450 Year Old Fort San Marcos, On Parris Island, SC, Located and Mapped

In this undated image provided by Amanda Thompson with the University of Georgia shows archeologists Chester DePratter, left, with the University of South Carolina and Victor Thompson, right, of the University of Georgia, running ground penetrating radar across a land grid. (Amanda Thompson/University of Georgia via AP)
In this undated image provided by Amanda Thompson with the University of Georgia shows archeologists Chester DePratter, left, with the University of South Carolina and Victor Thompson, right, of the University of Georgia, running ground penetrating radar across a land grid. (Amanda Thompson/University of Georgia via AP)

The following teaser is from the July 27, 2016 edition of FoxNews.com.

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida.

Santa Elena, founded in 1566 to protect Spanish shipping interests, was the first capital of Spanish colonial Florida. The site of the settlement itself was located back in 1979 beneath a golf course at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island.

But the site of San Marcos remained a mystery.

Using the high-tech equipment, scientists were able to measure differences in local magnetic fields to locate the fort. They were also able to map where buildings stood on the 15-acre Santa Elena settlement. Those buildings included a church, courts, shops, taverns and farms.

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of May 2, 2016

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Millions of new US an international records this week including Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984, New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998, Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001, France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940, Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939, Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940 – 244,795 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Lesotho Evangelical Church Records 1874-1983 – 0 – 20,396 – New browsable image collection.
New Brunswick Saint John Saint John Burial Permits 1889-1919 – 0 – 13,902 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 – 10,511 – 363,839 – Added images to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1948 – 27,054 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario County Marriage Registers 1858-1869 – 0 – 9,447 – New browsable image collection.
Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015 – 397,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998 – 339,222 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 0 – 248,882 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 1,741,178 – Added images to an existing collection
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 444,585 – Added images to an existing collection
Russia Tver Church Books 1722-1918 – 0 – 905 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 205,216 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Databases

Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records 1891-1939 – 172,347 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California Fresno and Napa Counties Obituaries 1974-1997 – 65,850 – 76,098 – New indexed records and images collection
Iowa Church and Civil Marriages 1837-1989 – 13,474 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 – 67,489 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 472,449 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Records ca. 1638-1961 – 58,412 – 87,781 – New indexed records and images collection
Michigan Church Marriages 1865-1931 – 2,303 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages 1820-1940 – 62,733 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Hampshire Birth Certificates 1901-1909 – 104,327 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1865-1936 – 14,100 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Carolina Deaths 1915-1965 – 157,759 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 28, 2016

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Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 5,142 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914 – 28,028 – 2,055 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 41,927 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 4,729 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 5,655 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910 – 43,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953 – 0 – 1,158,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Find A Grave Index – 7,586,038 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Japan Genealogies 850-2012 – 0 – 59,303 – Added images to an existing collection
Japan Village Records 709-1982 – 0 – 223,187 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Databases

South Carolina Georgetown Passenger Lists 1904-1942 – 1,302 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 -38,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina

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“Let there be no illusions: Southern genealogy is difficult–especially in remote areas and among ‘plain folk’ who resisted paper trails as fiercely as they did meddling governments. Add to this problem a legion of burned courthouses. … In truth, evidence does often exist; it just come in forms one does not expect and is found through research methods one hopes to avoid.”

 

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina; written by Janice Walker Guilmore.

 

“Many genealogists, both professional and amateur, find research in South Carolina daunting. Sometimes referred to as ‘the black hole’ of genealogical research, South Carolina does present challenges. The state suffered heavy count record losses at the close of the Civil War and the late advent of circuit districts caused many of our upcountry ancestors to forego the recording of instruments or the filing of lawsuits, crating a clear dearth of records for that area.”

On a positive note, this guide will help you around as many obstacles as possible by providing a clear list of available resources. Each resource type is described along with specific sources and how to access those materials. For example, under the heading Land Records, you will find the following:

“Land records are the crown jewel of genealogical resources in South Carolina–which has, arguably, the most complete set of any of the North American colonies. From the first settlers, who received headrights, to the present day, land has been plentiful and cheap; and as a result most free South Carolinians from any period created land records. There are four important types of land records…”

In the guide, the land records description continues with more specifics on available records and where to find them. Each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available an where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Author

Though born raised in Oregon, Janis Walker Gilmore has lived in South Carolina for 25 years. She began working with genealogy in 1986, but got far more serious about Genealogy in 2006 when she began coursework at the National Institute for Genealogical Research, the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, and the Institute for Genealogical Research. She also earned a certificate through Boston University Genealogical Research courses.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with teh abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

Early History and Settlements

  • Topographical and Cultural Divisions
  • Early Government of the Colony

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History
  • South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Historical Society
  • Other Respositories
  • State and Local Genealogical and Historical Societies

Major Resources

  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Bible Records
  • Biographical Sources
  • Business and Organizational Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
    • Colonial Censuses
    • State Censuses
    • Federal Censuses
  • Church Records
  • County or Other Jurisdictional Formation
    • Dates of Major Jurisdictional Change
  • Court Records
    • Grand Council/His Majesty’s Council
    • Court of Chancery (Later the Court of Equity)
    • Courts of Common Pleas (Civil) and Court of General Sessions (Criminal)
    • Court of Ordinary (Probate)
    • Court of Appeals (Supreme Court)
    • Jurisdictional Maps
    • Federal Courts
  • Directories
  • Ethnic Records
    • African Americans
    • French Huguenots
    • Germans
    • Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish
    • Native Americans
  • Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
    • Institution Records
    • State Mental Institution
    • Department of Corrections
  • Land Records
    • Land Grants: From the Colony or State to the Private Owner
    • Mesne Conveyance: From Private Owner to Private Owner
    • Land Memorials
    • North Carolina Grants in South Carolina
  • Military Records
    • Colonial War
    • Revolutionary War
    • War of 1812
    • Indian Wars
    • Mexican War, 1846
    • Civil War, 1861-1865
    • Spanish American War, 1898-1899
    • World Wars
  • Naturalization and Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Probate Records and Wills
  • Reconstruction
  • State Records
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Birth, Death and Marriage Records Prior to State-wide Registration
  • Voter Records
  • Women
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

New FamilySearch Database Collections – September 28, 2015

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Generous updates for Colombia, France, Honduras, Italy, Spain, and the US (Passport applications, Mississippi and Georgia to note a few)! Many other domestic and international updates like England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984, Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013, and Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912. See the following full list.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORD – DIGITAL RECORD – COMMENTS

Bahamas Civil Registration 1850-1959 – 34,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Barbados Church Records 1637-1887 – 67,852 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912 – 81,691 – 3,570 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada Prince Edward Island Death Card Index 1721-1905 – 16,778 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies Family Origins 1621-1865 (Web-Linking) – 5,996 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Chile Cemetery Records 1821-2013 – 0 – 65,853 – Added images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2014 – 0 – 301,994 – Added images to an existing collection
England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984 – 0 – 55,896 – Added images to an existing collection
France Dordogne Censuses 1876 – 499,219 – 10,250 – New indexed records and images collection
France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1830-1831 – 31,145 – 608 – New indexed records and images collection
Germany Prussia Brandenburg and Posen Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874 – 151,802 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Catholic Church Records 1633-1978 – 700,756 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911 – 0 – 1,072,113 – Added images to an existing collection
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 140,930 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 172,315 – 4,944 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines La Union Diocese of San Fernando de La Union 1801-1984 – 0 – 3,192 – Added images to an existing collection
South Carolina Confederate Home Records 1909-1958 – 6,149 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1950 – 0 – 764 – Added images to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 435,547 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 – 0 – 336,900 – Added images to an existing collection
Illinois Northern District Petitions for Naturalization 1906-1994 – 0 – 206,207 – Added images to an existing collection
Louisiana Orleans Parish Vital Records 1910 1960 – 17,605 – 1,383 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 0 – 254,638 – Added images to an existing collection
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children 1850-1892; 1908-1957 – 7,153,911 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 0 – 5,386 – Added images to an existing collection
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records 1732-1933 – 0 – 161 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 69,621 – 13,456 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 – 1,008,828 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

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FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 3.7 million indexed records and images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,807,806 indexed records from the England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 collection; 190,879 indexed records from the US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 collection; and 137,815 images from the Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913 – 79,444 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1914 – 67,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 8,560 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 – 2,807,806 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876–1925 – 0 – 70,510 – Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 – 0 – 137,815 – New browsable image collection.

US, Florida, Pensacola, Passenger Lists, 1900–1945 – 0 – 1,937 – New browsable image collection.

US, Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917–1920 – 0 – 27,210 – New browsable image collection.

US, Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833–1868 – 0 – 3,516 – New browsable image collection.

US, Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797–1934 – 0 – 33,017 – New browsable image collection.

US, Michigan, South Haven Crew Lists, 1957–1959 – 0 – 61 – New browsable image collection.

US, Minnesota, Duluth and Wisconsin, Superior Crew Lists, 1922–1958 – 0 – 26,368 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923–1956 – 0 – 38,373 – New browsable image collection.

US, New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917–1957 – 0 – 119,753 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852–1991 – 83,982 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Oregon, Portland, Index and Register of Vessels, 1949–1955 – 0 – 88 – New browsable image collection.

US, Pennsylvania, Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798–1828 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Rhode Island, Davisville, Melville, Newport, and Quonset Point, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1955–1957 – 0 – 387 – New browsable image collection.

US, South Carolina, Charleston U.S. Citizens Passenger Lists, 1919–1948 – 0 – 775 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 – 190,879 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Texas, Houston Arrival Manifests of Airplanes, 1946–1954 – 0 – 4,360 – New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 5.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 5.8 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,435,483 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911 collection; 2,069,202 indexed records from the Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 collection; and 310,900 images from the Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758–1895 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 – 2,069,202 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada Census, 1911 – 2,435,483 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1921 – 218,865 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907–1932 – 66,106 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832–1888 – 20,262 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801–1980 – 170,900 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758–1895 – 0 – 310,900 -Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848–1956 – 0 – 30,830 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Diego, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1929–1954 – 0 – 17,333 – New browsable image collection.

US, California, San Diego, Chinese Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905–1923 – 0 – 648 -Added images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893–1953 – 225,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898–1945 – 7,931 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Maine, Vital Records, 1670–1907 – 0 – 4,826 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, Baudette, Warroad, and International Falls Passenger Lists, 1910–1923 – 0 – 1,900 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862–2009 – 551 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, New York, New York, Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists, 1887–1921 – 0 – 5,799 – New browsable image collection.

US, North Dakota, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals, 1910–1952 – 0 – 11,627 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789–2013 – 0 – 103,303 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909–1958 – 0 – 6,147 – New browsable image collection.

United States, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1864–1879 – 0 – 162,191 – New browsable image collection.

Recovery of Confederate Munitions Expected in a Clean-up of the Congaree River

The following teaser is from an article posted in the January 21, 2015 edition of archaeology.org:

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — A planned environmental clean-up of the Congaree River in South Carolina could recover Confederate munitions that Union troops, under the command of General William T. Sherman, captured in 1865. Sherman’s army burned a third of the city and captured 1.2 million ball cartridges; 100,000 percussion caps; 6,000 unfinished arms; 4,000 bayonet scabbards; and 3,100 sabers. The soldiers reportedly dumped what they couldn’t carry in the river.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 5.1 Million Images to Collections from Belgium, England, India, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million images to collections from Belgium, England, India, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,571,405 indexed records and images from the new Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1910, collection; the 400,841 images from the Ukraine, Donetsk Church Books, 1809–1994, collection; and the 359,550 images from U.S., Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1940, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609–1909 – 0 – 4,108 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582–1912 – 0 – 767 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1910 – 44,453 – 2,526,952 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911 – 0 – 17 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910 – 23,957 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 – 9,343 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 24,079 – 249 – Added images to an existing collection.

BillionGraves Index – 366,158 – 366,158 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538–1936 – 2,536 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2013 – 0 – 89,566 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Jharkhand, B. Deoghar, Singh Darwaja, Pandit Dharam Rakshni Sabha, Marriage Records, 1958–2013 – 0 – 260,593 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 – 139,070 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Fano, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808–1815, 1841–1865, 1890–1908 – 0 – 9,911 – New browsable image collection.

Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581–1935; index 1633-1860 – 38,589 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Donetsk Church Books, 1809–1994 – 0 – 400,841 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1940 – 0 – 359,550 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991 – 0 – 46,984 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860–1949 – 122,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906–1942 – 0 – 87,677 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798–1928 – 0 – 73,724 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Naturalization Index, 1848–1990 – 4,593 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–1948 – 0 – 108,549 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Nearly 4.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 543,676 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980, collection; the 499,702 indexed records and images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991, collection; and the 264,610 images from the United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989– 1,043,822 – 34,472 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961– 0 – 131,642 – Added images to an existing collection.

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888– 0 – 204,382 – Added images to an existing collection.

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1910– 25,798 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1911– 0 – 202,382 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980– 0 – 543,676 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987– 0 – 97,000 – Added images to an existing collection.

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010– 32,693 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920– 3,350 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

France, Auvergne, Family Genealogies by Colonel Etienne de Bellaigue de Bughas, 1400-1900– 0 – 7,768 – New browsable image collection.

Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1810-1869– 180,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978– 137,642 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Oristano, Oristano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940– 0 – 336,318 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1804-1874– 0 – 2,912 – Added images to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991– 66,216 – 433,486 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1997– 0 – 11,252 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920– 0 – 65,801 – Added images to an existing collection.

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920– 0 – 264,610 – New browsable image collection.

United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850– 0 – 78,752 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937– 0 – 144,925 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939– 0 – 7,705 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941– 0 – 3,574 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880– 0 – 33,787 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1881– 0 – 55,978 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1876– 0 – 8,071 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012– 0 – 29,762 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904-1942– 0 – 514 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Washington, Seattle, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes, 1947-1954– 0 – 5,115 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals, 1925-1956– 0 – 596 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc, 1925-1956– 0 – 546 – New browsable image collection.

Archeologists Race to Uncover “Camp Asylum” in Columbia, SC

This drawing of Camp Asylum was done by one of the 500 Union Officers imprisoned in the camp that was hastily erected on the SC Lunatic Asylum grounds in October 1864.
This drawing of Camp Asylum was done by one of the 500 Union Officers imprisoned in the camp that was hastily erected on the SC Lunatic Asylum grounds in October 1864.

The following is from the February 16, 2014 edition of the Deseret News.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Racing against time, South Carolina archeologists are digging to uncover the remnants of a Civil War-era prisoner-of-war camp before the site in downtown Columbia is cleared to make room for a mixed-use development.

The researchers have been given four months to excavate a small portion of the 165-acre grounds of the former South Carolina State Hospital to find the remnants of what was once known as “Camp Asylum.” Conditions at the camp, which held 1,500 Union Army officers during the winter of 1864-65, were so dire that soldiers dug and lived in holes in the ground, which provided shelter against the cold.

The site was sold to a developer for $15 million last summer, amid hopes it becomes an urban campus of shops and apartments and possibly a minor league baseball field.

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Bethel Presbyterian Church of Clover, York Co., SC Celebrating 250 Years

The following excerpts are from an article posted in the January 8, 2013 edition of the Enquirer Herald.

Cary Grant stands near the grave of one of the 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church is in the background. Photo by Jennifer Becknell.
Cary Grant stands near the grave of one of the 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church is in the background. Photo by Jennifer Becknell.

CLOVER [York County, South Carolina]
A dozen years before the United States was founded, three men gathered at a spring near Clover and decided to start one of the first churches organized in the colony of South Carolina.

Bethel Presbyterian Church, a small country church on S.C. 557 near Clover that is the oldest Presbyterian church in York County, this year plans a series of events to celebrate its 250 years of ministry, missions and prayer.

Grant and the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Gess, said the church, founded in 1764, has 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in its historic cemetery.

A published history of Bethel Presbyterian Church, compiled and edited by Helen Grant and Janice Currence, is available for $10, plus shipping. To obtain a copy, contact Helen and Cary Grant via email at caryegrant@bellsouth.net or call 803-962-2112.

For a 30-minute video history of the church, visit the website www.bethelchurchpa.com.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 1.9 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Austria, Denmark, Hungary, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Austria, Denmark, Hungary, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 834,729 indexed records and images from the U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948, collection, the 590,658 indexed records from the new U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963, collection, and the 12,338 indexed records and images from the new Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896 – 21,278 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961 – 99,586 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 – 11,066 – 1,272 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., Delaware Orphan Court Records, 1680-1978 – 0 – 23,026 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 – 798,916 – 35,813 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 – 0 – 261,257 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963 – 590,658 – 0 – New indexed record collections.

U.S., South Carolina, Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1865-1872 – 0 – 118,737 – New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 10.6 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, China, England, Italy, Peru, South Africa, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 10.6 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 4,490,808 indexed records from the England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844–1952, collection, the 1,626,044 images from the new Italy, Bari, Bari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1929, collection, and the 1,203,960 images from the U.S., Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905–1927, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, São Paulo, Port of Santos, Passenger and Immigrant Lists, 1960-1982 – 0 – 125,208 – New browsable image collection.

China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011 – 0 – 473,457 – Added images to an existing collection.

Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948 – 10,300 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 14,962 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844-1952 – 4,490,808 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Bari, Bari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 1,626,044 – New browsable image collection.

New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991 – 0 – 286,977 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Callao, Civil Registration, 1874-1993 – 0 – 83,660 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 161,861 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996 – 63,475 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2012 – 0 – 1,096,602 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Alabama, Estate Files, 1830-1976 – 0 – 1,805 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, County Marriage Records, 1802-1969 – 158,956 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 – 0 – 3,126 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1917 – 0 – 54,080 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798-1923 – 0 – 155,292 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860-1930 – 0 – 92,320 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Marriages, 1930-1961 – 0 – 3,620 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927 – 0 – 1,203,960 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907 – 432,959 – 73,717 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

450+ Richland County, South Carolina Cemeteries Identified

The following teaser is from the May 13, 2013 edition of thestate.com:

A preliminary survey underwritten by Richland County [South Carolina] has identified more than 450 cemeteries, most of them long-abandoned plots where family members were laid to rest together.

Next, Mike Trinkley of the nonprofit Chicora Foundation will embark on field work to refine the list by photographing the cemeteries, counting markers and developing a county map of the 463 cemeteries – equivalent to one cemetery for every 1.6-square miles of land.

Experts in Southern culture say the large number of burial sites scattered outside church yards here speaks to Southerners’ connections to their families and their land, a desire to stake an eternal claim to one’s home place.

“There’s a long tradition of annual gathering on Decoration Day to clean up graveyards, and a famous blues song by Blind Lemon Jefferson has the title ‘See That My Grave is Swept Clean,’” said Bill Ferris, a history and folklore professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“People are fearsome that when they die, their graves will be neglected and overgrown and totally wiped out, which is often, sadly, the case.”

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