Thursday, September 23, 2010

27. Open Thread Thursday: Share information about resources that helped you

By Robin Foster   Posted at  3:30 PM   WorldCat No comments

Old Bethel AME Church in downtown Columbia, SC by Robin Foster

Many people searching for clues about their ancestry are out on the internet searching for connections and resources.  When we share photos with captions and blog posts with descriptive titles, we are helping others to connect and locate helpful resources.

Our information is even more easily accessed with the new Google Real-time Search. 

When we share specific information about the historical collections we use and where we discovered them, visitors who are researching similar areas learn a lot when they follow us.  Old Bethel AME Church on the corner of Taylor and Sumter Streets in downtown Columbia is being rennovated and will reopen as a historical museum. I have been researching the history of Bethel and have discovered several resources that document my family and many others.

Some of the place are the South Caroliniana Library and  WorldCat.  On a visit to the library, I discovered old tithing records which document my ancestors and collateral lines.  I searched WorldCat and found other sources for Bethel such as this old 1923 church program:

Official program of the mid-winter session of the Bishops' Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, February 14, 1923

I went over to the online catalog for the South Carolinina Library Manuscript Division and found a link to the actual online version of the file:  

Official program of the mid-winter session of the Bishops' Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, February 14, 1923 . The 56 page program is a great piece of history and  because it includes biographical information and photos of several leaders at that time.

Cornerstone of Bethel AME by Robin Foster

Bethel was established in 1860, and the first site burned.  The 1923 program was published just after the new building was established with the help of the first registered African American architect, James Anderson Lankford (b. 1874)


About the Author

Robin is the National Genealogy Examiner and a member of the South Carolina Genealogical Society - Columbia Chapter. She has presented for the following chapters: Anderson, Pinckney, Greenville, Columbia. She presented at the 41st Annual Summer Workshop of the South Carolina Genealogical Society held at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History July 12-13 in 2013. Libraries and museums that have requested presentations that she has honored include: Lexington County Public Library (Cayce Branch), Union Carnegie Library, Richland Library (Main), Greenwood County Library, and Union County Museum..
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