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Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture: Genealogy

About Page

This page will serve as a guide to resources held at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture as well as general information that will helpful for genealogists.  The Avery Research Center's staff does not do genealogy research for patrons. Additionally, we do not recommend a particular genealogist. 

Charleston Area Institutions

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Genealogy Societies/Organizations

Selected Manuscript Collections

For a full listing of our collections please see here

For a listing of our digital collections please see here

Getting Started

Here are a few steps to get you started

  1. Interview the living oldest relative in your family
  2. Interview your immediate family members
  3. Interview your family friends 
  4. Fill in the information to your family tree
  5. Search online databases (i.e. Census Records, Ancestry, FamilySearch, and
  6. Visit archival repositories and/or libraries to verify, clarify, and fill in blanks  



Library Resources

These resources may be at the Avery Research Center or at Addlestone Library. 

Other Guides of Interest


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Aaisha Haykal
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29494

Genealogy and Ancestry Websites

Professional/Certified Genealogists

If you cannot get to the location where your ancestors lived or you have hit a road block, it may be good to connect with a professional and certified genealogist.