South Carolina Volunteer Page


Thank you for your interest in volunteering to work on the South Carolina section {there are also other states/counties needing volunteers} of the American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP) and maintaining a web site or just gathering information for the county. There are only a few "guidelines" and they can be found at http://ahgp.org/about.htm. The additional requirments for a South Carolina county are to prominently display a SC AHGP Logo on your main page with a link back to the South Carolina State page at http://scahgp.genealogyvillage.com/ (Logos and some helpful information can be found at http://ahgp.org/logos.htm)

It is also suggested that you join the AHGP mailing list so you can keep up with what is happening within the project, get in on discussions or decisions involving the project, get help or questions answered and in turn maybe answer a few. To join send an email with the word "subscribe" in the subject and the body of the email, nothing else, to ahgp-request@rootsweb.com

If you already have a website that you wish to link up and you have a list of links to other genealogy websites on your main page we suggest making a separate page for them and linking to them.





Frequently Asked Questions


“What are my responsibilities as a County host?"

1. Providing raw data on a specific County. Any information you want to provide: Census, Cemeteries, Marriages, Deaths, Histories, Biographies, City Directories, Photographs, etc. We hope to eventually have complete data for each County, but by beginning with the documents you already have it's a great start. Every little bit helps someone!

2. Include a History of your County. Let visitors know what your County is all about. You can include photographs, biographies, public officials from the past. There are many things that can be included under this subject.

3. Linking other pages that pertain to your County, by request or permission. Any homepage linked should pertain to your County, and should contain genealogical and/or historical content, which includes surnames.

4. If someone is unable to make a web page of their own, and donates their records for use on your County pages, you are responsible to place that information online, giving copyright to the person who submitted the material.

5. Your main page must include the AHGP Logo of your choice, prominently displayed, preferably near the top of the page. You are free to do your page in any manner you like, as long as the above is followed. You must provide a link to the main SC-AHGP [South Carolina] Page and the surrounding Counties that are online, on your main page. It is your choice as to whether you add surnames and queries, libraries and societies, etc. You may want to ask your visitors what they prefer and what they'd like to see.

"What if I don't know how to build a webpage?"

If you are interested in learning there are many help pages and simple html editors available online. If you would like to be a county coordinator but do not want to learn to do the coding to make the webpage just gather the data and send it to the state coordinator who will put it online for you.

"Can I adopt a Town or Township instead of a County?"

Yes! If covering an entire County is difficult for you because of time and resources, adopting a town, township, city, or community in that County is a great idea. We're happy to have volunteers at a County level. We would be happy to have volunteers who prefer to cover a topic in a township too, such as religion, history, cemeteries, occupations, etc. We can easily link your page to the County it falls under. Many researchers have a great knowledge of the specific area their ancestors lived in. This is a wonderful way to help. Just email us and let us know what area you would be interested in covering and we'll get you added to the list of volunteers.

"I am unable to adopt a County. Are there other ways I can help?"

Yes!! If you would like to volunteer to do any of the following, we'd love to have you on our team. By submitting the data you have collected in your research, or placing it online for linking, you can be a huge help to others who may be researching the same families or the same areas. You can submit information to the State host or your County host or become The Host/Hostess.

Obituary Collector?

If you collect obituaries or have access to old obituaries please share them with visitors to this website, you may make a connection to a new family member

Got old Photographs? - We love old Photographs.

If you have any old South Carolina Photographs, please contribute them to this site. People, places, things and photos of burial markers are very much welcomed.

Cemetery Buff? - Transcribe your records and send them for posting.

If you have photos or transcriptions from any South Carolina cemetery please share them with us for posting. We are especially in need of photos that are of a good clear size so those with impaired vision can read the names, dates, and inscriptions.

Church Records? - Please Transcribe & send them for posting.

If you have access to and are willing to type pages from old church records... please allow us to add them to the site.

Transcribe History

If you have access to books about South Carolina history and are willing to ocr/type pages from them... let us know, we would love to add them to this site. Please do not send copyrighted material unless you own the copyright.

"Where do I place my pages? Does it cost me anything?"

You are free to place your pages anywhere you want them. Free space has generously been provided by GenealogyVillage.com for any page related to AHGP.

"Who owns this data?"

If you provide it, you own it. If you request it to be removed, it will be. We hope, however, that you would never feel a need to remove material. Our only goal here is to provide free information needed to do research from home.

Additonal questions?

Just click on my name to send me an email.

If still interested, please email us and let us know what county, counties, city, cities, or section where you would like to volunteer.

Looking forward to working with you,


C. W. Barnum

This page was last updated Wednesday, 14-May-2014 01:25:01 EDT.