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Genealogy workshop to be held Saturday at Florence library

May 3, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Jamestown Foundation will host a genealogy workshop Saturday at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library in Florence.

Genealogists Shannon Christmas and Robin Foster are scheduled to be at Saturday’s workshop, in addition to Steven Tuttle, deputy director for archives and records management at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Tuttle said he will speak about some of the resources that are available at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The department is on Parklane Road in Columbia.

Terry James, director of the Jamestown Foundation, said many African Americans do not know about their history, where they came from and who they are connected to.

“That’s a reason I think it’s very, very important that we have these types of workshops to basically educate ourselves, as well as the public,” James said.

The Jamestown Foundation’s genealogy workshop is something James said it will host at least once or twice each year. Saturday will be the fourth time the foundation has held the workshop, he said.

“Having workshops of this sort to bring in experts basically educates and informs people about their history and how to research their families.” he said.

Saturday’s workshop is free to the public. But donations to the Jamestown Foundation will be accepted. Check can be made payable to the Jamestown Foundation.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Joe Stukes Meeting Room.