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Archive for July, 2010

New Sister Site for Alabama Genealogy

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I hinted last week that there was another sister site on the way. Well, today the Alabama Genealogy site officially launched. You’ll notice that for now we have the same layout as here. As we have here, we have built pages for each county (67) in the state of Alabama with a profile and resources. Of course, there is more work to be done there, here and at the North Carolina Genealogy and Rhode Island Genealogy sites, but there are other sites on the way as well, although it may be a little while before the next official opening.

Colonial Gardening Day at Walnut Grove Plantation

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This is coming up tomorrow – 11am to 4PM at Walnut Grove Plantation!

Walnut Grove Plantation to Hold Colonial Gardening Day on July 24.

Roebuck, SC, July 19 — The corn fields, wheat fields, and vegetable gardens of 18th-century Backcountry farms and plantations served as crucial food sources for settlers. Walnut Grove Plantation’s Colonial Gardening Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 relives the days when frontier farmers and aspiring planters had to grow their own food! Tim Foster, Walnut Grove’s gardener, and his assistant gardeners will share plants, techniques, and tastes of the colonial-era garden.

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Rhode Island Genealogy Sister Site Launches!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I know, this may not be of interest to a lot of the South Carolina Genealogy researchers out there, but for those of you researching families in the Northeast as well. We’ve just launched our Rhode Island Genealogy site as a sister to this and the North Carolina Genealogy sites. This doesn’t mean that this site will be neglected, we just wanted to branch out and start covering a wider area. Speaking of which, we hope to have another site announcement coming in the next few weeks. It will be in the south – see keep an eye out for the announcement! Thanks!

Preservation Trust of Spartanburg Welcomes New Executive Director

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I received this note from the Spartanburg History Hub:

We are pleased to share with the History Hub the following article introducing Heather Morrow, new Executive Director of the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg. Their website is

There is a full writeup at the Herald-Journal.

Congratulations to Heather Morrow and the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg!

Spartanburg History Updates – Biltmore Wine Label – Peach History and Battle of Cedar Spring

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

I’ve got a couple of updates to pass along from the notes from the Spartanburg History Hub…. First up is tomorrow! July 11th…

Cedar Spring Baptist Church invites you to our remembrance of the 230th Anniversary of the 1st Battle of Cedar Spring. The celebration is planned for Sunday, July 11, 2010, during the 11:00 am worship service. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service. For more information, call the church at 585-5526.

The next item on the list is the voting for the Biltmore Estates Holiday wine label. It seems a Spartanburg native is in the running to have her design chosen (online voting – her design is currently in the lead!)

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Broken Links…. Fixed

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Just wanted to pass along that I’ve spent a good part of the day fixing over 150 broken links. Unfortunately there were about a dozen or less that I just had to take out entirely, but the others have been fixed. It just came to my attention that there were so many broken links yesterday and I installed a broken link checker to police the links and notify me of breakage (previously that was done manually.)

That much said, if you see any broken or missing links or know of a resource to suggest, please make use of the Contact Us form. The only request that I make is that due to the forms eccentricity it doesn’t like links that have because it tries to protect me from huge amounts of spam. So, if you have a link to suggest or correct please just substitute the // with xx so it would read – from my testing that makes it past the filter.