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South Carolina Historical Society Placing Finding Aids Online

The South Carolina Historical Society, one of the richest archives for Lowcountry genealogy research, has embarked on a project to place their finding aids online.

Planning a research trip to Charleston? Be sure to bookmark the South Carolina Historical Society's Finding Aids page and check back often to see their new additions.

What Are Finding Aids? How Can They Help Your Research?

Finding aids are detailed inventories of documentary collections, prepared by archivists. While an archive's catalog will give you an overview of a particular collection, finding aids take you much deeper into the collection and help you identify which portions of a collection may be most useful for your research.

Online Finding Aids Can Help You Prepare for Your Research Trip and Save You Valuable Time on the Ground

If you know in advance which boxes and folders you want to view from a given collection, you can make the most of your research time when you arrive.

Let's look at an example from the first batch of online finding aids for the South Carolina Historical Society. The Ball Family Papers are one of the richest collections of plantation records among the South Carolina Historical Society's holdings. If we look at the description of the Ball Family Papers in SCHS's online catalog, we see the following summary:

Ball Family Papers Catalog Summary

Now let's look at a portion of the finding aid for the Ball Family Papers. Here we see much more detail:

Ball Family Finding Aid Detail

Make the Most of Your Research Time in Charleston

Research hint ~ When the South Carolina Historical Society closes in the late afternoon, you can head over to the South Carolina Room and the Charleston Archive at the Charleston Public Library, less than 5 minutes away, and extend your research time into the evening. The South Carolina Room and the Charleston Archive have finding aids online as well, so you can really plan ahead!

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Freedmen's Bureau Record Breaks Through the 1870 Brick Wall for SC African American Genealogy

Record Connects Freedmen with Former Slaveholders

So rarely does a record from Reconstruction actually connect freed people to a former slaveholder. When we find records like this we are so excited.

We are very excited today, because we found another! This record is a part of the "Pre-Bureau" records for South Carolina.

Having taken Port Royal in 1861, Union forces were in lower South Carolina long before the Freedmen's Bureau was established. This record does not have a date but is interleaved with records made in 1865. It is reproduced on NARA Micropublication M869, Reel 38.

This record appears in rations requests and lists the names of elders with plantations and the names of former slaveholders. What a find!

Please click on the image below to view the record full-size. We hope you find an ancestor here. Happy Ancestor Hunting from the crew at Lowcountry Africana!

Record Connects Freedmen with Former Slaveholders

References Cited

United States, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of South Carolina Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1870 (NARA Micropublication M869), Reel 38.

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, A.J. Hardee With Tibby Williams, Louise Hunter and Emma Jones, Brooks County, GA, 1866

Freedmen's Labor Contracts

Savannah, Georgia

Labor Contracts, 1865-1868

Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

M1903, Roll 82

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

A J Hardee and Tibby Willliams and others

DATE OF CONTRACT:

April 27, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Brooks County

Georgia

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

Tibby Williams

Louisa Hunter

Emma Jones

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, A.J. Hardee With Freedmen, Brooks County, GA, 1866

Freedmen's Labor Contracts

Savannah, Georgia

Labor Contracts, 1865-1868

Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

M1903, Roll 82

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

A J Hardee and George Jones

DATE OF CONTRACT:

April 27, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Brooks County

Georgia

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

George Jones

John Jonlssen

John Jones Jr

Simon Williams

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, T.A. Groover With Freedmen, Brooks County, GA, 1866

Freedmen's Labor Contracts

Savannah, Georgia

Labor Contracts, 1865-1868

Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

M1903, Roll 82

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

T A Groover

DATE OF CONTRACT:

April 16, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Brooks County

Georgia

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

G W McMurry

Ammon Adams

Ellick McMurry

Minda McMurry

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, Abner Groover With Freedmen, Brooks County, GA, 1866

Freedmen's Labor Contracts

Savannah, Georgia

Labor Contracts, 1865-1868

Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

M1903, Roll 82

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

Abner Groover

DATE OF CONTRACT:

March 31, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Brooks County

Georgia

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

Charles Linton and family

Thomas McLeod and family

Coleman Lewis and family

Isaiah Lee

Van Buren Linton

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, James Groover With Freedmen, Brooks County, GA, 1866

Freedmen's Labor Contracts

Savannah, Georgia

Labor Contracts, 1865-1868

Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

M1903, Roll 82

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

James Groover

DATE OF CONTRACT:

April 7, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Brooks County

Georgia

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

John Green

Granville Mills

William Little

B W Smith

Handy Cason

Green Bemy

George Stephens

James Jamson

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, Stephanus Ford With Freedmen, Friendfield Plantation, Waccamaw, Georgetown, SC, 1868

Freedmen's Labor Contracts

Georgetown County, SC, Contracts

Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

M1910, Reel 77, Target 1

Frames 331-333

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

Stephanus Ford with freedpeople

DATE OF CONTRACT:

Jan. 1, 1868

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Georgetown County

South Carolina

SC

Friendfield Plantation

Waccamaw River

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS

Brutus Carr

Moses Small

Daniel Bruce

Ephraim Car

Cilum Bruce

Willy Car

Solomon Keith

Henrietta Bake

Louisa Keith

Shurance Holmes

Bedford Car

Patience Homes

Lazarus Becket, deserted March 14th

Molly Blain

Jim Brockinton

Tyra Rutledge

John Forsythe

Jane Car

Ellen Forsythe

Catherine Bookey

John Car

Will Bunch

Susan Car

Charity Bunch

John Pinckney

Tony Car

Louiser Pinckney

Venus Car

Edward Car

Emilia Gadston

Tom Hanilton

Joseph Lawyer, deserted March 14th

Catherine Hamilton

Minda Blain

Lizzy Murrell

Thomas Keith

Hestor Murrell

Cinda Mention

Ben Cholm

Netty Taylor

Thomas Alston

Molly Pinckney

Sam Gibbs

Tom Roberson, deserted March 14

Fayette Lawyer

Sary Kershaw

Eliza Keith

Glascow Lawyer

(Illegible) Deas

Mary Lawyer

Nelly, deserted

Isaac Shubrick

Bess Carr

Nancy Shubrick

Queen Lawyer

Molly Car

Martha Shubrick

Juba Kershaw

Sophy Sammers

Tykie Brown

Marcus Funny, carpenter

Aggy Funny

Jimmy Carr

Bella Funny

Caty Small

Fortune Shubrick

Dianna Siprey

Nippy Walker

Frank Jackson

Targen Blain

Jack Bunch

John Shubrick

Nanny Bunch, deserted March 14

Becky Shubrick

George Gibbs

Anthony Richardson

Patience Richardson

Solomon Rutledge

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, E.H. Deas With Freedmen, Buck Hall Plantation, Berkeley, SC, 1866

Labor Contracts

Berkeley County, SC, Jan-May 1866

Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

MC 1910, Reel 89, Target 11

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

E.H. Deas and the freedmen and women

DATE OF CONTRACT:

March 3, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Berkeley County

South Carolina

SC

Buck Hall

Cooper River

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

Pompey Collins, foreman

Maria Collins

Nessie Robertson

Toola Maxwell

Robert Collins

Peg Collins

Pompey Collins

Celia Thompson

Venus Easton

Jimmy Easton

March Maxwell

John Rivers

Benah Rivers

Charlotte Robertson

Polly Seymour

John Haywood

Bina Haywood

Rinah Ellington

Mary Ellington

Corra Nesbet

John Haywood

Charles Prichard

Sucky Prichard

Billy Oliver

Jacob Holback

Jacob Holback Jr.

George Ellington

Betty Ellington

Ann Halback

Moon Broughton

Billy Broughton

Emma Broughton

Zacharia Haywood

Katy Haywood

Charles Wilson

Liddy Wilson

Thomas Gilbert

Molly Gilbert

Lydia Hamilton

Jenny Hamilton

Charles Lance

Charlotte Lance

Smart Gladden

Harriet Gibbes

Amey Nisbet

Guy Gadsden

Dolly Gadsden

Frank Lance

Eve Haywood

Charlotte Haywood

Michael Broughton

Jeffry Gillan

Jeffry Gillan Jr.

Nancy Seymour

Jewel Bryan

Julia Ferguson

Adam Nelson

Rachel Nelson

Hannah Simmons

Soloman Seymour

Lucy Seymour

Nancy Gadsden

Jenny Ellington

Paul Wilson

Rachael Broughton

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Freedmen's Labor Contract, J.C. Cain With Freedmen, Berkeley, SC, 1866

Labor Contracts

Berkeley County, SC, Jan-May 1866

Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina,

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872

NARA Record Group 105

MC 1910, Reel 89, Target 11, Vol. 237

Frames 1332-1334

TITLE OF CONTRACT:

J.C. Cain and the freedmen and women

DATE OF CONTRACT:

Jan. 15, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Berkeley County

South Carolina

SC

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

Jockey Geddon

Sam Bash

Tony Perry

Tenah Perry

Titus Poinsett

Alice Poinsett

Minda Poinsett

Abby Poinsett

David Major

Grace Major

Andrew Magrant

Aggy Thompson

Moses Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Rachel Hodon

Michael Major

Dorinda Major

Hagar Broughton

Lewis Broughton

Titus Cordes

Lizette Cordes

Cinthia Cordes

Amy Bash

Caleb Bash

Henry Simons

Hester Blacklock

Jimy Dawson

Mary Brown

Scipio Mitchel

William Lovely

Louisa Lovely

Jack Finwick

Sally Finwick

Bob Finwick

Hector Proilleau

Betty Proilleau

Mary Colonel

Andrew King

Sam Barnett

Maria Barnett

Bob Wilson

Eve White

Scy White

Rachel Simons

Dick Levine

Peggy Nyette

Jimy Atterly

Nancy McKelvy

Bill McKelvy

Henry McKelvy

Liddy McKelvy

Susan Wright

Jenkins Thompson

Sam Grant

Satira Grant

Cornelius Grant

Moses Gillings

Eliza Levine

Sucky Spann

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