5 GENERATIONS: FROM ENSLAVEMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN ATLANTA
The documentary 5 Generations: From Enslavement to Public Service in Atlanta is a commemoration of the achievements of five generations of African American women in the Metro Atlanta area from Reconstruction through the 20th century. By exploring genealogy, family lore, and historic documentation, viewers will become familiar with various historical philanthropic, educational, and political institutions within Atlanta’s African American communities through the lens of the women in one multi-generational family.
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First Baptist Church and a Vertical File Provide Further Documentation of Clarence Adam Chick (1896-1966) and His Wife
My husband and I went to Watch Night like we had planned after I found out about First Baptist hosting one, when I posted "Documenting the Newspaper Obituary of Dr. Clarence Adam Chick (1896-1966)" I also checked the vertical file in the Cumberland County Library...read more
When I sat down at the microfilm reader at Cumberland County Library Local & State History where I would look for the obituary of Clarence Adam Chick (1896-1966), I had no idea what I would find. I imagined I would find a brief recollection that he existed, not an...read more
My great uncle, Clarence Adam Chick was born in Union County, South Carolina in 1896. I first discovered him on the 1900 US Census with his father and mother and siblings. He was younger brother to my great grandmother, Daisy B. Chick (Tucker). The family moved to...read more
In “Our Fathers’ Fields – A Southern Story Tells Part of the Story,” we showed how Elizabeth had my 2nd great grandfather, Anderson Chick, and a appeared on the 1870 US Census in Goshen Hill, Union County, South Carolina as 11 years old. By 1900, he was 40 years old,...read more
I had submitted a DNA sample to 23andMe years ago, and I again in August 2017 wanted to submit my DNA to be tested by AncestryDNA. With the DNA cousin matches on Ancestry.com, I can answer some of the questions about missing ancestors. I know that with all the family...read more
Not too long ago it was very common for families to keep Bibles where they recorded basic information about family members such as births, marriages, deaths, and religious ceremonies such as christenings and baptisms. It is good to know about this tradition of...read more
Our Father’ Fields: A Southern Story by James Everett Kibler, University of Georgia English professor, came to life in Newberry County, South Carolina. An antique pen came out from where it was stuck behind the mantel during a storm, and led eventually to the telling...read more
It has been several years since I tried finding ancestors on GenealogyBank.com, but I just recently was surprised to come across My Folder as well as a couple of articles I had never seen before. It prompted me to start a new subscription, and do some searching. My...read more
Because we know identifying an ancestor's birth can be a challenge, we are sharing more records that you can use as substitute to vital records. See Substitute Records for Births in South Carolina to catch up with the resources we have already shared. Cemeteries...read more
In Documenting a SC Birth, we discussed how to find your ancestor using birth certificates. Not everyone was recorded on a birth certificate, and birth records are the hardest to find. Fortunately, you can use substitute records to find clues to the date and place where you ancestor was born. Use the record types discussed below where you may discover more about your ancestor’s birth.read more
Birth records are usually the documentation that you seek after you have found the existing death and marriage record for your ancestor. Birth certificates are the hardest to find. Here, we will help you learn how to access birth records in SC and suggest substitute records to use in case your ancestor did not have a birth certificate.read more
It is so important to document your ancestor using the most recent records first because you can learn so much about them enabling you to locate them on earlier records. For most researchers, the latest historical record where they have found their ancestor is the 1940 Census. Perhaps you have yet to discover records that were generated later than 1940. It is highly likely that ancestors born before 1900 appear on these records.read more
Gallery: Santee-Cooper Relocation Project
The Santee Cooper Power and Navigation Project, begun in 1939, did much to stimulate South Carolina’s economy after the Great Depression. The project improved navigation on and provided hydroelectric power from the Santee and Cooper rivers to Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties. During the project, 900 families were relocated and more than 6,000 graves were relocated or buried beneath the waters of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.
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THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Coming in late 2020 on one of the most important sites in American history, the place where almost half of all African captives arrived in the U.S., the IAAM will present the largely undertold experiences and accomplishments of Americans of African descent.