Genealogy Links

Family Web Pages
Bethea Family - The Bethea Family in North America, 1700 - 2009.
Giesendanner - Sailing to the Americas. Lots of information on Rev. Hans Ulrich Giezendanner.
The Ott Family - of Switzerland, South Carolina, and Louisiana.

Historical and Genealogical Organizations
The Calhoun County Museum - archives and research room, period exhibits, and historic items.
Orangeburg County Historical Society - Orangeburg County History.
Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society - online information on early families of Orangeburgh.
South Carolina Historical Society - the state's oldest private repository of books, journals, maps, etc.

Genealogy Book Publishers
Family Heritage Publishers - specializes in printing low-volume family histories, etc.
Heritage Books - specializes in genealogy books, CDs and maps.
Higginson Book Company - specializes in Local Histories, Genealogy, Civil War and Historic Maps.
Orangeburgh District, SC Land Records - Margaret Waters. Books on Colonial Land Owners.
Picton Press - specializes in genealogical and historical research material.

Reference Material
The Catholic Encyclopedia - useful for identifying eclesiastical dates and other religious terms.
Understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard - what is needed for genealogical proof.
BCG - Board for Certification of Genealogists -Ethics and Standards. (BCG)

Research Sites
Genealogy Explained - a really helpful getting started website.
Book of Record - Orangeburgh, SC (1731-1768). New transcription of the "Giessendanner Record".
Family Search - LDS databases and the Family History Library Catalog.
RootsWeb - free site hosting family trees and genealogy mail lists and web sites.
SCIway, Genealogy - links to South Carolina genealogy resources.
Sumter District Wills Project - transcriptions of Old Sumter County wills (1774-1853).
18th Century PA German Naming Customs - Often plagerized, this is the original web pageer.
German Genealogy - links to lots of good information on German research.
German Genealogy FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for German researchers.
Old German Handwriting - Samples of Sutterlin and Old German handwriting.

South Carolina Archives - custodian of the non-current archives of the state and local government.
Online Index - the online index of holdings including plats, land grants and other documents.
South Carolina's Old Districts and Counties - maps and dates of formation.

Swiss Archives
Staatsarchiv, Basel-Landschaft - holds most local village 18th century records .(in German)
Staatsarchiv, Basel-Stadt - 18th century administrative, emigration, and judicial records. (in German)

US GenWeb - links to all state GenWeb pages.
SC GenWeb Home - links to all county home pages.
SC Message Boards - message boards for all counties (run by
SC Tombstone Transcription Project - links to all county projects.
SC GenWeb Archives - online archive of state and county material.

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