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Helping at Charleston SC Family History Center during #NGS2011

Even before the first shift began at the Charleston SC Family History Center, patrons from Kentucky had stopped by yesterday to find resources to document an ancestor who lived locally.  I always enjoy my visits to the center in October where I am usually invited to give presentations.

I had not had the opportunity to see the staff work their magic with patrons who need assistance until yesterday.  I helped to determine the basics, time period and names, for the patron, but of course was dependent on the staff’s knowledge of resources on site.

After the initial help, Vivian Kessler, volunteer, produced a book on the Wadamalaw area and the patron found a reference in no time.  I am always amazed at the varied types of local resources you can find in a center.

Vivian and her husband, Paul, were kind enough to pose with me yesterday so that Mr. @SavingStories could take a photo of us.  These are only a couple of the great friends I have made here.  They have also been a great help to those whom I have referred.

Left: Paul Kessler, Right: Vivian Kessler, photo by Mr. @SavingStories

If you are searching for resources visit the Learning Resources at

Charleston SC Family History Center

1519 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

Charleston, SC 29414


Tues-Thurs 10 am -9 pm

Fri-Sat 10 am – 2 pm


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Grand Opening April 16th! Seashore Farmers’ Lodge, James Island

The community of Sol Legare located at James Island came together and restored the Seashore Farmers’ Lodge, which was established by the children of former slaves.  4th through 7th generation descendants having a strong connection to their ancestors, history, and the lodge have made it possible for their descendants to learn of the importance of the Seashore Farmers’ Lodge to their community.

To me, this is a beautiful illustration of the importance of community and what can be accomplish when people work together.  The lodge stands as a symbol of the thrift, hard work, and unity that it took to for African Americans to be successful in establishing a family unit, owning land, and achieving economic advancements.

I am proud to see this symbol which represents the contributions of the Coastal African Americans to South Carolina and the world.  I look forward to learning more about the rich history of the lodge and it’s community. All are invited to the Grand Opening on April 16th.

In case you missed it, I had the great pleasure of Co-Hosting the show below on the April 10th episode of Nurturing Our Roots where we had the pleasure of learning from Ernest L. Parks, a 5th generation resident of Sol-Legare, Bill “Cubby” Wilder, a 4th generation resident, and Corie Hipp, who initially became involved as a volunteer coordinator:

Descendants of Community Preserve Seashore Farmers’ Lodge

Learn more

History Comes Full Circle: Community Comes Together to Preserve Seashore Farmers’ Lodge No. 767

The Grand Opening of the Seashore Farmers’ Lodge Museum and Cultural Center

Seashore Farmers Lodge-Museum (Seashore Farmers’ Lodge)

Seashore Farmers’ Lodge… And more news!

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Legacy, News


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