I'll help you search for your genealogical roots using historical records in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Georgetown Counties, South Carolina.
I have been conducting genealogical research in Charleston and the surrounding counties for nearly a decade. I am intimately familiar with many repositories of genealogical and historical information around the county. I have extensive experience with records contained at the County Court House, the Charleston Library, the Charleston Historical Society, and many of the local churches. I am a member (and webmaster) of the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. I work closely with my clients developing leads and discovering information about their ancestors. We decide as a team which avenues of research to explore and which to leave until later. Please contact me via phone or e-mail to talk with me about how we can work together to discover your family roots.
[01/16/20] I'm helping another client post his family history to WikiTree.com. He has his work saved to Ancestry.com, but he's disappointed that he can't readily share it with his family. He's also concerned about what will happen to his lifetime of genealogical work when he passes away. In just the few days I have been working on transferring his information he has already made a connection with a distant cousin.
[05/03/18] I visited the town of St. George, SC yesterday to conduct research into the Ilderton/Limehouse family of Summerville. St. George is the Dorchester County seat where I visited the Dorchester County Archive and History Center, the public library, the Register of Deeds, and the Probate Office in the county courthouse. The land deeds I found mostly pertained to Dr. Robert Ilderton (1827-1900). He had extensive holdings around Summerville which were distributed to his children after his death. In the Probate office I found his will and the will of his wife, Mary A. (Hill) Ilderton (1830-1912) along with probate records. A very successful trip.
My latest client is a descendant of the Ilderton/Limehouse family of Summerville. Many family members are buried in the Old White Meeting House Cemetery located just up the road from the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site (https://southcarolinaparks.com/colonial-dorchester). Early genealogical research indicates that Dr. Robert Ilderton (nee Limehouse) (1827-1900), who also farmed a plantation near Bacon's Bridge, had 2 families in the area at the same time with 2 different wives (Mary and Emma). He had a total of 20 children.
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I spoke this morning at the https://www.facebook.com/StovallFamilyAssociation/ National Reunion this morning about Genetic Genealogy. We had a lively discussion afterwards regarding the various genetic tests available and what tests are appropriate for them as individuals and as a family association. I look forward to continuing to work with their family to develop their genetic genealogy projects.
[07/11/17] I'm starting a new project this week looking into the ancestors of John Butler (1878-1963). He was born in Charleston, but moved to New York City about 1900. Nowadays we seem to have more people moving in the opposite direction. The difference a century makes. A preliminary search of census records (1880 and 1900) has come up blank. Time for some intensive library research.
I finished a large project this week researching the descendants of Thomas Lee (1712-1769) (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lee-13836). Thomas emigrated from Barbados to Charleston in 1734. He was a carpenter and an architect, known most notably for his construction of the Thomas Lamboll House (http://www.lambollhouse.com/) currently a Bed and Breakfast Inn on King Street. I met my client when she came to Charleston for a conference and we spent several hours touring the churches and homes her ancestors knew. Finally, I took her to the Charleston Historical Society library and the Charleston County library where she was able to continue her research into materials I had identified for her.
lambollhouse.com Charleston Bed and Breakfast Inn at Thomas Lamboll House B&B. Charleston, South Carolina bed and breakfast, lodging and accommodations, home of some of the finest and most historic lodgings in America.
[03/02/17] 2017 has been a busy year so far. I have 5 clients for whom I have been working. My latest client, from Germany, asked me to research Charles H. Blase and his uncle, Christian Blase. They arrived in Charleston from Germany before the Civil War. Both men bought and sold dozens of properties in downtown Charleston from before the War until Charles returned to Germany in the 1920s. I conducted a thorough search of records at the RMC (land records) office and have sent my client photos of the records.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a slide presentation to the Summerville Genealogy Group ( https://www.facebook.com/DCMgengroup/ ) at the Summerville-Dorchester Museum (https://www.facebook.com/Summerville-Dorchester-Museum-277421009446/). My talk, Genetic Genealogy, was about understanding genetic testing and how it applies to genealogy. I enjoyed the discussion and meeting the members of this genealogy group, and I hope to work with a few of them in the future.
I concluded another project recently updating the Grimball Family on WikiTrees for a client. My client has an extensive collection of primary documents (including a family bible started in 1854) and photos that he wanted to share with his extended family. We agreed that the best way to do this would be to create profiles of his ancestors and their families on a publicly available web site. I created over a hundred profiles and scanned and uploaded dozens of photos from his personal collection. Now, his relatives can access all of the family stories and photos online. His family history includes several brothers who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Their mother, Margaret Ann "Meta" (Morris) Grimball ( http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Morris-13729 ), wrote in detail about her sons' service. In addition, John Grimball (1748-1804) was a Major during the Revolutionary War. His story is available on WikiTree: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Grimball-53
wikitree.com Genealogy collaboration for John Grimball born 1748 Charleston, South Carolina died 1804 Sullivan's Island, Charleston, South Carolina including ancestry + more in the free family tree community.
Lately I've been busy with a few projects. One of the most interesting has been helping a client understand his genetic results in comparison with others. His ancestry is the Christopher family of Abbeville County, SC. Their results, and the results of many other Christopher lineages are found on the Christopher DNA Project page (http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/christopher). My client is a descendant of George Ambus Christopher (b. 1822) and through genetics we are now nearly certain that George Ambus was a descendant of Nicholas Christopher (1670-1754), one of the early immigrants to Virginia.
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[07/11/14] It's the hot, lazy days of summer here in Charleston. Perfect weather to spend an afternoon in a nice cool library conducting some genealogy research.
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[05/30/14] Welcome to Charleston Genealogy Service. I'm here to help you with your family tree research. Contact me to see how we can work together to build your family tree.
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