Genealogists and Oral History

Genealogists can use oral history techniques to get clues to flesh out their living and dead relatives. Through oral histories, you can find out all sorts of things: how folks were related; what life was like during World War I; what color dress your grandmother liked best; who helped when your church was built or remodeled; what brought your sorority or club into being, etc. The key is to get the information from people with firsthand knowledge while they are still alive to tell the story.

The Beaufort County Library, Penn Center, The Citadel Oral History Program and the Avery Research Institute for African American Culture and History are co-sponsoring a Free Oral History Workshop to help the community learn how to plan oral history projects that provide insight into the recent past for the future. The workshop will be held Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 10 am until 3 pm at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street.

Pre-registration is required. Call 255-6468 or email cseabrook@bcgov.net to register. Space is limited to 40 participants.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.