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Lowcountry Africana
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African American genealogy and history in SC, GA and FL
African American genealogy and history in SC, GA and FL

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Friends, a reminder that this is a group to focus on genealogy research. Please limit your posts to topics directly related to genealogy. Thank you!

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Did you know that the majority of Freedmen's Bureau records are now digitized and available online for free, as well as the records of other institutions that served newly-freed African Americans during Reconstruction? Angela Walton-Raji and Toni Carrier have built a new website called "Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau - An Interactive Research Guide" (www.mappingthefreedmensbureau.com) to assist researchers in locating and accessing records of the Freedmen's Bureau, Freedmen's hospitals, contraband camps and Freedman's Bank branches.

Researchers can use the website's interactive map to learn which of these services were located near their area of research interest. If the records are online, the map provides a link to the records that tell the stories of newly-freed former slaves in the American south. The goal of this mapping project is to provide researchers, from the professional to the novice, a useful tool to more effectively tell the family story, the local history and the greater story of the nation during Reconstruction.

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One of our favorite times of the year - Magnolia Plantation and Gardens' History Fair in Charleston, SC. We'll be there with our genealogy advice tent. Bring your burning genealogy questions and put us to work. Hope to see you there!
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Please join us February 9 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for "Breaking Through the 1870 Brick Wall ~ Researching Reconstruction-Era African American Ancestors." Please save the date and we hope to meet you there!

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Great resource from FamilySearch on how to start your ancestor search:

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Seeking an ancestor's maiden name? Here is some great advice:

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Did you know Tony Burroughs' webinar Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy is archived at FamilySearch? You can listen any time: https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/avoid-traps-in-african-american-genealogy/77

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