Sunday, August 3, 2014

Researching History to Find South Carolina Ancestors

Burt-Stark House in Abbeville, SC
If you are unable to find your South Carolina ancestors, study the history of the State, where and why people immigrated, what counties they settled in, religious preferences.  Generally speaking, a great many persons of German descent as well as the Scotch-Irish settled the State.  It is always a good idea to learn the under-lying causes of these movements.  For the most part, religious preferences as well as the search for fertile land was a motivator.  Then too, research the surname and discover its origin and special meanings.  Most people have a shadow image of their ancestors.  That is, information gleaned from relatives.  Try and establish some truths from the family stories.  The court house records where they ancestor resided is the best starting point.  Research everyone with your surname and keep records.  There is a story for you - you just have to find it! The online resource for South Carolina genealogies and old wills and documents is South Carolina Pioneers

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  7. (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
  8. (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
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