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Re: [SC] Small town research ~ suggestions?
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First, do your homework nd make a plan. What are you trying to accomplish? Copies of wills? Pictures of the cemetery? Have a focus -- are you looking for info from 1920? 1870? be sure to reference that when you ask people about relevant records - records froom different periods are kept in different locations.
Look online -- get maps, find out when/if the government offices you would like to visit will be open. Find out WHERE they are located (perhaps on the other side of the county) Check online to see what records are kept where -- many counties have consolidated records in state archives or the local historical society -- so you have to find out who has them and what hours they are available to the public. That information should be on the county genealogy / historical society website.
Check with the local genealogy and /or hisorical society and see what they recommend --- they may have a volunteer who would meet you at the library and give you a helpfull orientation to their holdings.
If you are looking to simply "walk the land and footsteps" where your ancestors walked, again, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Check online to find out if their church / cemetery is still active. Call them and tell them you are planning a visit. Check a map and find out where the family home was.
Time will go by impossibly fast while you are there -- if you get as much info as possible before you go, you will be able to make better plans to more efficiently use your time.
If you have a local cousin to help be sure to include them in the early stage of the planning
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