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[SC] Research in Pickens County
Well I have returned from SC. I did not get very much done because I was in Atlanta for my daughter's college graduation. She and her girlfriend decided to go with me because "they had my back"-Ha! Here is some of what I learned -
First, research before you go. Make sure you know exactly where you are going. People are helpful but it helps if you know what you are looking for. I stopped at Visitors Centers along the way and got maps and pamphlets for the area I was researching.
Second start with what is easy for you (especially if you have yound people with you). I decided to try the Recorder of Deeds because one was freaking out at the idea of me walking around a cemetery. I was on Main Street in the County Seat and asked directions to the office. I got sent way down this rural road thru woods. Of course the girls expected the Klan to jump out at every corner. But- actually the governmental center is in the middle of fields down a country road. The Recorder of Deeds Office made me gasp! I came with my quarters and expected for my arm to almost fall off from turning the microfilm. Well- almost all of their deeds and land records are already copied in bound books. You just look up the grantee/grantor and locate the respective page and you copy. No quarters thank you-you use a copy card. I located my family info in less than three minutes. The longest time was waiting to use the copy machine. The records started from 1872 to the present. My state archives nor the National Archives is that organized. It was amazing to see this in a small town.
Lastly, learn to regroup on your research. I wanted to continue further to two or three more towns further up in the mountains but it was getting dark . So we returned back to Atlanta. However, I was staying across the street from the Atlanta main library and I discovered that they have a whole floor devoted to genealogy. Well, I just kept on researching thru their books and materials. On the computer I found where someone has posted photos of the churches and cemeteries I had wanted to visit so I am studying them and their related transcriptions.
I am planning on going back without my young assistants in the Spring. I forgot that one has never been to rural areas and when she saw the young guy in the beat up pickup truck with the big plug of tobacco rolling around in his jaw she was really uncomfortable.
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