Chapter Meetings of the Charleston Chapter are usually held at 2:30 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month (with some exceptions for holidays). There are no meetings in July or August. We meet at The Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Rd., Charleston, unless otherwise indicated.

Brick Wall Roundtable Meetings. Do you have a genealogical brick wall that you can't get past? This new monthly roundtable group will explore methods for climbing these walls. Members of the SC Genealogical Society will present their research problems at the meeting which will bring them together with others who have suggestions for conquering them. Contact Pat Kruger (pekruger@prodigy.net) for more details. Although anyone is invited to attend, space at each meeting is limited to about 15 people and members of the Society will be given preference. Meeting times and locations vary.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

February 21, 2016 - Chapter Meeting - Charlie Black will facilitate a review of software that can replace Family Tree Maker.

March 16, 2016 - Field Trip to Beaufort, SC. We will meet at the Masonic Center in West Ashley to car pool and leave there by 8:30 AM. It will take about an hour and a half to get to downtown Beaufort. Our itinerary in Beaufort is as follows:

A map of area: http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/sites/default/files/parking.jpg

This itinerary is subject to change. I would hope we can get at least 10 people to sign by 9 March. To sign up, email Carl Hoge at choge@sc.rr.com or call me at 843-767-2133, or sign up at the Feb General Meeting. I will need your name and a telephone number or email address. You may also leave the information on my answering machine if I am not home.

March 20, 2016 - Chapter Meeting - Keller Lee of Charleston will tell about a plantation journal that his family donated to the Florence County Museum.

April 17, 2016 - Chapter Meeting - Deborah Turkewitz and Capt Marie Rose from the Daniel Library at the Citadel will highlight resources at the Citadel that could be of interest for genealogy research..

May 22, 2016 - Chapter Meeting - TBA.

June ??, 2016 - Chapter Meeting - TBA.

Previous Meetings

January 17, 2016 - Chapter Meeting - Pat Kruger talked about researching with Internet Archive (archive.org) a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

November 15, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Mark Geesey spoke about Genetic Genealogy. Mark is a research scientist at MUSC where he conducts genetic analyses of drug metabolising enzymes to understand the effects of genetic mutations on the effectiveness of prescription medications, specifically in the treatment of irritability due to autism and opioid dependency. His talk provided an introduction to the field of genetics and focused on the options available for genetic testing for genealogical purposes.

October 18, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Digitizing and Preserving Photos by Katie Gray. Have you ever wanted to move your family photos from the shoe-box to the inbox? Now is the time! CCPL’s Archivist, Katie Gray, showed us how to use a desktop scanner to turn your printed photographs into digital ones. We also learned tips for preserving both our digital and physical photos.
Katie Gray serves as the Archivist for the Charleston County Public Library system. She has been with CCPL for sixteen years, working in Reference, the South Carolina Room, and, most recently, the Charleston Archive . She has degrees from Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina. Ms Gray is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, and is active in the South Carolina Archival Association and the Charleston Archives, Libraries, and Museums Council.

September 20, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - "The Search for Robert Dewes, Master Builder of Charleston." By Dr. Nic Butler. Nic is working on a new book about an obscure brickmason named Robert Dewes (ca. 1685-1722), who was a master builder in the Charleston area for the last twelve years of his life. His name is completely unknown to historians, but has discovered that he built the first St. Philip's Church, the first governor's mansion, probably built the church of St. George, Dorchester, and is the most likely architect of our first state house. He shared how he did his research and what sources he used.

June 14, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Trails of Your Ancestors. Alice Stroud graduated from Ricks College with a degree in Humanities. She has 40 years of expertise in Family History. During this time she has taught several classes. Though a transplant to South Carolina, she has discovered many ancestors including a great grandfather, Samuel Burney, who fought with Francis Marion during the Revolutionary War.

May 17, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Professional photographer, Warren Driggers, provided tips of preserving old photos and possible restoration of photos once thought lost forever. http://driggersphotography.com/ drigphoto@gmail.com

April 19, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Confederate Charleston. Author Karen Stokes detailed the lives of men and women whose destinies intertwined with a tragic era in Palmetto State history. Karen Stokes is an archivist at the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston, SC. Having worked with the wonderful manuscript collections of the South Carolina Historical Society for nearly 20 years, she developed a special interest in the Confederate period of the state’s history.

March 15, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Patrick Harwood shared pictures and stories from one of the most famous cemeteries in America, Charleston’s own Magnolia Cemetery. In 2014 he published a beautiful 231 page hardcover book covering the history of Magnolia as one of the new Victorian garden cemeteries. The book is filled with hundreds of color pictures. It will be available for purchase at our meeting.

February 15, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Charlie Black educated us on “What’s New at the Family History Center”. Charlie grew up in Charleston, graduated from St. Andrew’s High and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina. He retired from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in 2005 after working 30+ years here in Charleston and abroad. He has volunteered with the Family History Center in Charleston and manages their informational webpage.

January 18, 2015 - Chapter Meeting - Ed Lee told us the story behind Scanlonville cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, a recent lawsuit over ownership and access, and more about current SC cemetery law.

October 19, 2014 - Chapter Meeting - Winyah Bay. David Maring, a retired Circuit Court Judge, has combined his legal experience with his military training and his strong southern biblical background to create spellbinding, can't-put-down suspense/thriller novels. He has turned into a prolific novelist in retirement but his latest book, Winyah Bay, is quite different. It is his first historical novel. Mr. Maring shared his methods of research of the area.

September 21, 2014 - Chapter Meeting - Shamrocks and Pluff Mud: A Glimpse of the Irish in the Southern City of Charleston, South Carolina – Donald Williams discussed the Irish in Charleston 1670 to 1865. Donald Williams is a lifelong resident of the city of Charleston. He graduated from the School of Law of the University of South Carolina in 1971 and has practiced law in Charleston for over thirty-six years. Besides being an attorney, Donald is an author and historian. He is past president of the South Carolina Irish Historical Society and has served as the historian of the Hibernian Society of Charleston, South Carolina since 1996.

June 22, 2014 - Chapter Meeting - “Testing Your Mettle: Peer Review and Credentialing Opportunities in Genealogy” – Rorey Cathcart
Whether genealogy is our hobby or profession, we’d all like to think we are doing great work. But how do we know? Peer review is essential to determining our genealogical skill level. From online study groups Mastering Genealogical Proof and Professional Genealogy, certificate programs NGS Home Study Course and Boston University, all the way to credentialing bodies BCG and ICAPGen; today’s genealogists are blessed with a variety of opportunities to have their work judged by their peers and experts in the field.

May 18, 2014 - Chapter Meeting - Jenkins Orphanage Band – Karen Chandler Through photographs, video clips and jazz music, Dr. Karen Chandler presented a multimedia presentation entitled, “We Hear You: Contributions of South Carolina Musicians to Jazz in America and Europe.” The presentation showed how South Carolina jazz musicians (and many from Charleston), contributed to the development and spread of jazz in the United States and around the world. Their stories are little known but their contributions to American jazz are profound.

April 27, 2014 - Chapter Meeting - Dr. Marlene O'Bryant- Seabrook, Educator, Lecturer, and Fiber Artist, shared her Art Quilts and extraordinary family documents in a presentation titled, "Who Do You Think We Are?".

March 16, 2014 - Chapter Meeting -Wevonneda Minis presenedt a PowerPoint presentation: “The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Genealogy.” In genealogy, where one error can lead to misidentifying many ancestors, it’s critical to be as accurate as possible. Some genealogists have urged others to apply a five-step process called the Genealogical Proof Standard to their work for years. Now, Mastering Genealogical Proof, published in May by the National Genealogical Society, explains that process in a way not done before. The text book, written by Tom Jones, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, has generated quite a buzz among genealogists. Wevonneda Minis, a Gen Proof Study Group mentor, who studied the book under Jones, will talk about ways to choose the least-error prone sources of genealogical information and evaluate our genealogy finds.

February16, 2014 - Chapter Meeting - Using Social Media to Fuel Your Genealogy Quests - There’s a world of information just waiting to be uncovered! Jennifer Lively, leader of the Charleston County Public Library’s Technology Learning Center, discussed groups, boards, and feeds, as well as basic account set-up and management.

November 17, 2013 - Chapter Meeting - Marilyn Trevino and Pat Kruger: Exploring the Courthouse: Wills, Estates, Probate. Marilyn and Pat led the discussion about Courthouse Probate Records and Wills. Marilyn Trevino started with an overview of the probate process, estate records and supporting documents. Pat Kruger followed with examples of wills and probate documents, highlighting elements that help expand your family search.

October 20, 2013 - Chapter Meeting - Doreen Larimer: Exploring the Courthouse: Land Records. Doreen has been a real estate abstractor in the Charleston area for 31 years and self-employed for the last 28 years. Her job is to search and analyze any documents that pertain to property or the property owners and prepare a summary history. This includes reading deeds, loan documents, litigation cases and probate files. It is a profession that still requires on the job training and she still learns something new every day. Her focus has recently turned to historic property searches which have included King’s Grants, State Grants and building documentation. Her presentation educated us on how to read a plat and a deed. With that knowledge we should be more comfortable in tracing land ownership in a county courthouse.

September 15, 2013 - Chapter Meeting - Marilyn Trevino: Exploring the Courthouse: Introduction. A General Introduction to Courthouse Records. Her talk will give an overview about Courthouse research (what's there, why go there). Marilyn Trevino is a litigation paralegal with the firm Nexsen Pruet. She has been a litigation paralegal for 33 years and has spent a lot of time in various courthouses around the country. She has also been trained to research titles to properties. Her job includes investigating cases and people, preparing lawsuits to be filed, and moving cases from start through trial. Her discussion centered around your first trip to the courthouse, what may be found there, and how to interpret what you find. We have posted a pdf file of Marilyn's talk with all of the web sites she mentioned.

June 23, 2013- Chapter Meeting - Our President, Pat Kruger, gave a talk titled: "More than Counting Heads: Some Supplementary Census Schedules". There is more data to be found in census research than head counts on the Federal Census Population Schedules. Starting in 1820 additional schedules were completed to address economic, policy, and social needs. Some schedules were completed only one year, and others were done several times. The Agricultural, Mortality and Slave schedules are examples commonly known. The June program will focus on 2 lesser known schedules: Industry/Manufacturer and Social Statistics. Other schedules will be discussed at the July SC Genealogy Society workshop. A retired business executive, Pat Kruger holds degrees from Hamline University in Minnessota and the Wharton School in Pennsylvania. She is a genealogist and lecturer who has been doing genealogy research for more than 30 years. Her Charleston roots go back seven generations. Pat has been a speaker at local, regional, and national meetings on topics including newspaper, archival and brick wall research. Presently, she serves as president of the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogy Society.

May 19, 2013- Chapter Meeting - Charlie Black talked about Internet Genealogy. His presentation was in two parts: (1) a quick overview of his favorite websites for finding information, and (2) a few tricks for ferreting out mis-indexed records. Charlie grew up in Charleston, graduated from St. Andrew’s High and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina. He retired from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in 2005 after working 30+ years here in Charleston and abroad. He has volunteered with the Family History Center in Charleston for about five years and manages their informational webpage. Although he has no formal training in genealogical research, he has a good foundational knowledge of what’s required from his mother-in-law who was an avid genealogist for 40+ years so.

April 21, 2013- Chapter Meeting - Patricia Sayko is certified as a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) field genealogist, and since 2006 has served as the DAR state chairman of Volunteer Genealogists. Her talk is entitled "Introduction to the DAR Genealogy Website for Non-Members". This site can be accessed at www.DAR.org. The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. The GRS is a collection of databases that provide access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890. Among the many materials available at this website are biographies, histories, manuscripts, and Bible records. The NBC show "Who Do You Think You Are?" featured DAR resources as viewers watched Rob Lowe trace his family. The DAR resources can also assist many others. Patricia also holds many memberships in genealogy-related organizations including the SC Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Descendants of Colonial Governors, SC Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogy Society.

March 17, 2013- Chapter Meeting -Harry Mills and Carl Hoge presented a program about the program Family Tree Maker.

February 17, 2013- Chapter Meeting - Jennifer Lively. "The Past in Print: Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research"
Everyone knows the importance of marriage, death, and census records when researching your family history. It's the newspaper accounts, however, that bring those facts and figures to life! Through newspapers, we can peer into the daily routines and social customs of our ancestors, transforming their black and white existences into actual, real-life accounts. We discussed how to find and access historical newspapers - whether in print, on microfilm, or online - and explore some helpful search strategies. Jennifer Lively has been the manager of Charleston County Public Library's Technology Learning Center since 2005, and was a high school history teacher prior to that. She holds a Master of Arts in History degree from the College of Charleston and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of South Carolina.

January 20, 2013- Chapter Meeting - Chris Korey introduced the ideas behind using mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA, and autosomal DNA for ancestry mapping. He also introduced a few online resources (FamilyTreeDNA.com and 23andMe.com) that synthesize this information for consumers.

December 16, 2013 - Chapter Meeting - Our annual "Show and Tell" and Holiday Party.

November 18, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - Family adventures abound in everyone’s life, and finding them is like digging for gold. Linda Stout shared ways to find your own stories and put them into a story, as well as resources that will help find stories from family members and friends. A professional storyteller, Linda is often featured around the state sharing family stories and folktales for both children and adults.

October 21, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - Sylvia Gamboa, chapter member, gave a talk titled: "What's in a Name?" For a genealogist, everything! Names are the means of identifying ancestors and are the most basic pieces of information about our families. This talk covered both surnames and given names and examined clues to finding the names of ancestors and then using them to discover additional information such as birthplace, ethnicity, religion, residence, names of parents, etc.

September 16, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - “Mapping Your Ancestors: A guide to historic maps and their applications for genealogists.” From Sanborn fire insurance maps to plats to historic atlases, historian and South Carolina Room staff member Christina Oberstar offered an illustrated lecture covering various historic maps, and discussed how they can provide context and enrich family research. We have a copy of her presentation as a pdf file.

June 10, 1212 - Chapter Meeting - Doug MacIntyre gavee a presentation titled: “Charles Town in the American Revolution”. In South Carolina, the Revolution began and ended in the capital city of Charles Town. Doug addressed the characters, connections, and conflicts that dominated the city from the Battle of Sullivan’s Island in 1776 through the end of British occupation in 1782.

May 20, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - C. Michael Phillips, winner of the 2009 Faculty Distinguished Service Award, is Assistant Head of Reference/Interlibrary Loan and PASCAL Coordinator at the Addlestone Library and director of summer sessions at the College of Charleston, where he has been employed for 30 years. As a seasoned information professional, his presentation focused on the tools, both traditional print and electronic, he has used to trace his family’s history. Examples of specific search techniques in WorldCat, Ancestry.com, and Google Scholar, among other electronic resources, and the content of these resources were discussed.

April 15, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - Wevonneda Minis spoke about the just released 1940 Federal Census.

March 18, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - Charlie Black spoke about "What's Available at the Family History Center". Mr. Black provided an overview of the resources available through the Family History Center in Charleston. These resources include over 4500 microfilm and 1200 microfiche titles, over 1400 genealogy-related books, as well as several computer-based data collections accessible for free at the Center. He also provided an overview of the new FamilySearch service website provided by the Mormon Church’s Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

February 19, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - Nic Butler spoke about "Conservation of Old Photographs." Nic Butler is the archivist and the public historian for the Charleston County Public Library.

January 15, 2012 - Chapter Meeting - Dr. Nan Morrison spoke about the history of the College of Charleston.

December 18, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Our annual "Show and Tell" and Holiday Party.

November 20, 2011 - Chapter Meeting -Harlan Greene spoke about the Basics of Preservation.

October 16, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Martha Zierden, archaeologist at the Charleston Museum, talked about the Walled City of Charleston.

September 18, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Mark Geesey presented a program titled "Genetic Genealogy: Investigating your Genes to Understand your Heritage". Mark is a research scientist at MUSC. His program was geared to the non-scientist who wished to understand this new scientific avenue for genealogical research.

June 26, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Nic Butler, Manager, Charleston City Archives. Using a group of early Charleston citizens as an example, he focused on how and where he found information to fill in the timeline of their lives. He shared the stories of colored musicians who fulfilled musical duties in the Charleston militia from the early colonial period through the Civil War and discussed the research techniques he used to find them.

May 15. 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Thomas Jay Kemp spoke on the future of genealogy with a talk titled: "Here's What You Need to Know for 21st Century Genealogy". Mr. Kemp is a nationally-known librarian and archivist and is currently the Director of Genealogy Products at NewsBank. He has been actively involved in the genealogical community for decades, has authored more than two dozen books, including the 2009 International Vital Records Handbook, 5th edition, and hundreds of articles. He is currently the “Ask the Genealogist” contact and blogger for GenealogyBank, and has served in a variety of international and national genealogical positions.

April 17, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Patrick McCawley, archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History spoke on "General Sherman and the Destruction of South Carolina Records"

March 20, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Jennifer Lively, head of the Technology Learning Center at the Charleston County Public Library, talked about Online Search Strategies.

February 20, 2011 - Chapter Meeting - Christina Shedlock, Library Assistant at the Charleston County Public Library spoke on "Land Records: A Crash course in Terminology, Types and their Applications for Genealogists"

January 16, 2011 - Chapter Meeting. Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler presented a program entitled “History in Your Own Back Yard” with content taken from his local lecture series on the history of Goose Creek. He has authored several books on the subject and spent years doing research in local archives, literature and business records. His focused research in census and land records is something we can all understand. This was a fascinating and little known story of our local area

December 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Our annual "Show and Tell" meeting and Holiday Party was well attended.

November 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Nic Butler, manager of the Charleston Archives at Charleston County Public Library talked about the history of the Charleston House of Corrections.

October 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Karen Stokes, archivist at the S C Historical Society talked about "Church records at the South Carolina Historical Society". She discussed archival research in the numerous church and religion collections at the SC Historical Society. These materials cover a variety of religious denominations, including church and private registers, congregation minutes and records for slaves and free people of color among other items. Learn some tricks for finding information in these materials and understand the diversity of available resources.

September 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Jack Parker, author of Parker's Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina discussed Revolutionary War sites in Charleston County. Author of Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina, Jack has spent more than five years gathering information to compile this text. While living in Eutawville, he became interested in visiting some of the Revolutionary War sites in the area and soon discovered that directions to the sites were poor or non-existent. “I decided to write about the Revolutionary War because South Carolina had more actions than any other state and the Revolutionary War is a forgotten war,” Jack says. His 415 page text includes more than 400 sites and more than 600 maps.

June 27, 2010 - Chapter Meeting. John Waring, 2nd Lt. Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, presented a talk on “Finding your War Between the States Ancestor”. John has a long term volunteer work at the South Carolina Historical Society. He can be found there most Saturday mornings, honing his research skills and digging out more information on the Waring family. If you have a question about a Waring in your family tree, John probably has the answer.

May 16, 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Larry Grant, a retired navy officer and volunteer at the SC Historical Society, talked about Major General Johnson Hagood (1873 - 1948), his accomplishments, travels, and family, including Hagood's work during World War I.

April 18, 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Wevonneda Minis, Features Writer for the Post and Courier and SCGS member, presented a program on "A Genealogist's Home Bookshelf". We have posted her list of suggested reference books.

March 21, 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Jennifer M. Welch, Digital Archivist at the Waring Historical Library presented information on the Low Country Digital Library.

February 21, 2010 - Chapter Meeting. Mike Coker, former visual materials specialist at the South Carolina Historical Society, author and Acquisitions Editor for Joggling Board Press discussed his new book, The Battle of Port Royal.

January 17, 2010. James Scott, author of "The Attack on the Liberty", discussed how he researched this book to tell his father's story. Starting with family letters and visiting more than two dozen archives in a dozen states and two countries, he used primary documents in public and private collections to tell this story of the attack on a US spy ship. His approach to historical research provided an excellent example for genealogists trying to compile their family story. James Scott is a freelance journalist who is now working on his second book. Formerly a reporter with the Post and Courier, he was named Journalist of the Year in 2003 and a Harvard Fellow in 2006-2007.

December 2009 - Annual Show and Tell and Holiday Party.

November 2009. Jennifer Scheetz, archivist for the Charleston Museum, spoke about the unique features of the Charleston Museum archive, one of the best kept secrets in the Holy City.

October 2009: Harriet Little conducted a workshop on writing our family histories and memoirs.

September 2009: Ruth Cupp, an attorney, writer, and expert on areas in and around North Charleston, gave an interesting history of the early times of North Charleston. She also spoke about conducting property record searches at the RMC (Record of Mesne Conveyance) office at the Charleston County Courthouse.

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