South Carolina Genealogical Society
Virtual 48th Annual Summer Workshop
July 10, 2021

Saturday, July 10, 2021


9:00am – 10:15am

Patrons Room

Welcome and Announcements

Mike Becknell – President
Shelby Hart Lollis – 1st Vice President; Workshop Chair
Chris Prince – 2nd Vice President


9:00am – 9:30am

Crista Cowan – The Barefoot Genealogist from Ancestry

Title: Getting the Most Out of Ancestry®

Are you getting the most out of your Ancestry® subscription? Even if you don’t have a subscription, are you aware there are many things you can access for free? We will cover the major areas of the website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.


10:15am – 10:30am



10:30am – 11:30am

Cheri Hudson Passey

Title: Evidence: Direct, Indirect, or Negative? It Depends!

We all research questions and are looking for answers. These questions will determine the type of evidence we find in our sources. The type of evidence will help with our answers. Do you know the difference between Direct, Indirect, and Negative evidence? Are you confused about why it matters? In this session examples of each of the three types of genealogy, evidence will be presented along with explanations on how to recognize and use each to climb your family tree.


11:30pm – 12:45pm



12:45pm – 1:45pm

Diahan Southard – Your DNA Guide

Title: Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins.

If you have seen the results from an autosomal DNA test you have likely seen a long long list of 4th cousins. Who are all of these people? Are all of them relevant to your family history research? How do you go about figuring that out? We will cover the tools available at your DNA testing company that will help you sort and filter your match list, to present you with only your Best Matches, those who are able to help you with your genealogical questions. We will learn both analysis and organizational techniques that are sure to add more leaves to your family tree.


1:45pm – 2:00pm



2:00pm – 3:00pm

Margaret Seidler – The Accidental Historian

Title: “Payne-ful’ Business – Charleston’s Domestic Slave Trade Revealed (1800-1835)

For 65 years, Margaret Seidler believes her descendants are poor German immigrants living in Charleston’s Eastside  from the 1850s. Then, she discovers much deeper Charleston roots, three additional generations, and a VERY different narrative. In truth, her family plays a large role in the slave trade business spanning more than 90 years. Like never before, Margaret’s family research shines a bright light on Charleston’s domestic slave trade business. Her 4th greatgrandfather, William Payne, makes an entire career on Broad Street, brokering the sale of local enslaved people. Slave trading was big business both in her family and across all of Charleston. Margaret has two hopes as she reveals this groundbreaking research: first, telling a more complete history of Charleston’s business system and, second, offering a portal for African Americans to trace their enslaved ancestors from more than 1100 newspaper ads.


3:00pm – 3:15pm

Break and Door Prize Drawing


3:15pm – 4:15pm

Crista Cowan – The Barefoot Genealogist from Ancestry

Title: Using AncestryDNA® to Make Family History Discoveries

Learn how to use DNA evidence to make family history discoveries. You will be shown how to identify your  AncestryDNA® Matches and utilize ThruLines™ to determine how your matches fit into your family tree, and track discoveries.


4:15pm – 4:30pm

Announcements and Door Prizes

    • Survey
    • 2022 SCGS Workshop Announcement

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