Welcome to the International African American Museum! Advanced timed tickets are required for all visitors. Popular dates and times may be sold out.
14 Wharfside StreetCharleston, SC 29401
Museum open 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:00 PM) Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
IAAM will challenge, illuminate, inspire and, ultimately, will move people to action.
14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Jun 04, 2017
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Do you feel like your genealogy research is at a standstill? Have you hit a roadblock or run out of records to search? Perhaps you have an ancestor you just can’t seem to find information for. Maybe you feel that you have exhausted all the available resources. In times like these, the FamilySearch Wiki can be just the thing you need to get your research moving again.
The FamilySearch Wiki is an online learning center where community members share wisdom about all things genealogy. Whether you are just beginning your research or have years of experience, you are sure to find new resources on the FamilySearch Wiki for your area of research interest. The Wiki is a vast repository where you can learn about:
You can also share your research wisdom with others by contributing to the Wiki.
You can search or browse the more than 82,000 articles on the FamilySearch Wiki. The Wiki Home page is your starting point.
On the Home page, you can enter search terms or use the map interface to the right of the search for to browse articles on specific locations. If you are searching for a particular state, it helps to enter United States, then the state name in your search. Let’s search “United States, Georgia” as an example search term. The result is a list of all Wiki pages related to the state of Georgia:
Let’s do a sample search for “Savannah, Georgia” and view the search results.
Now, let’s select the article “Chatham County, Georgia Genealogy” and view the Wiki page. At the top of the page, we see a table of contents for the page, and a map showing the location of Chatham County, Georgia.
Next is a section I find especially helpful if I am researching an area I’m not familiar with: a chart showing the beginning dates for various record types in the county, and a list of county courts, with addresses and contact information.
Next, we see a history of Chatham County and a list of populated places in the county:
The page includes an extensive list of genealogy resources for Chatham County, Georgia, including a section with resources for African American genealogy research in Chatham County. The list includes links to online collections and resources.
The resource guides are extensive, and even contain some resources you might not think of consulting (note the two collections of Oyster Leases in Chatham County below!)
Here’s a list of vital records for Chatham County that includes addresses for ordering records that are not online:
There are a number of helpful research guides for African American genealogy on the Wiki. Here are a few that may be of interest:
The United States Record Selection Table is an especially helpful research tool to keep handy when you are researching. It is a quick reference for which records may contain specific information you are seeking.
The FamilySearch Wiki contains articles for every level of experience, from Family History for Beginners to Solving Tough Research Problems.
Ready to give the FamilySearch Wiki a try? Conduct a sample search for your area of research interest. If you find new resources, let us know in the comments below!
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