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Discover the books that bring the history of the Lowcountry Southeast to life
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Ancestors who left the Lowcountry
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Beginning Genealogy

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SC Slaveholders: Genealogy and Records

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News! FamilySearch Digitizes 106 SC Freedmen's Bureau Microfilms

FamilySearch has digitized the entire series "Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1872" (NARA Micropublication M1910)
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Welcome to Lowcountry Africana, Dedicated to Exploring, Discovering and Learning About the Hidden Lives in the Lowcountry. Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina, is entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida, an area that scholars and preservationists have identified as a distinct culture area, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee culture. The Lowcountry Africana website will be a treasure trove of primary documents, book excerpts and multimedia for exploring and documenting the dynamic cultural and family heritage of the Lowcountry Southeast. The beautiful images you see on our home page appear here with the kind permission of the Georgia State Archives online, where they are part of the Vanishing Georgia digital collection.


The Lowcountry Africana website is dedicated to the enslaved men, women and children who persevered through one of the most tumultuous and painful times in American history. They left a legacy of hope and a presence always felt, even when there were no names to speak. Stay with us as we begin to hear their voices and speak their names...

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Enslaved Communities on Drayton Family Plantations: Barbados, SC, GA, FL and TX
In the first project of its kind, the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC has sponsored genealogical research to reconstruct the lineages of enslaved communities on Drayton family plantations in the United States and Barbados. For the past four years, the Lowcountry Africana team and known descendants of families formerly enslaved on Drayton family plantations have worked together to rediscover the scattered paper trail which may connect the enslaved ancestors on Drayton family plantations with many thousands of living descendants throughout the United States. We are now compiling the research for presentation here on Lowcountry Africana. MORE

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