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Charleston County Research Persons for Hire

The following members of the Charleston County Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society are available for hire as paid genealogical researchers.

Anne E. Dodenhoff

1423 Brookbank Ave.

Charleston, SC 29412-3406

Phone: (843) 795-1486


Mark E. Geesey

Charleston Genealogy Service

277 Indigo Bay Circle

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: (843) 849-8402

e-mail: GEESEY_FAMILY-at-sign-ATT.NET

Greg Lovelace

Part of the Tree Reseach Services

683 Edmonds Drive

Charleston, SC 29412

Phone: (843) 906-9977


Rorey Cathcart

The Who Hunter LLC

164 Market Street, Ste 247

Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: (843) 714-7827


Wevonneda Minis

Minis Genealogy Services Gullah Roots

1221 Wimbee Drive

Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 670-6115


Lewis Christian Union Cemetery

In 2012 the Charleston Chapter has started a new collaborative effort with the Preservation Society of Charleston and there are lots of ways to get involved and help.

The Preservation Society, founded in 1920, is focused on the preservation of historic structures, buildings and sites. Each year, they select a small number of locations/buildings/sites on which to focus their preservation efforts for that year. This year, one of their “Seven to Save” sites is Lewis Christian Union Cemetery. This Cemetery was chartered in 1879 and the first grave appears to date to 1880. It was founded by a burial society and, for the most part, has been neglected in the recent past.

The Preservation Society hopes to clean up, document and preserve this cemetery (through a longer term plan) and may include it, along with 23 others in the immediate area, in an application for the National Register of Historic Places.

This is their project and they are leading the effort. In meetings with Preservation Society representatives, we have agreed to help with two primary areas in which they do not have experience. First, we will work to identify more about the lives of those interred. To date, just over 45 gravestones have been identified, but clean up is far from finished. Our role will be to identify the life stories of these individuals. (Note: We did not sign up to do the clean up – but you surely can help with that if you like.)

Second, we will conduct a thorough, documented, cemetery survey once the grounds are all accessible. This will probably occur in the Fall. Additional graves will be uncovered as clean up progresses through the Summer. Work on the genealogical details of these lives will continue through the Summer, Fall and likely into Winter.

Many of you signed up to help at our May meeting. We’ve established two sign up lists- One for individual research and one for the cemetery survey. Right now, Nancy Moorer is heading up the individual research effort. If you are interested, have not yet signed up and won’t be at the June membership meeting, contact her at or 766-7543. Some of this work will start right away. When the grounds are sufficiently cleared to set up the cemetery survey and documentation, we’ll send out additional information. Some of you have already signed up for that piece of the project and we’ll contact you directly as well.

This is a great opportunity for the chapter to work on a larger community project, get some added publicity and focus on projects and skills. If you have further questions contact Nancy Moorer (phone, email above) or Pat Kruger (pekruger-at-sign-prodiGy.NET, 577-2639).

Charleston County Cemeteries

The first project taken up by the Charleston Chapter was an inventory of the Charleston County cemeteries, led by Mr. Robert Babb. Mr. Babb, a very efficient engineer, made area maps of each “assignment” in Charleston, Berkeley and Colleton Counties, showing each cemetery in these areas. The result was the compilation of the Charleston County Cemetery Book now offered under

Books Available from Chapter.

Cemeteries: We are continuing to put together an exhaustive compilation of Charleston County Cemeteries. In addition to identifying the specific locations of the cemeteries, we are also identifying any transcriptions of cemetery tombstones or records that have been made. If you are interested in participating in this effort please contact our Cemeteries Committee Chairman, Carl Hoge ( If you can add any information to the Cemeteries Webpage please contact the Charleston County webmaster (Mark Geesey).

Charleston County Churches

Churches: We are collecting information about Charleston County Churches for dissemination on our web site. We are interested in Church name (both current and historical), location, founding date, contact information, and whether church records exist. As with the Cemeteries project, if you can add any information, please contact the Charleston County webmaster.

Genealogical Queries

We post genealogical queries in our monthly newsletter, The Low Country Courier. To post a query please send an e-mail to our general Chapter address:

Donations of Genealogical Materials

Do you have books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, or land records that could benefit from better care than you can provide? Matching your items with the proper repository may take some time, but there are numerous benefits.

  • PROTECTION Most of these facilities provide secure storage that is climate controlled for better preservation.
  • CONSERVATION Frequently documents require repairs beyond what individuals can provide.
  • SHARING Placing your material in a library gives other researchers access to information that might not otherwise be available.
  • TAX BENEFITS All these institutions will provide receipts. Some appraise the donation or help you find appraisers.

Charleston Library Society

164 King St., Charleston, SC 29401. (843) 723-9912

They are interested in old books. Query before donating.

Contact Carol Jones, Head Librarian at, or Trisha Kometer, Archivist at

The South Caroliniana Library

University of South Carolina campus in Columbia, SC.

They collect unpublished and published historical and genealogical materials of South Carolina interest, including manuscripts, books and pamphlets, images, maps, newspapers, and oral histories.

Contact: Dr. Henry Fulmer, Telephone (803) 777-5745; email

South Carolina Historical Society

100 Meeting Street, Charleston

(843) 723-3225

South Carolina Room of the Charleston County Public Library

They are interested in published and unpublished South Carolina historical and genealogical material, particularly family histories but also including manuscripts, books, pamphlets, oral histories, dissertations, maps, and postcards. Also interested in genealogical material for the surrounding states of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.

68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843-805-6956

Contact: Marianne Cawley, Manager 843-805-6960 or 6956 email:

Hollings Library, USC Campus, Columbia, SC

Rare Books and Special Collections, at USC accepts old and special books. Query regarding donating.

Contact Elizabeth Sudduth, Special Collections Librarian at

The A.S. Salley Archives/Orangeburg County Historical Society

Interested in materials relating to Orangeburg County and/or people from there. Please query before donating.

1421 Middleton St.

Orangeburg, SC 29116

(803) 535-0022

We cannot do extensive research for members, but we do answer inquiries and make suggestions.

You may contact our query person, Mary Ivester ( who will try to answer simple queries, put your query in our newsletter, or put you in contact with an organization or individual who may be able to answer your query. You can obtain a list of paid researchers from the Charleston County Public Library’s web site on the SC Room page. Another source is the SC State Archives, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223: (803) 896-6100.