Resources

Charleston SC State Family History Center
1519 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC  29407
843-766-6017
Tues-Thurs: 10am-9pm
Fri & Sat:     10am-2pm
(NOTE:  you need to call ahead as the center is staffed by volunteers)

Charleston County Public Library
Please note:  If you are just beginning to search your family history, and not sure if you want to invest in a subscription to a site such as Ancestry.com, you can test it out and get your feet wet at the John Island Branch.  The library has an international subscription to Ancestry.com and has three or four computers with the ability to access the site.  Check with the research librarian and he or she can sign you on to a computer and you are then free to search and experiment.  There do not appear to be constraints as to how long you are allowed to work - and the library staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

Ancestry.com
http://www.ancestry.com/
Most family researchers have, once had, will re-register to have again, a paid subscription to this site.  It is often touted as the quintessential genealogy site.  But if you don't need access to international records, you might find the free resources suit you just fine!

Family Search
https://familysearch.org/
This is a totally free resource - and a great place to start.  You will need to establish an account (email address and password) and once that is done, you will have access to the vast resources the LDS church makes available.

RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/) was recently purchased by Ancestry.com, but as of this writing (Nov 2014) is still a free resource.

4yourfamilystory.com http://www.4yourfamilystory.com/ has a resource guide you really should check out.  There are links to over 50 sites.  You can access the list here.

Hart Island Project https://www.hartisland.net/.  You can now search a data base for over one million people buried in New York's "potter's field".

WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org/.  World's largest library catalog.

If you are looking for free resources for your research, there is a list at:
http://expertgenealogy.com/free/Rootsweb.com.htm

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Charleston Country Library Resources

Charleston's Historical and Genealogical InstitutionsDNA and GenealogyHow to Access CPL Records OnlineHow To Create a Family TreeSC Revolutionary War ResourcesSouth Carolina History Room



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Genealogy Charts (Misbach Enterprises)


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26 Oct 2016 - DNA

Click here to access the DNA presentation


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28 Sept 2016 - Organizing Your Genealogy Research 


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13 Apr 2016 - Research Toolbox Handout


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How to Search the Internet Like a Genealogist - by Barry Ewell

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Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors

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Lynn Baker's Glossary of Photo Terminology

Digital Photo Terminology

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Research Templates Toolbox

ToDo List
ToDo List (Paper)
Ancestor ToDo List
Records Requested
Records Search Checklist
Records Coverage Table
Genealogical Records Checklist
Family Group Sheet
Timeline
Master Data Sheet
Routine Records Sources
Research Plan (Simple)
Research Plan (Intermediate)
Research Plan (Where To Look)
Research Log


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RootsMagic 7 - User Manual


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Genealogy Research Log Templates


Click here for Google Sheets Version
Click here for .xls Version

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Professional Genealogy Services





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RootsTech 2016
Website:  http://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng
Program Schedule: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16lN4DjC7vEzWuJ6qOhzx9UXwjb-0tJlTRSkdEZgiFIo

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DOCUMENTS


  • My Geneaological Will (29 Jan 2015) - Click here for the Google Doc you can use as a template.
  • Color Coding Files  (29 Jan 2015) - Click here for the PDF file
  • Family Roots Organizer System (29 Jan 2015) - Click here for PDF file
  • Research Trip Packing List (30 Jan 2015) - Click here for PDF file
  • Abbreviations Found In Genealogy (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for PDF file
  • 5 Ways to Tell If Your Geneaology Research is Accurate (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for Google Doc
  • How to Keep a Research Log (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for Google Doc
  • 13 Types of Records to Include in Your Research (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for Google Doc
  • 101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free (31 Jan 2015) - Clicking here will bring you to the on-line website complete with links to all 101 resources.
  • 49 Ways to Discover Your Roots (31 Jan 2015) - Click here PDF file
  • Apps and Other Tools for Genealogists (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for PDF file
  • Useful Tips and Tools (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for PDF file. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LINKS IN THIS DOCUMENT WILL NOT BRING YOU TO THE WEB SOURCE. YOU MUST CUT AND PAST THE URL INTO YOUR BROWSER ADDRESS BAR.
  • Ancestry.com Genealogy Glossary (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for link to web site 
  • How Do I Start My Family Tree?  Eight Easy Steps (31 Jan 2015) - Click here for Google Doc
  • Mocavo Genealogy Survival Guide - (4 Feb 2015) - Click here for PDF file
  • 23 Secrets to Organize Your Genealogy - (27 Feb 2015) - Click here for PDF file
  • Research Log Template - (27 February 2015) - Click here for .xls file
  • German Alphabet Chart - (24 March 2015) - Click here for .pdf file
  • Common Genealogical Terms (in 7 languages) - (24 March 2015) - Click here for .pdf file
  • Family Group Record Sheet - (24 March 2015) - Click here for .pdf file
  • Circular Family Tree Chart - (24 March 2015) - Click here for .pdf file
  • Ancestral Chart - (24 March 2015) - Click here for .pdf file
  • Census Checklist (24 March 2015) - Click here for .pdf file
  • Geneaology Source Citatons - Quick Reference Guide - (25 March 2015) - Click here for the .pdf file
  • Scandinavian Genealogy - (8 April 2015) - Click here for the .pdf file
  • Digital Genealogy File Organization - (15 April 2015) - Click here for the .pdf file
  • Organizing Digital Genealogy Files - (15 April 2015) - Click here for the .pdf file
  • Family Search Records Spreadsheets - (8 May 2015) - Click here for the .pdf file
  • 8 Simple Tips for Geneaology Source Citations - (13 June 2015) - Click here  
  • Tracing Your New Jersey Ancestors: Online and Offline Resources - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Travel Checklist For Your Geneaology Trip - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Soundex - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Soundex Imagine System - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • How To Use American Soundex to Search U.S. Census Records - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Soundex (Wikipedia) - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Find Out What Kind Of Cousins You Are In Four Steps - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • 10 Types of Apps Every Genealogist Should Have - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Fun Tips for Getting Your Children Involved in Genealogy - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Interfamily Intermingles (When Cousins Marry) - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • The Fate of the 1890 Population Census (Parts 1 and 2) - (13 June 2015) - Click here
  • Denise's Research List - (12 Aug 2015) - Click here
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PRESENTATIONS

22 Apr 2015
- "In The BeginningI" - click here to access the Google Slide presentation.
13 May 2015 - "Research Log - Part 1" - click here to access the FHL video
13 May 2015 - "Color Coding" - click here to access slide presentation
13 May 2015 - "Clean Up Your Computer" - click here to access slide presentation

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TIPS AND TOOLS:

December 2014 - Relationship Chart (http://www.familytreemagazine.com/upload/images/pdf/relationship.pdf)

January 2015 - Genealogy Toolbox
(https://sites.google.com/site/freegenealogylinks/genealogy-toolbox)

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