. Every contribution is valued and appreciated! Thanks!
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