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Researching Families in South Carolina Records

Researching Families in South Carolina Records

Crawford EvansCrawford Evans was a hard-working man employed by the Fulton Cotton Mills on DeKalb Avenue in Atlanta. He had the typical education to the third grade. During his generation, no one asked for a college degree before hiring, nor seemed to care. The person was trained on the job. He was reared in Abbeville, South Carolina where his father and grandparents were born. When I visited the court house some years ago, I discovered lots of old books stacked on dusty shelves inside a small office (or vault). Actually, the records in that county seemed to be rather complete. The thing is with South Carolina records is that one must be certain to research all of the equity records (deeds), because while the average farmer owned land, the likelihood of a recorded will or estate is not good. At one tie Abbeville was part of the Anderson District, so Anderson County might also be necessary. I was about eight years old when he died. In those days, people did not collect social security or have a retirement plan. (Social Security did not begin until 1935). So the relatives kept them. That was the situation with our family. There was a memorial service for him in St. John's Catholic Church in Atlanta, and the notice was published in the newspaper. If there was a headstone over the grave, I never found it. Everyone has kin with similar circumstances. And we must realize that the era of the 1930s bore a poorly depressed economy when vital records were coming into being. It was an era when people gathered around the kitchen table and read the family bible and that this bible served as an important family record of births, marriages and deaths, replete with newspaper clippings.  Names of Ancestors in Abbeville County

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