First I want to thank whoever told me to fly into Charlotte NC and then drive to Colombia SC (2 hrs) to stay for Archives research. That was a fantastic suggestion and I do not like flying into small airports. I hate those small planes.
2. GPS--don't leave home without YOUR OWN. I didn't have a lot of confidence in it, at first, but EVERY TIME I left some place, I got lost, so to speak, and that GPS got me back to the hotel on a safe route. After awhile every place I had been lost coming going to, became real familiar.
3. Join the society of the State of interest for 1 year. The SC society had booked the Courtyard Marriott, $93 a night instead of the regular $150, as the Hotel and included in the 2 day stay FREE BREAKFAST. And if you come in early, you can get the same room rate price for your entire stay of the society event. You Must have a car. No public transportation is in the area.
4. I went to a different place every day to eat evening meals. It was an adventure AND I found a famous landmark on my 'lost adventure's--WALMART, TARGET, KMART, WALGREENS--stores. I felt real confortable after running up on them. Didn't shop, just looked for my landmarks.
5. I must commend these hotels in NC and SC, both Courtyard Marriotts, and the staff publicly. They all were very professional 'black' employees. They treated all of the members with respect and rooms and hotel was always emaculate. I wouldn't hesitate to go back again. In fact everyone in the city were very friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure because as a northerner you fully expect racism. Not so.
6. Now my RESEARCH--I had my TO DO LIST y'all. Had it all mapped out and everything. I went 3 days before the workshop to start before the major program started. I trashed that TO DO LIST. BUT I unexpectively found some information on the last day, the last 2 hours at the Archives. My grandmother's Uncle Elbert Vance of Johnston SC, purchased for $200 some land. I don't even think she knew she had a UNCLE ELBERT. I never heard any talk about SC and I was the nosy first born granbaby. Now I didn't read the whole Deed because my eyes was tired, I was aching and it was 100 plus degrees outside that whole week. The SC Archives requres you to order copies and they mail them out in about 7-10 days. That's ok with me. This was worth the trip. He wasn't married when this was purchased and there are a lot of names on this Deed that leads me to suspect he was used.
He signed the "X' for a signature.