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[SC] Summer 2004 Genealogy Workshop in Columbia

This is perhaps the first time in years the SC Genealogical Society has devoted a major part of the session to African-American research and programs. Please consider attending and meeting many of us who have an interest in preserving records of our ancestors.

More information follows - a reminder notice from SCGS. Hope to see you there...especially at the A-A Roundtable session on Saturday morning.


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 9 - 10, 2004

This is your reminder about “Research and Reunions” in South Carolina. It’s time to make your plans to attend one of the best kept secrets in the South: two summer days devoted to genealogy research, learning, and networking. We continue to schedule this Workshop during the week when many families plan reunions, homecomings or family picnics. We hold it in the facilities of the South Carolina State Archives, which is just “down the road” from several major Southern and Carolina research facilities. We plan activities that will appeal to the beginner and the expert.

We focus on things that are important to people who volunteer their time to help others enjoy family history and genealogy. And of course, we love it when “long lost” cousins are discovered during the Workshop.

Here are the “basics” about the workshop and a special session for the public. And don’t forget to visit the SCGS website for updates about the program, registration materials, and hotel reservations -


The 33rd Annual Workshop of the South Carolina Genealogical Society (SCGS)* will be held Friday and Saturday, July 9th – 10th, at the South Carolina Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia.

This year’s Workshop has a special session “Treasures from the Attic” which is open to the public. It begins on Friday at 10:00 and continues through the early afternoon. This is your opportunity to have a one-on-one consultation with experts in the history and preservation of family heirlooms. Individuals with family Bibles, photographs, quilts, documents, military memorabilia and other family heirlooms will be matched with an expert from either the South Caroliniana Library, South Carolina State Museum, or the Lexington County Museum for a consultation. Harvey S. Teal, author of Partners With The Sun: SC Photographers, 1840 – 1940, will also be available to examine antique photographs.

Experts will guide individuals in the “next steps” to take in preserving family heirlooms. A small fee of $5.00 per item is requested to defray the costs of the event. Advance reservations may be made to insure adequate time is available with appropriate experts. However, SCGS and its partners will try to accommodate “walk-ins” on a first-come, first-served basis. (If you can’t make the Workshop, but have a relative who wants help in preserving heirlooms or other sentimental items from a family or organization – this is the place to send them for assistance.)

The Genealogy Session begin with Registration at 12:00 noon on Friday. Friday’s afternoon sessions begin with SCGS Workshop’s featured speaker, Tony Burroughs. Here is a listing of presenters and sessions for Friday afternoon.
Pat Crowe (Preserving Family Memories), Sherry Cawley (Beginning Genealogy), Dr. Lloyd Johnson (Gideon Gibson: Colonial Free Person of Color), Horace Harmon (Genealogical Research Through Textiles), Steven D. Tuttle (SC Archives On-line), Brent H. Holcomb (German Research in SC), John H. Smith (NC Religious Repositories), and Brenda J. Smothers (Genealogical Case Study: SC to AL).

When you finish, join us at the Speakers’ Reception and a Booksigning. Then perhaps top your evening off with dinner and late night “real live chats” with other participants.

On Saturday morning, we’ll begin with some early morning networking. We can confirm at least one roundtable at this point, knowing others may develop in the coming weeks. The African–American Genealogical Roundtable will featuring Tony Burroughs, Brenda Smothers and Scott Wilds.

Saturday’s opening general session will begin at 9:30 a.m. The sessions on Saturday will feature nationally recognized speakers including Harvey S. Teal (History of SC Photography), Tony Burroughs (Identifying Slave Owners). Other presenters will include Chloe Tonney, Shaunette Crawford and Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. as well as speakers from Friday’s sessions. Saturday’s include: Beginning Genealogy, Fundraising for Genealogical Programs and Projects, Family Legends, On-line African – American Genealogy, SC Equity Case Study, SC Genealogical Records in Virginia, and Organizing Paper Files in Computer Age.

Numerous displays featuring genealogical books, software, maps, charts, and information from all areas of the state will also be featured.

The cost of pre-registration is $22.00 for SCGS members and $27.00 for non-members. Registration fees include all workshop materials and access to the Archives Research Room on Saturday (normally closed to the public). A catered lunch on Saturday is offered for an additional $8.00. Registration the day of the event is an additional $5.00.

For additional information contact:
Lynn W. Lee, Registrar
2004 SCGS Summer Workshop
P.O. Box 175
Hartsville, SC 29551
(843) 383-5212

Want help in travel planning? Bringing kids? A spouse that would rather play golf or shop than sit at a microfilm reader? The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to assist you. Let them know you are coming for the SCGS “Genealogy” Workshop. Call 1-800-264-4884 or visit their website at

*SCGS is a nonprofit organization.

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