Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 8 DIRT Meeting - Using Land Records for Family Heritage

Doreen Larimer, Historical Property Research professional gave an outstanding presentation on Wednesday on the use of Land Records, specifically on Charleston County and South Carolina Land Records for finding out more about your family.  Doreen gave an excellent overview on how to read and interpret Land Plats through time and what has changed.  She suggested that the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society is a great place to meet other genealogies and get additional ideas.

Lynn captured and recorded some of the procedures Doreen showed us.  It will be interesting to discover how other States within the USA digitize and catalog their land records. 

Accessing Charleston County Land Records instructions: CLICK HERE
Accessing South Carolina Archives and History instructions: CLICK HERE

Two of the websites used were:

Charleston County: CLICK HERE
South Carolina Department of Archives and History: CLICK HERE

This will can add more depth to your family heritage story.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Family Tree of Property

Today's Post and Courier had a feature in the Home and Real Estate section about The Family Tree of Property.  Doreen Larimer will be speaking at our 8 Nov meeting about this topic. Doreen was interviewed for the article - so I thought y'all might find it interesting.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017 Meeting.  In our session today we discussed "How to Organize your Digital Genealogy".  The focus was on developing a filing system and naming system, then being consistent across all organization systems.  Also, backing up your information and how to take an inventory  of all your digital information.  Click here for the handout.

Our next meeting will be on November 8th 1:30-3:00 at the Lake House, Osprey 2.  We have a guest speaker "Doreen Larimer" to speak on "Land Records for Genealogy".

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 18, 2017 Wednesday evening meeting

It was a great time to answer questions and share new ideas.  We did a quick review of "Using Evernote for Genealogy" click here for the handout.

We also went through the "Interpreting AncestryDNA results" again for members who had not been to the October 11th session or those who had more questions.  Click here for the handout.  I recommended that you do your own spreadsheet for keeping track of CentiMorgans and those relatives that you have contacted.  Click here for a sample excel spreadsheet.  Look at all three tabs on the bottom of the page.

I hope you are all having fun finding out new information about your heritage.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Meeting Oct 11, 2017 We had a great turnout today.  We reviewed some new Christmas project proposals and highlighted the upcoming Family History Fair 2017 at the LDS Church on Sam Rittenburg Road (Family History Center) to be held on October 21, 2017 (Saturday) and everyone is welcome (there is a low charge at the door).  Click here for more details.

We then spent the majority of the meeting discussing how to interpret your AncestryDNA results.  You are welcome to download the handout and a sample spreadsheet for recording your research and the level of centiMorgans for each cousin.

Interpreting AncestryDNA results handout, click here
Oct 11 Meeting introduction with Christmas project proposals and Family Fair schedule, click here

Our next meeting on Wednesday night Oct 18, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 will be on "Using Evernote for Genealogy".

See you there.

 Please provide any comments or suggestions about this presentation to Lynn Baker,


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Genealogy Fair Postponed

Due to all the uncertainty regarding Hurricane Irma (and maybe her cousin, Jose), we have decided to postpone the Genealogy Fair until January 2018.  Please check back here regularly as we will be posting the upcoming meeting schedule and agendas in the column on the right.

We sincerely hope that Irma and Jose steer clear of us - but in the event they come our way - please stay safe!

Denise, Linda and Lynn