Old Edgefield District Genealogy Society, Edgefield

#141 of 155 in Museums in South Carolina
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Society maintains a large collection of newspapers (both hard copies and microfilm); many Old Edgefield County records, such as probate records (wills and deeds), censuses and mortality tables. There is an extensive collection of family histories as well, with new titles being acquired regularly. Many of these histories were donated by the authors or by family members. OEDGS also has over 2,000 surname files available to researchers, which contain Bible records, newspaper clippings, letters, lineage charts, diary excerpts, and other information. Additonally, the Society has subject files, which include church histories, cemetery surveys, information on historic homes and communities, etc. The Society welcomes additional material from members and researchers to add to these collections. On the shelf is a vast amount of information on other South Carolina counties as well as other states, especially the southern states. In addition, there are general books on period history, such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Reconstruction.
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  • Wicked nice ladies inside. Place doubles as the visitors center. Check it out, it’s worth a quick visit.  more »
  • Although we could not get all of the answers we were looking for, we were able to cross some things off our list. That is progress when doing genealogical research.  more »
  • Another great stop on our own Genealogy Road Trip. They have a great surname list and a lot of resources on local families, mostly provided by other researchers, South Carolina materials and small batches for other states and general resources. The volunteers (not sure if all are volunteers) are helpful and will pull whatever you need when you need it. I agree with an another commenter that they could benefit from digital filing but a visit is worth it. If you are a local, I highly recommend supporting this institution via fundraising to help them out or volunteering to help out (heck, get your wayward kid involved). You do not know how important an organization like this is to those of us who have been bitten by the Genealogy bug. I'm sure that we will be back once we sort through the multitude of information that we gained and we look forward to it.
  • I found this group of dedicated volunteer genealogists to be some of the most welcoming and helpful people in the field. I spent two days researching in their comfortable spacious two room storefront on the courthouse square next to the county library. There was a very useful collection of books on the area and the families of Edgefield. There were also files on the local surnames that other researchers have contributed to. The staff pull these up quickly when requested. When needed, the volunteers went next door to the library to look up original documents from the Archives. There was free on line access so one could use on line genealogy sites such as Ancestry and the South Carolina Archives in Columbia. If you are researching a relative who lived in the area in the 18th through 20th century, you owe yourself a visit to this resource. Call ahead and give them the surname you are interested in,

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