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THE QUILL, is a newsletter that researchers write about their family, how they find information about the Edgefield, SC connection and more. I am a charter member of the Old Edgefield Afro Amer. Genealogy and Historical Society. I have put many stories in this newsletter to insure if anyone is researching VANCE,PINKNEY,JONES and other family names, it will lead them to this newsletter. It is also a part of many other libraries collections.
Sep 28-29 2012, Edgefield will be hosting a first time workshop. The Tompkins Library and Edgefield Archives has records that come from all over SC. I strongly suggest you plan to attend. I just have to go. I don't know how, but I plan on being there.
BUT this is something you must be aware of..
1. You will need a rental car. This is a small town, no public transportation.
Hotel accommodations are available, but small towns 'roll up the sidewalks after 6pm', everything closes down when it gets dark.
2. No airport, train or bus transportation is available into Edgefield. The Bus transportation is 2 hours from Edgefield. I wouldn't depend on any cab service. This IS a small town.
3. From past plans to attend there, outside friends have reminded me this is still 'The South', regardless of 2012
I plan on getting hotel accommodations in Ga. I need to do research there also.
Arrive 2 or 3 days early, you will need that time to do research.
Famous people who hail from there ..
Strom Thurmond and his daughter Essie Mae Washington-Williams. Remember she is the daughter by a black maid in his employ.
50 cent the Rapper--a documentary was made by him, visiting family who still live there.
Al Sharpton-I need not say who he is.
I have never been to Edgefield, SC, but I have done a lot of research, charting this place.
Contact by email Tonya at OEDGS85@gmail.com
or Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If there is a Afro. Amer. Society in your city, give them this information and ask them to send Tonya or Connie contact info.
Hope to see y'all there.