Five Minute Skill Building: Practice

Remember the last Five Minute Skill Building post? Do you recall the various abbreviations for names, superscripts, or the myriad ways to spell a name? What about other abbreviations used, such as “Do” or the crook S? Well, it’s time to put your memory and knowledge to the test. Today we have a small sample for you to practice. Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to and click on Search.
  2. From the list of options across the top (underneath the FamilySearch logo), choose Catalog.
  3. Under “Place Name,” type in South Carolina, Marion. Choose the first option, the one that says what you typed. Then click Search.
  4. Scroll down the list of options until you reach the one that says South Carolina, Marion – Probate records (4). Choose that one, then click Marion County, South Carolina estate records, ca. 1869-1915.
  5. In red, the page will say South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers are available online, click here. The word “here” will be a maroon color. Click the here.
  6. In about the middle of the page, it will say Browse through 654,824 images. Click on that. (Don’t worry, you won’t be indexing all 654,824 images!)
  7. Under the list of counties, choose Marion.
  8. Under Court Name and Record Type, choose your only option, Probate Court, Estate records.
  9. The date range you want to select is the very first one, 1869-1882.
  10.  Under File Description, choose the only option available, Rolls 2117-2156.
  11. Notice the white box that allows you to choose which image you would like to view. Type 100 into the box, then click on the Go button that will appear on the right.

Type the title (written across the top of the page) and the first 18 names, then post them into the comments section below. Next Friday we will post the correct transcription. Good luck!


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