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Old Camden District Hosts African American Workshop at Price House


The Price House. Photo by Ellis McClure on March 23, 2019.

I attended the African-American Workshop sponsored by The Old Camden District Genealogical Society held at The Price House March 22-23, 2019. The presenters all brought professionalism and expertise to this event. I enjoyed each presentation, so I thought I would share a little about the two days in case there is anyone who is looking host a similar event for their area and would like to any of these folks to present.

Also, from what I understand, William Guerry Felder (guerryf@outlook.com) will be hosting this event again next year, so if you want to attend, mark your calendars. To start us off Guerry gave a great presentation on The Price House. It was interesting to see the different owners, and one attendee even stopped there on the way to school. I enjoyed hearing the history.

Guerry introduces Sonya. Photo by Ellis McClure on March 22, 2019.

Sonya Hodges-Grantham. Photo taken by Ellls McClure on March 22, 2019.

Allen Blanchett presented on Using DNA in Genealogical Research. His presentation was easy to understand, and he answered the questions that the group posed to him.

Allen Blanchett. Photo by Ellis McClure March 22, 2019.

On March 23, 2019, we all returned for day two. Guerry gave us a presentation on Plantations in Kershaw County. He is wealth of knowledge. He has done research in Florida as well which he shared with me the day before. In this presentation, I appreciated his visuals of where plantations were located in Kershaw County, memories of Mulberry Plantation, and actual births of the enslaved were some of the great things he shared.

I was excited to give the presentation I had been asked last year to give, African Americans in Kershaw County Records. I told the group that I had traced Nathaniel Vance, my ancestor, back to were he had been taken prisoner right up the street at Historic Camden during the Revolutionary War by the British to Guilford County, North Carolina. He returned to Laurens County, South Carolina. His son, Samuel Vance, after his wife died became the father of Beverly Vance, my enslaved 2nd great grandfather in 1832. Beverly was give to his son J. K. Vance when he moved to Abbeville County, South Carolina and got married.

I encouraged them to put all of what they had as far a photos, stories, documents, and recordings into FamilySearch.org, and then search for and attach historical records from each person page. This way everything would be linked. I then showed them the Research Wiki while they performed searches using their phones. We went over the Kershaw County, South Carolina page and African American Resources for Kershaw County, South Carolina.

Robin Foster. Photo by Ellis McClure on March 23, 2019.

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