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Coming Wednesday, Nov. 6 ~ Lowcountry Roots Travel Blog!

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Coming Soon! Wednesday, November 6, 2013, we will launch the new Lowcountry Roots Travel blog on LCA! And who better to launch a travel blog than Genealogy Travel Ninja Thomas MacEntee? Thomas has just published the Kindle book Family History Trippin' - A Guide to Planning a Genealogy Research Trip.

For the blog launch, Thomas will be guest blogging to share heritage travel tips, and 3 lucky readers will win free copies of Thomas' book!

Please be sure to join us here Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.!

About Thomas MacEntee

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Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of GeneaBloggers.com, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.

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Marshlands Plantation

Marshlands Plantation

Associated Owners and Documents

John Ball (1760-1817) [1]

References Cited

[1] Ball, Edward 1998 Slaves In the Family. New York: Ballantine Books, p. 264; "South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872," Database online at Fold 3 (http://www.fold3.com/title_700/south_carolina_estate_inventories_and_bills/: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Estate Inventory of John Ball, Book E (1802-1819) pp. 458-4677.

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Teachers: How Your Students Can Celebrate the National Day of Listening

What is the National Day of Listening?

Friday, November 29, 2013 is the sixth annual National Day of Listening.

Each year, Story Corps asks all Americans to set aside an hour on the day after Thanksgiving to interview a friend, loved one or community member about their lives, and to record the interview using recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, smartphones, tape recorders or pen and paper, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.

Ideas for Bringing the National Day of Listening Into Your Classroom

The National Day of Listening is a great time for students to learn more about their family history. Here are a few ideas for activities:

  • Use StoryCorps' Do It Yourself Guide for a class discussion of great interview questions. Students can then interview a family member and share what they learned in class.


  • Kids can draw a picture of who they will interview and send it to us. We'll share it right here in the Youth Corner and on our Lowcountry Wall of Listening on Facebook!


  • Younger children can work with parents to build a photo family tree, then share their tree in class
  • More Resources

    Here is a helpful lesson plan unit called "Listening to History," from our friends at EDSITEment. Students will learn about oral history and listen to selected interviews from the site History Matters.

    Here is another great oral history unit from Rochester Oral History Archive.

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