St. Bartholomew’s genealogy chapter celebrates anniversary
By Brantley Strickland
Staff Writer (Press and Standard)
If you've ever wondered about where you came from or had problems filling the last branches of your family tree, not to worry, because help is out there.
Actually, it’s been here for quite some time, as the Old St. Bartholomew's Chapter of the S.C. Genealogical Society (SCGS) celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.
"Everybody wants to know where they came from," said Sherry Cawley, a long time genealogist who is new to the chapter. "They want to know where their people came from and how they got their name."
founded in Walterboro in 1992 as one of 19 active SCGS societies, got its name
from an old Anglican Church parish established in Colleton in 1706. At
the time, Colleton extended into most of
Judy Ballard, the
organization’s first chapter president, was part of the original 13 charter
members who formed the chapter after holding classes at the
“My mother wanted me to start tracing our family history,” she said. “We started having classes at the library. Then, 13 of us got together and formed a local chapter.”
organization boasts almost 100 members, with 30 of those living in the county. Of the other 70, memberships reaches as far
Cawley advised that the best way to go about tracing one’s own roots is through the internet, word of mouth and cemetery research.
“The Internet has just opened up so many possibilities,” she said. “Another way to go about searching for your own history is to talk to every living family member you have and ask them about where they grew up and who their own relatives were. Cemetery research is another.”
Speaking of cemetery research, the chapter has published two books of cemeteries in the county. Cemeteries Inscriptions of Lower Colleton County, South Carolina has been the most successful literary venture with very few copies still available for purchase.
Recently, the group has published Inscriptions of
Ultimately, the chapter hopes to establish a local genealogical library and research center, which could develop into a center for the entire Lowcounty.
next local operation will be a workshop to be held Saturday, August 10 at
The workshop is free to the public, and open to anyone who wishes to find out more about their family’s history.
“We’re not having set classes or anything like that,” said Ballard. It’s come when you want and leave when you want.”
From: Press and Standard dated July 30, 2002 - Page 1 and 2