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Genealogy workshop to feature local speakers

Posted: June 3, 2014 4:40 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

This July, the S.C. Genealogical Society (SCGS) will host a workshop featuring speakers from Kershaw County. The workshop will be held at the S.C. Department of Archives and History on July 11 and 12. Workshop attendees will learn how to effectively research their family history and genealogy.

Camden resident William Guerry Felder is the First Vice President of the SCGS and chapter president of the society’s Old Camden District.

Felder asked various speakers from Kershaw County to contribute to the workshop.

Martha Daniels will speak about Camden’s Mulberry Plantation and the Chesnut Family.

“Martha Daniels is a wonderful speaker and she does an excellent presentation. I want people to know about the Chesnut family and the history of the Mulberry Plantation,” Felder said.

Kershaw County historians Joan and Glen Inabinet will speak, providing information that will help Kershaw County residents research their family genealogy.

“They recently wrote a book on the history of Kershaw County. They did a good job on that. I also wanted to get them on because I knew they were good speakers,” Felder said.

Felder will be discussing genealogy and emphasized that people should not get discouraged with their genealogy search.

“I’ll be talking about effective ways to begin your genealogy journey, how to start it correctly, how to document your things correctly and what you need to get started. A lot of people start, then they get very frustrated. Everyone comes across brick walls, so you should not get frustrated,” Felder said.

Felder shared that a difficulty people can run into when researching their family history is finding information on the surnames of the women in their family. He encourages people to continue through the difficulties.

“It’s a digging process, you have to be like an investigator and that makes it fascinating,” Felder said.

Felder also suggests that people use one of the many resources in Kershaw County to help research family history.

“There are plenty of materials to go back and look at in Kershaw County. The archives have newspapers on microfilm. There are death certificates, the Daughters of the American Revolution has a collection and there are family books,” Felder said.

The workshop will also feature a speaker to help African-American families trace their ancestry.

“For African-Americans who want to know about their ancestors, an issue that they run into is slavery,” Felder said.

Other topics that will be covered include the history of Blythewood, historic newspapers, lost records of the Civil War, land records of South Carolina and Native American culture.

For SCGS members, the cost of the workshop will be $35 if registered before June 15 and is $40 for non-members. After June 15, the cost for members will be $40 and the cost for non-members will be $45. A catered barbecue lunch will be served. The meal costs $12.50 through June 15 and $13.50 afterward.

There will be a reception with light refreshments for attendees to meet workshop speakers on Friday.

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