African American Newspapers Forum
Additional suggestions for SC effort
In Response To: Re: Update--SC Newspapers ()
I enjoyed learning what you found out from the newspaper editor. Very valuable.
I have 2 things for you to consider in your quest to find living cousins. One is to look for black genealogy societies that have state research groups. The Afro-American Genealogy and Historical Society of Chicago has one for the Carolinas, and I know that a number of the members are researching the Abbeville area. You may want to make contact with them and at a minimum send the group a copy of the article(s) when they are published. Below is the AAGHSC website link and the link for the Carolinas group will be at the bottom of the page. This group has taken multiple research trips to SC over the years.
Secondly, consider sending one of your articles, or a modified version of it, to a genealogical society you are a member of for publication in their newsletter. Be sure to have your contact info at the end of the article or wherever so readers can contact you. The major benefit of placing your article there is that most of these society newsletters get picked up by PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, so thousands of individuals and institutions can search on "Abbeville", "African Americans South Carolina", "African American South Carolina your surname", etc and locate your article. And conversely, you should go out to PERSI and do these searches and see what has been written already by a potential cousin or other person researching the area. The most convenient way to access PERSI is through the Heritage Quest database, which many libraries have.